Still digesting the figures from the Pew study that show many more UUs in America than in UU churches. A number of reasons for this disparity have already been advanced. In the comments, Dave Pollard mentions the gap between what type of church a UU wants and what type of congregation is locally available to her.
There seem to be two issues here. One is theological style. For example, if one is a classical Universalist, but the only nearby UU congregation is dominated by skeptical Humanism, it may not feel like a good fit. The other issue is worship style. For instance, if you prefer a less Protestant model to Sunday service but the local church retains the Lord’s Prayer, organ-accompanied hymns, and everybody sitting quietly in pews while a robed minister preaches from the pulpit, you may find that you’re not having the type of experience you seek.
How widespread are these gaps? Are you a non- or barely-affiliated UU who stays away because the nearby UU churches don’t reflect your theological or worship preferences? If so, how do you maintain yourself as a UU in the absence of a gathered community? Or is it more common that there simply are no UU churches nearby, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship just doesn’t do it for you? What other reasons account for the gap?