There are well over a thousand UU congregations. But most of them are not churches, at least, not by name. Rather, the majority of UU groups are called something other than “church.” A UU College Student correctly guessed that the number of UU “churches” is somewhere between 400-499. In fact, there are 476 at present. That’s about 44% of currently affiliated or emerging UU congregations of the UUA. Until about a decade ago, that percentage would’ve been over 50% (though not hugely so). It has reduced in number as the UUA has grown, adding new groups that are less likely to use the term “church,” and also as several historically “church” named congregations have voted to change names to something that doesn’t include “church,” a loaded term for some.
Church remains the single largest title for UU groups. Other common titles include “congregation,” “society,” and “fellowship.” A smaller number of groups merely identify themselves by place name (i.e. “UUs of Santa Clarita Valley”).
Is “church” a loaded term for you, either in a good or bad way? What about societies, fellowships, or congregations? Has this been an issue for your group?