UUCA by the Numbers

UUCA is a growing community, and you can feel it in the hustle and bustle in the hallways and social hall every Sunday morning. People want to be a part of what UUCA is about in the world!

Did you know that 175 people have joined UUCA in the last two years? We’ve grown so much, in fact, that we can look forward to moving to a new UUA size designation, from Large Congregation I (550 to 750 members) to Large Congregation II (750+ members), the largest designation available.

A few times a year, I like to take a step back and look at UUCA by the numbers. Here are some of the findings:

  • We’re updating the membership rolls as I write, but it looks like we will finish the year with more than 720 members. We reported 699 members this time last year and 638 two years ago. This is the largest UUCA has been in many years.
  • 183 people are pledging friends.
  • 84 new members joined in 2008, and 91 joined in 2007.

And here are some financial numbers:

  • In 2009, it will cost about $2700 a day to run UUCA. That comes to about $1100 per individual member and pledging friend.
  • The cost of maintaining an individual membership is $136 per year. This includes $56 for UUA dues and subscription to UU World, $20 for district dues, and $60 for the UUCA newsletter and other mailings.
  • There are 305 children and youth enrolled in RE, plus 101 adult volunteers. It costs $92 per child for curriculum and supplies each year.
  • Give Away the Plate raised $63,000 for 34 organizations.  See the GATP schedule for a full listing.

What does it take to be a member of UUCA? Members are those who have signed the membership book and made a financial commitment to UUCA. We ask prospective members to take the Exploring UUCA class, a half-day workshop on Unitarian Universalism and UUCA offered about every four to six weeks. Members are also asked to abide by the Congregational Covenant.

If a member has not contributed financially for two years, we contact them to see if they still intend to remain a member. If they ask to be removed or we do not hear back, we remove them from the membership rolls. The UUA advises congregations to expect 10-12% of members to leave each year due to moves out of town, deaths, and other reasons, though our own numbers have been somewhat less.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of membership ministries. Let me know if you’d like to be a part of one of the fastest growing UU congregations in the country. Or let me know if you’d like to volunteer. It’s a great time to be a part of UUCA!

Chance Hunter, Director of Welcome Ministries