All Souls Miami set for UUA admission vote

So, I was reading through the Unitarian Universalist Association Board packet for the June meeting — as one does — and see that All Souls Miami is (alone) scheduled to be voted upon for admission to the UUA.

I’ve never never seen an application go this far and not be accepted, so I’ll offer my confident (if premature) congratulations. I welcome all new members to the UUA of course, but All Souls Miami is special to me because it’s Christian: the first Christian church admitted since Epiphany Church, Fenton, Michigan, joined many years ago and has since disbanded.

So, again, congratulations to All Souls Miami. You can read their application packet here. (PDF)


Also thanks to the formerly emerging Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Austin, Texas, which has dissolved, as reported in the packet.

Emerging, “submerging” congregations, 2012

A couple of thoughts. Congregations failing to thrive aren’t failures; one never knows the impact of ministry, and without an attempt there can be no success. And it makes me happy that there’s a new work in Kinston, North Carolina, where there was a Universalist church as late (I think) as the 1990s.

Now a member of the UUA

UU Community of Cambria
2012 membership: 30
Cambria, CA 93428

Brockport UU Fellowship
2012 membership: 38
Brockport, NY 14420-1738

Harmony UU Church
2012 membership: 45
Mason, OH 45040-1610

Newly emerging

All Souls Miami
Miami, FL 33176

Unitarian Fellowship of Marshalltown
Marshalltown, IA 50158-2844

UU Fellowship of the Albemarle
Edenton, NC 27932

UUs in Covenant (founded 2010)
Greensboro, NC 27403-3532

Grove Park UU Congregation
Kinston, NC 28503

Tree of Life: A UU Congregation (founded 2006)
Dayton, OH 45404-1549

UU Fellowship of Blair County
Altoona, PA 16601

Schuylkill UUs
Cressona, PA 17929-1339

Peninsula UU Fellowship
Burley, WA 98322

St. Croix UU Fellowship
Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024

West Fork UUs (founded 2009)
Clarksburg, WV 26301-4041

Missing, presumed dormant or defunct

UU Congregation of Chillicothe
Chillicothe, OH 45601

UU All Souls Parish [long defunct; listing removed]
Summerville, SC 29484

Blue Ridge UU Fellowship
Roanoke, VA 24015-1115

Two small churches, using social media and tools

Small churches in the Unitarian Universalist Association are a bit off the recognition map; so, too, are the Christian churches. Combine these and, well, good luck. But I’ve noticed two that are using social tools well and deserve recognition.

  • First Universalist Church, Providence, has revamped its website and (here’s the point) has started advertizing on Facebook. (I don’t like Facebook, but it’s probably a wise move.) Friend them on Facebook and visit if you’re in town.
  • All Souls Miami, an emerging congregation (but more of an adapted one) in Florida can email or (here’s the point) text members and attendees worship reminders — helpful since they don’t meet every Sunday. I don’t recall another congregation doing this.

If I lived in Miami, I’d probably go to church here

All Souls Miami

http://www.allsoulsmiami.org

They’re on to something:

Visitors might note that traditionally the name “All Souls” has applied mostly to Unitarian churches or churches of dissent. While we may be “spiritual cousins” of Christian Unitarians and other liberal churches in liberal denominations, and while we remain appreciative of denominational families, All Souls Miami remains independent and unaffiliated.

The worship has a traditional form. They also meet in rented space, about twice a month. The minister, Kenneth Claus, is experienced with seminary training (Union) and a tentmaker. Interesting.