April D. DeConick

The Future of Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism is fifty years old, making the transition from the founders to a new generation of people. DeConick analyses Unitarian Universalism from the perspective of the sociology of new religious movements that succeed and fail. She discusses Unitarian Universalism’s struggle to transmit a distinctive identity based in humanism and liberal religion, and to retain more that 10% of its youth after high school graduation. While she asks us to think about practical solutions, she is confident that campus ministry is so essential that the future of the movement depends on Unitarian Universalism going back to college.