Faith Communities Today Survey (FACT) 2000, Unitarian Universalist Congregations

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The Faith Communities Today (FACT) surveys were coordinated by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford Seminary. Forty-two faith groups and denominations participated in the project. Each group designed a questionnaire in order to collect data that could be used to compare local churches, synagogues and mosques within the different participating groups. This dataset represents the results from the survey of Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Data File
Cases: 523
Variables: 379
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2000
Funded By
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Hartford Seminary

Funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc. and by the cooperating religious bodies.
Collection Procedures
The Faith Communities Today survey, with a letter of introduction, was sent to all 1,043 Unitarian Universalist congregations listed in the 2000 Unitarian Universalist Association Directory in the United States and Canada. According to the protocols established by the national interfaith research group, a key informer (who was either a minister or the congregation president when a minister was not listed in our database) was instructed to complete the survey. Reminder post cards were sent to each site.

A total of 523 surveys were returned, a response rate of 50%. Of these, 500 were from the United States and 23 were from Canada.


This information was taken from the UUA report, which can be found at http://www.uua.org/cde/education
Sampling Procedures
The Faith Communities Today data bring together 26 individual surveys of congregations representing 41 denominations and faith groups. Project participants developed a common core questionnaire. Groups then conducted their own, typically mail, surveys of a sample of congregations. Usually, the congregation's leader completed the questionnaire.

The project's common core questionnaire includes more than 200 questions covering six broad areas:

* Worship and identity
* Location and facilities
* Internal and mission-oriented programs
* Leadership and organizational dynamics
* Participants
* Finances
The data in this file contains the responses to the survey developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association to reflect the language and traditions of the Unitarian Universalist.


Surveys were sent to all 1,043 UU congregations listed in the 2000 UUA Directory.
Principal Investigators
Carl Dudley and David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary

77 Sherman Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
fact@hartford.edu
Related Publications
For more information about this survey, go to http://www.uua.org/cde/education

For more information about the FACT surveys go to
http://fact.hartsem.edu

These data contain a variable that was a free response question allowing congregations to make comments about their theological perspective(s). This variable was deleted from the data due to the difficulty in recoding such a free response question into a numeric variable. However, the responses and frequencies are listed below:


Comments on theological perspective of your congregation
Freq Percent ValPer CuPerc
Valid 409 78.2 78.2 78.2
…but who realy knows? 1 .2 .2 78.4
1 1 .2 .2 78.6
2 1 .2 .2 78.8
50%Fuzzy Theists 1 .2 .2 79.0
A Few in Each 1 .2 .2 79.2
A Mix 1 .2 .2 79.3
A very theologically diverse congre 1 .2 .2 79.5
Active in all groups 1 .2 .2 79.7
Agnostic 1 .2 .2 79.9
AGNOSTIC/THEIST 1 .2 .2 80.1
AGNOSTICS/ATHEIST 1 .2 .2 80.3
ALL 1 .2 .2 80.5
All represented 1 .2 .2 80.7
All true for some 1 .2 .2 80.9
ALL+AGNOSTIC/ATHEIST 1 .2 .2 81.1
Atheist 1 .2 .2 81.3
ATHEIST 2 .4 .4 81.6
Basically Theist 1 .2 .2 81.8
CENTRAL IDENTITY 1 .2 .2 82.0
CHURCH MERGER-NEW PAGANS 1 .2 .2 82.2
Congregation theologicaly diverse 1 .2 .2 82.4
Deist/Pantheist/Atheist 1 .2 .2 82.6
Diverse 3 .6 .6 83.2
Diversity brings joy/pain here 1 .2 .2 83.4
Drawing Freely on All 1 .2 .2 83.6
EARTH-CENTERED 1 .2 .2 83.7
Eclectic & Ethical 1 .2 .2 83.9
ECLECTIC MIX-GOOD 1 .2 .2 84.1
ETHICAL 1 .2 .2 84.3
Ethical christian theistic& open 1 .2 .2 84.5
ETHICAL FAITH 1 .2 .2 84.7
ETHICAL XIAN/REL. IMPORT 1 .2 .2 84.9
Feminist 2 .4 .4 85.3
FEW OF ALL 1 .2 .2 85.5
Hard to tell Many newcomers 1 .2 .2 85.7
HIGHLY PLURAL 1 .2 .2 85.9
Hindu/Athiest 1 .2 .2 86.0
Humanist Mystics-common 1 .2 .2 86.2
HUMANIST/XIAN TRADITION 1 .2 .2 86.4
Humanists have most numbers 1 .2 .2 86.6
Largest is Theist 1 .2 .2 86.8
MANY EARTH/BUT DIVERSE 1 .2 .2 87.0
Many tensions about this spread, du 1 .2 .2 87.2
MINORITY/EARTH/CE 1 .2 .2 87.4
Mix of Eastern/Ethical xian 1 .2 .2 87.6
Modern Universalist Unitarian 1 .2 .2 87.8
Most have "sense of something more" 1 .2 .2 88.0
MOST UU 1 .2 .2 88.1
Muslim and other 1 .2 .2 88.3
Native American Tradition 1 .2 .2 88.5
Neo Pagan 1 .2 .2 88.7
Newer members-some theist & Earth 1 .2 .2 88.9
no clear majority 1 .2 .2 89.1
No Primary perspective 1 .2 .2 89.3
Non-Theist, not atheist- variety 1 .2 .2 89.5
Old Humanist Mem/New Theist Mem 1 .2 .2 89.7
One Atheist 1 .2 .2 89.9
open minds/"stretch" even for xians 1 .2 .2 90.1
Pagan 1 .2 .2 90.2
PAGAN 1 .2 .2 90.4
PAGAN/FEMINIST 1 .2 .2 90.6
Pagan/Nudist/N. Amer 1 .2 .2 90.8
Pagen 1 .2 .2 91.0
Panantheistic 1 .2 .2 91.2
Panentheistic 1 .2 .2 91.4
PANENTHEISTIC 1 .2 .2 91.6
Pantheist 1 .2 .2 91.8
Perhaps we are an eclectic congrega 1 .2 .2 92.0
POST MODERN AGNOSTIC 1 .2 .2 92.2
Pretty evenly divided 1 .2 .2 92.4
Previously heavily humanist but rec 1 .2 .2 92.5
Primarily Religious Humanist 1 .2 .2 92.7
PROCESS THEOLOGY 2 .4 .4 93.1
Process Theology/Atheist 1 .2 .2 93.3
QUITE FIRM IN MANY AREAS 1 .2 .2 93.5
Rational Scientific Humanists-prime 1 .2 .2 93.7
Recent Survey 52% Theist 1 .2 .2 93.9
Scientific 1 .2 .2 94.1
Scientific naturalism& Nature Mysti 1 .2 .2 94.3
SEEKERS 1 .2 .2 94.5
SOME-THEIST/XIAN/PAGAN 1 .2 .2 94.6
Some of All 1 .2 .2 94.8
SPIRITUAL 1 .2 .2 95.0
SPIRITUAL HUMANISTS 1 .2 .2 95.2
STRONG SPIRIT HUMANISM 1 .2 .2 95.4
Teologically/Ethnically diverse 1 .2 .2 95.6
The22% Hum19% NatThe/SciMys23% 1 .2 .2 95.8
Theologically diverse 1 .2 .2 96.0
THEOLOGICLY DIVERSE 1 .2 .2 96.2
Think different; Love alike 1 .2 .2 96.4
This not funtional Question 1 .2 .2 96.6
TOAST/AGNOSTIC 1 .2 .2 96.7
totally diverse 1 .2 .2 96.9
U.U. 1 .2 .2 97.1
Unitarian Universalist 2 .4 .4 97.5
Unitarian Universalist under other 1 .2 .2 97.7
UU CHRISTIAN 1 .2 .2 97.9
UU/MINISTER XIAN/CONGR. MIX 1 .2 .2 98.1
Very diverse congregation theologic 1 .2 .2 98.3
VERY MIXED 1 .2 .2 98.5
very theologically diverse cong. 1 .2 .2 98.7
We've got them All 1 .2 .2 98.9
We are a mix 1 .2 .2 99.0
We celebrate Many 1 .2 .2 99.2
We include Atheists as Humanist 1 .2 .2 99.4
We support each other 1 .2 .2 99.6
Wiccan 1 .2 .2 99.8
Xians- 5% 1 .2 .2 100.0
Total 523 100.0 100.0
The variable MIDWEEK was recoded from a string variable into a numeric variable. Some of the categories that were repeated in the string variable were collapsed into single categories in the numeric variable. The original frequencies of the free responses were:


If your congregation has a midweek service, what is the focus of this service?
Freq Per VaPer CuPer
Valid 443 84.7 84.7 84.7
"Good News" Singing 1 .2 .2 84.9
"Soulful Sundown-1xm 1 .2 .2 85.1
. 1 .2 .2 85.3
2Monthly Meditations 1 .2 .2 85.5
Adult Education 1 .2 .2 85.7
Adult RE/Spirit grow 1 .2 .2 85.9
CONSIDERING 1 .2 .2 86.0
DISCUSSION WEDS. 1 .2 .2 86.2
DNA 2 .4 .4 86.6
EARTH -CENTERE 1 .2 .2 86.8
Enrichment/Learning 1 .2 .2 87.0
EVENSONG-1xMO 1 .2 .2 87.2
Evensong 2 .4 .4 87.6
EVENSONG 8 1.5 1.5 89.1
Evensong. Earth cent 1 .2 .2 89.3
Evensong/Meditation 1 .2 .2 89.5
Evensong/Vespers 1 .2 .2 89.7
Huministic/Earth/Art 1 .2 .2 89.9
Jazz Workshop 1 .2 .2 90.1
Lay Led Vespers 1 .2 .2 90.2
Meditation 6 1.1 1.1 91.4
MEDITATION 13 2.5 2.5 93.9
meditation "vespers" 1 .2 .2 94.1
Mindfulness Meditati 1 .2 .2 94.3
Mixed Programs 1 .2 .2 94.5
PAGAN CEREMONIES 1 .2 .2 94.6
PERSONAL GROWTH 1 .2 .2 94.8
RELIGIOUS ED DINNER 1 .2 .2 95.0
Small group practice 1 .2 .2 95.2
SOCIAL/SING-ALONG 1 .2 .2 95.4
Spiritual Soup Class 1 .2 .2 95.6
STUDY/GRPS 1 .2 .2 95.8
VARY/TOPICS 1 .2 .2 96.0
VERSPER SVCS 1 .2 .2 96.2
VERSPERS 2 .4 .4 96.6
Vespers 5 1.0 1.0 97.5
VESPERS 5 1.0 1.0 98.5
Vespers, Meditation 1 .2 .2 98.7
VESPERS/MEDITATION 1 .2 .2 98.9
Wednesday Night Vesp 1 .2 .2 99.0
Women's Spirituality 1 .2 .2 99.2
WORSHIP 2 .4 .4 99.6
Worship/Fellowship 1 .2 .2 99.8
xian/buddist/pagan 1 .2 .2 100.0
Total 523 100.0 100.0

The variable LANGUAGES was recoded from a string variable into a numeric variable. Some of the categories that were repeated in the string variable were collapsed into single categories in the numeric variable. Responses of "1" were recoded as "English". Missing cases were left missing (N=24). The original frequencies of the free responses were:


Languages used in worship on a typical weekend
Freq Per ValPer CuPer
Valid 24 4.6 4.6 4.6
1.0 39 7.5 7.5 12.0
english 13 2.5 2.5 14.5
English 200 38.2 38.2 52.8
ENGLISH 233 44.6 44.6 97.3
ENGLISH, SIGN LANGU 1 .2 .2 97.5
English/ ASL monthly 1 .2 .2 97.7
English/ASL 5 1.0 1.0 98.7
ENGLISH/FRENCH 1 .2 .2 98.9
English/Hebrew 1 .2 .2 99.0
ENGLISH/SENECA/LAKO 1 .2 .2 99.2
English/Some ASL 1 .2 .2 99.4
English/Spanish 1 .2 .2 99.6
ENGLISH/SPANISH 1 .2 .2 99.8
SPANISH/ENGLISH 1 .2 .2 100.0
Total 523 100.0 100.0
The variable SUBLIST was recoded from a string variable into a numeric variable. Some of the categories that were repeated in the string variable were collapsed into single categories in the numeric variable. The original frequencies of the free responses were:


national sub-group list
Freq Perc VaP CuPer
Valid 466 89.1 89.1 89.1
5 1 .2 .2 89.3
British descent 1 .2 .2 89.5
BRITISH/GERMAN/DUTCH 1 .2 .2 89.7
but who really knows? 1 .2 .2 89.9
CANADIAN/CELTIC/LAISH/ITALIA 1 .2 .2 90.1
CELTIC/JEWISH/FRENCH/POLISH 1 .2 .2 90.2
Cuban 1 .2 .2 90.4
CUBAN/CARRIBEAN/C AMERICAN 1 .2 .2 90.6
DANISH 1 .2 .2 90.8
Dutch, American 1 .2 .2 91.0
EAST INDIAN 1 .2 .2 91.2
English, Irish 1 .2 .2 91.4
EVERYBODY'S IRISH 1 .2 .2 91.6
FERMAN/IRISH/JEWS 1 .2 .2 91.8
Finnish 1 .2 .2 92.0
FINNISH 1 .2 .2 92.2
Franco-American 1 .2 .2 92.4
french-canadian, scotish 1 .2 .2 92.5
French Canadian ancestry 1 .2 .2 92.7
FRENCH/EUROPE/CARIBBEAN 1 .2 .2 92.9
FRENCH/SCOTISH 1 .2 .2 93.1
Gay & Lesbian 1 .2 .2 93.3
German 2 .4 .4 93.7
GERMAN 2 .4 .4 94.1
GERMAN AMERICAN 1 .2 .2 94.3
GERMAN, CARIBBEAN 1 .2 .2 94.5
GERMAN, ENGLISH, IRISH 1 .2 .2 94.6
German, Irish 1 .2 .2 94.8
German,Swedish,Norwegian 1 .2 .2 95.0
GERMAN/DUTCH/ARGENTINIAN 1 .2 .2 95.2
GERMAN/IRISH 1 .2 .2 95.4
GERMAN/LATINO 1 .2 .2 95.6
GERMAN/SCANDINAVIAN 1 .2 .2 95.8
GERMAN/SWEDISH 1 .2 .2 96.0
Indian 1 .2 .2 96.2
Irish, English 1 .2 .2 96.4
IRISH/ITALIAN/JEWISH 1 .2 .2 96.6
JAPANESE 1 .2 .2 96.7
Jewish 1 .2 .2 96.9
Jewish/Irish 1 .2 .2 97.1
MEXICAN 1 .2 .2 97.3
MEXICAN AMERICANS 1 .2 .2 97.5
MULTICUTURAL 1 .2 .2 97.7
NEW MEXICAN HISPANICS 1 .2 .2 97.9
Norwegian 1 .2 .2 98.1
Portuguese 1 .2 .2 98.3
prev humanist but now divers 1 .2 .2 98.5
quebecois, can-amer 1 .2 .2 98.7
Salvadorian,Nicaraguan 1 .2 .2 98.9
Scandinavian 1 .2 .2 99.0
Scotch 1 .2 .2 99.2
SCOTTISH 1 .2 .2 99.4
Southerners-Whire/Black/Bira 1 .2 .2 99.6
SWEDES 1 .2 .2 99.8
VIETNAMESE 1 .2 .2 100.0
Total 523 100.0 100.0
The variable PROBLEMS was recoded from a string variable into a numeric variable. Some of the categories that were repeated in the string variable were collapsed into single categories in the numeric variable. The original frequencies of the free responses were:


During the last FIVE YEARS, has your congregation experienced any disagreements or conflicts in the following area? - List of "Other" areas


Freq Per VaPer CuPer Valid 447 85.5 85.5 85.5
1 1 .2 .2 85.7
2 4 .8 .8 86.4
3 2 .4 .4 86.8
Admin. Staff resignations 1 .2 .2 87.0
allowing kids to disrupt 1 .2 .2 87.2
bequests 1 .2 .2 87.4
BUILDING 2 .4 .4 87.8
Children at worship 1 .2 .2 88.0
conflict w/ called ministe 1 .2 .2 88.1
consolidation of 2 churche 1 .2 .2 88.3
DECISION TO ORDAIN 1 .2 .2 88.5
dismissing music director 1 .2 .2 88.7
DISTRICT/UUA DISTURB LOCAL 2 .4 .4 89.1
DRE 2 .4 .4 89.5
DRE leadership style 1 .2 .2 89.7
Former minister-actprob Q 1 .2 .2 89.9
growth (pro vs con) 1 .2 .2 90.1
How to select Minister 1 .2 .2 90.2
LAND PURCHASE 1 .2 .2 90.4
Leadership-Music Director 1 .2 .2 90.6
LONG RANGE PLANNING 1 .2 .2 90.8
Meeting Space 1 .2 .2 91.0
Meeting space/Bylaws 1 .2 .2 91.2
Minister's ordination 1 .2 .2 91.4
MINISTER'S PERSONAL THEOLO 1 .2 .2 91.6
Minister Lesbian 1 .2 .2 91.8
MUSIC 1 .2 .2 92.0
Music director 1 .2 .2 92.2
MUSIC DIRECTOR 1 .2 .2 92.4
non-member behavior 1 .2 .2 92.5
Occasional personal confli 1 .2 .2 92.7
Old member values vs new 1 .2 .2 92.9
part-time programs staff 1 .2 .2 93.1
partic in exten minist prg 1 .2 .2 93.3
People leave instead fight 1 .2 .2 93.5
People left-formed own chu 1 .2 .2 93.7
physical facilities (build 1 .2 .2 93.9
potential sale of land 1 .2 .2 94.1
Prob. Over Church move 1 .2 .2 94.3
property issues 1 .2 .2 94.5
Property Purchace 1 .2 .2 94.6
PROPERTY PURCHASE 1 .2 .2 94.8
Purchase of Building 1 .2 .2 95.0
Religious Education 1 .2 .2 95.2
RENT OR BUY PROPERTY 1 .2 .2 95.4
roles, responsibilities 1 .2 .2 95.6
roles/responsibilities 1 .2 .2 95.8
sale of property proposal 1 .2 .2 96.0
sexual harassment 1 .2 .2 96.2
SMOKING 1 .2 .2 96.4
SOCIAL WITNESS 1 .2 .2 96.6
Sponsor BSA 2 .4 .4 96.9
Staff pay/minister advocat 1 .2 .2 97.1
STAFF PERFORMANCE 1 .2 .2 97.3
staff personal behavior 1 .2 .2 97.5
Student Minister Intern 1 .2 .2 97.7
To find minister 1 .2 .2 97.9
use of endowment 1 .2 .2 98.1
Use of new building space 1 .2 .2 98.3
Violence on Church grounds 1 .2 .2 98.5
Voting to welcome-GLBT 1 .2 .2 98.7
we have lost members after 1 .2 .2 98.9
Welcoming Congregation 1 .2 .2 99.0
WELCOMING PROCESS 1 .2 .2 99.2
Whether & Where to build 1 .2 .2 99.4
Whether to buy Organ 1 .2 .2 99.6
Whether to have minister 1 .2 .2 99.8
worship service 1 .2 .2 100.0
Total 523 100.0 100.0