1. Is UU a religious faith? If so, by what definition of religion and what definition of faith?
2. Are your definitions of religion and faith so broad as to be applicable to a book group or sports club, or even a personality cult dictatorship?
3. Did your seminary education prepared you to minister to a group that is majority humanist (see below) with many being secular and having intellectual tendencies?
4. Do you get sufficient support from UUA headquarters and did its credentialing process prepare you for ministering to your humanist congregants?
5. What is your vision for the future of UU?
6. Are the Seven Principles sufficient as a guide for UU?
7. How would you modify the UU Seven Principles? (Note, there is no mention of UU being a religion or a faith in the current Seven Principles.)
In 2001, a regional survey of UU members in the Midwest was conducted by Ohio University. This survey allowed respondents to choose more than one label for themselves. The researcher noted that “the typical respondent felt the need to circle three or four terms to describe his or her theological views.” The results of this survey were:
It would be interesting to see the results if this survey were conducted today and a second survey taken of ministers only to see how much UU ministers are in tune with UU membership.
It would also be interesting if the results were grouped as above and secondly, the choices ranked by which most applied to the person being surveyed. How many first identified as Buddhist, for example.