100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism
A thorough and thoughtful Q & A about Unitarian Universalism (UU) from the perspective of both non-UUs and UUs.
A few years ago I learned that in this nation of 260 million people, there are fewer than 200,000 Unitarian Universalists. I wondered, “Are UUs so rare because people have studied the religion and rejected it?
Or is it that so few people are even acquainted with the religion?” Believing that the latter situation might be the case, I began to assemble questions about Unitarian Universalism, obtaining them from a variety of people outside the religion: Catholics, Protestants, Jews and fundamentalists.
I even went inside the religion, seeking questions from both present and former church members and ministers. Rev. Steve Edington of the Nashua, New Hampshire UU Church is the source of most of the answers. If you don’t like the response to a particular question, I’ll tell you that Steve didn’t answer that one, or Steve did answer it but I didn’t write what he told me. Otherwise he would be the author and I wouldn’t have had anything to do.
The answers do not represent the views of all Unitarian Universalists—there is great diversity among individual UU churches and ministers. But leaving room for our differences, we think the answers given here are fairly representative.
Six printings and 14,000 books later, we seem to be holding our own. The UUA Bookstore tells us of the hundreds of books they sell, this is their fourth best-selling book. And of those books not published in-house by the UUA, this is their second best seller. But most important, many people have told us that 100 Questions has helped them decide to become a UU.