Sunday, June 6, 2010

Who is us?

A few days ago, I pointed out that Rev. Peter Morales, the UUA President, had pointed out the importance of social class and in the same issue of the UU World Kubal-Komoto points out other demographic characteristics of Unitarian Universalist culture which influence who identifies with Unitarian Universalism and is likely to join our denomination.

Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto writes in the Summer, 2010 issue of the UU World:

According to my own research, the predominant culture one discovers in most UU congregations is affected by six demographic factors:

  1. Education: We have the highest average level of education of any religious tradition, with many of us having graduate degrees.

  2. Class: Because of our education, we are predominantly members of the professional middle class.

  3. Occupation: We predominantly have jobs that are not related to for-profit activity, which is highly correlated with political liberalism.

  4. Ethnicity: We are not only predominantly white, but have predominantly northern European roots.

  5. Age: We are predominantly middle-aged and older.

  6. Gender: We are predominantly female.

You can read Kubal-Komoto's whole brief article by clicking here.

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