conviction driving this proposal is that our core values appeal to far more
people than are attracted to (or likely to be attracted to) our congregations.
We have always treated this as a problem to be solved by devising ways to get
people to become members of our congregations. But the reality of today’s world
is that not everyone who shares our core values will want to become part of a
traditional congregation. The fact that so many share our values is an enormous
opportunity, not a problem. The future relevance of our faith may well depend
on whether we can create a religious movement beyond, as well as within, the
parish. I am confident that together we can seize this historic opportunity for
our faith." ~UUA President Peter
Morales from his 2012 white paper, "Congregations and Beyond"
This doctoral thesis is a study of concepts and practices of Unitarian Universalist (UU) membership throughout the
history of the denomination in America. It focuses on clarifying what makes someone UU, if one can be UU alone, covenant theology, and the role of covenant in UU community past and present. it names productive ways to shift UU concepts and practices of membership in response to an American religious landscape that is in flux and replete with peril and possibility.
Unsolicited Words of Praise for "A Larger Fellowship":
Rev. Jonipher Kwong, posted on Facebook--"A must-read for everyone who envisions a different way of being a UU while still remaining in covenant."
Co-Founder of Lucy Stone Cooperative Matt Meyer, posted on the Facebook group UUs for Congregations and Beyond--"Looking for a good read? Let me recommend Rev. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar's dissertation on 'UU Membership for the 21st Century.' It's so good!" Meadville Seminary student and blogger Liz James wrote on her blog: Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar is a "Rock-Star-Dissertation woman, who embodies diving into an idea with attention and academic ferocity while maintaining a kind of groundedness that makes reading her work like listening to a story...I was late picking my kids up from school because I forgot, because I was wanting to find out what happened next."