NOTE: There was a great deal of overlap in the answers to both of these questions, so I have combined them into one section.
- Seeking a progressive, non-dogmatic spiritual community to be amongst people of like mind – the church provides many opportunities for social, spiritual, and intellectual engagement
- Resonance with Unitarian Universalist values
- Seeking spiritual guidance, solace, and comfort following a personal loss or major life change
- A desire to be more active role in community affairs through advocacy for/participation in social justice, environmental, and refugee committees
- An intangible feeling of ‘coming’ or ‘being’ ‘home’
- Seeking a spiritual community that is welcoming to families, youth and small children
- Interested in religious education programs (both for adults and for youth/children)
- Appreciation of the physical space – the beauty and tranquility of the church buildings and grounds
- The ‘outstanding music and musicians’ (enjoyment of the choir was by far one of the most universal responses)
- Steven’s sermons/presence/personal approach to the ministry (another very common response)
- Familial legacy of Unitarian Universalism and/or referrals from friends and colleagues
Compiled by Marcus Hynes, Office Assistant (email@example.com), from responses to survey questionnaires distributed to the UCV congregation in early October, 2016.