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pop.
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congreg./
churches/
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United Church of Christ USA 2,200,100 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 170. "A new united Christian body was created June 25, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio, when 700 delegates declared... '...the Evangelical and Reformed Church and... Congregational Christian Churches, declare ourselves to be one body... the United Church of Christ...' "; "Approximately 1,400,000 members in Congregational Christian Churches; 800,100 in Evangelical and Reformed Church. "
United Church of Christ USA 2,070,000 - - - 1965 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,960,608 - - - 1970 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 249. "Meanwhile, the United Church of Christ (formerly the Congregationalists) declined by 12.5 percent, to 1,960,608 between 1960 and 1970. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,960,000 - - - 1970 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,820,000 - - - 1975 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 2,000,000 - - - 1975 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975); pg. 1268. List of "Major World Religions ": "The 2 million members of the United Church of Christ are free to interpret God's word in their own way, so worship varies with the individual church. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,800,000 - - - 1979 Carmody, Denise Lardner & John Tully Carmody. Western Ways to the Center: An Introduction to Western Religions; Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Co. (1983); pg. 122. Table: "Membership Data on Major American Religious Groups [1979] "; Listed in table as "United Churches of Christ "
United Church of Christ USA 1,740,000 - - - 1980 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,800,000 - 6,500
units
- 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally published as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 777. "The Congregational Church merged with the Christian denomination in 1931 to form the Congregational Chritian churches. In 1961 these merged with the Evangelical and Reformed to form the United Church of Christ. There are approximately 6,500 churches in the U.S. with 1,800,000 members, served by 9,500 clergy. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,680,000 - - - 1985 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,662,568 - - - 1987 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 249. "In 1987 the Assemblies of God numbered 2,160,667 members and the United Church of Christ had only 1,662,568. Does anyone really think that the advantage currently rests with the U.C.C., now that it has become the smaller group? "
United Church of Christ USA 1,660,000 - - - 1987 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,640,000 - - - 1988 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1989, 1990]; pg. 153. Table: "Declining Membership in Mainline Denominations " [I'm assuming the figures shown are for U.S. membership]
United Church of Christ USA 1,988,514 - 6,252
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ USA 161,000 - - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 15-17. Table 1-2: Self-Described Adherence of U.S. Adult Population 1990. Phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by Graduate School of City U. of New York.
United Church of Christ USA 1,583,830 - 6,301
units
- 1991 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "United Church of Christ. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,700,000 - - - 1992 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 237. "...the Church of God in Christ (3.7 million members) is already substantially larger than the United Church of Christ (1.7 million), the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (2.9 million)... "
United Church of Christ USA 1,600,000 - - - 1993 O'Brien, J. & M. Palmer. The State of Religion Atlas. Simon & Schuster: New York (1993); pg. 36-37. map. Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio
United Church of Christ USA 1,501,310 - 6,362
units
- 1994 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 281. "The 1,501,310-member (in 1994) United Church of Christ was formed in 1957 by a union of the Congregational Christian and the Evangelical and Reformed Churches... The denomination had 6,362 congregations throughout the United States in 1988. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,500,000 - - - 1994 Johnson, Paul. A History of the American People; New York: Haprer Collins (1997). [Orig. source: Bedell, K. B. (ed.) "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 1996 " (Nashville 1996)]; pg. 969. "In 1994, the Seven Sisters were listed as having membership as follows: ...United Church of Christ 1.5 million... "
United Church of Christ USA 1,500,000 - 6,500
units
- 1994 Magida, Arthur J. (ed). How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing (1996); pg. 385. Chapter on United Church of Christ: "More than half the Church's membership is in the New England and Midwestern states.; U.S. churches:: 6,200; U.S. membership: 1.5 million (1994 data from the United Church of Christ) "
United Church of Christ USA 1,472,213 - 6,145
units
- 1995 *LINK* web site for Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (accessed 1998); [Orig. source: Source: Kenneth B. Bedell, editor, Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, annual.] Table: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches: U.S. Religious Bodies with more than 60,000 Members "; "...prepared for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census... for the 1997 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. "
United Church of Christ USA 1,472,213 - 6,145
units
- 1996 World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998; K-III Reference Corp.: Macwah, NJ (1997). [Orig. sources: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 651. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Membership figs. generally based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. are inclusive: refer to all "members, " not simply full communicants.
United Church of Christ USA 1,438,181 - 6,061
units
- 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). [Orig. sources: 1999 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 692. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. inclusive; refer to all "members ". Listed as United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ USA - - 6,100
units
- 1999 *LINK* Associated Press. "Religion around the world ", title of subsection: "DENVER CHURCH AGREES TO SANCTION GAY MARRIAGES " in Desert News, Saturday, March 27, 1999 (viewed online 14 May 1999). "The United Church of Christ allows its regional units to determine whether their churches can ordain gays and whether ministers can officiate at same sex unions. Nationally, 273 of its 6,100 congregations have voted affirmatively. "
United Church of Christ USA - gay and lesbian - - - - 1995 Witt, Lynn; S. Thomas & Eric Marcus (ed.) Out in All Directions: A Treasury of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 30. "A History of Lesbian and Gay Ordination. The United Church of Christ is one of the only mainline Protestant Christian denominations with a nondiscriminatory policy pertaining to sexual orientation. In 1972, Rev. Bill Johnnson became the first out gay man to be ordained as a UCC clergyman. "
United Church of Christ Utah 2,211 0.13% 9
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 1,552. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Utah - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
United Church of Christ Vermont 24,461 4.35% 148
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 19,492. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Vermont - 6.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
United Church of Christ Virginia 25,269 0.41% 112
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 20,263. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Virginia - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
United Church of Christ Washington 18,181 0.37% 92
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 14,514. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Washington - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
United Church of Christ Washington, D.C. 4,945 0.81% 8
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns.
United Church of Christ Washington, D.C. - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
United Church of Christ West Virginia 1,440 0.08% 7
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 1,168. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ West Virginia - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
United Church of Christ Wisconsin 94,010 1.92% 253
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 74,240. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Wisconsin - 2.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
United Church of Christ world 2,000,000 - - - 1977 Gascoigne, Bamber. The Christians; New York: William Morrow & Co. (1977); pg. 272. "one small American church, the German Evangelical Synod of North America. In 1934 it merged with the Reformed Church in the United States to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1957 this in turn merged with the General Council of Congregational Churches... to become... the United Church of Christ [which now] has less than two million members. "
United Church of Christ world 1,676,000 - 6,404
units
- 1986 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 179. "Membership: In 1986 the church [United Church of Christ] reported 1,676,000 members, 6,404 churches, and 10,071 clergy. "
United Church of Christ world 1,662,568 - 6,395
units
- 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 238. "there are today 1,662,568 members in 6,395 churches in the United Church of Christ. "
United Church of Christ world 1,555,382 - 6,264
units
- 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
United Church of Christ world 1,452,585 - - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "Religions and Health Care " by Fr. J Mahoney, M.Div.; web page: "Membership Reported " (viewed 20 Feb. 1999); [Orig. source: J. Gordon Melton. Encyclopedia of American Religions, 6th edition, copyright 1999, Gale Publishing] Table: "Membership Reported "; 3 key columns: "Religious Group ", "Year ", "Membership " (which always specifies location, whether U.S., North America, or Total]; listed in table as "United Church of Christ "
United Church of Christ world 1,500,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* Edmondson, Brad. "Editor's Note: Religious Wars " in Forecast (Sept. 1997); posted on web site: Forcast magazine (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); "Copyright 1997 Cowles Business Media. " "In mid-August, the 5.2 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church voted to coordinate many aspects of their services and programs with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (with 3.7 million members), the Reformed Church in America (300,000), and the United Church of Christ (1.5 million). "
United Church of Christ world 1,500,000 - - - 1998 "UCC official: Amistad distorts abolitionists " in Christian Century (Jan. 7-14, 1998); pg. 8. "...1.5-million-member mainline Protestant denomination... "
United Church of Christ world 1,400,000 - 6,100
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site It presently binds in covenant about 6,100 congregations with 1.4 million members.
United Church of Christ world 1,400,000 - - - 2000 *LINK* Religion News Service. "Protest in Cleveland " in Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar 2000. "The United Church of Christ has joined the American Civil Liberties Union in spearheading a move to allow people around Cleveland's Jacobs Field to protest the use of the Cleveland Indians name and its mascot, Chief Wahoo. Leaders of the 1.4 million-member church, which is based in Cleveland, say the team's name and mascot are offensive to Americans Indians and team efforts to bar protesters around the park violate the First Amendment. Team officials say the 6-year-old complex is private property.
United Church of Christ world 1,377,320 - - - 2001 *LINK* AP. "United Church of Christ is losing congregations " in Deseret News, 21 Apr 2001. Over the past decade, 327 congregations have decided to leave the United Church of Christ, and withdrawals have increased somewhat since 1997, denominational records show. Last year's loss was 41 congregations. Membership in the liberal denomination, currently 1,377,320, declined 14 percent during the decade. United Church research director C. Kirk Hadaway said most congregations give no official reason for leaving, but those that do most often cite toleration of homosexuals. Conservative pastors who didn't train at United Church seminaries have growing influence, Hadaway said. The withdrawals receive less notice than those in other Protestant groups because no formal schism has occurred. Also, the United Church's autonomous congregations can keep their buildings without legal fights.
United Church of Christ Wyoming 2,845 0.63% 12
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 2,189. [Listed as 'United Church of Christ.']
United Church of Christ Wyoming - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
United Church of Christ in Japan Japan - 0.40% - - 1988 Reischauer, Edwin O. The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1988); pg. 212-213. "today its adherents number less than 2% of the pop.--divided fairly evenly between Catholics and Protestants... today some 40% of the Protestant movement remains in the United Church of Christ in Japan (Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan). "
United Church of Christ in the Philippines Philippines 150,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD (orig. source: 1979) by P. J. Johnstone); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) "United Church (Presbyterian, Congregational, United Brethren, etc.) 150,000 membership " [I believe what is being referred to here is known by the full name: United Church of Christ in the Philippines]
United Church of Christ in the Philippines Philippines: Ilocos Norte 11,357 2.46% - - 1990 *LINK* web site: "Province of Ilocos Norte Home Page " "Table 3: HOUSEHOLD POPULATION BY RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION IN ILOCOS NORTE 1990 "; "Ilocos Norte had a pop. of 461,661 in 1990 " [table lists # of households & percentage. Adherent numbers here are based on % of total pop.]
United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe - - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; web page: news release represents a modest edit of the wrap-up prepared by the World Council of Churches (1998). Viewed 7 Oct. 1999. "Membership of the WCC rose to a record 339 churches as the Assembly welcomed eight more... six of the new churches are African: the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe, the Harrist Church in Ivory Coast... "
United Church of God Alabama - - 5
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Alaska - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Arizona - - 6
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Arkansas - - 6
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God California - - 17
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Colorado - - 5
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Connecticut - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Delaware - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.
United Church of God Florida - - 12
units
- 1998 *LINK* official web site Counted the churches in their listing.


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