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Group Where Number
of
Adherents
% of
total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
Number
of
countries
Year Source Quote/
Notes
Universal World Church California: Los Angeles 11,315 - - - 1969 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 300. "In 1969, the Church reported 11,215 members in the mother church in Los Angeles. "
Universal World Church world - - 800
units
- 1969 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 300. "Universal World Church... Los Angeles, CA [H.Q.]... was formed in 1952 by former Assemblies of God minister Dr. O. L. Jaggers... Membership: Not reported. In 1969, the Church reported 11,215 members in the mother church in Los Angeles. There are 800 congregations in the U.S. and the world, with 3,170 ministers organized into a World Fellowship of the World Church. These figurres have been questioned by many who claim that the movement consists merely of the single congregation in Los Angeles. "
Universalist Massachusetts: Brookline 295 - 1
unit
- 1926 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997). [Orig. source: 1926 U.S. govt. census from Bureau of the Census, 1930, vol. 1]; pg. 8. "Table 31. Number of churches, membership [incl. children] by age, and Sunday Schools, by denomination, in each city having 25,000 inhabitants or more... 1926 "; Reports prepared by pastors/boards of elders. Listed in table as "Universalist Church ".
Universalist USA - - 200
units
- 1820 Gaustad, Edwin S. Church and State in America (series: Religion in American Life). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 48. Chart: "Number of Churches [in U.S.A.] in 1820 "
Universalist USA 800,000 - - - 1855 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. "Under popular, circuit-rider leadership the movement spread, particularly in New England, until by the 1850s there were some 800,000 members in congregations loosely knit in associations and a General Convention. "
Universalist USA - - 719
units
- 1870 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104. (went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "In 1870 the United States Census listed only 719 Universalist congregations. The denomination, after careful screening for inactive congregations, reduced even this estimate in 1871. "
Universalist USA - - - - 1900 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. "By 1900 Universalism was the sixth largest denomination [in the U.S.]; thereafter it declined. "
Universalist USA - - 498
units
- 1926 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104. "By the 1920s the shrinkage had accelerated, with the Census Bureau listing only 498 congregations in 1926. " [This probably accounts for all or nearly all of congregations in the world at the time.]
Universalist USA 71,000 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 212. "...the Universalist Church... Approximate membership in the United States, 71,000. "
Universalist world - - 22
units
- 1800 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 101. (American Universalist movement which went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "From 22 congregations in 1800, it grew to over 200 by 1820. "
Universalist world - - 200
units
- 1820 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 101. (American Universalist movement which went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "From 22 congregations in 1800, it grew to over 200 by 1820. "
Universalist world 500,000 - 853
units
- 1840 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 101. (American Universalist movement which went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "By 1840, the apex of its period of most rapid growth, it reported 853 societies (probably somewhat exaggerated)... and up to 500,000 members. "
Universalist world 600,000 - 1,000
units
- 1850 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 101. (went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "By 1850 its number of congregations exceeded 1,000, and on the basis of poor statistics and some optimistic guesses, the leadership claimed a membership of 600,000 " [5th or 6th denom. in America then]
Universalist world 50,000 - - - 1870 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104. (went on to merge into Unitarian Universalist Assoc.) "In 1870... the membership had shrunk to around 50,000 (of course, children and attending nonmembers meant up to three times this many people involved with Universalist churches)... "
Universalist world 78,883 - 488
units
- 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 806. "Statistics of the Church are as follows: Number of churches 488; Number of members 48,923; Number of constituency 78,883. "
Universalist world 40,000 - 258
units
- 1947 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104. "By 1947 only 258 congregations were active. The announced membership was 40,000, but the active membership was less than half of that. "
Universalist world 36,864 - 244
units
- 1961 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104-105. "When the Universalists finally merged with the Unitarians in 1961, the official, and again overly optimistic, count was 36,864 members in 244 societies. "
Universalist - active world 20,000 - 258
units
- 1947 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 104. "By 1947 only 258 congregations were active. The announced membership was 40,000, but the active membership was less than half of that. "
Universelles Leben Germany 4,000 - 50
units
- 1999 Rink, Steffen. Post on nurel-l newsgroup list, 1 April 1999. Rink's organization: REMID, Religious Studies Media- and Information Service, Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e. V. Wehrdaer Weg 16 a, D-35037 Marburg, Germany. "Universelles Leben, a german new religion, says that they do not have a membership. But thousends and hundredthousends listen to their radio-programme. They say that in the near of their centre, in Wuerzburg, live 800 to 1000 believers. If you read their journals, there are about 50 local groups. Recommending that there are 20 to 50 visitors - as you see if you go to these local groups - one can say that they have about 3,000 followers plus 1000 at Wuerzburg. "
Universelles Leben Germany 3,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e.V. " [REMID: Religious Studies Media and Information Service, Marburg, Germany]; web page: "Informationen und Standpunkte " (viewed 2 Aug. 1999). Table: "Religious communities in Germany: Numbers of members " [data published July, 1999]; Listed as "Universelles Leben " in table. Source: REMID .
Universelles Leben Germany: Wuerzburg 1,000 - - - 1999 Rink, Steffen. Post on nurel-l newsgroup list, 1 April 1999. Rink's organization: REMID, Religious Studies Media- and Information Service, Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e. V. Wehrdaer Weg 16 a, D-35037 Marburg, Germany. "Universelles Leben, a german new religion, says that they do not have a membership. But thousends and hundredthousends listen to their radio-programme. They say that in the near of their centre, in Wuerzburg, live 800 to 1000 believers. If you read their journals, there are about 50 local groups. Recommending that there are 20 to 50 visitors - as you see if you go to these local groups - one can say that they have about 3,000 followers plus 1000 at Wuerzburg. "
unknown Alabama - 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: "Refused "
unknown Albania - 5.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Arizona - 3.00% - - 1995 *LINK* web site: Arizona State University Factbook; web page: "Arizona Demographics " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); original source: Maricopa County Needs Assessment Project 1994-1995. Table: Religious Affiliation of people age 60+.; Listed in table as "Not Ascertained "
unknown Arizona - 5.00% - - 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: "Refused "
unknown Arkansas - 4.00% - - 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: "Refused "
unknown Australia - 3.29% - - 1983 *LINK* McNair Anderson Associates. web page: "Australian Gallup Poll, June, 1983 ". Social Science Data Archives, Australian National University "sampled population consists of persons aged 16 years and over from all federal electorates throughout Australia, excluding the Northern Territory... This poll is based on 2128 interviews conducted over the first two weekends of June 1983. "; Question: "WOULD YOU MIND TELLING ME YOUR RELIGION? "; response categories: "WOULDN'T SAY " and "NOT ESTABLISHED "; [1.8% of those surveyed would NOT provide an answer to this question, and another 107 respondents are listed in results as 'not established'. Total unknown: 3.29%.]
unknown Australia 1,762,100 10.50% - - 1991 *LINK* Government statistics web site (viewed circa Nov. 1998) -
unknown Australia - 10.00% - - 1991 *LINK* web page (1998): Radio National Transcripts: The Religion Report: "Religious Life in Australia " (Wednesday, 23 July, 1997.) [Discussion of results of 1997 Australian nationwide census, bases on self-identification.] "Those who didn't state anything, or who didn't respond, have declined from a little over 10% [1991 census] to about 8-and-a-half-percent [1997 census]. "
unknown Australia 1,604,700 9.00% - - 1996 *LINK* Government statistics web site (viewed circa Nov. 1998) -
unknown Australia 1,749,363 9.78% - - 1996 *LINK* Parliament of Australia web site; page: "Census 96: Religion " (viewed 18 Dec. 1999) Self-identification, from 1996 govt. census. [Categories combined for this figure: Not stated (1,550,585); Overseas visitor (139,594); Religious belief not further defined (35,790); Inadequately Described (18,374); Religions Groups not elewhere classified (3,063); Theism not elsewhere classified (1,957)]
unknown Australia 3,432,000 26.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "News From Bree "; web page: "Millions of Members? " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); "Last Update on 29th November 1998 " "The 1996 Australian Census included an optional question on religious affiliation. 13.2 million Australians (74%) answered the question... There were 8,947 Baha'i, 42,159 Mormons & 83,414 Jehovah's Witnesses. "
unknown Australia - 8.50% - - 1997 *LINK* web page (1998): Radio National Transcripts: The Religion Report: "Religious Life in Australia " (Wednesday, 23 July, 1997.) [Discussion of results of 1997 Australian nationwide census, bases on self-identification.] "Those who didn't state anything, or who didn't respond, have declined from a little over 10% [1991 census] to about 8-and-a-half-percent [1997 census]. "
unknown Bahrain - 7.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Brunei - 9.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown California - 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: "Refused "
unknown Colorado - 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: "Refused "
unknown Connecticut - 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: "Refused "
unknown Delaware - 9.00% - - 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: "Refused "
unknown Egypt - 10.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Equatorial Guinea - 89.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Ethiopia - 5.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Fiji - 53.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Florida - 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: "Refused "
unknown Florida - 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: "Refused "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
unknown Gambia - 4.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Georgia, USA - 4.00% - - 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: "Refused "
unknown Guinea - 2.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Guinea-Bissau - 5.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown Idaho - 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: "Refused "
unknown Illinois - 4.00% - - 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: "Refused "
unknown India - 2.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "; Listed as "Unspecified "
unknown India 727,588 0.07% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Andaman and Nicobar Islands 851 0.24% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Andhra Pradesh 94,934 0.12% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Arunachal Pradesh 9,302 0.85% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Assam 11,369 0.04% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Bihar 37,817 0.05% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Chandigarh 126 0.01% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Chhattisgarh 7,305 0.04% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Dadra and Nagar Haveli 171 0.08% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Daman and Diu 18 0.01% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Delhi 2,016 0.01% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Goa 6,547 0.49% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "
unknown India: Gujarat 33,578 0.07% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion; "unknown " from table column: "Religion Not Stated "


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