Unitarian universalist identity development through story and song

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English 
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2014 
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As a Unitarian Universalist minister and a leader in our congregations for twenty-five years, it is apparent to me that Unitarian Universalists struggle with our identity because we embrace many faith traditions and religious beliefs. We also cannot easily and readily express what Unitarian Universalism is or what our beliefs are. If we cannot express our identity, we risk losing current members and youth or not bringing in new members. Reduced numbers result in irrelevance in our changing world. I created a questionnaire and interviewed almost fifty ministers, religious educators, and music directors. I used qualitative analysis to determine the themes that bind us as Unitarian Universalists and discovered that our stories are not told enough nor are they readily available. As a result of this research I created a website called www.ouurstoriesandsongs.com that affirms and strengthens our understanding of who we are through the stories we tell and the songs we sing. Through the resources on this website we can further instill a Unitarian Universalist identity for those who gather for worship, community and religious education. 
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