Things to consider when naming a congregation

From February’s InterConnections feature story, now online at

When a Unitarian Universalist group began to form in 2009 in suburban Cincinnati it wasn’t long before its members decided it needed a name. They thought about naming the new congregation for the town where they met, but then they opted for something different. “We noticed all these contemporary nondenominational Christian churches, which all had names like Wellspring and Crossroads,” says Lindsey Sodano, one of the organizers of the new group.

“Interestingly,” she says, “these congregations are our main competition when many liberal people look for a church. They go there mistakenly thinking the modern music and laid-back minister will translate to beliefs and values similar to theirs. After attending and listening to the anti-LGBT messages these visitors end up with us.”

Sodano’s group picked the name Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Church. “We wanted to get on the radar of church shoppers, so we went with a modern one-word name,” she says. Other names considered were “Discovery” and “Beacon.”

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Congregationally focused articles, January to April 2011

InterConnections is not the only source of useful information for lay leaders. Check out for articles about UUA changes and congregational activities. Here are some recent ones:

Undeterred, Colorado UUs prepare for new marriage-equality battle in 2012 Area churches pool resources to hire intern for advocacy work. 4.25.11

‘Bright and shining church’ rises from Katrina’s floodwaters Community Church in New Orleans celebrates new building five years after hurricane. 4.18.11

General Assembly to allow some delegates to vote from home this year Organizers seek volunteers to test online voting. 3.28.11

Bylaw changes would shrink UUA Board Board of Trustees will present proposal for 13-member board at 2011 General Assembly. 3.14.11

Alternative scouting group starts to grow Navigators USA welcomes gay, atheist, and agnostic scouts. 3.14.11

Oregon UU church builds Cuban alliances Cuba AyUUda fosters Cuban-U.S. relations. 2.28.11

Read more about congregations on

InterConnections is one of many sources of information for leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations. Another key one is UU World’s online edition. Here are several articles relating to congregational life that have appeared on over the last few months.

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