about the congregations
There are around 170 local congregations in the UK, most of which are in England with four in Scotland and over twenty in Wales. The purpose of a Unitarian congregation is:
- to meet the spiritual needs of the individual in the context of a loving community;
- to share joy and to offer comfort in times of trial;
- to enjoy warmth of fellowship;
- to make itself welcoming, inclusive and a blessing to the wider world.
Congregations may be called churches, meetings, chapels or fellowships. They may have a minister – who may be a woman or a man – or be led by a lay person or a leadership group. They vary considerably in size, from over a hundred to fewer than ten, and in the scope of their activities. They meet in their own buildings, in hired premises or in private homes.