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This year, the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) congregational certification is changing! Each year, member congregations report annual membership and financial figures through the certification process, which determines UUA dues, delegates for General Assembly, and other key statistics. The improved 2015-16 system simplifies your experience and gives the UUA new information to serve you better. Print the Certification Worksheet (PDF) to begin collecting the information.

Accessing Certification

Rather than requiring a password, now anyone who has the secure link to your congregation's unique page can input information. Secure links to your unique account page will be sent via email to the congregation's administrators, president, ministers, and treasurer. 

Contact data_services [at] uua [dot] org (subject: Secure%20Link%20Request) (Data Services) if you need to request a new link. Congregations can still login manually at using their four-digit UUA ID number and password.

New Questions

Questions have been added to gather more information, including broader financial information and a congregational questionnaire. These will probably require feedback from different people in your congregation, so be sure to review the questions in advance using the worksheet (PDF)! In appreciation for completing the new questionnaire, congregations will receive three free packs of UU pamphlets.

Printable Worksheet 

To help congregations prepare for certification questions a worksheet (PDF) of the certification questions (and corresponding instructions) is available for those who want to review and collect answers offline before entering them into the system by the deadline. Congregations who cannot submit their answers online can request a mailable certification form from data_services [at] uua [dot] org (subject: Request%20for%20Mailable%20Cert%20Form) (Data Services).


All Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) member congregations are required to complete certification by the February 1, 2016 deadline (at 5pm PT). NOTE: This year only, the deadline has been extended by two days, and the new deadline is February 3, 2016 (at 5pm PT).

If you have questions check out the frequently asked questions page or email data_services [at] uua [dot] org (subject: (Data Services). We welcome your feedback and suggestions about the updated process and look forward to hearing how we can improve your experience. Thank you for your help in making this year’s certification a success! 

Updating Membership List & Staff Names

Congregations must manage their list of member names and addresses (for delivery of UU World magazine) and staff/leader information (which appears in the online Directory) throughout the year using the account system. January 12 is the deadline to update member names and addresses in time for the mailing of the Spring 2016 edition of UU World.

Individuals who have already been authorized as data updaters for the system may log in to their personal accounts to make these changes. First-time users must begin by completing the registration process. Note: The process for registering a new account and becoming authorized in the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) system as a Data Updater may take a day or two.

General Information

We offer resources to member congregations, related organizations, districts, and UUA committees. We collect data from UUA member congregations including the mailing addresses of its members (for sending UU World magazine) and the statistical and membership totals supplied by congregations annually during Certification of Membership.

Data Services also provides mailing lists and data to any member congregation, district or related organization for, but not limited to, the promotion of their sponsored events and selected materials, the cultivation of relationships with their constituencies and the calculation of growth analysis.


The Office of Data Services collects data on ministers, districts, congregation members, UU World subscribers, congregation staff, and elected officers. This data is vital—it is published in the Unitarian Universalist Association Directory and analyzed at the district level. Only membership and religious education enrollment totals for all Unitarian Universalist congregations are released to the media; no individual congregation's data is made public.


Please read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

What's New

  • January 12th—Deadline for congregations to edit membership list in time for Spring 2016 UU World magazine mailing.

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