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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County in Wooster, Ohio: Breakthrough Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County in Wooster, OH, is thriving because, in the words of its minister, Rev. Elaine Strawn, "This congregation says 'yes!' "Newcomers feel warmly welcomed, there are lots of activities aimed at getting people together, people feel their talents are appreciated, and children are treated "as human beings, not merely small bystanders." The congregation has been honored with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation for their new, environmentally friendly building. Rev. Strawn explained the success of the congregation: "I've been in churches a long time and churches are often filled with 'We've done it that way; it doesn't work' or, 'Never done it that way; it won't work.' This congregation says, 'Well, let's think about it…maybe…' and 'Yes!' "