Again, these thoughts are just that----speculations, theories, possibilities. Your results may vary. To complete the theme, at least for now, here I offer my thoughts about why people choose Unitarian Universalism.
1. They have rejected conservative or mainline religion but want a faith community.
2. They want a religious home that is coherent with their liberal social philosophy.
3. They are looking for a religious home that acts upon its liberal social philosophy.
4. They were born and raised Unitarian Universalist.
5. They marry into Unitarian Universalism after having left another faith.
6. They are freethinkers and are looking for other freethinkers; they have a resistance to orthodoxy.
7. They are spiritual seekers who are looking for a faith community that welcomes all seekers on all paths.
8. They have children who are beginning to ask spiritual and religious questions and want a faith community where answers are not limited to a specific doctrine.
I came to Unitarian Universalism when I became engaged to a man who was UU. We affiliated with a congregation when our son was born. We were both anti-war activists in the 60's and our early experiences with a UU church were in protest marches and rallies. We were both unorthodox thinkers who had come from orthodox backgrounds.
If I had not found Unitarian Universalism through my husband and also some connection with UU volunteers at the agency where I worked, I might well have become a Quaker, because I am so comfortable with their forms of worship and social action.