The United Church of Christ - A Demographic Snapshot
Barack Obama's speech this week on race in America addressed controversial comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey offers demographic information on members of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Key findings include:
- The UCC is classified as a mainline Protestant denomination in the Congregationalist family whose members make up 0.5% of the U.S. adult population.
View the demographics of other Protestant denominations in the Detailed Data Tables section of the report »
- While Obama's congregation in Chicago is predominantly black, the UCC denomination overall is 91% white.
- 61% of UCC members are female.
- 41% of UCC members live in the Northeast region of the U.S.
See how other denominations are classified in the Affiliations section of the report »
Religion's Impact in 2008
The Forum's Religion & Politics '08 section is a one-stop resource for analysis, public opinion and general information on the role of religion in the 2008 presidential campaign. It includes concise religious biographies of Obama and the other major candidates, as well as comparisons of their stances on key issues.
|March 19 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Pew in the Pews
A leading scholar of religion in America writes that the Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey should prompt scholarly rethinking on the size and composition of minority faiths, the winners and losers in the religious marketplace and the potential prospects of the religious right.
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