College towns have been a welcoming environment for Unitarians and Universalists since the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, our liberal religious faith experienced a growth spurt when Monroe Husbands helped organize lay-led fellowships throughout the country, focusing primarily on college towns. Those fellowships - along with the congregations founded before and since then - continue to offer a Unitarian Universalist presence throughout the MidAmerica Region. In fact, 10 out of the 20 best small college towns listed as American Institute of Economic Research's latest College Destination Index are right here in our region! And all 10 of those best towns have a UU congregation.


Ranking Small College Town UU Congregation Congregation was organized in
No. 19 Mankato, Minnesota UU Fellowship of Mankato 1952
No. 17 Grand Forks, North Dakota Grand Forks UU Fellowship 1992
No. 15 Bloomington, Indiana UU Church of Bloomington 1949
No. 13 Lawrence, Kansas Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence 1958
No. 12 Lafayette, Indiana UU Church 1947
No. 8 Columbia, Missouri UU Church of Columbia 1951
No. 7 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois UU Church of Urbana-Champaign 1859
No. 6 Fargo, North Dakota UU Church of Fargo-Moorhead 1952
No. 4 Iowa City, Iowa UU Society of Iowa City 1840
No. 2 Ames, Iowa UU Fellowship of Ames 1948


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