ADVANTAGES

Because zealots protested that (outsiders) were listed in the mis-titled , in the mid-1980s, an unreported census tally of American congregants was attempted by William Alex Federoff, editor of the U.M.C.A. newsletter for 30 years with his sons. He was the only person who sent me a letter stating he did not want his name or family listed in the . He gave no reason, but when the book was first distributed at the grand opening of the Resident Center in Los Angeles, Federoff briefly confided in person that he wanted to be listed in the next edition. To satisfy zealots and himself, Federoff proposed that the next directory should only list , congregation members in good standing, not anyone who wanted to be listed, especially those unclean ( : ) people who married out, eat pork, joined other faiths, served in the military, etc. He requested membership lists from all congregations, probably to print his own directory, was rejected by many and the project dropped. When I asked my father, the presbyter in Arizona, for his list of paid members, I learned that only a few of the many adherents (attenders) ever paid annual dues, because the most zealous majority officially claimed that they, by their tradition, did not believe in "membership" or worldly lists. Maybe they just did not want to donate, as many did not pay their CPS fees during WWII; while they invoked their family tradition by stating that the Book of Life is a spiritual list known only to God. Due to competing temporal and spiritual fears that government will intervene among the variety of faiths, it is probably impossible to ever systematically collect a census list, hence all population counts are somewhat educated guesses.

Testimonials

Satisfied customers are saying