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Church of the Larger Fellowship

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Church of the Larger Fellowship

The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) provides a ministry to isolated Unitarian Universalists (UUs). Its mission also includes growing Unitarian Universalism by supporting small congregations and new UUs around the world. The CLF also offers resources to Unitarian Universalists active in local congregations.

The CLF provides an outreach ministry, which includes the Church of the Younger Fellowship (a ministry for young adults), the CLF's Military Ministry and a Prison Ministry. The CLF also provides email list communities, discussions, and web-based education materials. CLF members have access to a lending library of books, CDs, videotapes, and sermons; lifespan religious education curricula and self-study guides; and the monthly distribution of sermons and other worship material through its worship publication, Quest. The CLF also podcasts sermons and readings from Quest and offers online courses on its website.


Founded in 1944 as a part of the American Unitarian Association's Extension Department, the CLF was incorporated in 1970 as an independent congregation, and its polity is the same as any other congregation's. The CLF is financed by its membership.

Church-on-Loan program

The CLF Church-on-Loan program provides worship and program materials to small, mostly lay-led UU congregations that enroll in the program.

Church of the Younger Fellowship

The Church of the Younger Fellowship (CYF) is the Young Adult Ministry of the CLF, providing a virtual international faith community run by and for young adults ages 18–35. The CYF maintains an online worship space and spiritual community.

Military Ministry

The CLF Military Ministry is the newest outreach program for the CLF. Working with UU military chaplains and chaplain candidates, and with the support of the UU Funding Program's Fund for Unitarian Universalism, the CLF created a new website by and for UUs in the military.

Prisoner Ministry

The CLF Ministries to prisoner members provides a Unitarian Universalist church home for incarcerated UUs.

Letter-Writing Ministry

CLF's Letter-Writing Ministry matches CLF prisoner-members with non-incarcerated Unitarian Universalists to exchange letters.

External links

  • & Church of the Larger Fellowship websites.
  • Church of the Younger Fellowship website
  • Quest for Meaning website
  • Daily Compass website
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