Directory of UU Labs on Facebook

UU Facebook LlabsThe following is a list of UU Labs and related groups on Facebook.  Many spun off of the UU Growth Lab which I launched in 2001, and have overlapping membership, some shared history and culture.

Disclaimer:  I did not create nor do I administer the groups below other than the UU Growth Lab!  While it is true that from time to time people start a lab and promote me to admin, the UU Growth Lab is the only lab where I am the active and intentional community manager.  ~ Peter

Don’t see a lab you are looking for? Either no one has told me it exists yet, or it is inactive and I’ve stopped promoting it. Feel free to send me a message if you’ve launched a lab and would like it listed here.


  1. Hi Peter, I’m very interested in you UU Growth Lab group. I do volunteer publicity and communications at the UU in Pensacola. I am still pretty new to UU and I’m still learning a lot. We do not have an official growth team but I have been participating in our church’s growth efforts. I don’t know how much I can add but I’d love to have the opportunity to see what other’s are doing and be able to ask questions.


  2. I’d like to join the lab

    • Peter, I’ve been staying in touch somewhat annonymously since we met at Ferry Beach the summer of ’05
      I believe. You were one of the facilitators for the Small Group Ministry course. I would be very interested
      in chatting with folks about growth ideas.

      • I would learn a lot from others I’m sure and would like to share what thoughts/experiences I have

  3. Annette Ekstrand says:

    Dear Peter,

    I’m excited to have found you! I am a Covenant Group facilitator, choir member a have a strong interest in attracting teens and college students to UUism. New, fresh ideas are always welcome.

  4. Bonnie Schlabowske says:

    I look forward to participating in this worthwhile blog.

  5. I wonder if we should start a Missional Lab? Or in true missional style would that be too attraction oriented and we should just infect all the other labs with our virus? :) but curious.

  6. Devin Murphy says:

    Peter I have started a UU lab called “UU Bloggers” ( on Facebook for all Unitarian Universalist bloggers especially those that blog about UUism or an aspect of it to come together for discussion. Especially discussion regarding blogging best practises, getting your message out there (in this case a UU message) and, attracting and maintaining a following. And thanks for all your wonderful UU growth materials.

  7. For congregational leaders using the UUA Common Read:


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  3. [...] in the UU Growth Lab we started discussing metaphors for Unitarian Universalism and our congregations.  My favorite so [...]

  4. [...] a Renaissance of sorts as of late due to the Social Media Lab, an offshoot of Peter Bowden’s UU Growth Lab.  All these other folk doing UU Social Media, whether personally or for their congregation, have [...]

  5. [...] few days ago I asked a digital native friend in the UU Social Media Lab, “Does learning new technology hurt your brain like it hurts mine?”  He replied, [...]

  6. [...] in the UU Growth Lab on Facebook, we’ve had several rousing conversations about the struggle to have both a core identity and [...]

  7. [...] work. New Systems are born from their efforts. They find each other and connect, such as on UU Growth Lab, or that cluster of people you meet who are ready to chuck it all and start their own new [...]

  8. [...] religious education, evangelism, stewardship, small group ministry, and governance. Find them all here, or [...]

  9. […] Keep track of what’s being talked about.  By following along with what’s going on online, you will get a sneak peek (and can even take part in) the conversations likely to shape your ministry. On Facebook, there are many groups set up to discuss a variety of topics; you might consider the UU Growth Lab or the Congregations and Beyond group (they’re closed groups, but message one of us  on Facebook and we’ll add you). To learn about all of the labs UUs are running on Facebook, check out UU Planet’s list. […]

  10. […] Chris said—and I’m paraphrasing here—that much of the public conversation of UU blogging had moved into the walled garden of Facebook. Particularly into the walled gardens of Facebook groups. […]

  11. […] into the waters of her subject. I spend hours, not just reading UU blogs, but also participating in UU forums on Facebook. As Unitarian Universalist content becomes more diverse, my daunting task is to follow it wherever […]

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