That’s a serious, unsnarky question. I’ve been looking at UUA.org for fifteen minutes and I haven’t so far found evidence of any congregations being welcomed. That was always my favorite part of the opening of General Assembly, but I would rather not have to dive into the streaming video all day to see.
Since the 80s, I’ve noticed that it has gotten harder and harder to get basic information about who has joined the UUA, or left, and which congregations have disbanded or gone inactive. That kind of information seems to me to be an organic, constitutive element of news. It also speaks to a culture that cares about one another and cares about growing.
So does anyone have some news?
Later. I found an answer to my question. Not a great answer, but an answer.
Four congregations affiliated. Evidently two (Pathways and Mosaic) affiliated at the Board meeting immediately before General Assembly because I can’t find a reference to their affiliating in earlier minutes. Reported memberships in parentheses.
- Pathways Church, Southlake, Texas (no report)
- Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (55)
- Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Orange City, Florida (no report)
- Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, Bel Air, Maryland (37)
I also went back into the Board of Trustees minutes since the last GA and note that the Panthea Pagan Fellowship (Hoffman Estates, Ill.); Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Johnson County, Kansas; and the Unitarian Universalists of Northern Kentucky (Covington, Ky.) have either disaffiliated or disbanded. Others may have left, but the those most recent minutes aren’t available.