The UUA October Board packet is up, and the good news is that there is a action scheduled to admit a new member congregation to the UUA. I don't recall an application going this far and not being accepted, so let's assume it's going to happen. But that means that for the second year in a row, only a single congregation will be admitted to the UUA. (This is the last Board meeting of the year.)
But take joy where you can; I'll recap the worrying signs later.
My best wishes to the thirty members of the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, of Okoboji, Iowa. It has existed for nine years, but presumably only recently become large enough to petition for membership.
It sits in the middle of the Spirit Lake/Dickenson County, Iowa micropolitan area -- one of the smallest in the country -- and the nearest Unitarian Universalist congregation is the Nora Church, Hanska, Minnesota, about 80 miles away. So it serves people who would have otherwise not had a Unitarian Universalist church nearby.