Young UUs played in a fountain during Friday night's community celebration (©Nancy Pierce)
The 2012 Justice General Assembly drew 3,714 people, according to UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey's final credentials report in the closing plenary on June 24. The total included 1,359 congregational delegates from 530 congregations in all fifty U.S. states and the District of Columbia, 333 ministerial delegates, and 3 certified religious educators with delegate status. (Three delegates representing the UUA's two associate members, the UU Service Committee and the UU Women's Federation, and 25 delegates serving as UUA trustees also attended.)
With 301 youth registered this year, almost twice as many youth came to GA this year as have come to GA in any year since 2007.
For the first time this year, votes cast by off-site delegates were counted and included in all General Assembly votes. Seventy-two off-site congregational delegates and 13 off-site ministerial delegates, representing 56 congregations in 22 states, registered for GA this year.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.