Miscellaneous tidbits from the final day of the UUA General Assembly:
Delegates approved two bylaw changes without debate, adding “Chief Governance Officer” to the description of the moderator’s duties and refining language in the bylaws governing the Board of Review, an elected body that hears appeals of Ministerial Fellowship Decisions.
The final tally showed total registration of 5,697, including 2,428 delegates from 643 congregations. UUA Secretary Paul Rickter said the large attendance had overwhelmed program space and that the GA Planning Committee had agreed to provide free CDs of the workshops that had turned away the most people.
After a representative of the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale sang an invitation to next year’s General Assembly there, Elisabeth McGregor, the new chair of the General Assembly, moved that the 2007 Assembly be adjourned—15 minutes ahead of schedule.
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Tom Stites was the editor of UU World from 1997 to 2006 and retired as its publisher in 2007. He is a member of the First Religious Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts.