How Many U*U Congregations Did The UUA aka Unitarian Universalist Association Of Congregations "Lose" In 2008-2009 Anyway?
"Paul (Rickter) reported that 50 congregations failed to certify for GA 2009."
Other official UUA figures would indicate that the UUA "lost" over 40 congregations at minimum.
If it will make U*Us feel better, this quite dramatic "disappearance" of about 50 U*U congregations is not the greatest loss of UUA congregations over the span of one single church year. Forty years ago, between 1968 and 1969, the UUA lost no less than 59 U*U congregations dropping from an all time high of 1,350 congregations to 1,076 in just one year. UUA congregations continued to drop over the next decade to a low of 988 congregations before creeping back up to a high of 1,050 or so congregations by the turn of the millennium. At a current level of 997 certified congregations the UUA only needs to "lose" about 10 more to break the previous record of having only 988 certified congregations.