Consider what is coming and plan for it as best you can, but live in the present moment. Value everyone, because each person matters right now. When we bring our children, our youth, our young adults, our mid-life adults, and our elders all into one community, one body of faith, we embody the hopes and dreams of many, many people who have gone on before us. We become a religious community bound by love. We become a place that can support people in their quest for meaning and truth. We no longer wait for our young people to become the church of the future. We all become the church of the present.
Adapted from a sermon delivered February 5, 2006, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Illinois.