Thanks to the Fellowship's Planning Committee for providing periodic updates on the UUFP Expansion/Relocation progress.
This Pulpit Minute was delivered by Stephen Kadar, Jr., at the November 6, 2022, Sunday Service.
Over 110 years ago, someone once said:
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir [people’s] blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.
Remember that our [grandchildren] are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty (Daniel Burnham).
Daniel Burnham was responsible for the “City Beautiful” movement in the US as presented at the 1893 Columbia Exposition. While the buildings of “The White City” were torn down, his influence can be seen today on the Chicago lakefront or even in our Nation’s Capital as part of the McMillan plan of 1901, which formed the Washington, DC, mall as we know it now. He was a product of his time, so in this age of “presentism,” we may cite his faults and social insensitivities over his accomplishments. However, his words still call to our larger aspirations. His work demonstrates high values of which we still admire, and he also reminds us of our future and how those that come after us will do things we cannot even imagine.
UUFP is making plans, big plans. We have a goal to move into larger, more suitable space. This search has been going on, and still goes on. UUFP seeks a space that has room to let us grow, not just a bigger sanctuary but more robust classrooms and social spaces for education and service, not just our faith community but the larger community. A new home, which is not only “green” with landscaping and trees that remind us of our planet earth, but “green” in terms of conserving energy and better stewardship of our natural resources. The possibilities are endless...
As the search for a new home continues, the planning committee is working on a five-year plan as a framework to grow by. We have not been aimless, but once we move to our new home, what are the next steps to be? This plan will break down our efforts to support our vision and growth in our future. It is anticipated that this plan will go to the Policy Board in December for approval. And as our UUFP vision statement becomes refreshed with your input, they will become part of this plan.
So make no little plans; make big plans.
Leave what we have created for the next generation.
Who would not be excited by that?