When It Happens, If It Happens
Eventually, that question turns to, "Who will take care of others who cannot take care of themselves? How can I help to do that?"
When this transition happens, we've achieved some kind of moral accountability with the world. You could say, in old-fashioned language, we have got religion.
In Unitarian Universalism, we often hear, "How will I get my needs met? If this- or-such happens, will I still be welcome?"
When we finally reach the day when we can all say together, "How can I help my congregation be a place that can better minister to those who might need us?" then I believe we will have lived into the vocation of our religion.
On my darkest days, I fear this exchange between a future mother and child:
"Mommy, who were the Unitarian Universalists?"
"They were a kind of discussion group and political organization for liberals who used to belong to a real religion and rejected it, but couldn't give up the habit of going to church on Sundays."
"Are there any left?"
"Oh, just a few here and there. Hardly any."