Our church is like a deeply rooted tree amongst other trees in the forest of the living. I am a branch, respecting the space of other branches. We are nurtured by the same soil. Wind, rain, sun and ice touch us differently. We grow at our own rate, bearing beauty. At times stripped to our essence, we evolve into a new vibrancy. Trees are a wonder. The UU Church is a wonder. Each of us is a gift.