A roundhouse is the large circular structure in a train yard that welcomes locomotives from near and far. The trains come from different directions, caring different loads. The trains roll onto the turntable to be repaired, unloaded, filled up again, and turned around. A Unitarian Universalist congregation is like a roundhouse. Each time we gather in the spirit of religious pluralism, we welcome one another – the seekers, the sojourners, and the lovers of leaving. We roll onto the turntable and tend to our wounds, we unload our burdens, and we are filled up with that which makes another adventure worthwhile. The community turns us around. Only then are we better prepared to venture out on our different tracks, headed in all directions until we return again.
Reverend Nathan C. Walker is the Senior Minister and Executive Director of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.