Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Frederick Buechner says that our purpose is found at that place where our "deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." This month, as we explore what it means to live a life of purpose, we'll look for that sweet, sacred spot---that intersection---where our own greatest joy meets the world's most profound need. On Sunday, I'll be asking us to consider where that place exists for us as a congregation.
As you hopefully know, the members of First Unitarian will be making momentous decisions in the coming months regarding our long-term future. Those who attended the Congregational Meeting last Sunday learned that there are no easy answers available to us regarding our future home---regardless of whether we choose to remain and rebuild at 175 or move elsewhere and construct a new home for First. We face options that will be challenging by any measure.
More than ever, then, we need greater clarity about our purpose. As Nietzsche put it, one who "has a why to live for can bear almost any how." That will surely be true for us, so I look forward to delving more deeply into our "why" on Sunday and in the months to come.
In faith and love,