Planting Our Apple Trees
In times which no doubt seemed equally uncertain as our own, our religious forebears at First Unitarian spoke out about and acted boldly on behalf of the important issues of the day. Joseph Workman, the first psychiatrist in Canada and principal founder of our congregation in 1845, helped to establish a hospital for poor immigrants, advocated for women’s rights, for better mental health institutions and for free, non-sectarian, yet Christian education, which in his view should not include any imposed ritual, such as daily recitations of the Lord's Prayer. Emily Stowe, the first woman doctor in
Remembering these words by Martin Luther: "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree," I say, ?So may it be with us.? As we gather again this fall, let us move confidently forward together in service to a world which could sorely use the justice, equity and compassion for which we have so long laboured.