Satyagraha

Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

In the current global political climate, with tensions running high, with, quite literally, matters of life and death being handled in increasingly partisan ways, I have heard something new—something I've never heard before. I've heard calls to action amongst progressives that don't rule out the possibility of violence. As one who often says “how is more important than what,” I find this deeply concerning.

In April, our congregation turns to the theme of Resistance, which, though chosen over a year ago, feels particularly timely. (You can find April’s New Horizons here.) Through our Journey Groups and from the pulpit in the coming weeks, we'll consider the many meanings of resistance in our lives. This Sunday, I will take up non-violent resistance, looking to the threads of Unitarian history and theology to explore what resistance means in our tradition. I'll also share Gandhi's notion of "satyagraha," or "soul force." The choir will sing beautiful music based on the words of Rabindrinath Tagore, the Bengali poet (and Unitarian) who won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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