Coming of Age

Date: Sunday, May 07, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sermon by members of our Coming of Age youth group.

This Sunday we mark a very meaningful rite of passage in the life of six young people—and in the life of our congregation. It’s routine on Coming of Age Sunday for me to hear adults who were not raised Unitarian say, sometimes through their tears, they wish they had had access to such a program when they were teenagers.

This week's service is the culmination of the work these young people have done this year, as they have sat in an intentional way, with the help of their teachers and mentors, with life's big questions. What causes many of us to choke up when hearing the Coming of Agers offer their credos from the pulpit is the freedom they have to express their minds, without fear of being shunned or labeled heretics. I'm proud of this group, especially for the work they've done in recent weeks, and I look forward to hearing their thoughts in Sunday's service.

Two notes:

This Sunday morning, the Goodlife Marathon will be unfolding on the streets of Toronto, so plan your travel accordingly.

Also, the powerful story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, the Unitarian minister and his wife, who risked their lives to save children during the Holocaust is now on Netflix. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, by Ken Burns, describes how this ordinary couple left their children in the care of their congregation for two years so they could help save the lives of hundreds of people. For their heroic efforts, the Sharps were named "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem.

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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