The Examined Life: Who am I?
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This Sunday, we launch a new seven-week series called The Examined Life. Whether or not we agree with Socrates’ idea that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” looking at our lives with a curious eye can be deeply rewarding. Indeed, it may be the path to awakening!
Our examination need not be harsh or judgmental, but it may offer opportunities to reframe our attitudes, make new choices, or simply affirm the unique people that we are. Lynn and I invite you to join us for these seven Sundays of loving self-examination from many angles—and we encourage you to invite a friend!
The titles for this series are:
October 14 – Who am I?
October 21 – Where am I going?
October 28 – Where did I come from? (Day of the Dead)
November 4 – Why me?
November 11 – When, if not now? (Remembrance Sunday)
November 18 – What have I done?
November 25 – How, then, shall I live?
This week, I’ll begin the series with a look at the self. To know ourselves, to gain a sense of where we’re headed, to understand what life is asking of us all starts with a deep appreciation for who each of us is as a person. But in our increasingly interdependent world, amid rapid technological change, what does it mean to be person?
Finally, earlier this week, in staff meeting, the senior members of our staff team reaffirmed our covenant with one another—a tradition that we have now carried for ten years. In the preamble to our covenant, we state that we seek the congregation’s assistance in living out this set of promises. So, I am enclosing it here, in hopes that you’ll take some time to read and reflect on how we strive to be with one another—and how you can assist us in carrying forward these principles in all aspects of congregational life.
See you on Sunday.
In faith and love,
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