Semon by Shawn Newton.
Our fourth principle affirms our intention to undertake a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning." We've long been proud of the freedom our faith offers - the freedom of conscience to determine our own beliefs, independent of the received creeds and canons handed down through history. But what of a "responsible search"? What might it mean if we were to take greater responsibility in our search for truth and meaning? Such are the questions that will guide this week's service.
I'm very excited to welcome the fabulous folk duo emma's revolution to First on Sunday. And I'm thrilled they've agreed to sing several songs, including one of my all-time favourites, "Swimming to the Other Side," written by emma's revolution's own Pat Humphries. I have a feeling we'll all be singing the chorus for days to come:
We are living 'neath the great Big Dipper.
We are washed by the very same rain.
We are swimming in the stream together,
Some in power and some in pain.
We can worship this ground we walk on,
Cherishing the beings that we live beside.
Loving spirits will live forever.
We're all swimming to the other side.
And so we are. See you on Sunday.