Heat of Passion
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This month, as we take up the theme of what it means to live a life of passion, Lynn and I will be exploring the many different meanings English speakers tend to associate with the word passion itself, ranging from desire to suffering to purpose. In my sermon this week, I'll be inviting us to reflect on how anger relates to passion.
We've all likely heard news reports of a "crime of passion"-some unplanned act fueled by a strong surge of emotion. The thought behind the phrase is that such an act is at least somewhat reasonable (if not acceptable or legal), because the person committing the crime was understandably enraged. Sadly, such moments typically play out when a betrayed spouse attacks a cheating partner and his or her new love interest, or when parents, concerned for the life and well-being of their children, take on a suspected perpetrator. The description, "a crime of passion," seems to recognise that there are times when the hot white flash of anger can get the best of us, when our senses simply take their leave, and we behave in ways that would be unthinkable otherwise. This week, I'll be inviting us to consider anger's more productive uses!
This Sunday, we'll also be celebrating in story, word, and song the long and dedicated life of the great Unitarian Pete Seeger.
See you Sunday.