Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This weekend, Toronto welcomes people from around the globe for “WorldPride,” the major international event held to promote LGBTQ rights. It's expected to be double the size of a "normal" Toronto Pride. To kick off the Pride at First Unitarian, I’ll be preaching on why “pride” matters, not only for queer folk, but for everyone.
After Sunday’s service, I’ll be heading to Providence, Rhode Island for this year’s Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. Following the conference, I’ll be on summer holidays and annual study leave until mid-August. This summer, I’m thrilled Lynn Harrison will be returning to serve as Summer Minister. Lynn will be preaching several of the Sundays this summer and will be available for pastoral crises should they arise. As well, our team of Lay Pastors (contact information can be found on our website) are also available, as always, for general pastoral care. I have complete confidence that the congregation is in good hands.
My hope for us, as a congregation, is that we will take this summer to rest, relax, and, in keeping with June’s theme, play! It’s been a challenging year in many respects, complete with a very long winter. My sense is that many of our congregation’s leaders, volunteers, and staff are pretty well exhausted at this point. So, if at all possible, I’d encourage you to set aside committee work in the coming months and bask in the beauty of summer. Connect with whatever feeds you in life and come to Sunday services, but set aside whatever can wait until fall (or at least late summer!), so that we as a congregation can return in the fall refreshed and raring to go. That’s certainly my plan!
Wishing a wonderful summer for you all!
In faith and love,