Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Theodore Parker said, and was later famously quoted by Martin Luther King, Jr., that the moral arc of the universe is long, but that it bends toward justice. On Sunday, in light of this month’s theme of embodiment, I’ll ask us to consider the part we play in helping that arc to bend. (In advance of the service this week, you may find it interesting to complete the recent survey found in The Star on the question of “What kind of Torontonian are you?”).
Also during the service, we’ll hear from Ted Wood on our recent projects through Amnesty International and from Beth Guthrie, our Eco-Social Justice Convenor, on how our Middle East Dialogue Group came into being this summer out of tensions within our congregation over how to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beth will be inviting you to the first of the public dialogue groups that will take place on Sunday at 1pm (lunch available at 12:30) in Shaw Hall. Dalia Krusner, the director of a program that brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth each summer, will offer us tools we can use to help with peacemaking, starting within our own communities.
Finally, I draw your attention to the array of special services we’ll be holding at First in the coming weeks to celebrate the season. I hope you’ll avail yourself of many of these opportunities for taking in the beauty, the wonder, and even the complications of the holidays that will soon be upon us.
In faith and love,