How to tell the story of our faith

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

For a time, about a decade ago, there was a great deal of chatter in Unitarian Universalist circles about getting your “elevator speech” down pat. The idea was that to promote the good news of our faith, we should all be able to rattle off a concise and compelling case to anyone who might be stuck in an elevator with us for 30 seconds.

I’ll confess I never got my story down. Even seminary didn’t really help. If anything, it only made matters worse. Ours is a complicated faith, not easily explained through sound bites.

So, how do we get our message across? How can we describe to others the sustenance we have found as Unitarians?

These questions are my work this week, as I take up writing the “Auction Sermon” purchased by Susan Phillips and Anne Gloger at our auction last fall. I only hope I do justice to the challenge they’ve put to me!

This week, we also will celebrate the Coming of Age ceremony of two of our young people who will share their Credo Statements. Following the service, we will gather for our congregation’s Annual General Meeting, starting with lunch at 12:15pm. All are welcome to this time of tending to our institution by upholding our democratic tradition.

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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