The Promise of Peace
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
In this political season, as we approach the federal election, I will be taking up the old tradition kept by American Puritan ministers of preaching an “Election Sermon” a week or two before people cast their votes. This tradition, which dates to the 17th century, feels as relevant as ever, so this Sunday I’ll seek to articulate how I see the issues of this campaign through the prism of our Unitarian values and principles.
During the service, we’ll also honour the Jewish High Holy Days with special music and meditation words. And happily, the choir will sing Ysaye Barnwell’s mesmerizing piece titled “Hope”. See an inspiring performance with Dallas leading Univox in this great work.
This week we will also be celebrating Central America Sunday, complete with a testimony by Wendy Peebles about her experiences on a recent service trip. Please come prepared for the special offering to raise funds to held build educational facilities in Central America this winter. During Coffee Hour, we’ll have tostadas and fair trade items for sale in Workman Hall as the kids break open a piñata in Shaw Hall.
Finally, at noon, everyone is invited to gather outside around our Peace Pole as we celebrate in a brief ceremony the International Day of Peace.
See you Sunday!
In faith and love,