Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
It’s one of the worst retorts to receive in an argument, especially for Unitarians who have long prided ourselves on the committed use of reason in all things. From the Enlightenment forward, theological liberals have revered reason in religion, usually above all else. And, yet, logic has its limits, and reason doesn’t always prevail. Sometimes our understanding of what is real isn’t completely rational. Instead, it’s based on a feeling in our gut, an experience we can’t quite explain, the input from our senses that don’t neatly square with our individual capacity for reason. Does that make our understanding untrue? I don’t believe so. Instead, I believe it’s a call for us to broaden our appreciation for different ways of knowing ourselves and the world around us. While I deeply cherish our tradition's devotion to reason, I believe it's past time for us to update our rhetoric to reflect other meaningful ways of making sense of what it means to be alive.
See you on Sunday.
In faith and love,
In the sermon I shared a few impressions about my recent visit to Damanhur,
the eco-spiritual community in the Italian Alps. You can visit their website here,
and see photos of the elaborate underground temples here.