Dealing with Extreme Cases
Sermon by Peter Hughes.
Did you know of the Unitarian foundations of Mother’s Day? And did you know it was originally focussed on peace-making? This Sunday, as we delve deeper into our theme of “tradition,” I will lead us through the words of Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” and Rev. Dr. Peter Hughes will speak on our history of pacifist non-resistance. At the end, we’ll light candles of hope and peace, as we consider our part in this long-standing tradition.
Following the service, everyone is invited outside for a photograph in front of our building at noon. But let me explain… A few weeks ago, Anthony, a gender-creative 11-year old in our Saskatoon congregation, took great offence at a rap video created by a woman calling on religious people to rise up in support of Alberta’s proposed “washroom bill” that would introduce gender-based discrimination into that province’s schools. Anthony, recognizing that Unitarians are religious people who have gone on record supporting the rights of transgender people, made a video that answered the original with Unitarian values.
Anthony is now encouraging Unitarians across the country to make a video that speaks to our values in a more general way. Our group photo will be our contribution to this effort, so I encourage you to join us out front at noon. (And then move to Workman Hall to celebrate Anne Murdock’s 90th birthday with cake!)
In faith and love,