A Vision for this Place
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Each week, I begin our service with some variation of the words of our mission statement: “Committed to love and justice, we seek to understand the meaning of our lives, connect with others in common purpose, and serve life to build a better world.” This coming Sunday, I’ll dig deeper into this mission to explore why it matters—not just on a congregational level, but as a life-giving personal spiritual practice. To seek, connect, and serve is not merely a catchy, concise statement of what we’re about as a congregation; I believe to seek, connect, and serve is a call to each of us to a more powerful way of life.
I’m delighted to share that we welcomed Danielle Webber to First Unitarian this week, as she begins her term with us as our 2016-2017 Intern Minister. I’ve gotten to know Danielle over the past couple of years and am excited about the many gifts and talents she brings to this role. Danielle graduated from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago this spring and recently completed a two-year half-time internship at her home congregation in Calgary, where she and her family have been active for many years. To gain an understanding of another, different congregation, Danielle has decided to do a second internship to broaden her experience. So, we are blessed to share in this time of learning with Danielle this year.
Also, in case you missed my announcement last week, we have also welcomed Rev. Lynn Harrison to our staff, as our new Minister of Community Engagement. We will formally welcome both Lynn and Danielle on Sunday, September 11th, when we celebrate our annual Water Communion Service (be sure to gather water from some place meaningful to you, if you haven’t already!).
Finally, I’ve been thrilled that so many people have been accessing our worship services online on Sunday mornings this summer. If you’re not able to be with us in person, please join us for the service, streamed live, starting at 10:30am.
Savour these summery days!
In faith and love,