Events under 'Sunday Services'
Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Is Nothing Sacred?

Is Nothing Sacred? Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton Psychology professor Jonathan Haidt, in his recent book, The Righteous Mind, suggests that liberals are guided in questions of morality by three core values: caring for the weak, fairness, and liberty. He says that people who are more conservative share these three values, but add to them three more: loyalty, a respect for authority, and, what he calls, sanctity. It's the last one that fascinates and stumps me. Is a willingness to name some things sacred and inviolable solely a conservative trait? What does that mean for us as "religious liberals"? This Sunday and the remaining Sundays of this month, we'll be exploring what shapes our ethical framework as Unitarians.
Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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The People on the Bus

The People on the Bus Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton   Have you ever climbed aboard the bus or a streetcar-or walked through the doors of the subway-and felt you had suddenly entered some brave new world, some strange experience that was already well underway before you got on? A bus route and a subway line are like an unfolding and ongoing conversation, every stop an inflection point as people exit and enter, exit and enter. The subway rolls into a station and suddenly the conversation changes. The mix is different. Public transit can be a great metaphor for life, especially as people come and go. But what do we make of our fellow travellers? Just what are our ties and obligations to "the people on the bus"?   In faith, Shawn
Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton Paper or plastic? Remember that great moral question? The one that for years confronted any shopper at the supermarket cash with more than a handful of groceries? It's not a question asked so often any more, given the proliferation of cloth bags and the move away from paper bags altogether. But it's the kind of question that reminds us of the seemingly small choices in our every day lives that have wider moral implications. I'll confess that I never really figured out the correct answer; compelling arguments were (and are!) made for and against both paper and plastic. Cloth now seems the obviously ethical answer, though I nervously await some future report of how our collection of cloth bags made from recycled plastic causes more environmental harm than we ever imagined! So, how can we trust ourselves to make the right choice when it matters most? How can we know how to do the right thing? In faith, Shawn
Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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The Challenge of Secularism

The Challenge of Secularism Sermon by Janice Tait   Janice will share her spiritual journey from her childhood faith to her present-day reflections on life's big questions, while considering what our society's growing secularism means for us as Unitarians.   Special music will be provided by the Barbara Bloomer Horn Quartet.
Sunday, September 02, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Drops in the Bucket

Drops in the Bucket Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton   For this, our annual Water Communion service, please plan to arrive with a small bit of water representing some aspect of wherever the journey of summer has taken you.
Sunday, September 09, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, September 16, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Cult (and Other Four Letter Words)

Cult (and Other Four Letter Words) Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel   Our Intern Minister for 2012-13 joins us in the pulpit for the first time.
Sunday, September 23, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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The Work of Our Hands and Our Hearts

The Work of Our Hands and Our Hearts Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, September 30, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Otherwise”

Thanksgiving Sunday and our Annual Bread Communion with Rev. Shawn Newton & Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister
Sunday, October 07, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Gordon Lightfoot vs. Stompin’ Tom”

Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister
Sunday, October 14, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Turn the World Around”

United Nations Sunday with sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, October 21, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Good Grief”

Our annual commemoration of Samhain, All Souls, and Dia de los Muertos. All are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to contribute to our altar of memory. Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton with Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister
Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Things Commonly Believed Among Us”

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, November 04, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“What Do We Remember?”

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton with Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister
Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Walking Together”

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Apocalypse Wow! (An Advent Story)”

Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister. Advent approaches, heralding preparations for another holiday season: a holiday with roots in celebration and anticipation for a new kind of world.  This year, a Maya tradition gives another date that has gotten people thinking about major transformations in the planet.  Appeals for action from scientists and social movements speak likewise.   There is urgency in many of these accounts, and a sense of despair that can often come with this sort of thing.  And in the midst of these, the opportunity they proclaim can be missed.  The time to seize those opportunities is nigh!   Blessings, Rod
Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“In Praise of the Ordinary”

Sermon by  Rev. Shawn Newton
Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Bending toward Justice?”

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton. Read his notes. This is Amnesty Sunday when we participate in the annual Amnesty Write for Rights and focus on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There will be a special collection to support the work of Amnesty International followed by letter writing after the service. Amnesty calendars, cards and other great merchandise will be available for purchase during coffee hour.
Sunday, December 09, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Hope Against Hope”

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton. "When hope is hard to find. . ." Those words from the chorus of the hymn "Come, Sing a Song with Me" speak to the challenge many of us face on a daily basis, but perhaps most especially during the darkening days of December. In this season seemingly filled with "hope" at every turn, hope can be pretty hard to come by. Despite the twinkling lights and blazing candles all around the city, genuine hope can prove elusive. It's worth asking, then, what kind of hope we're hoping for. On Sunday, we'll explore this question, as we celebrate the final day of Chanukah. We will also, in a brief ceremony, install our two new Lay Pastors, a role created by the Board of Trustees, with input from the Convenors and Committee on Ministry, to assist me in better managing the pastoral and spiritual needs of our growing congregation. See you on Sunday. In faith, Shawn
Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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“Card-Carrying Giver”

Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister
Sunday, December 23, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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