Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” - Mark Twain
With this coming Sunday, we launch the March’s theme of what it means to live a life of “knowing.” It may seem a strange theme, but the exploration of what we know and how we know it is foundational to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. This week, I’ll talk about how much we—or at least I—don’t know!
As you’ve hopefully heard, I’ll be leaving next week to begin a a month of sabbatical time, which has become my general rather than taking several months away all at once. During my time away, I’ll be visiting a number of congregations in California with innovative approaches to ministry. Toward the end of my break, I’ll be preaching in Burlington, Vermont at a ministerial installation for a friend, attending the UU-United Nations Office Spring Seminar in Manhattan with our youth group and their advisors, and then trekking to Boston for meetings at the UUA.
While I am away, Lynn and the Lay Pastors will be available, as always, for listening and support should any emergencies or general pastoral concerns arise. Our convenors, board, and staff are well equipped to manage the life of the congregation. I never doubt that the congregation is in good hands!
Finally, I want to express my deep thanks for this wonderful gift you provide to me—sabbatical time for research, renewal, and rest. I look forward to returning and telling you all about it.
In faith and love,