Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
As many of you heard last week, starting on October 1st, we will begin offering another worship service experience each Wednesday night at 6pm. This gathering will include an intentional though simple meal, usually of soup and bread. It will be a time for music and candles, joys and sorrows, meditation and prayer, readings and reflection, sharing and eating. Its primary goal will be to create kinship in a more intimate setting than is possible on Sunday mornings. We’re calling it The Dinner Table—a place where the family gathers, but where there’s always room for more. A place where we connect and commune, where we share our lives, and where we share ourselves.
This Sunday, we’ll continue the month’s theme of kinship with a look at how we are all entangled, sometimes in profoundly uncomfortable ways, in the interconnected web of being. As it turns out, kinship is very complicated!
One of the world’s most seemingly intractable tangles, of course, is the relationship between Israel and Palestine. The conflict brings out strong opinions and even stronger emotions. Often times we avoid discussing it (I certainly have!) because conflicts over the conflict give rise to even more conflict…! During the service this week, Dallas Bergen and I will both share reflections on our own grappling with the issues involved, in hopes of offering insights that may have application in other areas of our lives.
In faith and love,