Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton & Ann Shafer.
As we approach Remembrance Day, red poppies have bloomed, far and wide again this fall, a ubiquitous sign of gratitude and admiration for those who’ve served in the country’s armed forces. And, there are also to be found, though less plentiful, white poppies, a sign of aspiration for peace and non-violence. I appreciate the traditions behind both colours, which perhaps speaks to the ambivalence I feel about war. By ambivalence, I don’t mean indifference—which the word is sometimes thought to mean—but rather it’s truest definition of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something.
The same has been true for Unitarian Universalism for much of our history. People often assume we are part of the “Peace Church” traditions, such as the Quakers and Mennonites. Our story, though, is much more complicated. On Sunday, I’ll share part of that story and explore where we, as a faith, might go from here to promote peace in the world.
I’ll be joined in the pulpit this week by Anna Schafer for a powerful reflection about her experience of growing up in Germany, near the Dutch border, in the wake of World War II.
In faith and love,