Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
More and more, I look to the problems of the world and think that it’s not so much a lack of will that we suffer from, but, rather, a failure of imagination. As we kick off June’s theme of imagination, I’ll explore what it might mean for us to “grow a soul”—not only for ourselves, but for the sake of the world we live in.
This will be my last Sunday morning in the pulpit as preacher until mid-September. After eight years, I’m feeling the need to take a bit longer break than I normally do each summer. So, I’ll be using up the rest of my vacation, study leave, and a few weeks of sabbatical time to reflect and renew in order to return on September 1st, ready for the year ahead.
As some of you know, I will be spending the last couple of weeks in August in and around Nairobi, as part of a small delegation of ministers in our Mentoring Coalition with the Kenyan congregations. I’ll be visiting all six of the Unitarian Universalist communities there, will join in meetings and trainings with their denominational leaders, and teach a short course on theology. (A couple of people have expressed safety concerns given the recent violence in Kenya, so I want to assure you that we will be very attentive to the situation there and taking steps to reduce risks.)
Though this is my last Sunday preaching for a while, I will be here next Sunday to celebrate the end of Curtis’ internship before he transitions into being our Summer Minister. And, later that afternoon at 4:00, I very much look forward to preaching at the Ordination of our own Lori Kyle to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. This is a not only a great achievement in her life, but a milestone moment in our congregation, as one of our own takes up the commitment of ministry after being inspired and formed and fed by our congregation. I hope you’ll plan to attend.
See you Sunday.
In faith and love,