Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Paris. Beirut. Baghdad.
San Bernardino. Columbia. Columbine.
For a time, simply speaking the name of a city visited by horrific violence is enough to conjure a powerful memory of the tragedy that recently unfolded there. We hear such a city’s name and immediately our thoughts turn to crime scenes, to mug shots, and to the staggering, senseless loss of even more lives. It’s enough to prompt us to turn off our televisions, and our computers, and our minds.
Our current headlines remind us that we live in a troubled, troubling world. Many of us are struggling to make sense of our living at a moment in history that could so easily be described as both the best and worst of times. On Sunday, we’ll grapple with the meaning of violence in our lives, and in the world around us, asking what we, as Unitarians, can bring to the effort to promote peace and understanding over violence and hate.
During the service, we’ll mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and honour the work of Amnesty International. A special offering with be collected to support Amnesty’s work. Following the service, there will be a brief Congregational Meeting to consider expanding our Syrian Refugee Project to sponsor up to five families.
Wishing you peace in this season.
In faith and love,