Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
We've likely all heard it said at some point: "Sorry just doesn't cut it." This Sunday, as we take up February's theme of reconciliation, we'll explore what is involved in the process of making a genuine apology and finding meaningful healing. My sermon will speak to "the art of the apology," covering the aspects required for an apology to be effective and complete. While practicing this vital art can be useful in our day-to-day lives, I'll be asking us all to give greater thought to the goal of reconciliation with our Aboriginal neighbours. We'll be joined by Steve Teekens, the Executive Director of Na-Me-Res, the Native Men's Residence.
With a week to go, I want to congratulate the team working on "The Vagina Monologues." The production is coming along splendidly, and both performances are now nearly sold out. I look forward to hearing these powerful stories told in our sanctuary, and I'm thrilled we'll be able to donate the proceeds of several thousand dollars to Sistering! Hooray!
Finally, I want to let you know that I will be taking my sabbatical break this year between 15 February and 23 March. I'll be travelling in Europe with Debra Faulk, the minister of the Calgary congregation, exploring church history, and in particular visiting places related to significant chapters in the Unitarian tradition. While I'm away, there will be a great line-up of Sundays, with Stephanie Gannon preaching twice, with the drummer Matt Meyer leading a wonderful music-based service, a celebration of International Women's Day with members of the cast of "The Vagina Monologues," and, at the end, with Dallas Bergen sharing reflections upon his return from his sabbatical. You'll be in great hands, as well, when it comes to pastoral care, with the Lay Pastors at the ready to be of support should you need them. As always, I'm grateful for these opportunities you provide me to recharge my battery and enrich and sustain our ministry together.
See you Sunday!
In faith and love,