Sermon by Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister.
Some say that ministers are here to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I find myself in this position sometimes, and this week I'll be leaning more towards the latter. In my sermon on Sunday, I'll be inviting you to reflect on the recent actions of the Black Lives Matter Toronto group and what it means to be a good ally in the struggles of people of colour seeking to end systemic racism and oppression.
How can white people effectively stand by the side of people of colour and support their ongoing efforts for justice? We will need to examine our white privilege and various forms of complicity in the evil system of white supremacy. We cannot simply remain silent and thus complicit with the system. Instead we will need to step outside our comfort zones and live out of a place of revolutionary love. This means building real relationships with marginalized, oppressed peoples and doing the difficult work of staying in relationship. Using an example of a unique friendship forged by a visionary leader from nineteenth-century Unitarian history, I will argue that one great, albeit imperfect, resource for learning to be good allies for racial justice is our own prophetic tradition. As feminist theologian Carter Heyward argues, "Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth." May we continue to put our faith into action and to be a people so bold.