Sermon by Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister.
The inspiration for my sermon this week comes from James Baldwin's letter to his fifteen-year-old nephew, which was written in the early 1960's. Baldwin tells his namesake that although he was born into an unjust world based in white supremacy, James should know that he's loved deeply by his family and that their love will enable him to survive despite the oppression he'll inevitably encounter as a black male. In the last couple of years, we've been made increasingly aware of the vulnerability of black bodies, but also of other bodies: Indigenous women's bodies, transgendered bodies, cisgendered straight women's bodies, and queer bodies. Unfortunately, violent actions driven by fear and hate often seem to dominate the headlines.
These times call for responses based in abundant love and deep acceptance of self and other. May our religious community always be a sanctuary of radical hospitality and hope. Come to church this Sunday to hear some of my reflections on the importance of love in every aspect of our lives and how intergenerational relationships like the one between Baldwin and his nephew can be lifesaving and healing.
Happy Canada Day to you all and Happy Pride weekend as well! For those of you travelling this holiday weekend, I wish you safe travels and an enjoyable time away.