Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This month, we’re exploring the promises we make, especially within the Unitarian framework of “covenant.” My colleague Victoria Safford beautifully describes what we, as Unitarians, mean when using this concept:
A covenant is not a contract. It is not made and signed and sealed once and for all, sent to the attorneys for safekeeping or guarded under glass in a museum. A covenant is not a static artifact and it is not a sworn oath: Whereas, whereas, whereas. . . . Therefore, I will do this, or I’ll die, so help me God. A covenant is a living, breathing aspiration, made new every day. It can’t be enforced by consequences but it may be reinforced by forgiveness and by grace, when we stumble, when we forget, when we mess up.
This Sunday, I’ll build on the sermons Lynn Harrison and I have preached this month to delve into what it means for us to find life-giving ways to live in covenant with ourselves, each other, and the wider world.
A reminder that we will gather at 3pm on Sunday to celebrate the life of Mark Jorgensen, who for many years filled our sanctuary and our hearts with song and with joy. For those unable to attend in person, the memorial service will be live-streamed (please see the notice in First Light about the updated link and password for accessing our live-stream).
With all good wishes as we turn toward autumn.
In faith and love,
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