Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
When Unitarians talk about the “interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part,” we tend to do so in glowing terms, highlighting the sacred bonds that connect every living thing. As we begin this month’s exploration of the theme of Interdependence, though, I will invite us to consider the uncomfortable but sometimes needed places that interdependence takes us, and the often unexpected partners we can discover along the way.
Next Sunday, I’ll be preaching at the Neighbourhood congregation as we continue deepening the ties between our two Unitarian communities. Later that afternoon, I’ll begin a month of sabbatical time. I’ll be using this time to focus on reading and writing for the penultimate class in my doctoral program. As I reach the end of my coursework and begin to pivot to the research and writing stage, I’ll be using some of my accrued sabbatical and study time in a more structured way to complete my program. If I remain on track, I’ll be wrapping up this process in about a year and a half.
While I’m away, in addition to Rev. Lynn Harrison preaching twice, Rev. Dr. Peter Hughes and Rev. Dr. Stephen Atkinson will be leading services, as well. As always, I know the congregation will be in good hands with the support provided by Lynn, our Lay Pastors, and the Pastoral Care Team. Thank you for this gift of time to reflect and study and renew!
In faith and love,
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