Due to inclement weather, this service was simplified and the theme was changed.
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
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I am guessing there aren’t too many sermons bring preached around the globe this weekend on the topic of what it means to be white. But that is precisely what I will be doing.
The service isn’t meant to denigrate white people, of which I am obviously one. It’s, frankly, far more complicated than that. I want for us to look at white racial identity as honestly and openly as we can—not to induce paralyzing feelings of guilt, but to isolate the meaning of whiteness so that those of us who are white can be more effective in working for racial justice.
It is said that in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, the sermon is never the last word on anything. I especially hope that to be true with this topic. My hope is that this service will serve encourage us to take the next step as a congregation, challenging us to deepen our efforts and the quality of our conversation. I hope this will be heard as an invitation, individually and together, to do the soul-work of self-examination that is required if we are to truly live into our principles.
As we dig into this month’s theme of “Change,” let us all bring a full and open heart to the service on Sunday.
In faith and love,
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