Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Change is the most basic fact of life. As the words on the Queen Street Bridge poignantly put it: “The river I step in is not the river I stand in.” Or, as Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, worded it long ago: “change alone is unchanging.”
This week we launch a six-week series on change. Over the coming weeks, we will engage with many aspects of change through a variety of contexts. This Sunday, I’ll be reflecting in my sermon on how we determine the conditions when change can be undertaken with intention and purpose—and how to manage when change is completely out of our control, and we simply have to go with the flow. During the services in this series, we will offer a new ritual—an opportunity to drop pebbles in water and consider, with the ripples that radiate out, how our lives are changing from week to week.
This Sunday (following the service), I will begin a two-month break, as I step away from the day-to-day life of the congregation, to replenish my own well, make progress on some pressing goals in my academic work, and prepare for some projects related to First Unitarian, including the launch of the podcast I’m working on with Tracey Erin Smith. I deeply appreciate this opportunity to attend to my spirit and well-being, and am excited about the ways this time away will help me to nourish the life of First on my return. I will be back to lead services on two Sundays in February. In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful winter!
In faith and love,
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