The Compelling Case for Interdependence
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
If you received an email from Bruce Schwartzentruber in recent years, you may have noticed the African proverb he included in his signature line. "If you want to travel fast, go alone; if you want to travel far, go together." Not only does that sum up Bruce's philosophy of life, but it speaks to a persistent tension in our Unitarian faith, and really our larger culture. It is this fundamental tension at the heart of life between freedom and connection, between the urge to go it alone and the desire to belong that I'll tackle in my sermon on Sunday.
A reminder that we will memorialize Bruce on Sunday at 3:00pm with a Celebration of Life in his honour. If you are arriving by car, I encourage you, if at all possible, to park at some distance from First and walk in order to leave the parking on nearby streets and the lot across the street from First available for Bruce’s family and friends who are less familiar with parking in our neighbourhood. There is free parking behind the Desjardins building at 95 St. Clair West, and Timothy Eaton United Church is allowing us to use their parking lot.
Finally, I know many are struggling to make sense of the sudden loss that has come with Bruce's death. Know that the Lay Pastors, Curtis, and I are available to you if you need to talk.v
In love and faith,