Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This Sunday, the members of First Unitarian will make one of the most important decisions in our congregation’s 172-year history: whether to sell our property on St. Clair Avenue and seek a new home. In recent days, with our congregational meeting approaching, I have been feeling a deep sense of connection with the generations who have gone before us—the women and men who’ve built up our congregation since its founding in 1845—as well as with the generations still to come—those future members of First who we have yet to meet (or may never meet), but who will carry forward our Living Tradition into a time well beyond our own.
We are, I believe, being asked to make a decision that upholds that Living Tradition, that honours our forebears whose efforts gifted to us the congregation we know today by doing everything we can to ensure the well-bring of First for generations to come.
In the service this week, we will reflect on how we make faithful decisions—both the big and the small. Do we look first, or leap first? Or is such a clear-cut choice a luxury we don’t have most of the time?
See you on Sunday.
In faith and love,
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