Land Acknowledgement

Sermon by Shawn Newton.

Turtle Island

I don’t know about you, but I’m still basking in the congregational vote taken last Sunday to decide on the next home for First Unitarian. I’m grateful for the many notes I’ve received from people beginning to imagine the exciting possibilities that may come with our new location. And I am continuing to feel such deep gratitude for both the past and present team of incredibly dedicated volunteers who’ve brought us to this long-awaited moment. While there is much work ahead as we prepare for this transition, may we savour the strength of our congregation at this juncture. It is no small thing that our community has come through this time of uncertainty and frequent disappointments with such grace and good humour. And for that I am most grateful.

This Sunday, we will honour the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, the new federal holiday which coincides next Thursday with Orange T-Shirt Day. Gordon Peters, Deputy Chief of the Iroquois and Allied Indians, will be our special guest, leading us in this Sunday’s land acknowledgement. Robbie Brydon will also share reflections, and my sermon will question what we’re really doing when we acknowledge the land. Our resident musician Danny Fong will share his new original piece “We Are One.”

Wishing you all the gifts that come with autumn.

In faith and love,

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Danny Fong singing We Are One