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Lives Lived

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.


Tonya Engel - Lives lost to covid-19

Each year, in early January, we mark the lives of those—the famous and not-so-famous—whose lives, in ways big or small, changed our world. This Sunday, we will remember a number of people who died in 2021, from LaDonna Allard and Christopher Plummer to Michelle Ross and bell hooks. Tahirih Vejdani will offer music by Stephen Sondheim and Danny Fong will share a piece by the Everly Brothers. While it may seem strange to attend a service packed with eulogies, this annual service has become a much-beloved tradition, for it is a life-affirming experience to lift up compelling and complicated examples of lives lived well.

On a personal note, I’ll soon begin a three-month sabbatical break to make progress in my doctoral work. I will be on break from mid-January through mid-April. Rev. Lynn and a number of guest speakers will be ably covering the pulpit while I’m away, and our wonderful staff and volunteer leaders will continue to guide and support the ongoing work of the congregation. As always, First Unitarian is in good hands.

May these weeks of deep winter be a time of growth and reflection for us all.

Take good care.

In faith and love,
Shawn