Sermon by Donovan Hayden.
Today we will be honoured to welcome Donovan Hayden to the First Unitarian online pulpit.
Donovan is a Black activist, storyteller, and artist. Last year he finished a MA in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in Toronto. Donovan has had the opportunity to engage with Unitarians and anti-racism work in both Canada and the US. He blends activism and art for the goal of liberation and the dismantling of White supremacy.
The CUC and many congregations have adopted the 8th Principle that calls on Unitarians “to individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion in ourselves and our institutions.” Donovan Hayden asks, “Great, but what does that look like? How do congregations put the 8th principle into practice to reconcile with internal racism, take action in our communities, and stand in solidarity with others?” He will address the challenges of doing anti-racist work and provide insight on how Unitarians can live the 8th Principle.
Donovan’s talk is part of “Sharing Our Faith” Sunday, an annual service in which we support the CUC in its ongoing work to enhance ministry, aid congregational projects and outreach, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement across Canada.
After our morning’s service, we’re invited to the CUC’s National Worship Service, led by Revs. Victoria Ingram and Meghann Robern, entitled “Celebration and Contemplation: The Path of an 8th Principle”, which takes place online at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
I hope you’ll join us for a Sunday that promises to offer deep insight, community connection and opportunities for growth in our ongoing journey as Canadian Unitarian Universalists.