Take Courage, Reflection on Peacemaking

Sermon by Revs. Lynn Harrison & Shawn Newton.

Earth floating in cradling hands It’s been frequently noted that character emerges from—or is revealed by—adversity. The great sage Mary Tyler Moore put it quite succinctly: “You can’t be brave if you’ve had only wonderful things happen to you.” She’s right, of course. Our challenges help us to understand who we are, and who we can become. Which means, whether we like it or not, we’re living through a truly character-building time.

As we take up our November theme of “Character,” Rev. Lynn and I will be inviting you this month to reflect on the meaning of character in your life. This Sunday, we will both offer reflections on what it means to “dwell together in peace” in these challenging times.

On this Sunday before Remembrance Day, our seminarian Nicole McKay, who is preparing to serve as the first Unitarian Universalist chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces, will provide our Call to Worship. Angela Klassen will lead us in the beautiful song “Comfort Me.” And Joanne Chapin, one of our resident musicians, will join with Adam Sakiyama to share the Indigo Girls’ “Closer to Fine.”

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,

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