"To Bless the World"
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
With over half the population of Toronto born outside of Canada, with over 140 languages spoken in this great city, and with our status as one of the most multicultural cities on the planet, it’s easy to consider ourselves cosmopolitan. The word comes from Greek and can be translated as “citizen of the world.” Given that definition, who among us wouldn’t want to be called cosmopolitan? Especially if the opposite would mean being thought “parochial” or narrow-minded?
And, yet, what does such citizenship require of us? For those who enjoy seeming ease navigating different world cultures and who have some awareness of the news unfolding around the globe, is there more expected of us than simple passing concern? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbours—be they down the street or half a world away? It’s not an easy question to answer when we’re bombarded around the clock with constant reports of heartache all over the world. How do we keep up? How do we play our part?
In faith and love,