Author Archives: KGJ

What We Lost Fifty Years Ago: Dr. King (sermon)

(A heads up: last Sunday, when I was not here, I was actually attending the 9am service at First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens, in Somerset.  If you are not familiar with First Baptist, it is a Black Baptist church with … Continue reading

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Failure is Our Only Option (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ March 11, 2018 In the 1960s, the Unilever corporation, in their quest to make and sell laundry detergent, encountered a problem. Now, remember, this is more than fifty years ago, so the ubiquitous form … Continue reading

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Torda 450: Our Roots in Unexpected Ground (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ February 4, 2018 It is essential to read between the lines. I had already learned this, but when I was in seminary, I had the chance to learn it again.  For instance, in Christian … Continue reading

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Four Essential Things

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ January 7, 2018 READING: God Gave Me a Word by Amy Petrie Shaw A grandmother — who was not only the end of all arguments in his large extended family, but often the start … Continue reading

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Safety, Wholeness, Yearning (sermon)

November 19, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ   A refrain that has been in my mind, over and over. Safety.  And wholeness.  And a deep yearning for it. I have finally noticed it this past week, but really … Continue reading

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The Mindset List: Congregational Life, Faith Formation, and the Future (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ November 12, 2017   Let me begin with gratitude to my colleague, the Reverend Peter Boulatta, as I borrow from his sermonic playbook. How many of you remember phone booths? How many of you … Continue reading

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I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (sermon in three parts))

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ November 5, 2017   Part I: faith&doubt Sister Simone Campbell, the 2014 Ware Lecturer at our own General Assembly, known as one of the Nuns on the Bus, spoke in that lecture about how … Continue reading

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#metoo prayer ritual

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Remembering to breathe and to breathe deeply and then once more, to take the breath in and let the breath out, we pause, poised as we are, at a point of risking, at a … Continue reading

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There Are No Unsacred Places (sermon)

September 17, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick (this sermon was delivered extemporaneously, though written in full ahead of time; the content is substantially the same, though minor changes exist between this text and the one preached) Place is important.  … Continue reading

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