Author Archives: KGJ

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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A Visit to Steelmantown Cemetery

I don’t remember ever needing or wanting a burial spot, though I do remember thinking about it from an early age. When one looks at my family, there are many ways to respond to the dead human body and the … Continue reading

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Rise Up: Reflections on Patriotism (sermon)

I am the A-L-E-X-A-N-D-E-R we are meant to be A colony that runs independently Meanwhile, Britain keeps shittin’ on us endlessly Essentially, they tax us relentlessly Then King George turns around, runs a spending spree He ain’t ever gonna set … Continue reading

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And the Welcome Will Be Wide: It’s Not About the Bathrooms (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, New Jersey And the table will be wide. And the welcome will be wide. And the arms will open wide to gather us in. We are fortunate that here in New Jersey: more protections for the rights … Continue reading

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