Category Archives: Standing on the Side of Love

Little People Living Love Out Loud (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick Reverend Karen G. Johnston   Our reading:   The sermon: Little people living love out loud. That’s what Kid President told us is ours to do. That’s what the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project is … Continue reading

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No Hell Below Us: A Sermon for John Murray Day 2018 (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick September 30, 2018   (This sermon was preceded by the poem, Monet Refuses the Operation.)     Are there Star Wars fans in the house?   Can I get a sense with a show of hands: … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Here We Are, All in One Place (sermon)

New Member Sunday The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Not long after the presidential election, Yale history professor Timothy Snyder published an article that has been republished all over the internet and was turned into a little book. This little … Continue reading

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What’s Going On?: Message for the White Supremacy Teach In (sermon)

May 14, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Time For All Ages story:   Message An uncomfortable journey. We have been asked to take one: talking and listening about something that is abhorrent, something that lingers, something that has … Continue reading

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Shifting Grounds Beneath Us: Facing White Supremacy (sermon)

I never met Margaret Maurer, founding member of this congregation. She died in 2011 at the age of 101. Despite having never met her, I have benefitted – we all have — from her legacy. Thanks to an incredibly generous … Continue reading

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Lullabies for Our Children, Ourselves (sermon)

February 12, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ   When my little ones were little, I would sing as part of our bedtime routine. One of the songs was The Ballad of Erica Levine by the late Bob Blue. … Continue reading

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In the Thrall of Fallen Angels: Implicit Bias and A Hard Path Through (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick NJ December 4, 2016   I am a story. So are you. So is everyone. So say the opening words from our Time For All Ages story this morning. I am, in fact, like you … Continue reading

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