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White Lies: James Reeb, a Podcast, a Missing Murderer, & Liberatory Memory (sermon)

January 19, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Reverend Karen G. Johnston [a clip 1:17 minutes from the White Lies podcast, episode, “A Dangerous Kind of Self Delusion”] …Why must good men die for doing good? “O Jerusalem, why … Continue reading

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Three Gates: A Sermon on Right Speech (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ January 12, 2020 John Woolman, a New Jersey Quaker from before the Revolution, is most-known for seeing abolitionist values among the Quakers.  It is also from him that the concept of “right relationship” comes, … Continue reading

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These Walls as Clouds of Witnesses: Our Library Re-Dedication

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick November 24, 2019 What if these walls were a cloud of witnesses?  How can they not be?  For 55 years they have offered their shelter and their witness to the comings and goings, the hustle … Continue reading

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Pivoting the Sweet Spot: The Future of The Unitarian Society

November 23, 2019 This address was given on the occasion of The Unitarian Society’s Rededication event, marking the 64th anniversary of the congregation and 55th anniversary of the building. Theologian Frederick Buechner once wrote: “The place God calls you to … Continue reading

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Pivoting the Sweet Spot: The Future of The Unitarian Society

delivered at the Rededication event at The Unitarian Society November 23, 2019 Theologian Frederick Buechner once wrote: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” It’s like the Venn … Continue reading

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Each a Part of the Beautiful Whole (sermon)

Water Ingathering 2019 September 8, 2019 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ All of us need all of us to make it. These are words from Reverend Theresa Ines Soto, the Senior Minister at First Unitarian in Oakland California. All … Continue reading

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Lucky Pocket & Love Match

Have you ever had the experience of putting on your winter coat for the first time since last season and finding money in the pocket?  Or heard a story about someone buying something at a thrift store and finding money … Continue reading

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From Phone Booth to Cell Phone: Building the Next RE Program (sermon)

I borrow this series of questions from my colleague, Rev. Peter Boullata.  You might also remember that I asked you these same questions about a year and a half ago when I preached about change and generational shifts. The need … Continue reading

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Ritual for Broken Times: After the New Zealand Massacre

led at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield March 17, 2019 This afternoon’s ritual space is a lamentation, a condemnation, and rededication in the aftermath of the New Zealand tragedy on Friday where so many, too many, taking part in religious … Continue reading

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Upstanding

Think about your personal experiences with the place beyond hope and fear. I’m certain there’ve been many times when you found yourself stepping forward without hesitation. Something in the situation called you into spontaneous action without calculating costs and benefits. … Continue reading

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