Tag Archives: Joanna Macy

Guest Houses of Old and of Today

Once a month I conduct what I call A Ritual of Gratitude and Letting Go.  It is based on the four-point spiral that guides the Work That Reconnects of Joanna Macy.  The WTR is focused on spiritual engagement with climate … Continue reading

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How of Now: Holding this Earth, Our Gratitude, Our Pain (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton, April 26, 2015  Audio version here. Perhaps you know this parable, which invites us to see with new eyes, or eyes that are willing to see newly: There once was a simple farmer who lived … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2015

In the early 1980s, we all lived under the pale of mutual nuclear destruction.  Are you, dear reader, old enough to remember? I was in high school then and I took this very personally.  While others were out partying, or … Continue reading

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The Great (Racial Justice) Turning (Part II)

(Part I can be found here.) We long for a clear, identifiable fix. Something that we can advocate for – it might not come tomorrow or next week, but we can name it now (like body cameras on police officers, … Continue reading

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Inexplicably Towards the Great Turning

There are three stories that describe this point in the earth’s narrative: Business as Usual; the Great Unraveling; and the Great Turning. Business as Usual is a familiar paradigm. This story values growth over all other things. But only particular … Continue reading

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Everybody Loves a Good Ending (of the World) (sermon)

Everybody Loves a Good Ending (of the World) audio version: click here. Above is a link to my first attempt to audio record and post my sermons.  Please forgive clumsiness as I learn.  Below is the prepared sermon, which is … Continue reading

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Hope with Feet: Stepping Into the Great Turning (sermon)

 Village Church, Cummington, MA ~ June 2, 2013 Karen G. Johnston, Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry READING #1 “Causes and effects assume history marches forward, but history is not an army.  It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip … Continue reading

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What is Worth Saving? (sermon)

Village Church, Cummington, MA May 19, 2013 Karen G. Johnston Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry Readings A Stone Jug A bulldozer digging a pond on my mother’s family’s land unearths two stoneware jugs buried four feet in the ground, … Continue reading

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Love Wins: The Reluctant Prophet in Us All (sermon)

Reading You might remember that in January, I quoted Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the tragedy of the Newtown massacre.  A month after her daughter was murdered, she wrote Many … Continue reading

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