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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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The Shared World: Lessons In Joy and (Dis)Comfort (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton Karen G. Johnston, Ministerial Intern (audio version can be found here) Let’s do a short visualization exercise. That means when I say a word, you bring to mind an image or a word or phrase, … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear the Reaper: Reactions When I Tell People What I Do

I was in line at my local food co-op, which just so happens to have the planet’s best dirty chai (the treat I get for myself after an especially hard day’s work). It’s embarrassingly expensive, but nothing else compares. IMHO. … Continue reading

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True Story: Married not Once, but Twice, to a Dying Woman

This is a story of lesbians in love.  It is also one facet of the jewel story of my sister-in-law’s sister, Jill Johnson-Young.  I hope that I got all the details right, but I might not have –  the heart … Continue reading

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