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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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A Compass, Not a Map (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ March 19, 2017     A compass, rather than a map. Last week I told you that I have been reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Its subtitle is “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, … 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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You Are the Sixth: The Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, New Jersey January 22, 2017  Last May, when I sat with many of you at the Women’s luncheon to interrogate – I mean interview – the ministerial candidate to decide whether to call her – … Continue reading

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Loving the Hell Out of the Cracks in the World (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ In the sermon I spent all day writing on Friday and scrapped yesterday, I was going to ask you to cultivate curiosity. But it seemed a little too premature. Some time in the near … Continue reading

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The Wait. The Weight. The Waiting.

In my household, the past several weeks have been dubbed, “The Wait.” No, not the reality-tv process of abstinence before marriage that Meagan Good and Devon Franklin wrote a book about.  Not exactly my style.  Just sayin’. The Wait a … Continue reading

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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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Everything Possible: On the Fluidity of Humanity (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton October 11, 2015 Karen G. Johnston, Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry audio version: click here When my little ones were little, I would sing them songs as part of our bedtime routine. Songs from … Continue reading

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Water Ingathering at First Parish

At the start of the new UU church year – typically the Sunday after Labor Day – the center of the Sunday morning worship is a water ritual. Called a “Water Ceremony,” or Water Ingathering, it started in the 1980s … Continue reading

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Tonglen: Enough. For Now.

I met Doris* as she lay in a bed on the pulmonary unit to which I had been assigned as a hospital chaplain intern. At the moment when we met, she her breathing was “good enough” – not well enough … Continue reading

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