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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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Blessing of the Backpacks — A Mini Primer

Such a brilliant idea: a Blessing of the Backpacks. I first encountered it in Full-Week Faith, created by Karen Bellavance Grace through the Fahs Collaborative, which is ” is an exciting laboratory that brings people together to explore and create … Continue reading

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Inherent Worth & Dignity and (Possibly) Defending Clarence Thomas (reblogged)

While at the national (with some international flavors, as well) gathering of Unitarian Universalists that just concluded in Portland, Oregon, public theologian Rev. Tom Schade was generous enough to invite me to occasionally lend my voice (and others — he … Continue reading

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Making a Joyful Noise: Bridging at First Parish

I fell in love again today. This morning it was not hot, but it was humid. Every window in the sanctuary was open, but it did not much matter. It was like god had used it last night to bake … Continue reading

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Mother's Day Proclamation in the Shadow of #BaltimoreUprising

Mother’s Day is upon us. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, Mother’s Day is often spent invoking the words of Unitarian Julia Ward Howe and her Mother’s Day Proclamation. She wrote it in 1870 as an international anti-war cry, having witnessed the … Continue reading

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A Litany of Blessings (for Tori Jameson)

(At my current seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, it is tradition that at the last UU worship before graduation, we recognize those of us who are graduating.  Each graduating senior is blessed by someone else.  My friend asked me if … Continue reading

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Prayer for This Day – May 3, 2015

For church this morning at First Parish Church of Groton, I wrote the pastoral prayer ahead of time.  However, when the time came, I was moved to dump most of it and to give voice to the joys and sorrows … Continue reading

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Begin Again in Love (sermon)

March 15, 2015 First Parish Church of Groton Karen G. Johnston Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry Intern Minister  (for audio version of sermon click here) O, Oracle of Wikipedia! I beseech thee! I am unknowing and seek your wisdom: … Continue reading

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Prayer on the 50th Anniversary of Selma

audio version here Dearest God, Sweet Divine Spark, we call out now, in hope that all Creation will hear. This planet, Oh God, is reeling. The nations, Dear Lord, are suffering. The peoples, Tender Mercy, are full of pain. There … Continue reading

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