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Charge to the Minister – for the Ordination of Karen G. Johnston by Rev. Elea Kemler

Sunday, June 5, 2016 From Rev. Elea Kemler   Karen, I charge you to hold you to some of the most beautiful ways you are a minister. Hold onto your joy. Hold onto your playful, bubble-blowing, creative self, the part … Continue reading

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Undeniable Reality of Connection: An Interfaith Letter Gets a Response

Here is what can happen  when we reach out across divides with solidarity, generosity, and integrity to bridge the distances.  Here is what can happen when you follow through on good works. Inspired by a letter written by a Unitarian … Continue reading

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Breaking Open to Fearless Passion

There is a Japanese art form originating in the 15th century called kintsugi. It is the process of repairing broken ceramics by mending them with a clear lacquer resin that is mixed with gold powder (or other powdered metals). In … Continue reading

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Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (II)

Part II: We Do Not Fear Change, But We Do Feel Loss (Click here for Part I.) What is smaller than a split-second? A mili-second? A nano-second? All long enough for my heart to skip a beat, worried I was … 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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Out of the Mouths of Babes

It was a Sunday of worship when those gathered were paying homage to the efforts and sacrifices of the civil rights movement. It could have been the Sunday before the MLK Jr. holiday. It could have been the fiftieth anniversary … Continue reading

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Choosing Open Eyes (sermon)

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. audio version here Somewhere in Asia – Japan or Malaysia or some other country – there is a picture on a Buddhist monk’s smart phone. … Continue reading

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Making Love in Public: Blogging on #SexUUality

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of courage in tackling issues around human sexuality—from campaigning for human rights, to pioneering innovative work in the Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum… join #UUs this month for a discussion of sex–the challenging parts, … Continue reading

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What is the Hokey Pokey All About?

When I was a social worker/home visitor and got paid for playing with toddlers, I worked in a community that was predominantly Spanish-speaking.  This means that I learned a couple of songs in Spanish that are typically sung in Puerto … Continue reading

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Furtive Movements: The New Jim Crow Over & Over (part I)

Maybe you were like me when the George Zimmerman trial was going on, shocked (not necessarily surprised) that the defense would come up with something so totally messed up as to say that Trayvon Martin was not unarmed because he … Continue reading

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