Author Archives: KGJ

Benediction for County Commissioners

Middlesex County (New Jersey) Board of County Commissioner Swearing In Cermony and Reoganization Meeting Benediction January 6, 2022 Reverend Karen G. Johnston Spirit of Life and Love, God of Many Names, Including No Name, Including No God, Great Abiding Mystery … Continue reading

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Opening to Joy: Psychedelics, Ancient Medicine & New Science (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ December 5, 2021 Reverend Karen G. Johnston This video contains the spoken version of this sermon. Part I If you die before you die, then you won’t die when you die. This is an … Continue reading

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Holding History: Honoring Indigenous Communities (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ November 21, 2021 Reverend Karen G. Johnston Holding history. That is this month’s Soul Matters theme.  This month is also Native American Heritage month. In just a few days most, if not all of … Continue reading

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We Plan, Earth Laughs (sermon)

November 7, 2021 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Reverend Karen G. Johnston A true story that comes to us from our sibling congregation in Amherst, Massachusetts: In 1919, The Rev. Henry Ives was called by the church. During his … Continue reading

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Denial Isn’t Only a River in Egypt (sermon)

Let us choose to be like the lover of Skeleton Woman, perhaps afraid at first, but willing, in time, to embrace mortality, that life might be sweeter, fuller, fleshlier. Continue reading

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Shifting the Narrative: Embracing Possibility, Embracing Eve (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick NJ September 26, 2021 Reverend Karen G. Johnston Part I The story of the Garden of Eden, of Adam and Eve: abbreviated. God makes Adam from mud and breath. God makes all the creatures and … Continue reading

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What Future Are We Preparing For (sermon)

Part I I have some challenging questions for us, which I pose with love for you, for us, and for this aching world. I cannot promise you hope in this sermon, but as a good modern Universalist, I can promise … Continue reading

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Dear Universe, What. The. Heck?!? (a prayer)

This prayer was inspired by the prayer at the end of this blogpost by Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber.

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Reparations: A Sermon

Introduction The opening skit  for Saturday Night Live back on April 11, was a morning news show in Minneapolis with four anchors, two Black and two white. This was days before the Derek Chauvin verdict for murdering George Floyd.  Banter … Continue reading

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Ritual for Re-Opening Space

As all kinds of folx move into re-opening space that was closed during the pandemic, it can help to bring intentionality, and even ritual, to this process. We have all been exposed to trauma in the form of a global … Continue reading

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