Author Archives: KGJ

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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Living Within Our Means

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ May 16, 2021 Today, I am here to encourage the congregation as a whole to go boldly into uncertainty; to live boldly within our means; to invest boldly in our future.  Even as the … Continue reading

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Mothers, Lost & Found

May 9, 2021 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Rachel, 22 and Rozenah, 6 weeks Sarah, 22, and Diannah, 7 months Hagar, 39, and Augustus, 4; Mary, 2 Christeen, 37 and Diana, 9, Dorcus, 1 I say these names of … Continue reading

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V’ahavta by Aurora Levins Morales – video interpretation

The pandemic has brought to me is learning how to edit videos and create worshipful art in this way. Here is one of them. The powerful, mind-blowing, heart-breaking, heart-making poem, V’ahavta, by the powerful, down-to-earth, radical Aurora Levins Morales. Support … Continue reading

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Five Senses Meditation

What is your ground?  What is your horizon? Your ground is that place outside yourself and that space inside yourself to where you return to ground yourself, to calm yourself, to collect yourself.  Once we ground ourselves, it is easier … Continue reading

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Inaugural Poem Mash Up

In honor of this presidential inauguration, I created this video interpretation, a mash-up of five of the six occasional poems created for the inauguration of U.S. president. Deep gratitude to my colleagues whose embodied delivery of these combined excerpts that … Continue reading

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