Author Archives: KGJ

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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There Are More of Us Than There Are of Them (sermon)

There are more of us than there are of them. There are more of us walking with the wind. In November 2019, I raised to you these prayerful words from Sikh community activitist and author, Valerie Kaur What if this … Continue reading

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We’ll Muddle Through Somehow: Christmas 2020 (sermon)

December 24, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Timothy Egan published an opinion piece in the New York Times a week ago, comparing the next three pandemic months to the 1805 winter that Lewis and Clark, and their crew, … Continue reading

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Keep Going On (sermon)

Thanksgiving is not as we imagined or hoped it would be. This will likely be true for Christmas and New Year’s. So much loss, sacrifice, change.  And still, we keep going on. Some of us have lost loved ones – … Continue reading

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“Oh, Honey” Healing Practice

I want to invite you into a healing practice I’m callig the “Oh, Honey” practice, inspired by the poem, “Self Compassion” by James Crews.  I invite you, as I am speaking, to bring your attention to your body and its … Continue reading

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Choose Democracy

November 1, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Reverend Karen G Johnston Choose democracy.  That’s the title of this service.  I want to be clear from the outset, I am not advocating a particular vote for a particular candidate.  … Continue reading

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Maps Don’t Know Everything

on the occasion of the ordination of Gregory Jones October 18, 2020 Reverend Karen G. Johnston In addition to Ruth Feldman’s “Detour,” I offer two brief quotes. First, from the 20th century Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber: The second is from … Continue reading

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