Category Archives: Sermons

Here are sermons I have preached.

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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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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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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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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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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