Category Archives: Sermons

Here are sermons I have preached.

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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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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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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Widening the Circle of Concern

Reverend Karen G. Johnston October 4, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, New Jersey What is at stake is nothing less than our future. So says Widening the Circle of Concern, the highly anticipated report from the UUA’s Commission on … Continue reading

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Beyond the Apocalypse: Cultivating Eco-Resilience (sermon)

February 23, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Reverend Karen G. Johnston “…we are, indeed, facing the end of the world.  Not the literal end of civilization or the human species, but a transition so profound that on the … Continue reading

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