Standing on the Side of Love

America’s Racial Karma

January 29, 2023 The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills Somerville, NJ part of our annual NJ UU pulpit swap Reverend Karen G. Johnston The Ware Lecture is an annual lecture, sponsored by the UUA, that has been happening since 1922 – last year’s lecture marked 100 years and nearly as many actual lectures. Lectures …

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Courage to Decolonize (sermon)

October 9, 2022 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ One definition for what it means to “decolonize” is to reverse the harms created by Settler Colonialism. Before we go deeper into what it means to decolonize, let’s spend a little time on that last phrase: Settler Colonialism. As it relates specifically to the indigenous peoples …

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This Pride: A Reflection Pride Month (sermon)

(I didn’t actually give this sermon this morning. I had planned to do so, but time did not allow. Turns out it wasn’t necessary. The rest of the worship service connected with Spirit and fed the spirits of all in attendance – no need for a sermon! Here it is, anyway.) Back in 8th grade, …

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What’s the Weather Like?

I have safely arrived in New Orleans.  I took the requisite photo of my feet at the airport, a strange ritual I began doing about a decade ago. I don’t remember how I started it. I am thinking it must have been after I acquired my first smart phone, these miraculous machines with their built-in …

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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 us, will be celebrating Thanksgiving in some way, so it seems appropriate for us to …

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