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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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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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Walking with the Wind: A Sermon on Our Fragile Democracy

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ In June of this year, a bipartisan group of over 100 individuals with backgrounds that include two former governors, senior political campaigners, prominent journalists, social movement leaders, experts on national security, election law, and … Continue reading

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White Lies: James Reeb, a Podcast, a Missing Murderer, & Liberatory Memory (sermon)

January 19, 2020 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Reverend Karen G. Johnston [a clip 1:17 minutes from the White Lies podcast, episode, “A Dangerous Kind of Self Delusion”] …Why must good men die for doing good? “O Jerusalem, why … Continue reading

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Three Gates: A Sermon on Right Speech (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ January 12, 2020 John Woolman, a New Jersey Quaker from before the Revolution, is most-known for seeing abolitionist values among the Quakers.  It is also from him that the concept of “right relationship” comes, … Continue reading

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These Walls as Clouds of Witnesses: Our Library Re-Dedication

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick November 24, 2019 What if these walls were a cloud of witnesses?  How can they not be?  For 55 years they have offered their shelter and their witness to the comings and goings, the hustle … Continue reading

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Pivoting the Sweet Spot: The Future of The Unitarian Society

November 23, 2019 This address was given on the occasion of The Unitarian Society’s Rededication event, marking the 64th anniversary of the congregation and 55th anniversary of the building. Theologian Frederick Buechner once wrote: “The place God calls you to … Continue reading

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Pivoting the Sweet Spot: The Future of The Unitarian Society

delivered at the Rededication event at The Unitarian Society November 23, 2019 Theologian Frederick Buechner once wrote: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” It’s like the Venn … Continue reading

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Each a Part of the Beautiful Whole (sermon)

Water Ingathering 2019 September 8, 2019 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ All of us need all of us to make it. These are words from Reverend Theresa Ines Soto, the Senior Minister at First Unitarian in Oakland California. All … Continue reading

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Lucky Pocket & Love Match

Have you ever had the experience of putting on your winter coat for the first time since last season and finding money in the pocket?  Or heard a story about someone buying something at a thrift store and finding money … Continue reading

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