Category Archives: Unitarian Universalism

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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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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Dear Universe, What. The. Heck?!? (a prayer)

This prayer was inspired by the prayer at the end of this blogpost by Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber.

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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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Ritual for Re-Opening Space

As all kinds of folx move into re-opening space that was closed during the pandemic, it can help to bring intentionality, and even ritual, to this process. We have all been exposed to trauma in the form of a global … 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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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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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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