Working Towards Elevator Speech

I am spending some time in Germany, England, and Scotland.  In Germany I am....


Running Deep: Arriving at Deportation Airport in Germany

Of the many signs indicating that this was Frankfurt Flughafen (airport), the....


Vengeance is a Lazy Form of Grief

Today at Village Church, we were blessed to have a guest speaker share a story from his work in Restorative Practices.  Ted Wachtel is the President/Founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School. Village Church,....


In the Company of Home Wreckers: Bidding for Our Survival

Tim DeChristopher. If you don’t know his name, it’s time you did. Tim....


28…not 26

Today marks six months since the tragedy of the Newtown shootings.  In....


Thoughts on Trayvon Martin (April 12, 2012)

I originally wrote this in April, 2012, as a meditation for a class in seminary on the essential writings of Dr. Howard Thurman.  With the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin just about to start, I thought I would post it....


Ditto God as Poetry

"Are you ever going to talk about God?" I am currently and temporarily serving....


City Called Wait: Where Not Everything Is Lost

Not all that long ago, I flew to the West Coast to visit my mother. ....


Hope with Feet: Stepping Into the Great Turning (sermon)

 Village Church, Cummington, MA ~ June 2, 2013 Karen G. Johnston, Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry READING #1 “Causes and effects assume history marches forward, but history is not an army.  It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip....


Open Letter to Rachel Maddow (redux)

I am posting this in recognition of an event happening here in Northampton on....