Karen G. Johnston

A smiling Rev. Karen Johnston

Rev. Karen G. Johnston (she/her/hers) is the settled minister at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick, NJ. Before becoming a minister, she spent 20+ years as a clinical social worker. Buddhist meditation and befriending death practices sustain her, as does her delightful dog, Vera, and a blessed abundance of other beings in her life.

Karen is the founder of Date with Death Club, a secular and enlivening curriculum to explore mortality in community, which she sometimes leads and actively encourages others to bring to their communities. She was the founding board president of Lost Souls Public Memorial Project.

From Karen G. Johnston

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Unfinished Business
From Braver/Wiser
How much notice would I want ahead of time before I die?
Be Not Afraid
From Braver/Wiser
It’s through our shared interdependence that we are sheltered and saved.
At Arm's Length
From Braver/Wiser
Arm's length: What was once a defensive or suspicious expression has now become a gesture of care.
From Broken Parts, Whole
From Braver/Wiser
Surround yourself with skillful teachers. Let them teach you, but don't let them do it for you. That learning is yours to do.
Leveling Up
From Braver/Wiser
With a single generous gesture from my older child, her sister's belief in Santa stayed intact that year.
Inviting Our True Attention
From Braver/Wiser
Spirit of Life and Love, may I perceive not only my reality, but the reality of those I love and those whose company I cherish.
Finding Our Way Out
From Braver/Wiser
Surrender is the last thing, often the only thing, available. We fear it is our end. Sometimes we find it is our liberation.


Spiral Spiritual Practice in the Time of Corona
From LeaderLab
What spiritual practices are available to help us grow our resilience and point us towards collective liberation?
Blessing the Backpacks
From LeaderLab
Inspired by Full-Week Faith, created by Karen Bellavance Grace through the Fahs Collaborative, First Parish Church of Groton decided to hold a Blessing ...

UU World

Spiral spiritual practice
From UU World Magazine
How might we make our way through this strange and scary time called COVID-19, resilient and pointed toward collective liberation?

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