Upcoming at Northlake

Groups and Committees



Winter/Spring 2018

All workshops, classes, and groups are OPEN TO EVERYONE unless otherwise noted.

For classes & workshops, please register early.

If you have suggestions and ideas for other classes you would find meaningful, please email Margaret Rogers.


Classes, Workshops, Groups, Events & More


 All workshops, classes, and groups are OPEN TO EVERYONE unless otherwise noted. For classes & workshops, please register early.


To register, please send email to DLRE Margaret Rogers or register online. If you are interested in a class and you may need childcare, please email Margaret. We try to accommodate childcare needs as much as possible.


Unless otherwise noted, the fee for classes is $10. This fee goes to support Northlake’s Adult Religious Education program and will be collected at the first class. Please pay as you are able, but most of all, please register and come regardless of your ability to pay. We are glad to have you.


(S) – Sanctuary Main Building ; (AH) – Adams Hall downstairs in Main Building; (CR) – Conference Room downstairs in Main Building; (MRR) – Malvina Reynolds Room downstairs in Main Building; (C) – Chapel white building; (CSR) – Chapel Side Room

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Workshops & Classes


Chronic Pain Support Group

Date: Tuesdays, ongoing. If you are new to the group, please email DLRE Margaret Rogers to confirm time and place.

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Place: Northlake Chapel

Facilitator: Celestine W.

Fee: $10 suggested donation


Living with chronic pain can be difficult. This group supports each other through weekly gatherings to share stories and experiences.


Questions about the group…

Covenant Groups

Date: Dates to be determined based upon participant availability. Series will be from March to June

Facilitators: TBA

Group Size: minimum 6, maximum 12

Fee: $10 suggested donation

Covenant Groups are an opportunity to engage with a small group within our larger Northlake community, to discuss issues of importance in our lives. In the covenant group we practice deep listening and sharing around a structured topic. Participants are asked to make a commitment to regular attendance in the group for the duration of the series. We will be forming one or two new Covenant Groups for the Spring semester. Please email DLRE Margaret Rogers to indicate your interest and whether you are available daytime or evening, weekdays or Sundays.

Eastside Insight Meditation Group

Dates: 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Place: Northlake Chapel

Facilitators: Steve and Ellen Wilhelm


Eastside Insight Meditation has allied with Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church to provide a setting for people to meditate together. Eastside Insight Meditation is a well-established meditation group that for 15 years has been sitting together in the home of Northlake members Steve & Ellen Wilhelm. Eastside Insight is affiliated with Seattle Insight Meditation Society.


The group will be practicing mindfulness, also called insight meditation. This is a style of meditation that helps us see clearly the nature of things, and of ourselves.


All are welcome, no previous experience needed. Steve and Ellen will offer preliminary instructions.

Parenting Discussion Group

Dates: March 3, 2018 and April 14, 2018

Time: 2 – 3:30 pm

Place: Adams Hall

Facilitator: Vidya Guhan of Calm Seas Coaching

Minimum enrollment: 4

Fee: $10 suggested donation for both workshops

This Parenting Discussion Group is for anyone raising children who would like the opportunity to support one another and learn more about specific parenting issues. Vidya Guhan is a Life, Family and ADHD Coach. She will offer a short presentation and then facilitate group discussion. Each meeting will have a specific focus (more information below). Childcare is available upon request. Please email Margaret at least a week ahead if you would like childcare.

March 3: Bringing Out the Best in Your Child

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how to set expectations, communicate clear messages, create house rules and catch your child being good. Learn to parent by thinking ahead and putting rules and strategies into place to address negative behaviors before they occur, rather than reacting to the negative behaviors after they occur. This approach is especially helpful when you are raising a child with ADHD or other executive function challenges, and can go a long way towards relieving some of the drama and stress that comes with the territory. 

April 14: Being Your Child’s Coach

A basic tenet of coaching is that all of us, including our children, are whole, resourceful and creative individuals with our own inner greatness. Learn how to develop a curious mindset, ask powerful questions, develop reflective listening and use collaborative problem solving as a way to coach your child. This is one way of empowering your child to increase their self awareness and find their own solutions. There will be a short presentation followed by a guided discussion.

(RE) New UU

Date: Offered quarterly. Next date will be in April.

Time: 12:15 – 2:15 pm

Place: Adams Hall (AH)

Fee: none

Facilitator: DLRE Margaret Rogers and members of the Membership Committee


Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism? This class is for new Unitarian Universalists as well as anyone in the congregation who would like to think and talk more about what being a Unitarian Universalist means in their lives.


There will be a short reading sent out in advance, as well as a video to give a bit of historical and current context, and then we’ll spend most of our class time discussing who we are as Unitarian Universalists and what we believe.


Newcomers will have a chance to learn about our Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage, and everyone will have the opportunity to deepen our connections with one another in community.

Soul Matters Discussion Group

Dates: Second Sunday of each month, after the service

Time: 12:10 – 1:30

Place: Malvina Reynolds Room (MRR)

Facilitator: DLRE Margaret Rogers


Northlake participates in the Soul Matters thematic ministry, which offers resources for small groups to explore the monthly worship theme in more depth. This is a great way to make connections within our community and participate in rich discussion.

This group is a drop-in group for anyone who would like to engage with the Soul Matters theme of the month. We will explore each topic through readings and questions, focusing on how the topic of the month speaks in our lives. The conversation is flowing and friendly. Packets are posted on our Soul Matters page.

Childcare is available upon request in advance. Please let Margaret know a week ahead of the meeting.

UUA Common Read: Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

Dates: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Adams Hall

Fee: $10 suggested donation.

Facilitator: DLRE Margaret Rogers


Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Wantby Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.

We will gather together to consider Daring Democracy’s message in context with our values as Unitarian Universalists. Participants should read the book in advance of the discussion so that we can engage with the ideas brought up in the text.


Community Suppers (Northlake’s rotation as Host)

Dates/Time: 1st Tuesdays (bi-monthly) @ 6 – 7 pm (5 pm for set up)

Place: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

Organizer: Vivian W.


Northlake helps build community and feed the hungry on a rotating basis by preparing a meal, serving the food, and cleaning up afterwards. Requests are made for main dish, vegetables, and dessert, and for hosts to set up, serve, and clean up. Volunteer hosts are also encouraged to eat and talk with the guests. (If you cannot make Tuesday nights, there is usually an option to cook ahead and send your dish with one of the hosts who will be attending.) Sponsored by Attain Housing (formerly KITH).


Dates/Time: 3rd Fridays @ 7:00 pm

Place: Sanctuary (S)

Sponsor: Social Justice Committee

Cost: Donations appreciated


A provocative and timely presentation each month to stir hearts, minds, and action. Discussion follows the movie. Special guests related to the movie or topic are often invited.

Parent’s Night Out/Parent’s Afternoon Out

Dates/Time: 3–4 times per year

Place: Classes below the Chapel. Enter through the main chapel door by the parking lot.

Sponsor: Religious Education Committee

Cost: $10 for one child, or $15 for 2 or more, per afternoon/night out


Northlake holds Parent’s Night Out and now (new for younger families with earlier bedtimes) Parent’s Afternoon Out about once per quarter. Dates will be announced in advance.


Bring your children and a sack dinner over to church for fun and games, and go try out a new restaurant, go for a walk, or do whatever it is you’d like to do just for you!

Second Saturday Social

Quarterly mix of Restaurant Outing, Circle Suppers, and All Church at Church

Dates/Time: 2nd Saturdays @ 6:00pm (5 pm for All Church at Church)

Place: Varies

Sponsor: Membership Committee



Feb. 10: All Church at Church. Games begin at 5pm, Potluck at 6pm.

Mar. 10: Restaurant Night

April: Cottage Dinners for Stewardship Campaign

May 12: All Church at Church. Games begin at 5pm, Potluck at 6pm.

Third Sunday Potluck

Dates/Time: 3rd Sundays @ 11:45 am (following service)

Place: Sanctuary (S)

Sponsor: Membership Committee


A great time to enjoy friends old and new. Bring enough food to share as we often have guests.

Vigil @ Tacoma Detention Center (Immigration)

Dates/Time: 4th Saturdays @ 11:00 am (carpool from Northlake)

Place: Tacoma Northwest Detention Center (I.C.E.)

Sponsor: Social Justice Committee


Monthly vigils focused on providing a friendly connection and information to family members and others who visit the detainees. Cookies, drink, and smiles are offered along with helpful brochures in English and Spanish.

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On-Going Groups…

Brown Bag Travelogues

Dates: 1st Tuesdays @ Noon–1:15 pm

Place: Adams Hall (AH)


Bring your sandwich along with something to share. Enjoy good company. A program is planned each month, usually a slide presentation of members’ excursions near and far.


Dates/Time: Sundays evenings. Email facilitator for detailed information.

Place: Sanctuary (S)

Facilitator: Dave T., (music@northlakeuu.org)


Come be a voice in the Northlake choir! It’s an all-volunteer choir that sings a few times a month in various configurations for Sunday morning services. Childcare provided upon request. All are welcome!

Earth-Based Spirituality Group

Dates/Time: Meets most third Thursday nights @ 7:00–8:30 pm.

Place: Conference Room (CR)


Explore and share various earth-based beliefs and practices; including Native American, Pagan, Pantheism, New Age and any others that connect with energies of the earth. Please rsvp to confirm date.

Lunch Bunch

Dates: Tuesdays @ Noon–1:15 pm

Place: Conference Room (CR)


Bring your lunch and get ready for conversation. Sometimes discussion is subject oriented, other times it is free-flowing. Hardly a lunch goes by without a laugh or two.

Men’s Group

Dates/Time: 1st & 3rd Saturdays @ 9:00 am

Place: Off-site

Coordinator: Steve R.


This is not your ordinary Men’s Group. Not many rules – just be your authentic self. Men of all ages are welcome! Breakfast included.

Seamsters Creative Union

Date/Time: 2nd Mondays @ 7:00–8:30 pm

Place: Adams Hall (AH)

Shop Steward: Cyndy J.


A very crafty group. Mostly quilters, but all who work with fabric, thread, or anything creative are welcome. In addition to monthly meetings, occasional all-day Saturday workdays and bi-annual retreats.

Women’s Group

Dates/Time: 4th Mondays @ 7:00 pm (6:30 gathering for socializing before discussion)

Place: Northlake, Adams Hall (AH)

Coordinator: Carolyn H.


Our Women’s Group gathers monthly. All Northlake Women are welcome to join us as we develop and strengthen our connections with one another, sharing our thoughts and feelings on a range of topics chosen to encourage deeper reflection.

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