The Camping and Hiking Group hosts an annual Campout, usually over Labor Day Weekend, at one of the wonderful state parks in Washington. There are campfires with singing and marshmallows, a group potluck meal, and outings that could be up a mountain or to a local cidery or local nursery. Or you can sit by (or in) the river and read a book. Kids get to be kids and sometimes get into the wackiest adventures! We really enjoy Dosewallips State Park and South Whidbey State Park, and we’ve tried various others as well. If you are in need of equipment to join in the fun, let us know.
Facilitator: Cyndy J.
Eastside Insight Meditation is a well-established meditation group that for 15 years has been sitting together. Eastside Insight is affiliated with Seattle Insight Meditation Society. We gather monthly in the Northlake Chapel to meditate together and to build spiritual community. Like many Buddhist groups in UU churches around the U.S., we discuss meditation, Buddhist teachings, and how to bring those principles into daily life and into civic engagement.
The people who gather are a combination of Northlake members and people from the larger Eastside community. While some participants are long-time meditators, new people often join and are always welcome. 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.
Facilitator: Steve W. and visiting teachers
Come join each other for informal time on Zoom, just to chat and see each other. Bring your beverage of choice, perhaps a snack, and your smiling face to our community space!
Fridays on Zoom from 5 – 6 pm
Facilitator: Steve R.
The Meaningful Movies Project is a non-profit organization that helps neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and conversation to build positive and meaningful community.
Each month, Northlake hosts a film screening followed by a facilitated discussion. Events are always free and open to everyone – donations gratefully accepted. Please join us!
Facilitator: France G.
The NUUC Men’s Group promotes friendship, encourages community, and provides support among the men and friends of the NUUC community in support of UU principles and values.
- Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, unless otherwise specified.
- Held either at Northlake, via Zoom during the pandemic, or a member’s home.
- Start with breakfast (either provided or ‘bring your own’), followed by check-in, and then a discussion topic.
All personal stories and matters shared at the meeting are private and confidential, unless otherwise noted. All participants pledge to uphold and respect that confidentiality.
In addition to the regular meetings, we hold an annual Men’s Group Retreat. Led by group members, the Retreat covers a wide range of topics and provides an opportunity to deepen connections and friendships.
Facilitator: Steve R.
Mission Statement: To create, promote and support art and beauty within the Northlake community.
The Seamsters are a diverse creative group, founded in 2001; while most members sew, many are also weavers, potters, painters, paper artists, jewelry makers, knitters and crocheters. At their monthly meetings they have spirited interactions and share their current projects. In addition, the group takes 2 annual retreats, quarterly field trips, and hosts quarterly workdays, at which members work on their own projects and contribute efforts toward constructing quilts given to Evergreen Hospice, the Highline Hospital nursery, and other charitable endeavors.
The Seamsters have sponsored quilt raffles, quilt shows, and Holiday Craft Fairs. They have sold notecards featuring photos their quilts, the proceeds of which have funded the purchase of a variety of items for Northlake – our Pulpit, choir stoles, sanctuary lighting, hearing impaired listening devices, and more!
Facilitator: Cyndy J.
The NUUC Women’s Group fosters friendship and connections between the women (and friends) of Northlake through fun, education and shared interests. We grow through sharing our lives and experiences; when conditions permit, we foster learning by attending events or taking group field trips.
Meetings are usually held on the 4th Monday of each month at 7-8:30 p.m. Until public health conditions permit in-person gatherings, meetings will be held online via Zoom.
Our meetings include opportunities to:
- Get acquainted (social time, introductions, individual check-ins)
- Deepen our understanding and spirituality (chalice lighting, meditations, readings, poems, songs)
- Share and learn more via presentations, discussions or activities.
Member-led sharing discussions have featured topics such as: My Favorite Art, Outdoor Places to Love, Impactful Holidays, Delighting in Picture Books.
Excursion destinations – when safe to do so – include: Wing-Luke Museum, University of Washington Arboretum and Northwest African American Museum.
The scheduling, topics and procedures of the group are managed by a Steering Committee of five members. Suggestions for our group or meetings? Contact a steering committee member: MaryEllen R, Carolyn H, Elaine S, and Diane D.