Participate in a group to connect with others over shared interests! Check the weekly announcements currently posted or email [email protected] to stay up to date with group meeting times and special events.
Groups and Activities
The Book Group’s purpose is to enrich each participant’s experience through monthly open-
ended book discussions. These discussions reinforce participants’ commitment to their values. It’s open to Northlake members and friends who want to read more
about a wide range of issues.
All book choices are made democratically. Members recommend books at the
annual meeting and may be asked to lead the discussion for the book they recommended.
Facilitator: Diane D.
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.
Many Northlakers also attend Family Camps at Eliot Institute at the Seabeck Conference Center, or travel to Kootenay Lake in Canada for Wilderness Camping.
Facilitator: Cyndy J.
Worship services feature a wide range of musical experiences including singing together, listening to live performances from talented musicians, and enjoying diverse multimedia recordings.
Come be a voice in the Northlake Choir! Our all-volunteer choir sings once or twice a month for Sunday morning services from September through June and presents a Music Sunday once or twice a year. Rehearsals are followed by conversation and fellowship.
In-person choir practice has returned. No experience is required, we would love to see and hear you.
Join the choir mailing list by sending a request to [email protected] to get up-to-date information on the choir activities.
Contact our Music Director to learn more about music and participating in the choir at Northlake.
A safe space for community healing, heartfelt sharing, thoughtful discussion, and support for coping. Each group session will meet virtually in the format of a healing circle, which is a safe haven and non-judgmental environment to build community and share what is on your mind and heart. As a group, we will work together to support each other towards alleviating suffering and collective healing.
Facilitator: Celestine W.
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
An opportunity to check in, chat, and build community online with other Northlakers.
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, 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: Mary D F.
The Northlake Women’s Group welcomes all who are interested in women’s issues. Currently, we are focusing on the following issues: race discrimination including institutional racism, gender discrimination, other social justice issues, interpersonal connection and well-being, healthy families and healthy societies, and healthy environment.
We meet monthly to spend time together in presentations, discussions, and other events such as museum visits and observation of nature (such as birding and nature walks).
Meeting times and agendas are sent out at least three weeks before meetings. Often, our meetings are at church, with these usually being held the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. However, in the wintertime, we often set up events on Saturday (museum visits, etc.), so people don’t have to drive to and from church in the dark and cold.
Currently, the following people are on the steering committee: Melissa Ahern, Coordinator; Connie Spearing, Mary Ellen Rundell, and Diane DeWitt, Co-Coordinators. You can contact Melissa at 509-710-1494; or [email protected]. We welcome all members and friends of Northlake, as well as guests.