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Each month, our services are inspired by our Soul Matters themes and related materials.

January 20 @ 10:25 am – An Orientation Towards Love – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

On a Sunday when we recall the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we explore the deep love for all, his view that that all are worthy of justice and equity, that led to his efforts in the Civil Rights movement. As we look at our possibilities, may a similar spirit find life in us all. The Northlake choir will perform.

January 27 @ 10:25 am – “The Future is Not What It Was” – Guest Speaker: Carl Schwartz


Looking into the future has always fascinated people. The earliest artifacts from Chinese pre-history are the inscribed “oracle bones”. We will look at three relatively recent eras, the 1890’s with writers predicting optimistic and hopeful times to come, the “between the wars” period culminating in the “World of the Future” theme of the New York World’s Fair, and the now ironic “post war” period, with its more sober predictions of “Silent Spring”, “1984”, and the various “limits to growth” including repercussions of global warming. Our challenge is to recognize and work to meet these challenges of the “future.”

February 3 @ 10:25 am – “Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul” – Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Barry M. Andrews


Andrews views the Transcendentalists—Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller among them—as living voices whose writing is addressed as much today as it was in their time to spiritual seekers such as ourselves. In Transcendentalism we will discover a uniquely and authentically Unitarian Universalist form of spirituality.

February 10 @ 10:25 am – A Practice of Non-Attachment – Rev. Jim VanderWeele


The life of many individuals is filled with attachments to objects people claim as “their own.” One of the more trusting approaches individuals can take is to incorporate a sense of non-attachment to the items named and claimed as personal. This message is an introduction to a spiritual practice of moving toward non-attachment (which differs from detachment) to the once-treasured goodies of life. The Northlake choir will perform.

February 17 @ 10:25 am – Building Our Trust in One Another – Rev. Jim VanderWeele


We do not walk alone through this life. One place many Northlakers turn for comfort is to their religious community, an organization whose soul is filled with respect for the people who gather here for worship. Yet, there are times when the words used here bring discomfort to some and unrest to others, bringing forth moods that all wish to avoid. In this context, we consider together the practice of Building Our Trust in One Another.

February 24 @ 10:25 am – Bridging the Gap to the World – Rev. Jim VanderWeele


This message will feature a life lived with an open heart. As this crazy old world scurries by us, we turn our attention to the effort to move beyond the mental attitudes into our spiritual centers, there to turn our focus on not only developing our own kindness and gratitude for life but also our interest in seeking justice, equity, and compassion for all.

photo of Northlake sanctuary with kite decorations