Rev. Marian Stewart is completing her sixth year of service to the Northlake congregation. Before Northlake, she served congregations on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Originally form North Carolina, Rev. Marian earned her Masters of Divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago and is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry at Seattle University.
One of her delights is growing congregations – and people. Rev. Marian believes in doing church from the inside out. Going deep, discovering what matters, and acting out in a spirit of love, justice, and compassion.
Rev. Marian knows that doing justice work is not always easy; sometimes it involves risks. The biggest risk of standing on the side of love is having your heart broken open over and over again by the stories of suffering. In her work in the 1980’s at the beginning edge of the AIDS crisis to marching in D.C. against the Iraq invasion, from Occupy Seattle to immigration reform, from working for marriage equality to being the lone counter-protester at a Kirkland gun rally, Rev. Marian finds spiritual grounding in the phrase, “there but by grace go I”. We are all interconnected and interdependent. We are always someone’s neighbor. Our job is to love – even when it is risky.
Margaret’s vision for Northlake’s Children’s Religious Education program is to create a space where children and youth feel comfortable, safe, and valued, and where they can develop the relationships that will support them as they grow in their personal and spiritual identity.
As Rentals Manager, Sandy has the pleasure of working with people who are celebrating life events like weddings, graduations, concerts, recitals, parties, Celebrations of Life, and meaningful spiritual services. Northlake’s beautiful sanctuary and chapel provide an ideal and welcoming space for such celebrations in the lives of people in our Northlake family and in the broader community. We are truly a welcoming congregation.
Working in coordination, the Rentals Committee, Board of Trustees, and the Rentals Manager develop long-term relationships with people and organizations that are an active part of our Northlake Campus as renters of our facilities. Several of these remarkable relationships are Leafling Preschool, Eastside Audubon Society, Aaron’s Place Kirkland – Northwest’s Child, Young Women Empowered, LEADPrep Academy, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Portage Bay Big Band, and Aspiring Youth.
Maria grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, in musical family, and started piano lessons at age 6. She studied with several wonderful teachers and subsequently graduated from State Music College in 1992, just before moving to United States. In Seattle area, she is an active member of music community and has been in demand as music teacher, recitalist and collaborative pianist. She performed with NOISE for kids, Mahler Festival, Sacred Music Foundation, Ladies Musical Club, Public Opera, KING 98.1, Lyric Opera NW, among many other professional organizations. Maria holds Master of Music degree from University of Washington, where she studied with Professor Craig Sheppard, and is certified music teacher in state of Washington.