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Bridging the Gap to the World – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Bridging the Gap to the World is a featured part of Northlake’s journey. In this time of reflection we will consider the path that has led this covenanted congregation to reach out to the world with an open heart and open mind, searching for love as we seek to build love in the hearts of those we meet. Lessons for Life from Rev. Jim VanderWeele

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Take a Small Step – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Sermon by Rev. Jim VanderWeele: The journey through life is built with steps and many of those steps are small ones. Each day brings its share of challenges. Some are old, some are new, but the only way to address these challenges is to take a step designed to lead in the direction we intend. Even the most subtle step, the steps that might seem insignificant, have an impact on those around us. We meet to consider, each of us in our heart of hearts, the steps we wish to take that will lead toward where we wish to go.

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Building Our Trust in One Another – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

We do not walk alone through this life. As Northlakers, many seek comfort in this religious community. They find in this organization a soul, a spirit, filled with respect for those who worship with us. But, as with a shadow, a lack of caring lingers in the background. Join us for a look, once again, at communication, covenanting, and other pathways toward “Building Our Trust in One Another.”

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The Practice of Non-Attachment – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Many people are attached to objects; they claim things as “their own.” Several Eastern traditions encourage people to relinquish their attachments to the items they have claimed as their own. In a month that features trust, today’s message focuses on the trust you can build in yourself, a trust that becomes more stable and more fully realized as you develop a spirit of “non-attachment” to the bright and shiny objects that surround you. Speaker – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

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Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul – Barry Andrews

The Rev. Dr. Barry M. 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.

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The Future is Not What It Was – 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.” Speaker – Northlake Member, Carl Schwartz

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An Orientation Toward Love – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

On a Sunday when we recall the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we explore how his deep love for every person and belief that all are worthy of justice and equity led to his push for Civil Rights. As we look at our possibilities, let’s challenge ourselves to make space for a similar spirit to find life in us all. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele (Jim references a book by Robin DiAngelo, titled White Fragility.)

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Trailblazers: A Modern Herstory

Many women and nonbinary people have helped mold the social dimensions of America’s life. As we look at as yet unseen possibilities, we pause to examine activists, promoters, and advocates for justice who led the way toward the shape and texture of the life we know today. One list of these individuals can be found in Blair Imani’s 2018 book “Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.” Tracy Y, Judith S, and Desiree P speak of three trailblazers: Ellen Degeneres, Roxane Gay, and Missy Elliott. Also includes a closing reading, We Are Not Done, by Rev. Audette Fulbright Fulson.

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A Mysterious Birth, as told by Isa’s mother

The name “Isa” is the Arabic equivalent of “Jesus.” The 19th Surah of the Koran features Isa’s birth as seen and experienced by Mary, his mother. The sounds of the season, drawn from Christian Scriptures, will merge with a Muslim story in an interfaith viewing of Christmas Eve.

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That Precious Breath of Life – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words led to this service, “Let us learn the revelation of all nature and thought: that the highest dwells within us…” Unitarian Universalists have, over the years, come to the realization that the birth of every child is a miracle. Together, we will celebrate this mysterious miracle, the precious breath of life, on the day before Christmas Eve. Rev. Jim VanderWeele speaks. Opens with a meditation “In This Spirit of Searching” Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, and readings from Sophia Lyon Fahs.

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The Light in the Darkness – Cathleen Blackburn

A Music Sunday! Includes a quote from Nietzsche, readings from Rev. Jason Shelton and Robert Kaufmann, and a homily by Cathleen Blackburn on the intersectionality of winter solstice traditions between cultures and over time and between modern cultures and how they have inspired the ways we celebrate winter holidays today. She focuses on traditions surrounding light in the darkness. You’ll hear excerpts from these pieces of music: “Pray on Christmas” by Harry Connick, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz, “Solstice Carol” by Kim Baryluk, “Love is Christmas” by Sara Bareilles, “A Winter Night”, and “Where are you Christmas” by Horner, Carey and Jennings.

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As We Remember – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

There is a transit from the memory to the mind. Who knows where our memories are? Or, how complete they may be? Despite their fuzziness, we draw upon them often, they’ve shaped the person we became. On this Veteran’s Day, we bridge the memory gap,…

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Be Filled and Go – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Rev. Jim VanderWeele speaks about the month’s theme, Sanctuary. It is from a place of rest that people are emboldened. One blessing of communing with “people like you” is the comfort discovered when you are held in the arms of love. These arms of love,…

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Come In and Rest – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

October’s theme was Sanctuary. In this recording, you will be welcomed into our Sanctuary, then Margaret Rogers will tell a children’s story about umbrellas and sanctuary. This is followed by a “Breath Meditation” by Samuel A. Trombore and a reading – “We Are All Longing…

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Robinson Crusoe – Carl Schwartz

Carl says “I first read Crusoe in Junior High or earlier, as an adventure story, of Crusoe meeting the challenge of a shipwreck. A re-read, much later, surprised me. “You can call me Master”, this was Crusoe’s first words to his new companion, – not friend, co-worker, or fellow castaway. Let’s look at that.” (Recording begins with a reading of this passage of Robinson Crusoe.] Speaker: Northlake member, Carl Schwartz

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Irresistible – Dave Thompson

Social media and other technologies can link us together in powerful, even addictive, ways. How do we achieve balance in our relationship with technology? Speaker: Dave Thompson, Northlake member, and former VP at Microsoft.

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Finding Balance – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Finding one’s balance is not an end in itself. One good reason to search for balance is that being in a balanced state opens the door to new opportunities. Balance produces a life that is less fractured, and it is in a more significant structure that a course of life appears that is filled with life, love, and beauty. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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Liberating a too small God – Melody Moberg

As Unitarian Universalists, we draw inspiration from six rich sources. Inspiration doesn’t always unfold as we expect. Melody Moberg, Life-long Unitarian Universalist seminarian and Religious Education Director (at University Unitarian), shares ways Christian and Hindu teachings cracked open her concept of the divine.

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The Key is in the Lock – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Christian author, Israelmore Ayivor, writes, “You have the right to suppress yourself, oppress yourself and depress yourself. You also have the right to impress yourself. And let yourself feel happy too!” This quote is both critical and kind, confrontational and inspirational. It honors the fact that there are bars that hem us in, but it also invites us to notice when the key is sitting right there in the lock. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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