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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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Untaught, Unknown, Unnamed – Warren Jessop

Music of many different origins, history, and cultures is an integral part of our worship tradition. On Music Sunday, we’ll explore the theme of Liberation as we experience the richness and history of spiritual and gospel music. (Recording opens with the congregation singing This Little Light, and ends with an excerpt from the Four Fathers performance of Precious Lord Take My Hand.) Speaker: Northlake member, Warren Jessop

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Embodiment of Motherhood – Janelle Durham

Our theme for May is Embodiment – a tangible or visible expression of an idea, quality, or feeling. There is no more literal embodiment than pregnancy and the birth of a baby. On Mother’s Day, Janelle Durham (doula, childbirth educator, mom and daughter) will talk…

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Embodied Living – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

How do you cultivate meaning in your life? Is there a program you follow, a way or method you wish to feel taking greater priority in your life? We begin looking at embodiment by paying attention to a special day in May, a day that is “your day.” On this day, pay attention to the way your inner self inhabits you and the way these inner sensitivities are expressed in the words you share. Then ask yourself how well have you coordinated intentions and actions on “your day”? And, what lessons can be learned when you pay close attention to intent and action?” (Note: in this recording, you’ll hear the audio from this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM3yagKHkIw) Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s Interim Minister.

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How Many Fingers – Carl Schwartz

George Orwell’s novel 1984 was written in 1949. It was set 35 years in to the future, hence the title, 1984. It predicts a dark future with an all pervasive “Big Brother” powerfully controlling all aspects of life. Orwell posits a continual state of war, to use up surplus manufacturing capability and point public concern away from domestic politics, and the state’s total control over the means of communication and information. This moved to changing past records to conform with present leader pronouncements, to which there are some uncomfortable analogies today. However we, not just at Northlake, but in our local Kirkland community, and indeed across America, can heed Orwell’s warnings and can, and do, work for a much more positive, open, and enriching society. Also, a future that is guided by not the least of our affirmations but by all the positive values already in place in our community and nation. Speaker: Northlake member, Carl Schwartz

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Earth Day – Dominion or Nurture? Rev. Jim VanderWeele

In an intergenerational service, we join UU churches around the country in celebrating Earth Day Sunday and Climate Justice Month with a look at our responsibility to ensure our planet’s future. Rev. Jim’s message looks at the most offensive word in the Bible: dominion. This service will be held in conjunction with the Meaningful Movies program on “How to Change the World” shown on Friday night, a film that features a small group of friends who sail into a nuclear test zone and whose protest captures the world’s attention. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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Re-calibrating Our Resources – Jim VanderWeele

Sometimes abundance is a blessing; other times, too much of it is suffocating. Most of the time scarcity feels like a desert, but at other times it is the key to freedom. In this service you will examine personal attributes, recalibrate their significance, then reflect on any area that may have surprised you, especially as the attributes are viewed together. You will also consider whether there are areas that might need further recalibration. (Begins with a reading of “A Wild Love” by Rilke.) Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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