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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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Deepening the Well and Drawing Support – Zackrie Vinczen

ln Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 we are reminded, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up the other…” In this sermon, we will explore how we can be of support to people in our lives in a way that challenges the solipsistic view of the rugged individual and gives us courage to face the world with confidence. Speaker: Seminarian Zackrie Vinczen

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Finding True Happiness is a Risky Business – Mike Lisagor

Do you believe in the possibility of lasting happiness? Or does this seem like something forever out of reach, a dream on the distant horizon? According to Aristotle, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” But just what is happiness? Is it the fulfillment of our every wish and desire? Is it the absence of suffering? Is it possible to achieve happiness without taking risks? We will explore true happiness from a personal, Buddhist and psychological perspective. (Learn more about Mike at http://www.romancingthebuddha.com/)

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Maintaining Our Partnerships – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Many causes and groups, many programs need assistance. But what can you do? How can you best offer your support? And also avoid overdoing it. In this social justice message on perseverance we consider the importance of balance, of joy, and of maintaining a deep sense of one’s inner needs and boundaries. We look at a method that reaches out as it also reaches in. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s Interim minister

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Building Our Partnerships – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

When things get difficult, when the road seems too steep to climb, it is good to remember the presence of our friends, our family, our potential companions or assistants. In this relational message on perseverance, we note that not all of us can perform as soloists. Some of us fare better in a choir or a band. Such a combo can lift up a greater sound together than any of its members could do alone. Speaker: Rev Jim VanderWeele

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10 C’s of Ministry – Warren Jessop

“If I were a member of a congregation about to seek a new minister, what qualities would I like to see in that person and what priorities would I assign to those qualities?” David Pohl, a previous director of the UUA’s Department of Ministry, has asked that question and proposed a “top ten list” that we will take a look at. Speaker: Warren Jessop, Northlake member

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Jazz Funeral for 2017 – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

This service followed the format of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. It offers an opportunity to enjoy the description of these rites of passage, and to ceremonially let go of items that troubled us in the year just passed. We were so pleased to have the Portage Bay Big Band join us for this service. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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Music and Northlake – Dave Thompson

This was a Music Sunday, so the recording includes not just the homily, but also snippets of the musical numbers. In order: Hymn #368 “Now Let Us Sing”, sung by congregation; “Earth, My Body” musical round sung by our children and the congregation and led by Jenny Mason; Interlude: “Vocalise” by S. Rachmaninoff; Krista Jaffre, cello & Maria Khavin, piano; Duet: “The Prayer” by C. Bayer Sager & D. Foster; sung by Jackie Boreson & Dave Thompson; Homily: “Music and Northlake” by Dave Thompson. Choral Offering: “Frostiana” by R. Frost and R. Thompson. (The Road Not Taken, Come In, Stopping by Woods, A Girl’s Garden, Choose Something Like a Star); Solo: “Beautiful City” by Stephen Schwartz; sung by Jackie Boreson.

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Lining up our Dominoes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

As many of us prepare to spend holiday time with family members, some who have values and ideas we share, others who walk a different path, it is good to take a moment to consider our approach to dealing with those around us, and to do so before we say, “Hell-o, it is so good to see you again,” as we await the fireworks that may soon follow. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister. [Note to the listener: During this sermon, Reverend Jim was setting up long chains of dominoes, and tipping them over….]

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Clearing Clutter for What Matters – Carolyn Koehnline

Why clear our clutter, when so many other priorities and distractions clamor for our attention? Intentionally clearing away what is no longer relevant or resonant from our homes, heads, hearts, and schedules can allow growth and clarity. As we release the clutter, more time, space, and energy become available for what truly matters. Clutter coach, Carolyn Koehnline, will share her gentle, creative, approach to this challenge. [To learn more about Carolyn and her work, www.gentleapproachcoaching.com.)

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The Ebb and the Flow – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Do you have good times and times that are not so good? Are there forces that sometimes lead you to think you are caught in a muddle? Or, a puddle? You are not alone. Many people fail to live up to their ideals. Let us explore the relevance of this unsteadiness for ourselves and also for others. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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When We Make Mistakes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Personal and cultural (collusional) mistakes often lead people toward troubled times. Rev. Jim lifts up a practical guide to inner freedom found in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It offers a skill set for anyone and everyone who are still seeking a better life than they have. Welcome to a relationally oriented message on healing, a service to be followed by three Adult RE classes on The Four Agreements.

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Healing – It Takes Work – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

In a spiritually oriented message on healing, we look at potential revisions to our approach to our bodies, our minds, our health, and our community through a commentary on texts, poems, and stories. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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A Circle that Takes Them In – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Rev. Jim examines “Outwitted,” a poem by Edwin Markham for its view of an open mind, open heart, open borders, and an open life, allowing Markham’s push for a better way to bring us to a better relationship with our Earth. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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From the Summer of Love to Answering the Call of Love

Looking back at a critical shift in our nation’s history, 1967, we consider whether if we had “done this instead of that” things might have worked out better. In a relational service Rev. Jim reflects on choices once made, measuring them against the invitation of “Answering the Call of Love.” (Opens with celebrant Jenny Mason sharing a reading.) Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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