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Military Service, Vulnerability, and the Arts

Veteran, artist and Northlake member Trish Brownlee explores the narrative of “Thank you for service.” This deep and challenging service asks others to have a spirit of curiosity, even when the questions result in answers that are difficult to hear or see. Through artwork and…

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What is the School to Prison Pipeline – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle native, published “So You Want to Talk About Race” in 2018, a book that will be featured for Adult Religious Education sessions this spring (May 20, June 3 & 10). Rev. Jim leads us in a look at a chapter that examines kindergartners in trouble for “assault” and middle school children caught in despair–kids being kids–and the level of bias that has constructed the school-to-prison pipeline. Recording opens with choir performance of “There is a Love” – lyrics: Dr. Rebecca Parker / music: Elizabeth Norton

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Getting to Know You – Nancy Reid-McKee

This sermon was presented by Nancy Reid-McKee who was on the final day of her candidating week at Northlake UU. At the congregational meeting held immediately after this service, Nancy was called to be Northlake’s next minister! She will start in fall 2019. This sermon is a great introduction to Nancy, and to Northlake. Nancy’s description of the sermon: “As we explore the possibility of the congregation calling me to be the next minister at Northlake, I have spent a week learning about you and exploring the journey of the congregation. The sermon will examine what I have found, and my thoughts and dreams for a possible future together.”

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What Makes Us Whole – Nancy Reid-McKee

As humans we long to be made whole. As a religious community we work together to bring healing and nurturing to each other and the world, with the goal of becoming more complete and healthy. – Sermon by Nancy Reid-McKee, candidate for minister at Northlake.

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Building Blocks – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

From the Soul Matters packet on Wholeness, “Transition and change rule the flow of life. There is no going back. The current of time is just too strong. …the wholeness offered us is not returning our lives to their original state but working with what remains to make something new. The shards are not pieces of the puzzle that need to be put back together, but building blocks waiting to be molded into a yet to be imagined form.” We gather to consider being building blocks that lead toward an as yet unimagined form. Sermon by Rev. Jim VanderWeele

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Holy Wanderings – Rabbi Johanna Kinberg

Sermon: “Holy Wanderings: Lessons Learned from Walking in Circles”
Walk through the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert with Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg. Lessons gleaned from 40 years of communal meanderings and mistakes in reaching a promised land.

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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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Moral Courage for the Journey – Rev. Deanna Vandiver

Join the Reverend Deanna Vandiver (Community Minister for Love and Liberation with the Church of the Larger Fellowship) in co-creating worship that is a call to courage and to each other in as we journey faithfully into the unknown. Recording opens with a reading titled Prayer for Presence by Aisha Hauser.

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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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