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Theologies that Fit – Nancy Reid-McKee

Recording opens with a prayer reflecting on the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is followed by a reading from Ivone Gebara in Longing For Running Water. Then Rev. Nancy:”Many of us have rejected the theology of God we were raised with. For some, this has left us without a theology and without religious language. We explore theologies that may offer a new way to move into our religious home with intellectual engagement.”


Fire Communion and Burning Bowl

We celebrate fire in this service, thinking of what it offers as one of the basic elements of our planet. And fitting with this, we will have time for a burning bowl; a time to reflect on what to put behind us this past year, and what to move into as we look to the future. (Opening words adapted from “Out of the Flames” by Sara Eileen LaWall; includes a poem by May Sarton, and concludes with music – Romance by Shostakovich.)


Foundation of Congregants

Begins with hymn Here Together, written by David Glasgow. Reading: “The Church Has Left the Building” By Margaret Weis. Sermon: Foundation of Congregants – “UU’s have a foundational belief in Congregational Polity. This means that we have no higher authority in our faith tradition than the congregation itself. This calls us to know ourselves well and to be responsible. It calls us to make promises to each other, trust each other, and commit to each other that we will care for each other. The work of the church is up to us.” Hymn reprise.


Coming Home

Begins with song “Let Your Little Light Shine”. The Time for All Ages was about Creating a Home. Hymn: Return Again. Sermon on Coming Home – synopsis: “Our theme for the year is Our House of Belonging, and we will begin by welcoming you home to Northlake after a summer of wanderings. Which leads to the questions…what makes a place home? Where do you belong, and when we ultimately are alone with ourselves in life, what makes us feel a sense of belonging?” Ends with song: Love Come and Be with Me.


Our Ancestors

Rev. Nancy leads a meditation, involving four elements: earth, sky, fire and water. Then Rev. Nancy speaks about Our UU Ancestors. Her summary: “We understand ourselves only in the context of our history, although we may not fully recognize how ancestors are foundational. This week we will talk about our ancestors, talking about why we need to know how they influence us, and then specifically introducing Hosea Ballou and William Ellory Channing, our Unitarian and our Universalist ‘fathers’.” The recording concludes with Jaie leading “We Are.”


Riot is the Language of the Unheard

Time For All Ages: “Why Are There Protests?” Prayer from Rev. Joan Javier-Duval. Reading: “Love Is Calling” from Jess Reynolds. Reflection/Sermon: Riot is the Language of the Unheard by Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee – “What is it that America has failed to hear? We will explore the message we need to attend to. We will reflect on our response that shifts the focus from our fear and discomfort and centers on what and who have been silenced.”


The Trouble with Normal – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

After months of quarantining we are being pushed to return to “normal”. But should we? Could we use this lesson as a way to change destructive habits? And what is the cost to the front-line workers in returning to the previous habits? Let’s look at this closer. [Recording opens with “We Are Not in the Same Boat” by an unknown author.]


Becoming Proximate to the World – Rev. Reid-McKee

Some of the hardest work we do is healing the broken world. And so, we give and we share what we have. What does the next step look like? Our prophets (not our Biblical, but our Social prophets) call us into relationship with others. That means moving closer, becoming proximate to those most broken.


The Hungry Ghost – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

Buddhism has a term for what ails us: the hungry ghost. We desire a full life but have learned to dull our craving. How do we identify what we most need, and how do we work together to move toward satisfying this?


Saints and Martyrs – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

We will reflect on our UU martyrs. Martyrs are those who have died for their beliefs, for their faith. We will explore the characteristics of a Saint/Martyr, and recognize those of our tradition. Sermon by Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee. Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirkland, WA


The Wisdom of the Middle Way

This week, the Kirkland area is living with the presence of coronavirus in our community. We worry about over-reacting… we wonder if we should just go on about our lives as usual, knowing that for many people this virus only causes a mild illness. We worry about under-reacting. If we don’t change our behaviors, and keep going out in the world and interacting as we always do, could we increase the spread of the disease, putting many others at risk. In the spirit of compassion, and honoring the interconnectedness of all beings, we try to find a middle way.


An Election Year Decree – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

This is an important election year. We must be involved and use this year to promote our values in the world if we truly believe we are part of the interconnected web, dedicated to healing the world. At the same time we must learn resiliency, how we maintain our core integrity, when the political situation feels threatening. (Opens with a reading from Clarissa Pinkola Estes.)


Optimism: A Luxury Item – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

There is a debate about optimism versus hope. What is the difference? Liberation theologians declare optimism is not possible for those who can no longer trust the economy and politics of this country. In these difficult times, must we give up on optimism, but learn a form of spiritual hope? (Opens with a reading from Vaclav Havel.)


Born this Way – Raphaelle Mills Warner

Integrity can be defined as a sense of wholeness and authenticity. But what does wholeness and authenticity look like in a world that often appears fractured and demands conformity? Join us as our guest preacher, Raphaelle Mills Warner, MDiv, explores this topic.


Christmas Eve Service – Take Time for Awe

Recording of the Christmas Eve Services at Northlake UU in Kirkland, WA: Christmas Carol Medley, played by Maria (0 – 8:20); Joy to the World, Candle Lighting, O Come… (8:20 – 14:30); The No Rehearsal Xmas pageant (14:30 – 31:20); Carols, Readings and Offering (31:20 – 44); Homily by Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee – Take Time for Awe (44 – 50:40); Carols and Readings (50:40 – 1:00).


Honoring Fire – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

In this season of cold and wet, we honor the light and warmth of fire and the blessings of community in this multigenerational service, which includes story, song, and a fire communion ceremony. (In Unitarian Universalist traditions, we often do a flower communion in the spring and a water communion in the fall. This service included Rev. Nancy’s creation of a fire communion.)


Divine Opinions – Joe Rettenmaier

When our personal lives grow crowded with the news and opinions of others, how do we remain open to the awe of all that is Divine? Speaker – Joe Rettenmaier, former intern minister at Edmonds UU, MDiv student at Meadville-Lombard.


Practice Paying Attention – Rev. Nancy Reid McKee

So often we are caught up in the business of life and miss the mystery of being alive. In this service, Rev. Nancy led us through several practices that help ground our spirit. Recording includes Homily (recording location 0 – 11:00 minutes), then Steve Wilhelm from Eastside Insight Meditation offers a guided meditation (11 – 17:30), Lectio Divina (read, meditate, pray and contemplation centered around a reading of The Longing by John O’Donohue – 18 – 22:40), gratitude practice (22:40 – 25:30), lighting a candle (25:30 – 26:15); Choir performs We Are One (26:15 – 29:46).