PRINCIPLES & VALUES
At the core of our faith are the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. These include belief in: the inherent worth and dignity of all people; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
The Unitarian Universalist Association offers a video that is a 90 second overview of UUA beliefs and values overview of UUA beliefs and values. Read more about Northlake’s values.
Thought-provoking. Compelling. Inspiring. Our Sunday services are filled with big ideas, beautiful music, and welcoming community. We celebrate our shared values, exploring how we can express those values in our lives. There’s no need to leave your own beliefs and opinions at the door – we welcome each person’s unique perspective. We look forward to meeting you!
Our sermons often draw upon the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism: direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder; words of enlightened historical figures; inspiring wisdom from world religions; the Judeo-Christian “Golden Rule”; Humanist ideals of science and reason; and spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions. We also invite a variety of speakers, both secular and religious. No two sermons are alike, but they’re always interesting, thought-provoking, and sometimes even funny! Listen to: recent sermons.
Our Children’s Religious Education Program uses age-appropriate curricula to connect our children and youth to the values of our religion. We take a holistic approach, nurturing body, mind, and spirit. Your children will find a welcoming group of classmates eager to explore and grow together. This year while we cannot gather in person, we are offering virtual/online gatherings and at-home support for faith formation. Come learn with us!
We believe that education should continue throughout our entire lives. As such, we also provide a variety of educational opportunities for adults, including: book groups, small group ministry, and classes for members new to Unitarian Universalism.
Our community is guided by our guiding principles and shared values. Our bylaws (update pending) and our organizational structure provide a framework for congregational planning and decision-making, and lay leaders work collaboratively with staff. Congregational meetings are held at least twice per year where members vote on major decisions that affect our community.
An elected Board of Trustees meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Members are always welcome to attend.
Northlake Board of Trustees
|Melissa Ahern||Vice President|
Northlake’s Standing Committees
|Human Resources||MaryEllen Olafson Love|
Our weekly announcements email provides an overview of community events, church activities, and news of particular interest to our members and friends. It includes reminders of upcoming activities, and matters of pressing importance to our church community. You can sign up for this weekly email here.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Northlake is an active and caring community that strives to make a difference beyond our walls. We take this charge seriously. Monthly vigils at the immigration detention center, our Share the Plate program, Attain Housing Community Suppers, support for the homeless, and monthly Meaningful Movies are just a few of the many ways we put our values into action.
There are many ways to connect with others at Northlake beyond the Sunday morning worship experience. We offer spiritual, educational, social and service activities on an ongoing basis throughout the year. All are welcome to explore these opportunities. Learn more about Getting Involved, Committees, Groups, and Becoming a Member of Northlake.
HISTORY OF NORTHLAKE
Northlake was founded in 1961 by 12 couples who wanted a liberal church that served Kirkland and the northern shore of Lake Washington. Our first building was on First Street in Kirkland. We moved to our current location in 1993 and added the chapel building to our property in 2005. Read the full history of Northlake.
SAFE & HEALTHY CONGREGATION
Although not common, child abuse and inappropriate conduct does sometimes occur in church programs and activities.
The Safe Congregation policy thoughtfully and openly addresses child abuse issues and sets out written guidelines intended to reduce the likelihood and potential adverse effects of child abuse and inappropriate conduct.
Our Healthy Congregation policies lay out guidelines for right relationships, tools for healthy resolution of conflict, and policies for managing interpersonal issues should they arise. The UUA offers additional resources for promoting Safe and Healthy congregations.