Northlake Lighthouse – December 2021

December Sunday Worship Services


Welcome to an active time at Northlake!  Here are Sunday Worship services plans, all of which will be both on-line and in person (with pre-registration!) in our Sanctuary.


Dec. 5th

“Creating A Sustainable Future” by Paula Cole Jones.  The sermon will focus on the intersection of Racial Justice, Environmental Justice and Voting Rights.


Paula Cole Jones is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and a Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations.  She is an innovator of institutional change. In 1999, Paula founded ADORE, A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity.  Her work includes being a leader in advancing the 8th Principle and the Community of Communities as practices of the Beloved Community.  Paula is the author of a UU World Magazine cover story, Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline.  She is also the editor of a Skinner House book, Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity and a contributing author to three Skinner House books, including the UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth.


Dec. 12th

Music & Multi-generational Sunday Service with Jaie Teifenbrunn and Margaret Rogers.  Come join us as we celebrate our choir, and enjoy the creativity of our youth and families!


Dec. 19th

“Encountering Others” by Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee


Dec. 26th

Boxing Day Brunch at Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee’s home



Holiday Events at Northlake


Blue Christmas

Thursday Dec. 9th 6:00 p.m.

With Rev. Nancy & Des Phair, on-line only.  Join us for a time when we acknowledge that this is not a joyous time of year for everyone.  We will light candles together and reflect on the ways this season can affect us.


Letter writing to Incarcerated Folk

Dec. 11th online and in-person in Adam’s Hall.

We have over 1,000 incarcerated UU members who have joined through the Church of the Larger Fellowship.  Each Christmas we send them greetings, knowing they will be spending another year separated from those they love.

If you wish to join please email There is a pre-formed letter that we send (cards can’t be sent as they violate many prison restrictions).  You will need to provide a plain white envelope and a stamp for the letters you send.


Farewell to Jaie!

Sunday Dec. 12th 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. 

Jaie has led our choir for 18 months from Tennessee!  It is time for her to follow new directions, and she leaves us with sorrow as we also will miss her excellent musical leadership during these hard times!  She will be with us through the end of December, but we wanted to have time for a special tribute to her this Music Sunday!


Decorating Party

Sunday Dec. 12th 12:30. 
Come help decorate the Sanctuary for the holidays!  Snacks will be available on the deck as we share time together.


Solstice Celebration

Tuesday Dec. 21st 6:30 p.m. in person only.

Meet at the Fire Circle behind Hanley House and then enjoy a solo labyrinth walk in the Chapel.


Christmas Eve

December 24th, 7:00pm

An annual Candle Lighting celebration.


Christmas Cookie Exchange

We will be having a Christmas Cookie exchange after the Christmas Eve service!  Please bring cookies you wish to share to Adam’s Hall before the service.  After the service we will gather to trade cookies that folk have brought.  (Still no eating or drinking in-doors, but we can still have fun together!)



Save the Date!


“Building a Culture of Inclusion” 4-hour workshop with Paula Cole Jones, Saturday, February 12th 1-5:00 p.m. via Zoom.


This workshop is about building a culture of inclusion.  Is this our unfinished business, or is it the bridge to a vibrant future for Unitarian Universalism?  Over 120 congregations and UU organizations like State Action Networks, UU Ministry for Earth, and Black lives of Unitarian Universalists have had positive votes to adopt an 8th Principle that calls on us to build the Beloved Community.  Many more votes are in process for the new program year.  Will Northlake heed the call?


On February 12th Paula Cole Jones will meet with members of our congregation to explore strategies for building a culture of inclusion.  How do leaders prepare for cultural change?  How do we move forward together?


This workshop will introduce strategies for working toward long-term cultural change within the congregation that can lead us into the future.  It will share a framework for how collaboration and accountability shape the racial and social justice history in the U.S., and engage us in the transformative power of the 8th Principle.