My September Lighthouse article featured a three-step program for congregational health and personal growth at Northlake: searching, covenanting, and small groups. These three steps are in place, and have been moving along, which makes this a great time for an update.
Search. 106 Northlake members filled out the lengthy survey distributed by your search team. Kudos to you. It took some time, and considerable attention, to fill in this document. Yet, it was an important step for your search team and you, as a congregation. Your search team, who have been meeting every week! are preparing a description of NUUC for those who may apply to become your next minister. Your answers helped them frame not only who you are but also who you wish to become. Many, many thanks for this effort!!!
Northlake UUC is finally the proud owner of a life-saving device. Only if people learn how to use it. The life-saving device is variously called a defibrillator or, more formally, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). It is mounted in an emergency accessible wall mounting in the sanctuary lobby. The defibrillator was donated to NUUC by members Diane DeWitt and Curtis Thompson.
Curtis will facilitate hands-on demonstrations so members and NUUC people can learn about the defibrillator. All are invited whether they think they might themselves use the defibrillator some day or if they are only interested in learning more about the technology and its potential for saving lives. Curtis is a former combat medic who served in Vietnam and an out-of-date Red Cross first aide certificate holder. He has assisted others in successfully saving a life using a defibrillator very much like the one we have.
We have moved on to the next step of the search process, “Framing the Search”. During this phase we are working to complete the final draft of the Congregational Record. Ministers in search use this document to decide which congregations they want to learn more about. We used your input at the cottage meetings and in the survey to develop this document. The the coming months we will also be working to develop interview questions for prospective ministers and their references.
We are excited to sponsor the The Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) workshop is coming up on Sunday, November from 4th from 1:00-4:00 PM. The UUA encourages congregations in search to participate in this workshop and we look forward to seeing everyone who has signed up.
Thanks for your help,
Stacy, Dave, Mary, Pam, Mariana, Laurence and Minnette
Considering joining Northlake’s choir, or perhaps just desiring a behind the scenes look? Northlake’s choir is made up of fun people who are passionate about making music. No training or audition is required. As long as you can read, carry a tune, and have a positive attitude, you’re qualified. We rehearse after the service the first three Sundays of the month and are scheduled to perform twice a month. The choir also has two well attended parties a year to celebrate all of our work and spend some relaxed social time together. We are very excited to have our new music director, David Duvall on board. David brings a wealth of musical theater experience, along with years leading church choirs. He has an exciting approach to teaching new pieces. We are very much looking forward to making music for you together with David. If you are interested in joining the choir please email me or Dave T. for more information. You are also welcome to stay after the service and try a rehearsal.
You’re invited to this special, free showing of The Bleeding Edge.
Discussion and refreshments to follow. All are welcome!
About the movie… America has the most technologically advanced health care system in the world, yet preventable medical harm has become one of the leading causes of death, and the overwhelming majority of high-risk implanted devices never require a single clinical trial.
In The Bleeding Edge, Academy Award nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) turn their sights on the $400 billion medical device industry, examining lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit driven incentives that put patients at risk daily. Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, the film asks: what live saving technologies may actually be killing us?
November’s theme for the month is What does it mean to be a people of Memory? In some ways, what we remember shapes who we are and what matters most to us. As we turn toward the last two months of the year, full of holidays, I am also drawn to thinking about how our shared memories connect us to our families. It can be a busy time, heading into the holiday season and the busy-ness can be overwhelming if we lose sight of our priorities.
One memory that speaks to me in these dark fall and winter months is of Christmas. In my childhood, we had a very specific tradition for Christmas day. We would open presents in the morning (often after my grandpa cooked a nice breakfast) and then we’d spend the day playing together. Lunch was a simple meal, leftovers or sandwiches, and then for dinner we’d have spaghetti. It was perhaps the most un-Christmas of dinners. It also required almost no time for preparation, and that was the point. My mom’s memory of Christmas was that her mother spent most of her day in the kitchen, while the rest of the family played and hung out together. When my parents were deciding how they would do holidays, my mom wanted to avoid that because she wished that her mom could have participated in the fun. So, that’s how spaghetti came to be my family’s tradition.
What memories are precious to you? How do your priorities show up in the memories you have and the choices you make? As we move into November, I hope you find some moments of rest and ease and times to play.
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church is waving the Transgender flag as of Wednesday, October 24. It was an exciting activity, joined by a Lead Prep student who has a special identification with the flag. Monica Helms, a transgender woman who created this flag in 1999, described the flag this way, “The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls, and the white stripe is for people that are nonbinary, feel that they don’t have a gender.”
This special flag has been lifted on our grounds for two reasons.
In this faith, where we affirm and promote the inherent worth of all people, our doors are open to the transgender members of our community. In that light, when some lift voices against their rights and privileges as members of our society we feel motivated to push back, to state with this religious community’s conviction that every individual is welcomed, supported, worthy, and loved just the way they are.
In addition, a special commemoration held by the transgender community and their friends, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been set for November 20, 2018. We will honor the TDOR in our November 18 service, “Respectfully, We Remember.” All are welcome to this service, it might be a good time to bring a friend.