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Lining up our Dominoes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

As many of us prepare to spend holiday time with family members, some who have values and ideas we share, others who walk a different path, it is good to take a moment to consider our approach to dealing with those around us, and to do so before we say, “Hell-o, it is so good to see you again,” as we await the fireworks that may soon follow. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister. [Note to the listener: During this sermon, Reverend Jim was setting up long chains of dominoes, and tipping them over….]

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Clearing Clutter for What Matters – Carolyn Koehnline

Why clear our clutter, when so many other priorities and distractions clamor for our attention? Intentionally clearing away what is no longer relevant or resonant from our homes, heads, hearts, and schedules can allow growth and clarity. As we release the clutter, more time, space, and energy become available for what truly matters. Clutter coach, Carolyn Koehnline, will share her gentle, creative, approach to this challenge. [To learn more about Carolyn and her work, www.gentleapproachcoaching.com.)

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The Ebb and the Flow – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Do you have good times and times that are not so good? Are there forces that sometimes lead you to think you are caught in a muddle? Or, a puddle? You are not alone. Many people fail to live up to their ideals. Let us explore the relevance of this unsteadiness for ourselves and also for others. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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When We Make Mistakes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Personal and cultural (collusional) mistakes often lead people toward troubled times. Rev. Jim lifts up a practical guide to inner freedom found in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It offers a skill set for anyone and everyone who are still seeking a better life than they have. Welcome to a relationally oriented message on healing, a service to be followed by three Adult RE classes on The Four Agreements.

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Healing – It Takes Work – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

In a spiritually oriented message on healing, we look at potential revisions to our approach to our bodies, our minds, our health, and our community through a commentary on texts, poems, and stories. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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A Circle that Takes Them In – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Rev. Jim examines “Outwitted,” a poem by Edwin Markham for its view of an open mind, open heart, open borders, and an open life, allowing Markham’s push for a better way to bring us to a better relationship with our Earth. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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From the Summer of Love to Answering the Call of Love

Looking back at a critical shift in our nation’s history, 1967, we consider whether if we had “done this instead of that” things might have worked out better. In a relational service Rev. Jim reflects on choices once made, measuring them against the invitation of “Answering the Call of Love.” (Opens with celebrant Jenny Mason sharing a reading.) Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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When the Waters Rise – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

You have seen photos of Hurricane Harvey’s waters and, in many cases, felt the undercurrent of angst or obstructions. On a Sunday where Northlake takes an offering for the UUA/UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund we will look together at a special tool that can help calm our inner spirits. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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Live Loving, Love Living – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Reverend Jim enters the Northlake pulpit with a story about himself and his ministry as viewed through his once-in-a-lifetime visit to the academy where Rumi taught poetry, philosophy, and twirling–now known as Rumi’s tomb. Come, come, whoever you are to an hour of worship and awe. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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Inspiring Awe – Crystal Zerfoss

A shooting star careening across the night sky. A sincere religious conviction stirring truth deep within your soul. A newfound scientific discovery answering age-old questions about our natural world. Join us on a journey of inspiration as we explore the awe and wonder that moves us in our questioning and grounds us in our knowing. Speaker: Crystal Zerfoss, UU Ministerial Intern

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Martial Art of Unconditional Joy – Erika Ebbeson

Be good to yourself. If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?’. -Kobi Yamada.
This question lives at the heart of ancient, whole health practices. How do we, as ‘beacons of Love and Justice’ best fuel ourselves in any given moment? Through any kind of weather? Curious about how to live, fueled by Joy, no matter what? Good! Come share in that rich kindling as we dig deeper into these questions and the question mark itself. Speaker: Northlake member, Erika Ebbeson

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Living Joyously – Crystal Zerfoss

The theme for July is Joy. Our lives are filled with so many tasks and responsibilities, thoughts and feelings, activities, concerns, and sleep. How do we seek out joy in our lives? How do we take time to sink into the feelings of joy when they arise? Join us as we explore the ways in which joy strengthens, enlivens, and moves us to be fully human. Speaker: Ministerial Intern, Crystal Zerfoss

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Truth in Transition – Martin Emilio

If you approach events with a narrative in mind, then you interpret them through that lens. In that moment, that is true. But, looking back on those events through a new lens, a new truth can come to light. Transformation never ends, it only changes; yet in that change is truth. The journey from Amelia Grace to Martin Emilio.

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Women Who Persist – Marian Stewart

On this Mother’s Day we honor all women – and the spirit of persistence. While some may believe that this quality is new, or even political, persistence is a trait of spirit, will, and gut that has been well-honed over millennia. It is also spiritual. Speaker – Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, who was Northlake’s minister for 9 years.

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More than Attitude – Marian Stewart

Is Unitarian Universalism more than those bright yellow shirts with the L-O-V-E letters across the front? Are we deeper than being on the front lines of justice-seeking? What is at the core of who we are? What guides/motivates/sustains us? If we peel away the d-i-y, believe-anything-you-want perceptions, is there a common core that is deeply spiritual, profoundly human, and able to transform the world – and us? Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, Northlake’s minister from 2009 – 2017.

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Living Life on One Leg – Janelle Durham

Identity has many layers: our self-image – how we perceive ourselves, our projected image – how we present ourselves, and our external identities – how others perceive us based on their own experience and biases. Many influences shape our identity – some are circumstances beyond our control. But much of our identity is based on the choices we make and the actions we take – how we choose to respond to those circumstances. Speaker: Janelle Durham, Northlake Board President.

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