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Sermons from Northlake Unitarian Universalist in Kirkland, WA. We are a progressive, inclusive community made up of people with many different backgrounds and beliefs. We are guided by moral principles, such as the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and we draw inspiration from many sources, such as history, science, literature, the arts, nature, and world religions. Services are held Sunday mornings, 10:25 - 11:45. We invite you to listen to any of these sermons as a sampling of what you might experience on a Sunday morning at Northlake. Our services are also filled with instrumental music, singing hymns together, listening to a children’s story and inspirational readings, and sharing of our Joys and Sorrows.

Sermons from Northlake Unitarian Universalist in Kirkland, WA. We are a progressive, inclusive community made up of people with many different backgrounds and beliefs. We are guided by moral principles, such as the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and we draw inspiration from many sources, such as history, science, literature, the arts, nature, and world religions. Services are held Sunday mornings, 10:25 - 11:45. We invite you to listen to any of these sermons as a sampling of what you might experience on a Sunday morning at Northlake. Our services are also filled with instrumental music, singing hymns together, listening to a children’s story and inspirational readings, and sharing of our Joys and Sorrows.

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Sermons from Northlake Unitarian Universalist in Kirkland, WA. We are a progressive, inclusive community made up of people with many different backgrounds and beliefs. We are guided by moral principles, such as the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and we draw inspiration from many sources, such as history, science, literature, the arts, nature, and world religions. Services are held Sunday mornings, 10:25 - 11:45. We invite you to listen to any of these sermons as a sampling of what you might experience on a Sunday morning at Northlake. Our services are also filled with instrumental music, singing hymns together, listening to a children’s story and inspirational readings, and sharing of our Joys and Sorrows.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Re-combobulation Zone – Nancy Reid-McKee

3/30/2020
We have entered a time of uncertainty. This is the time between realizing we are in a crisis, but before knowing the extent of it. This time is unsettling, it is much like passing through airport security, trying to get reorganized before we board the plane for the real trip. How do we become recombobulated?

Duration:00:18:11

Practicing Compassion – Diane Fennema

3/28/2020
Long-time Northlaker Diane Fennema speaks about practicing compassion in the times of coronavirus. This homily was given as part of our virtual service on Zoom on 3/29/20.

Duration:00:12:20

Chaos Theory (the Virus takes us Virtual)

3/14/2020
Nancy Reid-McKee with a reflection on Chaos Theory, and the changes in our life due to coronavirus. This reflection was part of a virtual worship service on Zoom teleconferencing.

Duration:00:14:50

The Wisdom of the Middle Way

3/7/2020
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...

Duration:00:19:57

We are a Strong, Resilient People – Janelle Durham

2/22/2020
Hard times come around for all of us. Some people get knocked down by challenges and never recover. Some are more resilient, and can bounce back to where they started. Some rise like a phoenix from the ashes – stronger than ever before. How can we build resilience in ourselves, each other, and our communities? What protective factors create the safety nets that catch us when we fall, and launch us back up onto our feet? Speaker: Janelle Durham

Duration:00:23:59

What is the School to Prison Pipeline – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

2/11/2020
Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle native, published "So You Want to Talk About Race" in 2018, a book that will be featured for Adult Religious Education sessions this spring (May 20, June 3 & 10). Rev. Jim leads us in a look at a chapter that examines kindergartners in trouble for "assault" and middle school children caught in despair--kids being kids--and the level of bias that has constructed the school-to-prison pipeline. Recording opens with choir performance of "There is a Love" - lyrics: Dr....

Duration:00:24:49

An Election Year Decree – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

2/8/2020
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.)

Duration:00:21:19

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

2/1/2020
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.)

Duration:00:23:25

Born this Way – Raphaelle Mills Warner

1/25/2020
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.

Duration:00:15:20

Becoming Proximate to the World – Rev. Reid-McKee

1/18/2020
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.

Duration:00:27:01

The Hungry Ghost – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

1/11/2020
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?

Duration:00:16:52

Saints and Martyrs – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

1/4/2020
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

Duration:00:14:46

Divine Opinions – Joe Rettenmaier

12/27/2019
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.

Duration:00:21:43

Attending to Our Future – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

12/25/2019
"There is no more time for pretending that everything can be all right without your care, without your attention..." -Rev. T. Soto [A homily about the need to pay attention to climate change.]

Duration:00:26:28

Christmas Eve Service – Take Time for Awe

12/25/2019
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).

Duration:00:58:25

Honoring Fire – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

12/7/2019
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.)

Duration:00:20:24

Practice Paying Attention – Rev. Nancy Reid McKee

11/16/2019
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 -...

Duration:00:24:05

Sofia and the Heartmender by Marie Olofsdotter

11/9/2019
This is a recording of a children's story, as told by Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee at our Veteran's Day service at Northlake UU Church in Kirkland, WA

Duration:00:09:01

Heaven: It’s Not What You’d Expect

9/21/2019
Reverend Nancy McKee's description of her message: "Instead of dying and going to heaven, our work is to recognize that we are already in heaven and to act accordingly. We will explore what we expect from heaven." Recording opens with a reading “Prophets of a Future Not Our Own” by Bishop Ken Untener, followed by the Northlake choir performing "Look Around", an original composition by our Music Director David Duvall.

Duration:00:27:15

The Aspirational Community – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee

9/14/2019
The sermon will focus on what we expect from each other in the upcoming years, and how we manage our achievements and disappointments as a religious practice. From Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirkland, WA.

Duration:00:19:54