Living Our Values: SEE Justice

Social, Environmental, Economic Justice

Northwoods Vision Statement:

We will be a place of transformation. We will transform our community through intentional inclusion, becoming stronger in our diversity. We will transform our world into a kind, humane and just place through our work outside these walls. We will ourselves be transformed by the work we do, the love we show to each other, and the spiritual challenges we set for ourselves.

SEE Justice Forums

Join us every fourth Sunday of the month for SEE Justice updates from program leaders. Time is 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. These groups will meet in the “digital sanctuary,” using the same Zoom link we use for worship: (Meeting ID: 766 833 5778).

Complete list of SEE Justice Programs at Northwoods

Upcoming Opportunities to Participate

Anti-Trans Hate Webinar

Rev. Sarah, Greg McDonell and other UU religious leaders joined SIde with Love and The Trevor Project for an uplifting and informative webinar on combating anti-trans hate. You can watch the recording and get links to the many resources shared in the webinar, here

Transforming Hearts Video and Discussion Series

Transforming Hearts Video and Discussion Series

SEE Justice will be starting an Adult RE discussion of a video series called Transforming Hearts. It is about increasing the inclusion of the transgender community in our churches and lives. The course has six sessions, each of which includes a 45- to 55-minute lecture by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, with reflection questions and resources that take the conversation deeper. 

The lectures are pre-recorded so that you can view them at any time that is convenient to you. There will be discussions on the Monday following the Sunday sessions. You do not need to view the video with the group, if the timing is not convenient. Northwoods has purchased rights to show the video and we will be sharing a link with those who wish to watch. The zoom session will use the church zoom Sunday morning log on, and a private logon for the discussion.

Sunday Schedule (discussions will be on the following Mondays):

August 21: Session 1. Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice

September 25: Session 2. Gender and Our Faith Community

October 23: Session 3. Unpacking the Gender Binary

November 20: Session 4. Trans Experience and Spirituality

December 11: Session 5. The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion

January 8: Session 6. Creating Culture Shift


Reproductive Justice

Our Reproductive Justice team delivered the March 28, 2021 Sunday service. To meet the team and watch the portions of the service, visit click below to see

 Reflections by the Reproductive team:

Reflection: Jerry Hensel

Reflection: Paul Nelson

Reflection: Robyn Stout

Reflection: David Shontz


The Reproductive team is also watching and advocates for and against particular abortion bills, offered the UUA Reproductive Justice curriculum, hosted book, movie and documentary discussions related to Reproductive Justice, and continue to advocate and learn. The Lilith Fund and the Houston Support Access network have been our Share the Plate recipients. 

Songs for the service were written and performed by Northwoods Musicians.

Millbend Coffeehouse Concerts

We are Thrilled to announce that Millbend Coffeehouse is finally re-opening after an 18 month Pandemic induced hiatus.

Millbend Coffeehouse is a non-profit venue hosted by Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Open the 2nd Saturday of every month, with occasional extra concerts, we are dedicated to bringing the finest in national and local acoustic/folk songwriters and performers to our informal and intimate setting. We are a smoke free and family friendly environment. In our relaxed atmosphere you can meet the entertainers and obtain copies of the hard to find CDs of these fine performers.

Suggested donations vary. All profits from the gate go to local charities/causes — which are determined by audience vote at each concert, with the winners announced at the Intermission.

Visit the Millbend Coffeehouse website for information on performers and tickets.