Nurturing minds, hearts, and relationships.
Join us for Sunday service in-person or online on at 10:30 a.m.
Full Moon Drum Circles
All are welcome to our Full Moon Drum Circles! We meet on the Friday closest to the full moon and start around 7 pm after optional smudging. Kids are expected to do what the adults are doing. Bring drums or shaky things and friends. We always have enough noise makers to go around. So much fun!
Drum Circle dates for 2023: May 5, June 2, June 30, August 4, September 1, September 29, October 27, November 24, December 29.
Coming Soon: Integrating Your Religious Past with Rev. Sarah
The majority of Unitarian Universalists come into the denomination from other religions; often there have been several stops along the path into our congregations. Some bring with them angry and unresolved feelings about experiences in other religious institutions, others have warm memories. Some move easily into an identity as a Unitarian Universalist; others feel estranged from family and from the center of their culture.
This five-session workshop provides some simple tools through which people may reexamine and retrieve positive aspects of past religious connections, process grief, anger or loss related to those connections, and develop a cohesive religious narrative/ spiritual history through to the present. The workshop is designed to provide both group sharing and private exploration, using journal writing exercises.
We can be most fully and completely present in our religious identity when we see our path as a continuum rather than a series of unrelated episodes. People who feel whole in this identity are more likely to make solid, healthy commitments to religious communities. Because we are usually more certain of what we left in another religion than what we bring forward from it, some tools are needed by which people may establish connections, bridges, and resonances between past and present. Such activity also provides clues about the possible future direction of those paths.
This workshop is not just for “converts.” Longtime and life-long Unitarian Universalists also experience change, sometimes profoundly, in their religious identity. This workshop is enriched by the participation of people of varying tenure as Unitarian Universalists.
What Do We Believe?
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What is Unitarian Universalism?
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At the beginning of each church year, Northwoods congregants gather with water that symbolizes an experience or an insight that they had during the summer months. These waters are commingled and the common water is used throughout the year in Child Dedication Ceremonies.
DAY OF THE DEAD
Each Sunday before All Saints Day Northwoods reflects on our ancestors and our beloved dead through the building of a community altar.
These seasonal events include a pageant presented by the children as well as Christmas Eve candlelight services.
BURNING BOWL SERVICE
On the first Sunday of the New Year, people are invited to note something they wish to let go of and then consign it to a flame.
The men of Northwoods create a service reflecting male spirituality accompanied by the men’s chorus.
Each Easter Northwoods celebrates the beauty and diversity of community through a flower communion originally created by the Czech Unitarian Rev. Norbert Capek.
Each spring the high school youth of Northwoods share their spirituality and vision by creating a unique worship service for the congregation.
Meet our Minister
Rev. Sarah Prickett
Rev. Sarah Prickett is a Unitarian Universalist minister in preliminary fellowship and a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She grew up in Little Rock, AR, and attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, where she received a BA in Creative Writing. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Georgia College and State University before returning to Little Rock to work for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a copy editor and later assistant editor. It was in Little Rock, that Rev. Sarah discovered Unitarian Universalism, joining the UU Church of Little Rock and serving in many leadership roles during her time as a member.
Her sense of call led her to seminary, where she was a part time student for six years before graduating in 2017. During her time in seminary, she moved to Houston, TX to serve Northwoods as Director of Lifespan Faith Development. Houston will always have a special place in her heart because it is also where she met her wife Sidney. They married in 2014 and moved back to Little Rock soon after to care for Sarah’s father in his final months.
While in Little Rock, she served as Intern Minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, taught freshman composition and worked in the Family Services Department of the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency. Sarah and Sid have two dogs and are glad to be back in what feels like their family’s hometown.
Need to schedule an online appointment with Rev. Sarah? The following appointments are available:
Program/Planning Session – 60 or 30 Minutes
Pastoral Care – 60 or 30 Minutes
Chat/Check-in – 15 Minutes