Spiritual Life.

Nurturing minds, hearts, and relationships.

 

NEED A FAITHLIFT? REV. SARAH CAN HELP!

• Pathways 2.0 (designed for newer members),
• Harvest the Power (for emerging church leaders and those interested in future leadership),
• Spirit in Practice (a monthly group exploring spiritual practices).

You may have noticed there are no dates or times listed- for this year’s adult programming, we are trying out a “rolling registration.” Sign up now, and once 10 folks have registered for a class, that group will pick a date and time to meet that works for those attending. (Rev. Sarah used this system for the classes she taught online for the Church of the Larger Fellowship with great success.)

 

Pathways 2.0

Using several curated resources, join Rev. Sarah for a monthly learning opportunity. Each month, come and learn a little about Unitarian Universalist history, theology and identity—and perhaps learn a little about yourself and your fellow Northwoodsians in the process! These sessions are designed for folks who have been UU for three years or less, but are open to anyone wishing to learn a bit more about our chosen faith.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s Pathways 2.0 class, register here. Once 10 folks have registered, Rev. Sarah will be in touch regarding a meeting date.

Harvest the Power

Connie Goodbread, co-lead for the UUA Southern Region staff, is famous for saying that “the congregation is the curriculum” in UU churches. By this, she means that how we “do church” is one of the most profound ways we discover who we are as Unitarian Universalists. As we grow and learn, the congregation is both our place of support and our laboratory, as we seek to be in meaningful relationship with each other and our own spiritual journeys. This course will help newer members discover themselves as UUs and as Northwoods members, and it will offer current leaders and longtime members a chance to more deeply connect with their service to the church as a spiritual practice.

Whether you are brand new or have help every leadership position in the book, this program offers something for everyone!

If you would like to be a part of this year’s Harvest the Power class, register here. registered, Rev. Sarah will be in touch regarding a meeting date. (Note: Depending on class preferences, this program will be taught either as 6 longer monthly sessions or 12 shorter twice-monthly sessions, with each workshop broken into two parts.)

Spirit in Practice Group

If you are looking for ways to deepen or experiment with personal spiritual practices, join Rev. Sarah for Northwoods’ new Spirit in Practice group. Spirit in Practice is a 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred, affirming our religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys. Together, we will share our own ideas of spiritual practice as well as explore new practices, including: Keeping Sabbath, Prayer, Meditation, Mindful Walking and Eating, Worship and Ritual, Discernment and Devotional Reading, Retreat, and Life as Spiritual Practice.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s Spirit in Practice Group, register here. Once 10 folks have registered, Rev. Sarah will be in touch regarding a meeting date.

Join us on Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Click for information about Sunday services and meetings, and for the Zoom log in information.

 

What Do We Believe? 

Watch to find out!

 

Northwoods Traditions

WATER COMMUNION
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.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
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.

NORTHWOODS STAMPEDE
The men of Northwoods create a service reflecting male spirituality accompanied by the men’s chorus.

FLOWER COMMUNION
Each Easter Northwoods celebrates the beauty and diversity of community through a flower communion originally created by the Czech Unitarian Rev. Norbert Capek.

YOUTH SERVICE
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.