This Sunday’s Service – Learning from Loss

March 26 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

Author Isabel Allende asks, “What is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if we don’t give it away? Of having stories if we don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if we don’t share it? It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.” This author learned a valuable lesson from her dying daughter that has become Isabel’s mantra: “You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.” This message will be about the things we gain through giving and the valuable lessons that come with death.

This Sunday’s Service – A Personal and Theological Reflection on Death

March 19 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Art McDonald

In the long tradition of pulpit exchanges, Rev. Art McDonald, PhD, Minister at the First Universalist Church of Essex, will preach at Northshore Church and Rev. Julie Lombard will preach at the First Universalist Church of Essex.

Rev. McDonald will share some personal experiences of dealing with death, both as a hospital orderly (caregiver) while a seminary student as well as some more personal passings. He will tell about his brother who died in his mid fifties, and the many days he spent with his brother during the last weeks of his life. Art will draw on some theological insights, especially from the Buddhist and Christian wisdom traditions.

This Sunday’s Service – Living in Racial America: Two Points of View

March 5 Service at 10:30 AM

Nikki Moore and Mary Gardner

Our speakers Nikki Moore, a woman of color, grew up in Dorchester and Mary Gardner, a white woman, grew up in New York City. Their paths crossed at the UU Church of Marblehead and their friendship has grown into a mutual passion to address racism together. In their presentation, Nikki and Mary tell their stories of what they experienced and learned about racism as they grew up, how that is affecting their lives today, and how that is motivating them to create an anti-racism organization. The Soul Work Forum will continue the conversation on race at noon by hosting Mary and Nikki in a question and answer session with our congregation.


This Sunday’s Service – The Creation of a Gangsta Rapper known as MC Hawking


February 26 Service at 10:30 AM

Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence will talk about his experience at the Starmus Festival of science, culture and music in the Canary Islands this past summer. In 2000 Ken developed a web site in which he created an alter-ego for Stephen Hawking, giving Hawking a second career as a Gangsta Rapper known as MC Hawking. At the Starmus festival Hawking was guest of honor and was awarded a medal. Immediately after Hawking’s presentation, Ken, as MC Hawking, performed before Stephen Hawking and an audience of one thousand scientists including eleven Laureates, an astronaut, and many of the world’s leading scientists. Included in Ken’s program will be videos of his performance, the history behind the creation of MC Hawking, and commentary about Ken’s meeting with Stephen Hawking.

Be aware that the satiric videos reflect Gangsta Rap culture and include language that we don’t expect to hear at church. Ken comments that if Stephen Hawking and 1,000 scientists can take it, he thinks the members of Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church will be able to hear it.

 Ken grew up in the Northshore Church and is the son of Jean Koulack-Young.

This Sunday’s Service – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

February 19 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Released in 1971 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour was the seventh album by the British rock band The Moody Blues. It explored the history of all music in their song “Procession”. As a youth I memorized the lyrics of all their songs. They took the rock genre to a new level. Music was an endless canvas of creation to them. They introduced a symphony orchestra into their songs, used various experimental electronic keyboards, and included poetry that was all together unique to me. This service will spotlight my love of this band, and the impact their music has had as I created my own theology. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

This Sunday’s Service – Creating a Compassionate Community

February 12 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

This church has many ministries worthy of making this minister smile, but as you ask yourself this stewardship season, Why should I support this church? I hope that you think about the parish care division of our membership committee. You may know this group as the Caring Committee. I know them as our miracle workers. In this service, we will look at the many works of this committee and how they have created a compassionate community through love and care for every soul. Please join us for worship and fellowship.