New for 2021!  Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for educational and spiritual growth opportunities.

Shine together as we learn together…

We will gather every second Saturday each month, online, from 10:00am to 2:00pm (Pacific) for a time of learning and growing together. Each month will focus on one of three areas:

  • congregational transformation
  • justice ministries
  • spiritual growth

Quarter One 2021 Topics and Descriptions

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The Church has been in a prolonged season of change for many years, facing the changing religious landscape of our region with moderate success, and expending internal energy on transformation processes that haven’t worked well. The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified the rate of change in our congregations and the sense of urgency within the congregation for useful, possibly significant, change.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Adaptive Change – what it is, how it works, basic definitions and trends, and how to recognize it in your congregation. You’ll also receive a list of additional resources for continued exploration of this topic. This workshop will not give you a formula to go and try in your congregation, because, as you’ll learn, adaptive change is highly contextual.

Rev. Dr. Kara Markell is pastor of Lake Washington Christian Church and chair of the Northern Lights Regional Commission on Ministry. She is also a retreat leader and has worked with pastors and lay leaders seeking to engage in the process of transformation and adaptive action in their congregation. She received her MDiv from Brite Divinity School and her DMin from Seattle University. Her doctoral work focused on the link between Ecclesiology/Congregational identity and a congregation’s ability to engage in adaptive change.

Winter Talk is a conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD).  Together we will spend time considering the DOD’s impact on Northern Light Disciples and our structure and theology. Winter talk is a space of accountability to the Native American voice and how that voice is heard when exploring the past, understanding the present, and visioning the future.

Jon Ghahate (Laguna & Zuni Pueblo), the Museum Cultural Educator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will lead us through an Indigenous understanding of the DOD.  Born and raised on both the Laguna & Zuni Pueblos Jon is a parent, educator, and Vietnam Era Veteran.  Jon’s work is to “give a voice of resilience and authenticity for those who have come before us and our future generations of Pueblo peoples.”

Alongside Jon is Nathan Hill who is pastor of University Christian Church of Hyattsville, Maryland.  Nathan is originally from southwest Oklahoma, the son of a public educator and a nurse.  Nathan is also a Core Anti-Racism trainer for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Currently working on a Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary, Nathan will help us understand the DOD’s impact on our lives and the church.

“We give thanks to you, O Beloved, for You are kind;
your steadfast love endures forever!
— Psalm 118:1, from Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome the good.”
— Maya Angelou

By March 2021 we will have lived in the midst of a pandemic for one year. Is it possible to sustain, or even recover, a sense of gratefulness in such a time as this?

Over the course of this Lenten retreat we will explore the promise and practice of gratefulness through poetry, prayer, conversation, and various forms of meditation.

Laurie Rudel is a retired pastor and artist who now serves as faculty for and on board of the Grünewald Guild, an online learning and retreat center dedicated to the practice of art, faith, and community near Leavenworth, WA. She also serves on the board of the University Christian Church Legacy Foundation. Before the pandemic she and her beloved wife, Barb, sang at the bedside of hospice patients with the Seattle Threshold Singers. They live in Lake Forest Park, WA under a canopy of tall fir trees. 


Fee structure is a *suggested donation of $10.00/person/session or $25/congregation/session with 3 or more participants registered at the same time.

*The Second Saturdays planning team is committed to sharing these opportunities with all who want to participate, cost should not determine your ability to attend.  Please observe the registration rate but if it is cost prohibitive, do not hesitate to donate only what you’re able to afford.

Registration for each session will be closed at the end of business the day before the session.  This will help us ensure that all those who register for the course will be able to receive the Zoom access information in time for the event.

Each event begins at 10:00am and will conclude at 2:00pm (Pacific)

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Sessions will be recorded and made available after the event, free to those who registered and at a cost of $5.00 each for those who prefer to participate by watching the recording(s).

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