| Norman Allen, Intern Minister

This year, Cedar Lane will offer Vespers in the Chapel on the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:45 to 7:15 pm. It’s a unique opportunity to enter into a different kind of worship service and a different kind of spiritual experience. Drawing on monastic practices from multiple traditions, Vespers offers us the chance to go deeper within, whether we enter the Chapel with joy, sorrow, or unrest on our hearts.

| Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Seven monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Southern India constructed an intricate sand mandala during their stay from August 23-27, introducing messages of peace, compassion, and enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism.

The Mandala – Tibetan sand painting – is a quintessential expression of Buddhist art constructed from dyed sand particles, and a centuries-old visual art form. It represents rich and rational Buddhist philosophy centered on compassion, importance of reality and universal responsibility.

| Rev. Archene Turner

With the current administration undermining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, the National Action Network lead by the Rev Al Sharpton, called on religious leader to reaffirm their commitment to voting rights, healthcare, criminal justice reform and economic justice and to stand up and speak out on these inequities.

| Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

Both of my parents felt that my brother and I needed to grow up in some type of organized religion. Even though my parents were lapsed Catholics, when my brother and I were born, we were each Baptized in the Catholic tradition. Sometimes I wonder if this push for “organized” religion was another way that my family was desperately trying to blend in and be more “American.” My mother was particularly active in church and even taught religious education for a while.