April 30: "Saving Democracy: Fixing Our Broken Elections," with Ralph G. Neas
The Forum at Cedar Lane will host this event at 10:10 a.m. in our Chalice House. Join us for coffee and a free talk! Over the past 35 years, Ralph Neas has served as the CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, People For the American Way, the National Coalition on Health Care, and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. From 1973 - 1980, Neas served as chief counsel first to Republican Senator Edward W. Brooke and then to Republican Senator David Durenberger, Currently, Neas is working on a project to promote bipartisan election reform. Neas is best known for directing more than two dozen national campaigns that marshaled strong bipartisan majorities to strengthen and protect the nation's civil rights laws during the Reagan-Bush presidencies, and for chairing the national coalition that helped defeat the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork. He is writing a book about those experiences. He will speak about emerging initiatives to reform the election process.
May 7, 1:30 - 4 P.m.: New Neighbors Sunday
Our New Neighbors came to the U.S. to escape war, famine, and oppression. Help the Refugee Support Ministry Team let them know they are valued and welcome here!
- Bring your whole family--Children can meet others from around the world as they play games and share stories and art projects
- Learn more about Islam –and help us show and tell our New Neighbors what “Unitarian” means
- Share snacks, listen to some good music, and join in discussions with our visitors
*Interpreters will be provided
The Cedar Lane Refugee Support Ministry Team works with the Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors (NCIRRN) to assist families new to our area as they adjust and work toward independence.
May 7, 7-9 p.m.: Aviva Chomsky
Cedar Lane's annual Kiplinger Lecture presents Aviva Chomsky, scholar of immigration and immigrant justice. Free event. All are welcome.
More about Aviva: Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Her academic work focuses on immigration, the Cuban Revolution and Central American labor movements. Professor Chomsky is well known nationwide as an advocate of immigration reform and workers’ rights. She has published widely in both academic and popular contexts. Her most recent book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, received praise from The New York Times as an “impassioned and well-reported case for change.”
May 13: Cedar Lane Legacy Society Event - Save the Date!
Details and a formal invitation to come. If you have provided for Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in your estate plans, or are considering doing so, thank you! Legacy Society members Don and Nancy Bliss would like to invite you to join them for a convivial reception in their home on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3-5 p.m. To RSVP early, email us: email@example.com.
May 13, 9 - 3 p.m.: Building the Beloved Community Workshop
Open to all Cedar Laners -- ages high school and up. Childcare for other ages will be made available. Registration details are being developed.
Building on last year’s successful “Building Authentic Diversity” workshop, the Mosaic Makers committee of the Board of Trustees has designed this workshop to help us focus on making practical changes based on the Intercultural Competency framework. We will explore Cedar Lane’s own culture and practices, the work we are called to do in the larger community, our leadership in the UU community, and each individual’s ability to make a difference. The workshop will be led by Rev. Rob Keithan and Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, and will include lunch.
Goal: Learning to do intercultural communication more effectively in order to deepen understanding, relationships, and justice.
- Personal development (learning the intercultural model; new self-awareness and new skills)
- Strengthen congregational capacity for intercultural work (creating shared analysis, vocabulary, and commitment)
- Understanding the larger context of this work and its connection to your/our UU values (knowing what’s at stake; consider the relationship of power and culture; theological reflection)
May 20: Be Part of Cedar Lane’s Got Talent
Saturday, May 20, is the date for the 2017 edition of Cedar Lane’s Got Talent, a fun-filled evening of music, dance, improv, poetry and maybe a little magic! The talent show, sponsored by the Music Ministry Team, is a favorite with Cedar Lane audiences. We hope you will plan to attend. It’s also an opportunity for all you talented Cedar Laners to show us your stuff! It’s a talent show for all ages and a full range of artistic expression. We especially hope that our young folks will be part of the show. Contact Sandy Stalzer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more or sign up to participate.