CEDAR LANE VOICES ON MULTICULTURAL,

PLURALISTIC SPIRITUALITY

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When I felt that first Chicago breeze on my face, I immediately realized I was free from any tourism-related temptation (the polar freeze caught us all that first week of January, right?). I went straight from the airport to a gathering for Meadville Lombard Theological School’s new students. Meadville Lombard is one of the two Unitarian Universalist Seminaries in the world and I had the most enjoyable first week there, (not only because it was mostly indoors).

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Bautizada como católica y criada como Episcopal, lo más cerca que pude llegar al altar en una iglesia fue asistiendo al ministro durante el servicio. En aquel entonces, ese era un papel muy importante y bastante raro para las niñas. También fue lo más cerca que pude llegar al ministerio. No había ministras en mi entorno, y la cultura en la que crecí apoyaba la idea de que solo los varones podían desempeñar el papel de ministro.

| Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, I joined UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and other interfaith leaders at a press conference in Washington DC for the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Led by the Rev. Dr.

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Jasmin, an 11-year old US Citizen, just wants to be able to greet her mother every day. She might not get that wish this Christmas because on December 22nd, her mother’s protected status ends. Rev. Abhi took video of Jasmin’s testimony at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protection Status) Rally on December 6th, 2017. You can view it here: https://www.facebook.com/ajanamanchi/videos/2259124984113167/.

| 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.