The Forum at Cedar Lane

CLUC Ralph Nader 1Photo: Ralph Nader and Dick Kauffunger, Co-Chair of The Forum, September 11, 2016.

Sunday Morning Forum

The Sunday Morning Forum meets at 10:10 AM in the Chalice House between worship services.  Join us for a talk and free trade coffee!  All are welcome.  Free events.

February 26 / 10:10 a.m.:  Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson, with Bob Musil, the President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council. Bob will discuss how Rachel Carson stimulated the environment movement, leading to today’s broad environmental protections. He will also talk about her environmental ethic, her strong political action in the face of corporate and right-wing opposition, and what she might have done in the face of the new Trump Administration’s actions to promote fossil fuels, deny climate change and end environmental regulation.

March 5, 10:10 a.m.:  The Fight for Fifteen: A Living Wage for Montgomery County. Is raising the minimum wage bad for the economy? Join us as Jeff Waldstreicher, State Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly, discusses legislative efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Here in Montgomery County, the average entry level position is paid $12/hour. In an economy where these jobs are becoming careers for many working families, we cannot afford to shortchange our friends and neighbors any longer. It’s time to make the minimum wage a living wage in Montgomery County and throughout the state.

March 19, 10:10 a.m.:  Is Fracking Right for Maryland...And You?  With Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. Competing fracking bills have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly which would have vastly different outcomes. Decisions will be made and it's important to have your voice heard. Tim Whitehouse will discuss the health science that must be considered as part of this decision-making process. Join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Chalice House for coffee and this talk. 

March 26, 10:10 a.m.:  Measuring Threats to U.S. Security: Where does President Trump Fit In?  With Greg Thielmann, who has the deep, broad experience and knowledge to speak factually about these issues. He was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 25 years, last serving as Director of Strategic, Proliferation and Military Affairs. He then worked as a senior staffer with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2005-2009). Last August, he retired from seven years as a Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association and joined the ACA Board of Directors. Greg Thielmann will address the difficulty the American public has in assessing and prioritizing the security threats faced by the United States. He'll cover the way the Congress and President Trump appear to understand the experts' assessments and also discuss the looming question of how Trump's temperament may itself pose a threat to our survival.


The Evening Forum meets on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in our auditorium.

March 12, 7 p.m.: Unhappiness in America... The Deep Divide In Our Country Revealed in Election 2016.  With Carol Graham, Ph.D. Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. The 2016 Election highlighted the deep social and political divisions and the related unhappiness in the United States. Carol Graham is a pioneer in the economic study of happiness and the talk is derived from the research findings in her latest book, "Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream" (Princeton University Press, March 2017). She uses measures of well-being to identify the inequality in beliefs, hopes and aspirations that lead to the divisions which are threatening America. Free event. All are welcome.

About the Forum at Cedar Lane

The Forum at Cedar Lane offers Cedar Lane members, friends, and the greater Montgomery County community an opportunity to discuss a broad range of contemporary issues and explore their ethical and spiritual dimensions.  The Forum at Cedar Lane includes our Sunday Morning Forum, which meets weekly at 10:10 a.m. in our Chalice House Main Room between worship services, September 2016 through April 2017.  Enjoy some of our free-trade coffee while you participate!  The Evening Forum meets on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in our auditorium (unless otherwise noted). Evening Forums run closer to 1.5 hours and feature speakers of interest to a wider community.