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February 25, 11 - 2 p.m.:  The Mother Storytelling Workshop 

YOU can learn to be a storyteller! Like The Moth? Want to Tell Stories? Stand-up comic and storyteller Caitlin Brodnick and her colleagues from NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade are leading a free hands-on workshop at Cedar Lane on Saturday -- before their performance that evening at the Now Is the Time Cabaret. The workshop is 11 to 2 p.m. Chalice House. Only 25 places, so register now:  YOU can learn to be a storyteller! Like The Moth? Want to Tell Stories? Stand-up comic and storyteller Caitlin Brodnick and her colleagues from NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade are leading a free hands-on workshop at Cedar Lane on Saturday -- before their performance that evening at the Now Is the Time Cabaret. The workshop is 11 to 2 p.m. Chalice House. Only 25 places, so please register now: Childcare available if requested by Friday noon at Childcare available if requested by Friday noon at

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February 25:  Now Is The Time... for Wine, Cheese, Storytelling & Improv

7 - 9 PM in the sanctuary.  Enjoy a warm evening of comedy on a cold winter night, sponsored by the Stewardship Team.

Featuring Cedar Lane’s own Caitlin Brodnick, award-winning comedian and Moth storyteller. Caitlin and her NYC colleagues will entertain us with stories of origins. Followed by Cedar Lane’s own Sophie Haber-Sage and Take One! Improv. Fine wines, fine cheeses and more.

Childcare provided. Want to help? Wait staff, food prep, set up crews forming. Contact us at

Registration required and available here:

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February 26 / 10:10 AM:  THE FORUM presents Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson

Join this talk 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.

Together Sunday

February 26, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Together Sunday - Policing Then & Now

Open to all. Join us in the Chalice House for a light lunch (suggested donation of $7). This event will include a discussion of the historical roots of American policing in slavery patrols by Dr. Alonzo Smith, professor of History and Human Rights at Montgomery Community College. Dr. Smith (from UUCR) and Susan Westenbarger (from UUSS), co-chairs of the UULM-MD Police Accountability Task Force, will also discuss current police accountability legislation under consideration in Annapolis. The task force is hoping to build a network of UUs around this issue, while partnering with Maryland Alliance for Justice, the Prince George's County People's Coalition, and Montgomery County's Civil Rights Commission and the Montgomery County ACLU. Contact with any questions.

February 26:  Where Should The Birds Fly at National Cathedral

When:  2:30 p.m., February 26, 2017
Where: National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium.
Free admission and parking.

You are invited to attend this screening and to participate in a discussion about justice and human rights in the Holy Land. CLUUC is an official Supporter of this timely film series. This film about Gaza is the first made by Palestinians who are living the reality of the Israeli siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of the Israeli Operation Cast Lead. The film reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza and reveals the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population. Imam Johari Abdulmalik of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will open the session with an interfaith Welcome Prayer. Saleem Zaru, Executive Director of United Palestinian Appeal will moderate the audience Q&A discussion after the screening.

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February 26, 4 p.m.: Concerts at Cedar Lane presents Christiana Drapkin Jazz Band

Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin moved from New York City to suburban Maryland in 2008, quickly establishing herself as a singer known for soaring improvisational lines, joyous scat, and a highly personal delivery of lyrics. It didn’t take her long to become a familiar presence on the Metro region’s jazz scene with performances at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, and in numerous local clubs. Her live performances feature a host of American Standards interspersed with Bebop favorites.

Her three cd recordings include “The Man I Love,” “Songs About You,” and her 2008 release with local guitarist, Mike Geller; “Got the World On a String.” Christiana loves presenting her music to audiences of all ages and often combines educational aspects of music, literature, and a bit of social history within her programs.

Working with local sidemen Robert Redd on piano, Dave Jernigan on bass, Tony Martucci on drums, and Joseph Cunliffe on reeds, the Christina Drapkin Jazz Band will delight our audience with a potpourri of hits from The Great American Songbook. Bring the kids and the grandparents as it’s sure to be a delightful afternoon for the whole family!

View the flyer here.

March 5, 10:10 a.m.: The Forum presents... “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.

Join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Chalice House for coffee and this talk.  All are welcome.  Free event.


March 9, 7 p.m.: Extended Religious Education (RE) Year Town Hall

In January, the Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team, after careful consideration, announced the extension of the Religious Education year from April 30th to May 21. Along with the continuation of our RE classes, the two service worship calendar will also extend through May 21. A program similar to "Spring B" will then occur during the first three Sundays of June. This change impacts many people at Cedar Lane and has resulted in much joy and excitement, as well as some confusion and frustration. To follow up with this change, all are invited to a congregational meeting led by Hillary Collins-Gilptrick, Director of Lifespan RE, Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Travis Ploeger Lifespan RE Ministry Team Chair, and Ashley Del Sole, RE Administrator, to discuss the intention and implementation of the extended Religious Education year, worship year, and any other ripples of change therein. Please join us and bring your questions for discussion.

March 11: Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation: A Program for White People featuring Chris Crass

Co-sponsored by seven area Unitarian Universalist congregations (including CLUUC) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) DC. This event is geared towards white people and open to everyone.

Our nation needs more people working for racial justice, and white people have particular roles to play. This inspiring and interactive program is designed to help white folks deepen our commitment to racial justice, ground our work in the broader struggle for liberation, and connect with the emotional and spiritual resources needed to be courageous, resilient, and effective over the long haul. Our keynote speaker is author, educator, and movement-builder Chris Crass. He is a Unitarian Universalist and works with faith-based communities to help build up the spiritual Left.

When:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: All Souls Unitarian Church – 1500 Harvard St, NW, DC

Cost: Suggested donation of $25 ($15 for those unable to pay $25)

Registration deadline: March 11. Free childcare if requested by March 1st.  To register visit

Bingo Board

MARCH 11, 7 - 9 p.m.:  Bingo & Board

Mark your calendar for the Board-sponsored Bingo and Board (get it?) Game Night on Saturday evening, March 11! The Board will provide games, snacks, dessert, and beverages at this fun multigenerational event put together as a fundraiser for the Auction. Feel free to bring your favorite games to share, too. Tickets are $15 per person or $30 for families. Drop-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are always appreciated to ensure we set up enough tables and buy enough snacks:

March 12, 7 P.M.:  The Forum presents..."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.

Join us at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Free event.  All are welcome.

March 17, 6:30 p.m.:  Before the Flood Film & Discussion with Washington Ethical Society

6:30 PM Light Supper, 7 Movie & Discussion.  In the Chalice House. Cosponsored by the Washington Ethical Society

Contact Chris Graham at or text her at 301 717 4204 for more information

Please bring a dish to share or make a donation!

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

March 19, 10:10 a.m.:  The Forum presents: "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.  All are welcome.  Free event.

March 26, 10:10 a.m.:  The Forum presents..."Measuring Threats to U.S. Security: Where does President Trump Fit In?"

With Greg Thielmann. Mr. Thielmann 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.

Join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Chalice House for coffee and this talk.  All are welcome. Free event.

UUA Presidential Forum

April 1, 2017, 9 - 3:30 PM: Better Together - CENTRAL EAST REGION Leadership Day & UUA Presidential Forum

Join us on April 1 for Better Together: Central East Region Leadership Day and UUA Presidential Candidates Forum at Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD. The day will consist of a 90-minute forum with the presidential candidates answering your questions and moderated by UUA Moderator, Jim Key, followed by lunch and afternoon workshops. Details and registration at the CER website.

Details, registration and additional sites as they are added can be found at our website.

If you would like to submit questions for consideration of the candidates to answer, you can do so on this form.

To learn more about the Presidential Election process please visit the UUA website.

Cedar Lanes Got Talent

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 if you would like to find out more or sign up to participate.