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April 21, 6:30 p.m.:  Death by Design Film

What happens to your electronics when you upgrade?  Join us for a film and discussion around this topic!

6:30 p.m. light supper, 7 p.m. movie & discussion
Text Chris Graham at 301-717-4204 or email her for more information
Please bring a dish to share or make a small donation!

About the film:
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley. This is a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies and the tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Sponsored by Cedar Lane's Environmental Justice Ministry.

April 22, 7:30 P.M.:  Rock Creek Singers

Concerts at Cedar Lane welcomes the Rock Creek Singers to the auditorium on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM.  This select ensemble of three dozen members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Directed by Thea Kano, will delight our audience with a wide array of choral selections, while championing gay equality with robust artistry, fun, and surprise. Admission is free.  Child care will be offered.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend this great performance.

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April 23: "Gutting 'soft power' in the World - Does President Trump care?"

This event is sponsored by The Forum at Cedar Lane.  Join us for a free talk and free coffee in the Chalise House at 10:10 a.m.!  All are welcome.  Mark L. Schneider will argue that the proposed budget cuts for the State Department, USAID, Peace Corps and international organizations risk throwing away some of our best weapons to counter al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the next wave of extremists. Mark has served in every soft power venue, from principal deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights, foreign policy advisor to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, USAID head for Latin America during the Central America post-conflict reconstruction era, head of policy planning for a UN agency, and 15 years with a non-government international conflict prevention organization. He'll share his observations and experiences.

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April 23:  Gender Revolution Film & Panel

All are Welcome to join Together and LGBT Identified Cedar Laners for a viewing of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric followed by a moderated discussion.

Common Sense Media recommends this film for ages 12 and up. Childcare available upon request. For more information or to RSVP (so we can be sure to have enough food and adequate child care coverage), contact

* A light lunch served at 12:15 (suggested donation of $5-$7), ~ 90 minute film will begin at 12:30. 

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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.

New Neighbors Sunday 5.7.17

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.

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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.”

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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:

BUilding the Beloved Community

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)

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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.