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.

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

April 30:  "Saving Democracy: Fixing Our Broken Elections," with Ralph G. Neas.  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.


THE EVENING FORUM

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

Our speaker for May is TBA.


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.