Weekly News

February 24, 2017


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This past Sunday we were graced with music from our Little Voices, Children's Choir and Little Voices, in addition to Fred "Farid" Johnson who led us in a rousing song about how each new day is a new and exciting possibility! Our Festivals and Celebrations class (3rd Grade) had a Flower Festival, in honor of the Japanese celebration of Buddha's Birthday.  The kids listened raptly to a selection of "Zen Shorts," stories modeled after Buddhist teachings.  They made paper flowers to decorate our shrine for the tea ceremony at the end of class and each child took a turn pouring tea over "Buddha". 

Hillary's Weekly Reflection

Dearest Friends,

So our theme for February was Identity. What did we learn about ourselves this month? 

We thought about ways we can make people feel cared for and simply acts of kindness like smiling at others when we see them. We also thought about things we love in our lives and wrote them down on our valentine to the world. We also used our voices in song with Farid. How we are of service, what we love, the way we sound - these are all aspects of our Identity. 

I'm so glad I've been getting to know you all this year, and learning all these different pieces of who you are. I have been learning a lot about myself too! 

Learning for everyone - no matter their age or identity! Perfect.

Yours in lifelong learning,


This sunday

Chapel will be led by Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Carole Rogentine. We will be practicing mindfulness in being with one another.

Parent Soul Matters Group meets this sunday!

Our Parent Soul Matters Group has moved to a bi-monthly format and we're welcoming new people! Soul Matters is a time for parents to share their experiences of parenthood based on particular monthly themes.

Join us 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings at 11 AM in Room 1-2 for an hour of rich and open conversation facilitated by Rev. Archene Turner and Hillary Collins Gilpatrick. We will discuss a brief reading, encourage checking-in with one another, and contemplate monthly exercises that we practice in order to nourish our spiritual, relational, and emotional selves.

All parents of elementary aged children welcome, no registration necessary. Just come!

While we're meeting, your elementary-aged children are welcome in our mixed age Tapestry of Faith class in Room 32-35. Even if they've attended first session RE, this will be a different, more hands on experience in a mixed age environment that will be an exciting supplement to their Sunday morning experience!

We hope you can join us!

upcoming events

Religious Education Upcoming Events

Saturday March 4 Our Whole Lives (OWL) Retreat 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday March 9 RE Town Hall Meeting 7:00 -- 8:30 p.m.

OWL Retreat Our 8th/9th Grade OWL classes will have a combined meeting as a way for us to offer several important topics at once, with the help of a Health Educator guest speaker, to both our Classes.  It's also a chance for the students to socialize with each other & have some fun.  Parents of OWL students, please look for an Evite to let us know if your child will be able to join us!


In January, the Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team, after careful consideration, announced the extension of the Religious Education year from April 30th to May 21st. Along with the continuation of our RE classes, the two service worship calendar will also extend through May 21st. 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.

Middle and High school youth group (msyg/Hsyg) upcoming events

Sunday April 30 Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive Conference Youth Day  

HRC Time to Thrive Conference Youth Attendance: Approximately 100 youth (ages 13-22) who are part of local GSAs and other advocacy organizations will be joining HRC on the last day of the conference to attend youth-focused workshops and the closing plenary. Interested youth must complete a Youth Application, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The limited number of slots will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit a Youth Application is April 7, 2017.

Youth Service Opportunity Project trip has been canceled due to lack of enrollment. We hope to have another similar project soon so stay tuned!

Young Adult Upcoming Events

Tuesday March 7 Young Adult Meeting in Chapel 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Young Adult Meeting

Once again we gather with one another to share stories from our days, experiences from our pasts, and hopes and practices for our future. Our Young Adults group is open to anyone ages 18-35, and is a time that focuses on spiritual elements of our beings and how we bring these elements into our day to day realities. 

Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick and David Gosling will facilitate. 
Join us at 7:30 for warm beverages and snacks, and then stay for the rich conversation. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Upcoming Adult Programs (Click Links to Register)

Tuesday March 7 Home Inventory- Don't Leave Home Without It 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday    April 13            National Cathedral Tour             10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ongoing Classes Accepting Drop-Ins and New Registrations

(Click Class Title for More Information and to Register)

Various Days Yoga Classes Various Times

1st and 3rd Sundays


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

4th Sundays Climate Change Support Circle                     7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Science and Religion

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

1st  and 3rd Tuesdays

Philosophy Club

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

3rd Tuesdays

Writers of Color Book Club

7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Saturdays Dances of Universal Peace 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce that we are “Going Green” and becoming more flexible in our offerings, so will no longer be printing the Fall and Spring brochures. Instead, we will be announcing all of our offerings online. Please watch for your weekly “What’s Happening in Adult Programs” emails to learn what’s starting the following week and watch the Enews and the website for classes that will begin within the month and beyond!

If you have a class you’d like to offer, please fill out the form online and submissions will be reviewed at the Lifespan Religious Education Team monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month, September through May, and periodically through the summer.

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