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

Presented by The Forum at Cedar Lane.

Speaker:  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.

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March 25, 7:30 p.m.:  David Meredith and Friends in Concert

Concerts at Cedar Lane announces the return of David Meredith and Friends, Saturday evening, March 25 at 7:30 PM. It'll be a great night, remembering cherished songs from the past with our favorite singer/guitarist. Admission is free and childcare will be available. 

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March 27, 7:30 - 9 p.m.:  How to Build the People's Climate March Huddle

Using One-On-Ones for Climate Outreach!

Our Monthly Climate Change Support/Action Circle meets on the 4th Monday of every month.

The most effective way to recruit new climate activists--so that they stay involved--is a 30-45 minute, face-to-face meeting. There, we share short life stories and our feelings about climate change, talk about our movement and ask for commitments. This month, we will learn how to do these one-on-ones and develop a plan for using them in local recruitment for the Marches on the 22nd and 29th. We will also have our usual peer support Listening Turns and meetings of our ongoing and new Action Groups. Our goal is to expand and deepen the climate movement in the Bethesda area.

Please let us know if you are interested in connecting in and around Bethesda even if you cannot attend on the 27th.

Co-leaders: Chris Graham, Team Leader, Environmental Justice Ministry, and Jim Driscoll, Ph.D., M.B.A. National Institute for Peer Support,

UUA Presidential Forum 2


Join us on April 1st 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.

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

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April 2:  John Kelly, Columnist for the Washington Post

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

Topic:  It's Amazing What You See...

Speaker:  John Kelly, Columnist, The Washington Post

Description:  John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily column about the less-famous side of our area. Often inspired by what he happens to 'see', he'll talk about how he comes up with his column ideas and about life at the Post.

Spirit Experience April 2017 2

APril 2, 3 p.m.:  The Spirit Experience - The Colors of Spring

All are welcome for a joyous celebration of the Hindu festival Holi and the colors of Spring with percussionists Tom Teasley and Dholi Ram, Indian folk dances, readings, and interactive activities. To get a taste for Tom’s music, check out his website: 

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April 9, 7 p.m.:  Robert Reischauer, PhD

The Forum at Cedar Lane presents..."Elevate the Debate" with Robert Reischauer, PhD, The Urban Institute

Robert Reischauer is a Distinguished Institute Fellow and President Emeritus of the Urban Institute which he led from 2000 to 2012. He is a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1989-1995) and until recently, he was one of the two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.

Dedicated to the belief that public policies work best when they are rooted in evidence and objective analysis, he will discuss the daunting challenges we face in America today.

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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.

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, and daughter of Noam.

Registration coming soon!

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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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)

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.