BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
Music Notes for Sunday, February 17:
Georg Philipp Telemann may have been a slightly less known contemporary of J. S. Bach’s but his output of works both sacred and secular, for voice and instruments, was prolific. His Air for trumpet and keyboard is one of his lightest works for brass; a delightful dance-like melody with trumpet and keyboard trading phrases. The Blessing, sung today by the Youth Choir, came to popularity through the women’s ensemble Celtic Woman.
After having already visited the great Shiva temple in Thanjavur, and after a 4 pm lunch in Madurai, our group took off, hoping to see another famous temple. The narrow streets, made it impossible to get close to the site so we walked, which allowed a chance to get a feel for the neighborhood this temple was in. Very ancient, but dusty and crowded, full of motorcycles honking and sellers of everything.
India has welcomed our hearty band of 22 Cedar Laners in many inspiring and thought-provoking ways during the first week of our travels.
We are thousands of miles from the D.C. area, but we felt truly at home when members of the Unitarian Christian Church in Chennai opened their doors and their hearts to us on February 9. Founded in 1795, the church is the oldest Unitarian- affiliated church outside Western Europe, but it feels like a modern day praise church - Indian style.
Dear Child of the Universe,
"I will be gentle with myself, I will love myself, I'm a child of the universe being born each moment."
Cedar Lane’s Immigrant Justice Ministry was formed in October 2016 after members participated in a Borderlinks/Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)-sponsored ‘Border Witness Journey’ to the Tucson AZ area. For five days participants explored in-depth experiences and reflections around immigration across the SW border, what drives immigrants to leave their home countries, immigrant rights, humanitarian efforts, deportation, US courts, sources of injustices in this system, and numerous related factors...
Sometimes the universe is speaking, but you just have to be willing to hear the message. And that message, this week, sounded like the dulcet sounds of a banjo. That’s right – the banjo.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how I need to up my hobby game. I’ve got some more free time in my normal week than I used to, and I want to find a couple activities that as Kondo would say, give me joy.