BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
Dear Cedar Lane UU Church,
Hi! I am so excited to start my journey with you as your part-time ministerial intern for the next two years. Currently, I am a student at Meadville Theological Seminary beginning my third of four years. While I am new to Cedar Lane, I have lived in the DC area for about twenty years and I have been a religious professional for about eight years. I have attended some events at CLUUC in the past and have been particularly inspired by the work you are doing as a Sanctuary Congregation.
A field trip to the United Christian Church in Reston VA on August 10 gave Cedar Lane Renovation Team members and others exposure to renovation possibilities for our own building. Derek Norton, of Ritter Norton Architects, is leading the Cedar Lane work, much as he did for the Reston church.
In the Pagan Wheel of the year, August 1st represents the first harvest. It is a time to begin to reap the benefits of the labors of summer. Some apple varieties are ripe for picking, it’s time to enjoy fresh blueberries is certain climates, which means my Aunt Martha is going to make Blueberry Buckle pie. So good. It also means that animals will be blessed in thanks for the work they have done, while also preparing them to survive cold winters ahead.
In this month’s column, I resurrect a custom from the early years of my ministry - providing an annotated list of books for summer reading. The following is a list of books I intend to read this summer as well as ones that I have been reading during the year that deserve special mention. Some of these books may end up serving as grist for the sermon mill while others are for one's reading pleasure.
The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama
The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius said of beauty: “Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.”
We miss so much of the beauty that emanates from the people, places, and things among and around us. We just don’t see it.