CEDAR LANE VOICES ON MULTICULTURAL,

PLURALISTIC SPIRITUALITY

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This time last week, I was writing to you when I was in a personal state of despair while trying to process yet another mass school shooting. Today though, I have hope. It’s such a drastic difference in just a week I’ve almost got emotional whiplash. So, why all the sudden do I have hope when hope was hard to find?

Yesterday.

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IT STARTS NOW!—A coordinated, sustained, focused campaign by Cedar Lane and 22 other congregations and schools to compel Montgomery County Council to greatly increase vital support for our immigrant neighbors, regardless of their status.

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To provide a powerful example of the UU principles of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, students in the 6th and 7th grade classes met this past Sunday with two amazing human rights workers from the Congo - Neema Namadamu and Solange Nyamulisa - along with Cedar Lane member Annette Scarpitta.

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When I felt that first Chicago breeze on my face, I immediately realized I was free from any tourism-related temptation (the polar freeze caught us all that first week of January, right?). I went straight from the airport to a gathering for Meadville Lombard Theological School’s new students. Meadville Lombard is one of the two Unitarian Universalist Seminaries in the world and I had the most enjoyable first week there, (not only because it was mostly indoors).

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Bautizada como católica y criada como Episcopal, lo más cerca que pude llegar al altar en una iglesia fue asistiendo al ministro durante el servicio. En aquel entonces, ese era un papel muy importante y bastante raro para las niñas. También fue lo más cerca que pude llegar al ministerio. No había ministras en mi entorno, y la cultura en la que crecí apoyaba la idea de que solo los varones podían desempeñar el papel de ministro.

| Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, I joined UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and other interfaith leaders at a press conference in Washington DC for the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Led by the Rev. Dr.