BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
I am a steward of our Earth. We make choices to support our UU 7th principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Working on the A/V (Audio/Visual) Team is a “behind the scenes” job, but it’s a big one. As you know, Cedar Lane is a very busy place. Our team of eight members handle the sound and video requirements for all the Sunday and holiday services plus about 45 other events every year, including memorial services, concerts, the Alliance presentations, and many special events including the evening forums, lectures, Spirit Experiences, weddings, bar mitzvahs, Jewish services and meetings (both church-related and not).
I would love to regale you with wonderful and funny stories about planning and executing our signature annual fundraiser, whose team I’ve had the great pleasure of chairing for the past six auctions. But we’re a serious bunch who work hard to put on a smashing evening of fun and fundraising for our Cedar Lane family and friends.
The nights are becoming cooler, the tropical storms are in force and the leaves will soon begin to display their magnificent colors. Yes, fall is in the air and it’s the beginning of a new church year. Folks often ask me if I get a vacation during the summer. Answer is, not really. Services continue through the summer and someone has to plan the music and find the musicians. I enjoy July because we see and hear some new voices in the Summer Choir.
If you asked the average Cedar Lane member: What is the Alliance? Many at the church might have some difficulty answering. Some might say: “Isn’t it that group of retirees with space on the bulletin board?” Most folks in the church know very little about what the Alliance is, what it does, and its significant history here at Cedar Lane.
In May, the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) Advocacy Corps visited a number of Congressional offices to encourage signatures on a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The issue was protecting Dreamers (undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children).