BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE

| Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

Join Rev. Katie for April's meditation on this month's Soul Matters theme of Wholeness.  Find a quiet space when you can this week give the "I am here now" meditation a try!  You'll see what we mean once you check out the meditation link below. This exercise will help you feel more present in your day and promote this sense of wholeness we are exploring this month.

| Shira Ehrlich, Cedar Lane Racial Justice Team Member

Social justice work is a spiritual practice for me. As a UU, I experience joy and inspiration in living the seven principles by working to build a better world. So when I received an invitation last year to join the Racial Justice Team, I was glad to accept.

| Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

We get lost. The question is not whether we will get lost in life, but rather how we will move through it in faith. Will we dwell on everything that we have lost? Or will we focus instead on everything that we have yet to find? – Rev. Erik Martínez Resly

| Stephanie Helwig, Cedar Lane Choir Member

I had been living in Bethesda, MD for almost 2 years and passed by the church multiple times. I kept thinking, I should go in and check it out, but I didn't and time kept ticking along. Then on September 6, 2015, my brother died. I lost my breath and time stopped. When I returned from his funeral, I emailed the church, desperate for something - connection, guidance, love - any and all of those things. Rev. Michelle Collins replied and I met with her the following day.

| Angela Wall, Cedar Lane member

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.

| Kate Harrison, Cedar Lane member

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.