BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
As I prepare for my presentation to you this Sunday, January 12, at 1 PM in the chapel, I’ve been reflecting about the 10-year journey of Cedar Lane’s programming in the tiny village of Rwenena, DR Congo. Led by Annie S., the founders from the 7th grade, second session RE class of 2009 wanted to serve violated women. The cost of an income-generating project was prohibitive. The next wish of mothers was to see their children gain an education.
If you have been to a recent “all-ages” service at Cedar Lane UU Church when there are no religious education classes, you might have noticed that the worship team has been trying out something new. We have encouraged people of all-ages to use a pipe cleaner, or Wix-stick, or coloring page to help stay centered during the service.
Photo: This photo represents a seedling that changed many lives. The sign reads, in part: “ donation of Cedar Lane Church, through the students of the ‘Junior Seminar’ class, session 2, for survivors of gender-based violence and their children.”
Last Thursday we sat around our food filled Thanksgiving table, counting our blessings with family and friends; telling stories of past Thanksgivings we laughed and remembered silly stuff. We cooed over the 3 months old baby that has recently joined our family. Fortunately for the earth, one guest came by public transit, one walked, one drove, and we saw the baby and her parents using video chat, instead of traveling over two thousand miles, as we once might have done.
For the season of Advent I would like to share with you a spiritual practice to help us keep our center during this time when the days are short, the community is bustling, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. I invite you to slow down. I invite you to notice. Look around and find a little moment in each day that feels like magic; a moment where it seems like mother nature is showing off; or a moment of connection. Take a picture of that moment and share it on social media.
This morning I decided to set my alarm a few hours early, put my bravest face on, and go to the grocery store the morning before Thanksgiving. Now, this was all the result of poor planning on my part – I knew I needed groceries but for some reason kept waiting until quite possibly the busiest day of the year for grocery stores. I thought about using Instacart (and giving a great tip since they were doing my dirty work for me) but I knew I needed to look at the baking section to see what I really needed.