| Leslie Backus, Cedar Lane member

As many in the congregation know, I grew up at Cedar Lane. My parents met through an All Souls young adult group and were married there. When A. Powell Davies sent members out into the suburbs, my parents went, too. I have vivid memories of the Women’s Club, Sunday School classes at BCC and Leland Junior High, and the official ground-breaking for this very building. I was four then and absolutely furious that a group of boys dug a hole much bigger than mine.

| Dayna Edwards, Intern Minister

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.

| Helen Worth, Cedar Lane Member

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.

| Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

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.

| Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

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

| Marge Dimond

Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Engagement Opportunities

June is Pride Month - a time to celebrate members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The June celebration commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28, 1969.