The lengthening evenings and gradually warming temperatures of June assure us that summer is coming. Though things at Cedars quiet down a bit during the summer (and your co-ministers tend to travel a bit), make sure to stay connected and participate as you can. There’s still a lot to participate in, such as:

Sunday services certainly continue throughout the summer. In July, look forward to two music services, a sermon by Fran Korten on The 99% Movement, UUs and Us, a service celebrating the Spirit of Aloha (Hawaii) and one on Voluntourism. In August, Jaco and I return to the pulpit. Remember voting on which older sermons we’d revisit? Find out in August, along with a wonderful service by our own Barry Andrews.

While the worship services are inspiring adults, our kids get to take part in the Cedars Hogwarts Charter School of Wisdom and Wizardry, created by our wonderful director of Religious Education, Candee Cole, with help from many other wise and wizard-like adults. You can be one of those adults—it’s not too late to join the team! Our kids will have a great time—and maybe they’d like to invite some of their friends to join them. Summer can be a great time to bring visitors who might be a bit less busy than they are in the fall. Introduce your friends to Cedars—they and you won’t regret it!

You can also continue to learn and grow through the summer. The Program Associates are offering two meaningful programs. A one session (and free!) introduction to the inspirational 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life will give you a chance to see if you want to continue with a longer program in the fall. And Jaco will lead a four-session study group called UU Grounding in a Forrest of Cedars, a clever way to tell you that you’ll read and study some of the wonderful work of the late, great UU articulator, Forrest Church. Sign up for either event directly on the church’s Brown Paper Tickets site: and look for more info in the latest brochure on-line soon or in paper form at the Welcome Table at service on Sunday.

And don’t forget that the summer can be a great time to get to know your Cedars community better. We would love for you to invite us over—things are quieter for us in the summer, too, when we’re not away. You might also think about an informal gathering of folks from your Neighborhood Team, or your kid’s Sunday School class, or just some nice people you met at church. Don’t be shy! Cedars is a better community when we reach out to get to know each other better.

The summer is short, but like so many things, this just makes it even more precious. So let’s stay connected during these (soon to be sunnier) summer days.

All the best,