What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?
Being a Unitarian Universalist means taking personal responsibility for your own religious life. No one will try to remake you. We won't offer you "final and absolute truths" or rigid dogma. Instead, we try to provide a stimulating and congenial atmosphere in which you may seek answers, in which you may ask new questions, in which you are free to discover the best that is in you. We reject the idea that a book or institution is superior to the conscience and intellect of a morally responsible human being. We affirm that your spiritual well-being is yours to determine. No one else can live your own life for you.
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WHO ARE WE?
Cedar Lane includes liberal Christians, liberal Jews, Buddhists, Humanists, atheists, and others. We do not wear these labels conspicuously, but blend together, always curious and searching for meaningful ways to look at life and religious experience. We gather each Sunday morning to hear words of wisdom and the discussion of interesting topics. We sing, reflect, and enjoy the warmth of our community. We bring our children, who have a program of their own during the service.
Who are we? We are people of faith who are not afraid of questions. We prize diversity. We enjoy discussion, and sharing insights. We welcome your curiosity and invite you to visit us.
Cedar Lane's History
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church has been a liberal religious presence in Montgomery County since 1951. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we affirm the values of religious freedom and life-long learning, the use of reason, the practice of democracy, the inherent worth and dignity of all people and our collective responsibility to act for justice and live in harmony with the Earth. Cedar Lane's mission is to explore the eternal, to nurture community, and to build a more just world. We work together towards creating a faith community of hospitality, justice, and love.
UU History, Belief, & Practice
The word "Unitarian" was first used in 1600 to refer to people who believed that Jesus was a great human being but not God. The word "Universalist," was first used in 1626 to describe those who believed in universal salvation— everyone will go to heaven. Unitarianism and Universalism merged in 1961. As spiritual beliefs are matters of individual conscience, we affirm no central creed. Traditionally the use of reason has been the unique quality of our religion. We wish to encourage caring, supportive relationships between people. We are also concerned about peoples' relationship with the environment. Our Seven Principles reflect our convictions and practice.
The Unitarian Service Committee used the symbol of a flaming chalice during WWII in their work assisting political refugees. Since then, lighting a chalice has become a ritual in worship, recalling the principles of justice and compassion reflected in the Service Committee's ministry. The flaming chalice has come to represent the Unitarian Universalist movement as a whole. Unitarian Universalists offer a "free pulpit" and a "free pew"; worship leaders are free to speak the truth as they know it without censure while the recipients of a preacher's message are also free to accept or reject this truth. In this way, we seek to create a free and respectful environment for open sharing of beliefs about the most challenging questions in human living.
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For more information on Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Assocation website.