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Join us on Sundays at 9 & 11 am for worship.
Join us for worship on second Wednesdays from 6:45 - 7:15 pm.
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Upcoming Worship Services
September 24 | 9 & 11 am
"How To Live Fully"
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin
“Living Fully” is a wonderful new buzz phrase bandied about in all sorts of circles. But what does it mean? This service explores this question as well as how to live into the precious moments of our lives, even when chaos seems to loom.
October 1 | 9 & 11 am
"Courage of At-one-ment"
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
The ten Days of Awe, beginning with Rosh Hashanah and culminating on Yom Kippur, are both a celebration of the New Year and a striving to repent and atone for mistakes and transgressions committed during the past year. The service will investigate.
October 8 | 9& 11 am
"The Spirit Experience: Dasara and Diwali"
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Fred Johnson, “Dholi” Ram, & Natananjali School of Dance students
The service will celebrate the Hindu festivals of Dasara and Diwali, and will feature classical Indian dance by students of the Natananjali School of Dance, percussive duets and music by international jazz musician, Fred Johnson, and Potomac native “Dholi” Ram Viswanathan.
Dasara, literally meaning “ten days,” is a ten-day festival marking the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahisha to help restore righteousness and peace. It also marks the victory of the Hindu god Rama over King Ravana explained in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps.” It is a popular Hindu festival that falls in late October and is observed by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. The festival celebrates the reawakening of the Inner Light, the victory of good over evil. In India, as in the US, it is a time for decorating homes, shops, and public places with small earthenware oil lamps called deepas or diyas, wearing new clothes, sharing festive meals, and bursting fireworks.
Here at Cedar Lane, we are marking these celebrations as a unifying festival that promotes courage, unity in diversity, being in community, and service.
October 11 | 6:45 – 7:15 pm
“Vespers – Going Within”
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
This year, Cedar Lane will offer Vespers in the Chapel on the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:45 to 7:15 pm. It’s a unique opportunity to enter into a different kind of worship service and a different kind of spiritual experience. Drawing on monastic practices from multiple traditions, Vespers offers us the chance to go deeper within, whether we enter the Chapel with joy, sorrow, or unrest on our hearts.
October 15 | 9 & 11 am
"Blessing of the Animals"
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi & Tim Atkins
Our annual service honoring and blessing the animal companions in our lives will reflect on their spiritual capacities - how they care for and heal our lives with their unconditional love. To honor the needs of those with allergies, our 9 AM service will include virtual animals only. Friendly, vaccinated and leashed/contained live animals are welcome at our 11 AM service. Humans with live animals should gather in the courtyard by 10:30 AM to line up for the Animal Parade. If you would like to honor or remember an animal that cannot be brought to church that morning, please email their photo, along with their name, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10/12 so that your furry (or feathery or finney or scaley or otherwise) one can be included in the service.
October 22 | 9 & 11 am
"UN Sunday: Courage & Resilience"
Rev. Eric Cherry, Director, UUA International Office & Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
Can we be the people who call out to the not-yet-breaking Dawn with relentless courage and hope? Can we find the strength to engage in struggles that transcend decades and generations? Can we be carried by faithful solidarity when the moral arc of the universe does not appear to be bending towards justice? United Nations Sunday invites us to remember the UU affirmation of ‘World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All’, and to share stories of U/U courage and resilience during challenging times. Yes, we can be the people who gather the strength and hope necessary to resist global authoritarianism as a matter of faith and principle. In that spirit, we gather.
Rev. Eric M. Cherry has been the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office since August 2007. In this position, Eric manages the UUA’s relationships with UU and interfaith partners around the world, provides resources for congregational international engagement, and supervises the staff of the UU Holdeen India Program and UU United Nations Office. Prior to accepting this position, Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and N. Easton, Massachusetts.
October 29 | 9 & 11 am
Rev. Bill Sinkford & Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
The Rev. William G. Sinkford served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 2001 to 2009, and more recently, as Interim Co-President of the UUA from April to June 2017. He is senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon. Bill was the first African American to lead any traditionally white denomination and was named one of the ten most influential Black religious leaders in the US in both 2005 and 2006. His tenure as UUA President was marked by a strong public witness for social justice and support for marginalized communities, commitments he continues in his ministry in Portland.