We are a different kind of church. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith. We believe that the freedom to explore one’s own spirituality is an intrinsic right of every individual, and that it is impossible that all people can or will share the same beliefs. We do have some guiding principles and sources, though, that help steer our faith and congregations.
So what do we talk about? This is a fair question. In most services, our ministers focus on monthly themes of human growth, human potential, and human issues that we all face in everyday living. There is also an emphasis on addressing important social and ethical issues, as well as a strong sense that being and working together provides us the sense of community and belonging that many of us need and seek.
We do provide Religious Education on Sunday mornings for children and youth. Our religious education classes aim to raise children to become thoughtful, respectful, open-minded, kind, and resilient enough to stand up for what is right. All of our teachings are rooted in our Unitarian Universalist guiding principles.
So what else do we do? We are heavily involved in social justice work. We work to serve the local community through partnering with organizations like Showing Up for Racial Justice Montgomery County, and Action in Montgomery. We work to defend the environment through our environmental ministry, and promote human equity and inclusion through our refugee support ministry and our recent vote to become a Sanctuary Congregation.
EXPLORE OUR Newcomers MINISTRIES
Want to chat with a minister about Cedar Lane? About the Unitarian Universalist faith? Join us for an informal, drop-in style chat with one of our ministers on the first Sunday of each month, October 2019 through June 2020.
Visitors, newcomers, and new members are invited to participate in the Seekers Series – the first step on our Faith Forward Path. The Inquirers Series meets at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in the Library. It is a series of 6 conversations that offer a general introduction to our congregation and Unitarian Universalism. The series is ongoing, so you are welcome to participate in the sessions in any order, as you’re able.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that grew from Christian roots. Our churches do not have specific beliefs you must profess before joining and yet we do share commitment to encouraging spiritual growth, moral development, and ethical living. We affirm the worth and dignity of all people; advocate justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and encourage free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We’ll talk about all this in …ROOTS!
Cedar Lane centers our worship life on a timeless spiritual theme each month (e.g. Intention or Wholeness.) Part of our thematic ministry includes our Sharing Circles. Participants gather monthly for opening/closing words, personal check-in, and engagement with the monthly spiritual theme. These groups are a great way to connect with other members of Cedar Lane, whether you're a newcomer or a long-time member.
This short celebration invites those of you who have recently signed the membership book or are ready to sign the book, to come before the congregation during worship and share a responsive reading with the congregation as we officially invite you into the community. If you are interested, please email Sara Davidson (contact info below).
At the end of each church year, we gather to celebrate those that have joined us over the course of the church year. We'll meet after the 12 pm worship service for brunch at Cedar Lane member and Membership Engagement Ministry Team member Maryann Dillon's house, close to the church. Date to come for 2020!