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
1st Sundays at 12:30 pm in the Library (May, September, November 2018). For those who would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and its rich and varied history. We will explore what it means to be a "non-creedal religion" and will examine in more detail the guiding principles of our faith. You don’t have to be a newcomer to join us. No matter how long you have been with us, you are welcome to enjoy this series and develop stronger connections with others at Cedar Lane.
Join us in the Library for our New Member Orientation after the second worship service to learn more about Cedar Lane and meet other people who are new here.
Join us for a New Member Recognition on Sunday, April 29, during our services (9 &11 am). 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, Director of Communications & Membership Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Lane centers our worship life on a timeless spiritual theme each month (e.g. Intention or Perseverance.) Part of our thematic ministry includes our Soul Matters Sharing Circles. Participants gather monthly for opening/closing words, personal check-in, and engagement with the monthly 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. Sign-up here: http://bit.ly/SharingCircles2018.