We believe in the power of lifelong learning. Our beliefs are always evolving based off our experiences and exposure to new ideas and new practices. We don’ t tell you what you should believe – we want to support you as you discover your own spiritual path.
At Cedar Lane we grow in our understanding of spiritual development at all life stages. Parents come to Cedar Lane from many different faith upbringings, knowing the importance of being part of a community where deeds are more important than creeds, where each and every person is valued no matter who they love, or where they are from. We welcome multiracial and multifaith families. Older adults and empty nesters are engaged throughout the Cedar Lane community, participating in educational programs, social justice projects, and a range of activities that range from pancake suppers to field trips to coffee houses and interfaith explorations.
Cedar Lane offers a curriculum-based pre-K through Grade 12 program for children and adult education classes for members and inquiring friends. The 7 Unitarian Universalist principles and the sources of our faith are the foundations of student learning.
You should expect opportunities for you and your family to grow their faith by exploring the eternal, nurturing community, and building a more just world. We offer opportunities across the lifespan for learners of all ages to come together and explore their beliefs in community.
You should expect to be nourished while your beliefs are challenged, developed, and grown. We believe in the freedom to explore your beliefs, but in a responsible search. We believe in the power of learning through community, where all on their own unique spiritual journey.
True spiritual development and learning can’t happen in a vacuum where you are only surrounded by people of your same age, same background, and same beliefs. You should expect opportunities to share wisdom from across generations and across cultural barriers.
You should expect to be embraced for who you are while you explore what you can become. We strive to create communities of caring in our religious education classrooms, for students of all ages. Our classrooms use a wide range of different activities to appeal to different learning styles – we want to meet each person where they are and in how they learn best.
While we certainly know that you will want to come and check us out before deciding whether we’re the right fit for your family, we encourage you to register your kids for Religious Education classes as soon as you’ve decided to become part of our program. We require that you register after the third visit, so that your child’s important health and safety, emergency contact, and other relevant information is on file, as well as having your email added to important class-specific communications.
There is no fee for registration, but we encourage you to make a pledge to help support the work of the program, which is largely volunteer run.
To register, please fill out the Registration Form below. You will be asked to sign off that you’ve seen and understand the Code of Conduct, the Child Protection and Safety and Youth Contract (for grades 6+). You can email the registration form as an attachment to email@example.com or print it and mail it to Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, Attn: Religious Education.
We do not require that you re-register each year; we assume you are returning unless we hear otherwise. We do, however, require that you confirm or update your information on file each year.
We look forward to having you and your family as part of our Religious Education program! If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This nurturing, cooperative classroom offers a first introduction to Cedar Lane as a safe, caring environment. Children are invited to play and learn as well as to begin to develop lifelong friendships with our youngest UUs.
This preschool curriculum begins to help children expand their understanding of the world from the inside outward by celebrating what makes them special and beginning to notice the wonder of the world around them. Through this process, children begin to develop a greater sense of trust and interconnectedness while also beginning to develop their own self-identity.
Based on the premise that children learn best through experience, this beginning UU curriculum will begin to nurture children's spiritual growth and will begin to help develop a sense of community and will introduce the concept of simple rituals.
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
This multi-aged class will follow the Soul Matters themes that our larger congregation will be examining in worship and small group ministries. Through age-appropriate stories, activities and projects, we will be exploring the themes and learning more about Unitarian Universalism and give foundations for home exploration with families who will be able to learn together!
This newly updated time-honored curriculum allows children to explore relationships, share stories, discover the natural world and talk about important religious questions, including about birth and death and incorporates the age-appropriate portion of the UUA/UCC jointly written Our Whole Lives (“OWL”) curriculum. Learn more here. The class includes an important parent meeting that discusses the birth and death units.
Over the course of the year, children will develop their own “Constellation of Faith” using the Tapestry of Faith (“ToF”) curriculum. ToF is a collection of curricula and resources that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.
Through ritual observances, we will learn about memories, beliefs, values, fears and hopes of people everywhere. By understanding the religions of the world and their holidays and holy days, we will make a connection with people everywhere.
Our Unitarian Universalist tradition has long placed an emphasis both on our human capacity to change the world and our moral obligation to exercise our powers for the common good. We believe each individual, as part of our inherent worth and dignity, has power, and there are many kinds of power and many ways to express power. Sing to the Power uses the metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—to investigate different forms of power. This program gives young people opportunities to experience and explore ways they can use their power as agents for positive change.
In this experiential and hands on class, we introduce the stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Inspired by Nickelodeon, the class will explore Bible stories in many exciting ways, including acting them out, watching modern film interpretations, and investigating them as TV Reporters. By the end of the year, students should know enough about the Bible to decide for themselves what to think and believe about it.
During this transition year, our young people develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of general UU beliefs and principles and how they apply to their lives. Students will have the opportunity to visit other faith communities during the year and are encouraged to explore their own personal religious beliefs and to respect other religions and beliefs. The year culminates with a special ceremony during a spring worship service.
This course focuses on UU identity; the ways UUs create community, or tradition of good works and our principles. It also includes opportunities to learn about social justice and to participate in social justice work.
In this class, led by trained facilitators, youth have the opportunity to learn about and explore all aspects of sexuality and relationships. In addition to comprehensive, factual information about protection, our students learn communication skills, decision making and a wide variety of tools to assist them in navigating relationships of all kinds. The goal of the curriculum is to nurture healthy, loving relationships with others. The class includes a mandatory parent meeting. Learn more here.
This introductory course to our Unitarian Universalist heritage offers a chance to explore the beginnings of Unitarian Universalism, articulate personal beliefs and make connections between the two. During the spring break, the class makes a pilgrimage to Boston and vicinity to explore our UU roots. The course culminates with a special Coming-of-Age service and celebration.
Our older high school youth meet together to explore a wide variety of topics. We will utilize parts of the Our Whole Lives senior high curriculum, discuss issues of class, privilege, gender and race, learn about navigating relationships with family, friends and academics. We also will build UU identity through church membership for youth who are at least 16 years of age.