Cedar Lane is a large congregation! In order to provide interconnectedness and truly celebrate our diverse community, we strongly urge all members to find a place within one of our Small Group Ministries, specifically our Soul Circles.
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Visitors, newcomers, and new members are invited to participate in the Seekers Series – the first step on our Faith Forward Path. The Seekers Series meets at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in the Beacon Room. 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.
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 Soul 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.
Cedar Lane offers a variety of support groups. We believe that being in community with others who can relate to your experiences and struggles is an important aspect of spiritual development and an opportunity for shared learning and growth.
Hungry for a community of young adults like you? Maybe you're ready to meet some different young adults than the ones in your circles? Whether you’re new to the community or have been here awhile, a lifelong UU or just found us, partnered, single, working, a student, a parent, or anything else you may be–if you identify as a young adult in the context of this congregation, you are warmly welcome! Not sure if you "count" as a Young Adult? Some UU spaces identify young adults aged between 18–35, and others aged in their 20s and 30s. We are less interested in how many years you’ve been on Earth and more interested in your experiences here. All are welcome.
The Alliance originally started as The Women's Alliance in the 1950s and invited men to join later on. There are currently 80 or so members. Membership is open to all who wish to join, but since most of the activities are during the day, most members are retired. The members help to serve the needs of the group and to the general congregation. The general meeting is a potluck lunch on the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through June. Examples include a December Holiday Sing-along, check-ins with our local delegates, etc.
Women meet to experience silence and to share what is important in our lives. Candles and readings from varied sources help focus our attention and promote our inward reflections. Each person is free to “speak into the silence.” We do not offer advice, rather, we listen to eachother, witness, and offer our nonverbal support. New participants and drop-ins welcome any time.
Would you like to meet with other Cedar Lane congregants who identify with Judaism or Jewish culture? Janet Goldberg is planning to organize a Cedar Lane Jewish Affinity Group, with regularly scheduled potlucks, so congregants that identify with Judaism, or Jewish culture, can talk about how we came to Cedar Lane, what parts of Jewish identity we retain and cherish, and what it means to be a hyphenated/"both" UU (or whatever label you choose, or don't choose, for yourself). Children are welcome. (Janet is a single parent, so her 6-year-old son will be there, and he'll appreciate having playmates. And, she will appreciate him having playmates.)
The UU Creative Writing Affinity Group is looking for more people with a yen to write. The group provides members with the opportunity to share stories, life perspectives and insights that can be turned into fiction. Through monthly meetings, the group encourages regular writing practice and builds strong connections with others who share this journey. Knowing who you are, your own strengths, weaknesses, desires and hidden fears, are all parts of what Cedar Lane is about and is why we come together. Please join us!