Sanctuary full of people as seen from the balcony
WORSHIP & SERMONS
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WORSHIP & SERMONS

Some have suggested that a Sunday service is a journey or pilgrimage in which we are drawn out of our own concerns to join a community in exploration and to feel a renewed connection with the sacred in life. The service may be partly a time of reflection, partly an opportunity to experience a challenge, partly a time to mourn or celebrate, and partly a time to serve Life. At the end of the journey, the individual is alone again, but renewed and inspired to go out into the world.

Each week we gather to worship and be together on Sunday mornings.  Our services are typically geared towards adults.  Children and youth participate in Religious Education classes during worship. During the summer months we offer childcare for children five and under.

October's Theme is Sanctuary.

During the months of September - June, Cedar Lane has a monthly worship theme as determined by our Soul Matters programming.  Over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations participate in this program. Sunday worship services and monthly Soul Matters small group ministry materials center on that month's theme as a way to provide a deeper connection to these important themes.

MOST RECENT WORSHIP SERVICE

Sermon: "Sanctuary: The Heart of Beloved Community"
October 7, 2018
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

What is sanctuary? What does sanctuary mean? Sanctuary is a political question but not just a partisan issue. And it is a spiritual question for us all. The service will explore how the aspiration to be a place of refuge applies to each of us in our inner lives, in our religious community, as well as our undocumented neighbors.

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UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

"Blessing of the Animals"
October 21 AT 9 AM and 11 AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin & Tim Atkins

When life becomes its most challenging, sometimes it is only our beloved animal friends that seem to offer comfort.  But how are we a sanctuary for them?  The Rev. Katie Romano Griffin and our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Tim Atkins invite you to join us for this year’s Animal Blessing as we honor our furry, feathered, scaled and skinned loved ones and contemplate how we may be a sanctuary for them as well.  To honor the needs of those with allergies, we'll have a slideshow of animals at our 9 am service, while we will have live animals at 11 am.

Anyone wishing to have their pet as part of this year’s slideshow, please email a photo with title to mfarrar@cedarlane.org by October 17th.  

A small altar will be set up for hard copy photos that you can bring before the service and take home afterwards.

"U.N. Sunday at Cedar Lane"
October 28 AT 9AM and 11AM
Ambassador Keith Harper & Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

On United Nations Sunday, we welcome Ambassador Keith Harper to our pulpit! Under the Obama Administration, he served as the US Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from 2014-17. He was the first Native American to ever receive the rank of US Ambassador. Ambassador Harper is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and as a lawyer he is known for focusing his practice on Native American affairs, litigation, and international clients from the private as well as the public sector.

Ambassador Harper will reflect on the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law and inspires us to continue to work to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.

"The Spirit Experience: Diwali"
November 18 AT 4PM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Join us for a soulful, lively, and engaging Spirit Experience to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali!  In these troubled and troubling times, let us commit to all that is life-affirming, and recommit to living lives of compassion, hope, love, and service!

February 3 AT 9AM and 11AM
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

We will welcome Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as guest preacher!  Service details to come.