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Lifespan Faith Development

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Overview

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 seven Unitarian Universalist principles and the sources of our faith are the

Cedar Lane offers a curriculum-based pre-K through Grade 12 program for children and adult education classes for members and inquiring friends. The seven Unitarian Universalist principles and the sources of our faith are the foundation of student learning.

The seven principles are:

  • Respect others.
  • Offer fair and kind treatment to all.
  • Yearn to learn throughout life.
  • Grow by exploring ideas and values together.
  • Believe in our ideas and act on them.
  • Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all.
  • Value our interdependence with nature.

The sources of our beliefs are:

  • The sense of wonder we all share.
  • The men and women of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
  • The ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
  • The use of reason and the discoveries of science.
  • The harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.

Together we create a place where life, its celebrations, and its hardships are never faced alone. Together we build a community where diversity is celebrated, the unexpected embraced and where we can bring our beliefs alive in the world. We create opportunities for children to wonder, to find their own questions, to explore, to seek wisdom and mystery, and to be together in community with others – alike and unlike.

Our program content is selected or designed by the Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team and professional staff to be most compatible with those goals. It is our commitment to offer experiences of faith in ways that meet the learning and developmental needs of our children.

In addition to Sunday morning religious education classes, Cedar Lane offers a number of multi-generational programs and worship services throughout the year. These allow our entire congregation to come together so we may learn and enjoy each other’s company in worship and service.


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Re Ends May 21

April 21, 2017

april'S THEME IS "transformation"

Easter Collage

Our "peaceful" 11AM service was punctuated with a visit from our very own Easter Bunny and a colorful Easter Egg Hunt and brunch for families. Such a fun and festive way to celebrate Spring and Resurrection! 

hillary's reflection

Dear Friends,

It's so beautiful out! The warm breezes, fresh leaves, and blue skies this week have been perfect for doing things outside. What's your favorite thing to do outside? Do you like to play fun games with your friends and run all around around? Do you like to go exploring in the woods and check out cool plants and bugs? How about just hanging out on your front steps drinking lemonade and people watching? I like to do all three and I can't wait to get off my computer today and head out into the springy world!

Yours in picnic baskets,

Hillary

This sunday

Time for All Ages: Growing Up Year Presentations After a year spent exploring our many neighboring faith communities, the 6th Grade Growing Up Year class will share with the congregation what they discovered on their journey seeking out truth and meaning in the world.

next Sunday

No RE Classes (childcare will be provided).

teacher Appreciation Donations

If you'd still like to make a donation toward the Teacher Appreciation party you can send a check to Cedar Lane to the attention of Ashley Del Sole with "Teacher Appreciation" in the memo line, or you can Click Here to make a donation. Thank you!

Welcomers Still needed!

With the extended RE Year, we are in need a few people who are able to help out at the Administrator "Welcome" desk downstairs on those Sunday mornings. If you're looking for a great way to get connected and to be able to be a welcoming presence for our families and visitors, this is a great way to get involved! You'll most likely be paired with a seasoned Administrator, so you can learn the ropes. If you're able to help out sign up below by clicking on your preferred session!

Session 1
Session 2

Religious Education Upcoming Events

Friday April 21 Teacher Appreciation Wine and Cheese 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday April 23 Time for All Ages 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sunday April 30 No RE Classes  
Sunday May 7 Coming of Age Service (note new date) 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sunday May 14 Time for All Ages: Child Dedications 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday May 21 Last Day of RE Classes  
Sunday May 28 Move to One 10:00 a.m. Service for Remainder of Summer  
Sundays June 4, 11, 18 Tapestry 11:30 a.m. (After 10:00 a.m. Service)

Teacher Appreciation Wine and Cheese

The LREMT is excited to have the opportunity to fully recognize our Teachers and Administrators and will do so with wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to come together and celebrate our shared ministry. We hope you can all join us!

time for all ages

During both our 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services our children and youth will start in the sanctuary and will be dismissed to their classes after the Time for All Ages. During the 9:00 a.m. service our Growing Up Year class will present their findings after their year of exploration of other faith traditions.

coming of age service and celebration

Come join us on Sunday, May 7 to hear the Credos written by our 9th Grade Coming of Age class. This is the summation of their class where they have been exploring their beliefs and values. A celebration for 9th Graders and their families will follow the second service at the Chalice House. There will be no RE classes this Sunday.

child dedications

On May 14th, Mother's Day, Cedar Lane will be performing Child Dedication ceremonies during worship. Please email re@cedarlane.org if you would like to dedicate your child during this time and participate in this beautiful Unitarian Universalist rite of passage. You are welcome to email Hillary at hcollinsgilpatrick@cedarlane.org if you have questions about the ceremony. 

tapestry

The Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team is excited to announce a new multi-generational, educational program for all in June. We call the program: TAPESTRY.
 
Spanning three Sundays from June 4th through the 18th, we will offer a variety of stand-alone classes and activities that will explore concepts related to the seven principles of our UU faith. The classes will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of each service.

Our theme for our first year of TAPESTRY is our first UU Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person

If you would like to teach a course that is aligned with the 1st Principle, whether you have ideas on what to teach or not (we can help you with content!) please contact re@cedarlane.org by May 1 to let us know your interest!

Middle and High school youth group (msyg/Hsyg) upcoming events

Sunday April 30 Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive Conference Youth Day  

HRC Time to Thrive Conference 

Youth Attendance: Approximately 100 youth (ages 13-22) who are part of local GSAs and other advocacy organizations will be joining HRC on the last day of the conference to attend youth-focused workshops and the closing plenary. Interested youth must complete a Youth Application, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The limited number of slots will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit a Youth Application is April 7, 2017.

Adult Upcoming Events

Upcoming Adult Programs (Click Links to Register)

Thursdays April 27 - May 25 Understanding Islam 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday May 11 National Archives Tour 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Ongoing Classes Accepting Drop-Ins and New Registrations

(Click Class Title for More Information and to Register)

Various Days Yoga Classes Various Times

1st and 3rd Sundays

Journeywomen

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

4th Sundays Climate Change Support Circle                     7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Mondays

Science and Religion

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Meditation

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

1st  and 3rd Tuesdays

Philosophy Club

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

3rd Tuesdays

Writers of Color Book Club

7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Saturdays Dances of Universal Peace 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce that we are “Going Green” and becoming more flexible in our offerings, so will no longer be printing the Fall and Spring brochures. Instead, we will be announcing all of our offerings online. Please watch for your weekly “What’s Happening in Adult Programs” emails to learn what’s starting the following week and watch the Enews and the website for classes that will begin within the month and beyond!

If you have a class you’d like to offer, please fill out the form online and submissions will be reviewed at the Lifespan Religious Education Team monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month, September through May, and periodically through the summer.