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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 downstairs during worship. We also offer 15-minute chapel services for all ages from September - May.  During the summer months we offer childcare for children five and under.  We also have evening Vespers Services rom 6:45 - 7:15 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

June's Worship Theme is Blessing

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: "Nurture Your Spirit. Help Heal the World."
June 17, 2018
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

“What will you do with your gifts,” asks the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker. “Choose to bless the world,” is her answer. The choice to bless the world is an intentional one that invites us to go deeper within to connect with and nurture the source of love and hope – together. And from that place of connection, to work to heal the world – together.

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UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

"Wish On a Star"
June 24 AT 10AM
Rev. Kenneth Torquil MacLean

Join us as we welcome back Cedar Lane's Minister Emeritus, Rev. Kenneth Torquil MacLean, back to the Cedar Lane pulpit.  Rev. MacLean returns to Cedar Lane to preach once each summer.  This Sunday, the topic will center on the question: If there are shooting stars, what would you wish for?

"Freedom to Resist"
July 1 AT 10AM
Worship Associates

What does it mean to resist?  What is our capacity for resistance?  We’ll explore these questions on the Sunday before Independence Day.  Wear your protest t-shirts and bring your protest signs.

Our 207-18 Worship Associates will lead the service.  Members include: David Devlin-Foltz, Wangari Kamau, Ellen Kelley, Carolyn Morrissey, Barbara Warman, and Mary Farrar.

 

“Spiritual Courage”
July 8 AT 10AM
Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen

The freedom to resist is at the core of our faith tradition since resistance is the flip side of affirmation and since both require freedom to exist.  In the spirit of freedom we have witnessed for the individual conscience as the highest religious authority and for the democratic process as the highest form of community.  In our past this witness has required  the courage that comes from considered conviction in both our private and public life. So, too, is this courage required of us today.  
Terry Ellen is officially retired from the Unitarian Universalist ministry but is still a Consulting Minister with two congregations as well as serving on the Steering Committee of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and the Board of Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  He has served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland, including this congregation at one time as an Interim Associate Minister, and also Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice.  He and his wife Amy have three grown children.

"Choosing to Break Down Stone Walls!"
July 15 AT 10AM
Rev. Pratima Dharm

A Franciscan blessing says, “May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that we may live from deep within our hearts.” Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on how to embrace and engage the whole truth about a person despite their differences, to form deeper relationships. So, we could break through the walls or barriers that do not include all, and together help us create the blessing of a more open and welcoming community.

Rev. Pratima Dharm is the minister at Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bowie, Maryland.  She was the first Hindu Chaplain in the United States Army and the entire Department of Defense. She has also served as a Christian Chaplain in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008 where she organized and led several Humanitarian Aid Missions for the Kurdish people in the northern part of Iraq. She has served the traditional Protestant Worship Service on base as Associate Minister in 2006-2007 and Lead Pastor for two Protestant Services in Iraq from 2007-2008. She was also the Hindu Minister for the first  Hindu Worship Service at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, 2011-2013.  She retired from active duty service in March 2015. She has been married to Raj Rajendran since 2000 and they have two daughters: Pooja and Payal. They are members of Cedar Lane UU Church.

"Speaking Wiri Wiri"
July 22 AT 10AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

Based on the Poetry of local poet Dan Vera, this service will explore what it means to move across cultures, the struggles we face, the laughter that can ensure, and the celebrations of beloved community.

 

"The Interfaith Imperative"
July 29 AT 10AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi & International Interfaith Leaders

Interfaith dialogue and engagement are needed for a consistent process of social healing and harmony in the U.S., as well as around the world. Perhaps it never has been as important for interfaith commitment as it has become in the last decade. If we don't understand differences between religions and acknowledge similarities in them, we cannot truly embrace humanity.  The service will feature reflections by some of the international interfaith leaders attending the  Reimagining Interfaith Conference (https://www.reimagineinterfaith.org/) in Washington, DC.

"Many Windows, One Light: Celebrating Our Global UU Faith"
August 5 AT 10AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi & Global UU Leaders

What brings Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists together as a global liberal religious movement? What do we share in common?  What does this movement call us to be and to do, today?  The service will investigate.

TBA
August 12 AT 10AM
Pablo DeJesus, Executive Director, UUs for Social Justice
Pablo DeJesus is the Executive Director of UUs for Social Justice. He holds a Masters in Social Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He is also a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. He is a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC. His free time is currently occupied as a first-time father. DeJesús is a tested public policy advocate with over 15 years of experience in government affairs, advocacy, voter mobilizations, and development work with non-profits.
"A Holy Harvest"
August 19 AT 10AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

Unitarian Universalists draw from many wisdom sources including our Earth-Based Spiritual Religions.  Together we will explore the eternal in the first of the three sacred harvests and how it can inform our living more just, equitable, earth-centered lives.

 

 

"Question Box Service"
August 26 AT 10AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Rev. Abhi will respond to your questions of faith (or doubt) or faithful questions about Unitarian Universalism, spirituality, and current events posed during the service.  

"Wake Now, Our Vision"
September 2 AT 10AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

As summer slips away, we begin to turn our attention to the season ahead of us.  Backpacks, briefcases and work tools will be blessed in this multigenerational service where we come together as a community to honor the many changes that happen as this season turns.

"Ingathering"
September 9 AT 9 AM and 11 AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Please mark your calendars for Ingathering Sunday & Water Ceremony, September 9, when we begin the new church year and return to two services at 9 & 11 am. Please bring water from your summer travels or kitchen sink for this merging ritual.

"Blessing of the Animals"
October 21 AT 9 AM and 11 AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals service!  We'll have only photos of beloved pets at our 9 am service, out of respect of those with allergies.  Cat, dogs, birds, ferrets and other pets - leashed or caged - welcome at our 11 am service!