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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.

Soul Matters Will Be Back In September

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: "Freedom to Resist"
July 1, 2018
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.

UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

"The Struggle with Faith & Identity"
July 22 AT 10AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

This service will feature the poetry of Dan Verra. How is our social justice work informed by our faith? How does our personal identity influence our understanding of our faith? What does it mean when we say “love works” at Cedar Lane? Join the Rev. Katie Romano Griffin for a journey through personal identity and our multicultural faith as we strive together to answer these deep and meaningful questions.  We will also share the offertory plate with CASA de Maryland: www.wearecasa.org

The Summer Choir will sing a song of resistance that has been embraced by numerous choirs, choruses and singing groups across the country, I’m Gonna Walk it With You, composed by Ellie Grace and Brian Clafin. The congregation will join in singing Somebody’s Hurting My Brother.

 

"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.

"The Good News"
August 5 AT 10AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Unitarian Universalism is a very long name. If you wondered if it was coined by a committee, you guessed correctly.  Our faith can seem difficult to describe, even for long-time members. What powers our activism and deepens our caring? What is the Unitarian Universalist “Good News?"  Join us for a Spirit Experience to celebrate the good news of Unitarian Universalism!

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!