Author: Michele Dubuc

Worship Services 

 Sunday, December 1: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Beauty’s Deeper Connection

Beauty is not decorative. It touches us deeply.  It has the power to dissolve our conscious control, and connect us to levels of our being well beyond our day-to-day concerns.   Humans need beauty to live as much as we need food to live.   As we begin this season of beauty – snow on tree branches, the Messiah, lights decorating houses and trees, family and friends talking and laughing, festive meals, people helping those with less – Bill will explore the concept of beauty.

Sunday, December 8: Professor Robert M. Thorson

Humanism Runs Amok

Humanism, with its nearly exclusive focus on human needs and critical thinking is an important element in UU spirituality.  This species-specific perspective has been largely responsible for a planetary transformation so complete that a new geological epochis required — the Anthropocene. In his talk, professor Thorson will explore the philosophical and spiritual implications of having our own epoch. On balance, the prospect looks good.

Robert M. Thorson, a long-time member of Channing Memorial Church and former board member, has spoken to the congregation about earthly matters twice a year for the last 13 years.  Away from Channing, he’s a professor, writer, journalist, speaker, and consultant.

Sunday, December 15: Rev. Bill Zelazny

On Awe

“He . . . who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.”  Words of one of the ultimate logical thinkers, the theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein.   On this Sunday in the middle of the Holiday season, Bill will ask us to pause in wonder, to contemplate the mystery of conscious life, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe, to try to comprehend the intelligence manifested in nature, to deeply observe life. In other words, to think about living in awe.

During the service we will welcome everyone who wishes to officially join Channing Memorial Church in a new member signing ceremony.

Sunday, December 22: Rev. John H. Nichols

Filling in the Manger

The Christmas story we hold dear in our thoughts and memories is what we want and need it to be. Technically it has two authors — Matthew and Luke — but many of us have crafted the story to be the news we most need to hear. “Be not afraid.!”   This sermon is part of my recently published book, which will be on sale for $19.99 which can be purchased at the coffee hour.

Known as an inspiring preacher, Dr. John Hay Nichols is now Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, where he served as senior minister for twenty-three years. He also served as interim minister for ten other congregations (including Channing) in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5:00pm: Christmas Eve: A Moment of Magic    

Rev. William Zelazny, the Channing Choir and Guests

The sanctuary is decorated, the candles are lit.  Come to a Christmas Eve Celebration for adults and children with the Channing Choir, guest musicians, members of Channing Church and Rev. Zelazny with carol singing, choral anthems, instrumental music, and scripture and secular readings, concluding with the traditional lighting of candles and singing Silent Night in the darkened sanctuary.  Come, bring family and friends for the our very special Christmas Eve service.

Sunday, December 29: Service under construction – the Worship Committee is putting together a “Moth”- like (think NPR’s Moth Radio Hour) Sunday’s service.  Like the Moth Radio Hour, this will be a theme-based service.   The theme, in recognition of the new year starting in a few days, is Renewal.

The Worship Committee is looking for several people who wish to tell a story – personal or published — or do a reading of a poem or essay – personally composed or from a published source – that illustrates renewal.  Want to be part of it?   Contact Rev. Bill (401-846-0643 or by December 18 to discuss your idea.  Let your creative or theatrical self shine out!


Worship Services 

Sunday, November 3: Rev. Bill Zelazny

To Remember….and Living Forward

Ancient wisdom tells us that at this time of year the veil between realm of the living and “the other side” is thin.  Our culture has its playful connection with the death with Halloween ghosts and skeletons, as well as, somber observances with events like All Souls and All Saints Days.  Both approaches are useful mental and emotional outlets.  This Sunday Bill will talk about remembering well those who have passed from this life.  This is not to be a sorrowful service, but one of joyfully remembering our loved ones

Everyone is invited to bring a small picture of a person or two who they would like to remember to be placed on our Table of Remembrances.

Sunday, November 10: Special Caregiving Service!

Waking the Spirit with Music

Research reveals how music affects our hearts, minds and physical wellbeing. Enjoy learning about and experiencing this truth with Barbara Russell-Willett, Nickie Kates, Linda Beall and the Choir!

We will have two collections of monies this Sunday, one general and another for the work of Caregiving.

Sunday, November 17: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Living on the Side of Love is Hard

Aleksander Solzhenitzyn, the Russian intellectual and writer wrote “The line separating good and evil passes through the human heart.” It is true that every human being has the capacity for good and evil, love and hatred, peace and fear. Which side of that line we decided to be on determines how we respond to the world. We Unitarian Universalists try our best to witness on the Side of Love*, but some people find it very difficult to accept, much less love, people who are different from them with gender identity, race, color, sexual orientation, sex.  This Sunday Bill will explore the challenge of fully recognizing the “other”, and the possible social consequences of not being able to accept the worth and dignity of all people.

*Side of Love is a UUA advocacy campaign to promote respect for every person and give witness against injustice and violence.

Special Service!

Transgender Day of Remembrance Service

Sunday, November 17, 11:30am, in the Sanctuary

Join us for music and the reading of names of the 2019 transgender murder victims from around the world.  A steeple bell will toll for each name.  All are welcome.

Sunday, November 24: Rev. William Zelazny

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

The fourth Sunday of the month is “Share the Plate Sunday”. All of the cash offerings and checks marked “STP” will be used to purchase bus tickets for local agencies serving the homeless.

Research has shown that cultivating personal attributes of gratitude, optimism, forgiveness, happiness, and compassion fortifies us to face adversity and emotional turmoil and leads to greater happiness and resilience. Of all the attributes one can develop, gratitude is most strongly associated with positive mental health.  Today, a few days before Thanksgiving, Bill will look at how and why showing gratitude is so powerful.

We will conduct our annual Bread Ceremony during the service where we share bread together as a symbol of community and friendship.  Members and friends are invited to bring a bread that represents their ethnic heritage, a family tradition or just because they like it. The breads will be cut and distributed in a “communion” ceremony during the service.


Worship Services 

Sunday, October 6: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Faith Needs Trust

A person’s faith is a way toward commitment and ultimately action.   But to live our one’s faith a person needs to have trust – trust in oneself, trust in others, trust in tomorrow, trust in the universe.  For some people that is easy, for others that is something very hard.   This Sunday Bill will look at the concept of trust and how it plays into a person’s faith.

Special Service!

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm, in the Sanctuary

Honor and celebrate who you are with music, singing and spoken words at a special interfaith service for the LGBTQ community and allies. A reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, October 13: Rev. Lark d’Helen

From There to Here. . .   

. . . the round-abouts that brought a midwestern, conservative Baptist preacher’s daughter to a service marking National Coming Out Day at Channing Church.

The Rev. Dr. Lark d’Helen is currently striving to be retired-ish. She spent many years as a pastor, hospital chaplain, teacher of University students.  She served at Channing Memorial Church for two years. Lark is a Fellow in Death, Dying and Bereavement and works for Memorial Funeral Homes.  She lives with her spouse, Joyce, and amazing dog, Boomerang. 

Sunday, October 20: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Liberal Religious Mind-set: Being Deeply Religious and Fully Modern

Current politics have made the word “liberal” verbum non grata in many quarters, including our churches. We are afraid to use that word to identify Unitarian Universalism.  But we are, in religious lexicon, a “liberal” religion.  In his sermon, Rev. Bill will explore what religious liberalism means and how it orients us toward the world.

Sunday, October 27: Rev. Jeannette Bessinger

Celebrating the Light, Honoring the Dark

An Exploration of Diwali and All Hallow’s Eve

At this time of year, religious and pagan traditions have celebrated both the light and the dark for millennia.  Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness. All Hallow’s Eve, popularly celebrated as Halloween, is a Christian holiday marking the eve of All Souls Day. Throughout human history, the ritual honoring of the light and the dark has helped us navigate life’s continual, often bewildering movement between brightness and bounty and darkness and loss with more ease and grace.

Worship Services 

Sunday, September 1: Margaret Polski

Who’s Side Are You On?

Labor Day From A Unitarian Universalist Perspective

Today we face persistent and growing challenges to shared economic prosperity in Newport and across our nation. The labor force participation rate has fallen steadily since 1999. We have experienced long-term real wage stagnation and a persistent lack of economic progress for many workers. The “gig economy” holds the potential to undermine the foundations of our democracy. But we have faced these challenges in the past. What can we learn from our Unitarian Universalist forebears about how to approach these challenges?

Margaret Polski is a political economist, an Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and a member of Channing Memorial Church.

Sunday, September 8: Rev. Bill Zelazny

I Know this Rose Will Open

The sermon title comes from hymn No. 396 in “Singing in Living Tradition,” by Mary Grigolia, a seminar classmate of mine. She explains the song as a way to think about responding to the Universe/Spirit/Deep and Creative Self.  On this In-gathering Sunday Bill will reflect on what can happen when we allow ourselves to weather life disruptions and live into good expectations, and how Unitarian Universalism can help people, help us, let their rose unfold.

Water Ceremony: On Sunday, Sept. 8, we will also conduct our annual Water Ceremony within the service.  Everyone is invited to bring a small container of water from their home or other favorite place to mix with the waters of other as a symbol of how we bring our secular life into this religious community.

The annual congregation potluck picnic in Touro park will follow the service 

Sunday, September 15: Rev. Bill Zelazny

What do you believe is True for You?

Beliefs come before faith. All abstract knowledge is based on belief. Faith is related to belief because it supplies the conviction that the belief is true. This Sunday, as the first in a series of sermons on theological perspectives, Bill will look at the concept of belief, doubt and its relationship to a person’s faith in a UU context.

Channing Community Fair: After the service take a walk through the Channing Community Fair to see all the programs and ministries we have and how you can be part of making us the Ultimate Home of Progressive Religion.

Sunday, September 22: Rev. John Nichols

Expecting Miracles

They say there are ” no atheists in foxholes”, but I think there are times when all of us — religious or secular — experience something that we call “almost a miracle.”  What is happening then?

We welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. John Nichols who was the interim minister at Channing Memorial from 2010-2012.  He has served as a Unitarian Universalist minister for nearly forty years in congregations in Massachusetts, Illinois, and New York and holds the title of emeritus minister from the UU Society of Wellesley Hills, MA.  John is the author of “A Wind Swept Over the Waters: Reflections on Sixty Favorite Bible Passages”.

Sunday, September 29: Rosh Hashanah

Sermon and program on the spirit of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Worship Services 

Sunday, July 7: Clearing Out:  A Hidden Key to Deepening Your Spiritual Life

Speaker: Jeannette Bessinger

Marie Kondo’s books and philosophy on the “magical art of tidying up” have swept much of the world by storm. Her message, though simple, is a timely balm to our “congested” lives and over-full minds. The practice of clearing out – in your living spaces, your mind, your belly and even your schedule – can have an immediate and profound effect on your energy levels, your ability to make change, and your inherent-but-untapped connection to the Flow of Life itself. Join us for an exploration of this under-utilized spiritual practice that’s available in every phase of life.

 Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, interfaith minister and real food expert, is an award-winning educator and author of multiple books featuring healthy eating. Designer of a long-running and successful, hospital-based, lifestyle change program and countless transformational workshops, Jeannette has helped thousands of people make lasting changes to deeply entrenched habits that no longer serve them. 

Sunday, July 14: Misunderstanding Science

Speaker: John Prevedini

What is science, really? How is it distinct from “STEM”? And what is its role in the humanities?

Longtime Channing member John Dante Prevedini is a composer, educator, and public speaker living and working throughout New England. Drawing upon a variety of fields of knowledge, his overall work aims to examine unconventional facets of everyday life through a multidisciplinary lens.

Sunday, July 21:  Not because they are easy but because they are hard   

Speaker: Tom Beall

The United States, in terms of its ideals, has always been at war with itself.  It is a war of Christian dogma versus secular enlightenment.  The Apollo voyages to the Moon 50 years ago represented the pinnacle of the latter, the striving for greatness as a human adventure.  50 years later we have moved far in the direction of Christian dogma.  Is that a good thing?

Tom Beall has been a member of Channing for 18 years.  He is a collector of rare books and documents on America’s space program.

Sunday, July 28: Guideposts for Making Moral Decisions

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Making decisions always requires making choices. Making choices in our complex lives, is, well, complex.  This Sunday, Bill is stepping in to lead the service.  His sermon will walk us through some questions we may wish to take into consideration that may guide us in making major “life issue” decisions.

Sunday, August 4: Barnabas Bates~UU Leader and Father of Cheap Postage   

Speaker: Christine Laudon

The LaFarge windows dedicated to the memory of Barnabas Bates have long been the source of a mystery.  What did he do to become the Father of Cheap Postage and why does that matter?  What is his connection to William Ellery Channing?  Come and find out the many nuances of his life work and participate in an historical drama.

Chris Laudon is a Channing member who has been involved in the architectural preservation of our buildings and a tour guide for the Newport Restoration Foundation and Channing Memorial Church.

Sunday, August 11: Oceans in a Changing World: What can we do?    

Speaker: Drew Carey

The world’s oceans are so closely associated with climate that we have to consider how changes in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide will affect the oceans in our state and community.  What is the scale of the problem and what can we do locally to respond?

Drew Carey is a marine scientist engaged in assessing the health of the seafloor across the world.  He is also engaged in local issues of stormwater, ocean health and resilience of coastal communities.

 Sunday, August 18: Freedom Moves West       

Rev. William Zelazny

In the 19th century the United States expanded westward and along with it Unitarianism.  Bill will look at our movement out of New England past the Allegheny mountains to become a continent-wide expression of free religious thought and practice.  Along the way we will stop in Lawrence Kansas to see how Unitarians supported the abolitionists’ fight for a slave-free Kansas.

Meet Channing Church!

This Sunday friends and members of Channing Memorial Church are invited to bring a neighbor or friend to get acquainted with our church and the Family Ministry Program.  Rev. Bill and JoAnne Ritchie will be available to talk about Channing Church and what we can offer people looking for a doctrine-free progressive religious home.

Sunday, August 25:  “The immigrants are coming!!  What’s a Unitarian to do?”

Speaker: Eleanor Doumato

1891 was a banner year for immigration into the United States, and that year the Rev. George W. Cutter gave a sermon from our pulpit warning of the dangers of an unfiltered mass of foreigners coming to our shores.

Eleanor Doumato, Board President and historian, discovered the sermon while cataloging our Channing archives and her talk will be a reflection on Rev. Cutter’s admonitions and the meaning of his advice for our time. 


Worship Services 

Sunday, June 2: It Takes a Village. . .

JoAnne Ritchie and Rev. Bill Zelazny

It takes a village. . . to raise a child because a village is comprised of a diverse array of people of all ages and experiences, each of whom has something to teach a child.  JoAnne, our Family Life Coordinator, will talk about how it “takes a village” to implant a spiritual dimension in our children

It takes a village. . . to run a church. There is much to be done for a church to operate and fulfill is mission.   Bill will discuss how it is necessary for people to take on responsibility for church functioning if a congregation is to be successful and grow.

This Sunday JoAnne will recognize the people who make our religious education program function and Bill will recognize the many people who give their time and talent to help the church’s ministries and programs.

Sunday, June 9: Answering the Call

Mary Benson, Beth Milham, and Sherrill Warch

Most of us who consider ourselves UUs do so because we believe in our seven principles.  While our principles make us sound like high-minded people, actual practice requires great courage, especially when applying our principles to those who need our help the most.  Let’s hear from some of our peers around this mindset as it manifests in the support and advocacy of LGBTQ people.

Sunday, June 16: In Praise of Tender Masculinity

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Our culture has developed two notions about men – the Macho Man (buff, distant) and Nice Guy (nerdy, brooding). Both are problematic.  On this Father’s Day, Bill will look at a third concept — Tender Masculinity. Tender Masculinity is a multi-layered understanding of maleness that comes from all backgrounds.  Celebrating tender men gives the next generation the male role models they deserve.

Sunday, June 23: Happy 206th Birthday to Charles Timothy Brooks 

Presenter: Jim Egan

Sunday, June 23, we’ll celebrate the 206th birthday of Charles Timothy Brooks (1813-1883) first pastor of the Unitarian Church in Newport and the driving force behind the construction of the Channing Memorial Church in 1880.

Jim Egan is the curator of the Newport Tower Museum, right across Toro Park from the church. He has written 20 books on Newport and Rhode Island history, and has delivered a Learning Center lecture on the “Roots of the Channing Memorial Church.” 

Sunday, June 30: Coping with Climate Change

Presenter: Mary Alice Smith

Description: We know that climate change is bringing drastic changes to the natural world and life as we know it. Catastrophic impacts on a million species is predicted by a UN study. How do we process this in our daily lives? What can we do? One person’s journey in caring about the environment we live in.

Worship Services 

Sunday, May 5: Lessons of Ramadan for Non-Muslims (and Muslims too)

Rev. William Zelazny

Observance by Muslim of the holy month of Ramadan will begin this evening.  Ramadan is so central to Islam that it is considered one of the “five pillars” of the faith.  While non-Muslims tend to only see this religious observance as a requirement for strict fasting, as with all great religions this Islamic ritual has lessons for all people.   Bill invites us to learn about Ramadan this Sunday.

All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall at 11:30 this Sunday to hear more about “Vision 2025,” an exciting restoration and development plan for our sanctuary building. Find out what needs to be done, what our church will gain, and how we’ll pay for it. Ask your questions and get some answers.Here is the link to the report:  Vision 2025: Campus Development Plan for Channing Memorial Church If you have time, please read it, and if you don’t, check out the FAQs at the end. We’ll begin right after fellowship, so come, hang onto your coffee mug and take a seat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, May 12: Open to Changing

Rev. William Zelazny

When a person decides to take on the task of mothering they must be willing to be curious and change.  Many parents have told Bill that they really had no idea how much their life would change.  “It wasn’t curiosity itself that killed the proverbial cat. What really got him in trouble was his inability to deal with the new situation. And when it comes to learning about new environments, curiosity is key,” says Kate Berardo, strategic development coach.  On this Mother’s Day Bill will look at curiosity and change, not only for mothers (and fathers) but everyone.

This Sunday we will hold our annual Flower Ceremony.   Everyone is invited to bring a flower (or perhaps a few) which we will gather before the service.  At the end of the service everyone will be invited to take a different flower as a symbol of our sharing of the beauty of this congregation.  

 Sunday, May 19: Choir Sunday

May 19 is CHOIR SUNDAY!!  This is Channing Choir’s annual service of beautiful music and inspirational thoughts.  Always a favorite service, be sure to attend!

Sunday, May 26: Reflections on Memorial Day

Members of Channing Church 

Each year the country honors its military veterans on this weekend. This Sunday several members of our congregation will share short reflections on how their military service shaped their lives.

Worship Services 

Sunday, April 7: Rev. William Zelazny

The Ultimate April Fool’s Joke: Life Will Mess Up Perfection

Many people describe themselves as perfectionists.  But life’s joke on all of us is that perfection in all things is not possible. Trying to live into perfectionism can doom us to unhappiness. Perhaps a more reasonable view of life may be what we can call “The way of wabi sabi.”  Come to the service where Bill will explore this philosophy.

Sunday, April 14: Rev. William Zelazny

The Power of Celebrating Everything

We regularly celebrate big success- the new job, the new house, the new baby.  But it is equally, maybe even more important to celebrate little successes.  that kind of celebration make us pause and be mindful and that boosts our well-being. Bill will help us reflect on the emotional and spiritual value of celebrating everything. We will lots of music provided by members of the Geezers, the group of musicians that gathers in our Parish Hall Tuesday evenings, and we will celebrate our 2019 canvass drawing to a close with an after-service reception.

Sunday, April 21: Rev. William Zelazny

Where the Passover and Easter Stories Point Us

This year the movement of the moon and the earth have determined that Passover and Easter overlap.  Though each event is a central element of their respective religious traditions Bill thinks it is important that we not get lost in concern about the literalness of their story.  Rather we should look the similar message that comes from the stories.

Our traditional children’s Easter egg hunt will follow the service.

Sunday, April 28: Rev. Lee Whitaker

Sowing Seeds of Welcome

This Sunday Lee is inviting us to look into how a healthy welcome can transform all who
enter our church.

Rev. Lee Whittaker is a former member of Channing Memorial Church.   He earned his Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry and is an ordained minister with the Progressive Christian Alliance. While at Starr King he served on the Admissions and Scholarship Committee.  Lee served on the Leadership Council for the Progressive Christian Alliance for two years. Presently he is the co-founder of Revolution Ministries which has the mission of creating alternative worship experiences.  He lives in Oakland, CA with his partner, Janelle, and two dogs, two cats, and two and sings with the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir. Lee is one of the original organizers of CMC’s Interweave and a founder of the Born this Way Prom.  

Worship Services 

Sunday, March 3: Rev. William Zelazny

 A Force with which to be Reckoned: Women of Transcendentalism      

The Unitarian women of the Transcendentalist Movement were strong individuals, with keen minds and strong political ideas.  To mark Women’s History Month, Bill will reintroduce us to these women and how they helped launch the 19th century American movement for women’s rights. 

Sunday, March 10: Professor Robert Thorson

To Build or Not to Build…

… a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.  That is the proverbial question.

This fault line in American politics nudged me find out what the late poet Mary Oliver thought about the subject of walls in general. Reading her poem Knife offered critical insights that nudged me back to America’s most famous poem about walls, Mending Wall by Robert Frost. This service will include resonant readings of the full text of both poems in male and female voices, followed by commentary about what they say about the barriers between souls, whether a individuals or collectives.

Sunday, March 17: Rev. William Zelazny

Is it Getting Away, a Setting Out, or a Coming Home?

When you reflect on your religious or spiritual journey, do you see discovering Unitarian Universalism and Channing Memorial Church as an escape from an old religion, a coming home to the right place, or a safe place to setting off on a new journey of exploration.  On this Annual Stewardship Sunday kick off Bill with help us think about the role CMC had/has for us in our religious life.

Sunday, March 24: Lee Hardgrove

The Military Chaplaincy: Serving the Needs of Many Faiths  

This message will try to cover very briefly: History of Military Chaplaincy, court case challenge to the chaplaincy, requirements to become a chaplain and the most important: the mission of the Chaplaincy to all faiths.

Lee Hardgrove is a retired Lt. Col. of the US Army and a retired United Methodist pastor. He served several churches in the New York area and spent 25 years in the army reserve. He spent three years on active duty at the end of his career including a tour in Afghanistan . He also spent time at Ground Zero in NY City after 9-11. Lee is graduate of American University, Yale University, the Army Command and General Staff College and Rhode Island College.

Sunday, March 31: Mr. Charles Roberts

Driving While Black

“Driving while Black” means more than just literally being behind the steering wheel of a car. In his sermon, Charles will talk about the experience of an African American male confronting being looked at as “the Other” and how this relates to all of us as a family of human beings.

Worship Services 

Winter Storm Updates/Closings: In the case of extremely bad weather Sunday Worship Service may be cancelled.  A cancellation decision will be made usually late Saturday afternoon (7AM on Sunday morning at the latest) and conveyed to media outlets, TV Channels 10 & 12, and radio stations WJAR, WHJJ, WPRI, WWBB, and WSNE. You can check the website: for church and other closings, as well as parking bans.  The church phone message will also contain information if the worship service is cancelled: 401-846-0643. Even if the service is not canceled, congregation members should make the decision to travel and find parking that is best for them and their mobility and health condition. We cannot guarantee that all areas on the church property will be free of ice/snow.

Sunday, February 3: Rev. William Zelazny

M. L. King Jr.’s Real Message

Dr. King’s legacy has been mellowed over time.  He is seen now as a gentle man with a message that we need to be color-blind.  But his real message was more strident which made Northern “white folk” who had supported his southern desegregation work uncomfortable because it hit close to home.  Bill’s sermon, in honor of Black History month, originally intended for MLK Sunday, will look at King’s challenge to America then and now, a half century after his death.

Sunday, February 10: Rev. William Zelazny

Are You There for Me?

H.L Menchen, American social observer, said “It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together.”  On this Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Bill will have us consider the issue of trust, the critical building block in personal and civil relationships.

After the service we gather in the Parish Hall for our annual Chocolate Fest during fellowship.  Everyone is invited to bring some of their favorite chocolate candy or a chocolate-based desert to share.  

Sunday, February 17: Mr. Rodney Davis

My Story, Your Story, Our History

History often does not reflect our story. At times it seems to divide more than bring people together. What lessons can we learn? What can we learn from the past help to reshape our future? In this sermon, Mr. Davis will explore this serious yet sometimes humorous topic.

Rodney Davis was born and raised in Newport. He served as president of Rhode Island Pride for over 20 years. He is also the past president of the R.I. Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. He works as a marketing and special events consultant for Big Picture Learning. He lives in Western Coventry RI with his partner Brian Mills.  He last preached at Channing Church in 2017.

Sunday, February 24:  Rev. Ann Fox

What Is Your Guiding Light?

We all have a conscious or unconscious guiding light, an idea or value by which we assess what is acceptable or not acceptable in human behavior. What is yours? Let us consider what could be an effective guiding light for a new age of uncertainty in our mostly democratic society.

Rev. Ann Fox, is the Minister Emerita of Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA