THE LEARNING CENTER

The Learning Center (“TLC”) provides programs designed to enrich minds, encourage cultural exploration, and facilitate the sharing of ideas.  Each event – each discussion, each field trip – creates an occasion for fellowship.   The Learning Center draws on the expertise of Channing members and clergy, as well as that of speakers from outside the church community: professors, community activists, officers from the Naval War College,  experts from the arts and from government.

Since we advertise most of our programs to the public, TLC provides a rich opportunity for members of our larger community to get to know us at Channing, and for Channing to help serve the community’s informational, social, and inspirational needs.  We welcome co-sponsorship with other committees, ideas for programs, and assistance in conducting our events.

A sampling of 2016-’17 offerings:

  • A living history presentation from a Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim interpreter…
  • A program on intuition and meditation…
  • A series on the work of philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky…
  • A geological field trip at the Norman Bird Sanctuary…
  • Discussion of a critical question on the RI ballot in November…
  • A lecture on the pros and cons of the US nuclear deal with Iran…
  • A program on religion and science…
  • A lecture on the “Alt-Right”…
  • Program events with Religious Education and Interweave…
  • A panel presentation, co-sponsored with the Social Action Committee, on opioid addiction in our communities…
  • A unique field trip to the Museum of Russian Icons…