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.

A sampling of recent offerings:

  • “Birds of Aquidneck Island” with Lauren Parmelee, Audubon Education Specialist
  • “The Role of the Press in Preserving Democracy”, with Paola Prado, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication at Roger Williams University
  • “Is Life Worth Living?” with philosopher John Kaag, Ph.D., author of Hiking with Nietzsche
  • “A Conversation About End of Life Care” with Dr. David Gorelick
  • “Slavery in Colonial Newport”, co-sponsored with the Channing Social Action Committee and RI Slave History Medallions, with Fred Zillian, Ph.D.
  • “The Stone Walls of Newport’s Southern End”; a field trip and lecture led by Prof. Robert Thorson, geologist and author
  • A Lecture and Comparison Tasting of Real Beef vs. Plant-Based Meat, with engineer Bob Kieronski
  • Queer History of Rhode Island”–a panel discussion, co-sponsored with Interweave
  • “Film Noir”: Saturday night at the movies, with film aficionado Sam Jernigan
  • A book reception for Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW; author of The Remarriage Manual: How to Make Everything Work Better the Second Time Around
  • Sustainable Seafood Fisheries in RI: What Should We Be Eating?” with Craig Gaspard