February 2021

February 2021

Sunday Worship Services

10:00am: Live Zoom Worship/ 10:30am: Live Zoom Fellowship

(email office@channingchurch.org to be added to our mailing list and receive the Zoom link)

The Worship Service will also be live streamed on Channing’s YouTube channel:   YOUTUBE Channing Memorial Church Newport RI and will be available for viewing afterwards. 

10:45am: Channing Chimes Play, listen from Touro Park (masked and socially distanced)

February 7: Universalism is at the Heart of a Beloved Community    

Rev. Bill Zelazny

We will bracket Black History month with two perspectives on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s concept of the Beloved Community.  On this first Sunday of Black History month Bill will looking at how Universalism is woven into this concept and then how it stretches our imagination to look past our church walls, look past the people who think and act like us. 

February 14: Peace and Love in the Midst of Turmoil: Meditations to Lift the Body, Mind and Spirit

Ginny Spaulding

In the middle of times filled with fear, turmoil, and anger how can we stay centered, happy and focused on the positives? What can we do to feel complete, helpful and hopeful? Meditation can provide a way to stay centered and instill a feeling of wellbeing and love. On this Valentine’s Day, join Ginny for an introductory practice journey of two meditations designed to promote an internal sense of well-being and an outpouring of loving kindness towards self and others.

Ginny Spaulding is a Channing member and board president, nurse practitioner, psychologist, mother, sister, and loving friend. She has practiced meditation for a number of years and attended trainings with Pema Chodron, Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and other meditation masters from Buddhist and Mindfulness traditions. 

February 21: What is Our Place as a Progressive Religion in Today’s World?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The world has changed a lot since the Unitarian Universalist Association was formed sixty years ago and the thirty-six years since the modern Purposes and Principles were promulgated. We can ask, is the underlying philosophy of modern UUism as expressed in the  Purposes and Principles still relevant and what is our religious place in the world that has changed so much?  Bill will help us explore questions about our relevancy today and into the future.

February 28: Lurching Towards Beloved Community:  Successes, Failures, and Other Tales

Rev. Meg Riley

Rev. Riley will talk about work being done at the UUA and other organizations to bring about a better society for all people.  

Rev. Meg A Riley retired in 2020 after 38 years as a UU religious professional.  She held a variety of positions in congregations and with the national UUA headquarters, most recently as Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.  In July of 2020 she became co-moderator with Charles DuMond, of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.