September 2021

September 2021


In-person worship in the Sanctuary Resumes September 12th!

Masks are required for all indoor services and activities.

For a full list of our guidelines for re-opening please see our Covid Protections and Guidelines

The service will also be presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.

 Sept. 5: No Worship Service

 Ingathering, September 12: Do We Need Church?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

In her 1929 speech before the Minister Conference at Barry Street, an annual gathering of ministers to hear distinguished speakers, the Rev. Anna Garlin Spencer, the first ordained woman minister in Rhode Island, asked if society had outgrowing the need for a church. She wondered if all the new means of communication and connection that had developed in the early 20th century had made assembly at a church for educational and spiritual stimulation obsolete. We can make the same inquiry today.  Join Rev. Bill for our 2021 In-gathering service to explore this question.

This In-gathering Sunday we will hold a traditional box lunch picnic.  Bring a box lunch, a blanket or chair for an old-fashioned picnic in the park (weather permitting).   Water and lemonade will be provided, or bring your own beverage. During the picnic we will also celebrate the completion of the new sanctuary roof.

Children’s faith development program begins this Sunday also.  See the September Catalyst Newsletter for more info.

September 19: UU Beloved Community-Building in Response to a Zero Sum Nation, Part 2

Rev. Jeannette Bessinger

This is the second of a two-part sermon series. Part 1 was presented on July 4 and is available to view on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL

The nature of the entire universe is love – all things drawing together, holding together to create cohesion. In the second part of this call to our church to build Beloved Community, we will explore the proposed 8th Principle, how and why it came about, and how UU-ers can use it as a springboard for a broader healing of our national “crisis of separation”.

Rev. Bessinger has been a guest in the Channing Church pulpit several times.  She is an interfaith minister and Board Certified Health Coach with an interest in self-development and interpersonal connections.


September 26: What Shape is Your Faith?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

If your faith could be put into a three-dimensional shape, what would it look like?  Join Rev. Bill for this discussion of personal faith and what faith means for us.    Weather permitting, this service will be held in Touro Park, across from the church.   Bring a chair or blanket.