April 2022

April 2022


Sunday Worship in the Church Sanctuary at 10:00am

Masks are recommended for Channing services and activities.

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


Sunday, April 3: Faith-An Act of Cosmic Defiance

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Author and songwriter, Nice Cave, once said faith as an “act of cosmic defiance, of subversive optimism, of unconditional and insubordinate love.” Rev Bill will look at this notion, that having faith in ourselves and in our lives when the universe is indifferent to us and perhaps even seems to be seems to standing against is the greatest act of courage and beauty a human can perform.

Sunday, April 10: Church and the Challenges of Today

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The church, writ large, and our church face a lot of challenges in today’s world and culture.  This Sunday, a few days before the dinner in Jerusalem with 13 men that is considered in the Christian world as that founding of the ”church” Bill will discuss the issues facing the church and us today and how we might respond.

The 2nd Sunday of the month we collect nonperishable foods for local food pantries. Items can be left in the “SAC Donations” bin in the back of the church.

Sunday, April 17: UU Version of Atonement

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Christians understand Jesus’ death and resurrection as the way sinful humans were reconciled with the divine God.  Orthodox theology teaches Jesus’ death was atonement for humankind’s sins.   UU however understand the concept of atonement a bit differently.  Universalist minister, Hosea Ballou, presented his theology in the early 19th century, that became the Universalist and subsequently Unitarian Universalist perspective with his Treaties on Atonement.  For his Easter Sunday sermon, Bill will revisit this theological concept of Atonement from our contemporary UU perspective.

Prior to the service we will have the pleasure of a half hour of jazz sponsored by Julie Herrick.  This special music will start at 9:30am.

Sunday, April 24: Celebrating Our Connection to the Earth

We Unitarian Universalists have a vision of a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people.  Each year we renew our focus on protecting the earth with an Earth Day Sunday.  This Sunday our Social Action Committee, through the work of Beth Milham, will bring Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save the Bay to our pulpit.  His sermon theme will be waterway pollution especially with plastics.

Our Speaker: Mr. Stone grew up in suburban Boston.  He had degrees from Brown University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He moved to Rhode Island in 1989, and promptly joined Save The Bay as a member. Jonathan enjoys a deep connection to the Bay, where he regularly swims, kayaks and fishes. Taking the helm of Save The Bay has given him a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in protecting Narragansett Bay and inspiring the next generation of Bay stewards.  During his tenure, Save The Bay has successfully challenged ill-conceived and damaging infrastructure projects, sounded the alarm on changing climate conditions, completed dozens of habitat restoration projects, achieved major legislative victories, expanded Save The Bay’s environmental education programs, and strengthened its financial foundation.