March 2024

March 2024

Sunday worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary

Services are live streamed on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL and available for viewing afterwards.

Sunday, March 3: 20 Questions (Sort of)

Rev. Bill Zelazny  

We’ve not done an “ask the minister” service in a long time so this Sunday we will engage in our version of the 19th century game of 20 questions.  Congregation members will be invited to ask Rev. Bill any questions they wish about Unitarian Universalism, religion, faith, facing life issues, etc. and he will endeavor to answer it.

Sunday, March 10: Issues Facing Modern Women

Guest Presenter: Ms. Erica Baker

If you read women’s history you will regularly see that they had to face many challenges from health issues to discrimination. Women in today’s society may not have exactly the same trials, but women still face many challenges.  This Sunday Ms. Baker, the Newport Women’s Resource Center clinical manager, will discuss issues modern women face.   Other NWRC will be available for conversation during Fellowship time.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is our nonperishable foods collection for local food banks. This month we are collecting foods high in protein like tuna, peanut butter, canned and dried legumes, canned chicken breast, and beef jerkey. 

Anne Hutchinson: The Woman who co-founded Rhode Island and told the Boston Puritans they were going to Hell

Presented by Tim Phelps

In 17th Century Boston, a woman dared to challenge the ruling theocracy by preaching first to women, then to an increasingly large mixed audience, that the Puritans were mistaken in their theology. Expelled from the colony in the midst of a snowstorm, she walked while 8 months pregnant to Providence and then by boat to Portsmouth, before being massacred by Native Americans she had tried to befriend.

Sunday, March 24: Facing the Dragon’s Lair

Rev. Bill Zelazny                  

This Sunday in the Christian tradition, a week before Easter, is called Palm Sunday with the story that Jesus entered Jerusalem in celebration, though he supposedly knew very bad things were going to happen to him in a matter of days.  This kind of situation is not confined to Jesus.  Most of us have had to do something, even though we know there most likely was going to be great problems ahead – the “dragon’s lair.”  Bill will talk about how we deal with facing the dragon’s lair when that is our fate. 

Sunday, March 31: Allowing Transformation

Bill Zelazny                           

Author, Cynthia Occelli has written: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” On this Easter Sunday, Bill’s sermon will look at how we must allow for transformation of all types in our lives if we are to live a full and complete life.