April 2024

April 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, April 7: Remembering Our Interdependence

Rev. Bill Zelazny 

Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper “inter-are. ” Interdependence is not a mere theory or interesting philosophy. It impacts our lives directly every single day. By deepening our awareness of interconnectedness, we can create a far more harmonious and healthy society and live far more satisfying lives.  Today Bill will explore the concept of our interconnectedness.


Sunday, April 14: The Anatomy of Prestige: Guest Presenter: John Prevedini                                        

In his presentation, composer, educator, and public speaker John Dante Prevedini will discuss the complex phenomenon of prestige from the perspective of three questions. Where does prestige come from? What are the positives and negatives of prestige in the world? And what can we do to help reshape the prestige landscape for the better?”

John Dante Prevedini, DMA, MBA is a contemporary classical composer, educator, and public speaker based in New England and active around the world. Drawing upon a variety of fields of knowledge, his overall work aims to examine unconventional facets of everyday life through a multidisciplinary lens.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is our nonperishable foods collection for local food banks.


Sunday, April 21: Earth Day: Caring for Our Land, Caring for Our Earth

Presented by Cris Offenberg

“Caring for our Land, Caring for our Earth” is the theme for this year’s Earth Day service. We will welcome Aquidneck Community Table (ACT) Board member and Master Gardener Cris Offenberg to the pulpit. The service will celebrate ways ACT is working to build a healthy food system for our island while demonstrating respect for the land. ACT is also our Share the Plate recipient for March and April.

Our Guest Speajer, Cris Offenberg, is a long-time board member of Aquidneck Community Table (ACT.) Cris is a seasoned Master gardener and a practicing attorney at Silva, Martland and Offenberg in Middletown.


Sunday, April 28: Who Inspires You?

Margaret Polski & Peter Freeman

The word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word “inspiratus,” which means “breathe into.” While this word has a theological basis that refers to the influence of a divine entity on a person, for UUs, it refers to being stimulated or moved to do or feel something. Peter Freeman and Margaret Polski will lead a conversation about inspiration and some of the people who inspire.