May 2024

May 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, May 5: Live into a New Way of Thinking

Rev. Bill Zelazny, Ginny Spaulding, and Tim Phelps

All people and organizations are constantly going through change. Sometimes they are small adjustments and sometimes major transitions.  Channing Church will be going into a time of change in the next year. Bill thinks this quote from Father Richard Rohr, the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation — “We don’t think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” — is perhaps a good perspective for grounding us during this important time in our history. Bill, Congregation President, Ginny Spauling and Board member, Tim Phelps, will talk about the upcoming changes and the process we will go through living into this change. 

Sunday, May 12: Mothering  Principles for Everyone to Live

Rev. Bill Zelazny

A man who has not raised children looks at Mother’s Day and sees there are many principles of mothering that can apply to everyone’s life.  On this Mother’s Day Bill will explore these universal “mothering” principles.  

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

Sunday, May 19: Words Matter: Watch Your Mouth      

Rev. Dianne Daniels 

When I initially entertained the concept of becoming a minister, I knew that my own use of words would be important – it could mean the difference between a person finding a soothing balm for their spirit, being “called out” on a challenging subject, or turning away from a spiritual walk that could help to free them from their pain and suffering.

Words do indeed Matter – to a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence, to a person’s livelihood, to the status of an important relationship. Whether they are words we say to ourselves (often the toughest) or words we say to others (often “throwaway words” hurt others the most), Words Matter.

Rev. Daniels has found refuge and inspiration in Unitarian Universalism for more than 20 years and is a 2022 graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. Rev. Daniels provides guest preaching services to UU churches in the region.

Sunday, May 26: Finding Zen

Presented by Jeff Thomas

Zen is simply everyday life lived with awareness. It is a practical and spiritual method of living that can bring simplicity, balance of nature, and clarity into our daily lives. This Sunday, Jeff will share what he has learned about Zen philosophy & practices. Additionally, Jeff will talk about how Zen can provide guidance

in working through strong emotions, such as fear or anger, to reach a sense of tranquility.

Several years ago, Jeff Thomas became a member of Channing Memorial Church. He was attracted to the principles of Unitarian Universalism and the compassionate and caring spirit that the U.U. community fosters. While at Channing, Jeff has given a guest video presentation on “Cosmic Spirituality” and a slide show on the climate crisis. He graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and moderates an internet-based talk show where panelists engage in thoughtful discussion on a variety of topics.