Author: Michele Dubuc

Sunday Services

10:00am: Live Zoom Worship/ 10:30am: Live Zoom Fellowship

The Worship Service will also be live streamed on Channing’s YouTube channel:   YOUTUBE Channing Memorial Church Newport RI and will be available for viewing afterwards. 

10:45am: Channing Chimes Play, listen from Touro Park (masked and socially distanced)

January 3: Re-storying Our Lives

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Bill has been interested in the phenomenon of how we tell our life stories and how that telling shapes who we believe we are.  On this first Sunday of a new year Bill will explore the idea that how we arrange the plot points of our life into a narrative shapes who are.

Fun First Sunday! New Year’s Eve is a relatively few hours past, but we can still mark the start of a new year with a bit of silliness. Bill invites everyone on put on their New Year’s hat or bring out the noise maker for a few minutes during the service to show off the New Year’s spirit.


January 10: Coming Home

Anna Smith

Anna Smith and her husband, Jake, have returned to Newport and Channing after having been away on an adventure for seven years. Anna will be sharing with us  her definition to the word “home”, and what it means for them to “come home.”

 Anna Smith is an artist. Her life has been her canvas — she has been an interior designer and a residential builder.  She is a Reiki Master-teacher and always, a volunteer.  For the past seven years Anna and her husband of 61 years, Jake, have been traveling the world.                 

 This Sunday is the Margit Baum Committee’s annual drive to collect nonperishable protein. Your donations this year will go to support Coexion Latina. Suggestions for contributions include (but are not limited to) beans, canned stews, soups, boxed macaroni and cheese, Spam, peanut butter, canned tuna, nuts, etc. We encourage you to use your imagination. Any other food donations would certainly be appreciated as well. Please drop off items on the porch of Channing house the morning of Sunday, January 10th, or earlier in the week.


January 17: Hope – Love – Faith

Mrs. Victoria Johnson 

This Sunday, Mrs. Victoria Johnson will be our guest presenter. She describes her talk this way:  “I will speak through the building of the Middle Passage Port Marker memorial, to the need to honor all who arrived in our fair city 400 years ago — Native Americans, Africans, Jews, Irish  Italians. With a few moments of thought I will try to describe our virtues and vices through Hope, Love and Faith.  It is time for us to all work together to be One Newport.”

Mrs. Johnson is a well-known community leader in Newport. In 1996 she became the first Black high school principal in Rhode Island.  Currently she is the Co- Chair of Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project.   She is a member of the Newport Community Baptist Church and is a diligent advocate of justice for Black people in Newport and the country with her membership in the Newport and national NAACP.


January 24: The Liberal and Conservative Mind-set

Rev. Bill Zelazny

This country is divided along a fault line of liberal and conservative political and social philosophies.  Understanding these two belief systems is a pretty tall order, but this Sunday, four days after the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Bill will tackle this project by looking at the moral and philosophical foundations of what has become in modern times diametrically opposed viewpoints.


 

January 31: From Where Does Hope Spring?

 Rev. Dr. Nina D. Grey

Our January 31 service arrives as we are nearing Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, and, as in the classic movie Groundhog Day, we are experiencing an ever-repeating sameness. We suffer even if we aren’t sick from Covid. Friends, family, and others we know may have gotten sick, and some may have died. Alone in my apartment I sometimes feel lonely or afraid. You might too. We miss our old lives and we worry about our nation. And even with the hope of the vaccines and a new administration, there is a lot we do not know about our future. This Sunday, in this hard time, we ask “What does or might sustain us? What are or can be the sources of our hope? From where does hope spring?

Rev. Nina Grey is the Minister Emerita for the First Unitarian Society of Chicago where she had served as the senior minister from 1999 to 2011.  She went on to serve the Unitarian Fellowship of Boseman, MT from which she retired in 2016.  Prior to Chicago, she served churches in Keene, NH and Philadelphia, PA (Germantown).  In retirement, Rev. Grey is active in various social justice initiatives to include climate issues and voting rights. Dr. Grey received her M.Div from Andover Newton Theological School and DMin from McCormick Theological Seminary.   

 


Sunday Services

10:00am: Live Zoom Worship/ 10:30am: Live Zoom Fellowship

The Worship Service will also be live streamed on Channing’s YouTube channel:   YOUTUBE Channing Memorial Church Newport RI and will be available for viewing afterwards. 

10:45am: Channing Chimes Play, listen from Touro Park (masked and socially distanced)

December 6: Four Spiritual Paths

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Unitarian Universalist minister, Peter Tufts Richardson, identified four primary paths through which people express their spirituality.  People’s psychological make-up tends to drawn them to a particular path. Bill will explore the core elements of each type of spiritual journey and will look at why one path feels more right than with another for individuals.

This is our Fun First Sunday and Bill invites us to show each other our most meaningful holiday decoration.


December 13: Music and Spirituality

Lois Vaughan

Jazz pianist Lois Vaughan will talk and play about her personal experiences with spirituality and music.

This is Channing’s Community Service Second Sunday for which we collect non-perishable foods and other items to be taken to a local food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Channing House front door on Friday, December 11, before noon or on Sunday morning before noon. 


December 20: Holiday Lessons and Carols

Janet Grant, Rev. Bill Zelazny, and Guests

A celebration of the Holidays with words and music. Music by the Newport String Project, Janet Grant and Channing Church members.  Readings for the season presented by Rev. Bill and several Channing Church members.  We will also exercise our voices by singing some Christmas carols.


December 24: A Quiet Christmas Eve

Bill and Channing Church staff will present an informal Christmas Eve service to be broadcast on YouTube, with the reading of the traditional nativity story, candle lighting and carols.  Carol lyrics will be sent out by email ahead of time. 


 

December 27: And on the Seventh Day They Rested

An opportunity for everyone to sleep in late on a Sunday.  There is no service on Sunday, December 27.  


Holiday Chiming

Christmas Eve:  3:00-4:00pm, Cynthia Skelton and Janna Pederson Chiming

 Christmas Day: 11:00am-11:45am, Christine Ariel and Linda Beall Chiming

 Please stop and listen, masked and socially distanced, from in and around Touro Park.

 


 

Sunday Services

10:00am: Live Zoom Worship/ 10:30am: Live Zoom Fellowship

The Worship Service will also be live streamed on Channing’s YouTube channel:   YOUTUBE Channing Memorial Church Newport RI and will be available for viewing afterwards. 

10:45am: Channing Chimes Play, listen from Touro Park (masked and socially distanced)

November 1: Upon What We Can Depend

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Within a very short time our world, which seemed pretty secure, has become filled with uncertainties. Stable relationships between countries have become fragile, a routine election process that has been routine for decades is now fraught with difficulties, man and women who advocate destroying the government have come out of the back woods with their guns. Voices from the right and left and middle all proclaim to have the truth.  What can we depend on?  Bill will look at this question in his sermon this Sunday.  

This is our Fun First Sunday.  This month Rev. Bill is inviting us to show a mask or costume on screen to mark Halloween.  We’ll take a moment to peruse the screens to see what amusement we brought to the service.


November 8: Religion and Spirituality Represented in Film

Dr. Vanessa Ament

Religion intersects with film not only in film content and presentation, but also in the production and experience of film. Seminary classmate of Rev. Bill, author and professor of film, Dr Ament, will discuss the role and place of religion in the movies. 

 Dr. Ament held the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Bell Endowed Chair as Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University, taught film history, sound and aesthetics and popular culture at Georgia State University and is currently Senior Consultant for Undergraduate Education at UC Riverside. She has written several books on film sound and is a foley (sound effects) artist, singer, songwriter, and performer. 

 This Sunday is our Community Service Second Sunday!  Please bring a non-perishable food donation to the in person Fellowship or drop off your donation to the church office before noon on Friday, Nov. 6th.  You can leave your donation on the covered front porch of Channing House.


November 15: Gifting in Stone

Prof. Robert “Thor” Thorson

Professor Thorson will tell the story of why pink granite, rather than some other material, came to be used for the physical Channing Memorial Church, which envelops the spiritual church.  Reaching back into history, and then into deep time, he will explain how this human gift emerged from a series natural gifts extending eons back in time.

Robert M. Thorson is a member and former board member of of Channing Memorial Church. Since 2007 he has spoken twice a year for his fellow members.  His vitae boils down to this statement, written as a byline for Orion Magazine:  Midwestern native turned Western geologist turned New England academic.  


November 22: The Other half of the Thanksgiving Story

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The Thanksgiving story we learned as children comes from a perspective of the Pilgrims as the main characters.  The story puts the Wampanoag Indians into a supporting role. As part of our endeavor to become more attuned to the multi-cultural aspect of our country’s history, Bill will talk about the Wampanoag’s place in our New England/American cultural story.


November 29: Running Against the Absurd

Dr. John Kaag

This sermon or lecture will address the existential crisis that our society is currently living through. Drawing on figures such as Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre Dr. Kaag will talk us through the possibilities for making meaning in a very difficult world.  Many of us have faced unprecedented challenges in the last year. These challenges will be faced straight on in an honest and philosophically sophisticated way and practical solutions will be offered.

John Kaag is an award-winning author, and Chair of the Philosophy Department at UMASS Lowell. You may remember John, he gave a presentation here for TLC last November entitled: Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: Can Philosophy Save Your Life?


 

Sunday Services

10:00am: Live Zoom Worship/ 10:30am: Live Zoom Fellowship

Contact the Church Office (office@channingchurch.org )to be added to our mailing list to receive the Zoom link! 

10:45am: Chiming & In Person Fellowship at Channing

 

October 4: The Temptation to be Good

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Rev. Bill with consider how we often approach a decision to do something good or heroic and then at the last minute turn away, afraid of what?

This Sunday is known as Francis of Assisi Day in some religious traditions.  It is a day where churches, even UU churches, do a “blessing” of the animals to recognize the importance pets and animals have in human lives.   We’ll do our version of a “blessing” of our pets, virtually.  During the service you will be invited to show the congregation on camera your pet(s) or picture of your pet(s)


October 11: Spaciousness & Compassion vs. the Spiritual Bypass

Rev. Jeannette Bessinger

The eminent psychotherapist John Welwood coined the phrase “spiritual bypassing” to describe a common behavior he witnessed in Buddhist communities, a kind of “premature transcendence: trying to rise above the raw and messy side of our humanness before we have fully faced and made peace with it.” Spiritual bypassing is a byproduct of trying to separate the spiritual from the human experience. Elevating the “spiritual” above the “human” can hinder our path toward both personal awakening and unity with others.

We’ll unpack the term and explore some ways that compassionate presence in the face of uncomfortable feelings and situations can help us avoid spiritual bypassing in ourselves and in community.

 We have restarted our 2nd Sunday food collection even though our services are virtual.  How?  Bring a non-perishable food donation to the face-to-face fellowship time, or make arrangements to drop off your donation to the church office before noon on Friday, Oct. 9th. 


October 18: That  Ol’ Time Spiritualism

Rev. Bill Zelazny

As a Halloween “treat”,  Rev. Bill will explore Spiritualism and how it became a part of  the beliefs system for a significant number of late 19th century and early 20th century Universalists , along with over 8 million other people in the US. This is a UU history sermon with a creepy twist.


October 25: What about Visions as Part of a Spiritual Journey

Rev. James I. Ford

Rev. Ford, who presented two sermons during our summer series will return this Sunday for a talk about  experiencing visions as part of one’s spiritual and meditative journey. 


 

September Worship & Fellowship

Sunday, September 6: No new service posted today

A pause to catch our breath and prepare for our future services  


Live Zoom Worship! September 13, 10:00am: Keep on Moving Forward

Rev. Bill Zelazny

We are a resilient group and CMC is going to keep on moving forward this year.

Starting Septembers 13, we will offer live Zoom Worship! The service will be approximately a half hour, beginning at 10:00am. There will be a 10 minute pre-service greeting time starting at 9:50am with open chat. 

Watch for an e-mails  from Channing Church with information about how to join the service.  If you would like to be added to our e-mail list please let us know at office@channingchurch.org 

In gathering Water Ceremony, 11:00-11:10am/Chiming at 11:15am: Our ceremony this year will be a drive-by/walk-by ceremony.  Bring a small amount of water from your home to pour into the bowl.  We also are conducting a non-perishable food collection for the ML King Center.  The ceremony and food collection is from 11:00 – 11:10  a.m., in front of Channing House.  Drive down to the church, coming in from Bellevue Ave, and turn into the east driveway entrance.  Rev. Bill will greet you and offer you the bowl in which to pour your water. Or you can walk up the drive to pour your water into the bowl.  A volunteer will be there to collect your food gift as you leave.  Then stay for a chiming concert at will begin at 11:15.  Gather in Touro Park, maintaining appropriate social distancing and wearing face masks, or course, to listening to  Chimer Jim Freess give you a special in-gathering gift of bell music  


Live Zoom Worship!  September 20, 10:00am: Starting Anew

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Even everyday life can enable us to renew our commitment to ourselves and to the larger world.

Starting September 20th there will be a post service Zoom Fellowship starting at 10:30am.  BYO coffee and snack.  At the church there will be in-person outdoor fellowship while the chimes play from 10:40am-11:10am.  

Watch for an e-mails  from Channing Church with information about how to join the service and participate in the fellowship time. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list please let us know at office@channingchurch.org 


Live Zoom Worship! September 27, 10:00am: Learning to Pray

Rev. Amy Freedman

Prayer or “vocalized” meditation can heal, expand, calm, empower, guide our minds and hearts

Live Zoom Fellowship at 10:30am. At the church there will be in-person outdoor fellowship while the chimes play from 10:40am-11:10am.  

 


 

 

Web Channing Sundays

Our Sunday Web Services will continue through the summer. The service is posted each Sunday by 9:00am on Channing’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and is available for viewing anytime afterwards. Each service will include a chalice lighting, message/homily by a guest presenter, meditation time and closing.  Music will be provided by Janet Grant and others. Technical support is provided by Jeff Thomas and John Burnham.

The summer guest presenters include Tom Beall, Ginny Spaulding, Rev. James Ford, Maryellen Doherty, Jeff Thomas, Tim Phelps.   There will be no YouTube service on September 6th (Labor Day weekend).  Weekly email announcements are sent out on Fridays with the service details. Please contact our church office at office@channingchurch.org  if you would like to be added to our email list. 

After you click “Subscribe,” click on the little bell to the right of the Subscribe button and you’ll receive email notifications when new videos are posted.

 

Here is a link to our Summer Catalyst Newsletter:  Summer 2020 Catalyst Newsletter

 

 

Web Channing Sundays

We will not hold in-person services in the sanctuary until at least Fall. During the month of June , Rev Bill expects to continue our Channing Church Sunday Web Service posted each Sunday by 10:00am on Channing’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrknsQTFdftCMsmBZfAqFew .  If you “subscribe” and click the little bell icon you will receive notifications by email as new videos are posted. The 15-20 minute service includes a homily, chalice lighting, music, and meditation.    Bill’s homily theme for the week is posted in our Friday email (contact office@channingchurch.org to be added to our email list).    Music is provided by Janet Grant and others.  John Burnham provides the technical assistance. 

For the latest news and events check our June monthly Catalyst newsletter here:  http://channingchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Catalyst-June-2020.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Channing Sundays

We are unsure when we will be able to hold in-person services in the sanctuary. During the month of May, Rev Bill expects to continue our Channing Church Sunday Web Service posted each Sunday by 10:00am on Channing’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrknsQTFdftCMsmBZfAqFew .  If you “subscribe” you will receive notifications by email as new videos are posted. The 15-20 minute service includes a homily, chalice lighting, music, and meditation.    Bill’s homily theme for the week is posted in our Friday email (contact office@channingchurch.org to be added to our email list).    Music is provided by Janet Grant and others.  John Burnham provides the technical assistance. Rev. Bill invites you to email him (minister@channingchurch.org ) suggestions for homilies, readings or meditations for the upcoming weeks.

For the latest news and events check our May monthly Catalyst newsletter here: http://channingchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Catalyst-May-2020.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Channing Sundays

For the next several weeks we can anticipate the church being closed for regular Sunday service.   However, for the duration. Rev. Bill Zelazny will continue to provide an abbreviated service with a homily posted  Sunday mornings on You Tube, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrknsQTFdftCMsmBZfAqFew 

 

April 5: Looking at Jesus in the UU Tradition

This week begins Holy Week in the Christian calendar with its focus on the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the last meal he and the disciples shared and his crucifixion.  We UUs don’t talk about Jesus much, but Jesus is an important part of our U and U church history and his teachings are valuable to many UUs today.   Bill’s homily will look at how Jesus fits into our heritage and in current times.

 

April 12: Easter and Transformation

You do not have to believe in the resurrection of the dead to appreciate the power of transformation that Easter symbolizes.   Today, Bill will help us look at the message of transformation that is represented by the Easter story.

 

April 19: What are You Thinking?

Bill would like to provide a venue for members of Channing Church to share with each other our thoughts about the coronavirus. He invites you to send him, by Monday, April 13, your thoughts, reflections, poems about what you or society are experiencing in this time of living with coronavirus.  Keep it relatively short.  He will assembly your reflections and incorporate them into his homily this Sunday

 

April 26: The Road Not Taken

Everyone has regrets, but we almost always think of our regrets as the mistakes that we think we’ve made. But, in truth, as the old adage says: it’s not the things you do in life that you regret, it’s the things you don’t do.  Today Bill will reflect on the life issue of the road not taken and the question “are you going to change anything today or tomorrow?” when you think about life’s regrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship Services 

Sunday, March 1: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Revisiting Feminist Theology

In the later part of the 20th century a new theological perspective began to emerge in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and New Thought, that reconsidered the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies from a feminist perspective.  In the second sermon in his series on types of theology, to honor women’s history month Bill will revisit feminist theology, and look at its development over the past fifty years.


Sunday, March 8: John Prevedini

Modern Grace

What does “grace” mean in modern life? How do we achieve it? And what place does it have in a world thirsting for justice?

John Dante Prevedini is a Unitarian Universalist contemporary classical composer, educator, and public speaker. Drawing upon a variety of fields of knowledge, including linguistics, the fine arts, the physical sciences, religion, and philosophy, Dr. Prevedini’s overall work aims to examine unconventional facets of everyday life through a multidisciplinary lens.


CANCELLED Sunday, March 15: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Wisdom: Knowing what to control and what to let go 

A wise person once said, “Don’t worry about things you can’t control because you can’t change them, and don’t worry about things you can control because you can change them.”  This idea expresses an aspect of ancient Stoicism. This Sunday Bill will have us look at the how the wisdom of the ancient stoics might have a answer to our rush-about, demand to be “concerned about everything” modern world.

Channing Memorial Church will not hold worship services or other events  as suggested by the state leadership and the UUA.  This closure is not mandated and at this time no one within the Channing community has been directly impacted.  This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution to help mitigate the potential impact of large gatherings and to protect our community’s health and well-being. We are engaging in this closure in an effort to delay the possible spread of this contagion by keeping people away from each other. We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and healthy. 


 Sunday, March 22:  Jeff Thomas

Finding Zen                         

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.

Jeff Thomas is a new 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. Jeff grew up between Aquidneck Island and Florida. He studied Communications at St. Petersburg College. One of his favorite hobbies is moderating and producing an internet-based talk show where panelists engage in thoughtful discussion on a variety of topics such as music, climate change, and Zen.


Sunday, March 29: Captain Thomas R. Beall, U.S. Navy (Retired)

What are your core values?  Do you live by them?

In a time when even our political leaders seem to lack honesty and a moral compass, our individual core values may be the only thing we have to ground ourselves and live morally upright lives.  We will explore this idea during this service.

Captain Beall commanded U.S. Navy sailors at Guantanamo, an experience that taught him a lot about the fundamental importance of core values.