Sunday worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary followed by Fellowship Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall

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

Sunday, April 2: So, What Does Passover Have to Do With It?

Guest Speaker: Peter Freeman

It is that time of year again when thoughts turn to Spring and all its rituals. In true Universalist tradition, the Channing community has long recognized and reflected upon the relevance of Passover and Easter to our spiritual practice. This year, Passover precedes Easter. On Sunday morning, friend of Channing, Peter Freeman and Worship Associate Margaret Polski will reflect on the parallels between Passover and Unitarian Universalist principles. The incomparable Newport String Project will provide music for the service starting at 9:45am.

Peter Freeman is an attorney practicing land use law in Massachusetts. He is a Jewish person who grew up in Newton on the very “reform” side of the religion, a Yale alumnus and deeply devoted to the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics. He is inclined to fall asleep in Temple but always stays awake at Channing services.

Sunday, April 9: Something Happened…..Thoughts about the Easter Event

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The facts are lost to time, but something happened in Jerusalem two days after an itinerant Jewish prophet was executed by crucifixion.  Was a man actually raised from the dead?  Were people having post-death visions of a person as sometimes happens when a loved one dies or did Jesus really appear to people?  It is all a made-up fable to give credence to a new religious movement?  This Sunday let’s think about Easter, the resurrection and the fact that something happened.

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

Sunday, April 16: Religious Diversity

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Religious pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society.  While this idea may seem normal for Unitarian Universalist, it is not in much of the world and faith communities.  This Sunday, Bill will discuss the idea of religious diversity and functioning in a pluralistic world.

Sunday, April 23: Protecting our Earth

Guest Speaker: Alex Chuman

Celebrate our Earth, and learn how you’re helping to protect it at our annual Earth Day service, April 23. Alex Chuman, Conservation Director for Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), will be our speaker, His topic will be “Watershed Conservation on Aquidneck Island: How Land Protection and Good Stewardship Can Improve our Island Waters.”  This will also be Share the Plate Sunday, and ALT is our recipient for March and April. Your generosity will help guard your water supply!

Sunday, April 30: Finding Meaning in Everyday

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Searching for meaning is a primary motivation for each of us.  Feeling that our life has meaning is fundamental to the experience of being human. Philosophers, psychologists, and psychiatrists argued that meaning in life is a rare, profound experience, attainable through an active search, deep self-reflection, or some other arduous way of creating meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. But does it really require all of that?  Bill will explore the notion of creating meaning in our everyday life this Sunday by just living life.