Sunday Worship Services

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

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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. 

May 2: On Becoming….”Oh No”…Older

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Morrie Schwartz, professor and writer, and the subject of the book, “Tuesdays with Morrie” once said, “It’s very simple.  As you grow, you learn more.  If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two.  Aging is not just decay, you know.  It’s growth…”  Researchers have come to know that our traits are ever shifting, and by the time we’re in our 70s and 80s, we’ve undergone a significant transformation…We do not stay the same person all our lives.  This Sunday Bill will reflect on the transformation that occurs as we grow into being a new person as we age.

Linda Beall Chiming at 9:30am and 10:45am, please enjoy from in and around Touro Park.

May 9: A Musical Celebration for Mother’s Day

Samuel Fargo Hollister

Mr. Hollister will play several pieces invoking motherhood and the sentiment of mothering. 

Samuel has played at Channing Church several times in the past. He is currently studying conducting at Peabody Conservatory where he is also opera accompanist. He was the founder of the Aurora Collaborative, Collaborative Pianist at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Samuel has conducted in Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and around the United States.  He is also a photographer.

 Please Note: This will be a YouTube Service only, premiering at 10:00am and available for viewing afterwards. There is no Zoom Fellowship this Sunday. Christine Ariel will be playing the Chimes at 10:45am, please come and enjoy from in and around Touro Park!

May 16: Hope in Times of Trouble

Rev. Lauri Smalls

In the Book of Isaiah, we read:But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says: Don’t be afraid. . . When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up….” Rev. Bill is truly pleased that Rev. Smalls, the minister at Community Baptist Church, has accepted his invitation to speak to Channing Church from the heart of her religious tradition about the source of faith, the reason for our faith and the purpose of our faith.  

Rev. Smalls is the Transitional Pastor (interim minister) since January 2019 at Newport Community Baptist Church.   She has served in several ministries at Community Baptist Church, and as a member of several of the church’s boards and committees. Lauri is also the Executive Director of Turning the Corner Residential Program, overseeing 6 group homes for juvenile males and is the Vice President of M.B. Management Co. Inc., a family-owned business, located in Providence.  In her spare time she has sung in several choirs and has recently started acting the Mixed Magic Theater in Pawtucket Rhode Island

Cynthia Skelton Chiming at 9:30am,  Jim Freess Chiming at 10:45am, please enjoy from in and around Touro Park.

May 23: “Ya Do when the Spirit says do..” Creativity and spiritualty in ordinary time. 

Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell 

This is the final service in our year’s exploration of the arts and spirituality. Judy says, “The creative spirit lives and breathes and moves where you least expect it is..EVERYWHERE…and in EVERYONE.”  Reflect on art, creativity and spirituality with Judy this Sunday.

Rev. Campbell is a minister, author, artist, and children’s book author.  She is the author of the Olympia Brown Mysteries, the Viridienne Green Mysteries and several books of poetry. She holds a PhD in Arts and Religious Studies with her thesis exploring the spiritual/mystical dimension of creative experience and praxis. She offers writing workshops nationally and internationally, currently on Zoom. Rev Campbell has served as minister at the UU Society of Martha’s Vineyard and community minster at several churches in southeast Massachusetts 

Janna Pederson Chiming at  10:45am, please enjoy from in and around Touro Park.

May 30: Reflections on Memorial Day

Dr. Margaret Polski

Margaret is a member of Channing Memorial Church, currently serving on the Board of Trustees.  She is Associate Professor U.S. Naval War College War Gaming Department.  Prior to this position, she has held various positions engaged in analysis and research for senior military leaders and their staff in the United States and overseas.  Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University, Harvard University and University of Minnesota.

Jim Freess Chiming at 10:45am, please enjoy from in and around Touro Park.