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.