Channing Memorial Church is a Unitarian Universalist congregation affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. We are a Welcoming Congregation filled with talented individuals who are engaged in seeking wisdom about life, exploring spiritual, religious or philosophical paths and knowledge, and are passionate about improving not only Channing, but our wider world.

We welcome people from all faith traditions, heritages, beliefs, and demographics. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we do not have a dogma or creedal beliefs. Congregation members are invited to hold to religious practices or opinions that best express their individual spiritual or philosophical orientation.

The congregation’s history dates back to its organization in 1835, and our current sanctuary was dedicated in 1880 as a memorial to William Ellery Channing, a Newport native who is often referred to as the father of American Unitarianism. It provides a traditional setting for the exploration of progressive and liberal religious thought, where people are encouraged to pursue their individual spiritual journey through worship, exchange of ideas, and social justice work.

Channing Memorial Church is a democratic society, with governance provided by its members. Most of the work of the church is done by members through committees and teams, supported by its minister and small but talented staff.