Welcome to Channing Memorial Church, a congregation that believes everyone matters, everyone has the freedom to express their faith in the way that is right for them, and everyone has something important to contribute. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we proclaim a life-affirming faith that lifts us to greater awareness of who we are and what we can become.
No matter where a person is in their life journey, they’ll find at Channing Memorial Church opportunities to grow, get connected and give back to the community.
Come! Experience spiritual growth, new relationships, and make a positive impact on others.
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Sunday service is at 10:00 a. m. in the Church Sanctuary and Fellowship Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following the service are important elements in Channing Memorial Church life. All people are welcomed just as they are as they come through our door.
All ages gather together for the first portion of the Sunday service. Religious Education (RE) is offered for children ages four to thirteen in the Parish Hall. Children four and younger are invited to spend the entire church service with their families in the sanctuary or in our Childcare Room in the Parish Hall.
We do not offer childcare during the Summer months, all children are invited to attend the worship service.
June Worship Services
Sunday, June 4: Coming of Age Bridging Service
The Coming of Age youth have been busy writing their Faith Statements, planning and carrying out their service project, and completing their Wilderness Retreat. All ages are invited to the June 4th service to learn more about their individual beliefs.
This Sunday we will join the Unitarian congregation in Prague, and around the world to mark the 95th anniversary of the creation of the Flower Communion by Rev. Norbert Capek. Norbert founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia in 1941 and created this simple symbolic ritual to illustrate that though different from each other, people are beautiful when they come together in community. The ritual was introduced in the USA in 1940 by Maja Capek at Cambridge, Massachusetts. It has since grown to be celebrated in Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. Everyone is invited to bring a flower which we will put in vases and each person will be invited to take home a different flower.
Sunday, June 11: But isn’t Pride a Sin?
Guest Speaker: Rex LeBeau
One of the seven deadly in fact. How can it be a good thing? And why would a persecuted and marginalized group of people like the LGBTQ community embrace such a term? June is LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Pride Month. Come learn about Pride, why it's important, and how our church features in its celebration.
Sunday, June 18: Happily Exhilarated and So Frightened: Being a Father
Members of Channing Memorial Church
New York Knicks coach and basketball player Derek Fisher once said “Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it's a tremendous job, the best in the world - even better than playing basketball.” This Sunday several men from our congregation with different types of family situations will share their insight into the joys and challenges of being a father.
Sunday, June 25: Life, Death, and Choice in Between
Rev. Lark d’Helen
This Sunday Rev. D’Helen, with some musical assistance from Channing’s Music Director, Janet Grant will take a look at the necessity for us to make life choices big and small .
Rev. D-Hellen is a Certified Thanatologist and Grief Recovery Method Specialis and has served 12 years as Newport Hospital’s Spiritual Resources liaison. In addition she is adjunct facility in the Thanatology Minor in the College of Nursing at URI and Director of Community Education for Memorial Funeral Homes.