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9:45 a.m. Children's Religious Education (RE) - Held the first Sunday following Labor Day through the last Sunday before Memorial Day.

The Children’s Religious Education program at Channing is designed for children ages three through twelve. Classes meet each Sunday in the RE room at 9:45 am (except for holidays and over the summer). The RE curriculum is Spirit Play and teachers are trained volunteer members of the congregation.

The Spirit Play curriculum is a Unitarian Universalist adaptation of the Godly Play curriculum by Jerome Berryman combined with aspects of the Montessori Method, by Sepia Montessori.

The purpose of religious education in the Spirit Play classroom, as we see it, is to help children find their own answers to some existential questions.

• Where did we come from?
• What is our purpose?
• How do we choose to live our lives?
• What are our gifts?
• How do we use them?
• Why are we lonely and sad sometimes?


The structure and key elements of the classroom are based on the Montessori Method. These elements free the children to work at their own pace on their own issues. Stories have been developed using current children’s literature, myths, religious stories and church history that cover answers from various sources to the existential questions above.

The classroom is set up as a prepared environment. Each item or “work” on the shelves has a place to “live.” We call the activities work because children’s play is actually equivalent to adult work. They are using the “work” to help figure out the world they live in.

Our goal is to cultivate and sustain in our young people a love of the spiritual life, a foundation for a personal theology and a confidence in their ability to be stewards of their own souls. This goal can be reached with the help of all of our members. For more information, contact Angela Brown, RE Director at (405) 206-7852 or at abbrown26@yahoo.com.

    Children's Religious Education is on Summer Break until after Labor Day.

9:45 a.m. Adult Forum - Held the first Sunday following Labor Day through the last Sunday before Memorial Day. Adult Forum provides adult education programming. Topics include social issues, current events, philosophy and in-depth exposure to various religions.

    Adult Forum is on Summer Break until after Labor Day.

11:00 a.m. Worship Service - Held year round. Worship Services are provided by guest ministers and laypersons. When you visit us, it is suggested that you attend several Sunday Worship Services so that you Jul get a better feel of what Channing has to offer.

Child Care is available during Worship services only.

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Sermon Topics

Jul's Theme:
"Critical Thinking"


Liturgist:
Pam Dizikes

Jul 2

Led by Rev Anna Holloway
“It’s A Skill.”

    Critical thinking is one of those things you have to prac-tice. This Sunday we’ll take a very short piece of current text and unpack it critically. We may also discover why critical thinking does not always work, and why some people reject it.

Jul 9

Led by Rev Mark Christian
“Some Things We Can’t Think Our Way Out Of”

    We have a deep commitment to reason; sometimes our in-tellect won’t get us to where we need to go. How do we engage the spiritual quest without contradicting ourselves?

Jul 16

Led by Rev Donna Compton
“No, Duh?”

    Barry K. Beyer defined critical thinking as “making clear, reasoned judgments. During the process of critical thinking, ideas should be reasoned, well thought out, and judged.” Boy could we use more of that! There are times when all thinking people wish they could just ‘turn their mind off.’ Instead, we live in a nearly constant state of cognitive dissonance. When the whole world seems to be saying ‘duh,’ what are we to do? Let’s talk.

Jul 23

Led by Rev Jim Eller
“The Price of Alternative Facts”

     We live in the time of Alternative facts, where Truth has become highly subjective and context matters as much as content. “Truthiness” is as valid as the truth. Who tells you what to believe shapes whether you do believe or not. Where are we headed or how to we make sense out of this ‘non-sense?’ Where do we stand when nothing seems firm? What does the politics of autocracy have to do with religion anyway?

Jul 30:

Led by Rev Catherine Shearer
“In the Moment”

Hope To See You There!

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Musical Director


Peggy Payne


Peggy Payne has a flare for communicating and has molded a style of performing that brings audiences into an enjoyment of new musical experiences. Her warm congenial personality has touched the hearts of audiences across the state as harpsichordist/manager for the Go for Baroque ensemble, and across the United States, Mexico and Canada as pianist with the New American Ragtime Ensemble under the Herbert Barrett Management in New York. She is Principal Keyboard with the OKC Philharmonic.

Peggy Payne has been recognized as a leader in developing and implementing pilot education programs for various arts organizations, garnering her a Governor’s Arts and Education Award in 1995. As Arts Facilitator for Penn Square Mall, she has helped create numerous opportunities for not-for-profit arts groups to share partnerships with the Mall, recognized by a Business in the Arts Award in 1994.

Ms. Payne brings an enthusiasm for embracing new challenges with confidence and patience to her community involvement and her private students. A native Oklahoman, Peggy Payne holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she studied with Robert LSephlin. Past credits include OKC Chamber Players, OKC Chamber Orchestra, Quartz Mt. Summer Arts Institute, and soloist with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Lawton Philharmonic, OKC Philharmonic, and Ballet Oklahoma. She is a member of Psi Kappa Lambda and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Our Ministers

Guest Ministers



Donna Compton
Ordained Minister for Disciples of Christ

Donna holds a Masters of Divinity from Phillips University . She provided regular pulpit supply for Channing Church from 1996 to 1999, and has been an occasional speaker since then. She served on the Executive Committee of Disciples Peace Fellowship for 10 years. She is currently serving as a chaplain at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.



Scot Harvey

Scot earned his Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2000. During the week, he works as an engineering supervisor and on weekends he preaches at several congregations across the state. He has been a friend of Channing for many years.




Anna Holloway

Anna has earned a Master of Divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, with awards in Scriptural Interpretation and Practical Theology. Her ordination is from a non-denominational church tradition and she is currently pursuing ordination as a United Church of Christ minister. She preaches from time to time at UU churches in Stillwater and Lawton as well as here at Channing. Anna is a practitioner of several religious and spiritual traditions and a student of many others.



Jim Eller

Rev. Jim Eller is a life long Unitarian Universalist. Jim is currently the Emeritus minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Kansas City. He is also the Vice-President of the Retired UU Ministers' and Partners Association, UURMaPA. Jim is the co-founder of the UU Seventh Principle Project, now called Earth Ministries, our UU environmental ministry. He was for seven years on the state board of the Regional Interfaith Aids Network and for two years was its President. Jim is Married to Jeannie Himes, a United Methodist minister serving here in Oklahoma.



Reverend Catherine Shearer

Reverend Catherine Shearer Catherine is an ordained minister for the Disciples of Christ Church and a licensed professional counselor. She is a pastoral psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups.

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Our Principles

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm
and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.