2013-11-28 / Faith Community

FAITH COMMUNITY

Community Impact on Land Use Decisions

The Learning Center at Channing Church will present a lecture by Gail Darrell of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, examining how communities are regaining control of their commercial and natural environments on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Darrell, a Democracy School lecturer, will discuss how communities in New England and elsewhere are challenging federal and state laws that exclude local residents in land use decisions that impact their community, especially for projects that will permanently degrade the ecosystem and environment of those communities.

The lecture will take place in the parish hall behind the church at 135 Pelham St. Donation is $10. Call 401-846-0643 for more information or to reserve.

Touro Rededication

In honor of its 250th anniversary, Touro Synagogue will hold a rededication of the synagogue on Sunday, Dec. 1, the fourth day of Hanukah, at 2 p.m. The synagogue was originally dedicated on Hanukah in 1763. A Hanukah party will follow the rededication. Admission to the program is free, but reservations are required. Reserve at rsvp@tourosynagogue.org.

Touro Exhibit at Redwood

Redwood Library’s exhibit documenting the rich history of Touro Synagogue in celebration of the synagogue’s 250th anniversary runs through Sunday, Dec. 8. “A Public Place for Gathering” offers artifacts, documents, and images to illustrate the place of the synagogue and the congregations it housed in the wider Newport community. Objects, paintings, and photographs, some never before displayed publicly, are drawn from the collections of the Touro Synagogue Archives, Redwood Library, Newport Historical Society, and private collections.

Warm Up Wednesdays

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m. Neighbors are welcome to come in from the cold for friendship, games, reading and refreshments.

Red Bell Ringers Sought

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help ring the fundraising kettle bells this holiday season. The signature red bells will be located around the island and ringers are needed for one-time or ongoing commitments. This is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year and runs through Dec. 24. For more information, call Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

Sheets Needed at Shelter

The McKinney Shelter is putting out a call to the community for twin sheets. Demand for space at the shelter is high in the cold weather. Clean twin sheets, new or used, are welcome. Contact Ken Robinson, 401-846-6385, for more information.

Salvation Army Toy Assistance Program

The Salvation Army will take applications for Christmas toys (for those ages 0-12 only) on Friday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday Nov. 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the headquarters, 51 Memorial Blvd. Toys will be distributed Dec. 18, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Applicants must provide a photo ID with current address, Social Security or medical cards for family members, and proof of income. Call 401- 846-3234 for more information.

Trinity Silver Tea

Trinity Church will host its signature Silver Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 12-4 p.m. in Honyman Hall. In addition to the traditional fare of finger sandwiches, sweets, and tea, the afternoon event will also feature baked goods and holiday treats for gift giving. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

Singing for Shelter

Local Newport musicians will hold the sixth annual “Singing for Shelter” acoustic concert to benefit the McKinney Shelter and Lucy’s Hearth on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Channing Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at 135 Pelham St. and tickets are $15. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at 401-849- 4250 or mgorman20@cox.net.

Channing Global Forum

The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church is presenting the Channing Global Issues Forum, a series of talks on democracy, human rights, politics, security and conservation to be held in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library. The series is free and open to the public.

The next presentation will be “China: Competition or Cooperation,” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Speaker Dr. Henry Rosemont Jr. is a distinguished professor of the liberal arts emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is currently a visiting professor and scholar of religious studies at Brown University.

To register, contact the church office at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalope

The Spanish community of St. Joseph’s Church and Reverend Raymond Malm is holding a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 8 at the 10 a.m. Mass. A gathering after Mass will include traditional Latin American food and dance, with folk groups from Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Domionican Republic, Venezuela, and Peru. St. Joseph’s Church is on Mann Ave. and Broadway.

Advent Evening of Prayer

St. Lucy’s Annual Advent Evening of Prayer will be held on Thurs., Dec. 5 in the parish center, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, from 6-9 p.m. led by Fr. Gene McKenna.

Local Author at Emmanuel

Newport author Michael Dutton will present a talk at Emmanuel Church on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. on “Themes of Faith, Hope and Love in the Christmasville Trilogy.” Dutton will speak on the first two books in his trilogy, “Christmasville” and “Finding Christmasville.”

He is currently writing the third novel of the trilogy, as well as a contemporary historical novella for children, “A Little Tale of the Tall Ship, Oliver Hazard Perry,” a fictional dramatization of the construction and launching of Rhode Island’s own SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. For more information, call the church office at 401-847-0675.

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