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Bell Street Chapel

 

Standing on the Side of Love in the West End and Beyond ...

We are a congregation rooted in Unitarian Universalism that seeks to build community both within and beyond the walls of our building. Join us for worship every Sunday at 10:oo am, as we gather in community for a time of reflection, inspiration, and music. 

Childcare is available during worship. Also, Religious Education for school-aged children is available during the school year.

 

Our mission is 
to welcome all people into our loving community;
         to nurture each other;
         to deepen our spirituality together
         and to work for peace and social justice

Upcoming Events
 

Sunday, January 31 @11:30 (Eddy Hall) 
There will be a meeting for all parents and kids after service hosted by Kate Gillis and Rev. Weis. It will only be about 15 minutes and all are encouraged to attend. 

ENDS February 7: Sock Drive and Feminine Product Collection
Two of the most needed items for people who are homeless are new, clean, dry socks and feminine hygiene products. Please help us gather brand new socks (men’s, women’s, and children’s) and feminine products (tampons, maxipads, etc.) and bring them to Bell Street throughout the month! We will donate them to area programs that provide necessary items to folks who need them. 

Tuesdays, February 9th and 16th @ 6-7:30pm: Pathway to Membership Class
This class is an opportunity to meet other newcomers and visitors to Bell Street Chapel. It is also a chance to share a bit about yourself, and explore whatever questions you might have about the congregation or Unitarian Universalism in general. If you are interested in attending the class, please email Rev. Weis (mweis@uuma.org).
 

Saturday, February 27: Seeking other members to attend Stewardship Training (Needham, MA) 
Led by Mark Ewert, UU Consultant, the 'Stewardship For Us' team. For stewardship leaders, including ministers, who want to go beyond standard practices of the annual budget/pledge drive to explore new ideas together. A small group from BSC is going to attend this training. If you would like more information, please see Sharon Constantineau.  
 
Scholarship in Honor of Sally Gabb
 
Bell Street member Sally Gabb is being honored and remembered through a scholarship at Bristol Community College. If you are interested in contributing to the establishment of this scholarship, please read the message below from her colleague and follow the directions. Thank you!
Dear Colleagues,
Many of you know that a dear friend and colleague, Sally Gabb, passed away this summer after a long struggle with cancer, one she met with her characteristic optimism and creative spirit.   
To hold a bit of that spirit present in perpetuity at BCC, where Sally spent the last years of her working life, a group of friends has banded together to create an endowed scholarship in Sally’s name.    Given that Sally’s work with developmental-level students was close to her heart, those eligible for this scholarship must be enrolled in at least two developmental-level courses.   In keeping with Sally’s spirit of openness and education for all, there are no other restrictions.
Sally spent fifteen years at BCC, first as the SABES Director and then as Reading Specialist in Division 6.    Her role at BCC and elsewhere always had as its underpinnings social justice and equality.   We hope that this scholarship will extend an opportunity each year to help a student stay in school and effect change in his or her life.    We hope that you will join us in any way that you can in reaching the goal of $15,000 for the endowment.
Please send any contributions to this scholarship fund to Liz McCarthy, Vice President for Resource Development in D118.     Checks should be made payable to the BCC Foundation and a note on the memo line should read “restricted to the Sally Gabb Vision Scholarship.” Donations may be mailed  to:
Elizabeth McCarthy
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
 
Donations are tax-deductible. Thank you kindly for your participation.
We are selling Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts for $10.
If there is a maintenance issue in the Chapel, you should call the office number at 401-273-5678 or email Contact@BellStreetChapel.org (preferred)  to let us know about it.  
Join Rev. Weis for her office hours this winter! 
 
In an effort to be more present in our West End community, Rev. Weis will be holding Community Office Hours. Each Tuesday from 2-5pm, join Rev. Weis for a conversation, coffee, or tea at Seven Stars Bakery (342 Broadway, Providence). 

If you're looking for more traditional office hours, you can find Rev. Weis at the Bell Street office on Wednesdays from 2-5pm (or by appointment).

 
Theme-Based Ministry at Bell Street Chapel
 
This year at Bell Street we have organized the program year into monthly themes. This means that each month we will explore a particular theme in worship, religious education, and other aspects of church life.

Every month will focus on a different religious or spiritual theme, and we will explore these areas through a Unitarian Universalist lens.
 
The newsletter will include weekly questions (called "Possible Ponderings") to consider and engage as an individual, a family, or in other aspects of our lives outside of church. Check out this month's questions in the section below.
 
September is the month where we seek answers to the question: “what does it mean to be a people of invitation?”
 
Upcoming themes for the year include:
 
January – Truth
February – Change
March – Salvation
April – Letting Go
May – Grace
June - Simplicity
January
Truth
 
This Month's Possible Ponderings ....
 
January 1-5: As you begin this new year, what are the parts of yourself you want to nurture? How can you go about doing that? Write or meditate about this for 5 minutes.

January 6-12: Think about the parts of your nature that are true. How do you know that a part of your character, behavior, or heart is true? How do you know or feel that another person is being true to you? 

January 13-19: Martin Luther King, Jr. once said  “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Reflect on this idea with a friend, colleague, fellow church-goer, or on your own.

January 20-26: Our 4th principle as Unitarian Universalists affirms a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How are you searching for these things? What contributes positively to that search? What gets in the way?

January 27-February 2: As Unitarian Universalists we affirm that our beliefs and truths change over time. What are beliefs or truths that are a constant for you, even amidst the inevitable changes?
 
Upcoming Worship Services
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Sunday, January 31 @ 10am: Not All Who Wander    
Rev. Margaret Weis, preaching
 As Unitarian Universalists our fourth principle affirms our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How do we go about such a tall task in our lives? How might we journey toward that truth and meaning in community with one another?

Sunday, February 7 @ 10am: To Lead and To Follow
Rev. Weis, Preaching


Sunday, February 14 @ 10am: For the Love of Change
 Rev. Weis, Preaching (Multigenerational Service)
 
 
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