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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

TODAY! Thursday, December 10th @ 5pm: Human Rights Day We will gather in the darkness on the sidewalk outside of the Dorcas International Institute (640 Elmwood Ave) to light candles, be community and in the shelter of that community stand together against the hate and fear that seems so strong.  Our signs will say that refugees and immigrants are welcome here.  That we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters.  That hate/fear is not working - let us see what love can do.   It is a small step.  There will be more.  We need to be together and we need to speak.  Please join AFSC-SENE and Jewish Voice for Peace in this event. Rev. Weis will be at this event.
 


TODAY! Thursday, December 10 @ 7pm: Memorial Vigil for Gun Violence Second Free Will Baptist, 75 Chester Avenue, Providence. This event will honor the lives of those lost to gun violence here in Rhode Island. Rev. Weis will be part of the event, and Bell Streeters are encouraged to wear your Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts (available for purchase during coffee hour).
 

Sunday, December 13 @ 10am Bring a Friend to Church Day 
Know someone who is interested in checking out Unitarian Universalism or Bell Street Chapel? Have a friend, family member, or co-worker that might want to come to worship? Been away from Bell Street for awhile, but looking for an excuse to make your way back? Join us for Bring a Friend Sunday! Hope to see you there!

 


Sunday, December 13 @ 11:30-1 (Eddy Hall): Pathway to Membership Class. Are you a newcomer or visitor to Bell Street? Are you looking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and Bell Street Chapel? Join this group for newcomers! Meet others who are new to Bell Street and have the opportunity to ask Rev. Weis your questions. If you are interested, please let Rev. Weis know (mweis@uuma.org).
 

Sunday, January 3 @ 11:30 (Eddy Hall): Bell Street member Josie Shagwert currently works at the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria, an organizing Bell Street has been supporting with its Share the Plate program. Josie will be here to speak about the efforts and achievements of CCSDS. Please come to hear about how your money has contributed to the building of peace and democracy there, and how we can continue to build peace between all people. This event is free and open to the public.
Join Rev. Weis for her office hours this fall! 
 
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).

There will be no Wednesday hours this week.  
If there is a maintenance issue in the Chapel, you should call the office number at 401-273-5678 or email Contact@BellStreetChapel.org to let us know about it.  
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:
 
December – Peace
January – Truth
February – Change
March – Salvation
April – Letting Go
May – Grace
June - Simplicity
December
Peace
 
This Month's Possible Ponderings ....
 
December 1-5: As we transition from a place of gratitude to a place of peace, how might we find space in our lives for both of these ideals? How are the two ideas of gratitude and peace related?

December 6-12: Hannukah is celebrated this week. How do you see hope and peace functioning in your life? How have you been surprised by the power of love this week?

December 13-19: Check out the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, based in Providence. There website is here: http://www.nonviolenceinstitute.org. How might we partner with them to bring peace to this community?

December 20-26: As the Christmas holiday approaches, society tells us we need more stuff to be happy. What fills up your soul and calls you to your best self? Friendship? Community? Nature? Reflect on these things for a few moments each day.

December 27 – January 3: With the new year approaching, how might you find inner peace on a regular basis? What centers you and helps you find a sense of calm?
 
Upcoming Worship Services
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Sunday, December 13 @ 10:00am: Wind in the Desert – Border Reflections 
In November, Rev. Weis traveled to the US/Mexico border to witness the human rights violations and complicated immigration situation at our nation’s border. In this service, she will reflect on those experiences and how we are called, as people of intention, to respond. 

Wednesday, December 16 @ 6:30pm: Blue Christmas Service
The holiday season is full of brightness and cheer, except for when it’s not. For some of us the holidays bring up sadness and grief, and can be difficult. Join us for a vespers service of music, reflection, and time to be with one another in the spirit of healing and community. 

Sunday, December 20 @ 10:00am: They Saw A Star
This multigenerational service will include song, story, and a “no-rehearsal” Christmas pageant! We will also collect the Guest At Your Table boxes and gifts for teenagers in DCYF care.
 
Sunday, December 20 @ 6:30pm: Winter Solstice Service
Join us on the longest night of the year as we welcome back the light and give thanks for the warmth it brings to this world. This service will include music, reflection, and story. All are welcome!

Thursday, December 24 @ 8pm: Christmas Eve Service
Join us for a service of song, reflection, story and candlelight. This is a multigenerational service and all are welcome.
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Bell Street Discussion Group

Interested in exploring ideas with fellow UUs?

Check out the Bell Street Discussion Group!

 
The group meets once a month (usually on the 3rd Sunday) following the worship service from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Parish House. One individual in the group selects a topic for the following month and provides the other members with information to look over before the next meeting. 

The meetings are confidential, and an opportunity to participate in a group where all are invited to share equally. The meetings typically end with everyone exchanging hugs (hugs are voluntary). 

If you are interested in finding out more about the groups or signing up, please contact Cindy Palmieri or Kathy Lannigan at coffee hour, or by emailing mskitty54@hotmail.com.
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