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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, November 29th @ 11:30am: Bell Street Neighborhood Clean Up
Join Bell Streeters of all ages (in your yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt, if you have one) as we clean up our neighborhood. This clean up project is a joint effort between our Governing Board and Jeremi Huertas (age 9). Let's help clean up our neighborhood!!!
BELL STREET READS - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Explore issues of social justice by participating in a reading and discussion group. There will be three meeting dates (Thursdays, Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7) from 7-9pm. Interested in signing up or finding out more information? Contact Phil Smith ( or Peg Boyle (
Thursday, Dec. 3: Urban Greens Food Co-op’s Cooperative Council is delighted to announce that we will be unveiling the future site of the retail grocery store at the Columbus Theater, 6:30-8:30 on December 3rd! The event will entail food, drink, music, special guests, and celebration from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with the formal announcement/speaking program and Q&A taking place at 7:00pm. 
Sunday, December 6 and 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 (
Join Rev. Weis for her office hours this fall! 
Rev. Weis will not have office hours during the week of Thanksgiving.
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). 
The Bell Street office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 23 thru Friday, November 27). We wish you and your families a wonderful, healthy, and grateful Thanksgiving holiday!
Want to know how to help Syrian women?

From Bell Street member Josie Shagwert, who is working to bring democracy to Syria ....

I am writing to let you know about a crowdfunding campaign we just launched to support our network of Syrian women leaders.

The funding will help our Women for the Future of Syria network produce a series of videos that highlight the incredible stories of these grassroots women leaders and inspire the world. In the midst of all the news from Syria their stories rarely get told, and they deserve to be! 

Women for the Future of Syria members are negotiating ceasefires, opening schools in besieged areas, advocating for political prisoners, bringing together ethnic and religious communities to reduce tension, and so much more. The world should hear about their work, and it can make a difference to policy makers.

We have 20 days to raise $6,000. If we can raise the money quickly, Hivos International will match the funding with an extra $4,000. The maximum matched-funding amount is $500 per contributor.

Please help these stories get told! And if you can't make a donation at this time, you can still support the campaign by forwarding widely to your family and friends.

Click the button below to learn more and donate!

Help Syrian Women
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:
November – Gratitude
December – Peace
January – Truth
February – Change
March – Salvation
April – Letting Go
May – Grace
June - Simplicity
What does it mean to be a people of gratitude?
This Month's Possible Ponderings ....
November 1-7: Try keeping a Gratitude Journal this week. Each day, write down a few things you are grateful for. Share your observations with a friend or family member.

November 8-14When do you feel most grateful in your life? Is it when you're spending time with friends? Playing music? Meditating? Write for five minutes each day about gratitude and see what you come up with!

November 15-21At Bell Street we are gathering coats to be given to those who need them. What are daily items or blessings you've been taking for granted? Coats? A warm home? Dinner on the table? Consider donating a coat to our coat drive this week, or bringing socks or canned goods to a local food bank.

November 22-30Take a moment before each meal this week to give thanks for the hands that picked your food, prepared it, and to remember those who go without. This is a good mindfulness practice to remember, with gratitude, the blessings we have in life.
Upcoming Worship Services
November 29, 2015 @ 10am
Rev. Margaret Weis, Preacher
“Sustainable Gratitude”

As we enter into the season of shopping, gift-giving, and gift-receiving, how do we maintain a sense of gratitude and abundance in our lives? When the world is telling us we don’t have enough, how do we find contentment and gratitude? Join us as we reflect on sustainable gratitude.
Sunday, December 6, 10:00am: Wind in the Desert – Border Reflections, Rev. Weis, Preaching
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.
Help End Homelessness in RI
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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
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