Ballou Channing District

Ballou Channing District is made up of 45 congregations in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, including the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands. The district is named after Hosea Ballou who is sometimes called "the father of American Universalism" and William Ellery Channing, a transcendalist who inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

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BCD Congregations

District Dues -     

Information on District and UUA dues for FY2017

District Grants 

The Ballou Channing District offers four grants annually, in addition to Chalice Lighters opportunities. The grants are listed below; all are to be used for development and extension of Unitarian Universalist purposes and principles. Opportunities for development and extension are to be considered by the UUA and BCD in the broadest possible way. Click here for the BCD grant guidelines and application form (annual deadline is June 1). See also the evaluation worksheet used by the board.

  • Sandwich Trust Funds Grant
  • Olney Street Congregation (Unitarian) Fund 
  • Woonsocket Fund 
  • Rev. Bill Zelazny Collaborative Grant 

The Chalice Lighters program raises money for grants to help congregations develop and implement plans to promote growing and retaining members. Projects can include supporting professional ministerial or religious education staffing, renovation or expansion of facilities, or funding of special programs for start-up and membership growth activities. Click here for a program description and grant application. Funds for these grants are raised by donations from individuals in our district. These special contributors are called Chalice Lighters. Chalice Lighters pledge to give at least $10 as many as three times a year, when a “Call” goes out for a specific project. Each Chalice Lighter receives a direct communication asking for his or her pledged contribution when a “Call” is made. Apply to be a Chalice Lighter.


Board of Directors 

  • President, marylu [dot] love [at] comcast [dot] net (Mary Lu Love) (2017), Unity Church, North Easton, MA
  • Vice President, Rev. Sarah Person (2017), First UU Society, Middleboro, MA
  • Treasurer, Rev. Paul Sprecher (2017), First Parish UU of Bridgewater, MA
  • Secretary, Charlie Donnelly (2017), UU Congregation of South County, Peacedale, RI
  • ralph [dot] e [dot] brown [at] gmail [dot] com (Ralph Brown) (2016), First Parish UU, Hingham, MA
  • therevcatherine [at] aol [dot] com (Rev. Catherine Cullen) (2017), First Parish Church, Duxbury, MA 
  • Kate Sullivan (2018), First Parish UU Church of Kingston, MA
  • epjmcg [at] aol [dot] com (Beth McGregor) (2019), Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA
  • larry [dot] ladd [at] us [dot] gt [dot] com (Larry Ladd) (2019), UU Fellowship of Falmouth, MA

Nominating Committee

  • Rev. Christana Wille McKnight (2017), First Parish Church in Taunton, MA
  • chriskorbin [at] gmail [dot] com (Christine Korbin) (2018), First UU Society, Middlebury, MA
  • rmdonahoe17 [at] gmail [dot] com (Rosemary Donahoe) (2019), First Parish Church UU, Kingston, MA 


Bylaws & Annual Meeting Documents