Guest In Your Pulpit - Rev. Ali K.C. Bell

Guest in Your Pulpit

Rev. Ali K.C. Bell is a Black, Neurodivergent Transgender man and an Unitarian Universalist minister. His pronouns are he/they or Rev. Bell.

At Cedar Lane, Rev. Bell’s portfolio includes pastoral care, membership, multicultural ministry, memorials, and worship collaboration.

Before he began his theological studies, Rev. Bell attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his Master of Social Work. He had an extensive career in social work, helping some of the most challenged and diversely in-need populations. His work ranged from individual and family clinical counseling to program and facility management and grant writing. He excelled in community outreach and the development of community relationships.

While earning a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Rev. Bell served as the Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair and as a Senior Learning Fellow at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. After Graduation Rev. Bell served as a Chaplain Resident at Grady Health System.

He serves on the UU Ministers Association's Nominating Committee as a Co Chair, is a member of the UUA Side With Love Uplift Collective, and is a chaplain for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).

Rev. Bell applies his skills and talents to enrich the ministry of prophetic hope, salvation, and liberation that he brings to the world. Check out their website.

Sample Programs/Sermons

Rev. Bell will often preach from the congregation's theme if given two weeks notice.

  • The View From the Shoulders of Giants - We all came from somewhere. Each of us has our own giants to point back to and claim as the shoulders on which we stand. As we take a look around what holds significance for us? What are we seeking to leave as our legacy.
  • Interdependently UU - Many of us are taught that we can’t ask for help without showing weakness. Others of us are taught that to be successful we must depend only on ourselves to do well. How do we move beyond this sense of toxic individualism to live interdependently?
  • Covenant: Forged in Forgiveness - As Unitarian Universalists we seek to live into covenant with each other. In our quest to live in covenant and to build and maintain relationships we often misstep and cause hurt. How do we repair those relationships? How do we move past being hurt or hurting others?
  • Transformational Love - How has love transformed your life? What have you done to be a force for transformational love for others?

Availability: Virtually or in person preferably within 30 miles of Bethesda, MD in Spring, Summer or Fall.

Fee arrangements: According to UUMA guidelines.

Contact: Email Rev. Ali K.C. Bell at