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Ballou Channing District
Ballou Channing District (BCD)
UUA Districts & Regions

Ballou Channing District is made up of forty-five 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. 

District Dues

The NEW APF Formula 2018 

The move to the New APF is a move away from a per-member calculation, and is a move to a percentage of certified expenditures. This request includes your congregation’s contribution to the Annual Program Fund AND your district or region.  

District Grants

The Ballou Channing District has begun taking steps to dissolve the district. As a consequence, the board of directors has ended its offering of four annual grants: the Sandwich Trust Funds Grant, the Olney Street Congregation (Unitarian) Fund, the Woonsocket Fund and the Rev. Bill Zelazny Collaborative Grant. Additionally, it has suspended the district Chalice Lighters program. No additional funds will be awarded from these programs.

Board of Directors


  • President: Ralph E. Brown (2019), First Parish UU, Hingham, MA, rbrown [at] uua [dot] org
  • Vice President: Mary Lu Love (2019), Unity Church, North Easton, MA,  marylu [dot] love [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Secretary: Charlie Donnelly (2019), UU Congregation of South County, Peace Dale, RI, irisandcharlie [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Treasurer: Rev. Paul Sprecher (2019), First Parish Church, UU, Bridgewater, MA, psprecher [at] uuma [dot] org


  • Rev. Sarah Person (2021), First UU Society of Middleboro, MA, person [dot] revsarah [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kate Sullivan (2019), First Parish Church, UU, of Kingston, MA,  sullivankate [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Rev. Catherine Cullen (2019), First Parish Church in Duxbury, MA,  therevcatherine [at] aol [dot] com
  • William Clark (2020), First Parish UU Church of Scituate, MA, wclarkhing [at] msn [dot] com
  • Beth McGregor (2019), Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA,  epjmcg [at] aol [dot] com

Nominating Committee

  • Rosemary Donahoe (2020) First Parish Church, UU, Kingston, MA, rmdonahoe17 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Christine Korbin (2019), First UU Society, Middleboro, MA, chriskorben [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Member TBA - three year term, expiring 2021

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