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Ministers & Staff

Reverend Abbey Tennis

Lead Minister

A life-long Unitarian Universalist from the Boston area, Rev. Abbey Tennis is passionate about vibrant, robustly spiritual, urban ministry in a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-generational setting. Her great loves in congregational ministry include worship leadership, collaborative leadership development, institutional anti-racism and anti-oppression work, and the building of resilient networks of pastoral care. A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, she was ordained at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC, where she served as Intern Minister. In 2015, Rev. Abbey completed service as the Interim Advancement Director at Starr King School for the Ministry, overseeing the seminary’s fundraising and Institutional Advancement work, and served as the Minister for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in Oakland, California from 2015-2016. She is honored to currently serve as the settled minister at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

You can learn more about Rev. Abbey Tennis on her personal website: You can email her at 

Reverend Hannah Capaldi

Minister for Faith Formation

Reverend Hannah Capaldi is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist.  She was raised in the congregation at First Parish of Concord and was ordained there in December of 2019.  She comes to First Unitarian Philadelphia with a passion for preaching an inspiring word, challenging her communities to live into their best selves, and finding joy in pursuit of a better world.  

Hannah graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she taught afterschool to eighth graders, served as a chaplain at a shelter for LGBTQ+ youth, and worked in the college program at the Bedford Hills Women’s Prison.  She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital and her ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Washington Crossing. 

Rev. Hannah lives in West Philly with her wife Livia.  She loves to grill, garden, swim, and read long-form journalism. You can email her at


Music Director

John B Hedges is a composer based in Philadelphia. He has written works for the concert hall, stage, film and digital media. As a musician and producer, he has recorded in pop, jazz and classical genres and his arrangements and orchestrations have been performed throughout the world. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and University of Pennsylvania and served as an assistant to Academy Award winning Tan Dun, as well as composers Oliver Knussen and George Tsontakis. He won awards from the Theodore Presser, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Independence Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo and New Music USA and served as composer-in-residence of both Fort Worth and Richmond symphony orchestras. John B lives outside Philly where he homeschools his son, Bran, with his wife, visual artist Lynn Palewicz, a dog (Boo Boo) and a rabbit (Rose Tyler). 

If you are interested in making music at First Unitarian Church – either in one of our choirs or as an instrumentalist, contact John B. Email him at or call him at (215) 563-3960 x 111.

norman fouhy

Business Administrator

 Email Norman at or call him at (215) 563-3980 x 101.


Communications & Administrative Coordinator

Lauren brings her experience working in communications and fundraising at grassroots and non-profit organizations in Philadelphia over the past 10 years. She graduated from Temple University in 2016. Outside of work, she loves gardening, making art and building people power.

Email Lauren at or call her at (215)563-3980 x 102.

nic tenaglia

Building Superintendent

 Nic Tenaglia is a born and raised Philadelphian who joined the First Unitarian Church staff in Spring 2018. Their beard has a beard. Email Nic at, or call them at (215) 563-3980 x 103.

jonathan blount


Jonathan was born in Philadelphia, PA in March 1970. He began to pursue his artistic inclinations during high school. At first he sought to develop his creativity by becoming a pastry chef, but soon realized that he needed to change from cake to canvas. Jonathan’s early oils were expressions of his inner voice, translating what he was feeling and hearing internally into paint. As he matured, he realized that he loved painting and drawing the male form. In approaching the artistic rendering of the male form, he starts with shadow and works into the light. Jonathan’s works have found their way into several private collections of friends and associates. He has become noted via exposure in the world wide web. In 2006 his works were featured at a Philadelphia LGT/Pan exhibit at the Aphrodite Gallery in Queen Village, Philadelphia, and at the Liberty Bears’ LGBT art exhibition. When not painting, you may find him baking cakes –  a whole art unto itself, and a big part of Jonathan’s family through his mom and grand mom. He has been working with the church for ten years. Orville (Lee) Gumm recommended Jonathan for the position . Lee was the head sexton at the time, and also his partner. Jonathan now lives with his current partner, Braheem.