Worship at First Unitarian Church

Radical Acceptance & Radical Love on the Great American Roadtrip (Katherine Schneider)
This Sunday, June 26, 11 am, in person & on Zoom
In times of extreme polarization, how might we lean into our UU values to a path forward? Can we practice “radical acceptance” of and even “radical love” for those with whom we disagree, perhaps vehemently?  Katherine Schneider’s answer to this question involved a pandemic year adventure in an Airstream on the Great American Roadtrip, meeting all kinds of people and confirming we have more in common than not.     
     Dr. Katherine Schneider is a family physician and health system executive who has been an independent consultant since 2021 when she returned home to Philadelphia from a yearlong, solo Great American Roadtrip.  She has been a member of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia since 2010 and has served in various volunteer leadership roles there as well as with the UU Service Committee.  She and her husband, Dr. Bill Petricone, live in Center City.

Learn More About First Unitarian with UU & You
This Sunday, June 26, after coffee hour
New to our community and curious to learn more? Come to UU & You on Sunday after worship to hear more about this congregation, our wider faith tradition, and ways you can get involved here. We cover a little bit of everything and want to hear your questions! No registration required. If you're in person, meet Rev. Hannah in the chapel after service. If you're virtually attending, just stay on Zoom following Coffee Hour. Email membership@philauu.org with questions.

Summer Season Religious Education
Our summer worship services will begin this Sunday, June 26, with services led by a mix of incredible lay leaders and your ministers throughout the summer. We will be offering religious education for children all summer long so bring your kids!  We'll be featuring "Guest Stars" in the classroom to allow our adult congregants to share their gifts and talents with our children.  Sign Up for a Sunday here to be a Guest Star!

Stay Connected


Meal Train for Beatrix, Andrew, and Samuel
Help support Beatrix Balogh and Andrew Coder as they’ve welcomed baby Samuel. The family will need help with meals during the next two weeks. Please sign up if you are able to help! This is a crucial part of the way that we show one another love and support during the ups and downs of life. If you have any questions, please contact the Caring Ministry at caring@philauu.org

Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group will meet on July 11, 2022 to discuss The Searcher by Tana French. Toni O'Neil will facilitate the conversation. We have social time at 7:30 and start the book discussion at 8. If you'd like to join us, please contact the coordinator at christine.carlson333@gmail.com.

Sign Up for Intergenerational Show & Tell!
This summer we will continue to offer Religious Education for kids on Sunday mornings from 11-12pm.  We'll be doing a "Guest In Our Classroom" style of learning, where we invite an adult from the community to share a talent, a story, or a passion with the kids of our congregation. Are you a potter? A stamp collector? An expert at knot tying? A bonsai enthusiast? Sign Up Here to spend an hour with our kids and teachers this summer. 

Families for Chalice Lighting for Summer
We need families to light the chalice on Sundays during service. We invite families of all sizes and shapes, related or chosen! Please fill out this form to sign up your family

Volunteers Needed for Tech Team - No Experience Necessary!
Are you interested in learning about audio mixing? Or do you want to try your hand at video directing? We are looking for volunteers to join the tech team that makes sound and video possible in the sanctuary and over zoom on Sunday mornings. Experience is not required. It's a fun team to be part of, and it's absolutely essential. We need you! Email Kate Saylor at kwsaylor@gmail.com to learn more.

Community Spotlight

Last Sunday the Tipson's welcomed all the music makers in the congregation to their beautiful home for a pool party, cookout, and open mic extravaganza.  Thank you Fred and Laura for your hospitality! Thank you First Unitarian for being so unbelievably talented! And Antonia Capaldi enjoyed her view of Tim Lulofs' performance from Anne Slater's lap. 

Membership at First Unitarian Church
Be The Radical Welcome
We need volunteers to serve as ushers and greeters. No experience necessary, just a willingness to be welcoming and helpful. Particularly for new members, being an usher is an awesome opportunity to feel a sense of ownership and place over your community. Please email membership@philauu.org for more information or to volunteer.

Stay Tuned to Our Website
For information on our committees and ministry teams, making a one-time gift or a pledge, or adult spiritual development at First Unitarian Church, check out our website: philauu.org. Links to streaming services are available and will be updated regularly on our website and our google calendar

The Ministers' Vacation & Study Leave

Since  June 20th, Rev. Abbey has been at Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly for a week. Following her trip, she will be on vacation and study leave until the first week of August. In need of pastoral care or support from the congregation? Email caring@philauu.org or call the church office. Questions? Reach out to the church office at info@philauu.org or (215) 563-3980. Rev. Hannah is also available throughout the time Rev. Abbey is away - email her at revhannah@philauu.org!
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