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What are Circle Dinners?

Monthly Circle Dinners bring friends, newcomers and members of First Unitarian Church congregation together to share food and get acquainted. Each circle consists of about eight people who meet a

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We are seeking a part-time Coordinator for our Children's Religious Education (CRE) program for the fall and spring semesters 2016-2017. The CRE program Coordinator is primarily responsible for administering a religious education program designed to

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We are seeking a part-time Religious Educator to lead our younger age group for Kindergarten through 2nd grade, in our Children's Religious Education (CRE) program for the fall and spring semesters 2016-2017. We will provide lesson plans, drawn from

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Our Beliefs

Rooted in a tradition that goes back to sixteenth century Transylvania and 18th century England and 19th century New England here in the Untied States, Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanist

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Our Minister Rev. Abbey Tennis


On April 24, after an eight-month search process and an intensive, joyous Candidating Week, the congregation voted unanimously to call the Reverend Abbey Tennis as our new settled minister.

Rev. Abbey Tennis is a lif

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Nursery Director/Care Provider - Sunday Mornings

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia seeks a Nursery Director for its Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Program. The CRE Program is held concurrent with services on Sunday mornings. The Nurser

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Here is a sampling of some of the concerts First Unitarian has produced in previous seasons! For a look at our current schedule of events, please visit us here.

Return of the CoffeehoUUse Concert!

Sunday, June 7, 5:00-7:00 PM, Sanctuary & Parish Roo

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In conjunction with the Minister, the Worship Arts Ministry Team supports and creates Worship Services that articulate and embody the vision and mission of The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.

We understand worship is a way of centering and em

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Welcome, Summer Service Leaders:  

Preachers, Speakers, and Worship Associates!

Here you can find just about everything you need to prepare a professional worship service, complete with draft orders of service and worship scripts for download and cus

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Reverend Abbey Tennis

Greetings!  I have been honored to be part of so many people's lives as we make our progress through the wheel of life.  Officiating such Rites of Passage to mark these moments is a great privilege and yes, even at the saddest

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Archived Sermons

Below you will find an archive of the transcripts of some recent sermons presented at First Unitarian Church during Sunday worship. Unless otherwise noted the sermons were composed and delivered by our Settled Minister Rev. Abbey Ten

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At First Church, there are many ways to get involved in social justice projects . . . or maybe you have a project that you'd like to start! Here's some information for you:

Get Involved

If you are interested in Social Justice at the First Church, here

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Ours is a vibrant congregation where members, friends and visitors gather often for social as well as intellectual and spiritual development. From one-time events to support groups, workshops, and religious education classes, our Program opportunitie

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Social Justice (2013 - 2014): Ongoing Projects

Here are a couple of the past Ongoing projects and initiatives:

Achieve Now - The Learning Buddies at Jackson Elementary School (12th and Federal streets) are launching a new reading program called Achieve

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History of the SJMT

The Unitarian Universalist second principle affirms and promotes “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” At First Church we infuse social justice in the worship, education, advocacy and direct work that we do.

Since its

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Adopted by the Ministry Leadership Team

December 12, 2010

1)    Community & Individual Privileges. While openness to diversity is one of the prime values held by our congregation and expressed in our denomination's Purposes and Principles, we affirm

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