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Our Community

As an official Welcoming Congregation we are inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

For people with disabilities, we provide assisted listening devices, large print orders of service and hymnals. Also, our Sanctuary, Parish Room and Chapel are wheelchair accessible.


Our Minister

In the Spring of 2016, we called Rev. Abbey Tennis to our congregation.

She is passionate about building multigenerational and multicultural ministries that enliven the mind, grow the heart, engage the body, feed the soul, and transform the world.



This Unitarian Universalist congregation was founded over 200 years ago and although rooted in tradition, we practice a vital, contemporary faith and offer a welcoming community.

Worship is at 11:00am in the Sanctuary!

See the "Contact Us" area at the top of this page for information about the congregation, our faith and history and our people.  

You can find more about  Unitarian Universalism here.


Check out our monthly newsletter The Beacon!

 As a regional Community Center the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia welcomes an average of 2,200 people a week by subsidizing dozens of cultural, educational, civic, wellness and spiritual groups.

We invite you to visit soon!

Our Whole Lives 

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia is pleased to offer Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for youth in grades 7-9. OWL has been described as “a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.” 

 We meet Sunday evenings at 6:30pm.

CRE Classroom (upstairs).


Please contact Director of Religious Education, Shantala Thompson for more information. 

Job Opening: Music Director

Are you or someone you know musically talented and spiritually inclined to lead the growing and progressive congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia? Click here to view and download the job posting and apply!

To Apply: Send a résumé and cover letter detailing experience with choral and ensemble conducting, accompaniment and solo performance, collaborative program development, and working with diverse repertoire to by May 25, 2018 to the attention of the Music Director Search Team. Video samples also welcome. Interviews will take place in May/June, with an anticipated start-date in July or August, 2018.


Gospel at Colonus
May 18 - June 9, Thursdays - Sundays, at First Unitarian Church.
In partnership with Coatesville Cultural Society, First Unitarian is hosting a four-week run of the myth of Oedipus in the tradition of the African-American Church. For more information on the play, or to purchase tickets directly, please visit


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