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Summer Schedule

I'll be on study leave effective from June 3 through August 5, 2013, during which time I will be available for pastoral emergencies and rites of passages. The best way to reach me via cell phone: (215) 701-9072.  

I will be spending the month of August helping the new Board of Trustees, Ministry Team leaders and staff prepare for the launch of the new church year staring with our annual Water Communion on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

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My God: The App

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

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Inspired by the movie "Her," about a man who has an intimate relationship with his operating system, Reverend Nate introduced "My God," the app. It's a computer program that allows users to determine the attributes of their God and begin to have a personal relationship with the God of their…


Auditor Grants Highest Rating

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

In the spring of 2013, the congregation directed the Board to hire an external auditor to review the church’s bookkeeping and financial management. The results from the comprehensive audit are in.

The auditors granted the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia an “unqualified endorsement”—the highest possible rating.  …


Effective Leadership: Three Kinds of Focus

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Mary Beth shared a 6 minute video that may be of interest to many people in the congregation. In this clip, Daniel Goleman, author of "Focus: The Hidden Ingredient in Excellence," explains why leaders need…


Staff Performance Survey

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 3:35pm 0 Comments

This fall has been an exciting time to welcome four new professionals into the community:

  • John B Hedges, Interim Music Director;
  • Stephanie Cawley, Communications Director and Religious Education Coordinator;
  • Kim McKay, Lead Teacher for Our Whole Lives (K-6); and
  • Ranwa Hammamy, Lead Teacher for the Religious Literacy program (K-6).

Now that we are two months into the new church year, we would like your feedback about our performance…


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At 3:20pm on January 7, 2014, Elizabeth (Betsy) Hancox said…

Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well! I look forward to attending this Sunday!! Stay warm!!

At 9:51pm on June 3, 2013, Elizabeth R. Miller said…

Thank you!

At 9:44pm on October 15, 2011, Leland Kowalski said…

Hi Rev. Nate Walker, i'd like to add U as a Friend !!

It was nice meeting you, and Thank You for warmly inviting my presence at 1st Unitarian Church of Philadelphia!

Forgive me for not attending for the last few weeks. I must confess to personal obligation OVERLOAD. What's troubling is, regardless of how enjoyable and informational tomorrow gatherings will be at church. It's necessary for me to attend a MoveOn member and part of the American Dream movement in Media, PA (starting at 12:30). Oddly enough, Congressman Pat Meehan will be there to discuss public concerns (


I wish You Peace and Happiness, and look forward to speaking with you soon.


Lee, 15-Oct-2011


CC, FANS: Anne Slater, Lucia Kubik, Wendy Jastrzab, Christine Ciurlino-Duncan, Lisa Handy, Cynthia Williams, Giovanna Chiti, Jeb Corner, Jeff Frankl, John T. Krzywicki, Ranwa Hammamy

At 10:36pm on October 1, 2011, E Meredith Young said…
Nate...   I was coming to the UU and You meeting tomorrow and a few hours ago while eating a sandwich I broke off a tooth in my smile...  So I'm not going to want to be meeting new people tomorrow...   I'll get it fixed and then reschedule...  I am very interested in learning more about UU. I'm new to Philly and am looking for kindred spirits...
At 11:10pm on August 8, 2011, Gina G said…
Aww, Thank you Rev. Nate!! <3
At 1:13pm on August 5, 2011, Gary Desbiens said…

Hi Nate!

I'm glad to be your friend and be a part of your congregation.


At 5:42pm on June 8, 2011, Kelly LoGiudice said…

Love that rock! It sits on the outskirts of a labyrinth in New Mexico.

At 5:38pm on January 13, 2011, Aundrea Spencer said…
Thanks, Nate.  I am really enjoying reading all of the wonderful information and profound messages of love from UU.  I hope to one day make a visit!  You are immensely talented, thank you for sharing. xoxo, dre
At 2:50pm on January 4, 2011, Janet Scannell said…


I wanted to mention that my family and I really enjoyed the Christmas Eve service. It was very nicely put together and got us in an appreciative mindset.



At 9:09pm on October 16, 2010, James Duncan Ingles said…
Actually, I meant to say "climbing" but the misspelling suggests how difficult it was!



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