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Van Pelt Street Ramp Update

As has been reported an aluminum ramp to be installed in the near future will provide an accessible entrance to the church for the next 3-5 years enabling a master plan for major structural work to be developed and fundraising for major projects to take place.  In order to keep in place the historic Van Pelt Street red doors, the ramp will be designed with a hinge enabling the section closest to the doors to be lifted each night and locked in place each morning.  The procurement process to identify an aluminum fabricator to design and install the hinging mechanism on a standard aluminum ramp has begun.  Planning is also underway to rework the staff parking area next to the entrance to the Sanctuary to allow space for a wheelchair to safely exit the garden via the gate and to clearly indicate that the remaining two parking places are reserved for church staff.

Should you have questions please reach out to Building Superintendent Nic Tenaglia (pronouns they/them) by calling 215-563-3980 Ext 103.

Our Ministers

Rev. Abbey Tennis, Lead Minister

A lifelong 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.

Rev. Hannah Capaldi, Minister for Faith Formation

Reverend Hannah Capaldi is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Concord, MA.  She comes to us having just completed her internship with the UU Church of Washington Crossing outside Trenton, NJ.  Hannah will be ordained this fall at her home congregation.

Hannah graduated from Union Theological Seminary, and lives in Fishtown with her fiancée and their cat, Curry. She loves to grill, garden, swim, and read long-form journalism. She can be reached at

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Worship with Us!

Postponed Congregational Meeting:
The congregational meeting originally scheduled for Sunday, January 26, is now postponed to Sunday, February 23. You can check out the church's by-laws here, and the by-laws with proposed amendments can be found here.

February 16. The Third Thing You Must Do (Rev. Hannah Capaldi)
Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius tells us of the reward of living a purposeful life, one bent on having adventures and finding a place in the world. But it is also about making the world more beautiful. To live beautifully and spread beauty are the kernels of wisdom we'll explore in this service.

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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.

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