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July 2019 Update on the Van Pelt Accessibility Project

Plans are coming together to complete the final stage of the Van Pelt Street Entrance Accessibility Project: the lift. Proposals have been received from two lift vendors. As part of the lift selection process, local area site visits are being scheduled to see and test out the actual installation of two of the proposed lifts. Once the lift selection has been made, a site plan will be prepared, permits will be filed (two to the state and a building permit to the city), lift construction will begin, and the installation contractor (Mascaro Contracting) will be scheduled.  Lift vendors estimate that once a lift is selected, approximately three months is the timeframe for the lift construction, installation and inspection process.  Please stay tuned for updates as the project moves forward!

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.

You can learn more about Rev. Abbey Tennis on her personal website here.



The July-August issue of The Beacon is out!


Upcoming Summer Services

Sunday services (June-August) will be at 10am in the air-conditioned Parish Room. Use the side entrance on Van Pelt Street.

July 21. The Power of Sharing Your STORY (Rev. Zemoria Brandon)
We all have a story to tell. Each story is a unique representation of our personal growth through life’s challenges and lessons learned. What we may not realize is how the power of sharing our stories can reveal, heal, and transform us, as well as others. Join us for a time of story-telling through uplifting music, sacred dance, spoken word and poetry.
Rev. Zemoria Brandon has been a member of the First Unitarian Church since September, 2011. She is an ordained interfaith minister, administrator/ social worker, Reiki Master, community advocate; mother and grandmother. Her interests focus on individuals and families living with sickle cell disease, interfaith projects and the African and Caribbean immigrant communities.

August 4. The Multiverse and Chaos: A Scientific Spiritual Tool (Amelia Wisniewski-Barker)
How can we use multiverse and chaos theory to deepen our spiritual lives? Each of us and our choices drive the direction of the universe; every choice we make is significant, every decision can change the course of life. On the other hand, we are ultimately insignificant at the cosmic scale; no choice any of us can make will make or break the way existence unfolds. This service will explore how holding those two ideas simultaneously can offer us powerful spiritual tools for times of struggle and hardship.
Amelia Wisniewski-Barker is a lifelong UU, a queer outdoorswoman and (as best known in the First U community) a musician.

For a full list of the Summer Services,


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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