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July 2019 Update on the Van Pelt Accessibility Project
We are currently seeking additional wheelchair lift proposals from vendors in the area. Local area site visits will be scheduled to see and test out the actual installation of proposed lifts and determine their feasibility for use in the Van Pelt Street entrance. 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 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! Should you have any questions about the project please feel free to call Norman Fouhy (Business Administrator) or Nic Tenaglia (Building Superintendent) at (215) 563-3980

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!

Chestnut Street Bridge closed on Monday, August 5, 2019 to all traffic, for approximately one year. More information can be found here.


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.

August 18. Are People Good? (Phaedra Tinder)
How do we square a desire to see the best in others with the harms we know people are capable of? What does "being a good person" even mean? This week we consider this tension and try to imagine what living with it might look like in practice.

August 25. Blessing of the Animals (Rev. Abbey Tennis)
Bring your (well-behaved and/or crated) pets to receive a blessing in this intergenerational service celebrating our relationships to the non-human community of life. Pictures of shy or departed pets, stuffed animals, or other symbolic animals are invited to receive a blessing too!

September 1. Improv as Spiritual Practice: Making It up as We Go (David O'Connor)
The rules that govern good improv play are worth exploring as a way to live in community with others. Let's play together and see what sticks!


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.

What would you like to learn more about?

What worship is like at First Unitarian Church

Religious Education for Children at First Unitarian Church

What is the history of Unitarian Universalism?


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