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Update on the Van Pelt Accessibility Project

The Lift Procurement process continues with the goal of having all information needed to make a decision regarding the lift soon. Our group has encountered many frustrations with the process, including quagmires in licensing, requesting proposals, mapping ADA standards, and assessing for quality in potential manufactures, but our quest is nearing an end. All of the proposals have been received and we will be meeting shortly to discuss and compare them to choose the right way forward.
Should you have questions or would like to make a financial gift towards the accessibility needs of the Church, please feel free to call Norman Fouhy (Business Administrator, pronouns he/him) or Nic Tenaglia (Building Superintendent, pronouns they/them) at (215) 563-3980.

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!

December 15.
Telling It All Together: An Intergenerational Pageant (Rev. Hannah Capaldi

December 22. The Back of God (Rev. Abbey Tennis)

December 24. 
94th Annual Christmas Eve Candlelit Service (Rev. Abbey Tennis)

December 29.
Behold: A Time for Healing is Upon Us (Rev. Zemoria Brandon)

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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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