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Update on the Van Pelt Accessibility Project

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia will honor its commitment to ensuring an ADA-compliant entrance to the church by pursuing in the near-term the installation of a metal ramp. This interim 3-5 year solution falls in line with the Friends of 2125 Chestnut Street’s development of a Master Plan which will define and prioritize the long-term structural needs of the building. Greater accessibility into and throughout the building will be one of the many aspects of the long-term Master Plan.
After extensive research the Accessibility Task Force deemed the initial plan of providing an ADA-compliant Van Pelt Entrance via a lift to be infeasible from an operational perspective.
Stay tuned for updates as the plans for this 3-5 year interim solution are solidified. Should you have questions please reach out to Building Superintendent Nic Tenaglia (pronouns they/them) at 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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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.

January 26. Built Entirely Out of Attentiveness (Rev. Abbey Tennis)
The Poet Mary Oliver writes “the soul exists and it is built entirely out of attentiveness.” And yet many of us struggle mightily with our culture’s endless flashy distractions. How would we focus our lives differently if attention built our very souls? How can we reclaim attentiveness?

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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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