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Our Community

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.


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.



This Unitarian Universalist congregation was founded over 200 years ago and although rooted in tradition, we practice a vital, contemporary faith and offer a welcoming community.

Summer Worship Service Has Begun!
From June 24 - Sept 2, services will begin at 10AM in the Joseph Priestly Parish Room.

Our Summer Worship series is a phenomenal opportunity to connect with other members of the First Unitarian Church Family, as our worship series are led by congregants. This year, our series is as diverse and eclectic as ever. Here is a rundown of this year's Sermons and Worship Leaders:

July 1: "Building The Beloved Community: Who, Me?" led by Phyllis Belk

July 8: "A Meditation on Leaving," led by Doug Watts

July 15: "A Beginner’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste," led by Eliza Hammer

July 22: 
"Connected: Beyond What We Know,"
led by Zemoria Brandon

July 29: "
Emotional Intelligence for Unitarians - Seeking Self-Awareness Strategies," led by Stephen Oliver

August 5: "
How Do We learn to Trust Ourselves Again?" led by David O'Connor

August 12: "Questions of Faith," led by Rev. Abbey Tennis

August 19: "
Faith or Fiction?" led by Luana Goodwin

August 26: The Blessing of the Animals, led by Rev. Abbey Tennis

September 2: "
History as Social Justice and Spiritual Practice," led by Rebecca Ortenberg

See the "Contact Us" area at the top of this page for information about the congregation, our faith and history and our people.  

You can find more about  Unitarian Universalism here.


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 As a regional Community Center the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia welcomes an average of 2,200 people a week by subsidizing dozens of cultural, educational, civic, wellness and spiritual groups.

We invite you to visit soon!

Our Whole Lives 

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia is pleased to offer Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for youth in grades 7-9. OWL has been described as “a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.” 

 We meet Sunday evenings at 6:30pm.

CRE Classroom (upstairs).


Please contact Director of Religious Education, Shantala Thompson for more information. 




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