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Rev. Abbey Tennis, Lead Minister

A life-long 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.

You can learn more about Rev. Abbey Tennis on her personal website: www.abbeytennis.com

Rev. Hannah Capaldi, Minister for Faith Formation

Reverend Hannah Capaldi is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist.  She was raised in the congregation at First Parish of Concord and was ordained there in December of 2019.  She comes to First Unitarian Philadelphia with a passion for preaching an inspiring word, challenging her communities to live into their best selves, and finding joy in pursuit of a better world.  

Hannah graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she taught afterschool to eighth graders, served as a chaplain at a shelter for LGBTQ+ youth, and worked in the college program at the Bedford Hills Women's Prison.  She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital and her ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Washington Crossing. 

Rev. Hannah lives in West Philly with her wife Livia.  She loves to grill, garden, swim, and read long-form journalism. She can be reached at revhannah@philauu.org


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