The third principle of Unitarian Universalism holds that we affirm and promote "Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations." At First Unitarian of Philadelphia, we believe all deserve life-long opportunities for religious education, theological exploration, and spiritual growth.
With the arrival of our Minister for Faith Formation, Rev. Hannah Capaldi, in the Summer of 2019, we hope to expand and build upon the lifespan religious education offerings. At this time, our two primary and ongoing programs are the Circle Suppers and the Small Group Ministries.
Small Group Ministries are groups of ~10 congregants who gather monthly throughout the year to reflect on spiritual issues in our lives and the world. Groups covenant to support each other, speak from the heart and mind, and to care for each other, including honoring everyone's confidentiality.
We are open for new sign-ups!
There are six groups that are open, including a Theist and an LGBTQ+ group. All of the open groups meet in the evening. Choose the location and evening that works best for you.
To sign up and get more information, click here or stop by the Small Group Ministry table during Coffee Hour on 9/8, 9/15, and 9/22
Contact: Kathy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christina Servetnick at email@example.com
Please check below for a few examples of past programming we have offered
"Building Your Own Theology"
Based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian (non-theists welcome!), this classic UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos. This is a multi-session lay-led class which starts January 29th and then meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for 10 sessions total.
Legacy Planning Presentation
Karen Wolfe, Esq., is an estate-planning attorney (and First Unitarian
Church member and small group leader) who will discuss laying out
the plan for your legacy while working with a lawyer to develop your
will. This thoughtful and intensely personal planning is re-framed as
part of a generative, hopeful conversation around legacy. Karen will
interweave discussion about making estate planning a positive
endeavor with the more practical nuts and bolts of common legal
planning and the services an estate and elder lawyer offers.
“Living the Examined Life until the End of Life”
Together, we will face into the hard truths of human mortality and the decisions we and our loved ones can make now for the end of life to be a time of grace, gratitude, and dignity. No matter your age, whether you are facing end-of-life challenges, caring for loved ones facing these challenges, or simply want to live a more “examined life,” these sessions are for you.
The first session of our search in this series will focus on how to anticipate rather than react to a medical event that has occurred. This planning process enables us to initiate difficult conversations with parents or children and helps us determine what we want from the medical community. Perhaps most important, it can help us to avoid unnecessary suffering and strengthen relationships with our loved ones.