Expression of gratitude is a common ingredient in all secret recipes for happiness. Generosity as an act of gratitude is a two-way gift! Thus we are about to kick off our very important annual fund drive which will determine our budget from July 2014- June 2015, a critical transitional year for our community. Members and friends should have received pledge packets by snail mail in the past few days (or here http://www.philauu.org/stewardship),…Continue
Added by Katherine Schneider on January 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
In the spring of 2013, the congregation directed the Board to hire an external auditor to review the church’s bookkeeping and financial management. The results from the comprehensive audit are in.
The auditors granted the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia an “unqualified endorsement”—the highest possible rating. …
Added by Former Settled Minister on January 8, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments
The January Beacon is here! Click here to download a copy. Print copies will debut in the church brochure racks after New Year's.
Inside, you'll find
Added by Michael McKee on December 26, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
30 Days of Love, or National Standing on the Side of Love Month, begins on January 18, 2014. It is a month of “intentional action, service, education, and reflection,” which people around the world, many of them Unitarian Universalists, observe both as individuals and in their congregations. This year will be the third time we are asked to take this…Continue
Mary Beth shared a 6 minute video that may be of interest to many people in the congregation. In this clip, Daniel Goleman, author of "Focus: The Hidden Ingredient in Excellence," explains why leaders need…Continue
Added by Former Settled Minister on December 5, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
The December Beacon is hot off the presses! Click to download a copy or pick one up from the brochure racks at the church.
Inside, you'll find
Added by Michael McKee on November 27, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Do you have some free time one morning a week from about 9:00 - 11:00 AM? If so, the Learning Buddy project at Andrew Jackson School has need for a few more tutors of elementary students during their Language Arts block. The opportunities are varied: listen and guide beginning readers as they read to you, instruct slightly older students in reading or math, or assist the teacher in a classroom. Or perhaps you'd prefer to use your hobby or interest to help with after-school clubs (3 - 4:00…Continue
Added by Sharon Tomalin on November 17, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
The November Beacon has landed! Click to download a copy or pick one up from the brochure racks at the church.
Inside, you'll find some important information:
Added by Michael McKee on October 31, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
This fall, FirstUU is undergoing a complete financial audit that, once completed, will make us eligible to apply for grants that could help to fund the preservation and restoration of our building. Norman Fouhy has been working tirelessly with the auditors over the last few months, providing information and answering their questions about our finances and accounting. We hope to have the auditors' report by Thanksgiving, but there's one last step that we need your help with:
Added by Michael Johnson on October 24, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Added by Ranwa Hammamy on October 23, 2013 at 6:07pm — No Comments
This fall has been an exciting time to welcome four new professionals into the community:
Now that we are two months into the new church year, we would like your feedback about our performance…
Added by Former Settled Minister on October 22, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments
Little Miracles Day Care Center is having open enrollment. Little Miracles provides child daycare for children in nursery, kindergarten. High quality after school programs and summer camps are available. Excellent rates for toddlers, preschool, after-school and summer camp participants. For more details visit…Continue
Added by Former Settled Minister on October 17, 2013 at 11:34am — No Comments
Most of us have probably come across the universal wisdom that the people who irritate us the most are expressing qualities that we ourselves have. This is why family members or close friends can be so annoying for so many of us, because we see ourselves in them, and vice versa. Of course this isn’t always true, but when it is, it’s a real opportunity for growth if we can acknowledge it, because it’s infinitely easier to change ourselves than it is to try to change someone else. Moreover,…Continue
Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on October 1, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
Hot off the presses! Download the October Beacon now, or pick up a copy in the brochure racks in the church. Inside you'll find lots of good stuff:
Don't forget; November Beacon submissions…Continue
Added by Michael McKee on September 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
As we prepare for Reverend Nate's departure in July 2014, our church is in a time of transition. For some of us, this may be a time of anxiety--change can be nerve-wracking and even scary. Others among us may be exhilarated, ready for the energy and optimism that accompanies starting on a new course with a clean slate.
Many of us discussed this transition at today's Board info session on the ministerial transition. What follows is a recap of the materials presented, along…Continue
Added by Caroline Winschel on September 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Back home, back to school, and back to the Beacon! The September Beacon is available online and also in the brochure racks at the church.
Check out the September Beacon for info about upcoming events at the church as well as:
Added by Michael McKee on September 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
As we come back together to start a new church year, we know it’s only a matter of time before a friendly usher will be accosting us in our pews, brandishing the collection plate. This shouldn’t cause stress or worry—after all, we all decided months ago, during the annual pledge drive, how much we each would give this year. That should be the hard part, right?
Yet something always seems to go wrong: we forget our checkbook, we miss a Sunday (or was it…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Don Skinner | Unitarian Universalist Association | July 1, 2013
Many Unitarian Universalist congregations rent space in their buildings. Doing so not only helps out the community but gives the…Continue
Added by Former Settled Minister on August 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Cawley, who will begin on August 12, 2013 as our new Communications Director and Religious Education Coordinator, and John B Hedges, who began as our new Interim Music Director on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Added by Former Settled Minister on July 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments