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November Beacon

The November edition of The Beacon, the First U's monthly newsletter, is ready to read!

This month's edition features:

  • information about the Wayside Pulpit revival at First U
  • cover art by Edwin Close
  • spiritual inquiries from Ranwa Hammamy, UU Seminarian
  • information about the Christmas Eve service story collection…


Added by Michael McKee on November 1, 2012 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Heart To Heart

Anticipating the Good

Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, but we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. As we close the door on another summer of transitions, (graduations, weddings and memorials) we begin to look forward with anticipation or dread. Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children, and running a household, we become overwhelmed by it all.…


Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 1, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments


“There is nothing worse than answering questions that nobody is asking.” These words, spoken by my systematic theology teaching fellow and attributed to Dr. James Cone, serve as a powerful starting point for an exploration of Unitarian Universalism. What questions are we answering? Whose questions are we answering? How are we answering these questions?

As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the individual journey, recognizing the beauty of diversity and the gifts that every one of…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on October 24, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Tough Choices: Having Your Voice Till the End of Your Life










Added by Michael McKee on October 22, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

We picked fruit from trees we did not plant

Today, on this very beautiful Saturday afternoon, my family joined others in picking apples from Linvilla Orchards' trees.  We are grateful for their service, for their tending to the orchards, for the sunshine that gives nourishment to the apple trees, for the staff who enable such an event, and for Rachel who brought this about!

We all had an awesome time,…


Added by Daniel Widyono on October 13, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Christmas Story Collection for Christmas Eve Service

The Music Ministry team is collecting personal stories and writings to use in the Christmas Eve worship service.

We want to celebrate the holiday the way the members of our community imagine it, and we want to build the Christmas Eve service around community contributions: stories of Christmas memories, tellings of family Christmas lore, and sure, even…


Added by Caroline Winschel on October 10, 2012 at 4:28pm — No Comments

October Beacon

Want to see what's coming up at First U? Be sure to flip through this month's Beacon Newsletter, your news source for all things happening at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Click the link to download your copy:

October Beacon

In this month's edition:

  • information…

Added by Michael McKee on October 10, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Nursery Director - Position Open

Nursery Director (Hourly)


The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia seeks a Nursery Director for its Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Program.  The director will be responsible for administering the Sunday morning Nursery program for children and infants, ages 5 and under. The Nursery Director reports to the Director of Religious Education (DRE). Nursery Director ensures a high-quality and meaningful Nursery experience for our congregation's youngest…


Added by Michael McKee on October 9, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Thanks to Lora Thornburg for Preservation Work

Dan Widyono presenting a plaque  to Lora Thornburg on behalf of the Trustees and Congregation of the Church in recognition and gratitude for her outstanding pro-bono management of the restoration of the Church fabric and respecting the ideals of architect Frank Furness. The presentation was made on October 5, 2012, at the reception held to kick off the exhibit "Still…


Added by CAROL JESSUP on October 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

October UUA Bulletin

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the staff here at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), I hope this message finds you well. Please allow me to highlight a couple of items for you in the paragraphs below. You can find more information on each, plus other announcements and resources, linked in the bulletin materials list that follows.

  • The Church of the Larger Fellowship announces information about a new book titled, About Death—A Unitarian Universalist Book for Kids,…

Added by Michael McKee on October 2, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

Guides for Furness exhibit Training Session

Dane Wells will be leading a training session for prospective guides for the Furness exhibit - after Service this Sunday - September 30th - in the Sanctuary.  If you have not already signed up, please come to the session if you are interested and then decide if you would like to participate.   I will have packets of materials - cheat sheets so you dont have to remember everything - and at least you will learn more about the wonderful building we are in.  The exhibit boards will be available…


Added by CAROL JESSUP on September 29, 2012 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Financial Updates: ASK Before Spending

In the past two months, I have had two different people approach me asking me to chip in for an expense that they have already paid for out of pocket.  This bothers me greatly, for a number of different reasons:

In both situations, the person did not first ASK Rev. Nate or Norman if there was any money in the budget, but just went ahead and paid out of their own pockets.  Even if there isn’t a budgeted line item, there are some restricted donations that might be available.  Step…


Added by Eva Baker on September 23, 2012 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Meet First U's New Student Minister

Hello First U!
I am so pleased to introduce myself to you all as the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia's Student Minister for the 2012/2013 church year.  As many of you know, I am a native of the Philly area and preached my very first sermon before this congregation in the summer of 2010.  I'm now back in town, commuting weekly to Boston to finish the final year of my master's degree at Harvard Divinity School.  

As a candidate for UU ordination,…


Added by Lee Paczulla on September 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Women's Small Group Ministry Forming

The first Heart to Heart Women's Spiritual Circle is currently closed to new members to maintain confidentiality and to create a safe space.

There has been interest expressed in creating a new group, as several women missed the opportunity to join the first one. I am open to the creation of another Small Group Ministry. Please contact me with your availability if you are interested in starting a new group - 215.735.1315 

From My Heart to…


Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Frank Furness Exhibit at First U


First Unitarian Church has been invited to participate in a city-wide exhibit honoring Frank Furness and his buildings in Philadelphia.  The exhibit has been developed by the Development Working Group and will be on view from October to December - times below.  The exhibit has wonderful photos from our archives and other sources showing the arc of Frank's life - and the arc of the life of our building over the last century.  Do…


Added by CAROL JESSUP on September 7, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Reception for Frank Furness Exhibit - Oct. 5

You are cordially invited to our opening reception to view our exhibit on the First Friday of October


Still Standing: Frank Furness as Street Preacher


Friday, October 5th, 2012

5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m


First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

in the Sanctuary

2125 Chestnut…


Added by CAROL JESSUP on September 7, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

UUA September Congregational Bulletin

The September 2012 edition of the UUA monthly Congregational Bulletin is now available. You can find it on at

From Accessibilities:

Audio recordings (PDF) for selected…


Added by Michael McKee on September 4, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments

New Office Hours

Beginning September 12, my office hours are 1-5 P.M. on Wednesday afternoons, when  I can be found in the Shared Ministry Suite.  All other hours are by appointment only.

Rev. Addae

Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Heart to Heart: Doing Our Best


Welcome to a new and exciting church year. What makes it so exciting is that we’re all back home again. Over the summer some of us have traveled to places far and near, others have wiled away the hours at local pools, and others have chilled in our own homes under the cool blast of air conditioning. Now, the new church year has arrived with new opportunities for all.

We often…


Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 1, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Make a Difference Through Food Justice!

The Social Justice Ministry Team enthusiastically encourages you to join us in effecting positive change through Food Justice! Our inaugural project, Equation for Success, is creating a bridge between the very successful Education and Literacy theme and Food Justice, providing for school supplies and much needed nutritious snacks for the students at the Andrew Jackson School.


Our upcoming projects include a Partnership/Workday with a Local Farm, Fair Trade Halloween Candy…


Added by Nicole Haines on August 21, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments

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