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January UUA Bulletin

Notifications and Information

UUA’s Green Sanctuary Program is Evolving

Green Sanctuary (GS) is making a number of changes including:

• Information gathering to increase UU capacity to do environmental work in the world. Fill out the UU Ministry for Earth Survey.

• Green Sanctuary staffing has gone from full to ¼ time program coordination with the Rev. Karen Brammer,…


Added by Michael McKee on January 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Nominations for Outstanding UUs

Joseph Priestley District Awards…

Added by Michael McKee on January 7, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pledge to Love!

Standing on the Side of Love invites all to participate in its Thirty Days of Love campaign!

In 2010, Standing on the Side of Love sought to turn Valentine’s Day into a social justice holiday, to lift up the power of love, compassion, inclusion, and respect. Their vision has since evolved into the National Standing on the…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Attitude of Gratitude: THANK YOU First UU Staff!

The Board agreed with Norman Fouhy, your acting Executive Director, and his recommendations for distributing the holiday bonuses. We have been unanimously impressed with the excellent professionalism and ability to rise up to new challenges exhibited by the staff during this sabbatical period, and the contributions raised toward the holiday…

Added by Daniel Widyono on December 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

There Will Be An Answer

Following the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, Union reserved one of the chapels for use by members of the campus community who wanted a space for silent prayer and reflection. Sitting next to one of my classmates and holding each other as we sobbed at the unimaginable tragedy that was unfolding, I found myself lose all sense of hope. How are we supposed to believe in the inherent good of all people when events like these occur? Innocent lives are lost every day to the senselessness…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on December 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Workshop Proposals for JPD District Assembly

District Assembly

Expanding Our Ministries, Building Our…

Added by Michael McKee on December 12, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

And now for a word from ...

This morning I had the pleasure of serving for the first time as "Communications Associate" - a.k.a. doing the Announcements during the Sunday service. This year, in order for the congregation (especially newer members and visitors) to connect faces with names of the lay leadership, we are rotating this role among the Board, MLT, and team leaders.

The fine line between too much information and too little information has always been a delicate balance.  The good news is that First UU…


Added by Katherine Schneider on December 9, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

December Beacon

Want to keep up with all of the holiday fun with your friends at First U? Be sure to check out this month's edition of The Beacon!

The December issue contains all kinds of seasonal info, as well as:

  • info about the choir's New Year's Eve concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • fall First U New Member photos and biographies
  • a…

Added by Michael McKee on December 5, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

UUA December Bulletin

December 2012 Congregational Bulletin

Bulletin Items

Updates and Announcements from the Unitarian Universalist Association UUA (PDF) include:

  • Central East Regional Group (CERG) UU Disaster Relief Fund
  • Certification of membership information for 2013
  • A special 50th anniversary video from the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)
  • Dental Plan Open…

Added by Michael McKee on December 4, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Mark DeCourval (b. 6/8/41 - d. 11/23/12)

Mark DeCourval was born in Flint, Michigan on June 8, 1941. It was here that he spent his formative years, and later on as a family man raising a son and three daughters. He arrived in Philadelphia while serving in the Navy. After being honorably discharged Mark spent fifty years working in Philadelphia and surrounding communities, most notably as vice president in…


Added by Michael McKee on November 28, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Harriette Behringer Fussell (b. 12/18/25 - d. 11/14/12)

Harriette Behringer Fussell, 86, a 25 year resident of Center City, died peacefully on November 14, 2012 in Medford, Oregon of undetermined causes.

She was the wife of the late Paul Fussell, National Book Award winning author/scholar and emeritus professor of…


Added by Michael McKee on November 27, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Good News

Can Unitarian Universalists evangelize? Some people may wince at the idea, thinking evangelizing goes against our pluralistic principles. Evangelism is often associated with visions of street preachers, door pamphlets, and television personalities that tell us how we can be saved. Well, we are part “universalist” and our predecessors thought that all would be granted salvation, right? So is there such a thing as “UU evangelism”? Curious about others’ thoughts, I posed this question to the…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 20, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am extremely grateful for the joy that the choir brings to our community.  I was moved to tears yesterday at their fall Music Sunday concert where they performed Carmina Burana. This emotion was evoked partly by the beauty of the piece, partly by the pride in their accomplishments, and partly knowing that I have the opportunity just to be with them.  I am thankful for them sharing their time: being there for and with each…


Added by Daniel Widyono on November 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Marathon Sunday Traffic Details

The Philadelphia Marathon is next week! Race Weekend takes place from 11/16-11/18. Close to 30,000 runners, spectators, and visitors will take part this year. 
We wanted to make you aware of the weekend's activities and street closures. Please help us to circulate this information to your networks. 
The official website is: Below and attached please find additional…

Added by Michael McKee on November 16, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments

Volunteer Opportunity Serving Thanksgiving Dinner in Belmar, NJ

Hi Friends,

If you are looking for a way to cultivate a deep feeling of gratitude and help our fellow humans, please join me in serving Thanksgiving dinner to people affected by the hurricane in Belmar, NJ. You can sign up here:


Ginni Stiles

Added by Ginni Stiles on November 16, 2012 at 8:12am — No Comments

Sunday morning marathon traffic

If you are driving in to Church on Sunday, plan your trip and parking ahead.  The Philadelphia Marathon takes place that morning!  The runners will be running by the Church between miles 6 and 7, which by my estimation translates to between 7:30am and 9am.  However, your route into West Center City may be blocked.

Road closures:



Added by Daniel Widyono on November 13, 2012 at 12:12am — No Comments

A Call for Young Adult Wisdom!

Calling all Young Adults!

Every one of us has special wisdom to share with the world. Whether it is a song about love, a poem about identity, an honest reflection about living with a particular health condition, or a theological discussion of the power of social justice, we all have something beautiful to say. And what we have to say can help others as they navigate some of the best and…

Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 9, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Hurricane Sandy UU Disaster Relief Fund

Dear First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia,


As you know, Hurricane Sandy has caused wide spread devastation along the Mid Atlantic coast in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and as far as eastern Ohio this past week. Many people are still without basic necessities such as warm clothes, blankets, shoes, food (perishables and non-perishables), cleaning supplies, batteries/flashlights and lanterns, demolition tools (pry bars, sledge hammers, garbage bags), etc. Several of our…


Added by Daniel Widyono on November 6, 2012 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Interweave & UUA Monthly Bulletin

From Interweave:

Interweave is sending out the Nov. issue of Interweave Connect early for the UU congregations that are in Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota before they vote on Nov. 6th. UUs have done great work in each of those states for marriage equality. …


Added by Michael McKee on November 5, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Fall Back! Daylight Savings Time ends November 4th

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday morning!  You will have one extra hour of sleep before service begins with our guest minister Rev. Dan Schatz.

Added by Daniel Widyono on November 2, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments

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