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Seeking Flower Donations - Nov and Dec

Donating flowers is a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a momentous occasion while simultaneously adding beauty and color to our church services. When the service is finished, take the flowers home with you to enjoy. You may also include a special message about the person you're honoring or event you're celebrating which will be printed in the order of service and read during the sharing of joys and concerns.

The following upcoming 2015 dates are still…

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Added by Eva Baker on October 20, 2015 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Blessing of the Animals - Reminder!

Just a reminder that our Blessing of the Animals service takes place this Sunday, October 4th, at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary.

All pets are welcome -- furry, scaly, feathered, four-legged, two-legged.  If your animal companion can’t join you at the Service, please feel free to…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on September 29, 2015 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Reminder: NO Worship Service this Sunday, September 27th

due to the travel restrictions placed on the city because of the Papal Visit and the use of our facilities by people coming in to see Pope Francis, we will not hold a Sunday Service of Worship.

However, some members of First Unitarian Church who have better access to Center City will…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on September 23, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Seeking Flower Donations - Sept & Oct

Donating flowers is a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a momentous occasion while simultaneously adding beauty and color to our church services. When the service is finished, take the flowers home with you to enjoy. You may also include a special message about the person you're honoring or event you're celebrating which will be printed in the order of service and read during the sharing of joys and concerns.

The following upcoming 2015 dates are still…

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Added by Eva Baker on September 9, 2015 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

2 Important Reminders

This Sunday:  Water Communion.  Everyone is invited to collect a small sampling of water from a place that is special to you and bring it with you on Sunday September 13th.  This can be from your summer travels or from your own back yard; from an ocean shore or a rain puddle.  There will be a time to collect a small amount of water from each participant. (And if you forget, not to worry - we will have some available so all can participate.)

Friday, September…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on September 8, 2015 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Hiring Part-Time Religious Educators for Fall 2015

RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, is seeking part-time Lead Teachers for our Sunday School for the fall and spring semesters 2015-2016.

Our Religious Education Program: Our programming for children and families is designed to promote and affirm the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism. The Sunday School runs concurrent with worship services from…

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Added by Communications Director on August 19, 2015 at 3:20pm — No Comments

LaFarge Window Assessment

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Added by Communications Director on August 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

10 Things You'll See at GA

Hello First U Family! I'm back from Portland and I wanted to share with you my experience at GA. Many of you have expressed interest in attending GA in the future so I wanted to offer a summary of what you can expect, as well as share with you highlights from this year's assembly. Without further ado, here is my list of 10 Things You'll See at GA...

10. Inclusivity



As a person who is a member of three oppressed populations, I take matters of…

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Added by Julia Bernd on July 3, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Juneteenth 2015

Today is Juneteenth - June 19, 1865 marks the day when the last slaves in America were freed.

 http://www.juneteenth.com/

We will honor this important day in American history as part of this Sunday's Service.  Our celebration is deepened by the violence that one man brought to a whole community, perhaps even the whole nation, in the killing of nine people at a meeting (a prayer meeting) at Emanuel  African Methodist Episcopal Church in…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on June 19, 2015 at 4:16pm — No Comments

June 2015 Beacon Now Available

The June 2015 edition of The Beacon is now available in print and online!

You can pick up a copy after services on Sunday from the Welcome Table at the back of the Sanctuary, or you can read it here: June_Beacon_2015.pdf…

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Added by Communications Director on June 1, 2015 at 2:24pm — No Comments

A Different Kind of Hello

When I first came to Philadelphia, the First Unitarian Church on Chestnut Street was impossible to miss. With its rainbow flags gently moving in the April breeze, it was forever etched in my memory as a place that I would need to visit when I officially moved to the city. Sure enough, less than four months later, I attended both my first young adult evening worship and a summer choir retreat, and knew that this place was indeed the home my spirit so desperately needed. Here I could lay down…

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Added by Ranwa Hammamy on May 20, 2015 at 5:21pm — No Comments

May Edition of The Beacon!

The May edition of The Beacon is now available in print and online!

You can pick up a copy after services on Sunday from the Welcome Table at the back of the Sanctuary, or you can read it here: May_Beacon_2015.pdf



If you'd like to have an announcement in next month's Beacon please…

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Added by Communications Director on April 30, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unitarian Universalists

Several people spoke to me after the Service this past Sunday about the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unitarian Universalists” I shared with you.  They came from a workshop given by Gini Courter (former Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator) that I took part in a few years ago.   I am so glad that struck a chord with you all! Here they are.

  1. live with integrity. To do this you have to know yourself, be clear on your values.  Words…
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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on April 23, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Redemption and Ending Life Without Parole in PA

Thank you all who attended and helped with the events on Sunday, April 12th at First U. The service led by Rev Susan on Redemption, the banner from the lifers at Graterford, and the panelists on LWOP, pictured in the photo in front of the banner, created the opportunity to consider and reflect upon redemption and second chances.

James Hough, a lifer at Graterford sent a letter describing the creation of the banner. His words were read by Rev Susan as part of the sermon:

Every…

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Added by Martha Copithorne on April 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Board of Trustees Update: We're digging in!

Now that the outside world is finally (finally!) thawing, we’re feeling inspired by fresh air and new growth. As we plan for new leaders being elected at the Annual Meeting on May 17, we’re asking our entire congregation to roll up their sleeves and find a way to dig in.
 
At this month’s Board meeting on March 25, we took inspiration from a quote from Dan Hotchkiss, whose work on church governance is one of our…
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Added by Caroline Winschel on March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Looking for Flower Donations - April & May

We have had 4 Sundays in February and March without any flower donations.  I would really like to try and fill all April and May slots as it just wouldn't be spring without flowers!

Donating flowers is a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a momentous occasion while simultaneously adding the beauty and color of flowers to our church services. When the service is finished, take the flowers home with you to enjoy. You may also include a special message about the person…

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Added by Eva Baker on March 29, 2015 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

April Edition of the Beacon - Now Available!

The April edition of the Beacon is now available in print and online! 

You can pick up a copy after services this Sunday from the Welcome Table at the back of the Sanctuary, or you can read it here: April_Beacon_2015.pdf

If you're on our print mailing list, your copy…

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Added by Communications Director on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

1stUU "vision" Sunday - March 22nd, 10:00 AM

 We hope many Members and friends of 1st UU will be able to come early and spend time enjoying one another's company as we engage this important work.  Please try to arrive by 9:45 AM - coffee will be available; our "workshop"/conversation begins promptly at 10:00 AM (it will be a lead-in to our 11 o'clock Worship Service).

These "conversations in community" are an essential part of creating a clear, vibrant and true picture of who and what First Unitarian…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on March 17, 2015 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Bridges to Cross - thinking about Sunday's sermon

Did you get to see the movie "Selma"?  It is worth watching - a fine film.  Although it is certainly not a documentary, it seems to me more an impression of those fateful days in the Civil Rights Movement - still an important story that is rarely told in this way.

So to add to that, here is a moving, insightful short documentary (A Call from…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on March 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Board of Trustees Update: We need YOUR input!

Spring is always a busy season at our church, and we need YOUR input as we move through this exciting time.



The Nominating Committee has begun the important work of identifying a slate of individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee for the 20152016 church year.  If you're interested in learning more about these opportunities or would like to suggest prospective candidates, please speak with a member of the…
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Added by Caroline Winschel on February 26, 2015 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

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