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Gratitude & Goodbyes from your Student Minister

I know September seems like it was only yesterday -- but believe it or not, this Sunday, May 19, I will participate in my very last worship service as your Student Minister at First U.

My Student Ministry in this congregation fulfilled the field education requirement for my program at Harvard Divinity School -- which I'll graduate from (finally!) on May 30.  I was so excited to focus this learning year around my passion for urban and contextual ministry -- working with lay leaders on…


Added by Lee Paczulla on May 14, 2013 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Student Minister Gives Invocation for City Council

Hi all!

This morning, I was honored to deliver the invocation to open the Philadelphia City Council session, at the invitation of At-Large Councilman Bill Green and his staff.  The text of the short reflection and prayer I offered is below.  It has been such a gift this year to serve as your Student Minister and feel the support of this congregation - I hope I represented you well!…


Added by Lee Paczulla on April 4, 2013 at 4:29pm — 1 Comment

The Meaning of "The New Jim Crow"

A few months ago, about a dozen members and friends of First U gathered over three weeks in the Shared Ministry Suite to share, to learn, and to express their frustration and anger over what was unanimously considered to be a powerful and ground-breaking book:  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  In recent weeks, the issue of mass incarceration…


Added by Lee Paczulla on March 13, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Over 100 Books Donated through our 3rd Annual Holiday Book Drive!

First U's 3rd Annual Holiday Book Drive was a resounding success, thanks to abundant donations from members and friends of our congregation, and to the work of our fantastic book drive coordinator, Bijan Makarechi.  The Andrew Jackson Elementary school library and classrooms will receive a total of 120 books donated by First U -- 

including three…


Added by Lee Paczulla on March 6, 2013 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Support Guest at Your Table and Learn About Restaurant Worker Justice

From the UUSC blog, the following post was written by Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh, editor of the forthcoming anthology The Joy of Just Eating: Food for Personal, Public, and Planetary Well-Being.

Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh.

Do you eat? If so, this…


Added by Lee Paczulla on January 24, 2013 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Are you taking the Food Stamp Challenge?

First U is taking the Food Stamp Challenge from January 7-13, 2013!

The Food Stamp Challenge asks individuals and families to eat on the budget of those who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aka food stamps – for just one week.  

For one person, the Food Stamp Challenge budget for the week is $35, or $5 per day – the average food stamp benefit for a person living in Philadelphia.  Visit…


Added by Lee Paczulla on January 8, 2013 at 9:40pm — 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

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