First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

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:


  • Bios and photos of our new members
  • An insightful article from Reverend Addae
  • The inside scoop on the Rummage Sale


Don't forget; November Beacon submissions will be due on the 15th.



UUA Bulletin
A monthly newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Association to keep you and your congregation informed.

Now Accepting Program Proposals for GA 2014

The General Assembly (GA) Planning Committee, the UUA Board of Trustees, and the UUA Administration want GA 2014 in Providence, RI to help our association grow into a future where our "Love Reaches Out" to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations' walls. Program proposals for GA 2014 should engage with one or more facets of how we can better share our message of love. All proposals must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. More detailed selection criteria can be found byvisiting this page.

Exciting Offerings from Skinner House Books
nullNow available, Assembled, 2013: Select Sermons and Lectures from the General Assem..., a new eBook featuring major presentations from GA 2013, including the Ware Lecture, Berry Street Essay, and much more.

Also available, with a limited quantity in print, What Torture Taught Me: And Other Reflections On Justice and Theology by William F. Schulz and Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County by Annette Marquis. Find these titles and more at the UUA Bookstore.
Register for Luminary Leaders and Enter to Win $500
Youth registering for Luminary Leaders by Oct. 31 will be entered into a drawing for an event scholarship that will cover travel and registration to the UU event of their choice, up to $500. If your youth are considering attending a service trip, UU camp, GA, or other large event, encourage them to register for this opportunity.
UU-UNO Fall Ceremony for Humanitarian of the Year
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) will be hosting a special Fall Award Ceremony for Humanitarian of the Year on Friday, Nov. 8, at All Souls Church in New York, NY. The event will include a live auction, food and beverages, esteemed speakers, music, and much more. Get your tickets today! Visit UU-UNO for more information.

Those interested in donating to the auction, sponsoring an attendee, or volunteering at the event should contact
Celebrating 50 Years of Reproductive Justice
Celebrate the UUA's 50-year commitment to reproductive rights and justice! In 1963, the UUA became the first religion to publically support a women's right to choose. OnNov. 17,

join the nationwide celebration by using the same hymn, children's story, benediction, sermon guide, and simple coffee hour action! More information and resources are available.

Help keep your congregation's advocacy connected and current by joining the newly-launched Reproductive Justice Advocacy Community. For more information,

Bringing Worship to Life with Story

Amplify the voices and perspectives of UU people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities by sharing the news about the UUA's Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project! The focus of this project is to help UU leaders understand where we are now, and what we will need to meet the ministry needs of UUs in the 21st century. The Sharing Project Survey is open now and ends Oct. 31Learn more and please help spread the word about this opportunity!

UUA Common Read Discussion Guide Now Available

discussion guide for the 2013 UUA Common Read selection,Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, is now available to download at no charge. Lead a single session or a three-session workshop to share responses to the stories Jayaraman has collected of economically vulnerable restaurant workers. The guide includes suggestions and guidance for taking action against economic injustice in the food service industry. Take part in this year's Common Read! Learn more about the UUA's campaign to raise the minimum wage.

Help Us Field Test New Groundbreaking Curriculum

Congregations, district and cluster groups, and religious education conferences are invited to field test The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life. This groundbreaking curriculum will help participants understand their past, current, and potential attitudes and actions relating to money in the context of their UU values. Comprising of twelve 90-minute workshops to use singly or in any number of combinations, participants explore how they can make their attitudes and decisions about money a more effective force for living lives of meaning and value and for creating positive change. The field test will take place until Dec.15, 2014Follow this link to apply.

How Do You Discuss UU Topics Online?

The UUA wants to know how you participate in discussions online about Unitarian Universalist topics. Please take a few minutes and complete this brief survey, and help us find ways to foster online conversation for individual UUs and UU lay leaders.

UU History and Heritage Convocation

Sponsored by the UU History and Heritage Society and the UU Collegium, the UU History and Heritage Convocation will be held at the National 4-H Center just outside Washington, D.C. Nov. 7-10. The topic this year is "Unitarian Universalism in the Nation's Capital and Beyond." Visit the UU Collegium for registration and event information.

Leave a Legacy

Do you have a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, 401(k), or Keogh plan?  It may be an excellent source of funds for a gift to the UUA to grow and strengthen our faith in the years to come. All it takes is modifying your beneficiary designation form through your employer or plan administrator. Email or call 1-888-792-5885 to talk with a legacy gifts officer about making a gift of retirement assets to the UUA or your congregation. Thank you for your generosity!

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