First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

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Dear friend,

Each week at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, we take time to greet friends and neighbors, sharing the love at the center of our faith. Each week, we lift our voices in song and ground ourselves in purpose. Each week, we commit to each other.


We commit because even in this tumultuous time, this congregation renews our hope, strengthens our values, and helps us to build a more just and loving world. We commit because in this tumultuous time, this congregation matters more than ever.


Your pledge makes church possible. Our shared generosity fuels our progressive congregation and all that it offers: worship that inspires us, music that moves us, religious education that nurtures our children and youth, justice work that transforms the world, and the beloved church community that supports us, challenges us, and welcomes us each week.


We know that the world needs our church’s message of love and justice, and we know that we need one another to keep that message strong. Click here to make church possible by pledging to support the church next year.


Thanks to our congregation's generosity, we’ll be able to increase funding for our vital ministries for the first time in years. With your support, we will expand our programs and commitments during this time when they are most needed:

  • building our vibrant music program: expanding the diversity of our music while increasing opportunities for congregants to join in music-making; 
  • widening our justice work: organizing for city- and state-wide change with our interfaith neighbors, and equipping our congregants with the resources they need to be forces for progress in our communities;
  • enhancing our congregational services: warmly welcoming the dozens of newcomers who visit each week, strengthening our ability to care for all congregants’ needs, and offering more paths to spiritual growth;
  • expanding our religious education: serving more children and youth with programming that nurtures their curiosity, grounds their values, surrounds them with love, and supports their growing minds, hearts, souls, and bodies; and
  • living our values: ensuring that each of our employees can access and afford quality health care, regardless of political upheaval, and supporting them in planning for retirement and other life events.


We know that this goal is within our congregation’s reach, and we know that this congregation can change the world. This year we have often reflected on the teaching of the Hopi elders: “Do not look outside yourself for the leader…we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”* The time of waiting is over––the time to commit is here.

In faith and gratitude,

Rev. Abbey Tennis, Minister

Caroline Winschel, Board President

*From “To my Fellow Swimmers” by Thomas Banyacya, Sr. (1910–1999), Hopi elder and Speaker of the Wolf, Fox, and Coyote Clans.


Thank you for pledging in the 2017–2018 Stewardship Campaign! 

Why pledge? Your pledge represents your commitment to support the church financially during the 2017–2018 church year, which runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Our pledge dollars support our ministry, staff, and outreach. By pledging now, you help us plan and budget responsibly.

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How much do I pledge? We recommend making a pledge that is meaningful for you. Consider how the church impacts your life and the lives of others.

That’s pretty vague.

Or start with this fact: the church spends about $2,000 per person on our ministries and programming. If the right amount for you would be more or less than that, find your target yearly or monthly giving on the grid below.

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How do I pay my pledge?

You can pay in installments or all at once, by check, cash, or automatic bank transfer. Beginning July 1, 2017, you will receive quarterly statements showing your pledge progress.


What if my financial situation changes?

We understand that our congregation holds diverse resources, and we encourage you to make a meaningful pledge now that you feel good about fulfilling. If you need to revise an existing pledge, contact Business Administrator Norman Fouhy at or (215) 563-3980 x 300.

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How is the money managed?

Our members are the highest authority in the church, so every spring, members discuss and vote on a budget for the coming year. The budget is drafted by the church’s executive staff in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the Finance Working Group.


How can I have a voice in spending?

The Board will host two budget info sessions in the spring to propose drafts and hear feedback. In addition, the Board and the Finance Working Group meet monthly to review finances and fundraising. All are welcome to attend these meetings.


Do we have other income sources?

In addition to our individual giving, the congregation earns rental income through our building, and we have a modest endowment. Your generosity is the most important form of support for the church, especially as we grow.

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Questions? Contact Rev. Abbey Tennis at or 215 563 3980.

Thank you for supporting our church!

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