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Some of us after coffee hour on a sunny Sunday. CLICK HERE for an enlargement.

We are a religiously diverse, LGBTQ+ embracing, intentionally multiracial and multicultural Unitarian Universalist faith community. In our congregation, we journey together in Love toward restoring spiritual wholeness. We were founded as a Universalist church in central Philadelphia in 1820 and relocated to the Mount Airy neighborhood in 1938. Join us for Sunday services each week in our air-conditioned sanctuary at 11 am and for our coffee hour afterward. Sunday school and child care are available. Summer services are followed by a potluck coffee hour.

We welcome people from any religious background who seek personal and spiritual growth in an extended family atmosphere.

Our denomination has no creed or doctrinal tests. All who are in sympathy with our beliefs and are willing to join us in supporting the goals of this church and the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association are welcomed into membership.

Our building is now accessible to people with disabilities! It features a ramp to the main sanctuary and a wheelchair lift to the Social Hall beneath. Two accessible restrooms have been created: one on the main level of the Hale Building and another on the lower level of the sanctuary to make our Fellowship Hall more accessible to our congregants, visitors and renters. CHECK HERE for photos.


From our Minister, The Reverend McKinley Sims —

Read about Reverend McKinley
Welcome from all of us here at UUs of Mt. Airy, located in the historic sanctuary of the Universalist Church of the Restoration of Philadelphia! We are a proud Unitarian Universalist congregation, commited to build Beloved Community by embracing all souls and nurturing wholeness in everyone who stops by in person or online. We are always learning from our ancestors and elders like Alice Walker, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thich Nhat Hanh. We worship every Sunday and draw from all kinds of literature and sacred scripture. Dress is casual, but know that we are celebrating our 200th Anniversary from 2020 to 2023, and we’re striving to build a better here and now, based on our progressive church's legacy of social justice activism and racial integration. We believe that many faiths can worship together under one roof, and whether you believe in God, identify as a Humanist, pray through meditation or by donating your time to nonprofits or volunteerism, you are welcome here with us.
In December, we explore the theme of Opening to Joy! Join us for explorations into mystic history, Radical and Revolutionary Joy for the Resistance, a grief based Blue Holiday service and of course, Music Sunday on 12/19!

PLEASE NOTE: Our services are "multiplatform", meaning there will be limited in-person seating in our sanctuary, but we livestream to our public Facebook Page and via our "Livestream" button here on this homepage! You can also watch via Zoom, which allows for more interaction from congregants. Please be mindful of these precautions as we move into uncharted territory. We have resumed in-person services, but masks and vaccinations are required to be in our buildings. We will continue to have excellent online components to our worship services and committee meetings, too. Regardless of how we're in contact with you in the coming weeks, our hope is that UUs of Mt. Airy place will be a new kind of Sanctuary in the city of brotherly love, sisterly affection, and sibling service. Amen!

The Reverend McKinley L. Sims, M.Div.
Minister, (he/him)
Play Hard. Never Stop. Have Faith


The Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) represents 14 nearby UU congregations and is actively connecting these congregations to share our message, grow our faith and strengthen congregations. Check out our Annual Reports to learn more about what we've been doing. As we look ahead, GPC will play a larger role for our congregations as the UUA regionalization moves forward.

Check out our GPC google calendar to attend events at the other cluster congregations. For more information...

We are a Social Justice
Loving Congregation!

Social Justice has been a long tradition, going back to the 1960s when the congregation worked with other community groups to fight "redlining" in Mt. Airy. As we work actively in the Black Lives Matter movement, we maintain a strong, spiritual commitment to love and justice. We recently voted to become a member of POWER Philadelphia and we have long participated in the work of UUJusticePA.


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If you would like to know more about our denomination, please click on this Unitarian Universalist Organizations link.

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