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Our Priorities

Honoring the diversity of paths to God, Chestnut Hill United Church is a faith community with open hearts and open minds. 

Excellent worship. Environmental and social advocacy. Children and youth.

These are our three priorities. These areas have been identified as the places where we will invest additional time, energy and resources over the next three to five years. We believe this is a part of our becoming even more vibrant, meaningful and spiritually powerful as a community.


Excellent Worship. Our worship regularly has people speaking openly each week their prayers of joy, excitement, pain, and longing. The diverse and festive music in our worship makes our prayers and participation deeper. Powerful preaching draws us both inward toward spirit and outward toward the vibrancy and intangibles of the world around us. Innovative and new as well as traditional and meaningful rituals make our worship creative, embodied and spiritually relevant.

Environmental and Social Advocacy. Our outreach to situations of environmental and social need includes participation in the following projects:

  1. TransCamp - a day camp for transgender/non-binary youth.

  2. The Environmental Justice Center - promotion of environmental spirituality and care for the Earth.

  3. POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Power, and Rebuild - an interfaith organization working to promote systemic change in our city in the areas of good jobs, great education, immigrant justice and ending gun violence.

  4. Philadelphia Futures - provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.

Children and Youth. Our worship is alive with the sounds, sights, and participation of children and youth. They are vivacious contributors to who we are as a congregation. We celebrate our children and youth, their questions, their spirituality and their presence. Our programming takes seriously their spiritual, emotional and developmental needs and our worship and activities involve them in important ways.


We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.

We value the life and teachings of Jesus. We are called to act for justice, to honor the Earth, and to trust the transforming power of God. We are a living sanctuary that ignites the inner spirit to participate in God's ongoing creation.