The old Messiah Universalist Home

Then and now. The old Messiah Universalist Home, a Philadelphia retirement home, dedicated in 1902, today houses a Chinese grocery.


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But no wistful tears. If memory of the successor institutions serves, it survives today — and probably more practically — as UUH Outreach.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I actually think that UUH Outreach is a creative way to reframe an elder-care institution. To support elders living in their homes through social services and emergency assistance.

  2. UU House, or its earlier incarnation “Joseph Priestley House” was envisioned as a kind of home for retired Unitarians. And it sat in a neighborhood that included a Home for Retired Baptists next to a Home for Retired Music Teachers. There’s something perennially hopeful about about old folks’ homes.

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