Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Friday, September 21 —


Sunday services begin at 11 am in the sanctuary immediately followed by refreshments and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
Both spaces are air conditioned in the summer for your comfort.

Restoration is Accessible for those with Disabilities!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and accessible restroom on the lower level to make our Fellowship Hall more available to our congregants, visitors and renters. CHECK HERE for photos.


Recent sermons are available in VIDEO FORMAT and others are available as TEXT.

Upcoming Worship Services

September Meditation on Sanctuary:
"May You Find Shelter" - Rev. Barbara Hamilton-Holway
May you find shelter in being seen for who you are.
May you find hope in this place.
May you dwell always in your goodness.
May goodness and hope be your eternal home.

September 23: "Sukkot: Building a Big Enough Tent"
We'll look at the Jewish story of Sukkot and ignite our imaginations to see what the ancient tradition can teach us about our faith practice today. What does it mean to be together and how can we do it better? How can we build a 'sanctuary' for those looking for a place to learn a new way to be human? Come ask and answer these questions as we ponder what Love can build here at Restoration. During the service, we will be building an altar made out of natural elements, and congregants are invited to bring something small from the natural world to help create the sculpture.

September 30: "Universalism: What is Love?"
In honor of Universalism Day and the anniversary of Joseph Murray's preaching on how everyone is "saved" by Love, we will explore the theology and application of Universalism today. How should we treat others if we are all "saved," and what does that demand of us? Come join us to hear and reflect on how Love is a both a saving and a deeply troubling force in the universe. If you have a friend or neighbor who's curious about the UU denomination, this would be a great service to invite them to check us out. Oh, also, it's Rev. McKinley's favorite topic.

From your Minister —

Towards Autumn

As we head towards the end of September and the first days after the Autumnal Equinox, we might also look towards things like football games, golden-turned leaves, and steaming hot cocoa under nights that grow longer. In that coming darkness of the night sky, we are reminded that the harvest season is upon us, and people across the northern hemisphere are bringing in their crops to last the winter. The Jewish holiday of Sukkoth is a harvest festival celebrated by folks around the world as a reminder of times long gone, yet still relevant today. For Judaism practitioners, that involves the building of a sukkah, or "tabernacle" structure outside of the home. They are intentionally made of different materials, including greenery and wood. It's a callback to the Book of Exodus from Hebrew Scripture, and reminds folks that after the Days of Awe, the beginning of that year involves thinking back on stories that relate what it meant to be

exposed and away from home. Sukkoth is a story about resilience and the banding together of different peoples to create a home away from home. As part of our worship experience on Sunday, we are going to talk about what it means to harvest our spiritual gifts and talents in our practice of Covenant. We will explore what Sukkoth might teach us about being together in our diversity, and how we can build a Sanctuary here at Restoration. And so, for those feeling moved to participate, you are invited to go out and gather the gifts of nature around your house, or from places special to you. Please bring greenery, flowers, rocks, twigs, pinecones, natural elements from your sanctuary places to help create an altar during our Sunday service this week. We will have materials of our own, but in the building of this communal place, diversity is what makes it stronger and more beautiful. Please keep offerings small enough to sit on a table or in a basket. Our altar will be built of the harvest gifts of our our world, and we will begin covering it with the covenant of Love once again. Have a blessed week!
Rev. McKinley    posted: September 21, 2018

From your Moderator —

A New Church Year
Ingathering Sunday and the start of a new Church year is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m particularly looking forward to this year with our new Minister, Reverend McKinley Sims. Like everyone else in our community we have high hopes for our relationship with Kin. I want to remind everyone that much of our Minister’s success depends to a great extent on us and how we help and support him. We’re still considered a small church and it’s easy for a Minister to get overwhelmed quickly. We are not afforded a lot of the supports a larger church has. We have a small staff that do a lot. As a small church we depend a great deal on volunteers for various things that normally a staff person would do.

I also am encouraged by the ongoing dedication of our various committees and ministries. I always feel proud when people comment on Restoration’s vitality and spirit. During the early part of the summer when Richard Williams the Director of UUPLAN conducted a worship service at Restoration he commented to me later on how impressed he was with us. I hear that a lot and to me it speaks volumes about our vitality and spirit.

speaks volumes about our vitality and spirit.

Moving into this church year we are overall in good shape. Our finances are healthy. Our building and equipment while needing some major work that will start in September is in overall good shape. Membership is stable and new folks keep coming in the front door. As your Moderator these are some of the major things I look at. If I was asked what are some of the things I’d like to see for this year they would be, first and foremost a caring committee and better pastoral care for our members. We’ve been taking stabs at this for a while with still no formal way of doing it. The second thing would be to establish deacons in the church. The Deacons wouldn’t be ordained but formally recognized by the congregation to focus on members and membership and supporting our Minister. This is an idea that came up at one of our last Board meetings last church year. I think it’s something worth pursuing. What do you think? Let me know. You can email me or call me at 267-784-9071

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: August 31, 2018

Church Office Hours

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Email the or phone 215-247-2561.

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Wednesday, September 26 —

CommUUnity Potluck Monthly Gathering

We will gather at 6:30 pm in Hale Lounge and bring in snacks to share. Please mark your calendars for the rest of 2018: Oct. 24, and Nov. 24. We typically meet on the last Wednesday of the month but with Halloween landing on Wednesday, we are going with the 24th. We look forward to a gathering with Imam Malik who spoke to our congregation earlier this past year, and another session with Jondhi Harrell of The Center for Returning Citizens. Do you have a documentary you would like to have us view and discuss? Did you hear about Philadelphia's Year of DuBois commemorating the 150th Anniversary of this great American's birth? Please contact

Saturday, September 29 —

Restoration's Fall Pop-up Yard Sale and Flea Market

9 am until 3 pm

Questions, call or phone at 215-242-5214.

Please support this community outreach effort! Thank you

Thursday, October 11 —

Last Soul Work Book Discussion
(Conclusions, Next Steps, etc.) after the Vigil

The last discussion of Soul Work, on anti-racism and UU Theology, will be held tonight after the Vigil, starting at around 7:15 pm, in Fellowship Hall (or Hale Lounge, if it's not too hot). We will be discussing the final short sections of the book on Conclusions, Creating Partnerships for Anti-Racist Action, Resources for Anti-Racism Work, and the Anti-Racism Inventory for UU Congregations and Organizations. Snacks and beverages will be provided; please join us!

Sunday, October 14 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, October 14 —

Justice Council Meeting

Sunday, October 14, in Hale Lounge following the potluck: More information later.
— Bruce P.

October 28 through November 11 —

Restoration to Welcome PIHN Guests this Fall

Restoration will be welcoming guests from the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) from October 28th to November 11th. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable home for our guests throughout their two-week stay. There are three ways we’ll be counting on you to assist with this:

  1. Helping our guests when they move in and out. Both moves are scheduled early afternoon on Sundays after the social hour. These moves are generally finished in less than an hour, as the guests, PIHN staff, and volunteers from Penn Charter School do much of the heavy lifting.
  2. Preparing and hosting evening meals. This year, Restoration is responsible for only five meals (Sunday, October 28th through Thursday, November 1). The guests themselves will be preparing their weekend meals, and a partnering church will cook and host meals during the second week of their stay.
  3. Serving as overnight hosts each evening from 9 pm until 6:30 am. Overnight hosts will be available to answer guests’ questions and will ensure guests are up for work and school in the morning. In case of an unlikely emergency, overnight hosts will call 9-1-1 and (if necessary) alert guest to evacuate the building. Your privacy is ensured. Hosts will stay in Hale Lounge. The guests will be staying in classrooms on the second floor of Hale Hall.
Restoration’s affiliation with PIHN is one of our most enduring social action initiatives. PIHN provides education, training, social support, and housing for carefully selected families in crisis. PIHN’s mission begins with meeting immediate needs and extends beyond that to alleviate the root causes and help families achieve lasting independence. Their approach is highly effective; fully 92% of families receiving PIHN’s assistance have succeeded in permanently overcoming homelessness. Congregations from many faith traditions work together to share this work.
Steve W. & Darlene S. PIHN Coordinators

Saturday, November 17 —

Folk Factory News

2018-19 Season Tentatively Includes Joe Jencks,
Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, et al.

Folk Factory’s tentative schedule for 2018-19 is looking very exciting! So far, it looks like we will be having a benefit concert for Project Learn on Oct concerts by Bethlehem (granddaughter of beloved Restoration member Marion Napper, who sang at her funeral) & Sad Patrick with David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans (former co-coordinators of Folk Factory, who perform as Two of a Kind and in Acoustic Blender) on November 17, Joe Jencks (author of Lady of the Harbor and member of Brother Sun) on March 1; Lui Collins on April 13, and Susie Burke & David Surette some time in the spring.

Advance tickets can be purchased online. To arrange childcare, please call 215-848-6246.

For further information, visit The Folk Factory Facebook page, email , or call 215-848-6246! If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce P. at the same number.

Throughout November —

Donate in November: Clothing & Shoes for the

Throughout NOVEMBER donations of clothing and shoes will be accepted for the Whosoever Mission in Germantown. Donations will be sold at the Mission’s Thrift Stores on Chelten Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue. Our donations will provide operating funds for the Mission’s work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes (no other items) in sturdy plastic trash bags.

These bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available in Hale hallway and on the windowsill in the Fellowship Hall. Please take some for your donations. Leave your donations in Hale hallway.
Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

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Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —

Bring Your Own...

BYOL - BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH takes place in Hale Lounge. Everyone is welcome; just bring a sandwich. There's no agenda and no homework! Just come and enjoy conversation and catch up on the latest church news.

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm —

Soul Line Dance Classes
in Fellowship Hall

Thursdays, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

Please join us to show our concerns about racism and white supremacy every Thursday. We line Stenton Avenue with our signs (and get tons of supportive honks) from 6-6:30 pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share in the transept chapel to the left of the sanctuary from 6:30-7 pm. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

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UU House Outreach: Back to Basics

Sometimes, older adults need reminders to return to life's basic rules that they learned in elementary school. Both Robert Fulghum and Mister Rogers consistently promote easy to follow guidelines. They are:
  1. Have a structured day.
    Robert Fulghum suggests doing these activities each day:
    • Learn some.
    • Think some.
    • Work and play some.
    • Sing and dance some.
    • Take a nap.
  2. Make something - even if you're not good at it.
  3. Be a good neighbor. Remember to be polite and kind to others.
  4. Change into your play clothes at the end of each day.
  5. Give your mind a break. Either meditate, pray or think about ways to make the world better.
  6. Look for help. Find ways to help others from simply smiling at someone, to offering assistance or volunteering. Also, if you have a problem, ask for help.
The staff members at UU House Outreach provide programs and services to help you live by these rules and ease difficult situations. Feel free to contact them by calling 215-843-5881 or

This Year's Hospitality: It's up to YOU!!

We look forward to another year of stellar support for Sunday services with our teams. There have already been a few changes to the lists. If any of you feel you need a change because of projected travel or other issues please let me and/or your team coordinator know.

One of our members has already projected non-attendance for her team assignment, and thus she will be split between two teams so she can be of more service. Assisting another team with food and clean-up is always an option, if your attendance cannot be regular during your team month.

The "job descriptions" are in the current Autumn newsletter and also posted on this website (see below). "Each One Teach One" has been our motto as everyone learns what to do.

With gratitude to members and friends alike for sharing these responsibilities. P.S. Assisting with clean-up is usually a very good time for catching up with friends and making new ones.

Visit our new Hospitality page listed under the Church Programs menu on this website for more information and for the Team Lists.

Looking for the Latest Church Directory?

... directions to a friend's home, or your latest contribution statement?

Find all this by clicking the CHURCH DIRECTORY button at the right, or on the Home page of this site. You can edit your own information from the ICON Home page or change your password on the Settings page.

If you attach a photo to an email and send it to either the or we will be happy to add it to your profile.

Forgot your username or password?
Email the and request a new one.

Live Stream Feedback

If you watch the live-stream of our worship service, please send your feedback about the quality of the streaming experience to:

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Purchasing Online?
Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to PIHN through iGive.com! You can make financial donations to PIHN without spending an extra penny. Do your holiday online shopping through iGive.com. It's as easy as 1-2-3...
  1. Visit this link: http://www.igive.com/Qx51lcq. It will take you to the iGive homepage with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network selected as your cause. Here, you can register to be a PIHN supporter (it's easy and free).
  2. After you sign up, you'll get an email telling you to install the iGive button with instructions on how to do so. You can download this onto any computer or phone you use to shop online. The button will show up on the top of your internet browser window.
  3. Press the iGive button, and browse 1,300+ stores that participate and select one. You'll see what percentage of your purchase will go to PIHN. Your purchase/donation will automatically be registered with iGive. You'll receive an email confirmation after you visit your first store, just to make sure the donation tracking system is working.
Go for it. And thanks!

Another Way to Stay In Touch

If you use Facebook, please join the congregation's group page; Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. You can learn more about what's going on in our community and you can post your own thoughts, poems, prayers... https://www.facebook.com/groups/39131276017/

Restoration's Work Request Forms

If you are requesting work to be done, please complete the appropriate colored work request form located on the office door. Once your form is completed, place it in the bin labeled Administrative Assistant also hanging on the office door.

For those who do not frequently visit the church, you can send your request via email to office@uurestoration.us.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

Hale Hall Doors

It is imperative that we remember that both front and back doors to Hale Hall remain locked at all times. This means even during meetings and Sunday services. Please do not let anyone into Hale Hall that you do not personally know is safe at any time. During services, all members, friends and congregants should come in the sanctuary door. Thank you for your cooperation.
— Tim S., Moderator

Staples Rewards
Restoration with $$$

Don't forget to give the church's telephone number (215-247-2561) when you make any personal purchase at a Staples store, by telephone or online. By doing so a credit will be posted to Restoration's Staples account for a percentage of the sale. These credits, known as Staples Business Rewards, really add up. We use them to offset the cost of our office supplies.

In addition, Restoration's Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the church's telephone number (215-247-2561) when you turn in your used printer cartridges (any kind or type) at Staples. You can also leave your old cartridges in the Duo Room where they will be picked up and turned in to Staples.
— Dot F.

A Super Easy Way for
You to Help Restoration

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!What if Restoration earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause - Restoration! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting Restoration.

Be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

Please Hang Up Your Coats

Do not leave your coats on the chairs in the Fellowship Hall or the pews in the Library. They take up valuable space that we need for seating during Coffee Hour. Please hang your coats on the rack in the hallway just outside the Fellowship Hall so that everyone can sit comfortably.
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