Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Town Hall Meeting: Sunday, October 27    ...more information.

This page lists events that occur at our facility. For other activities, please visit the
Activites & Events, Folk Factory, Greater Philly UU Cluster, and Social Justice pages.

Posted Tuesday, October 15 —


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.


Upcoming Worship Services

October's theme is "Welcoming".

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

October 20: Wild and Precious Lives
Inspired by Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day" four members and friends of the congregation will briefly introduce themselves and the journeys that have brought them here before answering this question: "What is it you intend to do with your one wild and precious life?"

This service has become an annual favorite here at Restoration. Worship Associate Pat D. will coordinate the service and introduce the speakers.

From our Minister

— A Reflection from Adrian L. H. Graham titled, "Joyfully Surprised"

I spent an entire year brooding over whether and when to come out to my family. I had had a little practice with some close friends in college, and later with a few friends from high school. Looking back on the experience now I can almost laugh at myself, or at least smile: the first few times, I essentially announced (after much beating around the bush) that "Adrian is not straight." That was the most direct I had ever been in my entire life.

Before we got to that point, one of my friends tried to clue the others in with a metaphor that began something like "Well, there are apple trees, and there are orange trees..." In hindsight, watching them try to figure out what the heck she was talking about was hilarious! But at the time, I could not find my laughter. I was consumed with fear, and all I could think was "What if they reject me?"

In the end, they did not reject me. Sure, there were a few minor bumps here and there (mostly learning experiences for my benefit),

but they held me in love and continue to do so to this day. What a blessing.

Coming out to my family might have been one of the hardest things I've had to do. We held to "traditional" religious values when it came to culture and social concerns-at least, that was what I was taught. In the end, I realized that my choice was one of life and death, and I needed to let my secret out in order to continue living, and to do so authentically.

My friends stuck with me through that entire year of brooding. It was hard, and I was scared, and they held me in love. I'm not sure I could have faced the challenge without them; we did it together. Today, I continue to be joyfully surprised by my mere existence. And I am forever grateful to them, and ever mindful of how I offer my presence to others. — Adrian

— Prayer —

God of compassion and companionship and presence, be with us always and draw near to us in times of fear and uncertainty. Teach us to hold one another gently and in abundant love. Show us the ways we can nurture authenticity, wholeness, and peace in ourselves and in one another.

From your Moderator

Welcome Home Everyone! Fall approaches and we are beginning another program year at Restoration. This is a new year for me especially, as I learn and step into the role of your moderator.

Recently, my husband, John, and I shared a chuckle at the dinner table when looking through a catalog of t-shirts and bumper stickers. John pointed out two bumper stickers that he felt were appropriate for me: “I’M NOT LOST, I’M JUST EXPLORING” and “NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”

I had to agree, as I love to try different pathways or routes when I am driving. This past weekend I attended a family reunion for the Cornelius Davis part of my family (my mother’s Dad) in Stafford, CT. We gathered at the property where in 1719 Cornelius Davis built first his log cabin and then his modest home which is still being lived in today. The barn at Greystone Farm where Grandpa grew up still stands just down the road a piece. I used a GPS system to travel without using highways and toll roads for part of each trip. It was great to drive through little historic

districts in northwestern Connecticut, starting with West Hartford, and on the way home, to use numbered county roads in New York State through orchards of heavily laden apple trees along the eastern ridge above the Hudson River. Here in Philly, too, I like to have multiple ways to get from point A to point B, to see neighborhoods, corner parks, wonderful old buildings and trees or to get around traffic, a regatta, or an obstruction and still get where I need to go.

It was while attending the Sunday Service at the UU Society of Greater Springfield (Massachusetts) that I realized having and learning multiple pathways is distinctly important to me theologically as well. What makes my meandering possible is having a home. Our Restoration Community is the home that grounds me. It gives me the platform from which to explore, wander, and consider new ways of thinking and being. It is my home. With the GPS, when I veer away from a planned route, the system recalibrates to help me continue on my way. You all serve that same function for me as you live your own lives of purpose and thought, and join together to continuously support our community. It is great to be home!
— Fern C.

Change for Change: October

World Central Kitchen

In October will go to the World Central Kitchen - Smart Solutions to Hunger and Poverty. The World Central Kitchen is changing the world through the eyes of a chef. As chefs, our work in the kitchen improves health, increases education rates, provides career skills, and creates food businesses.

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.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the
or phone 806-786-9733.

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Thursday, October 24 —

Folk Factory: Open Stage/Open Circle

Thurs., Oct. 24, 7:30-10:30pm, in Fellowship Hall

We start with an Open Stage (sound system, slots with 2 songs/10 minutes), take a break, then have an Open Circle (more informal, lots of singalongs). $2-5, sliding scale ($1 off for church members and friends; half for low or no wage folks). Come to strut your stuff or just listen, and tell your friends who are looking for an outlet for their music, stories, poetry, etc. Snacks available!

Sunday, October 27 —

Justice Council Meeting

Sunday, October 27th at 9:30am (not Sunday, October 13)

October 27 —

Town Hall Meeting

Please join us for the next Town Hall Meeting to discuss the
possibility of changing the name of the congregation.

See you there!

Name Change Committee

October & November —

"Dinners for 8th" in October/November:
Participants Look for an Email!

We have over 50 participants for our "Dinners for 8th" in October and November! There will be 9 separate dinners, on 5 dates, each with 6-9 people. Participants are encouraged to read an article about white supremacy culture and antidotes to it. Of course, all members and friends, even those who are not attending a Dinner for 8th, are also encouraged to take a look!

Click here to read article

If you signed up, look for an email in the next few days to find out what date and time you are scheduled for, and who your host/s are. They will contact you to coordinate food for the potluck and give directions/parking information. If you don't receive an email by October 17, contact or phone 215-848-6246.

8th Principle: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse,
multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably
dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

8th Principle Team Anti-Racism Survey (May, 2019) Results

Many of you filled out the Anti-Racism Survey sent out by our 8th Principle Team last May - thanks so much! Of the 30 respondents (out of about 90 members), about half have taken a Jubilee (or equivalent all-weekend anti-racism) training, and about half (mostly the same people) have actively participated in other racial justice activities. All but 4 of the respondents have been involved at UUCR for at least 10 years, so the responses are biased in the direction of longer-term members.

For the complete results, go HERE

For an annotated list of recommended books, movies, shows, etc. that have been meaningful to the respondents, go HERE

We encourage all members and friends to look at this list for items that you might be interested in reading and seeing.

Sunday, November 10 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, December 1 —

Donations of CLOTHING & SHOES for the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Sunday, December 1, will be the last day to bring in your donations of clothing and shoes for the Whosoever Gospel Mission Collection

Donations must be clean and in good condition (no stains, rips, or holes). Donations will be sold at the Mission’s Thrift stores to provide operating funds for it’s work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes in sturdy plastic trash bags because these bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in the Duo Room and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave your donations in Hale hallway.

They will be moved out of the hallway to be staged for pick-up by WSG at 9am on Monday, December 3
— Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

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4th Sundays: January to June —

Trans Inclusion Workshops: 4th Sundays from January to June
after Social Hour. Interested?

A number of members of the Justice Council and other members and friends of UUCR are interested in participating in a Trans Inclusion Workshop, to help us become more deeply inclusive and welcoming to people who are transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc. The workshop exists as a webinar offered by the UUA, but our idea is to watch each of the 6 sessions as a group, and discuss them afterwards. Justice Council tentatively scheduled these sessions for the 4th Sundays of January through June, to be held after Social Hour after the service on those Sundays. If you are interested in participating (whether that timing works for you or not), please contact or at 215-848-6246. We see this as part of our desire to renew and maintain our updated Welcoming Congregation (welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people) status as a congregation.

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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Adult Spiritual Development Classes for the Fall

Quest for the Historical Jesus: What do we actually know about the Rabbi from Nazareth as presented in the Christian Scriptures? What's fact and what's myth? Looking to learn more about Jesus of history, rather than the Jesus of church? Join to explore the history, geography, anthropology, sociology, and theology around the central figure in Christianity's story. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, concerns, and reading materials to discuss, dissect, and debate over 4 sessions.

Sacred Text Study as Spiritual Healing: many of us have spiritual wounds from other religious traditions. We have split off our selves from that past, and found sanctuary here in Unitarian Universalism. Part of healing these wounds involves naming the hurts caused by our religious past, and finding a way to reintegrate those parts of our past that can be helpful. Reinterpreting sacred texts like the Quran, Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, and Book of Mormon helps us develop a pathway towards developing our own theology and spiritual selves divorced from much of the hurtful pasts. Using Carol Howard Merrit's work, alongside other UU authors and various sacred scriptures, we'll begin to develop resilience and resources for our own spiritual grounding. Book study will be academic and Universalist in approach. 5-6 sessions.

If interested, call or email and let him know if Wednesday evenings work for your schedule!

Scholarship for Barrington W., M.Div.

Barry is attending the Black Lives of UU Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium in St. Paul, MN next month. We're hoping to support his journey and stay there as a minister-in-formation and as the future of our denomination. Donations can be made to Barrington personally or given to McKinley and tagged for the cause. Donations of any kind are welcome. We're grateful for his burgeoning ministry and excited to see what the future holds for him!

Hospitality Teams Reorganization

In order to provide more security and oversight during services, Rev. McKinley Sims, Steve W. and I have decided we need to redefine the role of those who volunteer upstairs - currently greeters and ushers.

The task of taking collection will now be listed as Offertory Collection, two people are needed and those folks take the offering, count the attendees and count the money after the service. This job was formerly called Usher, but in reality we did not have any ushers.

The role of Usher has been redefined in this way: Greet, ring the bell, close the glass doors when service begins, watch over seating of latecomers and watch over the door during service. Two people needed for each service, starting at 10:40. This is a job which will need some training, as we would like to incorporate some security responsibilities into the role (such as fully opening the heavy double doors for fire evacuation, or closing the doors in case of intrusion), so we ask that all those who like to usher/greet attend training sessions led by Steve W. and Rev. McKinley. More information will be forthcoming.

The new team assignments are listed HERE. At the moment there is no co-ordinator for Team 2. Perhaps someone will step forward. I thank other leaders for staying in their positions of leadership.

If anyone needs a different team, please contact
— Annabel G., Coordinator of Hospitality Teams

Paper Goods Update

Environmentally acceptable paper products to support our coffee hours and other social events have now been purchased. All the products are paper only, no wax coatings. Chinet is one of the acceptable brand names.

Here is the pricing:
6.75" dessert plates: 5 cents each
10" dinner plates: 11 cents each
8" appetizer plates: 7 cents each
Bowls: 19 cents each!

Last week we used the dishwasher, using the "each one teach one" method. Let's make it policy to use the dishwasher for every potluck and every time there are enough dishes to fill it up.
Thank you!

Visit our new Hospitality page listed under the Church Programs menu on this website.

Sept. 28 Flea Market Was a Super Succe$$

Saturday, September 28 was an absolutely perfect day for a flea market. I arrived on site at around 6 am and several vendors had already set up along Stenton Avenue - in the dark! - and they kept on coming. We sold 22 spaces, largely due to the efforts of Anthony Clarke. We sold our own flea market merchandise in the fellowship hall The total proceeds for spaces sold and FH mdse was $534.00. After bills are paid and IOUs are collected we will net about $575.00.

Many thanks go to those volunteers who provided publicity, helped sort and set up our mdse. In the FH, marked the lawn spaces, and acted as Hall Monitors, and Cashiers and cleaned up and put away the tables after 3pm. Those volunteers were: Wayne B., Anthony C., Pat D., Vivian D., Mariann E., Rita F., Annie G., Shirley G., Barbara P., Isa R., Louise S., Bob T., and Jane Z. Special thanks go to our Sexton, George Craddoch, Who set up the tables in the FH - and to our Administrative Assistant, Desi who handled publicity and many other detail of the sale. We could not have done it without all of their efforts!
Cynthia B. (outside sales) and Dot F. (inside sales), Flea Market Co-Coordinators

UUHouse Outreach: The Elusive Search for Perfection

You've spent countless hours working on a project but you see too many flaws. You want it to be perfect. Maybe, it's time to consider whether perfect is the appropriate goal? If you apply the following criteria, you may choose to adjust your high standards.
  • For whom are you creating the project? Will the flaws matter to the recipient?
  • How much time are you spending on the project? Are you enjoying the process enough to continue or would you prefer to do something else?
  • How important will the result be in five years? Will your finished project be as significant then as it is now?
  • Finally, ponder the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi. Simply stated, there is beauty in the imperfect and incomplete.
With these ideas in mind, perhaps your project doesn't need to be perfect. Your best effort is good enough.

For more information or to access aging services or support, please contact or phone 215-843-5881.

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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!

https://www.goodsearch.org/ 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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