Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Annual Congregational Meeting: Sunday, June 30    ...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 Monday, June 24 —


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

June's theme is "Beauty".

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

June 30: Struck by Beauty

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious..."
— Albert Einstein
Worship Associates Brenda R. and Cynthia B. invite you to consider the human need for beauty and how it opens us to spirit.

June 30: ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING following coffee hour
All members, be sure to come out to vote on important congregational topics.

From our Minister

Reporting in from GA in Spokane. We've had a ball here so far, with Fern, Brad, and Julie representing Restoration to the wider UU world. Our church's banner flew high and proud in the opening parade ceremony, and the workshops have been meaningful. I'm hoping some of the good stuff here can be brought back to the congregation to help us continue to engage with one another and with our higher Powers and deeper Sources. Much of the work here has been focused on reminding one another of the power of true, authentic relationships. It's easy to slip into a feeling of superiority towards folks who are "other"... other religions, other political parties, other fill-in-the-blank. It's been a reminder that we lose sight of our religious values when we focus on their "not"-ness and not are "are-ness". We are many things, and that "we" is a power we don't always fully harness.

That said, true and authentic relationships require vulnerability and the other focus of this week has been encouraging us to drop our guards a little when we come to worship. We don't have to always worry about doing or saying the right thing, acting the right way in worship. We come to Sunday morning in our sanctuary with our whole selves, and while we all agree to treat one another with respect, grace, and love... our covenant doesn't

mention anything about one right way to be in worship. Church is supposed to be a place where our liberal religious values welcome all people, without exception, and church is supposed to be a place where you come to experience the Real. I sometimes find myself "performing" in social situations. Church doesn't have to be somewhere you perform. It's a place where you are. Where you come to be. We all have things we need to work out and work on. For white folks, it's usually racism and colorblindness. For many of us, it's searching for Truth and feeling unsure about what we truly believe in. For all of us, it's wrestling with the tension between hope and despair for our earth and our future.

Church is that sacred place where you come to be in relation with one another and with the Holy. It should be real, true, authentic, a little messy, and not somewhere you feel you can't be yourself. The power of "we", as we are learning here in Spokane, is that it's made up of you and I. If there's not a full you, or a full me... then it's not really we.

May we bring our full selves to this congregation and help love one another into fullness and restoration. May we work on our "stuff" and extend grace, demand justice, and honor our covenantal relationships. May we "be" church in the best possible sense of the word.

May it be so. Amen.

From your Moderator


Time seems to go by fast. However, I’ve come to believe that it is always now, always today. I now see time as less linear. With that in mind I’ve been reflecting on the end of my time as your Moderator, and have come up with so many reflections that I’ll try to sum up in this, my last Moderator’s column.

To begin with I’ve probably served more time as Moderator than any other in the history of our church for a total of 6½ years. The reasons for that happening are many. My personal reasoning was because I loved my church and was willing to serve and make a contribution. A lot has happened over these years. We’ve made it through some storms big and small, we grew spiritually, we made improvements on our facilities, we strengthened our financial resources, we grew our RE program, and we have a great Minister. There’s definitely a lot more we can take pride in but overall we became stronger yet more resilient. One of my thoughts is recalling what was on my mind as to the challenges when I took on the role of Moderator in 2013. Back then I saw that we were still healing from a hurtful experience with a former Minister, there still was a good deal of division among members, our facilities were under stress, we were recovering from

some financial stresses, and there still were some lingering unresolved conflicts. Fortunately we were able to come together and confidently address and deal with it all.

What’s in store for me? I’ve committed to join the worship associates, I’d like to manage the pledge drive again, perhaps I’ll be on the nominating committee , Externally, I plan to increase my work with UUPLAN. With UUPLAN I currently serve on the nominating committee, and the Economic Justice team. Personally I hope to spend more time with Darlene and our Daughters Arley, and Rachele. My new nonprofit Ride to Work is riding along nicely. My plan is to work it for at least 4-5 years and hopefully retire. Bottom line I’ll stay busy.

In closing I’d like to thank everyone for their trust and support. I’d like to thank all those who served on the board with me over these years, thanks to our recent Ministers Kathy Ellis, Maria McCabe, Jo Green, the fantastic Building & Grounds folks, Fern C. and Cynthia B. (my ride or die crew), the fantastic team from Central East Region especially Pat Infante, and David Pyle who were always there when I needed them.

Since I believe that it’s always now I leave you with this poem by Mary Oliver that bubbled up in my mind the other day.

Today I’m flying low
and I’m not saying a word
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

— Mary Oliverting committee.

Yours in Service, Tim S.

Please Support Our Growing RE Program
by Volunteering This Summer!

Classroom activities might be winding down, but we don't want the fun to end in RE! We're looking for volunteers to monitor semi-structured outdoor play in July and August. Bubbles? Check! Lawn Games? We got 'em! Adorable and brilliant kids? Definitely. All we need now are some dedicated volunteers who can commit to one or more Sundays of supervising our school-aged kids during service. It's important we continue to support our families at UUCR - if you think you're up to the task, please contact , or calling 215-264-3608.

— Joanna S.

June Change for Change:
Arch Street Methodist Church Grace Cafe

55 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Grace Café is a restaurant style community meal serving our communities most vulnerable residents, our neighbors currently experiencing homelessness and struggling with food insecurity.

We are supporting Arch Street Methodist this month to help them at a difficult time when their roof needs major repairs. They have been a leader of activism in the city for decades. Our donation will go to their Grace Cafe mission.

Past Change for Change offerings...

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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June Monthly Events at a Glance

Wednesday, June 26 —

CommUUnity Potluck

Wednesday, June 26, at 7 pm in the Sanctuary

Spike Lee's Bamboozled (rated R): At this month's CommUUnity Potluck on Wednesday, June 26, we will be watching Spike Lee's controversial film Bamboozled from 2000. Wikipedia describes it as "a 2000 satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the resulting violent fallout from the show's success."

It is rated R, mainly for strong language (especially the F and N words). It was a nominee for the 2001 Black Reel Award for Best Film of the Year. We will start off in Hale Lounge, where there will be food and beverages available. If you can bring something to share, that is great, but not absolutely necessary if it's too hard to work out.

Sunday, June 30 —

Upcoming Annual
Congregational Meeting

Rescheduled to Sunday, June 30

All members, be sure to come out to vote
on important congregational topics.

Nominations for Restoration's
2019-20 Board Announced

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates for Restoration's Board of Trustees:
  • Moderator: Fern C.
  • Associate Moderator: Stephen W.
  • Treasurer: Len R.
  • Secretary: Jane H.
  • Trustee: Leslie F.
  • Trustee: Peter J.
  • Trustee: Anam O.
  • Trustee: Bruce P.
The following candidates are proposed for Nominating Committee:
  • Shirley G.
  • Maryellen N.
  • Ron S.
  • + 1 member who will be appointed from next year's Board of Trustees
The election is scheduled to take place at the Annual Meeting, which the Board has rescheduled for Sunday, June 30 after the social hour.

Saturday, July 6 —

Big Book Sale: Help is Really Needed

We really need help on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 from 9am to 3pm to put out ALL THE BOOKS for the July 6 BIG BOOK SALE. Can you give just 2 hours (or more) on those days to help put out and arrange the books on tables in the Fellowship Hall? We have oodles of books but we cannot sell them unless we put them out and arrange them by categories.

There will be rewards (Klondike Bars and Entenmann's donuts) for all helpers. There will be challenges as to categories so come on out and join in the fun.
, BIG BOOK SALE 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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New Members for Restoration

Reverend McKinley welcomed six new members into our community.

UUHouse Outreach: The Joy of Cooking Safely -
Best Practices for Avoiding Foodborne Illness

Eating nutritious foods is important. It is equally important to properly handle and prepare your meals to avoid food-related illnesses. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has dire warnings about improper food handling and encourages ways to safely prepare meal meals. Here's a quick summary.


  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Scrub all surfaces, utensils and dishes.
  • While shopping, keep meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables separate in the cart and bags.
  • Keep raw and cooked foods separate.
  • Always use a food thermometer. Check the food safety chart for appropriate temperatures.
  • In a microwave, stir or rotate food to cook it evenly. Allow standing time, to completely cook food.
  • Bring liquids to a boil when you reheat them.
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishable food within two hours of cooking or purchasing; one hour if the temperature is over 90゚.
  • Marinate food in the refrigerator.
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator, cold water or the microwave.
Program staff can be reached at 215-843-5881 or outreach@uuhouse.org.

Summer Hospitality - It's up to YOU!!

No Formal Teams during June, July and August

When you are attending during these months, what can you do to help?

  • Food: bring something to share if you care to. Dot F. will continue her "coffee service," unless she is away, when some of step in to do this. Potluck Sundays continue as usual.
  • Greeting: If you arrive early, step in to greet. Be mindful of welcoming guests and follow up at coffee hour. New this summer: Activity packs created by Joanna S. Let's make sure greeters know where they are and offer to all families with children.
  • Ringing the bell: Lots of fun! Ring it 11 times to mark the hour correctly. Ring at the conclusion of postlude.
  • Offertory: Take a look at the back of the church and see if anyone has stepped up - if not, volunteer on the spur of the moment. Remember that job involves two people counting the donations and signing off on the funds collected. Also, these people count the attendees, estimating others who may be in the building.
  • Clean-up: A great time to chat and catch-up with your friends. Putting tables away could be your contribution.
New team assignments will be available in late August.

Thanks to all for assisting with so many of the tasks which support our Sunday services

We are grateful for service of coordinators Barbara P., Bridget M. and Darlene S.

— 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.

Restoration's Pop-up Auction is Underway!

If you have signed up for any of the auction items that were up for bid or plan on doing so please send your Money$ to Len R. You can put it in a separate envelope on Sundays or mail it in and put the amount and perhaps a note stating the events you have attended and/or plan on attending. For those that have attended the events, we hope you had a great time and look forward to your contributions. Any questions or concerns, please email to bid on the events below
    Come walk an 11 Circuit Labyrinth in community.
    Where: St. Thomas Church, 610 Flourtown PA
    When: Friday, September 13, 7 pm
    Bid: $15-Limit 16 participants
    Offered by (6 people signed up)

Prison Book Drive

UUCR is one of several locations in Philadelphia where books can be donated to "More Books Through Bars". The more prisoners read, the less likely they are to return to jail once they are released. It is the right thing to do. The donated books will be shipped out later this Spring (May/June 2019). Look through your shelves for the following types of books: dictionaries, self-help, exercise, "how to" skills, criminal law, African American & Latino history, urban fiction, islam and other religious content, astrology/dream interpretation, true crime, puzzles, fantasy, wicca, tattoo art. Their flyer requests "paperbacks in English and Spanish only, due to prison rules".

For more information the website is: MoreBooksThroughBars.org. You can contact the coordinator at Mary@More BooksThroughBars.org

is the contact person at UUCR. She has set up a collection box in the library. It has green labels showing the "wish list". Thanks for your help!

From the Name Change Committee

Twenty-four people (plus the committee) came to the Town Hall Listening Session on May 19 to discuss five questions related to changing the name of the congregation. Thank you to everyone who came out. Each of the four small facilitated groups had rich and valuable discussions.

If you didn't have a chance to attend and would like to have your voice heard, feel free to reach out to one of the committee members. They will be happy to schedule a conversation at a convenient time for you.

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Eithne R. (no email) |

Terry Williams Granted a Re-trial!

Terry Williams has been granted a re-trial!! There are two different trials his lawyers are working on re-trials for, and this one is not the big one that could possibly get him released, but it is a huge first step toward that goal. This means that the new evidence of prosecutorial misconduct is compelling enough to warrant a new trial, and if it is successful, would go a long way toward the second also happening and being successful. Terry wants to share his joy with all of you, and looks forward to that day when he can actually sit in the pews with us! You can write to him (on regular letter-sized paper, which gets photocopied and sent to him) at:

Smart Communications/PA DOC
Terry Williams AY3626
SCI Greene
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

From the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

Dear Congregation Members,

The UUA's annual congregational certification is in... here's this year's headline: membership is steady, while religious education enrollment and average Sunday attendance continue to fall.

Adult membership is steady overall, coming in at 154,704 - almost identical to last year. We have stabilized a downward trend in membership that had run 2010-2017, but beneath the headline we see substantial movement in membership figures in congregations. Last year 43% of congregations grew their adult membership, and 30% grew their RE enrollment. Growth is coming largely from our smallest congregations - of the almost 400 members we added to brick and mortar UUA congregations last year, 70% were from congregations of under 150 members.
To read the entire letter...

Change for Change Collection

Listed below are the monthly Change for Change offerings collected last year:

Summer Membership Anniversaries

Suzanne W.
Holly J.
Peter J.

22 years
17 years
13 years
And WELCOME to new members this June: Nicole B., Sharon F., Courtney H., Robert T., and Levin T.

There are no Anniversaries in July or August.
If you are ready to become and member of our congregation,
please speak to any member of the Board of Trustees.

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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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