Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
This page lists events that occur at our facility. For other activities, please visit the
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Updated: Friday, January 17 —


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

January's Theme is "Integrity!".

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

January 26: "Be All That You Can Be" (as a church)
What is the highest calling of a religious community? What's the point of houses of worship in this day and age? What's our responsibility as a congregation of faith and moral courage?... and what does it have to do with congregational polity? Let's explore Integrity in Community together! Please bring your thinking caps as we prep for the 200th Anniversary, UU the Vote, and more!

From our Minister

This Sunday, we're starting a two-day event honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For our usual worship time, we're going to do a more immersive and interactive service that lifts up the words of people other than your straight, white, cis, male, minister. There's plenty of opportunity for speaking parts if you'd like to lend your voice to the service!

Please be in contact with McKinley if you're interested in helping read parts of the service (kids included!)

There will be a time in the service when we make posters and have a small "justice march". All are invited to participate in it, and the hope is to take a photo of the congregation with your signs that we can share on social media. Please participate as fully as you wish.

Then on Monday, a day of service is planned, starting at USG at 9:00am for kickoff worship, then followed by Service Projects across the city. Restoration is hosting soup making, cornbread cooking, and brownie baking, along with letter writing campaigns and family friendly activities. Please sign up if you are interested here: https://www.mlkphillyuus.org/p/register.html

The day of service ends with a POWER Interfaith coordinated rally at McDonalds on Chelten Ave at 1:00pm. There's an optional town hall meeting at Uncle Bobbie's bookstore at 12:30pm, too. Plenty of ways to create some constructive tension and get in some good trouble (although no one is planning to risk arrest at McDonalds!)

May we engage in this world with integrity about who we are and what we believe, what we stand for and show up for. May we #HonorTheLegacy this weekend and for the rest of the year.
— McKinley posted 01/10/2020

From your Moderator

In the past few weeks Restoration folks participated in the Dinners for the 8th Principle program at 9 different homes. In each gathering, we read a litany by Rev. Megan Foley that builds from a powerful phrase by Rev. Theresa Soto: “All of us need all of us to make it.”* It was especially appropriate for the purpose of the dinners but Rev. Soto’s sentence also captures my own goals for my term as moderator.

I share the desire that I know many of you have to support and nurture Restoration to be the “big enough tent” that Rev. Sims challenged us to create when he first joined us. I want us to be that place and help to build a better world in the broader community.

This overarching goal is supported by goals of transparency, efficiency, and vision. We want to make our Restoration community open and engaging to all who come through our doors. As a small but mighty group of individuals we need to be clear about what we want to achieve and work to do it efficiently.

The Board of Trustees will soon participate in a retreat where we will review and explore our current Mission Statement.** Many of us know the slogan we use, “Embracing All Souls and Restoring Wholeness,” but the mission is a much lengthier piece. We may find that it continues to accurately describe who we are and who we want to be in the world. Or we may want to propose some alterations, or work with other groups in the church to better articulate our mission. We believe this is timely work as we approach the 200th Anniversary of our congregation and as we continue the name change exploration.

There are many groups at Restoration, some are instrumental in sustaining our community,

some are doing important work to keep the community strong, some are for having fun together or learning new things, or developing our own spiritual lives. How does one keep track of them all? How does a relative newcomer or an old-timer find out about all the options or opportunities here at Restoration? Some groups are easy to recognize like the Restoration Singers who provide us with glorious music during our worship services, or soon, the Restoration Ringers will reappear for the holiday season. But other groups work behind the scenes like our stalwart Building and Grounds group who have been instrumental in improving our accessibility, making the Garth into a memorial garden, and now developing a way to have a bathroom with a shower for when we have the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network guests with us. I welcome your suggestions as to how we share information and welcome folks to our community.

As we say at the start of every worship service, “You are welcome here!” That goes for the individual who arrives by bus and is happy to sit and listen to the choir rehearse before the service, to the new neighbor who is visiting churches in the area, the ardent activist who is looking for a like-minded community to help her sustain her energies for her life’s work, the parent(s) looking for a healthy community in which to raise children, the person starting out in a new phase of life seeking companion travelers, the couple who need a quiet place as a respite from their busy lives, and even the tired, perhaps over-stimulated two year old who doesn’t want to go home at the end of the social hour. We want everyone to know they are welcome here.

So I close for now, as my young students would write at the end of free writing time, … to be continued!
— Fern C., Moderator posted 11/30/2019

Change for Change: January

Villanova University SCI Phoenix (formerly Graterford Prison) Program

The Villanova Program at SCI Phoenix-formerly the Graterford Program-is one of the oldest, continuously running degree-granting prison education programs in the United States. Established in 1972, the program seeks to offer incarcerated people the opportunity to obtain a college degree-teaching the same critical thinking, life-long learning and moral reflection skills that are hallmarks of a traditional, on-campus Villanova education.

Villanova University's long-term support of the program is rooted in its Augustinian Catholic values and belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. The University has emerged as a national leader in prison education as a result of its long-standing partnership with SCI Phoenix.

SCI Phoenix is where UUCR member Terry W. is currently incarcerated as he awaits a new trial of his case. UUCR member Bruce P. taught his course on The Math of Fairness there last semester.

Church Office Hours

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

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or phone 215-247-2561.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

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or phone 806-786-9733.

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Sunday, January 26 —

Reorganizing the Bookreaders Group

Sunday, January 26th in Hale Lounge
following worship service

Our aim is to find a new chair and these are some of the points:

  • We meet once a month on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm in Hale
  • The books are selected by the group
  • Any subjects are considered
  • Notice of book selected is sent out by email.
  • Dot usually sent a postcard monthly.
  • A donation of $2 is requested for snacks.
  • All ages are encouraged.
  • U need not have always read the book.
Please consider joining!!

For more information, contact Maryanne E. at 215-248-2363 or Barbara P. at 215-483-1228.

Thursday, January 30 —

Justice Council Book for Discussion

Thursday, January 30
7:15 in the Duo Room

Our Justice Council book for discussion this year will be How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Our first session will meet after the Black Lives Matter Vigil, so starting at around 7:15, in the Duo Room (where the copier is, near Hale Lounge). We will be discussing the Chapters 4-6. Contact Bruce P. at 215-848-6246 if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. Snacks will be available.

End of January —

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's
Guest At Your Table

The annual Guest at your Table appeal at UUCR will wrap-up at the end of January, 2020. Although we are frequently appealing for contributions, Guest at Your Table benefits the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), which began in 1939, when Rev Waitstill and Martha Sharp assisted refugees escape from Nazi persecution in Europe. The work of the UUSC has continued and evolved to support marginalized communities across the world to determine their own steps for the future. Contributions to Guest at Your Table this year will be used to advance women-led human rights initiatives around the globe from Mexico to Burma

It is very easy and safe to donate online by going to the URL uusc.org/givetoguest (please be certain to list Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Phila., PA 19150 as your congregation). If you prefer, you still may utilize one of the boxes available in Fellowship Hall at church during coffee hour, but then please hand it directly to Rev. McKinley, Fern, Steve, Len, Jane or any other Board member so that it doesn't get misplaced. Any amount that you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated! We hope to have as many congregants participate as possible.
Thank you for your engagement in UUCR!

Sunday, February 9 —

Second Sunday Potluck

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4th Sundays: January to June —

Trans Inclusion Workshops: 4th Sundays from January to June
after Social Hour. Starting January 26. 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 email Bruce P. or phone 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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From the UU House Outreach

Restoration Will Welcome PIHN Guests in Late Winter

Restoration will be welcoming guests from the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) later this winter. The families we’ll be hosting will stay the classrooms on the second floor of Hale Hall. No specific dates have been planned, but this will likely be in late February through March. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable home for our guests throughout their four-week stay. There are four ways you can help:
  1. Assist in moving furniture and equipment from the classrooms before the guests arrive.
  2. 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 a half hour, as the guests, PIHN staff, and volunteers from Penn Charter School do much of the heavy lifting.
  3. Preparing and hosting evening meals. We are responsible for providing evening meals on Monday through Thursday during the first two weeks of their stay. The guests themselves will prepare their own evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays, and volunteers from partnering congregations will assist with weeknight meals during part of the stay.
  4. Restoration is responsible for providing overnight hosts for the part of the guests’ stay with additional assistance from PIHN staff and buddy congregations.
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.

We’ll be providing more information and asking for your help as soon as firm dates are established.
— Steve W. & Darlene S., PIHN Coordinators

Report on Town Hall Meeting on Name Change

Below, is a report following the Town Hall Meeting.
View Report

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 me.
— Annabel G., Coordinator of Hospitality Teams

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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.

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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