Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration

Posted Friday, February 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.


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

Upcoming Worship Services

February's theme is "Trust".

February 17: "What Makes a Good President?"
For UUs, our duties as citizens to uphold the democratic process forms part of the Principles of our faith. Many people believe that too much power has become invested in the Office of the Presidency. One person with the power of life and death over so many. Is this what the founders envisioned? Let's explore what democracy could look like.
— Worship Associates Rita F. & Brenda R.

February 24: "In Preparation for Reparations"
Join us to dive into the potentially uncomfortable but incredibly important topic of what happens when we break trust with one another. We'll talk forgiveness, covenant, and yes...reparations. A word often used, but sometimes misunderstood. Let's see what kind of meaning we can make and take from there.

From our Minister

Happy Valentine's to those celebrating! An important reminder to fill out the Name Change Survey brought forth following the Town Hall meeting last Sunday. Check your email box and fill out the questions honestly and fully! Check with those folks who don't usually do email to see if they have received a paper copy or spoken with a member of the Name Change committee.

Feedback may also be submitted to the minister as part of pastoral care. Trust the process, and be a part of that process! Thanks to the church leadership for a wonderful meeting last week, which was videotaped and will be available online and in a hard copy format for folks to watch if they were absent. The weekly mediation is from the Rev. Connie Simon of First U of Cincinnati:

We have been given many chances before today to heal the wounds of the racism and oppression that have beset our denomination for many years and held us back from realizing the inherent worth and dignity of all Unitarian Universalists. We have made some progress, but we still have a long way to go.... We pray for resilience and determination... to make mistakes and to keep trying...in the name of all that is holy, we say amen.

Watch the Town Hall here

February Change for Change:
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

In February, change will go to The New Sanctuary Movement, an immigrant-led, interfaith nonprofit that works to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy. They are inspired by nonviolent movements for social change, and confront violent structures with bold compassion and courageous love.

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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Sunday, February 17 —

Justice Council Meeting Following Coffee Hour

Our next Justice Council meeting will be after the worship service and coffee hours this Sunday, February 17, starting at around 12:30pm, in Hale Lounge. We will have pizza and brownies, since there is not potluck before this meeting. Come help us decide who to give future Change for Change donations to, what to do for our CommUUnity Potlucks, and other activities involving social and racial justice in our community. We will also be joined by our new POWER organizer, Lilah. All are welcome!
— Bruce P.

Wednesday, February 27 —

CommUUnity Potluck

Our next CommUUnity Potluck will be on Wednesday, February 27, starting at 6:30 pm, in Hale Lounge and/or the Sanctuary. We plan to be watching a movie about James Baldwin. Bring food to share if you can, but feel free to join us even if you can't.

Thursday, February 28 —

Folk Factory News

People’s Choice Open Stage/Open Circles
Thursdays, 7:30 on Feb. 28, Mar. 28, & Apr. 25

The Folk Factory will have its second People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle on Thursday, February 28th, from 7:30-10:30 pm, in Fellowship Hall. In the first half, performers sign up for slots to perform (music, spoken word, or whatever) on the stage, and the audience votes on the acts they like best. The second half is a more informal sharing in a circle, usually involving a lot of singalongs and songs people are trying out for the first time. Admission is $2-5 per person, on a sliding scale, half for low-wage or no-wage folks, with a $1 discount if you mention you are a UUCR member or friend. Soft drinks and snacks are available for a free-will donation. If you or someone you know are an aspiring performer, the Open Stage is a way to earn a slot in our June People's Choice Concert. If you just like to listen to good music, and maybe sing along occasionally, you are also welcome! Our motto is "Music and progressive social change".

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 email/number.

Until Sunday, March 3 —

Restoration Welcomes PIHN Guests

Restoration is welcoming guests from the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) from Februaty 3, to March 3. They are staying in the classrooms on the second floor of Hale Hall. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable home for our guests through out their four-week stay. There are four ways we can help. For more information...

Saturday, March 9 —

Bookreaders Meet on March 9

The Restoration Bookeaders group will meet at 1 pm in Hale Lounge on Saturday, March 9, to discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

The Atlantic reviewer reports that “Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind…In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.”

Bookreaders selection for April (date to be determined at the March meeting) is The Plague by Albert Camus.
— Dot F., Bookreaders Coordinator

Sunday, March 10 —

Second Sunday Potluck

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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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Terry W. Elected Vice President of the SCI
Greene Activities Committee of Enrichment!

Terry W. is very proud to share to his church community that he has been elected Vice President of the SCI Greene Activities Committee of Enrichment! And he has been telling his new cellmate about UUism, and he is quite interested!

Outreach: UU House

Take Charge of your Heart Health

The reminders are everywhere: February is National Heart Month and everyone needs to take care of their hearts.

Most of the information translates to taking small steps each day to live a healthy lifestyle. The following short phrases may keep you on the path of good health.

  • Eat Well. Have as much fresh food as possible. Avoid fast foods and packaged items as well as foods that are high in sugar or salt.
  • Get up. Move around during the day by doing small tasks for two or three minutes throughout the day.
  • Take mind breaks. Not only are 7-8 hours sleep important, during the day, clear your mind with several minutes of either prayer, meditation, yoga or mindfulness.
  • Talk to people. Find the time to briefly chat with a loved one or friend. Ask the person if he or she is doing okay.
Studies show, that these actions care for your heart and improve your overall health. If you are looking for nutritional information, assistance with accessing aging services or supports, tasks to do or want to meet new people, you can contact UU House outreach for ideas and services. Call 215-843-5881 or email outreach@uuhouse.org.

A Special Request: Food Donations

...TO STENTON FAMILY MANOR, 1300 Stenton Ave., Germantown, Phila, time variable - Toting filled food basket to a local shelter for women and children. Not a burdensome volunteer task, and vitally needed by the women and children. If you are interested and have your own transportation, please leave a message, with your contact info, in the Justice Council slot in the Duo Room.

Winter Membership Anniversaries

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!

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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