Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Friday, November 16 —


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

November's theme is "Memory".

November 18: "The Raisin is Good"
In preparation for the week of Thanksgiving, we are getting ready for football games, holiday, and the relatives who can make the family meal near unbearable. In response to the question, "Now what?" we are going to practice some mindfulness exercises to help us face the sometimes turbulent holiday times with spiritual courage and UU values on full display. Come find out why the Raisin is Good, you are too, and why you might be the only holy text someone ever reads.

November 25: "We Are Witnesses"
We'll be talking about memories of loved ones and being witnesses for each other about that which is most meaningful and what we carry with us from family or friends. Please bring a memento or photo from a loved one and share some words
— Rev. McKinley and Worship Associate Linda H.

From your Minister —


First off, thank you to all of the organizers, registrars, and activists who helped make democracy work here at Restoration, which served as a polling location for the community, and for our progressive religious values that promote civic duty and policies that work for all humans. You all rock.

Second off, stay close to the ground in the next few weeks. We need to check in with one another and help support one another after an election day of anxiety, joy, triumph, and loss.

The climate of divisiveness was not going to change overnight, and that geopolitical system that thrives on fear is still there waiting for us. We will continue to live our values out loud, to keep organizing and activating others, and to work from deep within to Love the hell out of this world.

Feel. Celebrate. Cry. Breathe. Carry on. We are all in this together, and now is the time for continued courage, continued compassion, and continued care, for ourselves and for others.
Rev. McKinley    posted: November 9, 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

This Week in RE

Through guided meditation, along with a game that gets us on our feet and moving, we will continue to explore this month's theme and ask: "How are we a people of Memory?"

November Change for Change:
The Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center

Their mission is to provie a sustainable center for retreat and renewal of spirit, mind, and body and the preservation of Unitarian Universalist history and heritage through educational opportunites, the arts, and prophetic outreach.

November Meditation —

A post-election poem:

Oh,my dear ones.
I know you were hoping
For a once-and-done.
For an earthquake,
A tidal wave.
Hoping that if we gave it our all,
A single push would be enough.
That after this, we could
Back into complacency,
Back into the comfort of our privilege.
I confess, in the secret corners of my heart,
I wanted to believe it could be that easy
That justice would emerge as from an egg
Fully grown
Not with wet down and weak wings...

But beloveds,
We are chipping away at a mountain,
Not a boulder.
Calcified structures
Created to oppress,

2000 years of this stupid idea
That some more worthy,
Some deserve power by virtue of who they are.

Erosion is slow work, sweethearts.
Celebrate the progress
The triumphs.
Celebrate also the heartbreaking almosts.
Rest for a time.
Then get up and turn again toward kindness,
Toward your neighbor in need,
Toward those who are still trapped in the stone.
Tell them, "I won't give up."
Tell them, "I am with you."
Tell them, "For you, I will learn to eat rocks."
"For you, I will keep chewing, keep grinding,
Until the mountain crumbles to dust."
Elizabeth Stevens

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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Saturday, November 17 —

Come Plant Three New Trees at Restoration!

Restoration has been granted three trees by the East Mt. Airy Tree Tenders Group of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Tree Tenders group has worked with our Buildings and Grounds committee to designate the appropriate sites for the trees on our property. Please come help volunteers from Tree Tenders to plant the trees on Saturday, November 17, at 8:30 am. It is important that we show our appreciation by having volunteers from the congregation there to help. The tree tenders are trained in how to plant trees-we will be assisting.

There will be refreshments available. Please let know that you will be coming or phone (215)-848-8913.

Saturday, November 17, at 1 pm —

Bookreaders Meet in Hale Lounge

We will be discussing Old School by Tobias Wolff.

At our December meeting (date to be determined at the November meeting) we will discuss We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

Saturday, November 17, at 8 pm —

Folk Factory Concert by Bethlehem & Sad Patrick
and Two of a Kind (David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans)

Bethlehem is Marion Napper's granddaughter, and does folk, blues, jazz and percussion with Sad Patrick. David and Jenny helped run the Folk Factory for several years and do socially conscious folk and singer-songwriter acoustic music, with nice harmonies and percussion. $11-40, sliding scale (half for no or low wage, $2 off for Restoration members and friends if you mention it at the door). In the Sanctuary.

Sunday, November 18 —

Intergenerational Activity at Coffee Hour
Fall Leaf Lanterns

Everyone is welcome to the intergenerational activity table in Fellowship Hall at this week's coffee hour, where Fern C. will be leading a lantern making project using fall leaves. Creating together offers an excellent opportunity to contemplate connection and togetherness - reflections we can carry over to our own Thanksgiving tables this year, where these lanterns can shine as beautiful centerpieces.

This activity is open to all, and materials will be provided.

Sunday, November 18 —

Wednesday, November 28 —

CommUUnity Potluck Monthly Gathering
with Jondhi Harrell of The Center for Returning Citizens in Hale Lounge

On Wednesday, November 28, starting at 6:30 pm in Hale Lounge, the next CommUUnity Potluck will be meeting with Jondhi Harrell, leader of The Center for Returning Citizens. Bring food or drink to share, and find out about Jondhi's work to help formerly incarcerated people re-integrate into our community.

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

Sunday, December 2 —

Holiday Bargain Shoppe Opens on December 2

The Holiday Bargain Shoppe will be open in the fellowship hall during coffee hours on the Sundays December 2, December 9 and December 16.

Many unique items of high quality will be on sale. There will also be something for everyone (maybe even some jumper cables). Purchase for relatives and friends, and even for yourself.

Helpers will be needed at 10 am on December 2, 9 and 16 to set up the merchandise for the sales. Good elves who volunteer will get first dibs on all the good stuff!
Dot F., Chief Elf for the HBS

Sunday, December 9 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, December 9 —

Justice Council Meeting after the Potluck in Hale Lounge

The next Justice Council meeting will be this Sunday, December 9, in Hale Lounge, probably starting around 1 pm, after the church potluck.
— Bruce P.

Sunday, December 16 —

Music Sunday

Our Restoration Singer's Music Sundays are special services where we focus on one particular topic. This December's Music Sunday is entitled "Mystery" It's a lovely time of year to hear beautiful music by Malcolm Lauridsen, Bobby McFerrin. Paul Halley, Iris Dement, & more. You will also hear our Handbell Ringers perform beautiful music. Not really Christmas, but honoring the traditions of the time of year. This is a service you will not want to miss!

Friday, December 21 —

The Night of the Solstice!

A very special musical evening is being prepared for you by our Restoration Singers, & perhaps singers from 6 other Unitarian churches in our region. MISSA GAIA (Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth). Originally performed by the Paul Winter Consort, Missa Gaia is a ecumenical & ecological Mass celebrating the Earth. The work features not only lyrical melodies, rhythms from Brazil, Africa & American Gospel, texts of traditional Mass, but interweaves the voices of an Alaskan Wolf, a Humpback Whale, & Harp Seals.
When: Friday, December 21 — the night of the SOLSTICE.
Location: 1st Unitarian Church, 21st & Chestnut St, Philly.
Massed Choir, Vocal Soloists, Jazz Musicians.
Time: 8 - 9:15 pm
Cost: Donation from $10 - $200, as you choose!
Bring your friends!

You may want to consider taking public transporation. Let me know if you need a ride, & we will try to work it out. You will not want to miss this!

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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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Update on Plans to Address Public Safety Concerns
at Stenton Avenue and Gorgas Lane

E-Newsletter Article from Cherelle Parker's Office

For the past few months, my staff has worked with neighbors and staff from the Philadelphia Streets Department to identify solutions for the public safety concerns at the intersection of Gorgas Lane and Stenton Avenue. My staff recently held a second community meeting, which included residents from the 600 block of Gorgas Lane, a deputy Streets commissioner and a representative from Councilwoman Cindy Bass' Office, to discuss the original proposal and a new proposal.

Based on the feedback from residents, we have asked the Streets Department to install delineators in the middle of Stenton Avenue at the intersection of Gorgas Lane, which will prohibit vehicles from turning left onto Stenton. Vehicles will only be allowed to turn right.

Delineators will also be placed on the 600 and 900 blocks of Gorgas Lane to prohibit left turns. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michele Smart in my office.

Pick-Up Reminders

Please remember to pick up your "Guest at Your Table" banks during coffee hour. Also, pickup heavy-duty trash bags for donations of clothing & shoes for the Whosoever Gospel Mission from the Duo Room table or the fellowship hall window sill. Leave donations in Hale hallway.

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.

UU House Outreach: What is your Purpose?

Books and articles outline the need to have a purpose. Some authors give step-by-step instructions for developing a purpose. Most make the search for meaning a daunting task.

However, having a purpose is not difficult. Your purpose means you are doing something to make your corner of the world a little bit better. Research shows that when you have a purpose you and those around you are a bit more joyful and positive.

Now is the time to name your purpose. It might be:

  1. Staying in touch with friends and neighbors.
  2. Caring for family members.
  3. Sharing your interests or hobby with others.
  4. Volunteering for church or community organizations.
If you are still wondering about your purpose, you might start by volunteering for UU House Outreach 17th Annual Holiday Food Drive starting October 25. You'll not only be using your time for a good purpose but you'll have the chance find out how other volunteers are reaching their goals.

Call Erika at 215-843-5881 or for more information.

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?
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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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