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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Posted Friday, August 23 —


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

September's theme is "Expectation".

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

August 25: Be Yourself — Everyone Else is Taken
Join worship associates Mary Ellen N. and Janet M. in reflecting on what makes you you. Join us in the strangeness of people in the land where one of our spokespeople might be green and a frog and where there is strength and safety in diversity. Mary Ellen and Janet reflect on their own journeys and invite you to come along with your own explorations.

September 1: An Unexpected Oasis
In our current religious, political, and social landscape it can be challenging to create or find places that are safe. In our covenantal tradition, the very act of gathering together is a religious and holy one. So how do we create community and sanctuary that is ever more expansive?
— The Reverend Kevin W. Jagoe

September 8: WaterCommunion

From our Minister

The Summer is winding down! Hooray!...but also, sad! Either way, our annual Ingathering Service and WaterCommunion is just around the corner, kicking off the official church new year! The Worship Theme for September is Expectation...and a gentle expectation is that we bring our full selves to church on Sunday Sept. 8th to start off with a bang. Members, friends, and guests are invited to bring a small offering of water from your home or from somewhere important to your life to create a wellspring of joy and memory for the next year during the WaterCommunion. The water will be kept, cleaned, and used for other sacred rituals throughout the year. Please keep offerings to a small volume of liquid! Along with any water gifts, bring your own expectations, hopes and dreams to the spiritual table and celebrate our beginning together again in Love. See you on Sept. 8th!

Change for Change: August

Free Library of Philadelphia
Wadsworth Branch
1500 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

The library serves the Wadsworth, Cedarbrook, Ivy Hill, and East Mt. Airy communities all around UUCR, and is significantly under-resourced compared to other branches. We are hoping our donation can help them continue a drumming program for school-age kids that has been a great service to the community.

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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Saturday, August 24 —

Next Bookreaders Meeting

The Restoration Bookreaders group will meet at 1pm in Hale Lounge to discuss Country Driving: A Chines Road Trip by Peter Hessler.

Sunday, August 25 —

National Day of Healing Bell Ringing

On August 25, 1619, the ship the White Lion arrived at Point Comfort, now known as Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia. The ship contained enslaved Africans. This is the first recorded arrival of Africans in America. This year, this anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation.

The park and its partners are inviting all 419 national parks, National Parks Service programs, community partners, and the public to come together in solidarity to ring bells simultaneously across the nation for four minutes — one for each century — to honor the first Africans who landed in 1619 at Point Comfort and to commemorate 400 years of American history.

We will gather at Restoration at 2:30pm on this Sunday, August 25, for a Commemoration Service culminating in ringing our church bells for 4 minutes at 3:00pm to remember the 400 years of oppression that we are working to overcome. All are welcome, either to stay after service, or come back to the sanctuary at 2:30pm.

Thursday, Sept. 5 & Friday, Sept. 6 —

Help Is Needed in September

We need help on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 from 9am to 3pm to put out ALL THE BOOKS for the Sept 7 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 leftover from the July 6 sale so we do not need nor will we solicit for any more donations of books. 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.
— Dot F., Big Book Sale Coordinator

Sunday, September 8 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, September 15 —

Justice Council Meeting

The next meeting of our Justice Council will be after the service and Social Hour on Sunday, September 15, which means we will probably start around 12:30 or 12:45. Please join us if you would like to help decide how to allocate our Change for Change collections, future CommUUnity Potluck activities, and other social and racial justice issues and activities. All are welcome; please join us if you are curious!
— Bruce P.

September 25, UPDATE: —

No CommUUnity Potluck Wed., Sept 25,
Ta-Nehisi Coates at Penn (Irvine) that night at 8pm

We are not planning a CommUUnity Potluck for August or September. However, we recommend that anyone interested go to see Ta-Nehisi Coates speak at the Free Library speaker series at 8pm on Wednesday, September 25, in Penn's Irvine auditorium. He will be speaking about his new novel, The Water Dancer, set in the time of slavery. The cost is $30, which includes a copy of the book. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, September 9, and may sell out quickly If you get a ticket and are interested in carpooling, contact know! Watch the weekly e-newsletter for specifics about this and other dates.

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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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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

"Dinners for 8th" coming in the Fall! Sign up to host one!

Our 8th Principle Team is going to be organizing "Dinners for 8th" this coming fall. At UUCR we have traditionally offered "Dinners for 8", informal social gatherings of members and friends, just to get to know each other better. Sometimes we have held them, and included some time for talking about topics of interest to our community, such as long-range planning. Our 8th Principle is planning to organize a series of these to include some discussion related to the 8th Principle (about dismantling systemic racism and other oppressions) and our congregation. If you are interested in hosting one of these, in October or November, please contact

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.

Calling New Worship Associates

If you're interested in helping lead and plan our Sunday worship services, please contact We have a small group getting ready to be trained, and would love to have a few more folks join us. The commitment is a once a month meeting and a deepening of your own spiritual practice and thinking. We'd love to have you on the team!

Fall Adult Spiritual Development Classes

Are you interested in leading or teaching a Spiritual Development class? Are you a meditation practitioner? Do you like to talk theology? Do you want to discuss science and religion's intersections? If so, contact to discuss offering a once-a-month class to deepen our theological roots and bases.

Bus Trip to the African-American Museum in DC...
A Big Success!!!

Peter J. had a great idea for us to go as a group to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. He did a great job publicizing and organizing the trip, and we had 52 satisfied participants, 22 of whom were UUCR members and friends, with others from the Unitarian Society of Germantown, Buxmont UU, friends of UUCR folks, and community members from the neighborhood. In addition to spending the full day (10am-5pm) at the museum, we watched videos (Skip Gates on ancient African civilizations, and Ray) and sang some Civil Rights classics together.

Update from the Name Change Committee

Following the survey that was sent out in the late Winter/early Spring, the Name Change Committee held a Listening Session Town Hall Meeting on May 19, 2019 and a People of Color Caucus/Listening Session on June 16, 2019 to gather feedback from members and friends about the idea of a name change.

The committee plans to have another Town Hall meeting in October.

If you were unable to attend either of the previous sessions and have some thoughts you would like to share beyond what you wrote on the survey, feel free to reach out to one of us if you would like to set up a time to talk. We will be happy to talk with you in person or over the phone, whatever you prefer.

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UUHouse Outreach

Getting a Physician's Second Opinion

You have questions about your diagnosis for a life altering condition:

  • Vision impairment
  • High blood pressure, diabetes or other chronic diseases
  • Joint or limb surgery
  • Cancer
Are you feeling uncertain about your physician's recommended course of treatment?

If so, it's time to seek a second opinion.

Remember, timing is crucial. Be sure you have enough time to thoroughly research your situation and to make visits to another provider.

Here are steps to move you in the right direction.

  • Speak with your primary physician and ask for specialists' names.
  • Research information from nonprofit social service or educational organizations that apply to your specific health challenge.
  • Make sure that your insurance covers the office visits and procedures.
  • Write your questions down and ask all specialists the same questions.
  • Be sure to share all of your health information with all of your physicians.
  • Make sure you have confidence in the physician you select and that you feel comfortable and confident in the care you are receiving.
For more information or to access aging services or support, please contact UU House Outreach Program. The staff can be reached at 215-843-5881 or outreach@uuhouse.org.

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.

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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