Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

- from the UUA

Trustees of the Pennsylvania
Universalist Convention (TPUC)

Restoration is one of 6 remaining Pennsylvania churches that were originally founded as Universalist Churches. Since we were officially established in 1820, we can claim the title of oldest continuously meeting Universalist-heritaged church in Pennsylvania.

Athens Sheshequin has quite a fascinating history which even predates their official 1821 founding. (Here is a well-written historical description.)

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Philadelphia (est. 1820)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin (est. 1821)
  • First Universalist Church of Brooklyn (est. 1824)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County, Reading (est. 1832)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Girard (est. 1849)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton (est. 1860)
Each year, earnings (interest) from the TPUC endowment fund Universalist churches are divided amongst the member churches. In addition to our proportionate share we can apply for additional funds to assist us with specific singular actions. Recently we have received support for the custom built covers for the window wells around the main building and for roof repairs.

Fern C. is our current Trustee, and an able group of Restoration folks have served as her alternate Trustee, including Tim S., Cynthia B., Cody P., and Julie B. Each year there are two meetings of the trustees. The Annual Meeting in October rotates through each of the member churches. We were the host church in 2016 and last year the meeting was at the Reading Church.

This year we return to Girard. We will be staying overnight in Erie, PA. The Annual Meeting is a lovely event and an opportunity to meet folks and learn about the other member churches and their histories. We are entitled to 5 voting delegates from our congregation and a minister delegate. The northwest corner of our state is far enough away that delegates should plan on making it a long weekend trip. The meeting itself is on Saturday morning, and includes a keynote speaker. This year our keynote will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie. Along with continuing as the minister of The North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio, Rev. Ritchie was recently appointed the Executive Director of the Harvard Square Library. She is an animated and fascinating speaker!* Lunch is offered next! There are choices of activities through the afternoon. (Trustees and their alternates have an afternoon business meeting.) Saturday evening there is a celebratory dinner which allows for more visiting and networking. It is fun to attend the regular Sunday service at the host church and then we head home. The hotel is situated right near Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie which looks very enticing to your Trustee! Let Fern know if you are interested in being one of our delegates to this year's Annual Meeting.

Ask Fern about the last time Rev. Ritchie spoke to us at Smithton in 2015!

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