Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Updated: Friday, January 22 —

NOTICE: during this health crisis there will be NO services, or meetings held in our building. Church services are available on Live Stream at 11:00 on Sunday morning to watch and listen.

  • We'll live stream the service via the usual method, as well as Zoom and Facebook Live on Sunday.
  • I'm available to meet in person on 1-1 basis, unless I have confirmed contact with COVID, but I'm actively monitoring my email and voicemail and happy to chat however you feel comfortable.
  • We'll get through this together. Wash your hands, and stay home as much as possible!
Thank you!
The Reverend McKinley L. Sims, M.Div.
Minister, UU Restoration (he/him)


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our 200 years in Philadelphia.


Upcoming Worship Services

January's Theme is "Imagination!"

The services below, as well as ones you wish
to re-watch, are available HERE.

Sunday, January 24 - So... what now?
Following the momentous week for our nation, we'll explore what role imagination has in our rebuilding and restoration work, especially for those who don't seem to want restoration? Tommy Lee Jones will make an appearance, though not in person... because of social distancing restrictions. Worship Leader: Rev. McKinley

Sunday, January 31 - A Good Crisis of Faith
Following the momentous week for our nation, we'll explore what role doubt to play has in our rebuilding our understanding of where we go from here. Spoiler alert: doubt is not a deficiency. It's a part of the process. Tune in to here how it connects to social justice and Star Wars. Worship Leader: Rev. McKinley

NOTE: All services will use our normal Zoom link for Sunday worship.

From your Moderator: Fern

Greetings Restoration Family,
On Jan. 3, the Board held its monthly meeting. We mapped out the final stages of this long, participatory decision-making journey we have been on to determine if it is time to change our name. We have consulted folks with professional legal backgrounds and those with intimate knowledge of our By-Laws. We are clear that voting to amend the By-Laws in order to change the name, plus some legal paperwork and fees, are the required final steps and should not be delayed any longer than necessary. The Board needs one last collection of information to see if there is sufficiently strong support for a name change and, if so, to select the one name to propose from the three that have been discussed. Consequently, we will be mailing to all members a Name Change Preference Form. A postcard was sent to all members about this calling the form a "Ballot," but in fact it is a preference form. It will ask for your feelings about the possible name change and your preference(s) between the following three choices:

Mt. Airy Unitarian Universalists
Unitarian Universalists of Mt. Airy
Unitarian Universalists in Mt. Airy

Of course, you will be able to indicate that you prefer our current name as well. After filling out the sheet, we ask you to return it in the provided stamped pre-addressed envelope as soon as possible. We want to have all the information back at the church by Jan. 29 so that we can tabulate the data for the Feb. 7 Board Meeting. If there is sufficiently strong support for the name change, we will announce a special congregational meeting for a Sunday in February. We will work out a way for Non-ZOOM participants to vote, too.

The actual anonymous vote to amend By-Laws Article I, in order to change the name of our community, will happen at that congregational

meeting. Article XII of the By-Laws specifies that adoption of an amendment requires at least a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.

To continue the goals we have held for this process of inclusion and transparency we are looking for maximum participation in responding with the Name Change Preference Form. The envelope that you will use to return your sheet will have a numerical code on it that will be noted by Desi or McKinley so they can check who might not have received the mailing or might be having difficulty filling it out. After Jan. 29, the Board will be contacting all members (names communicated from Desi or McKinley) that we have not yet heard from to make sure they received the form, and to make arrangements to help in whatever way might be needed, including a second Name Change Preference Form delivered by hand (a gloved one, of course!) and then delivery back to the church as well.

As we said at the December Town Hall, the thoughts and opinions of our Restoration friends do matter to us, but our By-Laws require that all official decisions be made by members. An email will be sent to all UUCR friends on record soliciting their feelings and preferences. We encourage them to communicate their thoughts via an email reply. All comments will be shared for the Feb. Board Meeting.

The Board acknowledges and continues to appreciate the work that the Name Change Committee did for and with us, and everyone involved in exploring our possible name change. As we bring this process to a close, we know we have learned much and deepened our connections with each other, regardless of the outcome. Thank you all!

Your Moderator, Fern

Change for Change: January

The Change for Change for January is The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia...to benefit the Thompson Family. The Thompsons were in Sanctuary at FUMCOG, and many of us attended potlucks and fundraisers to support them. As you may have seen in the news, their deportation order was finally revoked, so they can now move back to their home in New Jersey. Unfortunately, it needs major work because the pipes burst while they were gone, so our Change for Change will help them in that transition.

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 Church Office
or phone 215-247-2561.

If you need to reach Desi
you can call or text her on her
cell at 267-595-3250 - 24/7.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the Minister
or phone 806-786-9733.

Linking to the Worship Service

Reminder that there are two ways to watch worship:

Click the blue "Live Streaming" arrow on the homepage of this website: www.uurestoration.us

The Zoom link that will be opened after the service has been changed because security protocols on their end. Look at the email from Desi for the new link and the new password.

Need help with Zoom?
Here's an old tutorial video: https://youtu.be/QKgQHtc7REc

Here's helpful tips:
Here's more helpful info: https://zoom.us/resources
Need more: Email McKinley.

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Sunday, January 24 at 12:30pm —

Intro to Widening the Circle Conversations

In 2017, the President of the UUA resigned in response to evidence of systemic racial bias in hiring. This was the catalyst for the White Supremacy Teach-Ins Maria McCabe led at UUCR, and for our adopting the 8th Principle that year. At the time, a Commission on Institutional Change was named to examine systemic racism and other oppressions within UUism. The Commission took 3 years to do its work, and just issued its report last June, based on conversations with thousands of people of color and other UUs, with dozens of recommendations about what we can do to dismantle racism and other oppressions in our congregations and the UUA.

Restoration's 8th Principle Team will be facilitating a series of conversations about this report on alternating Fridays (every other week, alternating with our book conversations and interviews of members and friends), 7:30-9pm, between Feb. 5 and June 28 This Sunday after our worship service and some coffee hour, we will present an introduction to this series. We encourage all members and friends to join us! If you can, we encourage you to look over the Trends section of the report (pages 16-19 of the Trends document; feel free to skim the earlier material as well) and the Distinctions and Definitions section (9 pages).

If you would like a paperback copy of the Report, contact Bruce PJ. An online version of the full report (and an audio version) is available at https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/cic/widening.

Thursday, January 28 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

The Folk Factory will have an Open Circle on Thursday, January 28, starting at 7:30pm, as a Zoom meeting. In the Open Circle, we go around the "circle" and everyone gets to lead a song, request a song, or take a rain check. The theme for this month will be "Democracy and Hope". Contact Bruce PJ. for the link information.

Friday, January 29 —

"Friday Night Live"

Coming up on Friday Night Live, a biweekly series of Zoom events for sharing and connecting through the pandemic:

January 29, 7:30 - 9:00 pm:
"Stories Aloud" presents Brad B., interviewed by Harald G., who knows more than most about Brad's commitment to UUCR and Unitarian Universalism. We're also looking forward to learning more about some of Brad's other dimensions.

February 12, 7:30 - 9:00 pm:
Book Talk with Dr. Ione D. V., in celebration of the softcover publication of BLACK FAMILY REUNIONS: FINDING THE REST OF ME. Ione's son, Bill V., will interview her, and we will hear several excerpts from the book before opening a conversation about this complex and powerful experience. Now is the time to get a copy from Bill's inventory, so you can read it before the 12th. Softcover books can be picked up at UUCR during the Thursday night vigil hour, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Payment information will come with your copy; you can send a check or use Venmo after you get home. If you are unable to pick up a copy, let me know, and we'll try to deliver one to you (Cathy, 267 972-1121). If you would prefer an ebook, it may be ordered at https://www.xlibris.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/810743-black-family-reunions and https://www.amazon.com/Black-Family-Reunions-Finding-Rest/dp/1664121757

Sunday, February 14 at 1:30pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 1:30pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be Sunday, February 14, at 1:30pm, via Zoom. Join us if you would like to help choose our next Change for Change recipient and decide about upcoming social and racial justice activities, and possible books for our book discussion. Look in the weekly eNewsletter for the Zoom link.

Every other Week: February through June —

Announcing New Adult Spiritual Ed Classes!

We were a little busy in the fall, so we're making up for it starting in February. Join Rev. McKinley for classes stretching throughout the Spring into the summer. Classes will be scheduled dependent on interest level and availability of those interested. We'll meet every other week on designated days (every other Tuesday, for example). Email McKinley to sign up! Please include which class you'd like to attend, and what your general availability is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  1. Deepening UU Spirituality (Feb - April)
    Not sure if you're a "religious" person? Want to learn more about the variety of religious traditions that make up UUism? want to explore your own spiritual experiences to identify other practices that can help ground us? Wondering why we do the things we do in worship and where they come from? Trying to figure out what "spirituality" means? We'll tackle all these and more in an every-other-week format with light reading assignments, plenty of discussion, neat videos and fun music! Will meet via Zoom.
  2. Sacred Text Study (February - June)
    Curious about the history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and theology underneath the layers of our English translations of sacred texts? Stop in for a more academic study of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the Quran and poetry from Rumi, a peek at the Dao de Qing and Book of Mormon (if time allows). No experience necessary. No reading assignments ahead of time. Will Meet on Zoom.
  3. Liberation Theologies (April - June)
    What is theology? What makes a theology liberatory? We'll dissect these terms and study some famous liberation theologians across denominational lines. The final outcome is identifying your own understanding of liberation theology and how it helps guide your morals, ethics, and decisions. Light/medium reading assignments, plenty of discussion, no experience necessary. Will meet on Zoom.

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Friends, in lieu of in-person memorials, we have a few updates to offer on the process to honor and remember our missing Congregants.

  • Dr. Bob P. passed away due to complications from Covid-19. He was living at Cathedral Village, and was only sick for a short while. We were so blessed to get to be his community here at Restoration. Bob was a sweet and kind man, who was so proud of his daughters and his grandkids. He will be missed.

    We send our love and care to Linda and Bruce P., to Kiyo and Jamie P., to Linda's sister, Janine and all parts of their family. Plans for a memorial will be announced at a later date. Space to grieve in community will be honored after Sunday's service.

    Per Linda, for folks who feel moved to do something, donations may go to:

    Star Island
    Morton-Benedict House
    30 Middle Street
    Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Peace to you, Dr. Bob. You are loved and missed.



A List of Ways to Connect and Exercise Spirit

Sunday Worship Services, 11am
Livestream from Restoration homepage (www.uurestoration.us)
or Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/UURestoration/)
Zoom link to see faces and add joys and sorrows. Use the link emailed to you from the office.

Thursday BLM Vigil, 6pm-7pm
Working on having a digital component for the candlelight half of the gathering

Thursday Choir, 7:15pm, via Zoom
Join to sing and hear music through the magic of technology. Contact Jane H. for more details.

Adult Spiritual Ed in the Time of Corona
ZOOM links for Pastoral Care Check Ins, Thursday drop in group, and Friday Poetry: New weekly Zoom links are here! Time doesn't work for you? Send minister@uurestoration.us an email and let's coordinate a 1 on 1 meeting! Stay well, friends! (The Zoom links for the events below are published in the weekly e-newsletter.)

  • Pastoral Care Check ins on Wednesday @ 3pm
    Need to talk about anything? Drop in and let McKinley know what's going on.

  • Tea, Q &A with the Minister (Drop In) on Thursday @ 3pm
    Time for fun, discussion, and sharing caffeinated beverages!

  • Friday Poetry Group @ 3pm
    Bring a poem, read a poem, write a poem, or just listen! All are welcome.

Yoga Opportunities (via Zoom) from our
UUCR Community: Jane H.

As Reverend McKinley has mentioned in our Sunday services in recent weeks, one way to deal with the chaos of the pandemic and our politics is to ground ourselves in practices that foster meditation and calm. Two of our Restoration community offer Yoga classes via Zoom on several days of the week!

My goal for my yoga & qigong students is to deepen & enliven us as individuals & as a community! My teaching is a combination of several traditions of yoga/qigong, meditation, breathwork, & physical therapy to integrate Body, Mind, Spirit. Classes are 60 min or 90 min long to allow time for a good workout through yoga, as well as Qigong, & meditative spiritual work.

Qi-gong ("chee-gung") is a Chinese practice that works with the lines of energy throughout our bodies, disentangles knots, & allows for freedom of movement, as well as clearer minds & ability to handle emotional issues. These slow, very gentle structured movement modalities are excellent for people of all ages, but especially older people & folks who have not been moving their bodies much! The movements are fun, evocative of the natural world & tend to greatly increase balance.

Each class is deepened by meditation & breathing - basically moving us away from "fight or flight" tendencies engendered by our society, & instead helping us access the gentle calm space of the parasympathetic nervous system, where we feel stress dissipate.

First class is free, to see if it appeals to you. After that, sliding scale. No longterm commitment.

For beginners, I could start completely new classes at times TBD.

For more advanced practitioners, I currently teach 2 zoom classes (8:45 and 10:45) on Tues mornings, & one zoom class on Friday morning (8am). Truly this work is for EVERYONE, including people in wheelchairs, or people who do not stand for long. Feel free to contact me (below info) to talk more.

Wouldn't it be great to have the healthiest, happiest UU congregation in town?! It is possible, through the "minimal effort" principle of Qigong.

Love Jane
Email is in the Directory

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 6-6:30pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share from 6:30-7 pm; outside if weather permits. Bring a lawn chair and candles. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

Now that Philadelphia is officially "Yellow," we are able to have up to 25 vigil keepers in attendance. Since we are still not going inside the buildings you need to come prepared for that (no bathrooms)! We can fit about 8 folks under the portico in chairs or stools brought from home. So when we have more than 8, some folks will need to sit out on the lawn, keeping the minimum of 6 feet distance, for the quieter, more prayerful portion of our hour together.

Bruce will be available with his laptop connected to ZOOM for folks at home who wish to connect with us at 6:30pm and we are still experimenting with how to get the speakers' voices amplified so everyone present can hear as well.

Dress for the weather as we hold the vigil rain or shine. So remember, wear your face mask, bring something to sit on and a sign. Fern brings a few back and forth for those who wish to borrow one.

Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —


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 CANCELLED FOR NOW

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Knitted Knockers

Have you heard of Knitted Knockers? I hadn't until just this week! Maybe this can be a project for all us yarn folk... our good friend, Marilyn D., shared this with me this week. A phalanx of knitters and crocheters from everywhere are involved in creating soft, comfortable breast prosthetics for folks who have had breasts removed. The "knocker" is given free to anyone in need. There are all kinds of instructions and support available at the web site listed, Would you be interesting in giving it a try?

Let Fern know so we can maybe have a ZOOM gathering while we work. www.knittedknockers.org

Quality Music Available for Worship

Greetings from Restoration in Philly.
Jane H. and the choir, as well as the Restoration Worship Team, have put together this document of open-use resources for your summer/fall services. If you're looking for good quality UU music for online worship, feel free to use these videos as a resource. Please cite the musicians and performers accordingly.

Stay well! Click here to view the document:

— Rev. McKinley Sims

Ministerial Discretionary Fund

Any one who would like to donate to the emergency fund that goes towards our most vulnerable members can do so by sending in a check earmarked for "Min. Disc. Fund" or contacting McKinley directly to donate electronically. We have helped ease the strain of Covid-19 for some of our most directly impacted folks. Your donations go a long way, and offerings are always greatly appreciated.

Link to Black Business Directory

Thanks to Elaine F., there are extra copies of the Black Business Directory in the Duo Room at church, for anyone who would like to use black businesses when possible. Here is a link for the online version: http://www.beechinterplex.com/bc_black-business-directory.asp

Consider Joining the Unitarian Universalist House
Outreach Board of Trustees!

Have you been looking for a way to give back to our community? Consider joining the Unitarian Universalist House Outreach Board of Trustees! For over 20 years, UUH Outreach has provided free, confidential nursing and social work services to older adults living independently in northwest Philadelphia, to help them age safely in their own homes and communities.

Board terms are three years, with the opportunity to serve on specialized committees to guide UUH Outreach in its meaningful work. The Board convenes four scheduled meetings per year, which Board members are asked to make every effort to attend. Throughout the year, there is ongoing communication, primarily via email.

Help UUH Outreach shape its future as it continues to serve older adults in the Restoration community. For more information on Board opportunities, please contact Cynthia B., church member and current UUH Outreach Board member, at 215-242-5214.
— Thank you, Cynthia B.

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 Office or Jane H. and we will be happy to add it to your profile.

Forgot your username or password?
Email the Office and request a new one.

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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/

Church 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 the Church Office.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

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.

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.

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.

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