Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Updated: Monday, May 3 —

      May 16: ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING: mark your calendars!     

NOTICE: during this health crisis there will be NO services, or meetings held in our building. Services are available on Live Stream. Just click the button with the blue arrow to the left of this notice 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 (he/him)


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our 200 years in Philadelphia.


Upcoming Worship Services

May's Theme is "Stories"

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

Wednesday, May 5 - Vespers at 7:30
First Wednesday of the month means it's Vespers time! We'll start at 7:00pm, which is earlier than usual, and weather permitting, we're trying out our first Hybrid-Worship experience! This means you can attend on the church grounds, out on the lawn, or you can attend via Zoom. Woohoo! Feel free to bring a chair if you don't want to sit on our metal-folding seats. McKinley will be stationed outside the sanctuary to lead the discussion, and the service will be broadcast on Zoom and via our Boxcast service. Looking forward to 7pm on Wednesday! Worship Link for Sunday morning will take you there.

Sunday, May 9 - Stories of Families

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

Questions for our May Services

These are the writing prompts you'll hear over the next month. Please take a look and listen for more instruction on Sunday, May 2nd!

5/9 - Stories about Family: Origin and Chosen

  • What does family mean to you?
  • Talk about someone from your family who was a positive influence on your life. How?
  • Is there a story (family lore, origin story, creation myth, immigrant story) your family tells that means something to you? What is it
5/16- Stories of Purpose/Values
  • Why are you HERE? What are you going to do with that? How would you want to be remembered?
  • How do you intend to pay the Rent for the space you occupy? What difference do you want to make?
  • What's the best lesson/value you ever learned from a complete stranger? From a friend?
5/23- Music Sunday
  • Why do we sing?
5/30- Stories of Difference/Encountering Differences with Rev. Sarah Skochko
  • Prompts
  • What differences have you encountered since becoming a UU/attending Restoration? How have they affected you?
  • What has been a challenge or joy you experienced from differences in race/class/gender/faith/identity?

From Your Minister

Our Universalist heritage reminds us that we are deeply loved, and there is no mistake we can make great enough to separate us from that Love (with a capital "L"!). Our Unitarian heritage reminds us that we come by many paths from one source, one common ancestry of beloved humanity.

It's the many paths that make us a beautiful tapestry of faith and moral conscience here in Mt. Airy. Not only does this mean that we might read from different holy texts on Sundays, it also means that each of us might be that holy text for someone else to read Sharing our stories, sharing our vulnerability, sharing our selves with one another is a deeply meaningful spiritual practice. Hearing and honoring someone's lived experiences is one of the ways we grow and change as individuals and as a community.

I mourn that we didn't have a "Wild and Precious Lives" service in November 2020

(we were a little pre-occupied, if I remember rightly). So we're trying to make it up to you, and add to the experience, by inviting the whole community into a Wild and Precious Lives-style month during May 2021. Our theme is "Story", and the Worship Associates will be offering space in our Sunday hours and after services for folks to do some reflecting, some writing, and some story-telling.

It's so very important to hear and see and listen to one another these days. Unitarian doesn't mean we come from the same place so we are all exactly the same. It means we travel many paths, but have common experiences, too. Let's embrace that diversity of story and path this month. It's a scary thing to be known, really known, by another....but it's also where the Love lives.

May we know and be known. May we hear and be heard. May we see and be seen. May we Love and be Loved.
— Rev. McKinley

Important Announcements

New Weekly Newsletter Deadline! 4pm on Thursdays! Please get your announcements and info to Desi by 4pm on Thursday if you'd like it to go out in the weekly e-newsletter. We're aiming to have it sent out before dinnertime Thursday evening. If you miss the deadline, we can make announcements after service during coffee hour and include it in the Tuesday email McKinley sends out. Thanks for your cooperation as we work to get back into a routine.

Administrative 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 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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Tuesday, May 4, beginning at 3pm —

Sacred Text Study

Bring a Bible or copy of Hebrew Torah if you have one! We'll dive into the Hebrew Scriptures' Wisdom Literature. No prep necessary. Will Meet on Zoom. Contact McKinley if you would like to join.

Friday, May 7 at 7:30pm —

7th Session (Educating for Liberation)
on Widening the Circle Conversation

Friday, May 7 - 7:30-9pm

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 systemic racism and other oppressions in our congregations and the UUA. Restoration's 8th Principle Team will be organizing 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, using the Sunday worship service Zoom link.

The complete schedule is:
Fri. 2/5 - Covenant & Theology
Fri. 2/19 - Governance

Fri. 3/5 - Congregations & Communities
Fri. 3/19 - Hospitality & Inclusion
Fri. 4/2 - Living Our Values in the World (accountable partnerships)
Fri. 4/16 - Religious Professionals
Fri. 5/7 (changed from 4/30 because of
Jubilee 3) - Educating for Liberation (unconscious bias, training)
Fri. 5/14 - Innovation & Risk-Taking (caucuses, support for leaders of color)
Fri. 5/28 - Restoration & Reparations
Fri. 6/11 - Accountability & Resources
Fri. 6/25 - Where Do We Go from Here?

We encourage all members and friends to join us! We hope that you will be able to come to all of the sessions, but if that is not possible, please come to as many as you can that interest you.

The session on May 7 will focus on Educating for Liberation. The main preparation is to read the Educating for Liberation section (see the link below). If you weren't at an earlier session, please also read our Covenant (also below) and contact Bruce.

If you would like a paperback copy of the Report, contact Bruce. An online version of the full report (and an audio version) is available. If you are interested in helping plan and facilitate any of these sessions, please contact Bruce - we'd love to work with you!

Educating for Liberation  |  Covenant

Sunday, May 9 at 1:30pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 1:30pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be Sunday, May 9th, 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, in the future! Look in the weekly e-Newsletter for the Zoom link.

Wednesday, May 12, at 7pm —

Liberation Theologies

We'll meet Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00pm using the Worship Zoom link. 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.

Monday, May 17 at 7:30pm —

CommUUnity "Potluck"
on POWER (Live Free) Report on Public Safety

On Monday, May 17, at 7:30pm, UUofMA will hold a CommUUnity "Potluck" that will be the first public presentation of POWER's Live Free campaign (anti-mass-incarceration) on Public Safety alternatives to our current policing system. Please spread the word about this to anyone you think might be interested!

If you require the link or have any other questions, contact Bruce PJ!

Friday, May 21, beginning at 7:30 —

Live from Mt. Airy it's FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

On Zoom, beginning at 7:30pm

Friday, May 21: Sharing Our Spiritual Practices
Join us for Spiritual Practices Conversations, a new dimension of Friday Night Live. Holly J will host explorations of ways to incorporate spiritual practices in our hurry-scurry culture that bring renewal, awakening to the present moment, and ultimately a more peaceful world for ourselves and others.

As usual there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share as part of the evening. We're excited to share these conversations with the congregation and look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, June 23 —

Annual General Assembly of the UUA

It is now less than 2 months until the annual General Assembly of the UUA. The theme for this year's Assembly is Circle Round for Justice, Healing, and Courage. This will be the second year of an all virtual gathering. It starts on Wednesday, June 23 at noon with an orientation especially designed for newer delegates with the big opening celebration and then first General Session at 6 PM. The Assembly ends on Sunday, June 27 with a closing celebration at 5 PM.

We are allotted 2 voting delegates but there is no limit to the number of folks who register and participate. There are several events that are open to the public and we may create some local live streaming gatherings around one or more of these. Three traditional events that occur every year are open to all viewers: The Service of the Living Tradition on Thursday, the Synergy Bridging Service on Friday, and the Worship Service on Sunday. Here are descriptions from the online program:

  • Service of the Living Tradition - 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT (1.25 hours) Led by the The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. Live stream is available to the public.

  • Synergy Bridging Worship - 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT (1.25 hours) This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary music.

  • Sunday Worship - 12:00 pm EDT/9:00 am PDT (1.25 hours) Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Live stream is available to the public.
Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app.

If you are interested in attending, or have questions, please speak to Fern, Bruce or McKinley.
for more information...

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Last Call For Pledges

If your having trouble filling out you pledge online,
please contact a member of the board.

Tax Season is Upon Us!

With the overwhelming delays with the USPS, we understand that not all statements may make it into the hands of our congregants for when they’re ready to file their annual taxes. This year we’re urging everyone to log into their ICON accounts to get their donation statement for calendar year 2020. Doing so is easy; just follow these steps.

If you find that you are having difficulties or cannot remember your log-in credentials, please reach out to Nicole B. and she will run the report and email it to you.

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

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.

Looking for the Latest Congregational Directory?

... directions to a friend's home, or your latest contribution statement?

Find all this by clicking the CONGREGATIONAL 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 Ha. 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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Every Thursday, 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.

A List of Ways to Connect and Exercise Spirit

Sunday Worship Services, 11am
Livestream from the 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 Hu. for more details.

Pastoral Care Check-ins
Need to talk about anything? Contact McKinley if you'd like to talk! Phone or zoom your choice!

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Purchasing Online?
Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (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. 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/

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 in person, you can send your request via email to the Administrative 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
Us with $$$

Don't forget to give our 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 our 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, the Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the 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 our Congregation

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!What if our congregation 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 - US! 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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