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      AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE about "GETTING BACK"   ...for more information.      

NOTICE: during this health crisis there will be NO services, or meetings held in our building. 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, (he/him)

SPRING SERVICES
and EVENTS


Click the image above to find our more about
our 200 years in Philadelphia.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

Upcoming Worship Services

April's Theme is "Becoming"

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


Sunday, April 25 - Why Should Protection on Mother Earth be so Devisive?
Reaching across the Great Divide. The Earth Day movement, born 51 years ago, was wildly popular. AND BI-PARTISAN. So what happened? Rita F and Sandy F will trace the roots of Environmentalism and Conservation from pre-history up to the present, where Climate Change now ranks as the most polarizing political issue in the US. How do we come together before it's too late?

Looking Ahead...

May: A Month of Story in Worship! In May, our worship theme is "Story", and we're going to try something different. Each service will focus on different kinds of stories, and will include writing/thinking prompts for the congregation to work on during the service, with the option to share our stories with one another during the service and coffee hour. The Worship team will build an arc over the whole month, culminating in a kind of "Wild and Precious Lives" style service on the last Sunday. Keep an eye out for more info!

Wednesday, May 5 - Vespers at 7:30
Our monthly Vespers service is Wednesday, May 5, the first Wednesday of the month. We'll listen to music, and enter into deep conversation about a central question related to our theme of "Story". Worship Link for Sunday morning will take you there.

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

From Your Minister

Friends,
UUs are far and away the most liberal and progressive faith tradition that I know of, given that we draw on multiple traditions as equally powerful and true. Some of our siblings in the Reconstructionist movement of Judaism, the United Church of Christ, and the Metropolitan Community Church denominations are also doing phenomenal work on anti-racism, justice/equity/inclusion, and public theology work that calls those in power to repent of wrong doing against the poor and oppressed and to provide reparations for historical injustices. We are not alone in the struggle for a more Beloved world community.

Nor are we alone in struggles with race and racism in a predominantly white sphere of influence, like our UUA. The words "anti-racism" have been used A LOT the past few years, and it's easy to breeze past the term as something that we should obviously be committed to. It's kind of like, "love", in that way. Of course we should let Love be our guide....but what does that actually mean? What does it look like? What does it mean to have policies and procedures and guidelines that are grounded in Love?

Same with anti-racism. What does that look like here? For the UUs of Mt. Airy and the country, what does it mean to have a "Black Lives Matter" banner outside, more than the

fact that we want folks to know we are doing our best to unlearn white norms and oppressive cultural traits that have been roadblocks for inclusion to people of color in our neighborhood?

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the reason we do the things we do and say the things we say. Sometimes, we can spend a lot of time talking about ideas, and forget that we are being killed in the streets, like young Daunte Wright in Minnesota. There's going to be a lot of action amidst the grief and pain and anger this week. I hope we can remind ourselves why we say Black Lives Matter here at Restoration and what the next steps are towards being Beloved Community. Our pursuit of right relationship and goals of peace and justice are noble and (in my mind) absolutely necessary... and so is the reminder that we are swimming in a sea of White Supremacy Culture, and those of us who are white can have a harder time seeing all the signs of it around us.

Let's use this time on Sunday to honor the work we've done, we do, and will continue to do. I'm inviting you to learn or relearn about White Supremacy Culture and how it infects our good intentions, so that we can keep on moving forward and keep letting Love guide us. This is an invitation to courage and vulnerability, to support and respect, to reflection and action. I hope you'll RSVP yes, spiritually speaking. May it be so. Amen.
— Rev. McKinley

Announcements

"Liberation Theologies" Spiritual Ed Class starting soon! (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. Time and Date TBD based on folks' availability. Email or call McKinley if you're interested or have questions.
 


Change for Change: April

The Change for Change for April is The Spot. The Spot distributes free menstrual supplies to women and girls in the Philadelphia community. They also deliver supplies to schools and neighborhood organizations. The Spot operates under Lynette Medley's non-profit, No More Secrets-Mind, Body, Spirit, Inc. Lynette is a trained sexual awareness educator and counselor. She continuously encourages others not to give up even when they think no one hears their cries for help or understands their pain. No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit Inc. is here for everyone. We decrease silence, stigmas and secrecy by increasing self love, self esteem and socialization.

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ&feature=youtu.be
Here's more helpful info: https://zoom.us/resources
Need more: Email McKinley.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, April 22 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

The Folk Factory will have an Open Circle on Thursday, April 22nd, 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. Contact Bruce P-J. for the link information.

Sunday, April 25 —

TOWN HALL: following the Service
Congregation Mission, Vision and Tag Line

The Name Change Committee proposed not only a name, but a tagline as well. The Board felt that a tagline should be connected to work on our Mission and Vision statements for ourselves as a congregation. The Board and the 8th Principle Team have been working together to draft versions of a Mission Statement, and Vision Statement, and a tagline, that all connect to each other, and build upon our existing official Mission statement and statements on our website, as well as mottos that have been floating around but were never officially acted upon. Those who study these things say that a Mission Statement answers "What is the change we want to be in the world and how do we go about accomplishing it", should be short enough to remember, and should be real enough to make an impact. A Vision Statement is a roadmap of "How do we get there?" We are interpreting a tagline to be something we put on our sign out front and our stationery and website that might catch someone's eye to consider checking us out.
Our proposed Mission: To build Beloved Community by embracing all souls and restoring wholeness. Our proposed tagline: A spiritual community open to everyone and committed to justice. For the proposed Vision Statement, see the attached Mission/Vision/Tag Line document. We welcome comments, suggestions, edits, etc. from all members and friends!

The two main areas of comments we have received so far include negative feelings about the idea of "restoring wholeness" (some because to them it implies we are broken, like original sin, and some because to them it implies we were once whole) and a desire to incorporate more from our Congregational Covenant and the word Love in the statements. Please email or communicate them to Bruce P-J via email or phone. We plan to hold a Town Hall Meeting after the worship service on Sunday, April 25, to talk about all of the suggestions.

Tuesday, April 27, 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.
 

Thursday, April 29, beginning at 7:30pm —

Deepening UU Spirituality

We meet next on Thursday, April 29 at 7:30pm on the Worship Zoom. Please do the homework and come ready to wrap up our sessions with final statements. Will meet via Zoom.

April 30 through May 2 —

Jubilee Three: Anti-Racism Training

QUESTION: AT UUCR/UUMA, I/WE support BLACK LIVES MATTER, so why do I/we need to go to JUBILEE lll?
ANSWER: "ALL OF US NEED ALL OF US" to dismantle systemic racism.
(Susan Frederick Grey, UUA President)

Our collective community has blind spots that are practiced by all of us. JUBILEE III offers resources for uncovering and challenging our institutional structures and practices of racism and a foundation of authenticity when we talk about racism, oppression and the Beloved Community. (Financial support for REGISTRATION is available.)

The Trainers

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES

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!

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.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

PLEDGE Update & Information

For all the challenges we've faced over the last 12 months it has been a year of remarkable energy and accomplishment at Restoration. We've risen to the occasion together, with tremendous leadership from Rev. Kin and our Board, the excellent work of Restoration staff, and the steadfast commitment and engagement of our congregation. Worship has sustained and nourished us throughout, by way of Zoom, Facebook and Boxcast, with inspiring musical contributions from Jane Hu. and the Restoration Singers; worship has even expanded to include a Wednesday Vespers service. Fellowship has thrived via our digital coffee hour and Friday Night Live. Committees have continued to meet and carry on with their essential work. Among the many highlights of the last year:
  • A joint retreat of the Board and 8th Principle teams, leading to Widening the Circle of Concern programming and Mission and Vision review.
  • Ongoing work of the Board in advancing our Mission and Vision review process, centering 8th principle justice work.
  • Religious Exploration Coordinator Joanna S's coordination of RE activities with other Philadelphia UU congregations to offer Restoration children an anti-racism curriculum, a Minecraft program and Children's Chapel.
  • The adoption of a $15 minimum wage scale for all UUCR employees, and the fulfillment of all hourly employee contract obligations through fiscal year 19-20 without having to accept funds from the CARES act.
  • Co-sponsorship of UU the Vote efforts across Pennsylvania, including text banking, phone banking, and voter registration drives
  • Co-hosting of Karen S's Jazz Bridge fundraising concert in support of jazz and blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • Ongoing support to local not-for-profit organizations through Change for Change, including PIHN (Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network), Mt. Airy Groceries, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI), The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, N'COBRA Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, UUJustice PA, William Way LBGT Community Center, Why Not Prosper, Broad Street Ministry, Poor People's Campaign, and Fair Districts PA.
  • Work on updating and improving the UUCR website.
  • Successful advocacy work as part of an interdenominational coalition with First United Methodist Church of Germantown and Germantown Mennonite Church, aiding three families who were living in sanctuary but are now out of sanctuary, with deportation orders rescinded.
And you have bolstered and sustained all of this through your participation and generosity.

Allen, Leslie & Susan

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:
  1. Start at this website's homepage.

  2. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a column of choices under the Pledge On-Line button. Click on the dark blue “Congregational Directory” button.

  3. Enter the church phone number 2152472561 along with your personal username and password.

  4. At the top of the page there is a menu. Select “Contributions”.

  5. Change the date range to read 01/01/2020 through 12/31/2020 and click the “Show” button.

  6. You may not be able to readily see your total amount of contributions. Click the “Print” button. You do not have to print the report, but this will cause the print preview to come up.

  7. On the new page you will see the amounts contributed in 2020 towards the 2019/20 fiscal year and the 2020/21 fiscal year. Adding these together will give you total amount contributed during calendar year 2020.
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.

Callin' All Stitchers, Knitters, Crocheters,
Weavers and Quilters

Want to be part of an effort to heal the divisions in this country? Then let's start with the Congress. Join The Violet Protest, a group of fiber folks who are making red and blue 8-inch squares to send to each member of Congress. With equal parts red and blue that will appear violet/purple, each square symbolizes unity and The Union, and emphasizes the American values of respect for the other, citizenship, compromise, country over party and corporate influence, courage, candor, compassion, and creativity.

The Violet Protest Project was started by Arizona-based fiber artist Ann Morton, who has been making and collecting squares that will be exhibited this spring at the Phoenix Art Museum. The project is a great way to encourage our legislators toward civility AND keep your hands occupied during the pandemic. For more information about the project and to sign up, go to www.violetprotest.com. If you want to be part of a Restoration makers' group, contact Brenda R.

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 Mt. Airy.
Jane Hu. and the choir, as well as the Worship Team, have put together this document of open-use resources for your 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:

Thanks!
— 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 in Hale Hall, 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 (UUH) 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 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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MEMORIAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES

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 spiritual community. 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-J., 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.

    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.
    Farewell.

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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