Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Updated: Friday, December 4 —

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

December's Theme is "Stillness"

The service dated 3/22/2020 and more recent ones, are available HERE. These may only be viewed in Firefox and Chrome or in IE 10 or newer. Older services may be available by emailing Harald G.

December 6 - The Sound of Silence
Join Steve W and McKinley for the first part of our themed exploration of "Stillness." As we move into the cold months, light and sound fill our worlds. What can stillness teach us? Meditation and silence will feature in this service.

December 13 - How do We Tell our Story?
Join McKinley for an exploration of church history, personal restoration, and learning to find joy and wholeness in the journey. A Congregational Meeting following the service Will put the finishing touches on the name change process.

From Your Minister

Friends, Our theme for this month in December is stillness. That might seem hard to come by in days when the December holiday commercials have started, presents feel like they need to be bought, and commercialism runs rampant. To be countercultural we're going to practice a little stillness this week, and I invite you to join me. Please take a moment to check out the advent calendar to find ways to connect, and be prepared for some bells, chimes, and restorative Silence on Sunday. Be well this week friends.
— Rev. McKinley

A Brief Greeting form Fern

These days, now 9 months into our pandemic, you may have heard others comparing their personal COVID world to the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day . Or perhaps you have thought that yourself sometimes. I have! But recently I find myself thinking more about the alternative that was offered in a commercial that Bill Murray did for the SuperBowl this year. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7rfyow

I find it so tempting to wish for a smooth getaway to see the world from different vantage points and to do new things. But that’s just a personal fantasy for when I’m feeling dreary. Actually, my world is more than okay just the way it is. I have a loving husband and family and I am very grateful to be a part of Restoration’s wonderful spiritual community. We are caring individuals, thoughtful problem-solvers, questioning students of our world, willing helpers, and committed justice seekers. I know of no other group of which I would rather be a part. We are working hard, listening to each other, reaching out to make deeper connections and to protect our neighbors and make the world better. The song I find myself singing most often these days is one written by Pat Humphries of Emma’s Revolution, Keep On Moving Forward. https://youtu.be/2aMX78a5ZJM

May we all continue on … “never turning back, never turning back!”

Your Moderator, Fern

Change for Change: December

The Change for Change for December is N'COBRA Philadelphia. The National Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA) is the premiere mass-based coalition of organizations and individuals organized for the sole purpose of obtaining reparations for African descendants in the United States. UUCR had a CommUUnity Zoom "Potluck" about Reparations with them over the summer, and Wayne and Cynthia have become members. We hope to collaborate with them and support their work in the future.

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.

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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 Dot Feely and Bob Throne.
  • Bob T. Memorial Info: Saturday, December 12, at 2:00pm Eastern, hosted on Zoom by Restoration. Link to come in a Thursday email. Please spread the word. Service can be livestreamed via Boxcast from our homepage, uurestoration.us.

  • Dr. Bob P. passed away on Monday 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.

  • Dot F.: Her family will be scattering ashes in a private ceremony, and they have created an online website for Dot's digital memorial. You can visit it here: www.dotfeelymemories.com, password: pepper



Friday Night Programming

Got an idea for Friday night programming? Let us hear it! Send an email to minister@uurestoration.us

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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Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm —

CommUUnity Potluck: Viewing Stacey Abrams Film

At the last Justice Council meeting we decided to hold a CommUUnity "Potluck" to view the documentary called All In, about Stacey Abrams' work to fight voter suppression in Georgia and elsewhere. The film is a little over an hour and a half long, and we will discuss it and the upcoming runoffs in Georgia afterwards. Keep your eyes peeled in future newsletters to get more details about how we plan to view it together and hold the discussion, but mark you calendar now!

Thursday, December 10 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

The Folk Factory will have an Open Circle on Thursday, December 10, starting at 7:30pm, as a Zoom meeting. Contact Bruce P. for the link information.

Saturday, December 12 at 4:00pm —

UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sat. Dec. 12 at 4:00pm ET
  • A policy keynote by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), House Committee on Oversight and Reform, offering a post-election view
  • A charge to social justice makers by Rev. Ashley Horan, UUA & UU the Vote
  • Music by award-winning singer-songwriter LEA Morris will round out the evening
For more information...

Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30pm —

Discussion of Kathy B's Book

For those who missed the event celebrating Kathy B's new memoir called In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree (and anyone else who wants to participate!), we will hold a book discussion on Tuesday, December 15, starting at 7:30pm. Kathy will be with us for the discussion. If you have not read the book, you can contact Fern C. to see if she has extra copies left, or order one from Amazon on your own. Look in the weekly eNewsletter for the Zoom link.

Sunday, December 20 at 1:30pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 1:30pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be December 20 (not December 13 as we discussed, since there will be a Town Hall Meeting related to the name change on December 13 after the service), 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 eNewsletter for the Zoom link.

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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

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

At the Board of Trustees meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1, we decided that the importance of the Name Change process continued to be high but the urgency was not greater than other issues confronting us as a community. We focused instead on clarity for financial procedures as we consider actions and purchases to prepare our building to safely be of use to us and our community. We also needed to devote time and energy to our then impending national, state, and local elections, and how to be sure we were as prepared as possible for potential issues and outcomes. Specifically we wanted all communication lines to be established and ready to go if needed. Concerning the name change work, the Board affirmed that we all still need to do some more listening and work together to get a name proposal that both represents us and is welcoming to others of any persuasion who might be looking for a community like ours. We will bring plans to the congregation post Thanksgiving and enact them (or modifications of those plans) so that we can work to a conclusion in the winter. In the meantime, please continue speaking your own truths with love, and listening with that same love to the truths of others.

Thank you,
Fern Culhane for the Restoration
Board of Trustees

Adopt a PIHN Family for the Holidays

Restoration's affiliation with PIHN (The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Program) is one of Restoration's most enduring social action initiatives. PIHN provides support for families in crisis. In addition to hosting homeless families e PIHN extends support to families who have secured permanent housing. That support includes education, training, and social support.

The end of year holidays provide an opportunity for PIHN and members of their participating congregations to grant wishes to children from those families. Many of us put smiles on children's faces in years past. If you're able to do so this year, please let Steve or Darlene know, and we'll ensure you're added to the list of participants. Presents will be only for kids 18 and under, but if you choose to do so, you may also provide a $25.00 gift certificate to parents. Those of us who have participated in the past have found that it warms our hearts as much as it delights the children who receive the gifts.

Thank you!
Darlene S. and Steve W.

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

THE VOTE Email Newsletter

Check out the FIRST EMAIL in a special series we're producing in honor of our upcoming film, "The Vote", which tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.

We'll share exclusive content on this film in advance of its broadcast premiere in July, including stories, sneak previews, interviews with experts, videos, events and more.

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 more info on rallies in your area?

Check out phillyprotest.com for info on protests,
vigils, rallies, and actions in your area.

Recycling and Trash Pickup Changes

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.

Live Stream Feedback

If you watch the live-stream of our worship service, please send your feedback about the quality of the streaming experience to: Mike F.

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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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