Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Updated: Monday, March 1 —

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

March's Theme is "Commitment"

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

Sunday, March 7 - Fully Committed to the Cause?
March's theme is "Commitment"! Join Steve W. and McKinley for a lookback on the history of nonviolent direct action during the Civil Rights Era and some of the unsung heroes that made it possible, but who were not always remembered in history books. We'll try to answer the question: where are we committed in our lives?

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

From Your Minister

I've been enriched these past few weeks by watching "The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song" on PBS. I highly recommend it, and it's not just because I had the opportunity to study under a couple of the folks in the interviews featured by Dr. Gates. I loved hearing the stories around Mother Bethel AME downtown, currently under the leadership of my friend and colleague Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler. He spoke on a panel following the premier about the challenges facing religious folks in these days, and especially the issues facing Black churches.

He related a story of a time when he and many other clergy and faith leaders gathered at Arch St UMC right in the heart of Center City to pray and await news of the pending indictment of Michael Brown's murderer. When the news came, the plan was to meet with a coalition of young people at City Hall and make a statement When that moment arrived, however, the circle around City Hall was vacant

Rev. Tyler called the organizer with the group of young people and asked where they were, and the response was that the group heard there

was to be no indictment, and they took off marching down Market St., demanding to be heard and seen, voicing their righteous anger.

Rev. Tyler relates the feeling of annoyance that they had left behind the "clergy folk", whom he figured ought to be the heart of the movement for justice.

But when they asked the organizer to stop the march so the older clergy could catch up, she responded, "Rev. Tyler, the movement has left. Either catch up or we'll see you at the end."

What a lesson in leading and following, of decentering our voices that are more privileged to learn from those on the margins. What a hard truth to handle when we feel like the movements we cherish are moving too quickly, or moving away from us. What a gift to be part of the faith work of learning and growing in community, evolving and transforming into the house of peace we want to be.

May we find ourselves in the work, either catching up, or meeting up at the end. No matter how fast, let's keep on moving forward, y'all. May it be so. Amen.

— Rev. McKinley

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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Thursday, March 4, beginning at 7:30pm —

Deepening UU Spirituality

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.

Friday, March 5 at 7:30pm —

2nd Session (Governance) on
Widening the Circle Conversations

Friday, March 5 - 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, through 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. 4/30 - 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.

If you would like a paperback copy of the Report, contact Bruce P-J. 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!

Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 3pm —

Sacred Text Study

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. Contact McKinley if you would like to join.

Friday, March 12, beginning at 7:30 —

Live from Mt. Airy it's FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

On Zoom, beginning at 7:30pm

Friday, 3/12 - STORIES ALOUD:
Tim S. will interview Pat D., a major Black pioneer in Unitarian Universalism, about her experience with UUCR in the Mt Airy community and the denomination. Here is a link to a Washington Post article that provides a valuable context for her personal history. Use the regular worship Zoom link.

Upcoming... - NURTURING OUR SPIRITS: a Time for Sharing Personal Practices
The seed for this program was planted by our Coffee Hour conversation following our service on Buddhism. Please contact Cathy Mc. to talk about the possibility of sharing your personal spiritual practice(s) with our community. For this purpose, let's consider anything you do intentionally to experience connection or find deeper meaning. She welcomes conversations, whether or not you choose to share your practice on the 12th. Sharing time to be determined. Check the Zoom link on the weekly e-Newsletter. Contact Cathy Mc.

Sunday, March 14 at 1:30pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 1:30pm

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

Thursday, March 25 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

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.

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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.

Friday Poetry Group at 3pm
Bring a poem, read a poem, write a poem, or just listen! All are welcome. Uses the Worship Zoom link.

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

Every Other Week Starting this Month —

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 (February - 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.

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.

Yoga Opportunities (via Zoom)

One way to deal with the chaos of the pandemic and our politics is to ground ourselves in practices that foster meditation and calm.

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, breath work, & physical therapy to integrate Body, Mind, Spirit. Classes are 60 min or 90 min long to allow time for a good workout through yoga, 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.

First class is free, to see if it appeals to you. After that, sliding scale. No long term 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 Hu.
Email is in the Directory

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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 the UUCR 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 purple “Church 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.

Congregation Mission, Vision and Tag Line Draft

The Name Change Committee proposed not only a name, but a tagline as well. The Board felt that a tag line 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 tag line, 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 tag line 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 Tag Line: 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! Please communicate them to Bruce P-J. 215-688-8747.

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 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 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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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.

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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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