Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
This page lists events that occur at our facility. For other activities, please visit the
Activites & Events, Folk Factory, Greater Philly UU Cluster, and Social Justice pages.
Updated: Friday, June 11 —

      Slate of Nominees for Annual Meeting Vote on June 20   ...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. 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)


Upcoming Worship Services

June's Theme is "Play"

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

Sunday, June 13
A service TBD, but our worship theme in June is Play! What do you think? Can we have some fun and play some games together? Got an idea? Contact McKinley. This service will be fully-online, and will not have an in-person component

Sunday, June 20 - Black Freethinkers (and the Annual Meeting!)
Are you part of the melanin-enhanced Freethinking tradition? Identifying as atheists, agnostics, Afrocentrists, humanists, and the sacred "Other", we're focusing on you on the Sunday closest to Juneteenth, because liberation is ongoing and our stories are unfolding. Contact McKinley to be a part of the service!

The Annual Meeting will start right after service, probably around 12:15pm EST. We'll need to nominate and elect the new Board of Trustees, thank our outgoing members for their service, chat about the transition plans back into the sanctuary, and put some work into our Mission and Vision overhaul.

Sunday, June 27 - General Assembly Sunday!
We'll join UUs across the country to attend Virtual Worship from the General Assembly team. This is always a Sunday to enjoy and be moved.

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

From Your Minister

Our church year is winding down, and what a year it's been. We only have a few things left on our to-do list before Summer holidays... but they are chock full of to-do's! Will you join me in looking over a rundown and checking off all the boxes with me?

This Sunday, June 13th: Sunday Funday!

We'll be having a service that's a little bit unexpected and a whole lot of fun. Everyone is invited to participate in a whimsical service of "Play", where we'll have trivia, jokes, dance-offs, and even a first-ever Restoration Great Unitarian Bake-Off. All this and more. Come and play together to build Resilience for the summer and next year!

Bake-Off instructions: (email McKinley if you want to participate!) You and your family can volunteer to create a dish/snack/treat/meal that represents our congregation. The final result is up to you and you can explain to our full-church panel of judges what your concoction is called, and how it represents this church. The creativity is up to you! You're invited to position your camera in the kitchen in a way that we can watch you work. Be silly, have fun, taste the goods!

The only rules are these:

  1. You must use at least two kinds of ingredients (but no need to go buy anything...you can make do with what you have in the home!)
  2. You must finish before the postlude music ends
  3. You must explain your creation to the panel
  4. You must have fun

Rev. McKinley

From our Moderator

Thoughts on getting back…
“Get Back” was the theme for this year’s Stewardship Campaign. Wasn’t it fun to watch the personalized version of the Beatles’ song performed by musicians Anam and Janice and singers Leslie and Annie? Susan and Allen worked their magic and it led to a very successful pledge drive. Thank you to all who participated!!!

Now as we approach the summer months, we are in a sometimes dizzying period of shifting guidelines, with hopes and expectations for “opening back up” our lives and spaces. I have been thinking about what I am looking forward to being able to do again as we “Get Back,” but also wondering about what I have now that I don’t wish to lose.

As a community we have the same challenges and opportunities confronting us. At home I

have benefitted from learning how to be in closer contact with my sons and their families, through a running group text on our phones and scheduled electronic family visits. Of course, I am very much looking forward to having in person visits with them as soon as possible! But I hope we can continue to do the former while we add the sporadic trips back into our lives.

Here at Restoration/UUofMt.Airy, I’m wondering, too. What are we looking forward to being able to do again in our community and what have we established that we want or need to continue to do? Are there also conditions in our community/state/nation/world that require some adjustments in our ways of being together? Obviously, we will be a multiplatform community in lots of ways going forward. to read the entire article...

Your Moderator, Fern

Important Announcements

Slate of Nominees for Annual Meeting Vote: As specified in our BY-LAWS, board members are elected for two-year terms and those terms are staggered to promote maximum continuity. The LIST ATTACHED shows the entire slate of officers, trustees and Nominating Committee members. The positions and names in bold font are those who are up for election at this year’s meeting.

Congregation Mission, Vision, and Tagline: Updated Draft
We'll Discuss at Annual Meeting (6/20)

Thanks to everyone for all of the great comments and suggestions about our Mission/Vison/Tagline at the Town Hall meeting on April 25! Anam and Bruce processed the feedback and put together a revised draft, which the Board then made some further edits to. The latest version can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. We will have a chance to get reactions and possible further edits at our Annual Meeting on June 20. If you have further input or would like to be part of this processing, please email or communicate with Bruce PJ at 215-688-8747.

Memorial Plans for Dr. Bob P: A memorial service to honor the life of Robert L. P. will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT (Philadelphia Time!). This will be a hybrid event with a small number of people attending in person and others attending through online platforms.

Please share this information with other folks you know who might be interested in attending.

The service will be held at and broadcast from the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalists of Mount Airy (formerly Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration-UUCR) 6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150.

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wish/need to attend in person are asked to contact Bob's daughters, Janine or Linda, by June 13th via email to be included in the headcount for the limited number of socially-distanced indoor seats available. Please bring and wear a mask for singing. The service can be viewed live (starting a few minutes before 2:00 pm) through Zoom, Facebook, or BoxCast. Have a candle ready to light to help create our communal space. The Zoom link is the same as the one used for the worship service.

Last Call: Re-Opening Survey: If you haven't yet filled out the Reopening survey to help us plan for hybrid programming yet, please do so now.

The survey, linked in your weekly eNewsletter, will take only about five minutes. If you have any confusion, simply check all that apply for you. Comments are appreciated, and they can be anonymous, as you choose. Read the introduction carefully, and you will see what is already in place to ensure everyone's safety.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
Annabel G, Chair and members Fern C, Peter J, Cynthia B, Sandy F, Darlene S, Larry H, Nikki B.

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.

Change for Change: June

The Change for Change for June is MarchOnHarrisburg. This organization works to end corruption and move Pennsylvania from the fifth most corrupt state in the USA into one of the least corrupt by passing a wave of democracy bills to end excessive money in politics, end gerrymandering, and secure and expand the right to vote.

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.

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.

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Tuesday, June 15, beginning at 3pm —

Sacred Text Study

We'll meet Tuesday, June 15 at 3:00pm using the Worship Zoom link. Bring a Bible if you have one! We'll dive into the Christian Scriptures. No prep necessary

Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30pm —

Liberation Theologies

We'll meet Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30pm 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.

Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm —

UUSC's Human Rights Celebration

Every year the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee holds a celebration/fundraiser during the General Assembly. This year they are doing the program a week early and online. Their press release explains it this way:
This virtual event will be an evening of hope and inspiration, in advance of the UUA's General Assembly, on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT. We are delighted to share that there will be a special musical performance by SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®. The evening will also feature a thought-provoking conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and appearances by special guests and UUSC staff.
You can view the program online through either the church's ZOOM platform or by using the BoxCast Live Stream button. Watch for the reminder with the link on the Sunday wrap up early next week. Fern will be available for conversation via ZOOM during and after the event.

Thursday, June 17 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

The Folk Factory will have an Open Circle on Thursday, June 17th, 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 PJ for the link information.


Friday, June 18 at 7:30pm —

11th & Final Session (Restoration & Reparations)
on Widening the Circle Conversation

Friday, June 18 - 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 - Educating for Liberation (unconscious bias, training)
Fri. 5/14 - Innovation & Risk-Takings (caucuses, support for leaders of color)
Fri. 5/28 - Restoration & Reparations
Fri. 6/4 - (originally scheduled for the 11th) Accountability & Resources
Fri. 6/18 - (originally scheduled for June 25th) 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 June 18 will focus on Where Do We Go from Here? The main preparation is to read the Where Do We Go from Here? chapter (included below with the Accountability & Resources chapter, in case you missed it for the last session; both are short). 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 - we'd love to work with you!

Accountability & Resources  |  Covenant

Wednesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 27 —

Invitation to View GA Public Events

You are cordially invited to join us in viewing any of the following events during the General Assembly later in June Mark your calendars now for these nights:
o   Wednesday, June 23, 6 PM
o   Thursday, June 24, 7 PM
o   Friday, June 25, 7 PM and
o   Saturday, June 26, 7 PM
o   Sunday, June 27, NOON and 5 PM
We will have the Boxcast and ZOOM worship link up for you to use and we can even chat a bit afterwards on the ZOOM platform just like with our Sunday coffee hours.

Wednesday will be the Opening Celebration, Thursday, the Service of the Living Tradition, Friday, the Synergy Bridging Ceremony, Saturday, The Ware Lecture, and Sunday, the worship service and later the closing ceremony.

You can read more about them in the Program Book which is available here: https://www.uua.org/ga/program/book

Sunday, June 27 or Sunday, July 4 —

All-Congregation Ice Cream Social

Jane Hu and Jim C have offered to host an in-person get together at their place on one of these Sundays, but we need RSVPs to finalize the plans. There is a backup location if all 120 of us want to show up, so please fill out the survey below to indicate your interest and find out more details https://forms.gle/SKwDmAWtLdBLWPQZ7

Tuesday, June 29 at 7:30pm —

Book Discussion: The Sum of Us... by Heather McGhee

We will be discussing the book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. If you would like a copy of the book, contact Bruce PJ.

Starting July 1 —

Think up some item or event that is appropriate to our COVID conditions and publicize it through the weekly eNewsletter and on the web. Just email Jane Hain what you are planning and she will be happy to send it on to be added to the weekly newsletter and also included on the website.
ATTACHED, is more information and the first offering.

Sunday, July 11 at 7:30pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be Sunday, July 11th, at 7:30pm, 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, in the future! We will also be discussing our priorities for the coming year, such as how we can honor Native Americans on an ongoing basis and our collaboration with N'COBRA (the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America). If you have any other questions, contact Bruce!

Fridays in July —

Dinners for 8th: Fridays in July at 6pm - Sign Up!

Back in October before COVID hit, we had our first round of Dinners for 8th. Many people expressed how deeply meaningful those conversations were to them, and asked that we do it again. So here it is! The 8th Principle Team is organizing another round. We had hoped to be able to do it at Stenton & Gorgas (outdoors or indoors, depending on weather & bugs), but the Hale construction makes that impossible. So we are now planning to do it at people's homes, like last time, and possibly on Zoom if there is enough interest. Hosts can decide whether to try to do it outside or not, but will have an indoor option if weather/bugs call for it. We encourage those signing up for in-person to be fully vaccinated if possible, and ask everyone attending in-person to bring a mask. Each group should covenant together about how they feel about hugging and mask-wearing to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. More info here: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/masking-guidelines

Zoom groups would meet at the same time and still eat "together". If you are interested in attending and/or hosting, please sign up on the Google Sheet link below, and indicate if you are willing to host, which dates are possible for you, and your willingness/preferences about in-person vs. Zoom. If you click on the link, you should be able to type right into the document, and everyone will be able to see what you entered (be sure to hit "Enter" after each entry). If you have any trouble with the Sheet, email Bruce giving the same information, and he can enter it for you (or call him at 215-848-6246). Thank you!

Google Sheet link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N3PcNFYZAg7v-M8BTBGz_FnbLUAatcdaa5OWARf1O1E/edit?usp=sharing

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Working with N'COBRA (Reparations)

N'COBRA (the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) has given presentations at the national UU General Assembly (GA) last summer, and will do so again this summer. We invited them to present at one of our CommUUnity "Potluck"s this past winter, and Wayne and Cynthia have gone to a number of meetings since then. Since melanin-deprived (European American) people cannot be members, we talked with them about possible collaboration to support their work. We had a first meeting with them on May 11, then another on June 2, with a dozen of us UUs of Mt Airy and four people from N'COBRA (other than Wayne & Cynthia). They told us that their priorities are:
  1. the HR40 bill in the House (Federal) to be voted on probably in mid-June,
  2. The Phila. city Slavery Disclosure Law and how to get it enforced,
  3. supporting Reparations courses and Law Clinics at Penn (and possibly Villanova), and
  4. working with religious institutions and providing educational forums.
We talked about ways we could work together, one of which would be to educate ourselves more on the topic, and help with education and consciousness-raising in the community and beyond. They are planning a Press Conference about HR 40 on June 16 at 2pm (via Zoom) that we indicated we would help them with. Another would be to connect them with UUJusticePA to get support for legislation like HR 40. We can also help by changing our language related to slavery, such as by using "enslaved people" rather than "slaves" when we talk about the people under the system of chattel slavery.

If you have any other questions, contact Bruce!

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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