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, September 25 —

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)

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



Upcoming Worship Services

September's Theme is "RENEWAL!"

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.

September 27 - Atonement is not a Scary Word
Join us for a Sunday exploring forgiveness and learning to say "Oops", "ouch" and "sorry." Tim S. and McKinley lead service. Shanah Tovah and happy High Holy Days to all celebrating!

October 4 - Murray Grove 250th: Love with No Exceptions
Join us for a Sunday exploring Universalism with Rev. Justin Schroeder, live from Minneapolis' First Universalist. Service will be livestreamed via the usual link, and Zoom will be open for folks to watch and Chat together. Digital coffee Hour afterwards. Murray Grove is sponsoring this service.

Our Jewish siblings are in the midst of the Days of Awe, starting with the New Year and culminating this week in Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the calendar. The Day of Atonement speaks to followers of renewal, release, and ritual cleansing. It's a day of prayer and fasting, but it's also a day of meditating on times when humans have fallen short of the mark. We mess up. We make mistakes. Some would use the vocabulary of "sin".

None of us is perfect, and all of us can use a little grace now and then. There is a difference though, between asking or working for atonement and receiving Absolution for our mistakes. That's a struggle I hope we'll take on this weekend. I invite you to spend some hard moments between now and Sunday gently reminding yourself of times you've missed the mark this past year.

This is not a guilt trip! Don't dwell on it! There's enough bad in the word right now to put ourselves down.

No, just notice it and be honest about it. Who was wronged? Is the relationship still affected? What Love is needed to help repair?

Doing this internal work is critical to our mission as a congregation. A community that can't be honest about itself has no business showing our wider denomination and neighborhood how to be.

Our ritual this week will be on noticing our mistakes, learning from the Day of Atonement, and allowing new flows of resilience in to our souls. It may be uncomfortable, but I promise you that it will be worth it. Love will guide us, y'all. May it be so.

— The Reverend McKinley L. Sims, M.Div.
      Minister, UU Restoration (he/him)

Change for Change: September

UUPLAN: The Change for Change for September is UUPLAN (the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network), whose mission is: Pursuing justice in Pennsylvania by voting, advocating and making just public policies. Their campaigns focus on Good Government, Criminal Justice Reform, Economic Justice, Gun Violence Prevention, and Reproductive Justice. UUPLAN was born at Restoration, at the initiation of our own Pat D., and Tim S. is the current Treasurer.

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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Name Change Process Announcement

Sunday, September 27

At the Congregational Budget meeting that will be held after the church service on Sunday, September 27, we will conduct an important check-in conversation about the proposed name offered by the Name Change Committee. Please plan to be present for this ZOOM meeting. Let us know if you need assistance or a buddy to call and participate by phone. A more complete explanation of the plan and the process is being mailed to all members and friends courtesy of the United States Postal Service. Attached, is a LETTER from the Board concerning the proposed change.

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.

Website Donations

Hello all! A few folks have recently reached out regarding an error when trying to donate online at the website. After reaching out to someone at Vanco (the company that runs the donation app) we were informed that due to a security issue a patch had to be placed in their programming to maintain proper security. Unfortunately, this patch has been causing errors with the online donations - and to a larger extent when using the Chrome web browser. We were told that they are actively working on this, but it may be a couple weeks. They recommend clearing you cache and cookies prior to going online.

I'd like to also remind our amazing congregation that they can still donate using the GivePlus mobile app directly from their smartphone.

I do appreciate your patience as this issue gets worked through. If anyone else continues to have issues, please do your best to take a screenshot and send it to me so we can continue to log the errors with Vanco. I'm also happy to take any additional questions or concerns.
Blessed be,
Nikki B., Treasurer

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Memorial Service Postponed —

Memorial Service for Dot F. has been Postponed

Dot's family has opted to indefinitely postpone any public memorial service. A small ceremony will he held in the Garth at a date TBD. A donation or fund will be set up in Dot's name on the anniversary of her death, 12/15.

Sunday, September 27 at 12:15 —

Congregational Budget Meeting

This Sunday we will have our Congregational Meeting to pass the budget for the rest of this year, as well as to discuss the Name Change proposed by the Name Change Committee. You should have received a paper copy of this letter in your snail mail last week saying where we are with the name change. The meeting will be on Zoom (the usual Sunday service Zoom link, like we usually use for social hour), starting right around 12:15pm. If you know any member or friend who has trouble with Zoom, you can connect with them by phone so they can hear and contribute if they want. We will vote on the Budget like we did for our Officer and Board slate last spring. If a computer only has one person, clearly identified on Zoom, they can just type into the Chat "Yes", "No", or "Abstain". If there is more than one person, or they are not clearly identified, have each person type their name and their vote in a separate line of the Chat. People connected by phone can say their vote, and someone will type in their name and vote into the Chat.


  • Chalice Lighting
  • Attendance Roll Call
  • Practice Vote
  • Budget Presentation and Discussion
  • Budget Vote
  • Open Conversation about the Name Change
  • Closing words to Extinguish the Chalice

Rescheduled —

Kathy B. Book Signing Event

This event has been rescheduled. Keep a look out.

Kathy B. just published a memoir entitled In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree about growing up in the South, seeing the ugliness of racism, and working to dismantle it by changing the status quo in education. It is beautifully written and moving. If you would like to get a copy, we are organizing a Book Signing event, outdoors on our grounds at church, starting at 5:00pm. This was originally scheduled for September 24, but is now postponed - keep your eye on this newsletter for the rescheduled date. We will have a few speakers and Kathy will sign books. A couple of weeks after the book signing, we will hold a Book Discussion Event with speakers, similar to what we did for Linda H's book over the summer.

Saturday, October 3 —

JazzBridge Fundraising Concert

Folk Factory is co-sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit Jazz Bridge and UUCR on Saturday, October 3, at 3pm. The concert will feature the West Philadelphia based Gretchen Elise Band (Gretchen Elise, vocals; Anam O., keys; Doug Grigsby, bass; Ricardo Martinó, drums), welcomed into our UUCR sanctuary by co-hosts Karen S. on percussion and Tamara Anderson on vocals.

This event will go live on Facebook on October 3, 2020 from 3 to 5pm and will livestream from the Restoration website. The suggested donation for the event starts at $15, with a sliding scale of $5-100. Donations can be made in the form of purchasing a ticket at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk.

Sunday, October 11 at 2pm —

Justice Council Meeting at 2pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be Sunday, October 11, at 2:00pm, 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, including voter registration and possible books for our book discussion, in the future! If you need the link or have any other questions, contact Bruce!

Saturday, October 24 —

Tret Fure Concert

Folk Factory presents a concert featuring Tret Fure. Tret has been a fixture on the Women’s Music scene, with a dozen solo albums and three with Cris Williamson. Wanda A. Fischer from WMAC Northeast Public Radio has this to say: “Exceptionally crafted songs delivered with passion, conviction and, yes, soul. Tret weaves magic both in the lyrics and between the lines.” The concert will start at 8:00pm, and will be livestreamed. Suggested donation is $14-50, sliding scale. Tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk .

For further information, visit www.folkfactory.org or The Folk Factory Facebook page, email polson@igc.org, or call 215-848-6246. If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce P. at the same email/number.

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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.

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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Voter Registration/Engagement Options!

The Justice Council has put together a sheet with actions all of us can do to get out the vote in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. HERE is the link to the document. If you have any questions, contact Bruce, Cathy Mc,, or Tim S.

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 Ways to Get Involved
with Voter Outreach?

Here are four ways to get involved! Contact Justice Council for more information.

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

Hope All of You have Filled out Your Census

...takes less than 5 minutes-not intrusive; link included; $21,000 in federal funds per person at stake for our city - share with your networks

Census: $21,000 at Stake per Each Philadelphian Counted

I am urging everyone to take 5 to 10 minutes and complete the U.S. Census as soon as possible! For every person not counted, we stand to lose an estimated $21,000 in federal funding over 10 years for vital services like schools, transit and health care. You can take the Census online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020. If you complete the Census now, it will avoid the need for the Census Bureau to send anyone to your door during the pandemic.

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.

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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