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, October 16 —

TOWN HALL: Sunday, October 25 after the Service    ...for more information.

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

October's Theme is "Deep Listening!"

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.

October 18 - The Highest Duty of Your Heart
Join us for a Sunday exploring citizenship and how we do democracy with Steve W. and Rev. McKinley. Our sacred text will be Rep. John Lewis' final essay. Service will be livestreamed and presented on Zoom. Digital coffee Hour afterwards.

October 25 - Listening to Spirit and a Costume Party
Join us for a Sunday of listening with Joy! We'll talk about Samhain, Halloween, and the good news according to Harry Potter! Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume, no matter how simple or elaborate, and our kids will have a Parade to show off their fashionable duds!

Happy Fall! The leaves are beginning to change as the natural world reminds us that we are part of it and we can learn from our flora and fauna siblings. As the leaves fade and die, the world enters its rebirth cycle by first giving us a brilliant bloom of color and light. If you were used to a world that was ever-green, this rush of gold and orange and red would certainly feel disorienting. It might even feel chaotic.

Moments of great change are always preceded by moments of great disorientation. That's how life works.

We move into the autumn and into a critical time in our nation's history. Everything feels like it's at risk and everything feels important... so I want to ask you to balance that Bigness by focusing on little things.

I watch English Premier League Football (aka soccer). It's on early Saturday and Sunday, and it's a sport on the other side of the ocean. I have no logical reason to support my beloved Tottenham Hotspur Football Club... but I do, now more than ever. I have so many other

things on my mind to get done, and yet I still find time to listen to British sport announcers lose their minds over a questionable referee decision.

To paraphrase Roger Bennet of the "Men in Blazers" podcast and TV show, "in days when every single act from those in power feels like a momentous and universe altering moment, what a joy it is to delight in the comparably meaningless emotions around whether the goal counted or didn't."

Find your little bit of joy this week. Find something that fills you up and revel in how important it can become when you give it attention. Revel in the small delights of chicken wings, fading sunflowers, cool breezes, a new e-book, your favorite movie, your partner's snoring, your kids playing... whatever you find, hold onto it.

We all need these moments of grounding. Before times of great change, there are moments of great confusion, even chaos. The leaves are going to fall soon, and we will be in it together to see what is reborn next Spring. May it be so. Amen.

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

Do You Have Any Questions for the Board?

Wondering what your Board of Trustees is up to? Do you have a question for us or a burning issue you would like to raise?

In the "old days" (pre Pandemic) the practice was to post the approved minutes on the little bulletin board in the hallway outside Desi's office. Any and all could read them there. Jane H. also posted them on this web site; and she still does! Anyone can go to the page and read the most recent record of our meetings. From the home page, on the horizontal menu, select "About Restoration" and then click on the Board of Trustees section. Once there you will find the most recent approved Board Meeting minutes and also a link to the form called the Board Agenda Request form. We welcome having you send us a form for topics that you wish to raise with the Board. By sending your request directly to the Moderator, we can respond efficiently to your request.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

— Fern

Change for Change: October

The Change for Change for October is Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC). Our mission is simple. Education and Advocacy for African Americans to reduce the incidence of disease and death from coronavirus African Americans are being diagnosed at a disproportionately higher rate than other groups and are dying from coronavirus at a higher rate than other groups. To address that need, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium was born. We have built a mobile COVID-19 testing operation. Our goal with the mobile unit is to provide a testing alternative that is BARRIER FREE to test for coronavirus disease in our hardest-hit areas of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC) is an initiative of It Takes Philly, Inc., a 501c3.

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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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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Friday, October 16 —

Voting Party CommUUnity Potluck

Justice Council invites you to a UUCR Voting Party CommUUnity "Potluck" this Friday, October 16, from 7:30-9pm. This is a chance to share information about mail-in ballots, drop boxes, the satellite election office at AB Day School, strategies about voting by mail vs. in-person at your polling place on election day (whether you have a mail-in ballot or not), opinions about the Ballot Questions, and how we might be able to help each other in the process.

We will also discuss our plans to hand-deliver postcards to our neighbors for whom UUCR is their polling place, having our RE kids get together Saturday, October 24, 10am-noon, to color and sign the cards (and possibly help deliver them).

Topic: UUCR CommUUnity "Potluck"
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
Contact Bruce PJ for the Zoom link.

Thursday, October 22 —

Folk Factory Open Circle

The Folk Factory will have an Open Circle on Thursday, October 22, starting at 7:30pm, as a Zoom meeting. Our motto is "Music and progressive social change", and the optional theme for October is "Elections and Politics". Contact Bruce for the Zoom link or if you have any questions - hope you'll join us!

Friday, October 23 —


In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree
by Katherine B.

via Zoom gathering Friday, October 23, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The Zoom link will be sent with reminder on the date.

Kathy will share what finally brought her to write this memoir of a life-long search for the means of healing racial injustice. Excerpts will be read, followed by a book discussion. All are welcome to participate, whether or not you have had an opportunity to read the book.

From Amazon: In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is the memoir of a white woman's search for greater understanding of the impact of racism on American life and on the way school children are taught. Her story begins when, at the age of nine, she went to Texas with her family and found herself in a world divided into black and white. She saw that black people were not treated well and no one on the white side of the world seemed to think anything was wrong. The memory of that trip shaped the rest of her life, including her decision to spend a semester at an all-black college.

As an elementary school teacher, dismayed to discover that the curriculum portrayed only a world that was white, she searched for books and films about black people, slavery, and the struggle for freedom. The author believed this was important for all of her students, whatever their color.

She eventually wrote a curriculum about American slavery that was successfully implemented in a number of schools. It was particularly rewarding to see that white children enjoyed it. In a community noted for its racism, they began to take an interest in black people and to understand the need for the curriculum that helped them do that. This book tells a moving story about the possibilities for change.

Cathy M., event moderator.

Saturday, October 24 —

Neighborhood Voter Engagement
Postcard Event with RE Kids

Saturday, October 24: 10:30am - noon

At the Justice Council meeting last week, we decided we would like to transmit postcards to our neighbors, as a neighborly thing to do, with some election information on it, and giving a little taste of who we are. Our RE kids (and anyone else) can decorate and sign the cards to give them a personal touch, and they or others can hand-deliver them, or we can mail any that don't get hand-delivered. We would like to do something similar for Sandy F's apartment complex. We are planning to have the decorating at church (outside) on Saturday, October 24, from 10:30am-noon. If it's nice, we might be on the grass; if necessary we can be under the portico between the two entrance doors. At the end, we will give cards to those who want to hand-deliver them (they will have labels with names and addresses) and will put postage on the rest to snail mail them. Our plan is to have food, so if you can let us know if you are planning to come, that would be very helpful (contact Bruce at 215-688-8747. Please join us if you would like!

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.

Sunday, October 25 —

Town Hall Meeting, Sunday October 25

We had a great conversation about our name change process at our Congregational Meeting last month; thanks to everyone who participated! It is clear that we are moving toward consensus, and there is strong support for changing "Community" to "Congregation" in the proposed name to accommodate the significant number of members and friends for whom some word indicating spirituality is very important. But other small tweaks came up that we didn't get a chance to check out with everyone.

So on Sunday, October 25, right after our worship service (and possibly after an RE kid costume parade), the Board is calling a brief Town Hall Meeting to take a few straw polls. One of the Suggestions was to put

"Universalist" before "Unitarian", since we were originally a Universalist church. Another was to change "Mt. Airy UU Congregation" to "UU Congregation in Mt. Airy", because it is preferable from an elocution perspective.

Think about how you feel about these, and please join us to register your feelings about them. We will use the simple "Yes" and "No" options that appear when you click on "Participants" in Zoom. If there is more than one person at a machine, we can have the second person type into the chat. Thanks! Our plan is to then have a paper ballot for the final vote in November Thanks again to the Name Change Committee and the Board and the 8th Principle Team for all their hard work in getting us to this point!

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.

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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

Dates in October —

Virtual Yoga Classes with Anna F.

Hatha yoga dates: October 31, from 10-11am

Chair yoga date: October 17, from 9-10am

All classes will utilize trauma-informed principles with an emphasis on energetic and physical alignment. Classes are donation only and a portion of the proceeds will go to Free Migration Project.

Feel free to reach out to me via email if you have any questions about class! Anna F., MSW, LSW (she, her, hers)
Email is in the Directory
Phone: (910) 990- 2322

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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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.

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 for all of the details! If you have questions, contact Bruce, Cathy M. or Tim S.

If you have a mail-in ballot (and live in Philly), you can drop it off at the AB Day School, 6324 Crittenden St. (M-Th 11:30-6:30, and F-Su 9:30-4:30).

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.

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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