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Posted Tuesday, October 17 —

AUTUMN EVENTS AT RESTORATION

Sunday services begin at 11 am in the sanctuary immediately followed by refreshments and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
Both spaces are air conditioned in the summer for your comfort.

Restoration is Accessible for those with Disabilities!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and accessible restroom on the lower level to make our Fellowship Hall more available to our congregants, visitors and renters. CHECK HERE for photos.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

Upcoming Worship Services

September's theme is "Expectation".

Recent sermons are available in VIDEO FORMAT
and others are available as TEXT.

September 22: Climate Justice is Racial Justice
We pride ourselves on being the "racial justice" church. As we continue to live into that, do we get too focused on some justice topics at the expense of others? In what ways can we expand and deepen our justice learning and justice seeking as a whole congregation to fully live out our call as Unitarian Universalists? What are some changes we can make here in Mt. Airy, in Philadelphia, and the world? This service is in conjunction with other ways to support the youth-led Climate Strike from 9/20-9/27.
 

From our Minister

I cannot prove to you that
I am a person. But you can
hold my hand, cool and dry,
while we pray, or just
breathe, ragged breaths
catching on our aching ribs.

I cannot prove to you that
brown skin is holy, that
Black skin is sacred,
but you can know it,
luminous and irrepressible,
the tabernacle of your own liberation....

so the answers that I have
for a country hacking up
a death rattle, and a democracy
with a wheezing, waxy pallor
are about our courage to love.

I cannot even
prove to you that every
queer body, every trans and enby
body, every ace and bisexual body
sings back to the universe its
immense generative power of yes.

I cannot prove to you with
quadratic certainty that what
a disabled body holds is a story
of wisdom beyond perfection,
like a red sun emerging from behind a cloud of dust.

Our desperation, not only for survival
but also to tread above the worst
of our collective nature. and to get
each other free, unashamed that
there came a day when we were
willing to risk looking foolish
to simply stay together and alive.

~ Theresa I. Soto

From your Moderator

Welcome Home Everyone! Fall approaches and we are beginning another program year at Restoration. This is a new year for me especially, as I learn and step into the role of your moderator.

Recently, my husband, John, and I shared a chuckle at the dinner table when looking through a catalog of t-shirts and bumper stickers. John pointed out two bumper stickers that he felt were appropriate for me: “I’M NOT LOST, I’M JUST EXPLORING” and “NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”

I had to agree, as I love to try different pathways or routes when I am driving. This past weekend I attended a family reunion for the Cornelius Davis part of my family (my mother’s Dad) in Stafford, CT. We gathered at the property where in 1719 Cornelius Davis built first his log cabin and then his modest home which is still being lived in today. The barn at Greystone Farm where Grandpa grew up still stands just down the road a piece. I used a GPS system to travel without using highways and toll roads for part of each trip. It was great to drive through little historic

districts in northwestern Connecticut, starting with West Hartford, and on the way home, to use numbered county roads in New York State through orchards of heavily laden apple trees along the eastern ridge above the Hudson River. Here in Philly, too, I like to have multiple ways to get from point A to point B, to see neighborhoods, corner parks, wonderful old buildings and trees or to get around traffic, a regatta, or an obstruction and still get where I need to go.

It was while attending the Sunday Service at the UU Society of Greater Springfield (Massachusetts) that I realized having and learning multiple pathways is distinctly important to me theologically as well. What makes my meandering possible is having a home. Our Restoration Community is the home that grounds me. It gives me the platform from which to explore, wander, and consider new ways of thinking and being. It is my home. With the GPS, when I veer away from a planned route, the system recalibrates to help me continue on my way. You all serve that same function for me as you live your own lives of purpose and thought, and join together to continuously support our community. It is great to be home!
— Fern C.

This Week in R.E.

September's theme is: Expectation.

Childcare and R.E. activities have been temporarily relocated to Hale lounge/duo room through Sunday, September 22. A gentle reminder, if you use this space in the next two weeks, to please be considerate and leave the room as welcoming to children and families as you are able (e.g., things like matches, electrical cords, and scissors for adult hands should be out of reach). Thanks to all in advance!

Finally, a big R.E. thank you to: Coraline O., who helped make the water streamers used in last week's service :)

Change for Change: September

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. Nearly 6 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.

Church Office Hours

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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or phone 215-247-2561.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the
or phone 806-786-9733.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT RESTORATION

September 25, UPDATE: —

No CommUUnity Potluck Wed., Sept 25,
Ta-Nehisi Coates at Penn (Irvine) that night at 8pm

We are not planning a CommUUnity Potluck for August or September. However, we recommend that anyone interested go to see Ta-Nehisi Coates speak at the Free Library speaker series at 8pm on Wednesday, September 25, in Penn's Irvine auditorium. He will be speaking about his new novel, The Water Dancer, set in the time of slavery. The cost is $30, which includes a copy of the book. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, September 9, and may sell out quickly If you get a ticket and are interested in carpooling, contact know! Watch the weekly e-newsletter for specifics about this and other dates.

Thursday, September 26 —

Folk Factory Open Stage/Open Circle

Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30-10:30pm, in Fellowship Hall

We start with an Open Stage (sound system, slots with 2 songs/10 minutes), take a break, then have an Open Circle (more informal, lots of singalongs). $2-5, sliding scale ($1 off for church members and friends). Come to strut your stuff or just listen, and tell your friends who are looking for an outlet for their music, stories, poetry, etc.?? Snacks available!

Saturday, September 28 —

Restoration’s Fall Pop-up Yard Sale and Flea Market

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9am until 3pm

Community Yard Sale spaces on the lawn will be sold to outside vendors on a first-come basis at $10.00 per space. We do not provide tables or chairs to outside vendors. After making a payment of $10.00. they may set up on the lawn and sidewalk area as early as 7am. No reservations are required or will be taken.

Restoration’s Flea Market donated merchandise will be displayed and sold from tables in the Fellowship Hall. Please continue to leave your donations labeled “Flea Market” in Hale Hall. If you have items you wish to sell yourself above and beyond your church donations, please follow the vendor procedure.

  • We’ll need help in sorting and setting up our flea market merchandise in the fellowship hall on Thursday, Sept 26 and Friday, Sept 27 from 9am to 3pm.
  • We will also need help with registering vendors, collecting payments, Hall Monitors, Cashiering, and Clean-Up on Saturday, September 28.
BONUS: There will be Klondike Bars and Entemann doughnuts for all volunteers, plus you will get first dibs on alll the good stuff.

Please contact us with questions: or

Bookreaders to Meet in September

The Restoration Bookreaders group will discuss The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers at its September meeting (date to be determined at the August meeting).

This is the true story of a Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana's by civil war. If you want to learn all about coffee, this is the book for you.
— Dot F., Bookreaders Coordinator

Sunday, October 6 —

Folk Factory Pete Seeger 100th Singalong Concert
with Magpie & Annie Patterson at USG

On Sunday, October 6, at 7:00pm, Folk Factory will present a singalong concert in honor of Pete Seeger's 100th birthday year, featuring Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Atzner, who have played for numerous UUCR services) and Annie Patterson (co-creator of the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again "folksong bibles"). The concert will start at 7:00pm; doors should open around 6:30pm. Since we expect more people than can fit at Restoration, the concert will be at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Phila., PA 19119. There is a free parking lot off of Johnson Street, between Greene Street and Wayne Avenue. Concert-goers will be lent a copy of a new songbook of Seeger songs called "If I Had a Hammer" to be able to sing along. The requested donation is $15-75, sliding scale (under 12 free; $2 off at the door for UUCR members - mention it to the volunteer at the door). Advance tickets can be purchased at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php ticketing=folk . This concert is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Folksong Society and USG. Some of the proceeds will go to POWER.

Sunday, October 13 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, October 13 —

Justice Council Meeting

The next meeting of our Justice Council will be after the service and Social Hour on Sunday, October 13, which means we will probably start around 12:30 or 12:45. Please join us if you would like to help decide how to allocate our Change for Change collections, future CommUUnity Potluck activities, and other social and racial justice issues and activities. All are welcome; please join us if you are curious!
— Bruce P.

October & November —

"Dinners for 8th" in October/November: Looking for Hosts

Now that we have obtained the results of the anti-racism survey, our 8th Principle Team is organizing "Dinners for 8th" for the fall. Traditionally, these have been informal potluck dinners of about 8 people each at members' homes, to help us get to know each other better, sometimes with a topic of conversation for part of it (most recently, we did some related to long-range planning). We would like to have a series of Dinners for 8 that will spend some of the time talking about the 8th Principle (on dismantling systemic racism in ourselves and our institutions) and how it relates to our congregation (hence: "Dinners for 8th").

We will send out a reading closer to the dinners, and have an activity after dinner to encourage us to think about how the way we do things at UUCR might connect more to white culture and not be as inclusive to everyone as we would like, as well as discussing how we might change to be more inclusive. Members of the team will facilitate these conversations, but we are now looking for participants. Before and after church for the next few weeks, Bruce P. and Cathy M. will be going around with a clipboard to take down names of people interested in participating, and finding out which of the planned dates would work for each person. If you want to participate and they don't catch you, you can contact or phone 215-848-6246. We're aiming to hold the dinners between October 19, and November 23, mostly on Saturday evenings, but one (Nov. 16) will be at noon, for those who prefer not to drive at night.

8th Principle: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse,
multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably
dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

8th Principle Team Anti-Racism Survey (May, 2019) Results

Many of you filled out the Anti-Racism Survey sent out by our 8th Principle Team last May - thanks so much! Of the 30 respondents (out of about 90 members), about half have taken a Jubilee (or equivalent all-weekend anti-racism) training, and about half (mostly the same people) have actively participated in other racial justice activities. All but 4 of the respondents have been involved at UUCR for at least 10 years, so the responses are biased in the direction of longer-term members.

For the complete results, go HERE

For an annotated list of recommended books, movies, shows, etc. that have been meaningful to the respondents, go HERE

We encourage all members and friends to look at this list for items that you might be interested in reading and seeing.

Sunday, Decamber 1 —

Donations of CLOTHING & SHOES for the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Sunday, December 1, will be the last day to bring in your donations of clothing and shoes for the Whosoever Gospel Mission Collection

Donations must be clean and in good condition (no stains, rips, or holes). Donations will be sold at the Mission’s Thrift stores to provide operating funds for it’s work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes in sturdy plastic trash bags because these bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in the Duo Room and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave your donations in Hale hallway.

They will be moved out of the hallway to be staged for pick-up by WSG at 9am on Monday, December 3
— Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

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RECURRING CHURCH ACTIVITIES

4th Sundays: January to June —

Trans Inclusion Workshops: 4th Sundays from January to June
after Social Hour. Interested?

A number of members of the Justice Council and other members and friends of UUCR are interested in participating in a Trans Inclusion Workshop, to help us become more deeply inclusive and welcoming to people who are transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc. The workshop exists as a webinar offered by the UUA, but our idea is to watch each of the 6 sessions as a group, and discuss them afterwards. Justice Council tentatively scheduled these sessions for the 4th Sundays of January through June, to be held after Social Hour after the service on those Sundays. If you are interested in participating (whether that timing works for you or not), please contact or at 215-848-6246. We see this as part of our desire to renew and maintain our updated Welcoming Congregation (welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people) status as a congregation.

Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —

Bring Your Own...

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

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 6-6:30 pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share in the transept chapel to the left of the sanctuary from 6:30-7 pm. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Adult Spiritual Development Classes for the Fall

Quest for the Historical Jesus: What do we actually know about the Rabbi from Nazareth as presented in the Christian Scriptures? What's fact and what's myth? Looking to learn more about Jesus of history, rather than the Jesus of church? Join to explore the history, geography, anthropology, sociology, and theology around the central figure in Christianity's story. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, concerns, and reading materials to discuss, dissect, and debate over 4 sessions.

Sacred Text Study as Spiritual Healing: many of us have spiritual wounds from other religious traditions. We have split off our selves from that past, and found sanctuary here in Unitarian Universalism. Part of healing these wounds involves naming the hurts caused by our religious past, and finding a way to reintegrate those parts of our past that can be helpful. Reinterpreting sacred texts like the Quran, Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, and Book of Mormon helps us develop a pathway towards developing our own theology and spiritual selves divorced from much of the hurtful pasts. Using Carol Howard Merrit's work, alongside other UU authors and various sacred scriptures, we'll begin to develop resilience and resources for our own spiritual grounding. Book study will be academic and Universalist in approach. 5-6 sessions. Contact

Hospitality Teams Reorganization

In order to provide more security and oversight during services, Rev. McKinley Sims, Steve W. and I have decided we need to redefine the role of those who volunteer upstairs - currently greeters and ushers.

The task of taking collection will now be listed as Offertory Collection, two people are needed and those folks take the offering, count the attendees and count the money after the service. This job was formerly called Usher, but in reality we did not have any ushers.

The role of Usher has been redefined in this way: Greet, ring the bell, close the glass doors when service begins, watch over seating of latecomers and watch over the door during service. Two people needed for each service, starting at 10:40. This is a job which will need some training, as we would like to incorporate some security responsibilities into the role (such as fully opening the heavy double doors for fire evacuation, or closing the doors in case of intrusion), so we ask that all those who like to usher/greet attend training sessions led by Steve W. and Rev. McKinley. More information will be forthcoming.

The new team assignments are listed HERE. At the moment there is no co-ordinator for Team 2. Perhaps someone will step forward. I thank other leaders for staying in their positions of leadership.

If anyone needs a different team, please contact
— Annabel G., Coordinator of Hospitality Teams

Paper Goods Update

Environmentally acceptable paper products to support our coffee hours and other social events have now been purchased. All the products are paper only, no wax coatings. Chinet is one of the acceptable brand names.

Here is the pricing:
6.75" dessert plates: 5 cents each
10" dinner plates: 11 cents each
8" appetizer plates: 7 cents each
Bowls: 19 cents each!

Last week we used the dishwasher, using the "each one teach one" method. Let's make it policy to use the dishwasher for every potluck and every time there are enough dishes to fill it up.
Thank you!

Visit our new Hospitality page listed under the Church Programs menu on this website.

Calling New Worship Associates

If you're interested in helping lead and plan our Sunday worship services, please contact We have a small group getting ready to be trained, and would love to have a few more folks join us. The commitment is a once a month meeting and a deepening of your own spiritual practice and thinking. We'd love to have you on the team!

Big Book Sale: Thank You!

Our community BIG BOOK SALE, which was held in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, July 7, got off to a good start on a bright, sunny day. We had many customers some of whom came as early as 8am.

Very sincere thanks go out to those volunteers who helped to sort and set-up the books, act as Hall Monitors and Cashiers, and to put the leftover books and tables away after 3pm: Julie & Brad B., Mariann E., Rita F.d, Mike F., Shirley G., Linda H., Peter J., Barbara P., Tim S. & Jane Z. They all worked very hard to make the sale run smoothly.

Thanks also go to our Sexton, George Craddock, who set up all the tables perfectly early on July 5. AND - to our administrative assistant, Desi, who handled many details of the sale.

We could not have done it without all of your efforts.

The income from this sale will be about $145.00 - not much money for a lot of work We need to rethink the BIG BOOK SALE concept. We could make a lot more money by holding the sale outside - BUT that would require the promise of a nice day and would require a lot of muscle to move the tables outside and put them away again, and it would require many volunteers to run the sale. ANY IDEAS FROM ANYONE???
— Dot F., Big Book Sale Coordinator

Following the Path to Well-Being

Wouldn't it be nice to live life without any cares? Life sometimes has other plans, including unexpected challenges, accidents, health emergencies or crises. While handling these setbacks, it's vital to maintain your emotional well-being and not succumb to anger, immobility, or other reactions that may not serve you well. Here are possible steps to ease your journey.
  • Acknowledge the difficulty.
  • Ask yourself, "How would I advise a friend?" Then, follow your advice.
  • Help others by being kind and/or volunteering. Giving to others gives you a break from your problems.
  • Allow yourself time to recover. It may take days, months or years.
  • Determine the lessons you learn and put them into practice.
  • Celebrate your victories and do something you enjoy.
As you work to recover from your struggles, make sure to:
  • Stay in touch with the positive people you know.
  • Maintain your spiritual practices: meditation, prayer or nature walks.
  • Continue your exercise and physical activities.
  • Follow a balanced diet.
For more information or to access aging services or support, please contact or phone 215-843-5881.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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/

Restoration's 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 office@uurestoration.us.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

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.
— Tim S., Moderator

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.
— Dot F.

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.

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.
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