Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Tuesday, March 20 —


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 Handicapped Accessible!

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


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

Upcoming Worship Services

March 25: Passover: a Springtime Celebration of Liberation
The Passover story resonates with today's struggles. Join us for a re-telling. At coffee hour we will have some traditional Passover foods.
— Worship Associates Linda H., Brenda R. and Guest Elaine F.

April 1: Easter
— Elizabeth Ellis and Worship Associate Cathy M.

April 8: Peace Must Start With Justice
— Worship Associates Sandy F. and Rita F.

March Change for Change

The Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stevenson. The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation's history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. We publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and our staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.

From your Moderator —


It’s that time again in our church year when we experience transitions. It’s safe to say that our community will make the transitions fairly well and soldier on. We have strong roots and dedicated talented people who will step up and help facilitate the transitions.

Since my time as your Moderator I look to this time of year with a healthy dose of anxiety as there are so many major things that have to happen.

Here’s a short list:

  1. Pledge drive
  2. Balancing the books
  3. Nominations and elections of board members and officers
  4. Annual report
  5. Getting ready for our annual budget and congregational meeting
This year happens to be even more critical and adds some additional anxieties. For starters this is my last year as Moderator after 5 years, and my last time doing this newsletter column. The nominating committee needs to find a Moderator. Secondly we need to find a full time consulting Minister and raise enough money to afford one. And finally there are Board positions to fill and replacements for at least two people on the finance committee.

A major goal of mine has always been to leave a place or position I come into in better shape

than I found it or at least no worse. I believe we are in better shape in spite of the challenges we’ve had. Over 70 percent of the congregation responded to the survey from the Search Committee. The findings of that survey indicated that having ministerial stability and church finances were the major concerns. In reflecting on those concerns and the others I surmised that we are not unlike a lot of churches in these times. The major difference is that we are a can-do congregation and we are resilient. We are strong in the ties that bind us as well in our values.

As part of this transition I personally look forward to doing more work with UUPLAN, or perhaps as a worship associate or I’d like to coordinate our pastoral care and caring committee and perhaps working on membership. I think I could do a good job in those areas.

In closing I want to say thanks for allowing me to serve you. As I indicated in my sermon a couple of Sundays ago this has been not only a growth opportunity but also a spiritual practice for me. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing Board members and work with two of the best Assistant Moderators on the planet, Cynthia B. and Fern C. Additionally I had the opportunity to work with amazing ministers, Kathy Ellis, Maria McCabe and Jo Green.

Ache Amen

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: February 25, 2017

Church Office Hours

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

or phone 215-247-2561.

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Sundays, March 25, April 8 & 22 —

"New UU" - A Short Workshop into to Unitarian
Universalism and Restoration UU

Maybe you've been attending worship and other events here at Restoration and have already indicated your intent to join our faith community. Or maybe you just want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and Restoration's history. If that's you, then you'll want to sign up for our 3-session workshop which will be held in Hale Lounge from 9-10:45 am on the following Sundays:
  • 3/25: Welcome and a short history of UU and UUCR
  • 4/8: Our major programs -- music, social justice, religious development. (BTW the Justice Council meets that day after coffee hour, so if you might want to plan to stay for that.)
  • 4/22: UUCR structure, polity, how things work and get done around here
We'll have a light breakfast waiting for you, too!

To sign up: Please call or send an email to either:

  • (215-247-2561) or
  • (215-242-9055)

Wednesday, March 28 —

CommUUnity Potluck

Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 pm in Hale Lounge

Final Weds. evening of each month at 6:30 pm on Mar. 28, April 25, and May 30. We will use the March meeting to invite our Social Justice counterparts at First U and USG for a sharing session to learn from each other and see how we might possibly coordinate our efforts in ways that are mutually beneficial. Then the April date will be the actual neighborhood gathering to begin to work on improving the traffic situation. Please consult your calendars and plan to attend as many of these as you can. We welcome your presence and good ideas!

Sunday, April 8 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Thursday, April 12 —

Soul Work Book Discussion Group on Anti-Racism and UUism
7:15 - 8:45 pm in the Board Room

Our next meeting to discuss Soul Work, about anti-racism and UU theology will be on Thursday, April 12, from 7:15-8:45 (after the Vigil). We will be discussing Chapter 6, about UUism being a prophetic voice against racism and white supremacy culture. See Bruce P. if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. In Hale Lounge; snacks provided! All are welcome, whether or not you have come before or have read the book!

For more information, contact or phone: 215-848-6246.

Saturday, April 14 —

Folk Factory News

Concert by Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)
On Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30), Sharon Katz & The Peace Train will present a concert, at $15-50* per person (sliding scale, kids under 12 free!); $2 off for Restoration members and friends (tell the door volunteer). Sharon created The Peace Train in South Africa to help to end apartheid, and does songs of peace and justice with her band. Bruce & Linda P. and Jamie were part of the multiracial, multigenerational Peace Train American Tour during the summer of 2016. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, call 215-848-6246 by April 9.

People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle, Thursday: April 26, at 7:30 pm
The Folk Factory will hold the next People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle on Thursday, April 26, from 7:30-10:30 pm. For the first hour and a half, audience members vote on the Open Stage performers (top vote-getters get invited to be part of the June People's Choice Concert). After a short break, we then have a more informal Open Circle where everyone present has the opportunity to request or lead a song of their choice, usually a singalong. The requested donation is $2-5, sliding scale, but we offer $1 off for Restoration members and friends. Spread the word to your family and friends, especially aspiring performers looking for a gig!

Jean Ritchie Tribute Concert with Dan Schatz et al., Friday, April 27, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)
On Friday, April 27, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30), Dan Schatz (minister at West Chester UU) and friends (including Jean’s son Jon) will present a Jean Ritchie Tribute Concert, at $11-40* per person (sliding scale, kids under 12 free!); $2 off for Restoration members and friends (tell the door volunteer). Jean did Appalachian/traditional-style music with a social consciousness. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, please call 215-848-6246 by April 23.

People’s Choice Concert (tentatively) Saturday, June 16, at 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:30)

On Saturday, June 16, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30), we will have our annual People’s Choice Concert (the top vote-getters of the 2018 Open Stages), at $7-20* per person (sliding scale, kids under 12 free!); $2 off for Restoration members and friends (tell the door volunteer). Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, call 215-848-6246 by June 11.

For further information, visit The Folk Factory Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/folkfactorycoffeehouse/, email , or call 215-848-6246! If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce at the same number.

Sunday, April 15 —

Second Pancake Breakfast!

Carolyn and Cody P. put on a pantastic Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 21. It was very well-attended with all monies going toward the Auction.

Keep in mind that the next Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, April 15 at 9 am. If you did not sign up at the Auction you can still participate by paying $10.00 on April 15.

Come hungry!

Sunday, April 22 —

Auction Event: The Curse of the Were Rabbit

April 22 | Hale Lounge at 1:30 | 1 hr and 55 min
Popcorn will be Furnished

This offering is one of the funniest comedies ever created. There's room for more viewers — who, if it's affordable, can donate $10 to the church even though the Auction is over. The movie is "The Curse of the Were Rabbit", in almost 3-dimensional claymation. It's the wittiest of the Wallace & Gromit movies, winner of the Oscar for best animated film and a dozen more international prizes. Even if you've seen it, there's always something new from Wallace the inventive handyman, his mute mutt Gromit, Helena Bonham Carter's plummy voiceover of a posh lady, Ralph Fiennes as her overeager and jealous suitor, and menacing rabbits that are both scary and hilarious. It's a great way to spend a little time after coffee hour having fun. See you there! Please let know you're attending.

Saturday, May 12 —

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

Saturday, May 12, from 9 am until 3 pm

Our Pop-up Yard Sale and Flea Market events held in recent years continue to be successful. Returning vendors often ask why we don’t have them more often. For now, we continue to hold them in spring and fall.

Community Yard Sale spaces on the lawn will be sold to outside vendors on a first-come basis at $10.00 per space. We will 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 7 am - No reservations are required.

Restoration’s Flea Market donated merchandise will be displayed and sold from tables in Fellowship Hall. Please continue to leave your donations labeled “Flea Market” in Hale Hall. Dot F. will retrieve them to be priced and displayed.

If you have items you wish to sell for yourself, above and beyond your church donations, please follow the vendor procedure.

NOTE - A big hit in past years has been Harald G.’s portraits sketches.

So, if you wish to participate in preparation and/or the day’s activities, please let Cynthia B. and Dot F. know. There will be a list of volunteer opportunities. We will need your help with registering vendors, collecting payment, and monitoring outside, as well as set-up, cashiering, and monitoring inside. BONUS - there will be snacks, Klondike bars, and a whole lot of fun!

Questions, call me 215-242-5214 or email

Please help us in support of this community outreach effort.

Thank you,
Cynthia B. and Dot F.
Yard Sale/Flea Market Coordinators

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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!

Tuesdays, 7:15 to 8:45 pm —

Tai-Chi is Effective for Health and Longevity

Easy Tai Chi for Busy People, developed and taught locally in Vancouver, Canada by Dr. Keith Jeffery, is now being offered by certified instructors worldwide. Traditional approaches to tai chi can be so complex and difficult that the majority of students often quit in frustration, never achieving the potential health benefits. Easy Tai Chi (just five minutes daily) creates significant and rapid benefits by teaching a small number of moves in depth rather than far too many moves superficially. Jeffery's innovative and unique approach is perfect for anyone, including busy people and seniors. The secret to Tai Chi for Busy People is the use of rooting the feet and the movement of the core. This movement promotes health, increases the flow of lymph in the body (the fluid of the immune system), and helps to massage the inner organs.

Dr. John Gilmore, D. Min., a certified instructor of Jeffery, will be teaching this enjoyable Tai-Chi class at the Unitarian Universalist Church of The Restoration in Philadelphia at Gorgas Ln. and Stenton Ave. beginning Tuesday, January 9th from 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm. It will be an ongoing class for $40 per month.

For more information visit: www.nextstepcoaching.mysite.com and hit the tab for my Facebook.

Call or Text John Gilmore at 267-625-0914 for more information or to register.

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We're Off to a Good Start on Pledges

Fourteen pledge cards were turned in at the Pledge Canvass Luncheon on Sunday, March 11. Many of them represent sizable increases over last years' pledges.

The number of people at the luncheon exceeded the number that have participated in these pledge kick-off events in recent years The food was scrumptious - favorite dishes provided by everyone. We enjoyed Tim S.'s opening remarks, Sandy F.'s song ("Weve Got a Church"), Allen R.'s Search Committee report, Len R.'s Treasurer's report, Dot F.'s FAQs, and questions from the audience. I think that Bernadette L.'s mighty telescope helped to set the scene. Does anyone need/want a telescope - it might be for sale - see Bernadette.

Please keep those pledge cards coming in. The last day to turn them in is Sunday, April 1. Remember that your pledge will help us to call a minister to Restoration.
— Dot F., Pledge Coordinator

Combating Loneliness

Imagine living alone and not talking to a friend in more than a week. Compound the situation with not leaving your home or having visitors. This situation may seem unusual. However, there are nearly 200,000 older adults in our Philadelphia living alone and almost half have no outside activities.

At the same time, research shows that these behaviors may lead to loneliness. The impact of being alone is not only emotional distress but also unhealthy conditions. Lonely people have the possibility of becoming depressed and may experience high blood pressure, heart disease or both.

One person cannot resolve the consequences for another person's loneliness. Putting the person in touch with service agencies is definitely a step in the right direction.

If the person is in northwest Philadelphia, UU House Outreach offers regular check-in calls or clients can request visits from student interns or Senior Companions. For more information, contact Erika at 215-843-5881 or email outreach@uuhouse.org

Thank You to All the Volunteers

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who stepped forward to provide hospitality for the families who recently stayed at Restoration. We hosted a total of four families: Five adults and seven children, providing safe, comfortable living space and nutritious meals for three weeks in January and February.

Thanks go to Restoration's volunteers who assisted with the moving in and out, who cooked and hosted meals, and who stayed overnight to ensure security:
Fern C.
Mary Ellen N.
Rita F.
Brenda R. and Pat G.
Paul M.
Bruce and Linda P.
Holly J.
Peter J.
Barbara P.
Anthony C.
Louise S.
Tim and Darlene S.
Portia H.
Karen S.
Annie G.
Wayne B.
Dot F.
Annabel G.
Anam O.
Allen R. and Janice R.
Cathy M.
Cody and Carolyn P.
Mike F. and Steve W.
Sonya L.
Our affiliation with PIHN is one of Restoration's most enduring social justice ministries. Families selected into the PIHN program receive temporary emergency housing and hospitality in participating churches, synagogues, or mosques. Host congregations provide safe, child-friendly living quarters with private rooms for two to four weeks at a time. Each night, volunteers provide dinner and companionship for the families. They may help children with their homework or simply keep the families company. The goal is to create a calm environment for families to rebuild. Families in need of emergency housing stay at Restoration once (occasionally, twice) a year.

During the holidays, we'll have an additional opportunity to assist "alumni families" (who have moved on to permanent housing) by granting wishes for gifts requested by their children.

We sincerely appreciate the generosity and cooperation so many of you extended during this visit!
— Steve W. and Darlene S., Restoration's PIHN Coordinators

Nominating Committee Information

We are actively pursuing completing a slate for the Annual Meeting in June. There are three (3) positions available:

Moderator (2018-19)
Trustees (2) (2018-20)
one year - to complete Tim S.’s term
two years each

Should you wish to nominate someone for one of these positions, PLEASE ask if he/she is willing to serve prior to submitting the name. Feel free to contact a member of the Nominating Committee to submit nominations. Committee members are:

Jean H. | Peter J. | Jim W.
Trustee Board Representative Fern C.

Religious Exploration Update

Thanks to all who contributed to the RE chocolate sale in February! We raised a total of $29.50. Over the course of three weeks, activity leaders introduced multiple charities to students, including Philabundance, The Garces Foundation, The Philadelphia Bail Fund, and Black Lives UU. After discussion and consideration, the students of RE took a vote and, while the results were close, the charity to receive the proceeds from the chocolate sale will be.... The Philadelphia Bail Fund! It speaks volumes for their wisdom and for the values of UUCR that our students are thoughtfully engaging with the same issues as our city's new D.A.

Thanks also to those who attended the RE volunteer orientation. If you weren't able to attend, don't worry: you can still sign up to volunteer! Contact to learn more.

Committee on Ministry Statement of Purpose

Our Covenant at UU Restoration Church calls us to embrace all souls and restore wholeness. In the spirit of ministry, shared by members and professional clergy, the Committee on Ministry (COM) facilitates open communication across the community. In this way, the COM seeks to promote healthy, sustainable ministry that will serve the community’s vision long into the future.

We, the members of the Committee on Ministry, want you to know we are willing to discuss your ideas, concerns, and issues, not just during select potluck lunches. We will be able to connect you with those involved in various levels of church structure, make you aware of ways to serve and be served, and present opportunities for you to get more involved with church activities.

We are available, so please contact us in person or via contact info below.

Members and Contact info:

Phone: 215-919-6259

Phone: 267-972-1121

Phone: 215-242-5214

Phone: 215-843-8809

Hospitality: So Much More than Coffee!!

Hospitality team members, which means ALL of us, friends and members alike, provide basic support for service activities on Sunday mornings. We greet before service, welcome visitors and give them a name tag, ring the bell, usher, provide food, do set-up and clean-up in Fellowship Hall. We now have a firm tradition of participation with the monthly teams. New members and friends are assigned to teams so they can integrate into the life of the community. Click Here for more information and team listings.

Bill Dikeman Honored with Plaque

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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/

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!

GoodSearch.com 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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