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, February 21 —


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.


Upcoming Worship Services

February's Theme is "Resilience!".

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

February 23: "Resilient Play: Mental Health Part II"
Join Pat D. and McKinley for a little bit of silliness and a whole lot of gratitude as we learn some concrete practices for building resilience and exercising our behavioral health "muscles." Special music from an ensemble crew of voices and instruments, and a call to action as we head into an election year!
— McKinley S. and Pat D. lead the service

March 1: "Giving Up Pigs for Lent"
Join Janet M. and McKinley for the first trip into the monthly theme of "Wisdom". March 1st is the first Sunday in the Christian season of Lent, and it's also National Pig Day! We'll be celebrating both appropriately, exploring our connection to the animal kingdom, food justice & our diet, and a very funny story about molten chocolate lava cake at Chili's.

From our Minister

Happy Anniversary!

Restoration is 200 years young this month, and we didn't want to only celebrate for a day, a week, a month, or even a year (clap clap
clap clap!)...... so here's the plan:

A three year celebration and renewal period for this justice seeking congregation highlighted by:

March 15th honoring our elders with a special video presentation
October-ish an Installation of the Minister service
Ongoing work on the updating of the History Book

April - a "Homecoming" event when we invite former members friends and ministers back for a time of reminiscing and celebration

October - the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention meets at Restoration

Spring - the national Universalist Convocation meets at Restoration, ending our bicentennial extravaganza.

Throughout, we will have other events and opportunities to live our our goals of embracing all souls and restoring wholeness, from a concert series, a sermon series, a connection with Restoration Tulsa UU on racial justice efforts there and here, family-centered activities and scavenger hunts, and a "thank you dinner" for the neighborhood complete with a 200th Anniversary Banner in a location yet to be determined.

This list is not finalized, nor is it exhaustive. It's the beginning of a time of opportunity and joy for us. We are people of resilience, and part of resilience is learning with and from our history and letting it dance is into our future. May it be so. Amen!

— McKinley posted 02/21/2020

From your Moderator

In the past few weeks Restoration folks participated in the Dinners for the 8th Principle program at 9 different homes. In each gathering, we read a litany by Rev. Megan Foley that builds from a powerful phrase by Rev. Theresa Soto: “All of us need all of us to make it.”* It was especially appropriate for the purpose of the dinners but Rev. Soto’s sentence also captures my own goals for my term as moderator.

I share the desire that I know many of you have to support and nurture Restoration to be the “big enough tent” that Rev. Sims challenged us to create when he first joined us. I want us to be that place and help to build a better world in the broader community.

This overarching goal is supported by goals of transparency, efficiency, and vision. We want to make our Restoration community open and engaging to all who come through our doors. As a small but mighty group of individuals we need to be clear about what we want to achieve and work to do it efficiently.

The Board of Trustees will soon participate in a retreat where we will review and explore our current Mission Statement.** Many of us know the slogan we use, “Embracing All Souls and Restoring Wholeness,” but the mission is a much lengthier piece. We may find that it continues to accurately describe who we are and who we want to be in the world. Or we may want to propose some alterations, or work with other groups in the church to better articulate our mission. We believe this is timely work as we approach the 200th Anniversary of our congregation and as we continue the name change exploration.

There are many groups at Restoration, some are instrumental in sustaining our community,

some are doing important work to keep the community strong, some are for having fun together or learning new things, or developing our own spiritual lives. How does one keep track of them all? How does a relative newcomer or an old-timer find out about all the options or opportunities here at Restoration? Some groups are easy to recognize like the Restoration Singers who provide us with glorious music during our worship services, or soon, the Restoration Ringers will reappear for the holiday season. But other groups work behind the scenes like our stalwart Building and Grounds group who have been instrumental in improving our accessibility, making the Garth into a memorial garden, and now developing a way to have a bathroom with a shower for when we have the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network guests with us. I welcome your suggestions as to how we share information and welcome folks to our community.

As we say at the start of every worship service, “You are welcome here!” That goes for the individual who arrives by bus and is happy to sit and listen to the choir rehearse before the service, to the new neighbor who is visiting churches in the area, the ardent activist who is looking for a like-minded community to help her sustain her energies for her life’s work, the parent(s) looking for a healthy community in which to raise children, the person starting out in a new phase of life seeking companion travelers, the couple who need a quiet place as a respite from their busy lives, and even the tired, perhaps over-stimulated two year old who doesn’t want to go home at the end of the social hour. We want everyone to know they are welcome here.

So I close for now, as my young students would write at the end of free writing time, … to be continued!
— Fern C., Moderator posted 11/30/2019

Change for Change: February

Clave de Sol Children's Choir and Guitar Group

Change for Change in February is Clave de Sol Children's Choir and Guitar Group in Habana, Cuba where Sharon F. traveled this past November. This is a community based organization that teaches guitar, vocals and dance to children after school who would otherwise not have any access to a music program Currently they meet in homes of a few of the community leaders as they have no building.Friends of The Peace Train (Sharon Katz) is raising funds to build a building where the children could have their classes and store guitars and musical instruments in a place where, unlike their homes, would be air conditioned to preserve the longevity of the instruments. Each child must have a guitar (or similar instrument) to participate in the classes.

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

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Coming SOON: a "Do It Yourselfie Sale!"

Yes, the "Annual Service Auction" is coming in just a couple of weeks! But it has a different twist...

It's going to be a... "DO IT YOURSELFIE" SALE

Here are the rules of the game:

    Advertise your event or service either by creating your own "Advertising Sale Sign" or using this
    GENERIC ONE. (You can download this Word version and fill it out on the computer.)

    Pin it to the special sale bulletin board that will be provided in Fellowship Hall. Talk it up! Tell people to shop for your "bargains"!

    At the end of March, you will receive a copy of your "sale sign".
    *Save this for your files to remind you who bought your event or service.

    BUY, BUY, BUY!
    Take a "Receipt Sheet" from the table and fill in what you bought, the cost, and date or time if applicable.
    *Save this for your files to remind you what your donation will be to the church.

Below are just a few of the Sale Items that will be offered:

  • Board Leadership Consultation
  • Cuban Flan
  • Farm Fresh Organic Eggs
  • 4-Course "Salt Lick" Texas BBQ Dinner
  • Immigration Consultation
  • Laughter Yoga Class
  • Movie Showing "Singin' in the Rain"
  • Non-Profit Fundraising Consultation
  • Potluck Garden Party
PLUS... Drum Roll! There will also be Honest to Goodness
Auction Itemsavailable that go to the highest bidder!

Contact Jane H. if you have questions.

Sunday, February 23 —

Voter Registration Date & Time Slot Scheduling

Sunday, February 23, at 12:30pm in Hale Lounge

This week at the CommUUnity Potluck, we had a great training session for registering people to vote attended by a couple of dozen people, including Maurice Sampson and an aide to State Senator Art Haywood. This Sunday after the service, during social hour, anyone interested is invited to meet to schedule dates and 2-hour time slots for us to go out and register people to vote over the coming weeks. We will discuss logistics of getting the materials to whoever is anchoring each slot. If you are interested, please come and look for Bruce P., probably at around 12:30, in Hale Lounge! It should only take 5-10 minutes.

February 23 & every 4th Sunday —

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

The first session of our Transgender Inclusion Workshop, to help us become more deeply inclusive and welcoming to people who are transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc., last month was well-attended and rich and deep. The next one (2nd of 6) will be on Sunday, February 23, after Social Hour, in Hale Lounge. We will aim to start around 12:45 if possible. We will have light lunch available in case the social hour fare is light. If you missed the first session and would like to see a transcript of the presentation and join us for the 2nd, please contact Bruce P. 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.

Thursday, February 27 —

Folk Factory: Open Stage/Open Circle

Thurs., Feb. 27, 7:30-10:30pm, in Fellowship Hall

In the first half, performers sign up for slots to perform (music, spoken word, or whatever) on the stage, and the audience votes on the acts they like best. The second half is a more informal sharing in a circle, usually involving a lot of singalongs and songs people are trying out for the first time. Admission is $2-5 per person, on a sliding scale, half for low-wage or no-wage folks, with a $1 discount if you mention you are a UUCR member or friend. Soft drinks and snacks are available for a free-will donation. If you or someone you know are an aspiring performer, the Open Stage is a way to earn a slot in our June People's Choice Concert. If you just like to listen to good music, and maybe sing along occasionally, you are also welcome! Our motto is "Music and progressive social change".

Saturday, February 29 —

Memo for Book Readers for February 2020

We are very glad to announce that our beloved Bookreaders group will be starting up again in February. The first date will be February 29, at 1:00 in Hale Lounge.

Our first selection is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. It is a debut novel about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

If you have been to a meeting before, you know how much fun and interesting it can be. Although it is suggested that you read the book, you can attend whether you have read the book or not. Elaine F. and Ellen R. will be handling the administration of the group so please send any preliminary questions to Ellen or Elaine. Their contacts are in the church directory. We will be happy to see our old Book reader friends and hopefully some new ones as well.

Sunday, March 1 —

PIHN Families Move-In

We will have PIHN guest staying with us for month of March. Please note that Hale Lounge will become the RE classroom. Please take care to treat it as a classroom for children. For more info, contact McKinley or see the quarterly newsletter.

March 4, & every other Wednesday —

Sacred Text Study

This group will continue to meet every other Wednesday, per the wishes of group members. We've been learning the history and anthropology behind the Hymn that opens the book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures, we talked all about the possible scientific explanations of the burning bush, and learned about Psalm 23 and how acrostic poems work in Hebrew. The plan has always been to work through Hebrew and Christian scriptures, then move to Islamic literature and poetry, and possibly to Sutras, the Book of Mormon, etc. If you're interested in coming on board to learn about the texts used by millions of spiritual practitioners, don't be shy! Come question, doubt, wrestle, and laugh with us on Wednesday, Feb 19, at 6:30pm as we discuss the wild and wacky Wisdom Literature.

Saturday, March 7 —

Don't Forget Daylight Savings Time!

Set your clocks ahead one hour this evening
so you don't miss any of the service on Sunday!

Sunday, March 8 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Wednesday, March 11 —

UUPLAN will host a UU the Vote Zoom Meeting: 8pm

UUPLAN will host a UU the Vote zoom meeting for all Pennsylvania UUs.

It's a chance to communicate about the UU the Vote efforts Pennsylvania UU congregations and partner organizations are planning and doing.

Many UUs from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and Massachusetts have indicated a desire to come to Pennsylvania to do meaningful electoral work. We'll discuss how to connect those folks to congregations and communities where electoral work reflecting our UUA values is being performed.

Susan Leslie, the UUA's long time "Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director" and a member of the UUA's Organizing Strategy Team, will be joining us.

Please invite others to attend the zoom meeting. It will last no more than 1 hour. Contact me if you have thoughts or questions

Zoom Info: From your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android click this link: https://zoom.us/j/7132347624 Or by phone: 1-408-638-0968 or 646-558-865 Meeting ID: 713 234 7624
— Tim Styer: Phone 267-784-9071

Saturday, March 14 —

Music for the New Revolution Showcase Concert at 8pm

Folk Factory will presents a Music for the New Revolution Showcase concert on Saturday, March 14. Music for the New Revolution is a podcast by David Heitler-Klevans and Rodney Whittenberg (a member at Wellsprings UU) about music and progressive politics. The concert will feature UUCR's own Karen S., ANNA Crusis Women's Choir, Lydia Muñoz (a Puerto Rican activist pastor will a powerful beautiful voice), and Kora Feder. The concert will start at 8:00pm; doors will open at 7:30pm. Suggested donation is $11-40, sliding scale; half at the door for no or low wage folks; $2 off at the door for UUCR members and friends (mention it to the volunteer at the door). Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, please call 215-848-6246.

Monday, March 23 —

Justice Council Book for Discussion

Our Justice Council book for discussion this year will be How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Our fourth session will be on Monday, March 23rd, starting at around 7:15pm, in Hale Lounge. We will be discussing Chapters 10-12. Feel free to come, even if you didn't come to the earlier sessions, and even if you haven't read all of the chapters we are discussing. Contact Bruce P. at 215-848-6246 if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. Food will be available.

Tuesday, April 28 —

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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!

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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

OWL Class at First U Downtown

February 16 to May 17th
Sunday evenings at 7:00pm

Do you know of any kids in 7-9th grade who might want to participate in the Our Whole Lives curriculum? First U at 22nd and Chestnut has two trained facilitators, and they need about 2-4 more kids to make it viable. Contact email is revhannah@philauu.org if you're interested. Thanks in advance!!!

An article from UU House Outreach

From the Name Change Committee

Happy Winter everyone! Lest you think that the Name Change Committee has been hibernating, let us assure that is not the case. We have been busy planning the next steps in the process, as we prepare to enter what is hopefully the final phase of the process of exploring changing the name of the congregation. (This phase will cover a period of several months, from February through May.)

The first step in this phase will be another survey, to be sent out in February, so keep your eyes out for that!
The Name Change Committee

Report on Town Hall Meeting on Name Change

Below, is a report following the Last Town Hall Meeting.
View Report

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 me.
— Annabel G., Coordinator of Hospitality Teams

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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 office@uurestoration.us.

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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