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 22 —


Contact Tracing Protocols: We do not have any reason to think that someone was sick, this will be the routine procedure, to cover our bases. Sorry for any confusion from the unclear language!

This is our first opportunity to test out basic contact tracing protocol. You were present in person on Sunday Sept 26, for our service.

This is not in response to a confirmed exposure. We don't have any reason to believe that there was any exposure as of today. Out of an abundance of caution and commitment to covenant... we will use this protocol every week!

If you feel sick in the next two weeks, please let us know so we can alert everyone who was in person and unmasked at service this Sunday.

If you feel ill, please get a test done ASAP and report your results to help us make sure everyone is as safe as possible. Contact a member of the Board, our admin assistant, or the Minister

The two week countdown starts yesterday and will be revisited Oct 10th.

Re-opening Guidelines: CLICK HERE for specific information about attending services.

Mask Mandate Reminder: In line with policies, we are mandating mask use on church grounds, both inside and outside. If a small group is together and covenants to hear from all parties and feels comfortable to remove masks, you may do so. Without covenantal discussion and consent, masks should be worn over your nose and mouth for everyone over age 2 who is on church property. This includes RE, small groups, choir, etc. Please help keep your neighbors safe. This policy will be revisited often, and may change. Please look to newsletters or ask Board members for updates.

COVID Protocols: At the Re-Opening Task Force meeting, a grid that specifies our protocols for different levels of COVID risk was developed and finalized. CLICK HERE to see the grid with what our guidelines are about masking, the choir singing, food at Social Hour, where we can gather, social distancing, etc. Final decisions about the risk level at any moment will be the

responsibility of the Moderator, Assistant Moderator, and Minister, in consultation with the Board. The risk level could go up, even jump several levels, at any time (corresponding to a greater risk), but if it goes down, we would expect to only drop 1 level at a time, and to try two weeks on each level before shifting again.
The guidelines suggest that we are at Level 3 (Medium Risk) at the moment.

This Sunday we can have 25 people total in the Sanctuary, all with masks. The Choir will be singing. As before, congregants should be socially distanced at least 6 feet apart (although household members can be closer to each other). For hymns, congregants can hum (through masks), but should not sing at this level of risk. We will not be serving food or drinks, so please bring water or whatever you need to stay hydrated.

Because of Rev. McKinley, the choir, 2 ushers, a Worship Associate, and leaving a few spots for vaccinated newcomers and our most at-risk vaccinated members and friends, we are likely to have perhaps 8-10 spots in the Sanctuary for other vaccinated members and friends for this Sunday, determined (chronologically) by those who email or phone on Friday before 3pm. When the Choir is not singing, we will again have twice that number of spots in the Sanctuary in future weeks (like last week). We ask that everyone let others have a chance to be in the Sanctuary before signing up for a second time in the future. Others can be in Fellowship Hall, with a screen showing what is going on in the Sanctuary and a live feed of the audio.

For details of the Protocols recommended by our Re-Opening Task Force, CLICK HERE.

Services: Services are available on Live Stream. Just click the button with the blue arrow on our HOMEPAGE 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 (he/him)


Upcoming Worship Services

October's Theme is "Cultivating Relationship"

The services below, as well as ones you wish
to re-watch, are available HERE.

October 24 - Southern Universalists
Join Tim S. and McKinley for a historically focused service on our connections with Southern Universalist congregations during the past 200 years. As part of our ongoing bicentennial, we'll learn more about the differences and similarities of Northern and Southern Universalist groups during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Beyond. The Restoration Singers Choir will be providing music. Please RSVP by Friday if you'd like to sit in the Sanctuary.

Pumpkin Decorating - October 24 at 12:00pm after service! Pumpkins will be provided, but please bring your own if you'd like to! This is an Intergenerational activity and will take place outside in the greenspace. Please bring a mask and a good sense of humor as we get into the spirit of the season.

October 31 - The Relationship with "Spirit"
Come one, come all, for a fascinating and potentially frightening (not really) excursion through the lens of Spiritualists in Unitarian and Universalist congregations. "Table-tipping" and some All Hallow's Eve fun will be had by all! Halloween costumes are highly encouraged - but be ready to learn and share in the spirit of the holiday, too!

Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm - Vespers
We'll have our monthly alternate worship experience tonight: simple music, some meditative silence, a guiding question, and deep conversation. You can choose to attend in person in the sanctuary or online via Zoom. Bring your stories, bring your listening ears. We come to be together, and not to debate. All are welcome! For this month: "Holding History".

Again, RSVP by 3:00pm Friday to the office
by email or phone 215-247-2561 for Sunday, in-person.

NOTE: All services will continue to use our normal
Zoom link for Sunday worship.

From Our Minister

Happy Fall, y'all!
Continuing our monthly theme of "Cultivating Relationship", we'll spend some time this Sunday rekindling our connections with our own history and that of historically Universalist congregations in the American South. This service is a part of our series on the 200th Anniversary of Restoration's legacy and future. We hope you'll join us in person or online.

Many of us know about our relationships with Pennsylvania churches that were Universalist before the merger in 1961 with the Unitarians, thanks to our annual PA Universalist Convention that rotates around the state. This is a very important part of honoring our past and connecting to our future I also tend to think we're a good influence on the other PA congregations! We set a good example, and my hope is we'll continue to do that with our work on racial justice, our courage and commitment to examining privilege and

inequity, and our exuberance on Sunday mornings as we lift up beauty and joy in the world.

After service on Oct. 24th, we'll have pumpkins for folks to decorate and/or carve, and this will be an Intergenerational event- kids and families are welcome! Please bring a mask, a pumpkin if you can, and a good sense of fun. Cultivating relationship happens in the many hours outside of Sunday at 11am, and we hope you'll continue to reach out to one another to plan garden strolls, drum circles, coffee meet ups, phone calls, and maybe even something spooky for this Halloween. Our sanctuary is a special place, but it can only make so much room for cultivating and deepening our relationships- the rest is up to us! May we continue to set a good example for ourselves, our kids, and our fellow UU congregations in the North and South. May it be so! Amen.

I love you. Blessed be.
Rev. McKinley

From Our Moderators

Parental Leave is a hybrid thing for us at UUsMA. It will not be a sequence of weeks that Rev. Sims will be at home with his baby/family without doing work for the congregation and then he returns to us as he was a year or more ago. To read the entire article...

Change for Change: October

UU Service Committee Emergency Relief Fund: Guided by the belief that all people have inherent worth and dignity, UUSC advances human rights globally by partnering with affected communities who are confronting injustice, mobilizing to challenge oppressive systems, and inspiring and sustaining spiritually grounded activism for justice. Help deliver aid with dignity and assist grassroots communities who are left out of traditional relief aid following crises. This month's focus is on rebuilding the Gulf in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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.

Administrative 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 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

Rev. McKinley will be on
vacation the month of July.

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the Minister
or phone 806-786-9733.

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Worship Month at a Glance

Sunday, October 24 at 3:00pm —

Book Discussion: Valarie Kaur's
See No Stranger..., Part I

We will be discussing the book See No Stranger: A Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur (One World, 2020) on Sunday, October 24, at 3:00pm. We will discuss Part I, the first 3 chapters. If you would like a copy of the book, contact Fern C. If you have any other questions, or would like to see supplementary resources related to the book, contact Fern, Mary L, or Sharon F!

Tuesday, October 26, at 2pm —

Sacred Text Study Returns

Sacred Texts group resumes this fall with a 3 part conversation about Zoroastrianism on Oct. 26 at 2 PM. Jim Walters will be our guide. He writes:

I'm looking forward to being something of a guide and facilitator for the exploration of Zoroastrianism and its sacred texts. I say "something of a guide" because I make no pretense of being an expert on that ancient religion, but I do have some familiarity and I'll do my best to facilitate your exploration.

We will assemble on ZOOM at 2 PM on 10/26, 11/16, and 12/14. If you would like to participate, please let me know and I will send you the ZOOM link information and a copy of a sermon Jim delivered as an introduction for us all.

Fern C, call, email, or text at (215) 970-4746.

Sunday, November 21 at 12:45pm —

N'COBRA Reparations Workshop Series Organizational Meeting
Sunday, November 21st @ 12:45pm

N'COBRA (The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, which Wayne B and Cynthia B are members of, is offering to us at UUs of Mt Airy a series of about 5 workshops on Reparations and cultural competence, which will start in January. Anyone interested is invited to come to a meeting on Sunday, November 21, at 12:45pm where we will plan and schedule the individual sessions, probably every two weeks or monthly, depending on the schedules and preferences of the participants. Please spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you there! For the Zoom link, or if you have questions, contact Bruce!

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We Have a Tagline!

The Board voted to approve the Tagline:
"A Spiritually diverse community open to all and committed to justice." to go with our official new name "Unitarian Universalists of Mt. Airy"!! Thus we have reached the end of our name change journey. We deeply appreciate the work of our Name Change Task Force, the Board, and everyone who participated in the discussions over the last few years. We have removed words that signaled an exclusively Christian group to be more welcoming to those from backgrounds different than Christianity or who have had traumatic relationships with Christianity or who are atheists. We have included "Mt. Airy" in our name, which people in this area associate with diversity, racial justice and progressive values. For those people in our immediate neighborhood who may have no idea what "Unitarian Universalist" means (other than sounding like the Moonies
or some other cult), the new Tagline makes it clear that we are a spiritual community, not just a civic community group. By saying that we are a spiritually diverse community, it correctly reflects that we have great spiritual diversity within our congregation, from Christians, to people from Jewish backgrounds, to Buddhists, to atheists and agnostics and secular humanists, to those who follow earth-centered spiritual practices. The word diversity also correctly brings to mind our racial and cultural diversity. Saying we are "open to all" makes it clear that no one is excluded because of their color, religious background, disability, class, sexual orientation, or gender identity. And we shortened "everyone" to "all" to honor those who wanted the wording to be as short as possible. Finally, "committed to justice" gives a feel for our work for racial and social justice for decades in our area and nationally.

Looking for Zoom Coffee Hour Facilitators!

Are you comfortable using Zoom? Would you be willing to help facilitate online Coffee Hour, including guiding conversations in a breakout room? If so, we need your help if we want to have space in Coffee Hour for sermon discussion, deep check in, or other subject matter! Please reach out to McKinley, Fern, or Bruce if you're interested.

Adopt a PIHN Family for the Holidays

Our 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 providing safe temporary housing for homeless families, PIHN continues to assist families after they have secured permanent housing. That support includes education, training, and social support. The end of year holidays provide an opportunity for us, as PIHN supporters, to grant wishes to children from the families in PIHN’s network.

Here’s how it works: Children (18 and under) are asked to write down items they’d like to receive on a wish list. PIHN distributes the lists to people who would have volunteered to shop for gifts (suggested amount is $25 per child). You may also choose to provide a $25.00 gift certificate for the parents, but that’s not expected. Many of us have put smiles on children's faces in years past and warmed our own hearts in doing so.

If you're interested and able to help, please let us know and we'll ensure you're added to the list of participants.

Steve W & Darlene S
Restoration’s PIHN Liaisons


Vivian D has made many quilts over the years. She is now hoping to share her quilting fabrics. The materials are cotton and vary in sizes and patterns. Please phone her if you are interested!

See What's Happening —

Renovations are Almost Finished!

The workers are almost finished renovating the first-floor Hale bathroom and the kitchenette! From a construction standpoint it's just finishing touches in the bathroom. The kitchenette is also all but finished. The faucet and drain still need to be installed, but the stainless worktable has been assembled, a new refrigerator and microwave are in place. All the kitchen wares have been washed and put into the new cupboards.

B&G contracted to repair the walls of the front steps and replaced four sidewalk sections that were a tripping hazard. Not pictured, they are also repairing water damage behind the wall of the minister's office. Other improvements have been the upgrading of the sanctuary chandeliers to LEDs, improving the air filtration systems in the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, and continuing to maintain the playground and garth.

Calling All Prospective Worship Associates!

Are you interested in helping lead worship? Want to read a poem or book excerpt every once in a while? Want to help plan music? Join the team! Commitment is a once a month meeting and helping with worship when you can! We'll have a worship team retreat towards the end of August/beginning of September to plan this year. Contact McKinley for more info!

Folk Factory News

Folk Factory is taking a sabbatical with Bruce & Linda PJ, through December.
We will start back up in January!

Can Sunday Book Sales Return?

BOOK LOVERS: As we look forward to having at least some people present for Sunday services, we want to know if anyone is interested in organizing "SUNDAY BOOK TABLE" offerings for coffee hour.

An actual book sale for the community is a very long term goal but having SUNDAY BOOK TABLE offerings may be a start...

Louise S

Ministerial Discretionary Fund

Any one who would like to donate to the emergency fund that goes towards our most vulnerable members can do so by sending in a check earmarked for "Min. Disc. Fund" or contacting McKinley directly to donate electronically. We have helped ease the strain of Covid-19 for some of our most directly impacted folks. Your donations go a long way, and offerings are always greatly appreciated.

Looking for the Latest Congregational Directory?

... directions to a friend's home, or your latest contribution statement?

Find all this by clicking the CONGREGATIONAL 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 Ha. we will be happy to add it to your profile.

Forgot your username or password?
Email the Office and request a new one.

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Every Thursday, 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.

A List of Ways to Connect and Exercise Spirit

Sunday Worship Services, 11am
Livestream from the 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 Hu. for more details.

Pastoral Care Check-ins
Need to talk about anything? Contact McKinley if you'd like to talk! Phone or zoom your choice!

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Purchasing Online?
Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (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. 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/

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 in person, you can send your request via email to the Administrative 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
Us with $$$

Don't forget to give our 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 our 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, the Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the 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 our Congregation

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!What if our congregation 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 - US! 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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