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, July 31 —

NOTICE: during this health crisis there will be NO services, or meetings held in our building. Church services are available on Live Stream at 11:00 on Sunday morning to watch and listen.

  • We'll stream the service via the usual method, as well as Zoom and Facebook Live on Sunday.
  • I'm available to meet in person on 1-1 basis, unless I have confirmed contact with COVID, but I'm actively monitoring my email and voicemail and happy to chat however you feel comfortable.
  • We'll get through this together. Wash your hands, and stay home as much as possible!
Thank you!
The Reverend McKinley L. Sims, M.Div.
Minister, UU Restoration (he/him)

Click the image above to find our more about our 200 years in Philadelphia.



Upcoming Worship Services

Words of Inspiration videos prior to, and including, the service on 3/15/2020 are available HERE.

The service dated 3/22/2020 and more recent ones, are available HERE. These may only be viewed in Firefox and Chrome or in IE 10 or newer.

Aug. 2: Poetry Sunday "Lyrics to Make Us Smile" 'cause laughter's the best midicine. 2020 is a stressful year and this year's annual Poetry Sunday will be sharing poetry and music that's light-hearted and hopeful. Some are hilarious, and several of the poems were written by our own UUCR poets! For more information...
— Service led by Worship Associates Sandy F., Rita F. and Janet M.

Tentative Summer Sunday Worship Service Schedule
Aug. 9 - "The Impossible will take a Little While" Susan B. and Janet M.
Aug. 16 - Question Box Sunday Sunday (submit any questions you'd like Rev. McKinley to answer)
Aug. 23 - TBD
Aug. 30 - TBD

From our Minister

Our Minister is on a much-deserved vacation/study month this July. We'll welcome him back in August.

From McKinley...
Have a great summer! In case of pastoral emergency please contact:

More from our Minister

Greetings from Restoration in Philly.
Jane H. and the choir, as well as the Restoration Worship Team, have put together this document of open-use resources for your summer/fall services. If you're looking for good quality UU music for online worship, feel free to use these videos as a resource. Please cite the musicians and performers accordingly.

Happy Summer and stay well!

Click here to view the document:

Rev. McKinley Sims

From your Board of Trustees

Dear Restoration Folks,
I want to bring you all up to date with the current thinking and work of your Board of Trustees. We are still physically distanced, standing on a big, wide threshold, in a miminal space, wondering what the future will bring, as we conclude the second full month of being sequestered away from our building. As a spiritual community, we are doing some things remarkably well: learning together, creating worship, and supporting each other in this time of pandemic. We have much to be thankful for and appreciate the work and wisdom of so many of our congregants!

May is traditionally a month with traditional celebrations such as the Spring Music Sunday, and plans for the upcoming church year. The By-Laws specify that we should hold a meeting for the congregation to present a budget for the members to approve. Typically we have held this congregational meeting in May, approving the budget as proposed by the Board or collecting the concerns and suggestions of the congregation in order to revise and improve the budget and then return with it for approval at the Annual Congregational Meeting that is held every June. This year we have some unique challenges. There will not be a meeting to discuss the budget this month, nor a budget to approve in June. To explain, we need to look back to the start of our virtual life together in March.

Our March Board Meeting was held on Sunday, March 1. It was a standard Board Meeting with lots of topics and productive discussions. We approved the idea of aiming high for the upcoming Stewardship Campaign, with a goal of $200,00. We delineated new expenses that were ahead for us, some singular, such as the Installation ceremony and celebration for Rev. Sims, and others recurring, such as updating benefits for our staff. This annual process is needed to help construct the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2020/2021. We finished planning our kick-off to the Pledge Drive after the Worship Service on March 15. Then, just before March 15, we learned we were going to have to close the building. We decided to still conduct our pledge drive as we did not know how long the closure would be. We convened an emergency Trustees meeting following the brief kick-off to the Pledge Drive that Sunday. We agreed to pay regular salaries to all staff through the end of the fiscal year. We assessed the current financial situation for the church and determined that if we had a shortfall on the current pledge year, we could use the cash we have in the bank for emergencies. We affirmed that we did not want to use monies from our endowment to cover expenses. We delayed making other financial decisions as the pledge drive had only just begun and we needed more time and information to make them.

To read the entire message...
— Fern C., Moderator posted 05/29/2020

Change for Change: August

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN): Since our founding in 1991, PIHN has moved 325 families, 910 individuals from homelessness to stability. We have grown our network further with the expansion of our office into the Northeast in 2012.

The PIHN program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing. Equipped with new skills and relationships, 92% of our families do not return to shelter programs after their PIHN experience. They normally provide extra food services for 20 families, but because of COVID-19, that number has jumped to 100, so they can really use our help right now.

Church Office Hours

Email the Church Office
or phone 215-247-2561.

If you need to reach Desi
you can call or text her on her
cell at 267-595-3250 - 24/7.

Minister's Office Hours

Rev. McKinley is on vacation
through the month of July

Please look here
for emergency contacts

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Linking to the Worship Service

Reminder that there are two ways to watch worship:

Click the blue "Live Streaming" arrow on the homepage of this website: www.uurestoration.us

The Zoom link that will be opened after the service has been changed because security protocols on their end. Look at the email from Desi for the new link and the new password.

Need help with Zoom?
Here's an old tutorial video: https://youtu.be/QKgQHtc7REc

Here's helpful tips:
Here's more helpful info: https://zoom.us/resources
Need more: Email McKinley.

COVID-19 HelpLine

Just FYI, and in case anyone needs it in the future, the direct COVID-19 HELPLINE for the city of Philadelphia is: 1-800-722-7112, and is open 24/7.

The 311 number doesn't work if your phone has an outside area code. In that case, you can call (215) 686-8686. You will eventually be able to get to the COVID-19 helpline through this number, but it is not as direct as the one above.

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Sunday, August 16 —

Justice Council Meeting at 2pm

The next meeting of the Justice Council will be Sunday, August 16, at 2:00pm, via Zoom. Join us if you would like to help choose our next Change for Change recipient and decide about upcoming social and racial justice activities, including voter registration and possible books for our book discussion, in the future! Contact Bruce P-J. for the Zoom link.

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A List of Ways to Connect and Exercise Spirit

Sunday Worship Services, 11am
Livestream from Restoration homepage (www.uurestoration.us)
or Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/UURestoration/)
Zoom link to see faces and add joys and sorrows. Use the link emailed to you from the office.

Thursday BLM Vigil, 6pm-7pm
Working on having a digital component for the candlelight half of the gathering

Thursday Choir, 7:15pm, via Zoom
Join to sing and hear music through the magic of technology. Contact Jane H. for more details.

Adult Spiritual Ed in the Time of Corona
(The following 3 bulleted events have been postponed until August)

  • Every Friday Poetry Group, 3pm: Check the weekly e-Newsletter for the Zoom link.

  • Every Wednesday Pastoral Care Check In, 3pm: Check the weekly e-Newsletter for the Zoom link.

  • Every Thursday Tea, Q&A with the Minister, 3pm: Check the weekly e-Newsletter for the Zoom link.

Also: Life Coaching with Barrington W's "The CenteRe"
Minister-in-formation Barrington W. has started offering Holistic Life Coaching programs geared towards health, healing, and transformation of the physical, psychological, and metaphysical modalities. For more information and costs feel free to email him. Find his email in the church directory or in the weekly eNewsletter.

And More: Tune in for a Weekly Power Interfaith Vigil for Incarcerated Siblings during Covid-19 Thursdays at noon, livestreaming on Facebook (search POWER Interfaith or UU Restoration). Check out the most recent one here.

Thursdays, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

Please join us to show our concerns about racism and white supremacy every Thursday. We line Stenton Avenue with our signs (and get tons of supportive honks) from 6-6:30pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share from 6:30-7 pm; outside if weather permits. Bring a lawn chair and candles. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

Now that Philadelphia is officially "Yellow," we are able to have up to 25 vigil keepers in attendance. Since we are still not going inside the buildings you need to come prepared for that (no bathrooms)! We can fit about 8 folks under the portico in chairs or stools brought from home. So when we have more than 8, some folks will need to sit out on the lawn, keeping the minimum of 6 feet distance, for the quieter, more prayerful portion of our hour together.

Bruce will be available with his laptop connected to ZOOM for folks at home who wish to connect with us at 6:30pm and we are still experimenting with how to get the speakers' voices amplified so everyone present can hear as well.

Dress for the weather as we hold the vigil rain or shine. So remember, wear your face mask, bring something to sit on and a sign. Fern brings a few back and forth for those who wish to borrow one.

Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —


BYOL - BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH takes place in Hale Lounge. Everyone is welcome; just bring a sandwich. There's no agenda and no homework! Just come and enjoy conversation and catch up on the latest church news.

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm —

Soul Line Dance Classes
in Fellowship Hall CANCELLED FOR NOW

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An Update from the UUCR Name Change Committee

The UUCR Name Change Committee has been working steadily for nearly four years, researching and investigating the possibility and the level of interest in a potential congregational name change as we reach our 200th anniversary this year. The overriding goal that informs all of this work (and that was widely endorsed by the congregation) has been to see if we could identify a name that would help us "build a bigger tent" by communicating something meaningful to the outside community about who we are and what we stand for. A name that would be perceived as an "invitation" to newcomers of diverse backgrounds, without language that might act as an unnecessary deterrent. Over the last 3+ years, we have held three Town Hall meetings, conducted two surveys, and had numerous conversations with members of the congregation to gauge the level of interest in a possible change of name, to understand the desired (and less desired) elements of a name, and to understand the goals that the congregation would have if it were to select a new name.

We received over 40 suggested names and hundreds of comments, all of which the committee has read and considered carefully.

We had developed a plan to bring the process to a vote by June 30th, but have been unable to enact that plan because of the pandemic. Therefore, the Board is requesting that the Name Change Committee bring a proposal for the final phase of this project to the Board for their consideration and approval at their August meeting. The Committee has drafted this plan and will submit it to the Board as requested. We anticipate circulating a proposal with a proposed new name to the congregation in the coming weeks.

The Board is creating the mechanism and criterion for the congregation to make the final decision of whether to adopt this proposed name.

Stay tuned! Be sure to read the newsletter for the forthcoming proposal.

The Name Change Committee

Trans Visuals and 8th Principle Update

At the coffee hour after our Sunday service on Trans Inclusion, Jane H. asked for access to the visuals that I used, so here they are. At the Justice Council meeting, Jeannie B. asked for an update and background on the 8th Principle. Basically, at GA in 2017, a Responsive Resolution to add the 8th Principle passed overwhelmingly. This should have triggered the formation of an "Article 2 Commission" to re-examine the Principles, Purposes, and Sources of the UUA, within a year. But because of the crisis related to racial bias in hiring that led to the President of the UUA resigning in the spring of 2017, a Commission on Institutional Change was formed to respond to that crisis. It appears that the UUA Board decided to wait to form the Article 2 Commission until after the recommendations of the Institutional Change Commission were reported, which happened last month at GA. The Article 2 Commission includes Paula Cole Jones, who co-wrote the 8th Principle with me. The Article 2 Commission is supposed to make recommendations by January of 2022, so the most likely scenario is that any recommendations would be voted on at GA in 2022 and then again 2023 to become effective.

Trans Inclusion Visuals | 8th Principle Update

THE VOTE Email Newsletter

Check out the FIRST EMAIL in a special series we're producing in honor of our upcoming film, "The Vote", which tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.

We'll share exclusive content on this film in advance of its broadcast premiere in July, including stories, sneak previews, interviews with experts, videos, events and more.

Looking for more info on rallies in your area?

Check out phillyprotest.com for info on protests,
vigils, rallies, and actions in your area.

Recycling and Trash Pickup Changes

Link to Black Business Directory

Thanks to Elaine F., there are extra copies of the Black Business Directory in the Duo Room at church, for anyone who would like to use black businesses when possible. Here is a link for the online version: http://www.beechinterplex.com/bc_black-business-directory.asp

Consider Joining the Unitarian Universalist House
Outreach Board of Trustees!

Have you been looking for a way to give back to our community? Consider joining the Unitarian Universalist House Outreach Board of Trustees! For over 20 years, UUH Outreach has provided free, confidential nursing and social work services to older adults living independently in northwest Philadelphia, to help them age safely in their own homes and communities.

Board terms are three years, with the opportunity to serve on specialized committees to guide UUH Outreach in its meaningful work. The Board convenes four scheduled meetings per year, which Board members are asked to make every effort to attend. Throughout the year, there is ongoing communication, primarily via email.

Help UUH Outreach shape its future as it continues to serve older adults in the Restoration community. For more information on Board opportunities, please contact Cynthia B., church member and current UUH Outreach Board member, at 215-242-5214.
— Thank you, Cynthia B.

Looking for the Latest Church Directory?

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

Find all this by clicking the CHURCH DIRECTORY button at the right, or on the Home page of this site. You can edit your own information from the ICON Home page or change your password on the Settings page.

If you attach a photo to an email and send it to either the Office or Jane H. and we will be happy to add it to your profile.

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

Live Stream Feedback

If you watch the live-stream of our worship service, please send your feedback about the quality of the streaming experience to: Mike F.

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Purchasing Online?
Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to PIHN through iGive.com! You can make financial donations to PIHN without spending an extra penny. Do your holiday online shopping through iGive.com. It's as easy as 1-2-3...
  1. Visit this link: http://www.igive.com/Qx51lcq. It will take you to the iGive homepage with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network selected as your cause. Here, you can register to be a PIHN supporter (it's easy and free).
  2. After you sign up, you'll get an email telling you to install the iGive button with instructions on how to do so. You can download this onto any computer or phone you use to shop online. The button will show up on the top of your internet browser window.
  3. Press the iGive button, and browse 1,300+ stores that participate and select one. You'll see what percentage of your purchase will go to PIHN. Your purchase/donation will automatically be registered with iGive. You'll receive an email confirmation after you visit your first store, just to make sure the donation tracking system is working.
Go for it. And thanks!

Another Way to Stay In Touch

If you use Facebook, please join the congregation's group page; Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. You can learn more about what's going on in our community and you can post your own thoughts, poems, prayers... https://www.facebook.com/groups/39131276017/

Church Work Request Forms

If you are requesting work to be done, please complete the appropriate colored work request form located on the office door. Once your form is completed, place it in the bin labeled Administrative Assistant also hanging on the office door.

For those who do not frequently visit the church, you can send your request via email to the Church Office.

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

Please Hang Up Your Coats

Do not leave your coats on the chairs in the Fellowship Hall or the pews in the Library. They take up valuable space that we need for seating during Coffee Hour. Please hang your coats on the rack in the hallway just outside the Fellowship Hall so that everyone can sit comfortably.

Staples Rewards
Restoration with $$$

Don't forget to give the church's telephone number (215-247-2561) when you make any personal purchase at a Staples store, by telephone or online. By doing so a credit will be posted to Restoration's Staples account for a percentage of the sale. These credits, known as Staples Business Rewards, really add up. We use them to offset the cost of our office supplies.

In addition, Restoration's Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the church's telephone number (215-247-2561) when you turn in your used printer cartridges (any kind or type) at Staples. You can also leave your old cartridges in the Duo Room where they will be picked up and turned in to Staples.

A Super Easy Way for
You to Help Restoration

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!What if Restoration earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

https://www.goodsearch.org/ is a search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause - Restoration! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting Restoration.

Be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

Hale Hall Doors

It is imperative that we remember that both front and back doors to Hale Hall remain locked at all times. This means even during meetings and Sunday services. Please do not let anyone into Hale Hall that you do not personally know is safe at any time. During services, all members, friends and congregants should come in the sanctuary door. Thank you for your cooperation.

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