Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration


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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

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the Minister
or phone 806-786-9733.

This page lists events that occur at our facility. For other activities, please visit the
Events & Activites , Folk Factory, Greater Philly UU Cluster, and Social Justice pages.

Updated: Monday, April 22 —

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.

We are Accessible for those with Disabilities!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and accessible restrooms on both the main and lower levels. CHECK HERE for photos.


Upcoming Worship Services

April's Theme is "Interdependence"

Sunday, April 28 - "How Interdependence Has Changed in Jewish Life"
Our first service with Jill S, our newest Worship Associate! Yahoo! Join Rev. McKinley, Shaie, and Jill for an exploration of UUism's Jewish roots and how those roots have blossomed into a rich living tradition.

Past services you wish to re-watch, are available HERE.

From Our Minister

I recently got to reconnect with one of my closest friends, whom I haven't seen in person since 2019. We got to walk along the beach and catch up on all that had happened in these past five years. It wasn't that we hadn't talked or interacted or communicated. We do that frequently, by text and social media, by phone call and zoom... although maybe not as frequently as I wish. Still, we both knew the major beats of each other's lives, but the intimate details and the quirky stories that accompany each of those instagram photos and facebook posts don't always translate across the phone. Sometimes the energy of proximity to your people brings out those grains of sand to be more visible on the shoreline of our lives. My family and friends have learned that my job involves a lot of people-time, and I'm often guilty of sharing a story too many times to people who have heard it all before, or not sharing a story because I thought I'd already told this person or this group, when it was two or three other situations that I'd been in and told that story. It can be hard to keep track of who and what I've told to whom and what group!

Walking along the water, grains of sand under our feet, sharing fears and dreams of

parenthood, professional life, and less important stuff... I was overcome with emotion of the time I'd lost with my friend - much of it pandemic driven, but not all of it. A great grief for lost time and great guilt for not making more of an effort to reach out, to reconnect, to be more present. I have a long list of excuses, some legitimate and some not.

The guilt is not really the point, though. The grief is so much more immense and interesting to me, because it's based in Love and this recognition of my Interdependence with my People. We need each other to survive, yes, but we also need each other to Thrive. One grain of sand doesn't make a beach all on its own, after all. The Love that washes over us in our lives and in our relationships with all that is Holy are a reminder of this deep need, this spiritual longing for being Human Together.

I was reminded of that this past week, and I hope that we can all find moments of connection and creation in these days. Interdependence means that we are all part of the same beach, but it also means that remembering that and being present to that reality makes our little UU Mt. Airy shoreline all the more beautiful. May it be so. Amen.

Rev. McKinley

RE Corner with Elizabeth Ann


Last week we began to explore the concept of Interdependence. The story of "The Grumpy Gecko" helped us to better understand how living and non-living entities are dependent on each other to thrive.

Another way of thinking about Interdependence is shown by considering the intersection of these three concepts:


Your Religious Exploration Team is eager to share how the weaving together of these concepts reflect and support the Living Traditions of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
  • Our Communities
  • Our Creative Spirits and all that has been created
  • The creatures that we live beside.
Something key to communities, creations, and creatures is communication.

The last time that we were in our classroom, we were sharing what we knew of American Sign Language. Each of us knew at least one word. If you would like to know more, here are some resources.

Interested in joining UUs of Mt Airy's RE Team? Please stop by the RE classroom on the second floor or me.

See you on Sunday!
Elizabeth Ann
Director of Religious Exploration

to investigate past Religious Exploration activities...

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Forgot to make your Pledge to UUs of Mt. Airy?
Do it now to be able to be included in the Budget!

Our Stewardship Campaign (Pledge Drive) officially ended April 7, but there is still time to make your pledge for next year's activities at UUs of Mt. Airy. We need to know all pledges to make our budget for next year, so please do this this week if at all possible, if you haven't gotten around to it yet. The easiest way is to go to our "Pledge Online" webpage. Or look for a paper form in the vestibule just before you enter the Sanctuary (or that you got in the mail). The more pledges we get, the more activities that we want to do will be possible!

Interested in serving on the Board or
Nominating Committee or as an Officer?

Our Nominating Committee is hard at work finding people to nominate for our positions of Treasurer and Secretary, for positions on the Board, and for positions on the Nominating Committee for next year. If you might be interested in any of these, please contact Annabel G. If you have ideas about what direction you'd like our congregation to move in, we'd love to have your voice help make those decisions!

Mark Your Calendar: Budget Meeting Sunday, May 19,
Annual Meeting Sunday, June 2

Please mark your calendar for Congregational Meetings coming up in the next two months.
  1. On Sunday, May 19, we will have our Annual Budget Meeting, where we will vote on our budget for next year (2024-25). We will also present proposed amendments to our Bylaws (mainly reflecting our name change and changes suggested by our Finance Committee). If we have time, we also hope to get a sense of how the congregation is feeling about the new Article II proposal (the flower of 6 values with love at the center) that our delegates will have to vote on in June.
  2. Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 2. At the Annual Meeting we will vote on any changes to the Bylaws and also on a slate of candidates for our Officers, Board, and Nominating Committee. Both of these meetings will involve congregational votes. Only those who have signed the Membership Book to join UUs of Mt. Airy as a Member are able to have their vote be counted.
Both meetings will occur after coffee hour.

Regular Coffee Hour This Sunday, April 21

Join us this Sunday for Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following worship service. Catch up with old friends or meet new ones. Join us this Sunday for Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following worship service. Catch up with old friends or meet new ones.

Curious about how hospitality works at UU Mt Airy? You can still join one of the 3 teams (serving a month at a time in sequence) and get the inside scoop on what we do. Just use this Google link to sign up for a team or look for team coordinators Steve, Rita, or Brenda at coffee hour.

Change for Change: April

Tomorrow’s Girls & Women is a youth-based mentoring/enrichment program created to provide a positive and supporting environment for young girls by helping them develop self-esteem and life skills using cultural and visual arts. The program serves girls from Germantown, Mt. Airy, West Oak Land and Olney and runs weekly from June - September as well as holding special sessions, events and trips throughout the year. The program is entirely free of charge to the young ladies.

Going by the motto “ One Girl Can Change the World” Tomorrow’s Girls mission statement states, “ We believe in teaching every young lady in the program that she can indeed be “that girl”. TOMORROW’S GIRLS is a learn-by-doing program created for young ladies, to help

them better understand who they are and why they think, feel and behave the way they do. Once youth know these things about themselves, they will be more empowered to take responsibility for their actions. The program is designed to involve the youth in enjoyable learning experiences. Over the years, the program grew beyond just mentoring girls and developed into a community organization serving women and girls of all ages.

Tomorrow’s Girls was founded by Pat McLean-Smith and was referred to us by UUs Mt Airy member, Karen Smith (no relation), who participates in their programs.

The Justice Council has established the following Guidelines for the recommendation and selection of an organization that will receive our monthly Change for Change Offering.

Linking to the Worship Service

Reminder that there are two ways to watch worship:
  1. Click the blue "Live Streaming" arrow on the homepage of this website: www.uumtairy.org
  2. The Zoom link that will be opened after the service has been changed because security protocols on their end. If you are a congregant of ours, look at the weekly eNewsletter from our Admin Administrator for the new link and the new password.

Are you following UUs of Mt. Airy on Social Media?

Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/uumtairy/
Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/uumtairy/

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Thursday, April 25 —

Folk Factory People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle
both in-person and on Zoom

Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall (& Zoom)

The Folk Factory will have its fourth and last in-person/hybrid People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle of the 2023-24 season on Thursday, April 25th, from 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. For this part, the audience gets to vote on their favorite acts (top vote-getters get invited to perform in the June People's Choice concert!). 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 UUs of Mt. Airy member or friend. There will be snacks and beverages, for a free-will donation. If you or someone you know are an aspiring performer, the Open Stage is a great opportunity to perform for an audience who will actually listen to you, and get a chance for a gig in the 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".

Sunday, May 5 —

Let's Make the First Sunday of Every Month
be a Souper Sunday!

Bring a can of soup (healthy and not expired) to our wonderful community fridge. If we all did this, we would really be helping our neighbors. Thanks!

Sunday, May 13 —

2nd Sunday Potluck

May and June —

Sacred Text Study: Gospel of Mary Magdalene - May/June

A group of folks requested a special edition of adult Religious Exploration on the gnostic gospel we used for Easter this year With Shaie and McKinley facilitating, we'll aim to meet the last week of May and throughout June, in person and/or on Zoom. Dates of the week and times TBD. If you're interested, please email

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Newsletter Deadlines —

Deadline for the Weekly eNewsletter

Please send your articles to the Admin Assistant by
4:00 on Wednesday for insertion in the weekly eNewsletter.

Deadline for the Summer
Quarterly eNewsletter

Please send your articles to Jane H by
4:00 on Wednesday, May 22, 2024
for insertion in the quarterly eNewsletter.

Every Day —

Mt. Airy Pantry

If you are interested in joining the team, fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM. We will keep you posted on new developments. You can or call Courtney at 610-731-9452. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram @mtairyfridge. CLICK HERE for more specific information about contributions.

For more information, please visit our WEBSITE

Every Thursday —

Line Dance Classes

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 electronically with our vigil keepers at home from 6:30-7pm. During the second portion we light candles, learn about black history and share inspirational readings, music, and concerns. history.

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Fundraiser Update

The Carnaval in Rio fundraiser was a success! Many thanks to those who contributed services and events, and to all those who bid on those offerings so generously. Although the event has officially ended there are still a number of items that are still available to bid upon. If you're interested in bidding, please contact the person who has offered the event or service or email Stephen W for additional details. All proceeds will benefit the treasury of UUs of Mt. Airy Here are some items you may want to consider: and to see all the events...
  • Pagan Wheel Workshop (May 2) and Native American Wheel Workshop (May 16) offered by Sharon F: 10 spots available for each event at her home in Mt Airy for a donation of $10 per person (per event).

  • Foulkeways Luncheon and Garden Party, offered by Harald, Annabel, Holly J & Pat D: Saturday, May 18 at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. 6 spots remain available for a donation of $25 per person.
  • Pool Party and Barbecue, offered by Nicole B: Sunday, June 30, at Nikki's backyard in Ambler. An unlimited number of spots are available for a donation of $25 per person.

  • Penllyn Club Picnic and Pool Party offered by Holly J: A Saturday or Sunday between June and August at the Penllyn Club in Ambler. 3 spots remain available for a donation of $30 per person.

Long-Range Planning: Want to Help Organize our Process?

The Board has decided it is a good time to do some long-range planning as a congregation, since it's been a while since we last did it. We are hoping to set up a process that will begin this coming year, probably in September. If you are interested in helping organize that effort, please contact Bruce P-J - we will probably try to have an initial meeting soon.

Pastoral Care Team Update

Each one of us can use some help and support at times in navigating life's ups and downs. Now there is an easy way to contact the Pastoral Care Team if you or someone you know needs a helping hand.

UUMtAiry has a convenient request/referral form that goes directly to Rev. McKinley and Care Team Coordinators. Within 24-48 hours a Care Team volunteer will acknowledge your request and have either the minister or a team member contact you. You can find the link to the request form below. Before contacting the Care Team, please keep the following in mind:

  • Pastoral Care contact is not counseling or therapy, nor should it be used for emergencies.
  • Requests for Care Team support is voluntary. If you are referring another person for follow-up, please speak to them and obtain permission to contact the Care Team.
  • If you prefer to contact Rev. McKinley directly, please call for an appointment at (806) 786-9733, or send email to him. to read more...

Have You Seen our Google Calendar?

We're working on making this ultra-functional. Soon, group leaders can add their classes, meetings, and notes to this calendar for easy access. Office hours, RE times, and maybe even worship topics will be listed as far in advance as we can make them. For now, you can find it on our homepage: (Click on the Monthly Meeting Calendar at the bottom of the page!)

Or go to it directly below (bookmark with Ctrl+D or CMD+D):

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 identified donation statement?

Find all this by clicking the DIRECTORY & CONTRIBUTIONS button at the right. From the ICON homepage, you can edit your own information (illustrated below on the left) or change your password on the Settings page (circled on the right).

If you attach a photo to an email and send it to either the Office or the Webmaster, 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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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.

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...

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 sexton

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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