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: Saturday, November 25 —

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

December's Theme is "Mystery"

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

Sunday, December 3 - "Mystery for Humanists"
Join Janet M, Sandy F, and the ministers for a dive into December's theme of "Mystery". How does the mystery of the world speak to Humanists? What do "miracles" look like for those of us without supernatural explanations? Is it okay to not know? We explore the Mystery of Community- how people connect or don't and what to do about all of this!

From Our Intern Minister

This week, among all my special to-do's, I've added another to-do: to watch the new film "Nyad" directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. When I saw the trailer for this film, I knew I had to put it on my list. There was Annette Bening, who portrays Diana Nyad, reading a quote to her best friend and trainer, Bonnie Stoll, portrayed by Jodie Foster. "Listen to this," she says, " 'Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?' "

In the movie, this quote leads her to think about her life as a marathon swimmer and inspires her, at sixty, to recommit to a long-ago aspiration to swim from Cuba to Florida (she first thought of swimming the route when she was 28). to read the entire article...

RE Corner

This week gives a wonderful opportunity to stop and reflect on our purpose and our lives. The book, Make Way for Butterfly by Ross Burach follows the journey of Butterfly as they assess their role in pollination. Butterfly discovers that butterflies have an important role in the ecosystem and that butterflies do not have to be bees! This delightfully amusing book is available through the Free Library of Philadelphia. Both the Coleman Regional and Lovett branches have copies and other books in this series.

We thank our upstairs guests for blessing us with their presence. Their departure means that we can begin to move the RE program back upstairs during December. to read the entire article...

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Coffee Hour & Ushers:

We will have coffee hour this Sunday, November 26. See below to sign up to bring food and/or help with cleanup for this Sunday!

Please sign up for slots later this Sunday;
New System Coming!

We have created a Google Sheet so you can type in your name to help out with Coffee Hour on some Sunday in the future. Thanks to all who have signed up in recent weeks! There are slots for Setup, Cleanup, and up to 2 for bringing food. Our top priority is to have at least one person for cleanup and one person for food on as many Sundays as possible. Please try to make sure dates and categories are filled before doubling up if possible. Here is the Google Sheet. (click on the index tab at the bottom for the month you want to sign up for). There is also a slot for ushers each week; please consider signing up for that if you would be willing to do that. Feel free to contact Steve, Shaie, or Bruce if you are allergic to Google. We are planning to implement a new system that will make it easier for everyone to be able to participate in these activities in the near future, so keep your eyes on the newsletter to find out the details.

Change for Change: November

UU Justice PA: The organization designated by Justice Council for November is UU Justice PA, whose Mission is: Pursuing justice by voting, advocating and making just public policies.

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.

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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, December 10 —

Justice Council Meeting

Sunday, December 10, 1:00pm
in Hale Lounge and on Worship Zoom.

Now through December 17 —

Adult Religious Exploration: November & December

Join us for a six-week workshop, Meditation & Metamorphosis. This workshop will use the book Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life as a launching point and structure for contemplation and exploration. We'll lean into reflective essays by Unitarian Universalist clergy, leaders, and lay people. Topics will include, but are not limited to, mindfulness, movement, connection, faithful activism, the arts, etc. to read the entire article...

Beginning in January —

Women's Adult Religious Exploration

Registration Closed: November 22
for "Visionary Women," hosted by Interfaith Philadelphia

Starting in January, this six-session program will gather at various religious communities in the Greater Philadelphia area - including UUs of Mt. Airy! We'll be a host site on March 17, 2024! To read more...

Thursday, January 18 —

Justice Book Discussion Thursday, January 18 @ 7:30pm on Zoom
My Grandmother's Hands

We will be starting a new book, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem. You have probably heard Rev. McKinley speak about this in the past year or two. Anyone with an interest in this topic is invited to take part, whether you have ever attended a Justice Council meeting or not!

If you would like to suggest a next book to discuss, please contact Bruce PJ with your suggestions.

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Every Wednesday, 4 pm —

Deadline for the Weekly eNewsletter

Please send your articles to the Admin Assistant by
4:00 on Wednesday for insertion in the weekly 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, 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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From the Coalition of Natives and Allies

We wanted to share some images from our presentation of sharing our film NATIVE WOMEN AND ALLIES SPEAK: What. You Weren't Taught in School. The next event is scheduled for the Doylestown Friends Meeting, 95 E. Oakland Avenue, on December 3 at 2:00.

Mt. Airy Community Fridge & Pantry

Recap from 11-19-23 Community Meeting with Rep. Cindy Bass and Germantown High School Development Team

The number of people who were able to attend and the questions asked showed our elected officials and the developers that this community cares and that we expect accountability. to read the entire article...

Reflection: Native Women and Allies Speak:
"What We Weren't Taught in School" Film

November is Native American Heritage Month in which we have an opportunity to pay tribute to the original keepers of our land. We were privileged to hear poignant examples of history and lived Native American experiences from the founding members of CNA - Coalition of Natives and Allies.

I was deeply moved. I hope that we listened well, continue to build relationship with our Indigenous neighbors and identify opportunities for paths to reconciliation as part of our Indigenous Repair and Reconciliation process

Mary L

Visitors Are Staying with Us Throughout November

UUs of Mt. Airy are hosting two families throughout the month of November. We’re providing hospitality through our affiliation with Family Promise of Philadelphia (formerly known as PIHN—the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network). to read the entire article...

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.

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 Calendar on the left side of the page!)

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

Calling Lay Pastoral Care Volunteers!

We need two kinds of folks for the two groups that will help reconnect and reform our merry band of good-trouble-makers and freethinkers!
  1. The first group: Are you feeling pulled to connect with and care for the folks in our congregation? Are you willing to reach out by phone, text or email once a month? If so, contact McKinley to be part of the reconstituted Care Callers team. No training necessary for these roles. You'll help connect those of us we don't see on Sundays with the wider congregation.
  2. The second group: If you are moved to receive some deeper training to make pastoral care visits of congregants in hospitals or at home, please reach out to get signed up for the Lay Pastoral Support team. This is a more in-depth practice that involves some specific skills and techniques. You'll be helping Rev. McKinley respond to and care for folks in crisis and through grieving times.
If you're unsure where you might fit in, call or email McKinley to talk it through. You're the difference makers in the building of this Beloved Community. Thanks to all who have taken the initiative to reach out these past 6 months and beyond.

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 DIRECTORY & CONTRIBUTIONS 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 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... 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.
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