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, May 29 —

NOTICE: during this health crisis there will be NO services, or meetings held in our building. Church services are available on Live Stream. Just click the button with the blue arrow on the left side of the HOMEPAGE 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.

June 7: "Pride Month"
There may not be parades, but our pride in being a Welcoming Congregation and an affirming place for people of all genders and orientations still rings true. Join Janet M and McKinley to hear voices and stories from our siblings who have found their place in UUism, making it a rainbow community working for justice and equality. You're invited to wear rainbow colors and show up to have some fun!

From our Minister

Dear Restoration,
We’re quickly coming up on the end of our second year together. The second half of this year sure hasn’t been what I expected, but I’m so proud of the work we’ve put into being together and continuing to do justice work in our community, even while we continue to follow shelter in place orders as much as possible. I value every single day I get to work building relationships and creating connections between us. I’ve been struck by how the world has pulled together to prevent a massive outbreak of this virus, and although there are those knuckleheads out there who let conspiracy theories drive their fears and anxieties to the point of foolishness, weather overwhelming majority of humans all out into their respective boats to ride out this storm.

Like all of us, I’m mourning the loss of so many lives across the world, and I wish we’d never had to go through this Corona Age. I’m frustrated by our federal government, angry at those who don’t let science point the way, and still bracing for an outbreak in our neighborhood. So I fear it’s not over, and I want to urge you all to follow the guidelines for staying safe and healthy as much as possible, even if that means not coming to church when we’re allowed to reopen. It’s more important for you to be healthy than to be pressured into exposing yourself or your family if you’re not ready. There will be a time when we can all gather together again in safety, but it may not be soon. That’s a disappointment, but it’s also a continued opportunity. If we continue to learn and grow with intentionality and commitment to deepening our relationships, we’ll come out of this storm a much stronger and well knit community. There’s no rush, folks.

So please, let’s follow the wise words of advice from my dear Grandad, who often convinced me to slow down in the truck by reminding me: don’t be in a hurry if you have no place to go. We’ll be here when you get here. Take your time. Services and gatherings, if and when they are allowed to be in the sanctuary in person, will continue to be as inclusive for those who can’t travel as they have been these past 8 weeks. That’s a change for the better that we will hold on to with gratitude for the new connectivity. May there be more in the future.

I’m confident about that future. I feel strongly that I’m where I’m supposed to be, doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m looking forward to starting as your Settled Minister in August, with a wonderful Board of Trustees and some dynamite Worship and Justice leaders. Our financial situation is solid, we’re looking to add some more members to the official book, and our building will be getting some overdue upgrades in the next few weeks. These are all good things.

I’m also looking forward to some time off. I hope you will take some time for yourselves, if you’ve been giving a lot to others during the pandemic. We all need to refresh our own spirits and bodies. Don’t be in a hurry, y’all. For that, I love that we have lots of variations for continued services over the summer months that will let Worship Associates, guest preachers, and seminarians take our pulpit virtually. They will bring new voices and perspectives to provide inspirational and restorative worship to our community. My continued ask is that you keep reaching out to one another. No one should have to go it alone these days.

If you are having trouble with technology, please ask for help. It’s not a shameful thing to not know how Zoom works, or how to find our live stream videos. This is new for many of us. All we can do is learn and grow and deepen our connections. Please pick up the phone and text, call, email, sing to, Zoom with each other. Go check out other congregations’ online services, and then come back to coffee hour to let us know what you found. While we are all separated, we may find that we are closer to one another than ever thanks to the magic of the internet and the Wonder of Community.

Reminder that you can connect with folks to register voters over the summer to help flip PA in the November election. You can connect to any Zoom meeting by calling a dedicated number on any telephone, no computer required. You can rewatch our old services by clicking on the “livestreaming” button on the homepage www.uurestoration.us. It’s okay to need help with this. Let’s help each other. The time at home and the time apart has given me time to think about our whole community: what’s working? What could change? What would help us better live out our calling to build Beloved Community by embracing all souls and restoring wholeness? Now we have time to analyze and put those thoughts into action. This is a good thing. This is a holy thing. I’m grateful for the time, and for all of you.

Thank you for putting your trust in me. Thank you for working to co-create music, love, and justice. Thank you for sharing beauty, finding joy, raising your voices, and dancing with wild abandon. I love everything about you, Restoration, even the parts that are challenging. I couldn’t ask for a better church. We are the little congregation who could, and we do, and we will continue to do just that, no matter where our feet are placed on the earth. Our circle remains unbroken. My tradition speaks about the highest law as the one that calls us to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” Nowadays, no matter where we live, we’re all connected by electricity, technology, and spirit...so everyone is my neighbor, your neighbor, our neighbor. Let’s love each other accordingly. May it be so. Amen.

See you when we see you!
— McKinley    posted: 05/30/2020

CLICK HERE for Adult Spiritual Ed in the Time of Corona!

Letter from your Moderator

Time is really different these days I find myself easily confused about the days of the week, and the month, and how long it has been since we closed the building after the church worship service on March 15th!

Life has been quite different since then for everyone. Whether you are self-isolating and working from home, or going out and working hard to help others as one of our important “essential workers,” we are all coming to grips with this new form of daily life and community. Many of us are alone, while others have a house full and loads of extra responsibilities.

And yet through this time of dis-ease, loneliness, and unknowns, we are actively creating Restoration Community 3.0:

  • Our Rev Sims, Worship Associates, the tech wizard, the Restoration Singers and Musicians and Religious Exploration folks have created worship services that inspire, affirm and support our daily lives.
  • We have completed a Stewardship Campaign that allows us to move forward into our next two hundred years with our soon to be settled full time minister!
  • Internal working groups such as the Finance Committee, Justice Council and the Building and Grounds team are continuing to do their good works for us.
  • Outward focused work also continues with our Black Lives Matter vigils, UUPLAN work and UU the Vote programming, POWER trainings and organizing and Central East Region sharing of information and skills.

Who knows what else we may create together! We are learning and experimenting, refining, editing, and trying yet again as we go along. I remain deeply grateful for the gifts we share with each other and the work we are doing to live our 8 principles and make our world better for everyone. Remember, “All of us need all of us to make it.”
— Sending love, Fern C.    posted: 05/30/2020

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

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the Minister
or phone 806-786-9733.

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Annual Meeting: Phone-In Information

As we approach the annual meeting time, we're working on making it as inclusive as possible, while making sure that we are as safe as possible. This calls us to hold an All Virtual Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 28th. The agenda will be short, but we still want to hear all members' voices and votes. To do this, we will lean on Zoom, which can be accessed by a computer connected to the internet, a smartphone with the Zoom app installed, or any regular phone. You will be able to call in, like on a conference call.

For those of us who don't have a computer, or aren't comfortable using the internet, here are the directions to call into the Annual Meeting, where you can fully participate in the voting process:

  1. Dial 1-646-558-8656 and listen for the automated voice.
  2. "Welcome to zoom, enter your Meeting ID followed by #": 817-331-8672 #
  3. "Enter your participant ID"- there is no participant ID, so just press #
  4. "Enter meeting password": 005966 #
  5. "You are put on hold, you can't listen or talk until admitted": we'll get you in and you'll be able to hear everyone else in the meeting! Please mute yourself by pressing *6 so we can hear the presenter without interference.
  6. You can voice your opinion by unmuting yourself by pressing *6
  7. You can mute or unmute yourself by pressing *6
  8. To leave the meeting, simply hangup. Thanks!
We're asking you to practice this the week leading up to the annual meeting, on June 21st, to make sure we can all be heard. If you want to practice calling in to vote during the annual meeting, follow the steps above after the 6/21 service.

Contact McKinley at 215-247-2561 with questions.

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

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.


Sunday, June 28 —

Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, June 28

We will hold our Congregational Meeting as an online meeting. With the goals of inclusion and transparency, we must do some work to be sure that everyone can participate using the ZOOM platform.

We have 6 weeks to practice using ZOOM via computers, tablets, smart phones, or even traditional landline phones. At this meeting, a slate of officers and new members for the Board of Trustees are elected. Members also vote to elect the Nominating Committee who help to promote and develop new leaders for the community.

We have a set of directions that we can give you to walk you through the steps to connect with our gatherings on your phone. Please reach out to others if you are having trouble connecting via one of the listed options. Let’s use these next few weeks to get everyone proficient in ZOOM! Join the coffee hour conversations, or participate in the Friday poetry sessions or the “Tea with the Minister” on Thursdays, etc

As we get closer to the June event, we will explain how voting will work for the actual meeting.

Slate of Nominees for Annual Meeting Vote

Premieres Monday, July 6 —

Sneak Preview: 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.

Tentatively Scheduled Saturday, July 11 —

Tret Fure Concert

Depending on COVID-19 recommendations and UUCR policy decisions, Folk Factory may present a concert, featuring Tret Fure, on Saturday, July 11, at 8pm.

Tret has been a mainstay of the Women’s Music scene since the 80’s, and performed and recorded with Cris Williamson in the 90’s. Now after 8 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning countless competitions and awards.

Tret has a stunning collection of songs on her latest release “Roses in November” (2018). Wanda A. Fischer from WMAC Northeast Public Radio has this to say, “Roses in November” is yet another masterpiece from Tret. Exceptionally crafted songs delivered with passion, conviction and, yes, soul. Tret weaves magic both in the lyrics and between the lines. This will certainly be on my “Best of 2018” list.

The concert will start at 8:00pm; doors will open at 7:30pm. Suggested donation is $14-40, 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.

For further information, visit The Folk Factory Facebook page, or call 215-848-6246. If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce P. at the same number.

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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

  • 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 6-6:30 pm, 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!

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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From the Name Change Committee:

Thank you to all of you who completed the second name-change survey. We received 57 responses. While there are some paper surveys still outstanding, we were able to make progress in understanding how people feel and narrowing down the possibilities of a new name.

The next step in the process was to have been a Town Hall Meeting on April 19, at which we would share the results of the survey and the congregation could discuss the pros and cons of three potential names. Obviously, that Town Hall Meeting will have to be postponed to a future date, and this is not a time to focus on this decision.

No decisions have been made or will be made without full congregational vetting. Thank you for your continued participation in the process.

The Name Change Committee

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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