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.

ANNUAL MEETING: Sunday, June 2: to

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, May 20 —

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

May's Theme is "Pluralism"

Sunday, May 26 - "Decoration Day: honoring the history, the fallen, and the lost"
Join us this Sunday as we enter into the sacred and hallowed ground of Decoration Day. We'll breathe into the history of this day of remembrance and how it beckons us to be a part its holiness - to do and be the re-membering that brings us back to the siblinghood of humanity, the grace and empowerment of healing collective trauma, and the embodiment of a liberated and holistic future

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

From Our Minister

Ted Lasso is a feel-good tv show that came out in 2020 during the first lockdown period of our Covid journey. It's a show that has meant so much to so many people for its portrayal of human relationships, trauma, humor, grief, and loss. It's also a show about a white guy with an accent who loves sports and relentlessly optimistic....you might see where I'm going with this, but it's a show that I deeply identify with.

This Sunday, we'll explore the good news of this fun and funny tv show, and we'll inquire about the deeper notes and meaning of a story about an American football coach who moves to England to coach a soccer team, and all of the people he meets along the way.

You don't have to know anything about soccer, or about England, or about football. It might help to know a little bit about the main characters, so feel free to check out these two videos that have minor spoilers for season 1 of the show:

I'll leave you with that and with this poster to meditate on:

Til then, Believe, be curious and not judgemental, and be a goldfish. (this will all make sense after Sunday, I promise!)

Rev. McKinley

RE Corner with Elizabeth Ann


I have lived most of my life in Pennsylvania, so I am alternately cranky and grateful about our weather. When I arrive at our facilities, I see the playground and I think that it looks lonely and is longing for children and adults to come and play there. Perhaps that is my imagination. However, what is true is that I am longing to be outside with our young people. Back to the weather ~ it has been raining or cold on Sundays, even though lately we have had a few days that feel like Summer. We are not in charge of the weather, and we always manage to have a wonderful time indoors.

One of the ways that we can explore Pluralism, our theme of the month, is to understand and value how each of us interact with our world and with a playground. The playground of my childhood was on the corner near our home. I was drawn to the merry-go-round and loved the thrill of the ride.

Some of us:
  • liked a slippery sliding board
  • liked the possibilities offered by the basketball court
  • liked the swings and going as high as we could go
  • liked to stay as far away from a playground as we could.
How did and do you respond to a playground? I still find it difficult to resist a swing.
Please come and explore pluralism with us the month as we will have fun with:
  • arts and crafts
  • singing
  • dancing
  • learning from each other
  • having fun and
  • hopefully being on the playground.
Thanks to all that signed up with McKinley for child clearances! Should you have questions about the Religious Education program at UUs of Mt. Airy or if you would like to volunteer for a Sunday during the next few months please let me know via or text or phone (910-274-6408)

With Faith and Love,
Elizabeth Ann

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Annual Meeting Sunday, 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. This meeting 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. This meeting will occur after coffee hour.

Regular Coffee Hour This Sunday, May 26

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: May

The recipient of our May Change for Change will be the Philadelphia Chapter of N'COBRA (the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America), the group that has been working for Reparations in this country for decades (such as the HR 10 and Senate version bills that Cory Booker championed). One of the leaders of the Philadelphia chapter is Rashaun Williams, who presented a 6-part Reparations workshop for our congregation a couple of years ago. He and co-chair Breanna Moore spearheaded the Reparations Task Force bill that passed in City Council last summer (helped in part by Bruce, Craig, and other members of our congregation), and are leading the preparations for implementing that bill. Rashaun does an incredible amount of work for Reparations that gets no compensation. Our contribution from this month can help reimburse him for some of his expenses connected to that Reparations work through N'COBRA.

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.
  2. The Zoom link has been changed because security protocols on their end. If you are a congregant of ours, check the weekly eNewsletter for the link and 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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View Social Justice Events Here...

May 21, 22, 23 & 24 —

Join Us to Celebrate Searching for Solid Ground"


Sunday, June 2 —

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!

Wednesday, June 5 —

Sacred Text Study: Gospel of Mary Magdalene

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, in person and/or on Zoom. If you're interested, please email

Sunday, June 9 —

2nd Sunday Potluck

Sunday, June 9 —

Memorial Plaque Rededication in Play Yard
June 9 at 12:30pm

In 1989, the Kraisler family, who sent all of their children to Restoration nursery school, lost their daughter. A memorial plaque was put on the tree outside in the corner of the play yard, but it was damaged and fell off during the pandemic lockdowns. We've invited the family and friends of the Nursery School to come by for a rededication ceremony on June 9 at 12:30pm outside, to see the new plaque and to share in the moment of remembrance together. UU Mt. Airy people are welcome to attend in support. The ceremony will only last about 15 minutes. Any questions can be directed to Rev. McKinley.

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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.

Would you like to be a UUMtAiry Delegate
to the Virtual UU General Assembly this June?

Our congregation is entitled to 2 regular delegates and 1 alternate delegate for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly (GA), which is the national annual meeting for UUs. This year it will be only virtual, from June 20-23. Delegates are expected to attend all of the Business Sessions, which are usually one or two blocks each day, a couple of hours each. You can also attend other workshops and activities that occur at other times. At this GA, we will be voting on the Article II Bylaw changes (from the 7 Principles to the flower/JETPIG values centered around Love) that we have been hearing and talking about, so it will be a historic GA, whatever happens! If you are interested, contact Bruce at 215-688-8747 or Cathy. The Board will be deciding on our delegates at its May 5 meeting.

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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