Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

March 2017

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Worship Services

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:55 a.m.

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Sunday, February 26: “Out of Star Stuff”

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill

Out of star stuff, we arise: DNA to navigate biological determinisms, brains to observe and learn the beauty of the world around us, and hearts to beat out the rhythm of life. In this time of national strife, may we understand our commonalities and differences, even at the most basic level. Our shared humanity, born of stardust and alive in all its vast diversity, is what calls us to create the world we dream about.

Our guest preacher, Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, is a 2010 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, is the former Director of Spiritual Development at the Accotink UU Church in Burke, Va., and currently serves as a Supplemental Chaplain at the Indiana University Health Hospital in Bloomington, Ind. She is married to the Rev. Scott McNeill, who is the Associate Minister at the UU Church in Bloomington. Together, they have two beautiful sons, Elijah and Lucas, who are 4 years and 4 months old, respectively.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, March 5: “Healing Waters”

Sunday, March 5: “Healing Waters”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Water. Without it, there is no life. Two-thirds to three-fourths of our body is water. Today’s worship service will feature our new tradition, a mid-year ritual of healing using the waters that were gathered by more than a hundred of us, from all over the Earth, last summer and shared in the Water Ceremony that annually marks the start of our “church year.” Come experience how that water has been transformed. Come experience how you can be transformed through this simple ritual of healing and grace. Of course, our Choir will sing for us on this special morning. Note: There will be no religious education classes today, because children are welcome and invited to participate in our ritual. Nursery care for the youngest ones will be available as always.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.: Vespers Service

Nourishing our Souls in the Taizé Tradition.

Worship in a meditative atmosphere with readings, song and silence. Participants are asked to enter the sanctuary in silence and to leave the same way. As always, people are welcome to linger after the service. All adults and teens are invited to participate; childcare is not provided. If you have questions, contact Connie Booth, Mimi Sinclair and Steph Tacy at Vespers@huuc.net.

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Sunday, March 12: “A Sermon about a Cartoon (or: A Picture Is Worth...)

Rev. Bill Gupton

A couple of years ago, Rev. Bill came across a simple, one-panel cartoon drawing that – though it contained no words – was worth at least a thousand words. It declared, in one vivid, memorable image, a universal truth. This morning, Bill will unpack that truth – which is perhaps even more relevant now than when he first experienced the image. But you’ll have to come to church to see this amazing cartoon!

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, March 19: “Math. Money, Mission, Ministry and Miracles”

Sunday, March 19: “Math. Money, Mission, Ministry and Miracles”

 Rev. Bill Gupton and Reid Hester

Will next year’s church budget “add up”? How much money will it take for Heritage to fulfill our mission of shared ministry in and to a troubled society in the year 2017-18? Can I get a miracle? Or are the everyday miracles around us – the ones that often go unnoticed or unremarked as such – more than enough? To help fire us up for Saturday’s March Money Madness (see article elsewhere in this newsletter), Rev. Bill will seek to answer these burning questions as we officially kick off (or should we say “tip off”?) Stewardship Season. Pledge cards for the 2017-18 church year will be available following the service for those good souls who are inspired to make their commitment to Heritage Church on the spot! We will also be treated to very special music from Andrea Dale, as well as our wonderful Heritage Choir.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, March 26: “It Matters What We Believe”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In an era of “alternative facts” and “fake news” – when science and, well, facts are routinely questioned by powerful forces bent on creating doubt and discomfort – it really does matter what we believe. The keystone principle of Unitarian Universalism calls on us to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” What truths do we hold to be self-evident? Where might we find meaning – even shared meaning – in our world today?

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, April 2: “Why We Matter Now”

Rev. Sharon Dittmar

As a small association of congregations, it can be easy to assume that the Unitarian Universalist Association does not “really matter.” But historically, we have always made a difference – even with our small numbers. The same is still true today. As a Congregational Life Consultant for the MidAmerica Region of the UUA, Sharon Dittmar regularly observes the difference our congregations make in the world, and in people’s lives. In today’s evolving political landscape, this is particularly important. Today she will share thoughts about what we UU’s do well, and what we can do better for our faith and for our communities. She will also reflect on the important role Heritage has to play in these times. Sharon is the former senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. The last part of February came with an extended period of high temperatures in the 60s and sometimes even 70s. While I have profound concerns about climate change and the apparent lack of either political or societal will to address it, I must confess that I have enjoyed opening windows, wearing T-shirts, and even (one of …

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President’s Corner

by John Murley. As spring approaches, we all look forward to the flowers and warmer weather. I know that all of you along with me can’t wait for our annual pledge drive. We all have experienced this time of year, knowing what we need to do, but in reality, we really don’t look forward to it. The weeks-long pleading from …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Winter into spring is a fruitful time for most religious educators. Typically our religious education programs have begun and while they require support, thoughts are moving toward the NEXT BIG THING. At Heritage the “next big thing” is our summer programming. Watch for more information coming soon. If you are making summer plans for yourself or …

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“Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle”

Every once in a while, it is useful to point out that I am disabled. I have what is called an “invisible disability,” that is, a disability that is not always obvious to an onlooker or acquaintance but sometimes or always limits daily activities. This may range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person and …

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Faith in Action

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Heritage Men's Action Cooperative

Heritage Men's Action Cooperative

Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m., and the first Saturday of every month thereafter. All Heritage men are invited to attend the next Heritage Men’s Action Cooperative (MAC) meeting. Help us turn your passion for change into an opportunity for action. MAC now has regularly scheduled meetings on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, please see Dave Small, Jim Larson, Bob Booth or Thane Thompson.

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First Sunday Needed Items

First Sunday Needed Items

Sunday, March 5, and other Sundays. As we near another First Sunday, Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) is requesting donations of breakfast cereal, spaghetti sauce and more canned meats for its choice food pantries. Heritage folks have generously donated much food over the past two months, which has helped fill the shelves in several shortage areas. Keep up the good vibrations that go out to families in need. You can put your donations in the shopping cart in the Great Hall. Questions? See Mike Roberts or Kay Inskeep, or email them at FoodJustice@huuc.net.

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Social Justice Collaborative

Social Justice Collaborative

Sunday, March 12, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. The Heritage UU Church Social Justice Collaborative had a terrific meeting in February, with 24 people present. This is a great way to connect with others concerned with social action and justice in our time. You can share your own passion, get ideas, and/or see where you can plug in to ongoing efforts. The meeting takes place in the Heritage Room. For more information, see Louise Lawarre, Regina Pugh, Rae Jane Araujo, or Russ Araujo, or send email to SocialJustice@huuc.net.

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Heritage Healthy Cooking Class

The next Heritage Healthy Cooking Class is Monday, March 13th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of New Richmond. Food justice starts from the conviction that access to healthy food is a human rights issue! Preparation for the class is Saturday, March 11th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; contact tracyjoduckworth@gmail.com if you can help that day.

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Bus to D.C. for March for Science

Bus to D.C. for March for Science

On April 22 in Washington, D.C., the March for Science will celebrate our passion for science and call on leaders to support and safeguard the scientific community. More information on the march can be found at www.marchforscience.com. You can join Heritage Church’s Rebecca Pace and others in this national event. Rebecca is offering to help coordinate bus transportation from Cincinnati to D.C. For more information, call Rebecca at 513-231-9641, or send an e-mail to RebPace@gmail.com.

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New Google Group Aids in Social Justice Communication

New Google Group Aids in Social Justice Communication

HUUC Social Justice is a Google Group that enables Heritage UU Church members and friends to share information and coordinate efforts regarding social justice causes they care about. If you are a Heritage member or active friend and wish to join, send an email with your request and full name to huuc-social-justice+owners@googlegroups.com.

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Heritage Church Joins Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition

On February 13, the Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees voted for the church to join the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition. Because of the impending threat of ramped up incarceration and deportation of immigrants from Latin America and immigrants who are Muslim, a number of concerned members of the Cincinnati interfaith community began this Coalition. Within the Coalition, some congregations, …

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Events and Meetings

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Women’s Spirituality Group: Emotions from a Herstorical Perspective

Women’s Spirituality Group: Emotions from a Herstorical Perspective

Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us for an exploration of “Emotions from a Herstorical Perspective.” We’ll be talking about how we have experienced emotions throughout our lifetime and how past experiences influence our present emotional responses to people and events in our lives. The Women’s Spirituality Group meets the first Wednesday of each month. It is open to all women associated with Heritage. Childcare provided. Questions? Contact Cori Yaeger or Vicki Summers at WomensSpiritualityGroup@huuc.net.

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Annual Used Book Sale

Sunday, March 5; Friday, March 10; Sunday, March 12. Pick up a few books and CDs at the annual Clara Barton Guild’s used book sale. The sale will begin on Sunday, March 5, for Heritage Church folks. It will be open to the public on Friday, March 10, and conclude with a clearance sale on Sunday, March 12. Questions? Contact Robin Wickett at rmwickett@gmail.com.

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Babes with Books: Early Meeting Again

Babes with Books: Early Meeting Again

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. The Babes with Books (BWB, the Heritage Women's Book club) meeting nearly always occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, but the date appears slightly confusing/disconcerting when it appears on the 15th, especially two months in a row. These dates somehow seem too early. Be that as it may, the BWB will gather again …

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New Course: The Grandmother Galaxy (RSVP Required)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. UU Women and Religion has a NEW course! The Grandmother Galaxy is the newest book by author Rev. Shirley Ranck, also author of Cakes for the Queen of Heaven. THE GRANDMOTHER GALAXY STUDY GROUP (no need to be a grandmother to participate) is forming, and will be facilitated by Tracy …

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Congregational Conversations

Congregational Conversations

Sundays, March 26 and April 2, 12:00 noon. The constitution revision team and the Board of Trustees are proposing the last round of amendments to the church constitution. These amendments will be voted on at the congregation’s Annual Meeting on June 4. To prepare for this vote, two congregational conversation meetings will take place after church on Sundays, March 26 …

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In-Home Funeral Practices Workshop at Heritage

In-Home Funeral Practices Workshop at Heritage

Friday through Sunday, April 7 – 9. As part of our HUUC End-of-Life Ministry Program, Heritage Church is proud to offer to the public a weekend intensive workshop, April 7-9, titled “In-Home Funeral Practices.” This three-day training session, which will be facilitated by Caroline Yongue and Ruth Ostrenga of the Center for End-of-Life Transitions in Asheville, N.C. (ceolt.org), is sponsored …

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Heritage Church Auction (Accepting donations now)

Heritage Church Auction (Accepting donations now)

Saturday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. It’s that time of year! Please save the date of April 29 to attend the Heritage UU Church Auction. As in the past, the silent auction will begin around 6:00 p.m. with the always-exciting live auction starting around 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10/adult, $5/child or $30/family; guests are free. Have ideas of what you would …

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Practice Midweek Mindfulness Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Do you find yourself needing a spiritual recharge by the middle of the week? Join others in the Heritage community for Midweek Mindfulness, a short, simple practice of stopping what we are doing (wherever we are doing it) – and breathing, praying, singing, being silent . . . together.
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Announcements

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Constitutional Amendment Motions - Draft for 2017

The Board of Trustees is providing the following document at this time: Constitutional Amendment Motions – Draft for Congregational Review and Comment (To read this document, you must have the free Adobe Reader or your browser must be enhanced to read PDFs.) Motions similar to these, but possibly updated based upon feedback, will be voted on at the annual congregational meeting on …

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Church Key-Holders Encouraged to Learn Our New Alarm System

Church Key-Holders Encouraged to Learn Our New Alarm System

In late February, Heritage Church installed a new alarm system. If you are a church key-holder, please be aware of the following changes. Adhering to these suggestions will help everyone breathe easier. There is no need for false alarms or key-holder anxiety! The four-digit code is unchanged from what it has been for the past several months. You will, however, …

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On Your Own Time Sale... Fundraising for Heritage UU Church: Contribute to our beloved community’s financial well-being by selling unneeded items and donating the proceeds to the church. It's easy using consignment, online sales, and yard sales. Learn the details at the On Your Own Time Sale page.  

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Send Your Pictures: Pics at HUUC: Throughout the year, please send pictures of any aspect of church life to pics@huuc.net, for possible inclusion in a slideshow at the next annual congregational meeting. For more information, see Pics at HUUC.

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News Articles

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Heritage Acres Unveils New Logo

Our future natural burial ground, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, has a logo! We are grateful to Debby Holt (church member Jaime Castle’s sister) for designing our beautiful new logo, which has already appeared on letterhead, in promotional material, and even on a T-shirt or two. We do continue to look for land. If you know anyone who owns 5-25 acres …

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IHN Thanks

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is an agency that uses rotating churches to house the homeless until they can find permanent shelter. It is nearly unique among agencies in Cincinnati in that it keeps whole families together. A big “Thank you” goes out to the Heritage people who volunteered to help the homeless on February 21. These were Dinner Hosts and …

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From the Archives

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Difficult Decisions

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. On January 9th, 1898, The Reverend Ulysses Milburn delivered a sermon to convince our congregation that building a new church in Walnut Hills was imperative to its continued existence. The group had left its Plum Street location nine years earlier and had been leasing space at the old Presbyterian Church in Peebles Corners during that …

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The Wider UU World

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An Indigenous People’s History of the US

Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. – Offsite. Book Discussion. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. Her acclaimed work provides historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. The discussion will …

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Local Sharing Session for UU Workshop/ Education Leaders

Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. Offsite. At its next meeting, the UU Council of Greater Cincinnati will hold a breakout session for people working in Adult Religious Education. Here at Heritage Church we have many lay-led activities that involve the enrichment of both mind and spirit, in addition to our minister-led workshops and classes. If you are involved in leading any of these activities, …

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Stand up for Justice in Washington DC

Monday April 3 through Wednesday April 5, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St SE, Washington, DC. The rising tide of inequality, intolerance and racism makes it more important for UUs to stand up for their values. UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) and UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region (UUSJ) are organizing a spring conference …

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UUJO Regional Assembly: Action Steps to Justice

UUJO Regional Assembly: Action Steps to Justice

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., offsite. In keeping with the energy of recent Women’s Marches in Washington, Cincinnati, Dayton and other locations, the theme of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Southwest Ohio Regional Assembly will be “Action Steps To Justice.” Please reserve the following date, time and location: Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., …

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MidAmerica Regional Assembly

April 28-30, Oak Brook IL. Registration for the 2017 MidAmerica Regional Assembly is now open. This year's theme is "Finding Our Partners: Faith in Action." In spite of our small numbers in the national religious scene, Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of every significant social change in our nation's history. Now, more than ever, we need to work …

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Calendar of Events

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3511. Phone: 513-231-8634. Fax: 513-231-6438. www.huuc.net. Webmaster@huuc.net.

Senior Minister: Rev. Bill Gupton. Wednesday is Rev. Bill’s day off. Friday is his sermon-writing day. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Phone: 937-478-1031. RE@huuc.net.  

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Doak Mansfield.

Board President: John Murley. Phone: 513-474-3182. BoardPrez@huuc.net.

Choir Director: Erin McCamley. Phone: 513-404-6279. ChoirDirector@huuc.net.

Church Musician: Les Tacy. Phone: 513-476-2474. ChurchMusician@huuc.net.

Church Administrator: Denise Martinez. Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11AM-3PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, some Tuesdays.

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