Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

April 2017

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Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, April 9: “The Problem Is We Think We Have Time”

 Caroline Yongue and Rev. Bill Gupton

Each of us will die. No one will be left out. To live a good life is to understand and accept this truth. Both of our service leaders today firmly believe that by courageously contemplating and then preparing well for our death, we can provide an important gift to our loved ones, and our community.

Caroline Yongue is with us this weekend as the facilitator of our In-Home Funeral Practices workshop. She is the spiritual leader of the Anattasati Magga, a Buddhist Sangha in Asheville, N.C., which has become known in the community for its compassionate death care support through the Center for End-of-Life Transitions, which Caroline directs. Caroline is also the founder of the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, western North Carolina’s first green burial nature preserve.

We will also have special music from Mimi Sinclair this morning.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Wednesday, April 12, 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, April 16: “Rethinking Resurrection”

Rev. Bill Gupton

There are many ways to think of “resurrection” – some supernatural, and some quite natural indeed. This Easter Sunday, we will explore how we might rethink “resurrection.” Our wonderful Heritage Church Choir will sing for us, and we will honor our 10-year church members, those folks who joined Heritage Church back in 2007.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, April 23: "The Creator's Workshop"

Sunday, April 23: "The Creator's Workshop"

Rev. Leslie Woodward

In this fantastical (and very interactive!) worship service, we will witness one version of our planet’s birth, in which humans are given the precious gift of freedom. When is our freedom to choose one thing instead of the other frightening? When does it feel especially juicy, and ripe with promise? How do we use our freedom wisely and remain true to our UU values to be good stewards of the earth?

This is a multi-generational service with nursery care available for children under the age of 3.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, April 30: “I Was Hungry and You Fed Me”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

One of every six persons in America suffers regularly from hunger. That number increases to one of every three persons of color, and one in every five children. Yet there is plenty of food in our “land of plenty” to feed everyone. How is this possible? How have we allowed this to occur? Why do we allow it to continue? Isn’t it time we thought about – talked about – did something about the hunger and food insecurity in our midst? This morning our hearts will be challenged, our spirits will be fed by our Choir and special music, and we will share our abundance with the nationwide network of non-profit foodbanks called Feeding America.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Sunday, May 7: Senior Reflections and Bridging

Rev. Leslie Woodward

Today we continue an honored tradition at Heritage—our annual Bridging Service for our graduating seniors. Our youth will share their perspectives on life and their roots in Unitarian Universalism and we will rejoice as they spread their wings and bridge into young adulthood. This is a multigenerational service with childcare available for preschool and younger children.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. In late March we held a child dedication ceremony for one baby and a couple of two-year-olds (including the grandchildren of two of our longer-term church members!) that highlighted our Unitarian Universalist beliefs that “each night a child is born is a holy night” and “every person is born not in sin, but in beauty and …

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And the Answer is... 81!

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. It’s no secret that I find wonderful ideas for our religious education programming from social media. Being able to query my colleagues all over North America when I have a question or am looking for a specific resource is invaluable. Another blessing from this connection is perspective. Often when a colleague asks or answers a question …

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Faith in Action

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Elected Official Discourse

Some members of Heritage Church are beginning the planning process for inviting an elected official to Heritage to meet with UUs. People with political experience in our congregation have emphasized that when you meet with an elected official, you need an “ask”—something specific, perhaps a vote on a bill, that you will ask the official to do. If you would like to be involved in developing a meeting theme and “the ask” for this possible meeting with an elected official, please talk with Ken Stern or Jessica Miller, or email them at ElectedOfficialDiscourse@huuc.net.

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H-MAC Clean Energy Drive

Climate change is real. It’s such a big problem that one can feel helpless against the big money interests that are destroying our environment. The bad news is we also are accelerating climate change through rapidly increasing carbon emissions that are a byproduct of our modern lifestyle. The good news is we have the power to decrease carbon emissions and …

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More Information on the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition

More Information on the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition

Because of concern for the impending threat of ramped-up incarceration and deportation of immigrants—particularly those from Latin America and those who are Muslim—a number of local faith communities have started the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition. In February, the Heritage UU Church Board of trustees voted for the church to become a member of the Coalition in a supporting role. This …

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Habitat for Humanity 2017 Plans

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in Cincinnati, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. …

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Protein and Pineapple (Food Drive)

Protein and Pineapple (Food Drive)

Sunday, April 2, and all Sundays. PROTEIN and PINEAPPLE are always in need at the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) food pantry. Proteins = stews, Spam, tuna, sausages, chili, and peanut butter. As you bring in canned goods for the children’s Easter egg hunt, think ratio 1:1. Consider putting one can in the basket for now and one in the pile …

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Social Justice Collaborative

Social Justice Collaborative

Sunday, April 9, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. The Heritage UU Church Social Justice Collaborative continues to stir much participation, helping those involved in social justice efforts to share their passion, get ideas, and link up with others with similar interests. For others, the meetings are an opportunity to learn about what is going on and see where they might fit …

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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 …

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IPM Circle of Hope Celebration

Sunday, April 30, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Offsite. Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) has scheduled its annual celebration on April 30th at the Oasis Center in Loveland. This year the event will include food tasting from many area restaurants including the Urban Grill, Clough Crossings and National Exemplar. Also, there will be wine, craft beer and bourbon tastings. Silent and live …

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IHN Volunteers Needed for May 2

IHN Volunteers Needed for May 2

Four times a year, volunteers from Heritage Church help the homeless through the Interfaith Volunteer Network (IHN). Our next date is Tuesday, May 2. We still need one person or family to help as a co-Dinner Host, as well as a male Overnight Host and a female Overnight Host. You can learn more about Heritage Church and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rae Jane Araujo, 513-638-5746, IHN@huuc.net.

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LGBT Ally Training (RSVP Required)

Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. How can a person be a better ally to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender? Some Heritage UU Church members have developed a workshop addressing this area of personal growth. The main topics are: values and privilege, terminology and language, what LGBT+ folks experience, avoiding unintended hurt, changing minds …

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Annual Hunger Walk

Sunday, May 29, 9:00 a.m. Offsite. Get your calendars cleared for Monday, May 29th, to participate in the annual Hunger Walk in support of the Freestore Foodbank. Our community food pantry, Inter Parish Ministry (IPM), benefits from this activity. The walk is always held on the beautiful riverbank area of downtown Cincinnati and it is a great way to cap off the Memorial Day Weekend. You can sign up to be on IPM’s team by accessing their website at www.interparish.org beginning in April. Additional information will appear in the May Heirloom.

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Events and Meetings

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Spring Cleaning

Friday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Spring has sprung ... and so has the dust. Yes, we do have a cleaning service at Heritage, but they have a limited number of tasks that they do each week. The Spring cleaning is up to us. Think of it as clearing and cleaning of the soul as well. We prepare the …

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Portable Vision Board Workshop

Portable Vision Board Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Great Hall. Looking to make real change in your life? Portable vision boards provide a fun and unique way to manifest your dreams. Visioning is a conscious life planning process. A vision board can help to provide clarity and keep you focused on your goals. Olympic athletes have been using them for decades to improve …

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Congregational Conversations

Congregational Conversations

Sunday, 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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Women’s Spirituality Group: Animal Symbolism and Dream Interpretation

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. As an integral part of our human lives, animals inspire awe, comfort and sometimes fear. What does it mean when these amazing creatures show up in our dreams? April’s Women’s Spirituality Group will meet on Wednesday, April 5th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Heritage room. Our topic is animal symbolism and dream interpretation …

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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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Mindful Living thru Frugality

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. Moving from the book we have recently studied into practicality, the next meeting will focus on budgeting. We will explore our motivation for developing a budget, and then move on to the actual practice. We will explore ways to live within our means, but still have room to soar and explore. Mission: To explore what …

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A Gift from God? (Babes with Books)

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. How do you deal with a possible "gift from God" when it threatens your moral code? Such is the issue addressed in the April 19th Babes with Books (BWB) meeting selection entitled The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Sara Nelson of O, the Oprah Magazine, calls this New York Times bestseller and soon-to-be movie, …

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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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Orientation for Potential New Heritage Church Members

Orientation for Potential New Heritage Church Members

Sunday, April 30, after the Worship Service. On Sunday, May 14, Heritage will welcome its next group of new church members into our congregation, bringing our adult membership to more than 175 for the first time since the 1950s. If you are planning to join us and become a member of Heritage, you are invited to a brief orientation to …

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Death Café Cincinnati Heads West This Spring

Death Café Cincinnati Heads West This Spring

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Offsite. Rev. Bill’s Death Café Cincinnati conversations about death and dying moves to the West Side for the first time this spring. The next Death Café will be at the Groesbeck Library on Tuesday evening, May 2, at 7 p.m. These informal, pop-up discussions are always agenda- and dogma-free, and provide those in attendance a …

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Connect with Ways to Get More Involved at Heritage

Connect with Ways to Get More Involved at Heritage

Sundays, May 7 and May 14, after the Worship Service. On two successive Sundays in early May, you are invited to an informational fair to help you connect with the many ways you can become more involved at Heritage Church. Wander through the Heritage Room and the Great Hall after church on May 7 or May 14 to meet with …

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You are Cordially Invited to Our Heritage Café

You are Cordially Invited to Our Heritage Café

Saturday, May 20, mid-afternoon. Mark your calendars for a special time of community conversation and dreaming. Based on the paradigm of the World Café, Heritage is planning a gathering where members and friends can come together and shape the future of Heritage through “conversations that matter.” The World Café design is based on the assumption that we are wiser together …

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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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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 Healthy Cooking Class

On March 13, 2017, Heritage hosted a Healthy Cooking Class with the Boys and Girls Club of New Richmond. This was done as part of our food justice ministry, from the conviction that access to healthy food is a human rights issue. Here are pictures from the class.

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Seen Outside the Sanctuary Door...

Seen Outside the Sanctuary Door...

The worship team spotted seven or eight deer on the church grounds while preparing for service on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Six can be seen here.

View large picture with more deer.

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Board Briefs for February 2017

This month the Constitution Revision Team proposed four constitutional amendments. The board unanimously decided to present all four amendments to the congregation for approval. The Board approved setting the 2017-2018 pledge goal at $224,000. The Board approved designating HUUC as a solidarity congregation in support of sanctuary congregations through Cincinnati Sanctuary Coalition.

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From the Archives

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What Does a Church Mean to You? What do You Mean to a Church?

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian The following eulogy was written for Mrs. Amelia J. Stevenson, a lifetime member of the Universalist faith, who passed away on April 7, 1905. It was written by Emma James, a friend and member of the Alliance women’s group to which Mrs. Stevenson also belonged. Mrs. Stevenson was not just a member. She was the …

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The Wider UU World

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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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UUA MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2017

April 28-30, Oak Brook, IL. At Regional Assembly, besides the excellent array of workshops and the moving worship services being planned, you can hear the UUA Presidential Candidate Forum and also our keynote presenter, Rev. Dr. Lee Barker on the subject of Finding Our Partners: Faith In Action. We asked Lee, "Why are you passionate about the subject of multi-faith …

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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.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. Newsletter@huuc.net
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