Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

May 2017

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Worship Services

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

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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: Jim Nolan.

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Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.: Vespers Service

Wednesday, May 10, 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.

During the 2016-17 church year, Vespers Services have been held each second Wednesday beginning in September and will conclude with the service on Wednesday, May 10.

A special summer outdoor Vespers Service, which will be held in the outdoor chapel on a date TBD, is in the beginning stages of planning. Look for more information about this Nurturing Our Souls in Nature service in the near future.

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Sunday, May 14: “Flower Communion”

Rev. Bill Gupton

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate our annual Flower Communion, a beautiful and distinctly Unitarian Universalist ritual of spring. Join us for this multi-generational worship service in which our sanctuary will be filled with flowers, and our hearts will be filled with joy and gratitude for the bountiful beauty of the earth. Each person (regardless of age) is asked to bring a flower to share; you will leave with a different flower in a rich and poignant sharing.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Wooden sign that says "Salem Acrees Community Church: Universalist"

Sunday, May 21: “What’s in a Name?”

Rev. Bill Gupton

What’s in a name? A great deal, if that name happens to be Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. It was 190 years ago this week that our church held its first worship service – gathering to form a new kind of congregation on the frontier of the “West,” overlooking the wild Ohio River. The name that group of pioneers chose was “The First Universalist Society.” Today – several names and locations later – we celebrate our 190th anniversary with music and memories, reflections and rededication to our ideals.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, May 28

Rev. Dr. Holly Horn.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

Read more at a later time on the church website.

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Sunday, June 4: “Joy!”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Following our 190th Annual Meeting (all church members are reminded to gather in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. for the meeting), Rev. Bill will help us reflect on the joy that is present in the world, and in each of our lives – even in difficult times. Joy itself can be a spiritual practice. Let’s practice, together, this morning.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Some of you have been members of this church community for more than 30 years. Others have been with us only a few weeks. As for me, I fall somewhere in the middle, having been called to be your minister 15 years ago. But this month, we all have an anniversary to celebrate! It was 190 …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Oh my goodness, how can it be May already? We’ve got a lot to do before we wrap up the church year! Here are some of the things to keep in mind for our religious education programming this Spring. If you have children in your household and/or have a heart for our youngest members, be sure …

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Faith in Action

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People’s Climate Rally in Cincinnati

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Offsite. In solidarity with the National People’s Climate March in DC, join others to express concerns about climate change and other environmental issues. This is our chance to voice these concerns to our President in the hopes that he will reevaluate his stance on the protection of our environment, public conservatory lands, endangered species, water quality, and air quality, etc. The rally takes place on Saturday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati (520 Vine Street). For more information, please talk with Jessica Miller at church, or see the event’s Facebook page.

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Last Chance to Register for LGBT Ally Training

Last Chance to Register for LGBT Ally Training

Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Heritage Church. Learn how to be a better ally to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. Take this one-day, interactive workshop, which was developed by members of Heritage. The workshop is open to all adult Heritage Church members and friends, as well as to Heritage high school youth who have parent/guardian permission. Childcare will be provided. 

Please sign up by May 2nd at SignUp Genius through www.tinyurl.com/HeritageAlly.

Questions? Talk with Russ Araujo, or email him at LGBT-Ally-Training@huuc.net.

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Documentary Film "13th"

Documentary Film "13th"

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. Offsite. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery EXCEPT for one significant loophole: "…except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted…" Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) are partnering to screen this powerful film in our community. These two organizations are committed to speaking out …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, May 7, and all Sundays. For the Inter Parish Ministry food pantries: Protein, Peanut butter, Preserves (jelly), Pineapple, Protein, toilet PaPer, sPam, sPaghetti, Pretty Please! Place donations in the grocery cart in the Great Hall. Thanks. 

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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 starts on the Cincinnati side of the Roebling Bridge, goes in front of Paul Brown Stadium, crosses then river …

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Events and Meetings

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Heritage Church Auction

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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Growing Conversations

Growing Conversations

Sunday, April 30, 12 noon, and three other dates. Have you noticed? Heritage is growing! Personified: Our shoes are getting a little tight. Our jeans are starting to look like “high waters”. Reality: Our parking lot is often filled! There are congregants whose names we might not know at first sight. Finding meeting rooms and days and times is a …

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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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Women’s Spirituality Group: Animal Symbolism and Dream Interpretation

Wednesday, May 3, 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, May 3rd, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Heritage room. Our topic is animal symbolism and dream interpretation. All women are welcome to come share their animal stories. Child care will be provided. Led by Vicki Summers and Cori Yaeger. Questions? Email: WomensSpiritualityGroup@huuc.net

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A Pack of Dogs or Babes with Books?

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Every month's third Wednesday night, you might wonder if there is a pack of excited dogs in the Heritage room. Typically, it is just a meeting of Babes with Books. Still, on May 17 the answer might be different as the group discusses Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. According to Kirkus Reviews, " devises an …

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Mindful Living thru Frugality

Saturday, May 20, 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 each of us can do to meet our individual goals through sharing our skills in budgeting, re-using, creating and thrifting. The meeting is on Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the Sanctuary. All ages and genders welcome. Questions? See Kay Inskeep at kay.inskeep@gmail.com, or Melanie Gant.

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Newcomers to Heritage: Let’s Get Acquainted!

Newcomers to Heritage: Let’s Get Acquainted!

Saturday, May 27, 6:00 p.m. Those who are new to Heritage UU Church (let’s say, who began attending in the fall or more recently) are invited to our final Get Acquainted Dinner before next fall! Please be our guest for dinner at the church on Saturday evening, May 27. This is a great opportunity to meet others who are new …

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Memorial Service for Sam Gamble

Saturday, June 3, 1:30 p.m. Heritage Church life member Sam Gamble passed away in Florida last month from complications of heart disease. Sam and his wife Barb had retired to Florida several years ago. He will be remembered in a memorial service at Heritge on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please join us as we share memories of Sam, celebrate his life and spirit, and gather to help comfort and be with his family.

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Church Members Take Note: The Annual Meeting is June 4

Church Members Take Note: The Annual Meeting is June 4

The Annual Meeting of the membership of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church will take place before worship on Sunday, June 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. We will be voting on elected representatives to the Board of Trustees and other leadership positions, several updates and amendments to our church constitution, and adopting an operating budget for the church fiscal year 2017-18. All members of Heritage Church are asked to attend.

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Heritage Church Constitution Revisions - We’re almost finished!

Sunday, June 4. 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. We solicited input by email, Heirloom article and two congregational conversation meetings. All feedback was considered by the Board and some of the …

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9th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat

September 22, 23 and 24. Offsite. Celebrating sisterhood at Hope Springs Institute near Peebles Ohio, just over an hour from the church. Explore what is sacred and divine while building trust and intimacy with your heritage sisters! Plenty of free time this year! If you identify yourself as an adult women of Heritage UU Church, we would love to have …

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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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Flaming Chalice

Constitution Amendment Motions Document for 2017

The Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees will present these motions for vote at the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, June 4, 2017: HUUC Constitution Amendment Motions (To read this document, you must have the free Adobe Reader or your browser must be enhanced to read PDFs.) If you are interested, you can also read the full, current Constitution (Bylaws) …

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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 People Participate in the March for Science

Heritage People Participate in the March for Science

On April 22, some Heritage Church people attended the March for Science in Washington D.C., while other Heritage people attended its sister March in Cincinnati. The March championed the idea of robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. Here are some pictures from the D.C. march. 

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Board Briefs for March 2017

This month the Constitution Revision Team suggested removing two of the previously approved proposed constitutional amendments. The board agreed not to present said proposed amendments to the congregation for approval. The Board approved Bob Lamb, Russ Araujo and Rae Jane Araujo as three of our four General Assembly delegates. In addition, the Board approved any members who express an interest to Rev. Bill in serving as delegates to the Regional Assembly. The Board approved a motion to permit the Social Justice Collaborative to invite Rob Portman to a free ticketed event at HUUC for local UU’s contingent upon board approval of any associated costs.

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From the Archives

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Welcome to the Mid-West Summer Institute of 1942

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. It is nearing time for some of our church members to plan their trips to summer retreats. SUUSI and MUUSA are calling. The same was true in 1942 when some of the membership of the First Universalist Church of Cincinnati looked forward to summer retreat at the Mid-West Institute held at Shakamak State Park in …

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The Wider UU World

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Jazz & Hope: A Path to Justice

Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Offsite. The Phil DeGreg Quintet performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. Phil DeGreg, a native of Cincinnati, began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. Phil considers music to be a gift and is dedicated to sharing his …

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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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