Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

June 2017

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Worship Services

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

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Sunday, May 28: "Eating the End of the World: An Eschatology of Place"

Sunday, May 28: "Eating the End of the World: An Eschatology of Place"

Rev. Dr. Holly Horn

This sermon will explore intersections between our food practices and theological understandings of the end of the world.

The Reverend Holly Horn, Ph.D., is a graduate of Starr King School and the Graduate Theological Union. She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in California, Pennsylvania, and New York. She currently lives in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, the Reverend Benjamin Maucere.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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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, with a little help from his friends, will call on us to reflect on the joy that is present in the world, and can be present in each of our lives – even in difficult times. Practicing joy can, itself, be a spiritual practice. Let’s practice, together, this morning.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, June 11: “Not Just Black-and-White”

Rev. Bill Gupton

This spring, a controversy about racism, both institutional and internalized, has embroiled the Unitarian Universalist Association. Many of our denominational leaders, including the President of the UUA, have resigned. And in just 10 days, Unitarian Universalists from all over the country will gather in New Orleans for our annual General Assembly, where a new President and other leaders will be elected. We will try to heal, and move forward – together.

All this occurs in the context of a difficult denominational history around race, power, and privilege – and of course in a national context of intersectionality where each day civil rights are threatened, black lives are under attack, and explicitly racist, white supremacist rhetoric and actions abound. Our Senior Minister will seek to make some sense of it all this morning, and call us into loving, listening relationship. Our Choir will also sing, for the final time before their summer break.

A related documentary film, “Wilderness Journey,” which details the UUA’s so-called Black Empowerment Controversy of the late 1960s and early 1970s, will be shown this evening at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room. All are encouraged to continue the conversation – and the journey toward wholeness and healing – by attending this important evening gathering.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Sunday, June 18: “Here’s What I Believe”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Martin Luther famously said, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.” What are some of the things you believe so strongly, your conscience will not let you deny them? This morning, Rev. Bill will share some of his most deeply held beliefs with us. Don’t worry – there will be some levity and silliness, too. And, we will recognize Father’s Day, enjoy special music from the Heritage House Band, break bread together in our monthly potluck lunch, return the waters gathered by the congregation last summer to the earth, and celebrate together the beginning of summer. Worth coming to church for?

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.: “The Larger Community”

Sunday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.: “The Larger Community”

 

Livestreaming the UUA General Assembly worship service.

NOTE: EARLY TIME! We will gather at 9:30 a.m. in order to sync our service with the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly through the miracle of the Internet. Join us as we worship with thousands of UUs on the final day of General Assembly.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, July 2: “What I Learned from Sleeping with the Enemy”

Sunday, July 2: “What I Learned from Sleeping with the Enemy”

Chris Whittaker

How can “those” people believe that? Don’t they understand how wrong they are? How in the world can we communicate with folks who are just so wrong-headed? Chris Whittaker explores the art of communicating with folks who believe things we find objectionable. She draws on her personal journey to illustrate possible paths to that ever-so-shaky common ground. In these polarized times, communicating with our neighbors, friends, relations (you know who they are!) with opposing views has never been more important. Doesn’t our faith demand we try?

Chris Whittaker has been a member of Heritage for more than ten years. She is currently serving as a member of the Worship Committee.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” One of the most well-known literary lines in English literature – and written by a Unitarian, Charles Dickens, to boot! – is apropos to our own age, here now almost halfway through the year 2017. Most of you who are reading these words are …

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The Power of Invitation

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Hey you! Yes, you, dear one. The one that never reads the Religious Education stuff ‘cause you don’t currently have a child or youth in your household. Can I ask you to please read this column? Thank you! We have hundreds of cool things going on in our wonderful Heritage community every week — building community, …

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Religious Education for Children and Youth

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Announcing Pokémon Summer!

We are excited to announce the theme for summer 2017 at Heritage UU Church beginning on June 18th — Pokémon Summer! Children and youth will explore the values of courage, curiosity, and compassion through hands-on activities that include outdoor adventures, art, cooking, and more. Each participant will have the opportunity to earn badges on their journey to become the very …

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Faith in Action

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Iftar Dinners

Various dates from May 27 through June 17. Offsite. While some Heritage members were at the Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) interfaith picnic, they and all Heritage people received an invitation to be guests at any of a series of Iftar dinners (the fast-breaking dinners during Ramadan) in the homes of local Turkish-American host families. TASO notes that this …

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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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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, June 4, and all Sundays. The Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) food pantry is running short of canned baked bean, cereal, canned pasta (think ravioli and spaghetti), and Stove Top Stuffing. Also, think picnic condiments; they cost a lot and add so much to your food (mayo, pickles, ketchup, mustard). Place donations in the grocery cart in the Great Hall. Thanks. 

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Habitat for Humanity Kick-Off Ceremony

Saturday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m., offsite. Heritage is pleased to announce that the site for our Summer 2017 build for the Waters-Dailey family, at 6516 E. Ledge in Cincinnati, has received its permits and that digging has begun! Michael and Teressa Waters-Dailey and their 19-year-old son always wanted to own their own home but didn’t know how it could …

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People’s Climate Rally

People’s Climate Rally

Saturday, June 10, at 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Offsite. Join with others from Heritage Church and around the region for the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Climate Rally on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., and Fountain Square in Cincinnati (520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45246). Mark your calendar now, get your signs ready, and be …

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Film: Wilderness Journey

Sunday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Wilderness Journey: The Struggle for Black Empowerment and Racial Justice within the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1967-1970. The so-called Black Empowerment Controversy almost destroyed the fledgling Unitarian Universalist Association in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The documentary film is made from testimonials by first-hand participants, edited only for continuity. It is a stunning document of …

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Second Anniversary Commemoration of The Emanuel Nine

Thursday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. Offsite. A worship service promoting racial unity and remembering the lives of the people who perished on June 17, 2015, at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina. The commemoration will take place on June 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. Presiders: Rev. Alphonse Allen, Jr. …

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An Interfaith Iftar at Heritage – RSVP Required

Friday, June 16, 8:00 p.m. At Heritage UU Church. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, and the Franciscans Network invite you to An Interfaith Iftar, Friday, June 16, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Join us for breaking the fast. Share the traditions of fasting in Islam and …

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Social Justice Collaborative

Social Justice Collaborative

Sunday, June 18, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. The Heritage UU Church Social Justice Collaborative continues to help those involved in social justice efforts to share their passion, get ideas, and link up with others with similar interests. The meetings are also an opportunity to learn about what is going on in many areas. The next meeting will be on Sunday, …

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UUs and the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival

UUs and the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival

Saturday, June 24, starting 10:30 a.m. Offsite. Pride Parade, Downtown Cincinnati. You can show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade. This is a family-friendly event; we had UU kids of all ages marching in the past. If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee shirt, …

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Volunteer to Help the Homeless on July 18

Four times a year, volunteers from Heritage UU Church help the homeless through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Our next date is Tuesday, July 18. We still need volunteers for all positions: one person or family to help as a co-Dinner Host, two persons or families to act as Activity Hosts, 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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Book Discussion: “Tears We Cannot Stop”

Monday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. The Racial Justice Team will host two evening programs in July. (The first, on Monday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m., will be a powerful film. Watch for details later.) The second program will be on Monday, July 24, from 7-9:00 p.m. Please join in a book discussion of the incredible book Tears We Cannot Stop: …

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Events and Meetings

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Special Outdoor Projects

Special Outdoor Projects

Tuesday, May 30, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Show up anytime on Tuesday May 30 between 6-9 p.m. We will start off with an easy project or two so it will be “fun work” for the whole family. Wear work clothes and a set of gloves. We might even go into the woods. For additional information talk to Terry Planitzer or email tplanitzer@hotmail.com.

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Memorial Service for Sam Gamble

Memorial Service for Sam Gamble

Saturday, June 3, 1:30 p.m. A memorial service for long-time Heritage UU Church member Sam Gamble, who retired to Florida several years ago and was named a Life Member of our congregation to honor his many contributions to HUUC, will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday afternoon, June 3, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A brief reception will follow in the Great Hall.

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Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 4, 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. This is an exciting time of year for us as UUs! We have the privilege of putting our Fifth Principle to use – to affirm and promote, “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Heritage Church members will elect Trustees to …

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Church Constitution Revisions - We’re almost finished!

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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Babes with Books – A Different Kind of Read

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Babes, don't stress out but we are verging into non-fiction for our June 21 book club meeting. How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson is a fascinating, highly readable book regarding how six innovations got us to today's world. I won't spoil it by reporting the six, but you'll be intrigued with the innovation …

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Friday Night Movie: “The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman”

June 30, at 7:00 p.m. Science can tell us a lot about life, death, and illnesses. Medicine can diagnose and sometimes even cure disease. But neither can teach us how to die. You are invited to a screening and discussion of the documentary “The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman,” a man who sought to die well, and to …

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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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What’s Happening at Heritage? Here's How to Find Out!

We have recently published a 10-page catalog outlining many of the events, activities, groups and gatherings that take place, year-round, in our vibrant church community. You can pick up a paper copy of "What's Happening at Heritage" in the lobby at church, or simply click on the link below to access a digital version. What better time to join in all …

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Interested in Adult Religious Education?

Interested in Adult Religious Education?

Might you be interested in attending an occasional Adult Religious Education (ARE) class, lecture, or discussion session this fall or winter? If so, please see Barb Barnes or contact her at scubagoddess@fuse.net. She has several possible ideas for sessions, and would love to hear your own ideas as well! At this point, Barb is trying to determine how much interest there is in attending ARE events. Further action on this proposal requires your response. Thanks.

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New Team at Heritage

Longing to find an artful way to volunteer at Heritage? A new group - The Aesthetics Coordination Team (ACT) - is forming. Our focus will be to identify specific projects which would enhance the beauty of our religious home. Once a project is identified and approved by the appropriate parties, we will ACT! If this sounds like your kind of team, inquire to Chris Burroughs (burroughs3@fuse.net) or Laura Provard (laurap7809@gmail.com).

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Gather Some Water This Summer

Please be sure to gather a small sample of water from a source that has special or spiritual significance to you this summer. Then, keep that water in a safe place, and be sure to bring it with you to church on Sunday morning, August 27, for our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony – the traditional liturgical start of a new “church year.” (And by all means, don’t miss this year’s Ingathering Sunday. We have a special surprise that will amaze and delight you!)

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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) of Heritage Church.

If you have questions, please speak with any member of the Board of Trustees.

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Senior Minister’s Summer Vacation

Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, takes the month of July off for rest, reflection and rejuvenation (as well as UU “summer camp”). His time away will begin with the UUA General Assembly in late June. He will return to the pulpit the first Sunday in August. 2017.

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AMRE’s Summer Vacation

Our Assistant Minister for Religious education, the Rev. Leslie Woodward, will be taking several mini-breaks this summer. She will be gone June 2nd – 5th for a short family vacation; July 7th – 15th to attend Ferry Beach Religious Education Week; and from July 31st – August 3rd to attend a clergy retreat at the Center for Courage and Renewal. 

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Women’s Spirituality Group Will Take a Summer Break

We will start up again in September. (Contact: Vicki Summers and Cori Yaeger, WomensSpiritualityGroup@huuc.net.) 

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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 Church Celebrates 190 Years

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church celebrated its 190th birthday. Founded on May 25, 1827, as the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati, the congregation went through a merger, several locations, and several name changes through the years.

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Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. …

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Graduating Seniors Share Reflections

On Sunday, May 7, four graduating high school seniors shared their reflections on growing up at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, and participated in a ceremony symbolizing their bridging to young adulthood. A celebration was held afterwards in the Great Hall.

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Grounds Tending

These are some of the folks who weeded, planted flowers and mulched to make our entry area more welcoming. Many thanks! 

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Multiple Generations at the Auction

A church member snapped this picture of three generations at the annual Auction.

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Board Briefs for April 2017

After hearing the comments and suggestions from the Congregational Conversations regarding the proposed constitutional amendments, the board agreed to revise three of the proposed constitutional amendments. The Board approved Ellie Lamb as the fourth General Assembly delegate.

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Board Briefs for May 8, 2017

The Board approved the proposed 2017-2018 budget.

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From the Archives

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Chaplain, Reverend Ralph Pierre Boyd

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. With Memorial Day just passed, we should honor a former member of our church family who served his country in the military and for this May that would be the Reverend Ralph Pierre Boyd. Boyd succeeded Reverend Carl Olson in 1940 coming to us from a church in Alabama. Prior to his tenure in Alabama, …

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The Wider UU World

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G.A. Doesn’t Just Mean 'Guardian Angels'

by Russ Araujo. Around Heritage Church, you might hear people refer to “G.A.” That stands for General Assembly, the yearly gathering of UUs from across the United States, and beyond, for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). This year, G.A. runs from Wednesday through Sunday, June 21 through 25, in New Orleans. People come to G.A. for governance, learning, worship, and …

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Calendar of Events

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Get Weekly Updates

People in the Yahoo Group “HUUCannc” get a few Heritage-related announcement emails each week, including a summary on Monday of the upcoming activities and worship. If you would like to receive HUUCannc emails, please send an email requesting it to Denise Martinez, the church administrator, at office@huuc.net. She will then send you a Yahoo Groups HUUCannc invitation, which you must respond to in order to complete the process.

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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. Rev. Gupton will be away from late June through early August for the General Assembly, vacation, and UU "summer camp." Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Woodward will be away June 2-5, July 7-15, and July 31 - August 3 for vacation, conference, and a clergy retreat. 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. Russ will be away June 21-26 for the General Assembly. Newsletter@huuc.net
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