Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

July 2017

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Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, July 9: "A Mother's Love"

Lisa Phair

"Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.”-The Water Giver

Lisa is the owner of a real estate company and the proud mother of three children. She is an LGBTQ advocate, a GLSEN Trainer and enjoys traveling, music, sports, and theater.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, July 16: “Becoming Passenger Pigeon”

Sunday, July 16: “Becoming Passenger Pigeon”

Bob Staggenborg

Join us as we celebrate nature on the patio right outside our sanctuary. Bob Staggenborg will lead the worship service telling the story of how the passenger pigeon played a significant role in planting the seeds of trees. Now that the passenger pigeon is gone humans have the opportunity to take over this role. Find out how you can become passenger pigeon. The service will be followed by an outside potluck style picnic. Bring a dish to share and your own plates and flatware so we can make this a green day. If you would like to grill something please bring your own grill.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, July 23: “An Agnostic's Guide to the Afterlife”

Sunday, July 23: “An Agnostic's Guide to the Afterlife”

Jenn Hester

If there is such thing as a soul, what happens to it when we die? Humans have probably been wondering for as long as our brains were capable of asking the question. Some people are certain that they know. For an agnostic, though, there are no easy answers.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, July 30: “All Roads Lead to Home – the Wisdom of the Labyrinth”

Sunday, July 30: “All Roads Lead to Home – the Wisdom of the Labyrinth”

Kathy Wade.

All roads lead to home, whether we are thinking of home metaphorically or in actuality. Over the course of our lives we travel many roads for a variety of reasons… to discover new opportunities and relationships… to find our roots… to escape… to seek rest and re-creation. Summer finds many of us ‘on the road’ again. Today’s service offers us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the wisdom of the Labyrinth – as a way to travel, practice spirituality, gain new insights as we walk our individual paths – and even to re-discover the Labyrinth in our own front yard at Heritage.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

View labyrinth design.

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Sunday, August 6: “A Mind That’s Free”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Our Senior Minister returns from his summer break to begin a two-part sermon series on “The Head and the Heart.” These two sides of our human (and religious) coin serve us (and the world) best when they are in balance. This morning we will explore the intellectual side, the left brain, the “Unitarian,” the rational. Next week, we will look at the complementary side of the equation.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Columns and Essays

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REflections

by Leslie Woodward. Children and youth, join us in July and August for our wonderful Pokémon Summer adventures! Parents and guardians, stay tuned for news on upcoming Fall programming including regular religious education classes, Our Whole Lives sexuality education classes, and more. 

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Faith in Action

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Inter Parish Ministry and Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

For those new to our church and maybe confused by the use of acronyms, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church (HUUC) has had a relationship with Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) for the past seven years. Inter Parish Ministry is a local service organization that supplies food and clothing to those in need. It offers this service to residents of eastern Hamilton County …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, July 2, and all Sundays in July. The Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) food pantry program is currently in need of canned fruit cocktail and peaches, canned pasta, stuffing mixes, instant potatoes, and shampoo. Place your donations in the grocery cart in the Great Hall. Thanks for all your donations! 

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Habitat for Humanity

Saturdays, July, 15, August 19, September 16, Offsite. The Habitat build schedule has been set, and Heritage has the third Saturday of each month. Work begins at 8:30 a.m. at 6516 E Ledge Street in Madisonville. You can help with the various tasks in the building process, or help with supplying lunch for the crew. If you want to work …

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Book Discussion on the Criminal Justice System

Book Discussion on the Criminal Justice System

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Themes from the books Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson, and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, will be discussed on Wednesday, July 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to read one of these books. The discussion will take …

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LGBT+ and Allies

Sunday, July 23, after the church service there will be a meeting for LGBT+, Allies, and All Interested. (July 11 at 7 p.m. will be a meeting for LGBT+ only.) Where can allies and LGBT+ people share fun, food, friendship, and conversation about various experiences? And where can Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people by themselves gather for their own support and conversation? At Heritage UU Church, of course! …

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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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New Sustainability Series

Sunday, August 6, immediately following the service. Join in the creation of a new Sustainability Class at Heritage by attending a short planning meeting. We are looking for people with interest in a wide range of sustainability topics - solar panels, home energy audits, raising chickens, gardening, permaculture and foraging to name a few. Is there something you want to …

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Collaborating for Social Justice

Collaborating for Social Justice

Sunday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. This summer is a busy time for social justice advocates. We have the Pride Parade, protests about the Tensing trial, some active racial justice book discussions, the new Sustainability Class series, and the justice work at General Assembly. We also have our regular efforts to help the less fortunate with things like a Habitat for …

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LGBT+ Ally Training

LGBT+ Ally Training

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. How can a person be a better ally to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or belong to some other minority (such as intersex and asexual)? Some Heritage UU Church members developed a workshop addressing this area of personal growth, and presented it in May. Due to wide interest, the workshop …

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Events and Meetings

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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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Babes Make a Big Splash!

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. Offsite. Our recent June heat just means that the Babes With Books (BWB), or Heritage Women's Book Club, needs our traditional July and August book club meetings/pool parties/potlucks more than ever! The July 19th event will be held at the "Rossa Resort" starting at 6:30 p.m. (or earlier if you want to swim.) Contact Tracy …

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Vespers Service - Nurturing Our Souls in Nature

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join us as we gather to worship in a quiet, meditative atmosphere in our outdoor chapel located in the woods next to our church building for a special summer Vespers service. Nurture your soul in nature as we reflect on inspirational readings about the independent web …

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Parking lot

Refurbish RE Driveway Sale

Friday, July 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A driveway sale is slated for July 21, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will offer “surplus” pieces of furniture from the Religious Education (RE) rooms for modest fees. All profits will support the Aesthetics Coordination Team (ACT) needs in the RE rooms. The ACT is not seeking additional donations for this sale …

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Heritage Healthy Cooking Class

Heritage Healthy Cooking Class

Tuesday, July 25, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. There are four spaces available for Heritage youth ages 7 to 18 for the next hands-on cooking class. They will join a group from the New Richmond Boys and Girls Club. Lots of fun and great food. Contact Melissa Dunlap at melissa.dunlap22@gmail.com to reserve your space. These classes are a fantastic way to …

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Labyrinth Work Day

Thursday, July 27, 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Did you know our labyrinth needs about 70-80 hours of care each year to keep it maintained? Did you know you can help? There are many ways to walk a labyrinth, one of them is to care for her. Our labyrinth is now 18 years old. The trees and grass have grown a lot …

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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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Got Water?

Don’t forget to collect a small sample of water from a place or location that has special significance for you this summer. Keep that water in a safe place until the last Sunday in August, and then bring it to church for our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony, when we will merge all the waters that have been brought to our sanctuary, by members and friends who have traveled near and far throughout the summer.

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Senior Minister Takes a Break

Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will be off throughout the month of July for vacation, personal and spiritual renewal, and denominational activities. He will return to work on August 1. In case of emergency only, he may be reached via his cell phone, or through the church office.

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What Does July 1st Mean at Heritage?

Our church fiscal year runs July 1 – June 30. Thus, the first of July, in a business sense, marks a “new year” at Heritage. With the beginning of this “new year,” some things change. Your new annual pledge of financial support begins, for one thing, and the previous fiscal year closes. Many committees have changes in their membership this …

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“ACT” Takes Initial Steps to Improve Our Church Spaces

The newly formed Aesthetics Coordination Team (ACT) has met to begin evaluating some of the spaces at Heritage. The eight-member team will be looking at several areas to determine how to improve the overall appearance, safety, and function where needed, within a very small budget. The initial Spaces being reviewed are the sanctuary, Great Hall, Heritage Room, lobby/vestibule/hallway, adult restrooms …

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The Fourth Principle in Action This Fall

Can you remember the fourth UU principle by heart? No, well then maybe it is time to consider making time in your schedule this fall to exercise "A free and responsible search for truth and meaning" with two Adult Religious Education (ARE) offerings. Fall seems like ages away when we have just started summer, so this announcement intends merely to …

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HMAC Takes a Break

The Heritage Men’s Action Cooperative will not be meeting in July. We will reconvene on Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. till noon. For more information, talk with Dave Small or send email to H-MAC@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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A Grounds Workday, June 2017

A Grounds Workday, June 2017

A recent grounds workday improved the look of our church and made the labyrinth more visible. Here are some pictures.

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Heritage Delegates Attend General Assembly

Heritage Delegates Attend General Assembly

The 56th Annual General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was held June 21-25, 2017, in New Orleans. Five people from Heritage UU Church attended, all as delegates: Rae Jane and Russ Araujo, Bill Gupton, and Bob and Ellie Lamb. The theme of the GA, “Resist and Rejoice,” was reflected in most of the general sessions, workshops, and …

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From the Archives

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The Road from Union Junction

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In May 1961, the Unitarian and Universalist faiths united to become the UU church we know today. In an attempt to encourage financial support for improvement programs, the Universalist side of the merger started a program called “The Road from Union Junction.” A pamphlet was published to inform members of the goals of the program. …

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The Wider UU World

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UUJO Justice Assembly 2017

UUJO Justice Assembly 2017

Saturday, October 14, morning and afternoon. Offsite. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) (www.uujo.org) will have its annual Justice Assembly on Saturday, October 14. The time of day is not yet known (last year's was 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Mark your calendar now to come share your ideas and experience the passion of UUs from all over Ohio. The Justice …

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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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 during July for vacation and UU "summer camp." He will return August 1. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Woodward will be away July 7-15, and July 31 - August 3 for vacation and professional development. 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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