Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

September 2017

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Worship Services

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

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Sunday, September 3: “Mercy: For a Time Such as This”

Sunday, September 3: “Mercy: For a Time Such as This”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

This summer has been unlike any other. Events in our world, in our nation, in our city, even in many of our own families have created turmoil and anxiety. This Labor Day weekend, we turn to a writer Rev. Bill considers one of America’s best – a writer whose simple, subtle spirituality and resilient faith can offer us sustenance for a time such as this: Anne Lamott. Lamott’s elegant yet understated prose will provide the basis for an end-of-summer service of faith, mercy, grace and perhaps even a hallelujah or two.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, September 10: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Heritage Church – But Maybe Never Asked”

Sunday, September 10: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Heritage Church – But Maybe Never Asked”

Rev. Bill Gupton

If you’re new among us, come to church today to learn a lot about our congregation and our faith. If you’ve been around a while, you still might learn a thing or two. And what a morning it will be! Religious Education classes for children and youth will begin. We will bid farewell to our beloved Choir Director, Erin McCamley, as the Choir sings for us (and for her, one last time). There might even be a party (or two) after the service. Don’t miss it!

Worship Associate: Jim Nolan.

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Sunday, September 17: "Thoughts on Religious Language"

Rev. Dennis McCarty

With our Unitarian Universalist diversity of belief, religious language can become a real bone of contention. But does it really need to be that way? Rev. Dennis McCarty will look at the way a concept can develop, from stark fact to symbolic poetry, and suggest language of faith as a unifying, rather than divisive, force.

Through a rich and varied life, Rev. Dennis McCarty has carried on a passionate love affair with the beauty, nuance, and eccentricity of the English language. He is a many-times published author and Minister Emeritus at the UU Congregation of Columbus, Indiana.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, September 24: “Gilgamesh in America”

Sunday, September 24: “Gilgamesh in America”

Joel Araujo

The Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving work of literature. The poem chronicles the immensely powerful, yet equally cruel warrior-king of the Mesopotamian city-state of "great-walled Uruk" as he persecutes his people, finds friendship, bolsters his pride, shames the gods, and seeks redemption. How can the themes and lessons of The Epic of Gilgamesh apply to 21st century America? Join us as we explore what we can learn from history's first "hero" (and what's best left in the past).

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, October 1: “A Shining, Festive Gift”

Rev. Bill Gupton

The poet Mary Oliver once wrote “Lord, how shining and festive is your gift to us, if we only look – and see.” Today, Rev. Bill will encourage us to look – and to see – the gift that is Life. Our Heritage Church Choir, under the direction of Steve McCamley, will do the same. And new members will join our church as together, we continue on the path of celebrating life, creating community, and seeking justice.

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Welcome to the 2017-18 church year! I know, I know – the “official” church fiscal year started July 1, and the “unofficial” church year began this past weekend with our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony (wasn’t that fun!) – but September is always the month when everything really gets rolling at Heritage Church. Another great year …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. Summer is coming to a close and the new church year is underway. The Board of Trustees held our beginning-of-the-year retreat the weekend of August 18-19. We did team building Friday night by sharing dinner together and doing a room escape mystery. What a great way to work together and learn each other’s styles in problem solving. …

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Religious Education

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Pokémon Summer Ends

Pokémon Summer was a blast and a half! Approximately 60 children and youth participated over the summer, learning about things such as trust in friendship, teamwork, sticking up for yourself, and caring for our earth and all life. Many thanks to Jaime Castle, Nicole Dangelo, and Cherylin Loney who co-created the curriculum in addition to helping lead the program nearly …

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Who Me? Teach RE?

Yes, you too can teach in our religious education program for children and youth! We need your gifts, whatever they may be, to help our young people grow in body, mind, and spirit. Sign up here using Sign Up Genius, or talk to Rev. Leslie. Unsure where you might fit in best? Here are the curriculum descriptions for our fall/winter …

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Other Ways to Help in RE

Interested in working with our children and youth but unable to commit to teaching? Here are some other areas where we could use your help. Religious Education (RE) Community Days Several Sundays each year are reserved for RE Community Days when children and youth of all ages work together. We need adults to plan these special days, with Rev. Leslie’s …

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Faith in Action

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, September 3, and every Sunday. September begins the new school year and a great need for good meals for those kids that count on us to give them “brain” food. Any form of PROTEIN would be a good item to bring in. The Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) Pantries are currently in need of canned pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned chicken, pineapple and chili. …

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Habitat Celebration

Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m. Offsite. This summer, Heritage Church volunteers have been working on the Dailey home in Madisonville. This also happens to be the 600th home built by the Habitat affiliate. The house dedication on September 9 will be more festive than usual, in that the Habitat organization will be inviting more guests to come out to celebrate …

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Tentative: Saturday, September 16, Offsite. This summer, Heritage Church volunteers have been working on the Dailey home at 6516 E. Ledge Street in Madisonville. The house dedication will take place on September 9, but it is possible that finishing touches may need to be worked on after the celebration. If so, September 16 is the Heritage work day. As we …

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Sustainability Series: Beginner Foraging

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Heritage has a new Sustainability Series - opportunities to explore a wide variety of topics centered around sustainability. Join us for the Sustainability Series' first event: Beginner Foraging! Eating local reduces your carbon footprint by minimizing the miles your food has to travel. Eating from your own yard reduces those miles to zero. …

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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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Ecological Wisdom for Challenging Times

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This gathering will explore the creative dance of science, inspiration, ecology and theology to guide humanity to survive the 21st century. The morning Keynote address will be by Michael Dowd. Afternoon breakout sessions will be held with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow. Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science evangelist. …

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Flag Stickers are Back!

For some years, Heritage UU Church has offered rainbow flag stickers for people to put on their name badges, to show that they are supportive of Heritage Church being a welcoming place for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or in other marginalized groups due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. At some point, we ran out of stickers, but now they’re back! You can get one at the LGBT Rights section of the social justice bulletin boards. Help yourself and show your support.

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Events and Meetings

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Food, Crafts, and Fun for Everyone

Sunday, September 10, after the worship service. Everyone at Heritage Church is invited to bring a dish for a pot-luck lunch on Sunday, September 10, after the worship service. After lunch we'll do a craft (or, for anyone who doesn't like crafts, sit around and talk). The get-together is open to adults, teens and children, and is sponsored by Let’s …

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Singing In Sacred Circle

Singing In Sacred Circle

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and the second Tuesday of each month thereafter. A much-loved monthly event for women, Heritage women have been participating in the First Church Singing In Sacred Circle for 10 years, and our founder, Shelley Graff, has participated in many Heritage Church Women's Retreats. Now, with a different day of the week/month and so close to …

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Vespers Service

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come join us and nourish your soul. Renew yourself with contemplative time through inspirational readings, singing and being together in silence. Please enter and depart in silence. This service on Wednesday, September 13, from 7 to 8 p.m., resumes our monthly Second Wednesday Vespers services. At this time, childcare is not available. For info about the service, or helping with the service, contact Doug Beezley, Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.

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Participate in Intellectual Stimulation

Sunday, September 17, 7:00 p.m., and other dates. You might weekly work those biceps and triceps at the gym, but what about exercising your brain and soul? Just as there are many forms of physical exercise that require frequent repetition to avoid a weak physique, so are there many forms of mental and spiritual exercise to maintain a robust psyche. …

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Back to the Books

Wednesday, September 20, 7 - 9 p.m. As summer vacation turns into memory, the Babes with Books (Heritage's Women's Book Club) return to their standard, Heritage Room gatherings but not without thanks again to the Buckley's for hosting the August pool party/potluck/meeting. The September 20, 7 - 9 p.m. meeting will discuss The End of Life Book Club by Will …

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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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The Great Honeysuckle Roundup!

Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come join us to remove evasive plants from the woods. Wear work clothes and pair of gloves. Extra loppers or other pruning devices would be greatly appreciated. For additional information talk to Terry Planitzer or email tplanitzer@hotmail.com

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Basic Massage and Self Care Workshop

Basic Massage and Self Care Workshop

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Self Care is a Divine Responsibility! Learn a few basic massage techniques that you can easily use in your own home for family and friends. No special skills or equipment are needed, just your own power of touch. You will have plenty of time to practice and experiment with techniques, simple movement, and …

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Newcomers, Let’s Get Acquainted: Be Our Guests for Dinner

Saturday, October 7, 6:00 p.m. If you started coming to Heritage Church anytime in 2017, you’re invited to be our guest at this fall’s Get Acquainted Dinner on Saturday evening, Oct. 7. Please RSVP to Ann Jarboe at getacquainteddinner@huuc.net. If you need childcare, please call the church office at 513-231-8634. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great …

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Fall Church Council Meeting

Fall Church Council Meeting

Sunday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. At our fall Church Council meeting, the Board will present its Shared Ministry Goals for this year and Team/Committee leaders will present brief updates/summaries of their work. This meeting is always open to anyone who is interested in hearing about what’s going on in our busy church this year. The meeting takes place on Sunday …

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Jesus and the Werewolf: It's Complicated

Friday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. What could be a more appropriate Unitarian Universalist adult religious education experience than a presentation entitled "Jesus and the Werewolf: It's Complicated," especially on this October's Friday the 13th! Subtitled "Fear, Fell Creatures and Medieval Christianity", this presentation by an ex-Unitarian explores the relationship between werewolves and Jesus. They are theological bookends, Epistemological Third Cousins …

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Death Positive Film Series Cues Up “Harold and Maude”

Death Positive Film Series Cues Up “Harold and Maude”

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. WHERE: The Heritage Room at church. WHY: Because it’s a damn good movie! (Note: At one point this film was to be the September installment of the Death Positive series. The September Death Positive showing has been cancelled, and the movie will now be shown in October.) The October installment of our Senior Minister’s …

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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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Looking for Volunteers with Shared Interests and Energy!

What a great opportunity for stewardship – sharing your time, talent and/or energy for our community. Plus, it’s fun, meaningful and a great way to get to know each other better. We have a few new projects and a few existing teams that need new energy and attention. If you have an interest in any of these areas, we need …

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Sustainability Series

This new series will soon begin at Heritage UU Church. August was the organizational meeting of this group. Watch for details of the fall series of sustainability classes and lectures open to all members, friends and the public. Talk with Jennifer Sanders for more details, or email her at Sustainability@huuc.net

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Tone Chimers Ensemble Forming This Fall

This new group is open to adults, teens and children 10 and older (with an adult) who want to make a ‘note’-able contribution to our worship service. Reading music is not a must, but an ear for music will help. Rehearsals will be after church for 20 minutes, two Sundays in September and October, with a performance in October. We …

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Ready to Join Heritage Church?

Our next Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday morning, October 1, during the worship service. “What is a membership ceremony?” you may ask. “What is involved in membership?” you may ask. To get answers to these and any other questions you may have, call Rev. Bill Gupton at 513-633-8703 or email him at SeniorMinister@huuc.net

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Women’s Spirituality Group – The Circle is Open, But Not Broken!

For the past few years, Vicki Summers and Cori Yaeger have been facilitating the monthly meetings of the Women’s Spirituality Group at Heritage. They took the summer off this year, and due to life changes in work, schedules and relocation they have decided that they will no longer serve as the leaders of the group. Vicki and Cori are sad …

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Board of Trustees for Heritage UU Church, 2017-18

Board of Trustees for July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Officers: Donna Buckley, President; Jaime Castle, Vice President; John Murley, Past President; Heather Wasco, Secretary. Members at Large: Doug Beezley; Andrea Dale; Craig Horton; Louise Lawarre.  

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The Birthday Jar

Did you ever wonder about the Heritage Church tradition of putting money in the “birthday jar” during Candles of Community? People do it to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, with the money going to help pay for the plants, plaques, and materials used in our grounds’ maintenance. If you wish, you can also write a check or attach a note designating …

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Are You Beginning or Leaving a Leadership Role?

If you are taking over or stepping down as a committee chair or team/group leader at Heritage, please let the webmaster know so that he can update information on the website.  Send email with your updates or any questions to webmaster@huuc.net. Thanks!

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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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Long-Time Heritage Family Recognized Before Move Away

Sunday, August 20, 2017, was the last day the Beyette family attended Heritage UU Church before moving to their new home. The congregation recognized their contributions and sent them off with warm wishes.

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More Water

More Water

At the conclusion of the church’s traditional end-of-summer Water Ceremony on August 27, the congregation was invited outside for more water fun.

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From the Archives

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HUUC a Quarter Century Ago

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Reverend Elinor Artman, borrowing from Charles Dickens, described 1992 as “the best of years and the worst of years”. The worst of years was caused by the deaths of two very active members of the church. On March 24th, Muriel Steelman passed away at age 75. Muriel had joined the church in 1955 and served …

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The Wider UU World

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Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement

Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement

Thursday, September 14, and Other Thursdays. Offsite. Registration Required. First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati has sent the following invitation to Heritage UU Church: “Our Adult Religious Education (ARE) and Social Justice committees are planning for a second presentation of ‘Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement’ (Portland Curriculum) for 30 participants at First Unitarian Church . We welcome participation …

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UUJO Justice Assembly Program

UUJO Justice Assembly Program

  Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offsite. "Strength for the Journey: Expanding Our Skills, Engaging Our Spirits" is the theme of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) (www.uujo.org) annual Justice Assembly on Saturday, October 14. The time will be from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., with check-in and on-site registration starting at 9:30 a.m. This is an …

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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: Donna Buckley. Phone: 513-532-0672. 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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