Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

October 2017

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Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, October 8: “What Is White Supremacy?”

Rev. Bill Gupton and Louise Lawarre
Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker

This year, the phrase “white supremacy” has taken on new and nuanced meanings for many white people, speaking not only to the hateful actions of individuals and small fringe groups, but also to a system of oppression that is deeply ingrained in every corner of American life and history. This month, Unitarian Universalists have been called on by Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) to reflect on the entrenched, often invisible patterns of white supremacy that are at work not only in our society, but also in our own congregations, and our own hearts. This morning, three white leaders of Heritage Church will do just that.

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Sunday, October 15: “Dialogue with the Ministers”

Rev. Bill Gupton and Rev. Leslie Woodward

Join us for an informal dialogue service with both our church’s ministers. Who knows where the conversation will lead? One thing is for sure: You’ll want to be a part of the discussion. This morning also marks the debut of our new Tone Chimes Ensemble, under the direction of Connie Booth. A worship service not to be missed!

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, October 22: "Heresy as a Virtue"

Sunday, October 22: "Heresy as a Virtue"

 

Bill Lyon

Being labeled a "heretic" is seldom considered a compliment -- at least at the time. Yet our Faith and our culture have been defined by those who stood apart in their beliefs and actions from the status quo. We'll explore what it means to be a heretic in today's culture. Our Heritage Choir will also sing for us today.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, October 29: “Truth to Power”

 

Rev. Bill Gupton

It has been almost a year since the balance of power in our nation shifted. In the time-honored Judeo-Christian tradition of prophetic preaching, our Senior Minister will “speak truth to power” this morning, offering unvarnished commentary on the decline in moral and ethical authority America has experienced in the past 12 months, on the alarming rise in overt hatred and bigotry we have witnessed as a result, on the continuing seductiveness of greed and narcissism, and on the very hopeful signs inherent in a rising “resistance.” Our Heritage House Band returns to add their powerful musical commentary to the mix.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Sunday, November 5: “All Souls Sunday”

Rev. Bill Gupton

This annual service allows us to remember and honor those in our lives who have passed from this life in the last year. Our traditional All Souls Sunday is an open-hearted reflection on love, on mortality, and on the connections we have that enrich our lives, and live on beyond our lives. Our Senior Minister will also update us on new ways in which the Heritage community is now prepared to "take care of our own" during and through the dying process. If there is someone whose name you wish to have lifted up during the recitation of the departed, please email their name, along with year of birth and year of death, to Rev. Bill Gupton at SeniorMinister@huuc.net. You are also invited to bring a photo of your departed loved one to church this morning, to place on one of the small altars we will have set up around the sanctuary.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. It should come as no surprise that throughout history, at least here in the northern hemisphere, the time of year we are now entering has been associated with death and dying, with transitions, with the changes that come naturally as part of the cycle of life. The leaves are beginning to change colors and let go, …

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Heritage Church Hires Steve McCamley as Our New Choir Director

The Board of Trustees is proud to introduce our newest staff member, Steve McCamley, who has been attending Heritage UU Church for some time and became our Choir Director in September. Steve has been a Music Minister at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM) in Anderson Township since 1997, and Co-Director of a Church Choir at IHM since 2001. He …

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Faith in Action

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Sustainability Series: Beginner Foraging

Wednesday, September 27, 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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Help, the Shelves are EMPTY!

Sunday, October 1, and all days. The Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) Food Pantry runs on lean times during October and November and could use your help right now. There are many items for which the pantry is completely OUT OF or in dire NEED of. Please consider bringing at least one item per family member each week and we can …

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Understanding Implicit Bias (Your Mind May Be Playing Tricks on You)

Understanding Implicit Bias (Your Mind May Be Playing Tricks on You)

Monday, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Offsite. “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that …

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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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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. You can learn what Heritage Church members and friends are doing to help heal the world. This meeting is a way to share your area of passion, hear ideas, gain support, and support others. The meeting covers areas of social justice (such as demonstrating in favor of the Dreamers) and social action (such as feeding …

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Move to Amend – Brief Film and Discussion

Move to Amend – Brief Film and Discussion

Sunday, November 5, approximately 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Move to Amend is a non-partisan, broad coalition of organizations and individuals who share common values, working together to end corporate personhood and to end the definition of money as a form of protected, free speech. Caren and Dick Galloway, members of Harmony UU in Maineville, Ohio, will lead the video …

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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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Soles for Souls

See the collection bin in the back hall to donate used shoes of any kind, size and condition to Soles for Souls (soles4souls.org), a national and international distribution project to help provide shoes for those in need. Because of the recent devastation in so many locations, increased donations would be greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Joann Meyer. 

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Events and Meetings

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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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Vespers Service

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Join us as we harvest the spiritual bounty around us and nourish our souls at our monthly Vespers Service on Wednesday, October 11 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. We will renew ourselves in community as we listen to inspirational readings, blend our voices in song, and be with each other in reflective silence. Please enter and depart the sanctuary in silence. At this time, childcare is not available. For information about the service, or to help with the service, contact Doug Beezley, Mimi Sinclair or Steph Tacy at Vespers@huuc.net.

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Topics in Wisdom - Class is full but waiting list is available

Sunday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., and other dates. This class is full, but you can request to be placed on a waiting list in case someone drops out. Heritage UU Church offers a new program to engage the brain and soul. This once-per-month program entitled Topics in Wisdom provides an interactive setting to discuss intense topics with a minimum of …

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A Seasonal Sounding Title (Babes with Books)

Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. The Babes with Books (Heritage's Women's Book Club) selection for its October 18 meeting has the seasonal sounding title of The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens. Don't be fooled by the title, though you might be by the plot. Did a convicted criminal really commit the murder for which he was imprisoned? Or did …

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Jesus and the Werewolf: It's Complicated

Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. This Unitarian Universalist adult religious education experience is entitled "Jesus and the Werewolf: It's Complicated." 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 as it were. Presenter Len Harding takes a mix of religious history, ruminations on …

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Heritage Halloween Party

Heritage Halloween Party

Saturday, October 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. Join us for our annual Halloween Party at Heritage. Come all dressed up and be a part of all of the fun. If you have a great idea of a fun activity to add to the party, please contact the party coordinator, Jaime Castle, at jaimecastle@me.com. This will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share as well. We hope to see you there!

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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! The October installment of our Senior Minister’s “Death Positive” Film Series will be a very special screening and discussion of the 1971 classic “Harold and Maude.” Rev. Bill says, “When asked what my favorite movie of all time is, I always …

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Death Café Returns to Heritage

Death Café Returns to Heritage

Monday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Bill Gupton, returns to Heritage Church for its annual Halloween season visit on Monday evening, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. Death Cafés are an open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended conversation about death and dying with friends and strangers alike, where our society’s most taboo subject – …

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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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Small Group Dinners

Would you like to get to know other church families better through the sharing of food and conversation? If the answer is yes, please indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet that will be available on the coffee counter through Sunday, October 15. A possible plan is to gather a group of eight that would meet at least four times during the year, with each family sharing responsibility for providing a portion of the meal. Feel free to contact Beth Staggenborg, 513-503-6855, with questions or ideas for these simple suppers.

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Pick Up a Backpack Tag

Do you have a trip planned or have a school aged child and need the latest edition of the Heritage UU Church backpack tag? These tags, provided by Reverend Leslie and the Religious Education program, are still available on the table in the main hallway at church. They make great conversation starters as you travel, and provide a loving connection to your Heritage family as you or your children visit destinations near and far.

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Out of This World Photo Exhibit at Heritage Church

John Fillion has travelled the world and has carried his Nikon D500 and other cameras to nearly all the National Parks, as well as China, Peru, Ecuador, Croatia and the Galapagos Islands. But it will be his photos of the Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 which will grace the Great Hall in mid-October. He and his wife, Barbara, headed …

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Tone Chimers Ensemble Has Begun Ringing!

This new group is open to adults, teens and children age 10 and older (with an adult). The Chimers began rehearsing in September and will have their debut performance on October 15. We are already playing very nicely. We think you will enjoy the addition of our sound to the worship service. After the October 15 performance we will take …

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Hymnal Dedication Opportunity

Several years ago, Heritage UU Church purchased all new hymnals. We were a much smaller congregation then and couldn’t really afford them, so we offered our members and friends the opportunity of purchasing a hymnal and then dedicating it to whomever they wished—past, present, or future. Since then it has been a source of enjoyment for many of us to …

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Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

Please remember to call Denise in our office (513-231-8634) if you have moved, changed your phone number, eliminated a land-line, or changed your email address. Having correct information makes it SO much easier to contact you! 

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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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DACA Rally

On September 5, 2017, five members of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church joined other area UUs and hundreds of others in Cincinnati in protest of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which had been established by President Obama. It deferred deportation proceedings on certain persons who had been brought to the U.S. …

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Heritage Musicians Bring Variety to Church Services

Thanks go to the many musicians who have participated in services so far for the 2017-18 church year. Your contribution is highly appreciated! By involving members and friends to participate musically, we bring variety to our worship services. We’ve heard many different musical styles: classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, and more. Contributors include children and adults, instrumentalists and vocalists. To …

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Heritage Says Goodbye to Choir Director

Heritage Says Goodbye to Choir Director

From November 2014 to September 2017, Erin McCamley served as Choir Director for Heritage UU Church, leading the choir in providing wonderful song for worship services. She leaves to marry and move to New York for career opportunities. On Sunday, September 10, Heritage Church bid farewell to Erin.

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Board Briefs for August 2017

The Board unanimously voted to hire Steve McCamley as Choir Director.

The Board unanimously voted to make Jill Beyette, Rick Beyette and Jim Crocker-Lakness Life Members at Heritage.

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From the Archives

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Reverend George Thorburn

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Post-war World War II America presented challenges to every part of American society, and its religious institutions were not spared. The country entered a period of a booming economy, a cold war conducted under the threat of nuclear disaster, a reshaping of its urban environments, and embryonic movements to obtain equality for racial and ethnic …

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The Wider UU World

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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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Get Weekly Updates

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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.

Music Director: Les Tacy. Phone: 513-476-2474. MusicDirector@huuc.net.

Choir Director: Steve McCamley: 513-508-6398. ChoirDirector@huuc.net.

Church Administrator: Denise Martinez. (On vacation from Wednesday, September 27, through Thursday, October 5.) Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11AM-3PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. Newsletter@huuc.net
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