Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

January 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

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Sunday, December 31: “Transmuting Loss, with Love, Purpose & Play”

Sunday, December 31: “Transmuting Loss, with Love, Purpose & Play”

Andrea Dale

For me, the feelings of loss have their own energy, flow and weight. And how I've "handled" that energy--my own grief, anger, pain, anxiety and deep sadness, can leave me drowning or somehow working through those feelings as I swim towards shore. How I have learned to transmute and accept my own feelings of loss has had a transformative impact on me and my life. In my reflection I will share with you what I've lost, learned and gained on this journey, in hopes that my stories will help lighten and ease your way in the coming year.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, January 7: "Noise, Noise, Noise"

Sunday, January 7: "Noise, Noise, Noise"

 Jim Nolan

Noise is all around us – so much so that we often don’t even notice it.

But what is noise - and how does it affect our environment?

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, January 14: “Abolition Democracy”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Sunday with profound awareness that white privilege and white supremacy are ongoing evils that we have yet to overcome. We will acknowledge the past, the present, and the future articulated in Dr. King’s dream. We will reflect on the prophetic philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, as Rev. Bill shares thoughts from his colleague, Rev. Colin Bossen. And our wonderful Choir returns from its holiday break to add moving music to our worship experience.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Sunday, January 21: “Our Birthright”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

This week marks an important milestone in religious freedom – the 450th anniversary of The Edict of Torda. The what, you say? Come learn about a pivotal moment in Unitarian history, about the only Unitarian king the world has ever known, and about the philosophical sea-change that led inexorably not only to the American experiment, but to how we worship today, at Heritage Church. A bold claim, for sure. But we mean it!

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, January 28: "Beyond the Hashtag"

Sunday, January 28: "Beyond the Hashtag"

Rev. Leslie Woodward

More than 10 years ago, the “Me Too” campaign began with African American activist Tarana Burke. Late in 2017 the hashtag #metoo went viral as women across America responded to recent accusations of sexual harassment and abuse with a simple response that said “yes, this has happened to me, too.” In today’s worship service we will explore the lived experience of women in patriarchal America in story, song, and verse and ask “what does our faith require of us." (This service may not be appropriate for small children.)

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, February 4: “The State of the Church”

Sunday, February 4: “The State of the Church”

Rev. Bill Gupton

It’s time for our Senior Minister’s annual reflection on the life, ministry and mission of this beloved congregation we call Heritage. What did we accomplish, in the past year? What might we look forward to, in the year ahead?

Worship Associate: Jim Nolan.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. I don’t know about you, but I am happy to put the year 2017 in the rear-view mirror! It was a challenging year on many fronts, for many of us, but with the hope and anticipation that is inherent in this season, we now look forward to a New Year filled with the promise of positive …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. Happy New Year to Everyone! At the risk of sounding trite…it’s a time for new beginnings and renewed enthusiasm. Our ever-busy and active community continues with many opportunities to be involved. Here’s a peak at what the Board is planning in the months ahead. We are very excited about a new idea that came out of our …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. By the time you read this, Christmas 2017 will have passed into memory and we will be poised on the brink of 2018. Many of us get a chance to pause right before the New Year before plunging back into work or school or simply surviving. This can be a fertile time, a time that songwriter …

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Children and Youth Religious Education

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New Religious Education Classes for 2018

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Our children and teachers are wrapping up their fall/winter session and are ready to embark on new journeys of faith. Make 2018 the year that you embark on a new faithful journey by teaching RE! Talk to Rev. Leslie or sign up directly on Sign Up Genius. Here is a brief synopsis of the curricula we …

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Faith in Action

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Film: The Color of Fear

Film: The Color of Fear

Friday, January 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Part of Our Anti-Racism Film Series. During the reflections presented in the White Supremacy Teach-In at Heritage on October 8, we heard these words from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s book Tears We Cannot Stop. “Beloved, you must also educate yourselves about black life and culture. Racial literacy is as necessary as it is under-valued. Beloved, …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, January 7, and every Sunday. HO-HO-HO---Please play Santa for Inter Parish Ministry Food Pantry. Let’s fill Santa’s sack (aka-the grocery cart). They are in desperate need for baked beans. They fly off the shelves as fast as they are stocked. Grape jelly is another item that disappears quickly, as everyone gets the makings for PB & J sandwiches. Any …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. A display in our church entryway has a quote from the Native American chief Tecumseh, which says “A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” It is this way with our social justice work too. By meeting together and sharing news and ideas, we all can act with more strength. The …

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Webinar: Informed Action: UU Approaches to Social Justice

Wednesday, January 10, 7 p.m. Presented by Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie (North UU Congregation, Lewis Center, Ohio). In this free webinar, we first ground ourselves in the primary theologies that support the Unitarian Universalist quest for justice (including specifically: interdependence, inherent worth, and democracy as a religious principle). Then we examine some highlights (and a few lowlights) in our history …

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Cincinnati Women’s March 2018

Saturday, January 20, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Offsite. Join over 1,000 area people (including at least seven people from Heritage Church) for the 2018 Cincinnati Women’s March. The starting point will be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Downtown Cincinnati. From the Facebook Event Page: “We will rally outside of the Freedom Center starting at 12 pm with a …

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Events and Meetings

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Women’s Spirituality Returns in 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. We will explore what the New Year looks like for us through guided imagery. We will also explore what our vision of Women’s Spirituality is in 2018. While in this creative mood, we will create a group mandala. This event is open to all women, members and/or friends, of the church. Please join …

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Singing In Sacred Circle

Singing In Sacred Circle

Tuesday, January 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Singing In Sacred Circle allows women, regardless of singing experience, skill or comfort, to share their voices in a fun, relaxed, safe space that is empowering, loving and healing. Mark your 2018 calendars with the second Tuesday of each month! January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, …

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Second Wednesday Vespers Service

Wednesday, January 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join fellow Heritage members and friends at our monthly Vespers Service as we open our hearts and minds to the light that shines from within and all around us. This month's service will likely begin with a recording, and will continue with readings, the singing of short, meditative hymns and periods of reflective silence. It …

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Back to the Books

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. Following another wonderful women’s gathering for the Babes with Books holiday party, the Heritage Women's Book Club goes back to the books for its January 17, 7 p. m. meeting to discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. An Amazon.com reviewer describes it as "a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit …

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January Death Positive Film Series Features a “Mid-Winter Montage”

January Death Positive Film Series Features a “Mid-Winter Montage”

Friday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Our monthly Death Positive Film Series returns on the last Friday evening of the month with an eclectic “mid-winter montage” designed to amuse, amaze, and intrigue you. Join us in the Heritage Room at 7 p.m. on January 26 for a fast-paced night of footage that will include a TED Talk, an animated short, a …

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Death Café Cincinnati: Join the Conversation

Death Café Cincinnati: Join the Conversation

Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. Offsite. Be part of the conversation! Death Café Cincinnati returns to the Clifton Library (340 Brookline Ave., just north of the University of Cincinnati) on Sunday afternoon, January 28, beginning at 2 p.m. Death Café is an open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended conversation about death and dying, where each is invited to share, to listen, and to …

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New to Heritage? You Are Invited to Get Acquainted

Saturday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. RSVP required. Those who have come to Heritage in the past few months are invited to get to know one another at our winter Get Acquainted Dinner, on Saturday evening, February 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at the church. Be our guest for dinner, conversation and fellowship while getting acquainted with other newcomers as well …

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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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Dining for Dollars is Back!

Dining for Dollars is back for a limited time engagement…January through June! It’s a great opportunity to have fun, socialize with new or long-time friends, and enjoy delicious food, all while helping Heritage Church gain money for its support. Please let Julie Kane know (in person or at DiningForDollars@huuc.net) if you are interested in hosting a dinner/event. Then, look for sign-up sheets in the coming weeks.

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Are You Ready to Join Heritage?

Once each quarter – fall, winter and spring – we invite those who are ready to become members of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church to sign our membership book and join the church. Our winter New Member Ceremony will take place of Sunday morning, January 21. Has Heritage become your spiritual home? Do you look forward to coming to church on …

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Office and Staff Holiday Schedule

The church office will be closed December 25-28 in celebration of the Christmas holiday. The office will also be closed January 1-3 in celebration of the New Year holiday. Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will be off December 25 through January 4. Our Assistant Minister for Religious Education. Rev. Leslie Woodward, will be off December 25-27 and January 1-2. Our Church Administrator, Denise Martinez, will be off now through December 4, as well as from December 25-28 and January 1-3. Happy Holidays.

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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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“That was a fun party!”

The above declaration was made by the 6-year-old daughter of one of the volunteers who showed up at First Unitarian Church on December 19, 2017. The party consisted of dinner, cupcakes – to celebrate a guest’s birthday! – along with games and activities. The “party” was what the volunteers did for four homeless families as part of Interfaith Hospitality Network …

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Board Briefs for October 2017

The Board unanimously voted to reclassify the expense for the security system from the Endowment Fund to the Building Major Maintenance Fund.

The Board unanimously voted to replace current endowment account signers Peg Feder and Reese Johnson with Board President Donna Buckley and Endowment Committee Chair Rebecca Pace.

The Board unanimously voted to adjust Rev. Bill Gupton’s 2017 Housing Allowance to $39,000.

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Board Briefs for November 2017

The Board agreed to maintain the health benefit reimbursement at current levels thru calendar year 2018 for Rev. Bill Gupton.

The Board of Trustees of Heritage Church adopts the policy that the kitchen door is to be locked at all times for security reasons.

Upon the suggestion by Corporal Boiman and thoughtful discussion, the board has decided to put stickers on the doors indicating that guns are not permitted in the building.

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From the Archives

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The Universalist World of 1866

The Universalist World of 1866

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Last month, we looked at the beliefs of the Universalist Church as presented to its new members in 1925. In contrast, also available in our archives, is a pamphlet published in Oxford, Ohio delineating the beliefs of the Universalist Church in Newtown, Ohio in 1866. The pamphlet begins with a Preamble: “We, whose names hereunto …

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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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. The church office will be closed December 25-28 and January 1-3. 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. Bill will be off December 25 through January 4.  Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Leslie will be off December 25-27 and January 1-2. 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. Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11AM-3PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays. Denise will be off December 25-28 and January 1-3.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. News@huuc.net.
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