Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

February 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, February 11: “In the Name of Love: U2, Spirituality, and Saving the World”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

Over the course of four decades, the Irish rock band U2 has touched millions of hearts with its inspiring blend of spirituality, musicianship, political passion, and earnest desire to save the world. This service, a collaborative effort between our Senior Minister, the most recent chair of our Worship Committee, and numerous Heritage musicians and singers, will celebrate the profound personal and global influence of one of the world’s greatest bands by reflecting on its words and its actions – but most of all, through its music. Half a dozen U2 songs will be performed live by our talented musicians and singers, including the HUUC Choir. Don’t miss this very special service!

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, February 18: “WTH?”

Suzanne Horton

What the Hygge?

Have you seen this mysterious word “Hygge” on the bookshelves or on social media? What does it mean? How is it pronounced? Hint: you probably already know more about it than you think you do. Join us Sunday morning when we will answer these questions and explore the topic of Hygge.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, February 25: “Healing Waters”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Each year, at the end of summer, members and friends of Heritage Church bring water from locations near and dear to us – locations far and near – to pour together into one spiritually strong body of water, in our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony. That water is used, throughout the year, as we dedicate babies, honor lives lost, and on other ritual occasions. This Sunday, half a cycle around the sun – at the end of winter – we use our water to wash away pain and sorrow, to cleanse our spirits, and to shift our perspective, in our annual Water Communion Ceremony. Today, our hands – and our hearts – will be touched by holy water. Come experience this simple but powerful ritual of healing and grace. We will also enjoy the beautiful music of our Heritage Church Choir.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, March 4: “A Free Press, Fake News, and Democracy”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

We live in difficult times. Our free press is under attack. Truth itself is under attack. Trust is shaken. Our democracy seems to hang in the balance. One of the nominees for best picture at tonight’s Oscars ceremony, “The Post,” reminds us that there is historical precedent for what we are facing. At a time when the President of the United States was lying, and justice was being obstructed, courageous people in the press – and in our own Unitarian Universalist Association – were there to speak truth to power. Today we will reflect on fake news and truthiness, on Watergate and Russiagate, and on the saving grace of a free press.

Worship Associate: Karen Rush.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Worship Committee, and other groups (including Spirit in Life groups, committee chairs, ad-hoc planning teams, even our Heritage Acres Board) in the first few weeks of January have left me energetic and enthused for 2018. I believe this is going to be a very transformative year for this community …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. Mid-winter blahhhs are here. But amidst the cold gray of winter – every once in awhile there is a beautiful sunny day and warmer temperatures. Actually, I love the snow too. It’s all good. It’s a busy time of behind the scenes planning for our church. There will be a lot going on in the coming months. …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Often when I sit down to write my column for the Heirloom I pull up previous years’ columns for that month to see what was going through my head a year or two years or even more years ago. Back in 2016, my column was titled “Taking the ‘School’ Out of Sunday School.”. You’ll find it …

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Faith in Action

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Film "Cincinnati Goddamn"

Film "Cincinnati Goddamn"

Friday, February 2, 2018,  at 7 p.m. Cincinnati Goddamn is a documentary about the police killing of black men in Cincinnati and the 2001 civil unrest that rocked the city for three days. In April 2001, riots were sparked in Cincinnati after 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African American man, was shot and killed by a Cincinnati Police Department patrolman during …

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Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring

Now through February 4, 2018. Through the month of January and culminating on February 4 (Super Bowl Sunday), we will be participating in the "Souper Bowl of Caring." This is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves through this cold month of January as we shop for our own comfort items to pick up an extra item for our neighbors …

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Webinar: Renewing Our Justice Ministries

Webinar: Renewing Our Justice Ministries

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Presented by Rev. Joan Van Becelaere (Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Exec Director) and Samuel Prince (Oberlin UU Fellowship, Oberlin, Ohio, and a co-chair of the UUJO Board). Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish." In this free webinar, we will explore the importance of strong focus/vision for …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. If you have done anything for social action or social justice in the past few months—or want to in the future—we invite you to the Social Justice Collaborative meeting on Sunday morning before church. We gather to share information, generate ideas, and support each other. Whether your interest is food security, racial justice, …

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LGBT+ Ally Training

LGBT+ Ally Training

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration required. 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 …

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Varieties of Gender – Time Change

The Varieties of Gender (VoG) group is changing its meeting time from 4:30 p.m. to 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. The confidential, anonymous, peer-led, professionally-facilitated group is open to all individuals (whether church-affiliated or not) who self-define as gender-variant/ non-conforming. When a month has five Sundays, the group will meet on the 5th Sunday …

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Events and Meetings

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New to Heritage? You Are Invited to Get Acquainted

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 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 …

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Women’s Spirituality

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Join HUUC women—whether you are a member or a friend—the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 in the Heritage Room to explore various topics. February 7th - Happiness: Do you know what makes you happy? Are you having trouble staying in your “happy place” in these troubled times? Studies …

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Singing In Sacred Circle

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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. We gather the second Tuesday of each month! February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, …

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Second Wednesday Vespers Service

Second Wednesday Vespers Service

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Join fellow Heritage members and friends at our monthly Vespers Service, where we will open our hearts and minds to the love that is the spirit of ourselves and our community. This month's service begins with a musical selection, and will continue with readings, the singing of short, meditative hymns and periods of reflective silence. It is a time to pause and be in the warmth of the spirit of love as we move through winter. For more information about the service, contact Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.

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Book Club Hearts

Book Club Hearts

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. People often associate February with hearts and so has the Heritage's women's book club, Babes With Books (BWB), with their monthly reading selection Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. The group will discuss this novel that asks, according to Amazon.com, "Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? …

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Death Positive Film Series Offers a February Love Story

Friday, February 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Our monthly Death Positive Film Series takes a turn to the sentimental in February with a screening of The Fault in Our Stars. You are invited to celebrate life, death, and the month of love as we laugh, cry, and experience the heartwarming, heartbreaking story of two teenagers who meet in a cancer …

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Used Book Sale

Sunday, February 25; Friday, March 2; and Sunday, March 4, 2018. COMING SOON! The annual Clara Barton Guild’s USED BOOK SALE is only weeks away. It’s time to clean your shelves of books and CDs you no longer want. Please bring them to church; there will be bins and boxes in the back hall below the coats. The opening sale …

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I Want to Believe!

I Want to Believe!

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, is offering a four-week series on Unitarian Universalist beliefs titled “Believe.” Join him each Sunday afternoon in March to learn more about “What Unitarian Universalists Believe.” Hint: We don’t all believe the same thing. Spoiler alert: It also depends on when, in history, …

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March Money Madness

Saturday, March 17, 2018. It was a success on many levels last year, so we’re looking forward to our 2nd annual March Money Madness! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 17 – all day. Plus, this year we can add some St. Patrick’s Day festivities to our event. All day long there will be music, games, activities for all ages, …

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The Gala of Benevolent Deities

Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 5 to 9 p.m. Members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church are all invited to make merry and dine with the divine! This is an event for all ages. Heritage Church will be transformed into Mt. Olympus. You may come dressed as a mythological god, goddess, mythological character, or mythological creature, or may come …

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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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Church sanctuary looking toward round window

There’s Room for You at Heritage on Sundays!

Yes, our sanctuary is often quite full on Sunday mornings. With each passing month, more and more people are seeking out a new religious home, and are being drawn to Heritage by our unique blend of grounded spirituality, warm and welcoming community, and inclusive acceptance of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Church membership is now 50 percent higher than it was …

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Call for Nominations...

Call for Nominations...

Per recent revisions to our church constitution, the Nominating Committee will soon be seeking and selecting nominees for the Board of Trustees, to be elected at this spring's Annual Meeting on Sunday morning, June 3. The Board of Trustees is made up of seven church members, each serving a three-year term. Three new Board members will be elected this year. …

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Heritage Church transforms into Mt. Olympus for The Gala of Benevolent Deities

This spring on April 21, 2018, from 5-9 p.m., members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church are all invited to make merry and dine with the divine! This is an event for all ages; come and witness the godly magic of Heritage Church transforming into Mt. Olympus and don the dress of a mythological god, goddess, mythological character, or …

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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 Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members.  …

Read member biographies and view larger pictures.

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Thank You, Founders Circle

With deep gratitude for their generosity, we honor the Founders Circle of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. Heritage Acres closed 2017 with an amazing 29 people in its Founders Circle, and more than $75,000 raised as start-up funds for our mission of creating the Tri-State area's first green burial nature preserve sanctuary.   Here is the Heritage Acres Founders Circle: …

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Board Briefs for December 2017

The Board unanimously voted to approve housing allowances for 2018 with $39,000 for Bill and $34,000 for Leslie.

The Board unanimously voted to nominate five individuals to the Heritage Acres’ Board for the calendar year.

The Board voted, with Louise Lawarre abstaining, to allow HUUC to receive stock donations and then sell the stock on behalf of Heritage Acres, the proceeds of which will be returned to Heritage Acres, as long as any fees are paid by Heritage Acres.

The Board unanimously voted to send the final letter (after the holidays) to two HUUC members (membership roll cleanup).

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Board Briefs for January 2018

The Board authorized Susan Conley to consult with The Preview Group regarding Code requirements for possible expansion to the church sanctuary.

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From the Archives

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The Reverend William Henry Ryder

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. During the course of our nearly 200-year existence, we have had a number of interesting persons serve as our minister. Our 17th minister, William Henry Ryder, replaced Sumner Ellis. Ryder served only a little over a year with our First Universalist Society from 1882 to 1883, but went on to success in another related career. …

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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. 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. Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11AM-3PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays.

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