Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

March 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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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Bell outside the church

Sunday, March 11: “Growing Our Commitment, Deepening Our Connections”

Rev. Bill Gupton, with John Murley

How might we grow our individual and collective commitment to this ever-growing congregation? How might we deepen our connections across generations, welcoming newcomers while still nurturing those who have been here for years? This Sunday morning (and at our March Madness spring festival next Saturday – see article elsewhere in the Heirloom), each of us will be asked to make our financial commitment – our “pledge” – of support for the operating budget of Heritage Church. Our Board of Trustees has set a visionary goal for 2018-19, which includes adding part-time professional staff to support and serve our membership, and our building, while achieving benefit equity for our Assistant Minister. Today, you are invited to enjoy beautiful music from our Choir, inspiring words for our future dreams, and the incomparable spirit of Love that defines us as a faith community.

(Daylight Savings Time begins today. Don't forget to set your clocks forward by one hour the night before.)

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, March 18: “Embracing My Inner Slytherin”

Jim Nolan

What is your Hogwarts house?
Are you Brave like a Gryffindor?
Loyal like a Hufflepuff?
Smart like a Ravenclaw?
Or are you Cunning like a Slytherin?

What qualities do you value in yourself and in others? And what happens when you realize that the characteristics you aspire to might not match your true self?

We will also hear from our new Youth Choir this morning.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, March 25: “WWUUD?”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In an introductory video about Unitarian Universalism that Rev. Bill often shows in newcomer classes, one of his colleagues states, “Our philosophy is this: Be out in the world six days a week, working to make it a better place. Then come here, and tell us how that has informed your faith.” This morning, Bill will use that idea as a starting point, and then explore the flip side: What Would a Unitarian Universalist Do?

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, April 1: “To Tell the Truth: My Troubled Relationship with Easter”

Sunday, April 1: “To Tell the Truth: My Troubled Relationship with Easter”

Rev. Bill Gupton

It’s Easter. It’s April Fool’s Day. It’s the first day of April. We’re on the cusp of Spring. There’s a lot going on this morning. Today, our Senior Minister will share honestly about his lifelong relationship with Easter. Spoiler alert: “It’s complicated.” Our children will be with us for part of the service before heading out for their Easter egg hunt, and our Choir will bless us with beautiful music. Come celebrate Easter Sunday at Heritage Church!

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Yet another senseless tragedy. Violence in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our workplaces, even in our families. It is easy to become disillusioned and discouraged. I know that I’ve experienced more than one dark day in the past few weeks. But then I find hope, like those welcome rays of sunshine on that recent, remarkably …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. Get ready everyone …. We have a really exciting and busy spring coming up! I wrote in my past two articles about our decision to add two new part time positions to our proposed budget. I want to emphasize how excited the Board and the Committee on Ministry are about this prospect. We are proposing a Building …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to shake us out of complacency and our day-to-day acceptance of evil. Yes, I consider the private ownership of weapons that have one purpose only — the killing of as many people as possible in as little time as possible — to be evil. What can we do as Unitarian Universalists …

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Faith in Action

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Racial Literacy Film Night: “Hidden Figures”

Racial Literacy Film Night: “Hidden Figures”

Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. This is the powerful story of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Each amazing woman brought her incredible ability to the work she loved. But they all struggled, sometimes because they were black, sometimes because they were women, and most often …

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Food and Items Drive

Food and Items Drive

Sunday, March 4, 2018, and every Sunday. Personal hygiene items are greatly in need and are not covered by the SNAP program. Please consider getting one persons’ needs for a day’s worth of personal care: Toothpaste & brush; Soap Shampoo & conditioner; Toilet paper. And something else you use daily for your family…diapers, paper towels, tampons… Then throw in some …

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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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Webinar: Justice Ministry with Teens and Children

Webinar: Justice Ministry with Teens and Children

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Presented by Rev. Lane Campbell (MRE at First UU Church of Columbus, Ohio). Whole congregational justice ministry needs to include our youth and children. In this free webinar, we need both practical ideas as well as theological and spiritual understanding of the importance of multigenerational justice ministry. This session will highlight the antiracism ministry of …

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HUUC Racial Literacy Film Series: “An Outrage”

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. This documentary film is about lynching in the American South. Filmed at lynching sites in six states, it shares the stories of descendants, community activists, and scholars. This historical documentary both educates and serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past. While serious and heavy in its subject, …

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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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Pick Your Best Way to Help the Homeless

Heritage UU Church is in need of filling all of its positions for the next night it helps with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). That night is Tuesday, April 3, 2018, and the place is First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219. If you would like to learn more about how to help cook the dinner, provide activities for …

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Events and Meetings

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Used Book Sale

Friday, March 2; and Sunday, March 4, 2018. The annual Clara Barton Guild’s USED BOOK SALE is here. The opening sale occurred Sunday, February 25 in the Great Hall after the service. There will be a public sale on Friday, March 2. The final clearance sale will be Sunday, March 4, again in the Great Hall after the service.  Talk …

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Grounds Planning Meeting

Grounds Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Ground's Projects: At this meeting, we’ll create a plan of upcoming projects around the church property. Contact Terry at tplanitzer@hotmail.com or 513-773-5566 for additional information.

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Believe It! A Series on What UUs Believe

Believe It! A Series on What UUs Believe

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Bill Gupton is offering a four-week series on Unitarian Universalist beliefs this month. Join him each Sunday afternoon in March, from 4-6 p.m. in the Heritage Room, for “Believe It!”, a discussion class about what Unitarian Universalists believe. Spoiler alert: We don’t all believe the same thing! Yet …

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Women's Spirituality: Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

Wednesday, March 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. March 7th - Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: Deb White will be leading us through this UUA curriculum that explores the Goddess and the …

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Work Around the Amphitheater

Work Around the Amphitheater

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Join others in helping to maintain and improve our wonderful outdoor chapel and surrounding area. Contact Terry at tplanitzer@hotmail.com or 513-773-5566 for additional information.

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Singing In Sacred Circle

Tuesday, March 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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Vespers Service

March 14, 2018, 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 spirit within. Each month's service begins with a musical selection, which sets the tone for the rest of the service. Several segments follow, each containing an inspirational reading, the singing of a short, meditative hymn, …

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March Money Madness!

March Money Madness!

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s time for a day of fun, coupled with an opportunity to drop off your pledge card. Stop by the church on St. Patrick’s Day, any time between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to drop off your annual pledge of financial support for Heritage. There will be great music, games, and …

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Joy Abounds for Babes with Books

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m. The Babes with Books group's joy of reading materializes during their March 21 meeting in the form of The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. When those two collaborate on a book, you know it will be a best seller. Amazon.com reviewers give it five star glowing reviews, saying …

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HUUC Parent Group Continues

Monday, March 26, and Other Mondays. If you are an adult in a household with children, please consider attending our parenting support group entitled “Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting.” This group explores the book by the same name authored by Michelle Richards and meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at …

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‘Departure’ Scheduled at Heritage

Friday, March 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The March installment in our 2017-18 Death Positive Film Series is the Academy Award winning drama “Departures.” Join us on March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room for our subtitled showing of this beautifully rendered, touching and troubling film about a young man drawn into the Japanese undertaking profession known as …

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New Netflix Film has UU Connection (and is Showing at Heritage)

Friday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. Next month, Netflix will release “Come Sunday,” a film based on the real-life story of Bishop Carlton Pearson, the Tulsa, Okla., Pentecostal preacher whose evolving faith eventually led him to become a Universalist – and ultimately affiliated with All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. Academy Award nominee …

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The Gala of Benevolent Deities

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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Heritage Acres to Host Cincinnati Movie Premiere

Heritage Acres to Host Cincinnati Movie Premiere

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Offsite. Save the date! On Wednesday evening, April 25, Heritage Acres is sponsoring the Cincinnati movie premiere of “In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye,” at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton. Tickets are $10 and will be available only at the door, with all proceeds going to benefit Heritage Acres Memorial …

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The Heritage Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12, 2018. The Spring Plant Sale will take on two forms. One is the presale, where you can specify what you would like to purchase from the list of available plants, with those items being organized and ready for you to pick up from church the day of the sale. Or, you can come to the sale that …

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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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Proposed New Part-Time Positions: Member Services Coordinator and Building Caretaker

Through a collaborative effort between the Committee on Ministry and the Board of Trustees, two new part-time professional staff positions are being proposed: a Building Caretaker at 10 hours/week and a Member Services Coordinator at 15 hours/week. These have been added as line items in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. We have heard comments and understand that there …

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UU Soul Space Debuts

Have you noticed that our sanctuary is often full on Sunday mornings, at least until the children leave for their religious education classes? We are trying an experiment on select Sundays in March — creating a “Soul Space” for children and youth in the area normally reserved for the choir. The space will have floor seating (on a rug) plus …

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Easter Egg Hunt on April 1st

No fooling! We’ll hold our regular Easter Egg hunt here at church during the worship service on Easter Sunday. Can you help? Contact Rev. Leslie for information.

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A Message from Olympus

Hark Mortals! Do I see yon Demeter begin to dry her eyes? It is a sign that spring is getting closer at hand and her beloved daughter will soon be by her side. And for you dear Heritage, it is a sign that it is now time for you to hop into action in preparation for: The Gala of Benevolent …

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You Can’t Blame It on Ben

“Despite common misconception, Franklin did not actually propose DST ; 18th-century Europe did not even keep precise schedules. However, this soon changed as rail transport and communication networks came to require a standardization of time unknown in Franklin's day. Modern DST was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Hudson, whose shift work job gave him leisure time to collect insects and led him to value after-hours daylight.” ~ from Wikipedia. This year, Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour the night before.

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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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Milestone for Our Assistant Minister

Milestone for Our Assistant Minister

We are thrilled to announce that our beloved Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, has received final fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister. This status, granted by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is somewhat akin to an academic "tenure" in that it recognizes years of continued professional growth and development beyond both initial ordination …

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Board Briefs for February 2018

The Board approved a pledge goal of $234,840 for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The Board approved spending $210 for additional security system updates.

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From the Archives

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Young People’s Christian Union Visit: 1900

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In the latter days of the 19th century, the Universalist Church of America founded a new adjunct organization to serve the needs of its young adults. It was named the Young People’s Christian Union. Universalists under the age of 35 were eligible for membership. The Reverend Harry Canfield, our minister until 1896, and his wife …

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The Wider UU World

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Making Summer Plans?

As you think about places you might want to visit this summer, consider the General Assembly(GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). [Or, you might think about summer camps, retreats, and conferences, discussed below in this article.] UUs from across the country and the world gather at GA to conduct the business of the association, worship, hear outstanding talks, take part in workshops, and have fun. This year’s GA takes place from June 20 to …

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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.

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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