Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

April 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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. It's 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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Sunday, April 8: “Why We Can’t Wait: The Drum Major Instinct Reloaded”

Rev. Lesley Jones

Fifty years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly before his death, he preached a sermon titled “The Drum Major Instinct.” Today, we will hear from guest preacher Rev. Lesley Jones, the Senior Pastor and Founder of Truth and Destiny Covenant Ministries, a radically inclusive United Church of Christ congregation in Northside. Her message will challenge us while inviting us into deeper relationship, as our own congregational covenant says, “with each other, and with God.” Don’t miss this very special service!

Worship Associate: Rev. Bill Gupton.

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Sunday, April 15: “Common Wealth”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Many Americans think of today as “Tax Day” (even though tax returns aren’t actually due this year until April 17). Many Americans also seem to resent the idea of paying taxes (not surprising, for a nation that began as a tax revolt). This morning, our Senior Minister makes the case for pooling our resources, pulling together, and creating a “commonwealth” in which we care for one another. Can America truly be a society where “no one is left behind”? Yes!

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, April 22: “We are StarStuff”

Rev. Leslie Woodward

We humans have always wondered about the stars. We have yearned for relationship with the vastness and seeming permanence of the night sky. We’ve even told stories that assured us of such a relationship. On this celebration of Earth Day, come on a journey beyond ourselves: beyond this small footprint of brick and stone. Come as we remember the larger whole to which we belong. This worship is for all ages. Our youth choir will sing and childcare available for children 3 and younger.

Worship Associates: Roger Miller and Jim Nolan.

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Sunday, April 29: “Hope for the Flowers”

Sunday, April 29: “Hope for the Flowers”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Today we celebrate our annual Flower Communion, a beautiful and distinctly Unitarian Universalist ritual of spring. Join us for this multi-generational worship service in which our sanctuary will be filled with flowers, and our hearts will be filled with joy and gratitude for the bountiful beauty of the earth. Each person (regardless of age) is asked to bring a flower to share; you will leave with a different flower in a rich and poignant sharing.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, May 6: “What If?”

Rev. Bill Gupton

What if Emperor Constantine had not embraced Christianity in the early 4th century? What if Columbus had not sailed the ocean blue in 1492? What if more people in America had voted on November 8, 2016? What if Isaac Newton hadn’t seen an apple fall from a tree (it didn’t actually hit him on the head)? What if you had turned left, instead of right, on that busy street, all those years ago? This lively and intriguing look at “what ifs” by our Senior Minister might explore alternate realities and parallel universes – or it might not. What if it did? (One more question: What if we had a fire drill at the end of today’s service?)

Worship Associate: Jim Nolan.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. I hope to spend time with each and every one of you this month. April promises to be both full, and fulfilling – with fun, educational, and exciting events for everyone. It is my distinct pleasure to personally invite you to join me at the Cincinnati theater premiere of In the Parlor, on Wednesday evening, April …

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Vice President’s Corner

An Explanation of the New Staff for Hire Restrictions by Jaime Castle. Dear Heritage Family, as our beloved Board of Trustees President, Donna Buckley, is out exploring parts of Asia, it has come upon me to deliver an article to you in the Heirloom. It was also deemed important to address the limits on eligibility for the the new staff …

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Super Summer Programs for UUs!

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Winter into spring is a fruitful time for most religious educators. Typically, our religious education programs have begun and while they require support, thoughts are moving toward the NEXT BIG THING. At Heritage the “next big thing” is our summer programming. Watch for more information coming soon. If you are making summer plans for yourself or …

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Children and Youth Religious Education

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Senior High Youth: "Adulting 101”!

Sundays, April 8 and April 29, 2018, Noon – 3 p.m. Heritage Church invites all senior youth (grades 9 – 12) to meetings in April! Get to know other senior high youth at Heritage to talk about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in what seems to be an increasingly broken world. There is an added bonus. Young adults …

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Faith in Action

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Habitat for Humanity 2018 Build Site Selected

Are you good at swinging a hammer or carrying lumber? Want to learn how to put up drywall or hang aluminum siding? Like to paint? Like to help provide lunch to volunteers? Just like helping? Once again, Heritage Church will participate in the Habitat for Humanity Madisonville Coalition summer build. The lot for the new home construction is located at …

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Heritage and Inter Parish Ministry

Most of you are aware that Heritage UU Church has an ongoing relationship with Inter Parish Ministry. But for those who are not fully knowledgeable of that relationship, perhaps it is time to review what IPM is and how we support their efforts. Inter Parish Ministry was founded in 1964 with the purpose of providing food, clothing and some social …

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Register to Vote (or Update Your Registration)

Online Tools Make It Easy. Rev. Bill's March 25th reflection stressed the importance of registering to vote, and voting. You can now register or update your registration online. Take a few minutes now to visit the appropriate site for your state:
~ Indiana. ~ Kentucky. ~ Ohio.

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, April 1, 2018, and all Sundays. Nothing fancy this month folks, there is just a CRITICAL NEED for the following items: Foods: Boxed cereal, Soups, Stew, Chili, Spaghetti sauce, Canned fruit, Jams & jellies, Canned chicken, Tuna, and Ham. Personal Care: Shampoo/Conditioner, Toothbrushes & toothpaste, Toilet paper/Paper towels, Diapers & Pull-up (all sizes), Laundry Detergent and Cleaning Products. Please place your donations in the shopping cart in the Great Hall. All donations go to the food pantries of Inter Parish Ministry. For more information or if you have questions, please talk with Kay Inskeep or Mike Roberts, or email them at FoodJustice@huuc.net.

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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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Webinar: Practical Organizing Skills for UU Congregational Justice Ministry

Webinar: Practical Organizing Skills for UU Congregational Justice Ministry

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. Presented by Gary Davenport (UU Church of Youngstown, Ohio, member of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Board). Effective justice ministry requires solid support from all members of the home congregation. This session will focus on how to strengthen congregational support in addition to how to recruit, train and organize volunteers for justice work. The …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. We do some resistance and we do some lifting up. We march against gun violence and we help gather food for the poor. We do some anger and we do some love, and sometimes we do both at the same time. Come meet with others who want to help heal the world. Share your passion or get inspired. We will meet in the Heritage Room before the church worship service on Sunday, April 22. Also, if you’re not already in the Heritage UU Church social justice email group, you can join by sending an email to Russ Araujo at huuc-social-justice+owners@googlegroups.com.

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Events and Meetings

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Storyteller Cluster Forming! Training (and Fun) Provided!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Calling all storytellers — from wanna-bees to award-winning hams! HUUC is forming a cluster of teens and adults who will offer Time For All Ages stories for Sunday worship as well as for other events in our church life. Our first meeting will be a Foundations workshop led by Feriel Feldman on Wednesday, March …

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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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Women's Spirituality: Temple Time

Women's Spirituality: Temple Time

Wednesday, April 4, 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. April 4th - Temple Time: Tracy Jo Duckworth will guide us back to a time when women simply spent time with each other. Practice deep …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, April 10, 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

Vespers Service

Wednesday, April 11, 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, and a period of reflective silence. It is a time to pause, be in the warmth of community and re-energize your inner self. A service will also occur on May 9. For information, contact Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.

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New Netflix Film "Come Sunday" has UU Connection

Friday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. In April, Netflix is releasing “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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Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Keats wrote, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty," but you'll have to read the April 18th Babes with Books meeting selection, The Bluest Eye, to find out if author Toni Morrison agrees. According to an Amazon.com review, this novel is a "powerful examination of our obsession with beauty …

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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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Parenting Group for UUs

Parenting Group for UUs

Monday, April 23, 2018, 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 Heritage. Our next meeting is April 23rd. Contact Rev. Leslie for more details.

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Don’t Miss “In the Parlor” April 25 at the Esquire Theatre – Sponsored by Heritage Acres

Don’t Miss “In the Parlor” April 25 at the Esquire Theatre – Sponsored by Heritage Acres

On Wednesday evening, April 25, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary offers to the Cincinnati community a very special opportunity – a one-night-only screening of the heartfelt, award-winning documentary “In the Parlor,” with a guest appearance by director Heidi Boucher. Join us at the Esquire Theatre to support Heritage Acres, enjoy an amazing film, and meet its writer and director. The movie …

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Lots of Us Are New. Let’s Get Acquainted!

Lots of Us Are New. Let’s Get Acquainted!

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Newcomers to our church (and there are many of you!) are encouraged to attend our spring Get Acquainted Dinner on Saturday evening, April 28, at the church. This is a wonderful way to meet others who are new to Heritage, get to know some of our church staff and leaders, and enjoy great food …

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The Heritage Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 5, 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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Roy Zimmerman in Concert

Roy Zimmerman in Concert

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Don't miss the most hilarious night of the year! Heritage Church is presenting Roy Zimmerman in concert. His ReZist concert is ninety minutes of original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling …

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10th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat

Friday through Sunday, September 28 – 30, 2018. Offsite. Registration Required. CELEBRATING SISTERHOOD. Explore what is sacred and divine while building trust and intimacy with your Heritage Sisters. You are invited to join your fellow sisters to celebrate life, friendship, and sisterhood. If you identify as an adult woman of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church over the age of 18, you …

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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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Join Our Church!

Join Our Church!

Are you ready to become a member of Heritage Church? Our next new member ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 15, during the worship service. To learn more about the rights and responsibilities of membership in our congregation, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton at SeniorMinister@huuc.net (or phone 513-633-8703) to set up a meeting. We’d love to have you join our growing church!

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Proposed New Part-Time Job Descriptions

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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You can be Heritage’s Voice to the UUA

You can be Heritage’s Voice to the UUA

The annual Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly will take place June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Are you interested in being a delegate from Heritage Church? One way to do it is to attend in person, in which case you have the experience of being with thousands of UUs in workshops, lectures, worship, and business meetings. Another way is to …

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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 Article

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Heritage Youth Choir Gives First Performance

The Heritage UU Church Youth Choir, under the direction of Steve McCamley, Choir Director, sang publicly for the first time on March 18, 2018. The choir sang the song “Pure Imagination” from the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The youth did a marvelous job, receiving a strong ovation for their efforts! It was a fitting service for them …

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From the Archives

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Human Rights Then, Human Rights Now

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. As the Civil Rights movement was heating up in the 1950’s, churches across the nation were thrust into the position of deciding their own stance on issues of race relations. The arguments around these issues became quite volatile at times. The central theme of these debates was integration of individual churches who belonged to national …

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The Wider UU World

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Universalist Convocation 2018

Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. Offsite. Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church has its roots in Universalism, which is celebrated every year in the U.S. at the Universalist Convocation. Our own congregation hosted the Convocation 2014. The 2018 Convocation has the theme “All-Conquering Love: Universalism in Action.” The Rev. Dr. Susan Richie will give the keynote address, “The Future of Universalism.” …

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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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