Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

May 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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: “The Courage of Persistence”

Sunday, May 6: “The Courage of Persistence”

 Kellie Coviello Kelly

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' " ~ Mary Anne Radmacher, author and artist.

In our own personal lives, and in our communal work for social justice, the ability to persist and persevere is an important skill to build and strengthen. Sometimes, it is the only type of courage we need.

Kellie Kelly is the intern minister at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation outside Chicago, and serves as the steering committee chairperson of UU Class Conversations. She will graduate from Meadville Lombard Theological School this month, and will be ordained into our Unitarian Universalist ministry in June.

Worship Associate: Jim Nolan.

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Sunday, May 13: “Puerto Rico in Recovery: Working Wonders with Very Little”

Sunday, May 13: “Puerto Rico in Recovery: Working Wonders with Very Little”

 Irene Encarnación

How are our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico managing, seven months after the disastrous Hurricane María blew “life as usual” off the island? “Not off the hook yet,” but organizing their own recovery with as much help as they can get, says Northern Kentucky University professor Irene Encarnación. On this Mother’s Day, we’ll learn the story of one mother who made helping her community her focus, and of her daughter’s return to their island to support a neighborhood center’s efforts to restore habitat and lives – and prepare for the next hurricane.

Worship Associate: Louise Lawarre.

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Sunday, May 20: “Bridging and Senior Reflections: ‘We will keep a place for you, wherever you may go...’"

Rev. Leslie Woodward

Join in this special worship service when we celebrate our seniors as they graduate into the next phase of their lives. We'll also thank our religious education teachers and enjoy special music from several of our youth. Childcare is available in the nursery for children aged 3 and younger.

Worship Associate: Rev. Bill Gupton.

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Sunday, May 27: “Memento Mori”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning “remember that you will die.” What better time than Memorial Day weekend, when we honor deceased heroes of all kinds, to reflect on the reality of our own mortality. Rev. Bill has been encouraging us to do this work for several years now, as part of the “Death Positive” movement that aims to break the taboo around talking about death in our culture. This morning he will share his latest work and thoughts, as he helps us to memento mori.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, June 3: “Home”

Sunday, June 3: “Home”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Many of us tend to think of Heritage Church as “home.” What does it mean to be “at home”? What is it like to feel “not at home”? What is it about this special and unique religious community that makes folks refer to it as their “church home”? Stick around after this morning’s annual “homecoming” known as our Annual Membership Meeting, and enjoy the feeling of being “home” in our sanctuary as we worship together, complete with special musical guests.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. On a recent Sunday morning in our sanctuary, 10 wonderful folks – all of whom have found HUUC within the past year – signed our membership book and officially became members of Heritage Church. (You can “meet” them, and read about them, elsewhere in this Heirloom). By joining Heritage, they swelled our membership ranks to more …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. The Board will be busy this month finalizing our proposed 2018-19 budget based on the success of our pledge drive. If you have not yet submitted your pledge for next year, please do. You can just email it to Reid Hester. Please consider increasing your pledge as you are able. As I’ve mentioned before, the Board and …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. I’m afraid to declare that spring is finally here lest I bring on another snowstorm! But the tulips are blooming and the redbuds are about to burst out in all its purple glory and I’m reminder that we’ve got a lot to do before we wrap up the church year! Here are some of the things …

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Children and Youth Religious Education

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Senior High Youth: "Adulting 101”!

Sunday, 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 have told us …

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Faith in Action

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Diaper Drive for Sweet Cheeks

Sundays, April 29 through May 13, 2018. Mother's Day is approaching and we will once again be doing a diaper drive to honor moms everywhere. There will be a collection bin in the Great Hall through May 13th. All collected diapers will be donated to Sweet Cheeks, the only diaper bank in Greater Cincinnati. According to their website, there are over …

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What’s Race Got to Do with It?

What’s Race Got to Do with It?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity welcome Dorothy Smoot and Chara Fisher Jackson, of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, for a powerful discussing of social disparities, on Tuesday, May 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255. With …

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Webinar: Making it All Work: A Case Study in Renewing Justice Ministry

Webinar: Making it All Work: A Case Study in Renewing Justice Ministry

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Presented by Rev. Tim Temerson, Carol Temerson and Scott Piepho (UU Church of Akron, Ohio). This free webinar is a case study of how one mid-sized church successfully revisioned, renewed and reorganized its commitment to justice ministry. Rev. Temerson and the team will share the congregation's journey as it found its justice ministry focus, …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, May 6, and every Sunday. The end of the school year means fewer schools collecting much needed supplies. Please consider helping the Inter Parish Ministry Food Bank prepare for the busy spring season. Drop your donations in the grocery cart in the Great Hall. The top needed items are currently: FOOD NEEDS: Boxed cereal, soups, stew, chili, canned meats and fruits, jams and jelly. PERSONAL CARE NEEDS: Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes + toothpaste, paper towels and toilet paper.

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Singing for Justice Teach-In

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Offsite. The Ohio Poor People’s Campaign. Free admission. Come learn the songs of power and justice – join your voice in the call for racial justice, nonviolence, fair wages, healthcare, and equal protection under the law. Led by Rev. Susan Smith, Tri-Chair, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign. Join us to prepare for 40 …

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Soles4Souls

Remember, as you "gear up" for summer, that your outgrown or worn out shoes are welcomed by Soles4Souls, an organization that gives them to those who have none, both nationally and internationally. The collection box is in the back hallway of the church. If you have any questions, please see Joann Meyer, or email her at Soles4Souls@huuc.net

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Opportunities to Help the Homeless for One Night

It is such a joy to make and share a meal with those in need, or to be present to help keep them safe. On Tuesday, May 29, Heritage UU Church will be feeding around 15-20 homeless people. Would you like to team up with another Heritage person/household to act as Dinner Hosts, preparing and sharing dinner? Also, we need …

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Events and Meetings

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Death Café Returns on Two Dates

Death Café Returns on Two Dates

Monday, April 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, is an open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended conversation about death and dying. Heritage Church is proud to host the next Death Cafe Cincinnati, on Monday evening, April 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (http://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/6523/). All you need to bring with you …

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Women's Spirituality: Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

Women's Spirituality: Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Join HUUC women—whether you are a member or a friend—in the Heritage Room to explore various topics. On May 2nd we will explore another chapter of the “Cakes for Queens of Heaven” program. Child care is available by contacting Lilly Hutchins one week prior to the gathering, at lillyj1003@gmail.com. If you have questions about the Women’s Spirituality Group series, please talk with Tracy Jo Small.

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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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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, May 8, 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, May 9, 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. This will be the last service of the 2017-18 church year. For information, contact Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.

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Heritage Babes Again Accomplish the "Near Impossible"

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Once again, Heritage's Babes with Books (BWB) Women's book club has accomplished the "near impossible" by arriving at consensus (at least momentarily) regarding the reads and activities for the next eight months of meetings. Shown below are the selections, with some "keep tuned" caveats as things may change as the dates approach. May 16: …

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Basics of Elder Law Workshop

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. A workshop for yourself, your loved ones, and caring professionals. RSVP Required. As we grow older and begin to face the realities of aging, many of us begin to wonder how we can maintain control, protect our income, be sure we get the care we need, and keep our dignity. Heritage Church …

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Memorial Day Weekend: Death Positive Events

Friday, May 25, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. Our monthly Death Positive Film Series returns on the last Friday night of the month, May 25, with a moving and powerfully honest new Netflix documentary titled “End Game.” All are invited to gather with open hearts and minds at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room …

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Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. Our Fifth Principle is to affirm and promote, “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Our annual congregational meeting is one opportunity to put that into practice. We will elect Trustees to the Board, a few other key positions, set the annual …

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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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Time to Clean Out Your House!

Time to Clean Out Your House!

This June, Heritage embarks on an exciting new fundraising endeavor. Everything But The House (EBTH.com) is a local auction company that specializes in online sales that reach people all over the country. I have things that are worth something that I just do not need or it isn't my style and I need to clean out the house - so …

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Emergency Contact Information Form

Emergency Contact Information Form

Because there are a number of Heritage members and friends who are the only members of their immediate and/or extended families living in Cincinnati, the Caring Circle thought it might be helpful if Heritage could hold emergency contact information for those who wished. For some, if there were an emergency in which they could not give their contact information themselves, no one would know how to get in contact with their relatives.

So last spring the Caring Circle came up with a form on which one could list their contact information and a few other essentials like where a key might be found, if they had a pet that needed tending, etc. Of course all information would be held in confidence and only used in case of emergency. Several people completed the form and turned them in to the office. We are now posting it on our web site so that anyone who did not get to do that can print off the form and turn it in at their convenience. Although we hope that none will ever have to be used, it serves as a safeguard in the event of the unexpected.

Click here for the Emergency Contact Information Form. After you fill it out, there are two ways you can turn it in. One is to put in in a sealed envelope and place it in the Caring Circle mail slot in the church office. The other is to mail it to: 


Heritage UU Church
Attn: Caring Circle
2710 Newtown Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45244-3511

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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, April 15, 2018, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. 

Read member biographies and view larger pictures.

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Heritage Church Celebrates with Gala of Benevolent Deities

Heritage Church Celebrates with Gala of Benevolent Deities

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Heritage UU Church transformed itself into Mount Olympus for the Gala of Benevolent Deities. Festivities included a harpist, a sumptuous Greek meal, spirits, fortune-telling by the Oracle of Delphi, storytelling of Greek myths, a musical performance, the theatrical performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe,” various games, a silent auction, a live auction, and “split the pot." …

Read more and view pictures.

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Minister Emeritus Called to Serve New Congregation

Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church’s Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Doak Mansfield, has been called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast in Valparaiso, Florida. He will start his duties there on August 1. Typically, it is retired ministers who are named emeritus/emerita by a former congregation, and Rev. Doak was indeed retired when he was named emeritus by …

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Board Briefs for March 2018

The Board approved Will Palmer’s Eagle Scout project of designing and building an accessible walkway to the outdoor chapel.

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Board Briefs for April 2018

The Board approved the appointment of Beth Staggenborg to the Committee on Ministry.

With Board approval, GAPP will be hosting an event at HUUC of a movie and/or speaker in support of changing the Anderson High School mascot.

The Board agreed to add Heritage to the letter from Anderson Churches for Racial Unity to the Forest Hills School Board in support of changing the Anderson High School mascot.

To add additional security, the Board authorized repairing and motorizing the front doors and installing audio/video with remote unlock for a total cost of $3,420 to come from the Building Major Maintenance Fund. The Board had previously approved installing a panic button and a mobile panic button.

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From the Archives

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Our Church 100 Years Ago: Rev. Dr. Anthony Bevis Beresford

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Who was speaking to our congregation 100 years ago? May of 1918 was a troubled time in the history of the world. World War I was raging in Europe. In America, after pledging not to involve the United States in that war, events forced Woodrow Wilson’s hand. Now, the American army had arrived in France …

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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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