Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

July 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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Sunday, July 1: “The Spirituality of Cleaning Out the Basement”

Sunday, July 1: “The Spirituality of Cleaning Out the Basement”

Chris Whittaker

Basements, attics, storage sheds -- wherever you store your "extra" things -- can also hold some surprises. In cleaning out her basement, Chris found a poignancy and an unanticipated spiritual connection lurking there. What's in your basement?

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, July 8: “Quiet: Church for Introverts”

Sunday, July 8: “Quiet: Church for Introverts”

Jennifer Hester

Our church aspires to be a radically welcoming community for all people and our services are meant to be a place to connect and recharge. Whether long-time members or first-time visitors, introverted people may struggle to feel a sense of belonging in our spiritual community unless we intentionally acknowledge and understand each other’s social inclinations. How do we uphold cherished traditions in our services while ensuring that everyone feels comfortable? How do we foster a community that taps into the gifts of extroverts and introverts alike?

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, July 15: “Cultivating an Observer’s Mind” (Poetry Sunday)

Suzanne Horton

Poet Gary Snyder said, “Poetry has an interesting function. It helps people be where they are.” At a time in our culture when we are pulled away from the present moment, ways to become more mindful become a lifeline. Meditation, labyrinth walking, breath work, and Zen tangle coloring books can all bring us more fully into the present moment. These practices can enhance our sense of wellbeing, strengthen our relationships, improve our immune systems, and boost memory and focus. How can poetry similarly bring mindfulness into our lives? Let’s explore this powerful medium as a potential vehicle, enabling us to move toward greater awareness.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, July 22: “The Energy Inside Us”

Junior High Youth

This past year the Junior High Youth studied and attended services from several religions, and were inspired and energized by what they saw. Come join them for a tour of what inspired them, including rousing Gospel Music! Bring your rhythm and voice!

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, July 29: “On Ministry”

Sunday, July 29: “On Ministry”

 Rev. Bill Gupton

Today we will give our blessings to Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, as she prepares to begin her sabbatical. Rev. Leslie will be on sabbatical from August through early January. What exactly is a ministerial sabbatical? What is ministry? Ministry is both a professional calling, and something we all do together. Come to church this morning to learn more – and to say “bon voyage” to Rev. Leslie until her return in early 2019!

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Sunday, August 5: “God Carriers”

Rev. Bill Gupton

“We are all part of the Divine spark,” says author Paulo Coelho. “All have a purpose in creation, and that purpose is called Love.” This morning we will consider what it means to say that we are “God carriers” – and what it might mean if we started to live as if we believed it.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

(on vacation…) Rev. Bill Gupton is on vacation this month. His column, “On the Path,” will return next month. 

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President’s Corner

by Jaime Castle. During my early twenties, I was a high school teacher and worked part time at a trendy restaurant on the weekends. My restaurant boss was quite the character. He had immigrated here from Thailand and was thoroughly enjoying his new-found success. The recent riots in the downtown area had brought night-goers and their money north to revel …

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REflections

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. There are 34 days until the sabbatical for the Assistant Minister for Religious Education, but who’s counting? You may have heard that I will be absent from August through the end of the year, enjoying my sabbatical! Yes, all of the wonderful stuff we typically plan for Fall will have to happen without me! RE classes …

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Faith in Action

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Keep Families Together Rally

Keep Families Together Rally

Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Offsite. There will be a Rally encouraging the swift re-uniting of children and their parents after separation by the Trump Administration. The location is Washington Park in Downtown Cincinnati. Some Heritage members will be attending. Church carpools will be leaving Heritage at 10:00 a.m. For questions on carpooling, contact Rebecca Pace at RebPace@gmail.com or 513-231-9641.

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They have the PB but they need the J!

Sunday, July 1, 2018, and all Sundays. During summer, the kids are home and households need a bit more help when school food programs are not available. Next week, please consider helping supply something(s) listed on this critical-needs list. Cereal and other breakfast items, Jelly, Baked beans, and Pineapple. Non-food items needed are: Paper towels, Toothpaste, Deodorant, and Laundry detergent. …

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Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes

Tuesdays, July 17 and July 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., will be cooking days. RSVP to assist. Mondays, July 16 and 23, at 1:00 p.m., will be prep days. In July, Heritage UU Church will once again host Healthy Cooking Classes with the Boys and Girls Club of New Richmond. This is done as part of our food justice ministry, …

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Habitat for Humanity Kickoff

Habitat for Humanity Kickoff

Saturday, July 21, 2018. Offsite. Final permits have been acquired and the foundation is being prepared for a new home being built this summer by the Habitat for Humanity Madisonville Coalition. The build location is 6003 Sierra Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227. This will be the fifth summer that Heritage will be a partner church. The kick-off celebration followed by an …

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More Than Clicks: The Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

More Than Clicks: The Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Do you click on the social media items that pop up to show your opposition to racism, bigotry, and unfair policies? Do you click “Like” to show your support for efforts to protect the environment, to provide health care for all, and to welcome immigrants regardless of their faith? At the Social Justice Collaborative …

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Outreach Offerings - Did you know?

Outreach Offerings - Did you know?

Did you know that the church website has a list of ALL the organizations that have benefited from Heritage Church offerings since our outreach began in 2006? Check out our Outreach Offerings Page to view the extensive list of worthy recipients. For information on offering amounts to each organization, click on the "Outreach Offerings Historical Detail" link. If you have an organization you believe puts the spirit of the UU Principles into action in our world and would like to see them supported with one of our future offerings, contact Regina Pugh at OutreachOffering@huuc.net.

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Events and Meetings

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Enjoy “Mortal” and a Special Guest

Friday, June 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This month’s Death Positive Film Series selection is “Mortal,” a film that celebrates end-of-life, the art of living, and the beauty of being mortal (http://www.mortalfilm.com/). Join us in the Heritage Room at Heritage UU Church on Friday night, June 29, at 7 o’clock as we conclude our first year of Death Positive Film …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, July 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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Women's Spirituality Group

Women's Spirituality Group

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Join other Heritage women - whether you are a member or a friend - in exploring our spirituality. July’s theme will be “Service is Our Prayer.” We will unearth the already present Lunation stones around the outer edge of our Labyrinth (though reclaimed by Mother Earth) and we will also paint stones for the …

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Let the Parties Begin!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Offsite. Dust off those swim burkas, ladies! It is finally Babes With Books (BWB) pool party season! We start with the season's first book club gathering/ pot luck/ pool party at the home of Donna Buckley. The book that may or may not be discussed is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, by Paula Poundstone. Please note …

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10th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat - Sold Out

Friday through Sunday, September 28 – 30, 2018. Offsite. Registration Required. ~ Update: The Women's Retreat is SOLD OUT. You can be placed on a waiting list. Contact Julie Kane. ~ 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, …

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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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Got Water?

Remember to collect some water this summer from a special place – near or far – in preparation for our Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony next month. This annual ritual, which marks the “end of summer” for the Heritage community, this year falls on Sunday, August 26. As you travel this summer (or simply as you’re enjoying a local stream, river …

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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 Church Joins Other UUs in Cincinnati Pride

Members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church joined with other UUs from the area in celebrating Cincinnati Pride. On Saturday, June 23, 2018, at least ten Heritage folk, and probably more, participated in the Pride Parade through downtown Cincinnati and attended the Pride Festival at Sawyer Point. The parade and festival celebrate the lives of people who are gay, …

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From the Archives

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The Summer of 2003

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. We are now well into Summer 2018. As you read this, you probably have already decided which fireworks show to see, where to do your picnic and whether or not the lowly Reds are worth watching. Members of Heritage UU Church were involved in such planning 15 years ago. What was happening in our congregation …

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The Wider UU World

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Heritage Members Participate in the UUA’s General Assembly

Five members of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church—Rae Jane Araujo, Russ Araujo, Tracey DuEst, Bob Lamb, and Ellie Lamb—traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly (GA). Bob, Ellie, Tracey and Russ were Heritage Church’s delegates to GA. Rae Jane and Russ were Heritage’s delegates to the MidAmerica Region’s annual Assembly, which was held …

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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Get Weekly Updates

People in the Google Group “huuc-announcements” 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 huuc-announcement emails, please send an email requesting it to Denise Martinez, the church administrator, at office@huuc.net

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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. Rev. Bill is on vacation during July 2018. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Leslie is on sabbatical from July 30 through early 2019. Phone: 937-478-1031. RE@huuc.net.  

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Doak Mansfield.

Board President: Jaime Castle. Phone: 513-258-4972. 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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