Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

August 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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: “A Liturgical Life”

Bill Lyon

Think of the Order of Service (the Liturgy) for the church of your youth or adulthood. How might the elements represent important aspects of your actual life? Are there rituals that ground you? Do you commune with others or a higher power while breaking bread or sharing a beverage? What are the moments of invocation, prayer, offering, and benediction in a human life? These are a few of the questions we’ll ponder in this experiential lay-led worship service.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, August 12: “God Carriers”

Sunday, August 12: “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. (NOTE: For those who were looking forward to “T-Shirt Theology” this morning, that service has been postponed until a later date.)

Worship Associate: Teresa Robinson.

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Sunday, August 19: “The Heart of this Mosaic: Unitarian Universalism at Home and Abroad”

Sunday, August 19: “The Heart of this Mosaic: Unitarian Universalism at Home and Abroad”

 Liz Weber

What’s it like to be a Unitarian in Burundi, England, or Indonesia? What makes each of our different communities unique, and what unites us together? Come learn about our neighbors – Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists around the world – and leave with a renewed sense of your own faith.

Liz Weber is a minister in Preliminary Fellowship with our UUA. She recently participated in an international UU conference, and she’s excited to share some of her experiences with us. Liz is an alumna of Andover Newton Theological School and winner of the James Luther Adams Award for the Study of Liberal Theology. She is also a nationally certified ASL interpreter.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, August 26: “Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony”

Sunday, August 26: “Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Earlier this summer (or perhaps, at the last minute this morning!) you collected a small amount of water from a place that is special or holds significance to you. Perhaps a lake or pond, stream or river, pool or tap, ocean or glacier. The time has come to merge those waters, in our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony, as we celebrate our return to community from the many branching paths we may have taken over the summer. Please bring your water with you to church today for this very special ritual of community. This multi-generational worship service also features the first performance of the new church year by our wonderful Choir.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, September 2: “Using the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool”

Sunday, September 2: “Using the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool”

Tracy Jo Small

This ancient pattern has been used for centuries to help connect more deeply with the divine. The labyrinth is a sacred pattern that has been rediscovered and can assist in finding peace, self-exploration and reflection. The labyrinth combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a pattern with a purpose. It is like a walking meditation. Heritage UU Church is fortunate to have a Chartres-style labyrinth in our own backyard. There will be a group labyrinth walk at the conclusion of the service.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. I’ve been thinking a lot this summer about just how blessed we are to have this remarkable congregation called Heritage Church. And about how lucky I am to be part of this beloved community. You probably know this, but it bears lifting up, periodically: Most people simply don’t have such a community in their lives. Most …

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President’s Corner

by Jaime Castle. I quit teaching high school English and Drama when I was 25 years old. It was a killer combo of topics to teach, requiring much of my time and energy. I was also not receiving sufficient support from my Principal who was more focused on athletics and not the arts. There was a huge amount of guilt …

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Five, Four, Three, Two, One…. SABBATICAL!

by Rev. Leslie Woodward. If you’ve been following this thread, either in the Heirloom, on Facebook or through email, you know that my sabbatical begins August 1st. What in tarnation is a sabbatical, you ask? A sabbatical is a very old concept that relates to a period of rest or refreshment, usually after six years. The root is from the word “Sabbath”, the biblical …

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REflections

by Jaime Castle. Our Dear Rev. Leslie Woodward is off on her Sabbatical adventures which will give her time away until January 2019. We will miss her greatly, but wish her happy, healthy travels and in her stead, there is a mighty Sabbatical Task Force on hand to serve the Heritage Community regarding our Religious Educational needs. The following people …

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Faith in Action

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, August 5, 2018, and every Sunday. We seem to ask for the same items each time, but items go critical because they are so popular. Maybe you could make these a regular “extra” on your weekly grocery list? FOOD ITEMS: Cereal & breakfast items Jelly Baked Beans Pineapple NON-FOOD ITEMS: Paper Towels Toothpaste Deodorant Laundry Detergent Shoes, especially children's …

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Habitat for Humanity Work Day

August 25, 2018. Starting around 9:00 a.m. Offsite. You can help a family achieve home ownership by helping during the Habitat for Humanity build. Volunteers and sponsors add to the “sweat equity” of the receiving family to provide shelter to people who previously experienced housing insecurity. You can help on any Saturday, but August 25 is especially scheduled for Heritage …

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Habitat Build – Heritage Dates Assigned

Since 2013, Heritage has partnered with a group of churches and Cincinnati Habitat to bring the dream of home ownership to reality. This year’s build is off to a late start due to some permitting issues but construction is finally underway on a new home for Tameika Howard and her three children -- sons De’Marlyn (17) and De’Aries (14) and …

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Events and Meetings

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Women's Spirituality Group

Women's Spirituality Group

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Join other Heritage women - whether you are a member or a friend - in exploring our spirituality. On August 1 we will explore Thealogy. Women followed Theology, knowledge of God, because there were few options. Does modern Thealogy, knowledge of the Goddess, offer women more options? Or do we operate within the confines …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, August 14, 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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Let the Parties Continue!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. Offsite. Those swim burkas may not be dry yet, but ladies, it is time for Babes with Books to pool party/pot luck again! (Thank you Donna Buckley for hosting another great gathering in July.) August 15 we will gather for splashing, eating, and maybe book chat at the home of Tracy Rossa - 2466 …

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Third Thursday Ladies’ Lunch

Third Thursday Ladies’ Lunch

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. Several women in the congregation will be gathering for lunch and conversation each month to foster community among us. No formal, set program is planned, just a time to be together and get acquainted. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please join us on the third Thursday each month at the Ladies’ Lunch, …

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Isn’t It Time We Talked (About Death)?

Isn’t It Time We Talked (About Death)?

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Offsite. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, returns at the Clifton Branch Library (3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati, just off Ludlow and north of Burnet Woods). Death Café is an open-minded, open-ended, open-hearted, non-judgmental conversation about death and dying among friends and strangers alike. Nearly a hundred people have taken part …

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Film Series Returns

Friday, September 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Heritage’s Death Positive Film Series returns for its second year of informative, educational, ground-breaking movies, documentaries and short films with a new date – the first Friday of each month, beginning in September. You are invited to the Heritage Room on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. for a screening of the PBS documentary …

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Make Your Reservations for Death Over Dinner

Friday, September 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. No, this isn’t a murder mystery! On the night of Friday, September 14, Heritage Church will host a dinner – open to the community – at which the designated conversation topic will be death. Yours. Ours. Everyone’s. A new twist on the popular Death Cafés, this potluck meal-and-discussion will be facilitated by Lynda Anello, …

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Get Mindful This Midweek

You’ve heard about Midweek Mindfulness. Maybe now is the time to recommit to this powerful, transformative, very easy and quick spiritual practice. Set a recurring reminder on your phone for 12:30 each Wednesday. Then join others in the Heritage community (and literally around the world) in five minutes – just five minutes – of mindfulness. Take a break, right in …

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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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Spirit in Life Groups Forming Soon

Interested in deepening your spiritual life in supportive community? You are encouraged to contact Rev. Bill Gupton (SeniorMinister@huuc.net) to sign up for one of our 2018-19 Spirit in Life groups. These committed, four-person groups meet once a month, September/October through May/June, to explore spirituality, share experiences and insights, and provide mutual encouragement and support on the journey. Have you ever …

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Men’s Chalice Circle

A Chalice Circle provides an opportunity for participants to gather, share their lives, and explore topics of faith together in a small group setting. The Men’s Chalice Circle is led by Reese Johnson, and meets once a month at the church. A new group will form soon, and once the group is formed it will be closed to new participants …

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Music Participation for 2018-19

At Heritage Church, we encourage members and friends to participate musically in our worship services. We hope that many of you will consider joining the choir for the 2018-19 church year. Rehearsals for the choir, for the 2018-19 church year, will begin Thursday, August 16, 2018. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Anyone who enjoys singing …

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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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Cheese casserole

Interested in Helping When Meals Are Needed?

The Caring Circle uses Meal Baby (www.mealbaby.com) to schedule meals to be provided to Heritage UU Church members and friends in times of need. To maintain privacy, you can only access meal requests if you are sent an email invitation. If you would like to be emailed when there is a need for meals, please email Russ Araujo at webmaster@huuc.net and ask him to add you. If you have already received a Meal Baby invitation from Russ, you do not need to contact him again. You can ask to be removed at any time. Thank you!

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Bell outside the church

Legacy Gifts to Heritage Matched in UUA Campaign

Would you consider “leaving a legacy” to Heritage Church? That legacy could be in the form of a bequest in your will or trust, naming Heritage as a beneficiary in your retirement account or life insurance policy, along with several other methods of planned giving. Making that pledge before June 30, 2020 may generate a match of 10% of the …

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EBTH Update

Heritage is participating in the online auction website Everything But The House’s forum for online sales this summer with items that were donated this past spring. The items were put into different sales and some were grouped with similar items. EBTH is a fantastic source for auctioning items and have been doing a great job at it for years, so …

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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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Board of Trustees for Heritage UU Church, 2018-19

Board of Trustees for July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019: Picture, left to right: Jaime Castle (President), Craig Horton, Barb Lyon, Tamilyn Thompson (Secretary), Jim Nolan (Vice President), Heather Wasco, and Bob Rush.

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Board Briefs for July 2018

Jaime Castle has been elected as President, Jim Nolan as Vice-President and Tamilyn Thompson as Secretary of the 2018-19 HUUC Board of Trustees. The Board approved amending the Operating Agreement of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, LLC.

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Board Briefs for June 2018

The Board approved communicating to a recent visitor that, due to his past history, he is barred from church property and from any church activities whether on church property or at another location. The Board approved hiring a sheriff to be at Sunday Services on June 17th, June 24th and July 1st.

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From the Archives

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Charlotte Woolley Crosley

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. On January 14, 1949, Mrs. Charlotte Woolley Crosley passed away at her home on Hamilton Avenue in College Hill at the age of 85. Mrs. Crosley was the mother of Powel Crosley Jr., founder of Crosley Radio and WLW, the Crosley Motor Car Company and owner of the Cincinnati Reds. Her husband, Powel Crosley Sr., …

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Calendar of Events

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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. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Leslie will be unavailable due to a sabbatical that begins August 1, 2018. She will next be at Sunday worship on January 13, 2019. 

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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