Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

September 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, September 9: “And Justice for All”

Rev. Bill Gupton

As the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to become the next Associate Justice on the Supreme Court heats up, and as we move within two months of a defining midterm election in the history of our democracy, our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will be joined by our wonderful HUUC Choir as he reflects on the concept of justice. The phrase “justice for all” is part of our national and cultural heritage, yet it remains – and has always been – an ideal, rather than a reality. Our Heritage Church motto indicates that one of our primary purposes, as a community of faith, is to join our efforts in order to “seek justice.” This morning, let us recommit ourselves to these worthy goals.

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Sunday, September 16: “Forgiving and Forgiven”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In the Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur, which occurs this week, marks a new beginning. But that renewal doesn’t come without seeking – and giving – forgiveness. The Day of Atonement is the most holy day of the Jewish calendar, partly because it calls believers back into right relationship, as we might say in our Heritage covenant, “with each other, and with God.” This morning we will talk about – and experience – atonement and forgiveness, together. With special music from Connie and Bob Booth. Today is also New Member Sunday; if you would like to join Heritage Church, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton.

Worship Associates: Suzanne Horton and Lou Kerr.

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Sunday, September 23: “Vespers Service - Moments for Contemplation in Word, Song, and Silence”

Mimi Sinclair and Steph Tacy

Vespers are quiet, reflective evening prayers that open our hearts, minds and spirits. Each month from September to May, a Vespers service is offered at Heritage UU Church in the evening. Today, we bring the Vespers service to our morning worship service. It will be a time to pause from our busy lives, feel the love of our community and re-energize ourselves through inspired readings, short meditative hymns and periods of reflective silence. And, our beloved Choir will sing music that will warm our inner spirits.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, September 30: “In Other Words (Stuff I Wish I Had Said)”

Rev. Bill Gupton

We can’t all be brilliant philosophers or wordsmiths. We can’t all come up with just the right thing to say. Besides, most of what is truly profound has already been said – by somebody. Today, Rev. Bill will have a little fun by sharing with us some of the things he wishes he had said – “in other words,” random ideas and thoughts, many of them to live by (and some of them simply to marvel at).

Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

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Sunday, October 7: A Very Special Service by UU Musician Jim Scott

 

This morning our service will be led by renowned touring musician Jim Scott. Jim describes himself as a “UU composer, poet, performer and activist” whose warmth and authenticity light up a sanctuary and make for a memorable worship experience. As an extra treat on this very special all-ages Sunday, Jim will be collaborating with our own Heritage Church Choir. Learn more about Jim at www.JimScottmusic.com. You don’t want to miss this service!

Worship Associate: Bill Gupton.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path: #findfive!

by Rev. Bill Gupton. It is not uncommon for visitors and newcomers, new members of the church, and even long-standing Heritage members to wonder how they can get more involved in our growing community. As we enter into the busiest, most active time of our “church year,” I assure you there are dozens of fun ways for you to get …

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President’s Corner

by Jaime Castle. Right before my youngest turned one, I was ready to get out of the house again. A very part-time bartending job (two days a week) at a quick-paced place seemed just the ticket. At that time, The Banks across from the stadium (a large retail, restaurant, and residential complex) had opened its first business. As one of …

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REflections

The Sabbatical Task Force Team is busily recruiting for the fall semester sessions but would like to take this opportunity to direct you to the UUA’s (Unitarian Universalists Association) website – particularly its link to a wonder world of information titled Ages and Stages. Here you will see that “Unitarian Universalism is a faith home for people who seek to …

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Special Invitation

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Faith in Action

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First Sunday Non-Food Drive

Sunday, September 2, 2018, and all Sundays. Yes, it’s a “non-food drive” this month. Thanks to the FreeStore FoodBank, the people at Inter Parish Ministry have received a much-needed influx of food. BUT they still need PERSONAL CARE ITEMS; the shelves empty before the need can be met. Please continue to bring in: Shampoo and conditioner, House Cleaning Supplies, and …

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Learn More About Interfaith Hospitality Network

Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Offsite. A lot goes on with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), the organization that places homeless families in church facilities on a rotating basis to provide temporary shelter. You might have volunteered in the past to be part of Heritage’s IHN team at First Unitarian Church. But there is a lot more to …

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Film: “Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories”

Monday, September 17, 2018: 7:00 p.m. Offsite. This documentary film explores how racial categories were created in this land 400 years ago, as well as their lasting consequences. The film is narrated by Northern Kentucky University students and features their creative works. After the film, discussion will be led by NKU professor Dr. Joan Ferrante. The showing and discussion will …

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Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Starting around 8:30 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 September 22 is especially scheduled for …

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Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Sunday, September 30, 4:00 p.m. Offsite. Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, in partnership with First Unitarian and Heritage UU churches, will participate in a national Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018. The Cincinnati event, to be hosted by First Unitarian Church at 536 Linton St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219, will be one of several …

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Help Homeless Families - Sign-Up Required

Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Various times. Offsite. People who have helped homeless families for one evening have said it was a meaningful experience. There are three main ways you can help. You can be a Dinner Host by joining with another family or person to cook and serve dinner for around 14 to 18 people, or an Activity Host by …

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Find Out if You Were Purged from the Voter Rolls

On June 11, 2018, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that Ohio is allowed to purge eligible voters from the state’s registration records if they have not cast ballots in a while. If you live in Ohio, that means that you may no longer be on Ohio’s voter rolls, even if you think you are.

Or, you might not ever have registered at your current address, for whatever reason.

You can check to see if you are registered to vote in any state by going to Vote.org.

If you are not registered, you can register at:

•  Ohio’s Online Voter Registration System.

• Kentucky's Online Voter Registration Site.

• Indiana's Voter Portal.

UU Justice Ohio also recommends this resource for Ohio voters: Ohio Votes.

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Events and Meetings

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Labyrinth Work Day

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Our next Sunday Worship Service will be about the labyrinth, and at the conclusion we will have a group walk of ours. Come help prepare our labyrinth for this sacred use. Join us on August 30 at 8:30 a.m. Bring a weed whacker if you have one; eye protection is great also. Caring for sacred space is a wonderful way to be of service. All ages are welcome!
If you have questions, please contact Tracy Jo Small. Phone 513- 310-9029 or email tracyjoduckworth@gmail.com.

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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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Women's Spirituality Group

Women's Spirituality Group

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Join other Heritage women - whether you are a member or a friend - as Deb White leads us through our continued exploration of “Cakes for Queen of Heaven” program. Women’s Spirituality Group meetings will occur in 2018 on October 3 and November 7. The meeting take place in the Heritage Room. If you have questions about the Women’s Spirituality Group series, please talk with Ann Raub by calling her at 513-232-2414.

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Thursday Afternoon Stitchers

Thursday Afternoon Stitchers

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m., and all Thursdays. Stitchers is an intergenerational group of women and men who gather in the Heritage Room between 1 and 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoons to practice our crafts (not limited to needle arts), and build community by sharing our talents and our stories. We invite you to come when you can, stay …

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Film Series Returns

Friday, September 7, 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 this month. You are invited to the Heritage Room on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. for a screening of the PBS documentary “Into …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, September 11, 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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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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Babes Back to Work with a Twist

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. It may still feel like summer, but the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) return to the Heritage Room for standard meetings beginning September 19. (What a shame, no more pool parties until next year! Thank you, Tracy Rossa, for hosting our August event.) Our September 19 meeting does not involve our typical …

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Third Thursday Ladies’ Lunch

Third Thursday Ladies’ Lunch

Thursday, September 20, 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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Am I Living My Best UU Life?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m., and two other dates. A new Community of Practice group at Heritage! “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot. “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens from you.” Gregg Korrol. Join us for three Tuesday evenings this fall, as we explore and try new practices in a shared …

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Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Word, Song and Silence

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Note the New Evening of the Month! Gather in the sanctuary with fellow Heritage members and friends at our monthly Vespers Service, now on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A musical selection starts each service, setting the tone for peaceful contemplation as we open our hearts and minds to the spirit …

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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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Newcomers, Let’s Get Acquainted: Be Our Guests for Dinner

Newcomers, Let’s Get Acquainted: Be Our Guests for Dinner

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. If you started coming to Heritage Church anytime in 2018, you’re invited to be our guest at this fall’s Get Acquainted Dinner on Saturday evening, October 20, 2018. Please RSVP to Ann Jarboe at GetAcquaintedDinner@huuc.net. If you need childcare that evening, please call the church office at 513-231-8634 to make reservations. The “Día de …

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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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A Senior High Youth Group is Forming!

High Schoolers! What do you want to do with your Heritage Year? It’s yours to plan. There are five adults ready to schlep you, guide you, be there for you, we just need YOU and your ideas. FIRST MEETING, Sunday, September 16, 2018, after the Service. Let's Eat Together! Bring your food from the potluck to the youth room, and …

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We Need Each Other: A Space to Cultivate and Nurture a Sense of Belonging

The premise of this group is to welcome any person who wants to be a part of a committed, intimate, bonded group of people who will love, trust and support each other socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The group will begin by reading the book We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community as a way to learn and understand the …

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R U a UU?

Have you been coming to Heritage for a while now? Do you feel like you’ve found a church home, and a community to which you can wholeheartedly belong? Are you now, or have you ever been, a Unitarian Universalist? Our next Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday morning, September 16, during the worship service. “What is a membership ceremony?” you …

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Are You Beginning or Leaving a Leadership Role?

If you are taking over or stepping down as a committee chair or team/group leader at Heritage, please let the webmaster know so that he can update information on the website.  Send email with your updates or any questions to webmaster@huuc.net. Thanks!

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New Edition of “What’s Happening at Heritage”

A new edition of the “What’s Happening at Heritage” catalog is now available, with detailed information on 57 distinct events, activities, groups, and meetings. You can pick up a paper copy in the foyer of the church. Or, on any webpage of the church’s website, look in the lower left under “Other Links” and click on the link for “What’s Happening at Heritage Catalog.” Or, right now, you can access it directly here.

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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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Constructing Fun at Heritage Church

During the summer of 2018, our children took a break from regular Religious Education classes on Sunday mornings in order to construct some fun! Projects included creating a giant flaming chalice sculpture out of egg cartons, constructing an igloo out of empty plastic milk jugs, creating helmets from papier-mâché, and being creative with Legos. A few pictures are shown in the full article.

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Sabbatical Going-Away Gift

As our Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, was about to begin her sabbatical, she received a gift at church on July 29, 2018. The gift was a beautiful kimono that was hand made by Board President Jaime Castle (a professional seamstress, or as she likes to call herself, "sewist"). It was made to symbolize the Love that is the Spirit of this Church, so that Rev. Leslie, throughout her sabbatical (and beyond) can feel herself wrapped in our gentle, loving embrace.

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Board Briefs for August 2018

Security Team will have a member in attendance at each service starting September 2, 2018. HUUC will cosponsor with First Unitarian, the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: Concert to be held at First Unitarian on September 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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From the Archives

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The Stephens Family: 100 Years of Service

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The Stephens family name runs through the archives of our church for over 100 years. James and Elizabeth Stephens were the first members of the family to join the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati. Mrs. Stephens, then Elizabeth Guysi, was born in Philadelphia in 1822. Her parents had immigrated from England. The family set out …

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Calendar of Events

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Get Weekly Updates

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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 is on sabbatical and therefore unavailable. She will next be at Sunday worship on January 13, 2019. For religious education matters for children and youth, contact the Sabbatical Task Force at RESabbaticalTeam@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: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. News@huuc.net.
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