Note the New Evening of the Month! Do you find yourself wishing you could take a few moments to just “be”. You can when you join fellow Heritage members and friends as we gather in the sanctuary at our monthly Vespers Service, now on the fourth Wednesday of the month. It is a time to pause, be in the warmth of community and re-energize yourself as we find ourselves in the midst of the harvest season. Each service starts with music and lighting candles, setting the tone for peaceful contemplation as we open our hearts and minds to the spirit within. Inspirational readings, short meditative hymns and periods of reflective silence follow creating an atmosphere in which your inner spirit can be refreshed. For more information, contact Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.
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 Muertos” themed evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall with appetizers, drinks and conversation. Dinner is served at 6:30. After dinner (at approximately 8 p.m.), those who are interested may join Rev. Bill Gupton for a brief “Introduction to Unitarian Universalism.” Get your questions about our church and our faith answered in an informal, relaxed setting. For more information, email Rev. Bill at SeniorMinister@huuc.net.
Several women in the congregation are gathering for lunch and conversation each month to foster community among us. There is no formal, set program, 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, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will gather at Heritage UU Church in the Great Hall and Kitchen. Please bring a salad, beverage or dessert to share.
For more information, contact Connie Booth at 513-205-5068, or at email@example.com. We’d love to have you with us.
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, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11.
This new Singing In Sacred Circle appears to be a resounding success; 20-25 women of all ages gather each month at HUUC. This circle has become a source of deep friendship, support and healing for many women across the city.
Singing In Sacred Circle is an opportunity for each woman to look into her sister’s eyes and share voice and spirit through song. While learning short, repetitive women-centered and earth-based songs/chants from a wide variety of traditions, all voices create an energy that is both empowering and healing. This opportunity is intended to allow women, regardless of singing experience, to share their voices in a noncompetitive, relaxed, safe space. Come, sing along!
Shelley Graff, the facilitator, is a longtime teacher/healer/singer/songwriter who believes her sacred journey is guiding her to share the Singing In Sacred Circle experience with other women.
Free and open to all women. If desired, bring a simple snack to share after we sing.
If you have questions, please talk with Tracy Jo Small.
Join other Heritage women – whether you are a member or a friend – as we discuss Wise Women, past and present. Who is your Wise Woman? Is she a relative, or a friend, or historical person? Bring a quote from or story of your Wise Woman to share as we explore what our Wise Women mean to us.
The next Women’s Spirituality Group meetings will occur on November 7. In December we will join with Heritage women – members and friends – to celebrate the Holiday Season at the Clara Barton Guild Dinner.
The meeting will 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.
~ Update: The Women’s Retreat is SOLD OUT. You can be placed on a waiting list. Contact Julie Kane. ~
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 are encouraged to take time out with the women of Heritage to nurture our spiritual selves, our friendships, and our bond as women. The location is Hope Springs Institute, near Peebles, Ohio, about an hour from the church.
Spiritual exercises and workshops, crafts, amazing food, intimate discussion groups, nature hikes and more make this a weekend about connecting. There is also time for self-reflection and rejuvenation on your own time – do what meets your needs! Shelly Graff will join us again to lead workshops, as well as Singing in Sacred Circle. So that we may accommodate all women of Heritage, every other year, mothers who are breastfeeding their babes in arms are welcome at the Women’s Retreat. 2018 is the alternating year that has been designated to include these wonderful women.
Cost: $260 includes all meals from dinner Friday through lunch Sunday. The retreat center is open to Heritage women from 1 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday. You may come as your schedule allows; however, the price is the same no matter how many yummy, delicious meals you miss! We’d recommend arriving by 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. If you can’t make it by then, let us know and we can save a meal for you.
Roommates: Often, it can seem daunting to attend a weekend like this if you’re new to Heritage or have never attended before. Know that if you need to find a roommate for the retreat, we will help in any way we can! You can talk with Suzanne Norman, Joelle Tunning, Cherilyn Loney, or Michelle Kelly for more information.
Registration/Payment Deadlines: June 17: $75 Deposit Due. (When you submit your deposit, a space will be held for you.) September 9: $185 Balance Due. (After this date, we cannot guarantee a refund for cancellation.)
Payment Details: Payments and inquiries about scholarships may be left in the Clara Barton Guild mailbox in the Heritage office or directed to Julie Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org). Checks made payable to HUUC.
Planning: Hope Springs is the bomb when it comes to food. Meals are sumptuous and all dietary needs can be met. Most bedrooms are double occupancy, with some offering three beds including en-suite bathrooms. Other arrangements are available including a rustic teepee, cots and tent camping. (see Joelle for advice!) All accommodations are the same price. Hope Springs is alcohol-free and handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Joelle Tunning at 513-703-8205 or visit www.hopespringsinstitute.org.
You can print and fill out a Women’s Retreat Flyer and Registration Form.
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 within. The rest of the service follows with inspirational readings, the singing of a short meditative hymns, and periods of reflective silence. It is a time to pause, be in the warmth of community and re-energize yourself. This is the first of the monthly services of the 2018-19 church year. Questions? Contact Steph Tacy or Mimi Sinclair at Vespers@huuc.net.
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 community of practice honoring mutual respect and brave curiosity. No prior experience is needed but is always welcome! Open to all adults. Bring a willingness to engage with others, learn new spiritual practices, share favorite routines or traditions that work for you. Expect singing, dancing, laughter and poetry as well as quiet reflection time and personal sharing as you feel empowered!
Supportive Practices Include:
- Cultivating UU Spiritual Practices that Enrich My Life
- My Life is a Story – Learning to Navigate Life’s Twists and Turns
- Listening with The Ear of the Heart/Conscious Conversations that Create Connection
- Unplugging for Soul Time
- Intentional Living
- My Mindfulness Mindset
- Honoring Place, Times and Seasons throughout the year
- Establishing Meaningful Rituals I Can Use
- This Too is Prayer?
The gatherings will take place on September 25, October 23, and November 27, all from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., in the Heritage Room. Our Facilitator is Heritage Member and Soul Midwife, Beth Fritsch, phone 513-581-6141, email email@example.com.
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 for all or any part of our two-hour gathering, and feel free to invite a friend to come too. The group welcomes not only Heritage members and friends but all others who wish to share in our time together. For additional information please contact Lou Kerr at 513-300-9345 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you on Thursdays.
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 the middle of your busy and stressful week, from 12:30-12:35 p.m. each Wednesday, to breathe. To rest. To meditate. To be. Stop and smell the roses. Look at the clouds passing overhead, or a flower in the grass (or on your desk). And know, as you are doing it, that many others are doing the same. Join them in mindfulness and spiritual connection.