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.
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.
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, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender.
If you haven’t noticed it yet, please take a look at our new piece of artwork. It’s hanging just to the right of the kitchen passthrough. Sharon Obermeyer graciously created this beautiful painting specifically for Heritage UU Church. Her perspective on UUism was her inspiration. Our deep thanks to Sharon for her generosity and creativity!
We are very fortunate to have excellent musical talent with our Heritage youth. The most recent example of this is the following youth singing at our May 20, 2018 service: Lena Bauer, Tera Maxey-DuEst, and Arleigh Riddle. Lena sang “For Good,” while Tera and Arleigh sang “May the Circle Be Unbroken.” We are so pleased to have our youth share musically in our services.
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.” The festivities also included the celebration of the 60th birthday of our minister, Rev. Bill Gupton. A big “Thank you!” to all the volunteers who made this evening possible.
Guests were encouraged to come in the costume of a mythical god, goddess, or other creature or mythical person. Pictures of some attendees are shown below.
The Board approved Will Palmer’s Eagle Scout project of designing and building an accessible walkway to the outdoor chapel.
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 a vote of our congregation in 2010. But then a heart transplant gave Doak, as he says, the miracle of a new life. He returned to official ministry, most recently at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasco, Washington. Now he has taken the position at Emerald Coast.
Rev. Doak served our congregation from November 1975 to January 1985. He was instrumental in increasing church membership at the time, as well as in leading our congregation to move out of a low-visibility location and to buy the land and begin construction of our current church building.
We wish Doak and his wife, Peggy, all the best.
The Heritage UU Church Youth Choir, under the direction of Steve McCamley, Choir Director, sang publicly for the first time on March 18, 2018. The choir sang the song “Pure Imagination” from the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The youth did a marvelous job, receiving a strong ovation for their efforts! It was a fitting service for them to sing at, since the theme of the service focused on messages from the Harry Potter series of books and movies.
The Youth Choir will sing again for the Earth Day service on April 22, 2018.