On March 13, 2017, Heritage hosted a Healthy Cooking Class with the Boys and Girls Club of New Richmond. This was done as part of our food justice ministry, from the conviction that access to healthy food is a human rights issue. Here are pictures from the class.
This month the Constitution Revision Team proposed four constitutional amendments. The board unanimously decided to present all four amendments to the congregation for approval.
The Board approved setting the 2017-2018 pledge goal at $224,000.
The Board approved designating HUUC as a solidarity congregation in support of sanctuary congregations through Cincinnati Sanctuary Coalition.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is an agency that uses rotating churches to house the homeless until they can find permanent shelter. It is nearly unique among agencies in Cincinnati in that it keeps whole families together.
A big “Thank you” goes out to the Heritage people who volunteered to help the homeless on February 21. These were Dinner Hosts and Servers Rae Jane Araujo, Russ Araujo, Feriel Feldman and Jim Larson; Activity Hosts Becca Morra and her daughter, and Overnight Hosts Bob Lamb and Sue Rahall. The First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati takes in the IHN homeless on four separate weeks during the year, and Tuesdays are the days when Heritage Church provides support.
Our future natural burial ground, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, has a logo! We are grateful to Debby Holt (church member Jaime Castle’s sister) for designing our beautiful new logo, which has already appeared on letterhead, in promotional material, and even on a T-shirt or two.
We do continue to look for land. If you know anyone who owns 5-25 acres of land they would like to have preserved for future generations and protected from development, through designation as a conservation land trust / nature preserve / natural burial ground, please have them contact Rev. Bill Gupton at 513-633-8703. A donation of land to Heritage Acres, which is a non-profit LLC licensed in the State of Ohio, would bring significant tax benefits to the donor, while protecting their land in perpetuity and helping to create the region’s first “green burial” sanctuary.
In the weeks ahead, you will learn about how to become a Founding Member of Heritage Acres, which will include the right to be buried – naturally – in our future green burial location.
Heritage people had a high participation in the Women’s Marches that took place on January 21, 2017. The marches were in support of women’s rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBT rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.
On January 21, Nearly 40 Heritage-affiliated people were in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington. That same day, more than 50 Heritage-affiliated people took part in the Sister March in Cincinnati. (We are defining “Heritage-affiliated” broadly as members and friends of Heritage Church, along with relatives and friends who went and marched with them.)
Officials behind the organization reported 673 marches took place worldwide, including a planned 408 in the U.S., 29 in Canada and 20 in Mexico, and at least one on all seven continents. Nearly 5 million people participated worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia.)
Below is a poem by Erica Minton Reid that was shared on a group bus ride to Washington, and below that are pictures from the two events.
by Erica Minton Reid
I have tried and failed the nice way –
now I’m brazen and untoward.
I draw strength from her behind me
And I hook the power forward.
As I brush dust from my lashes
and I see myself in wonder,
I find lightning in my beauty
And a pretty little thunder
as they crack along an arid heart
the color of a bruise.
Just behind the heart, a fire
you have never seen me use.
I am new to this blue fury.
I’m a freshly minted warbird,
but my mother wrote a guidebook
as my grandma did before her.
With a raw, unbuckled anger
and a hungry-fisted ache
I’ll share vigil for the future
that we will not let you take.
Pictures from Washington, D.C.
Pictures from Cincinnati
Each month the Board considers one or more proposed constitutional amendment that would be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in May. It was unanimously decided not to pursue this month’s proposal.
The Board approved an Operating Agreement for Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, LLC.
The Board approved the appointment of Bill Gupton, Donna Buckley, Heather Wasco, Richard Asimus and Joyce Richter as the initial Board of Trustees of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, LLC.
Inter Parish Ministry has now been operating a second food store; the branch off Rte. 125 in Amelia is up and running after months of planning. The Newtown store is now open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the Amelia site on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Newtown office is still open throughout the week. The major food needs are still canned meats including chili, canned pineapple and grape jelly. While IPM received a multitude of donations over the holidays, these items were generally missing from all the donations. For First Sunday donations, these items would be greatly appreciated.