A recent grounds workday improved the look of our church and made the labyrinth more visible. Here are some pictures.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members.
I was born in Montreal, Quebec, on July 4th … not a big deal for Canadians, but I did get fireworks on my birthday when I turned 18 because I was in Buffalo for a Rolling Stones concert! I left Montreal at the age of 17 and have not lived there since, but I go back to Canada frequently, as almost my entire extended family live there.
I have moved around somewhat since leaving Montreal. I went to University in Kingston, Ontario, and after graduating in 1982 took a year to travel the South Pacific, spending the most time in New Zealand. That’s where I met Wyndham, who actually grew up not far from me in Montreal.
When my year of travel ended, I went to Toronto – and happily, Wyndham decided to join me there. We were married in 1985 and moved to Wellington, New Zealand. After three years there we moved back to Toronto, where I worked until having our first child, Marie. We moved to Wilmington, Delaware, when Marie was 18 months old, and lived there for three years. Our daughter Sarah was born there.
We then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and lived there for 10 years. In 2009 we moved to Cincinnati, and here we are. Marie is now a teacher in St. Louis, and Sarah is a rising Junior at OSU.
My degree was in Business and I have worked for a Canadian investment firm and a New Zealand bank. When Marie and then Sarah were born I really focused on them, for me the best job in the world. I volunteered at their schools and my life revolved around them. Now that we have an empty nest, during the school year at least Wyndham and I are traveling a lot. He has retired and this has freed us up.
I also volunteer at a school still, and I love to needlepoint, knit and mosaic. I swim at the Y and hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center. I sometimes play tennis. My family in Canada also play a very important part in our lives.
I was raised in the United Church of Canada but never felt truly drawn to religion. The UU philosophy meshes the best with what I feel. I drove past this church for years taking our girls to Turpin, but it was Wyndham who suggested we come on a Sunday morning. We have really enjoyed the services and meeting members, and hope to get more involved as our travels allow.
I was born in Canada, educated in New Zealand, and had a career predominantly in the United States, so I often describe myself as an Anglo-Exile from Quebec, on my third citizenship. My parents separated when I was 4, and my mother and I immigrated to New Zealand in the early 1970s. That’s where I went to high school and college, graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a Commerce degree in Economics.
Diana and I got to know each other in New Zealand, and in 1984 I followed her back to Toronto. We celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last December, and have two daughters, Marie (23) and Sarah (20).
On my father’s side my ancestors were Anglican, and on my mother’s, Presbyterian. My maternal grandmother (who happened to be Unitarian) died following a terrible battle with cancer. Her suffering destroyed my mother’s faith in God. As a consequence, I had little exposure to religion growing up, but my mother’s skepticism certainly rubbed off.
We became empty-nesters in the fall of 2015, which coincided with us having to decide whether or not to relocate to Indianapolis for my job in the plastics industry. We decided NOT.
Initially I went back to part-time consulting, but now say that I am “retired,” a status that has afforded me the opportunity to look around and see with whom I share values. We’ve always tended to live in communities that were dominated by conservatives, Anderson being no exception. I came across this church while volunteering with AARP, and its message resonated strongly. I feel Heritage offers me the community I want to be a part of, which is why I am here today.
In my spare time I like to play golf, tennis and do scenic bike rides. Traveling and visiting friends in far off places is something we both very much enjoy. I am considered the geek in the family and enjoy tinkering with personal technology and digital photography. Though I am retired, “business” continues as a strong interest and makes up most of the reading that I do.
I was born in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., and was raised in Newport, R.I. My father was an Episcopal priest, and I grew up in the church rectory. I really liked everything about the Episcopal church – except the dogma.
My father always encouraged inquiry and the study of science. As I got older and read more it became more difficult to accept some of what I was supposed to believe. I first came to Heritage on Jan. 2, 2011. It was the day my father died.
I have been a sporadic attender since then, mainly due to youth sports. Heritage and the UU faith in general seem to be all of what I liked about the Episcopal church, with nothing I don’t. The people here have been very welcoming.
I am divorced and have three middle-and-high-school kids. Jake is 16, Grace is 15, and Patrick is 12. They come to church with me most Sundays.
I work as an Arson Investigator for the City of Cincinnati. This is part police officer, part firefighter. I am a commissioned police officer through the Cincinnati Police Department, but I am employed by the Fire Department. I was a firefighter for 22 years before being promoted to the Fire Investigation unit in 2015.
On April 22, some Heritage Church people attended the March for Science in Washington D.C., while other Heritage people attended its sister March in Cincinnati. The March championed the idea of robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. Here are some pictures from the D.C. march.
This month the Constitution Revision Team suggested removing two of the previously approved proposed constitutional amendments. The board agreed not to present said proposed amendments to the congregation for approval.
The Board approved Bob Lamb, Russ Araujo and Rae Jane Araujo as three of our four General Assembly delegates. In addition, the Board approved any members who express an interest to Rev. Bill in serving as delegates to the Regional Assembly.
The Board approved a motion to permit the Social Justice Collaborative to invite Rob Portman to a free ticketed event at HUUC for local UU’s contingent upon board approval of any associated costs.