At the conclusion of the church’s traditional end-of-summer Water Ceremony on August 27, the congregation was invited outside for more water fun.
Pokémon Summer was a blast and a half! Approximately 60 children and youth participated over the summer, learning about things such as trust in friendship, teamwork, sticking up for yourself, and caring for our earth and all life. Many thanks to Jaime Castle, Nicole Dangelo, and Cherylin Loney who co-created the curriculum in addition to helping lead the program nearly every Sunday.
Please thank them and the other steadfast volunteers who made this summer Poke-awesome!
Tracy Jo Duckworth
Note: If you find a Pokéball outdoors (they look like plastic Easter eggs) please return to Rev. Leslie! We need to get all the Pokémon indoors before it gets too cold.
Our thanks go to the Heritage Church folk who helped the homeless through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) on July 18. Feriel Feldman, Regina Pugh and Robin Wickett served as Dinner Hosts. Teresa Robinson served as Activity Host. Russ Araujo and Sue Rahall served as Overnight Hosts. Rae Jane Araujo was on site as the Heritage Church Coordinator.
For four different times throughout the year, First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati houses homeless families for a week in its building, and Heritage people provide supporting services on Tuesdays. The next Heritage IHN day is December 19.
To learn more about IHN and how it works, visit the Heritage IHN page.
The 56th Annual General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was held June 21-25, 2017, in New Orleans. Five people from Heritage UU Church attended, all as delegates: Rae Jane and Russ Araujo, Bill Gupton, and Bob and Ellie Lamb.
The theme of the GA, “Resist and Rejoice,” was reflected in most of the general sessions, workshops, and talks, as well as in the public witness rally. This year, in response to revelations of possible racism in UUA hiring practices and in UU organizations in general, much of what occurred was a self-examination at both an organizational level and a personal level. We UUs often point out instances of lack of justice “out there,” but this year we are evaluating how unconscious attitudes can hinder our own efforts to act justly ourselves, “in here.”
Another key aspect of this GA was the election of the next President of the UUA. Out of a field of three candidates, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray won.
Below are pictures from GA.
On Sunday, May 7, four graduating high school seniors shared their reflections on growing up at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, and participated in a ceremony symbolizing their bridging to young adulthood. A celebration was held afterwards in the Great Hall.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church celebrated its 190th birthday. Founded on May 25, 1827, as the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati, the congregation went through a merger, several locations, and several name changes through the years.