On December 22, Christmas came early to those in our congregation who have been dreaming of a green burial nature preserve for the Cincinnati area, when the State of Ohio recognized the incorporation of the non-profit limited liability company (“LLC”) named Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. This is the next step in the creation of what Rev. Bill Gupton has called “the first natural burial option in the Greater Cincinnati area that will also preserve a parcel of land in its natural state and protect it from future development through a partnership with a local land trust organization.”
Heritage Acres will be part of the ministry of Heritage Church, but will remain a separate, independent, self-governing non-profit corporate entity directed by a separate Board. (The Heritage Acres Board will be appointed by our Heritage UU Church Board, but will be comprised of both Heritage Church members and members of the wider Cincinnati community.) All monies and financial transactions will remain independent from Heritage Church funds, and a separate Treasurer will oversee the financial operation of Heritage Acres through a completely separate bank account.
Rules, regulations, and policies for Heritage Acres will be developed by its Board in the coming year. A website and promotional material are forthcoming. Donations of cash – or land – will be accepted beginning immediately; if you know of anyone who is ready to help natural burial become a reality in the Cincinnati area by contributing either property or money to Heritage Acres, please have them contact Rev. Bill Gupton at SeniorMinister@huuc.net or 513-633-8703.