On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members (bringing our total membership to 187 people).
Not long ago, Terri retired after a 50-plus year career in nursing, having specialized in newborns and women’s health. The last third of that career was spent teaching nursing students at Great Oaks, Mt. St. Joseph University, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University, where she branched out into teaching gerontology – the study of and care of the elderly. Terri continues to share her knowledge in that field with others.
She has been married for 52 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren, ages 18, 14, and 11. Her spiritual journey has led her to try a variety of established religions, but none seemed to fit for her. As she puts it, “I had a lot of questions; I couldn’t understand why people could be so judgmental toward others not like them. I didn’t understand why some people felt that their way was the only way to worship. I still have a lot of unanswered questions, but here at Heritage, I find acceptance and shared beliefs. I have finally found a church home.”
Jennifer was born and raised in Newport, Kentucky, and has recently moved in to her late grandparents’ house with her husband of nine years, Jeff, and three daughters – Brighid (20), Rayna (15) and Zoe (8) – not to mention two dogs, River and Oswald; and a cat, Gracie. She works at Cengage Learning in the Customer Technical Support department, currently as a member of the management team. She is an avid console gamer and lover of music in many forms, whose other hobbies include crafts, sewing, jewelry making and writing novels to self-publish on the side! She also enjoys the outdoors: camping, hiking and anything else she can handle with her family.
Jennifer was brought up in a Catholic household and attended Catholic schools, but she soon began to question many tenets of her faith. After studying different religions, she was drawn toward nature-based Irish beliefs. While pregnant with her youngest, she began sensing a need for a community of likeminded people, which led her to Unitarian Universalism. She attended another local UU church before finding Heritage, where she has attended, off and on, for the last eight years, but as she says, “until now, life and work always seemed to get in the way.”
Jennifer will soon be going back to Northern Kentucky University for her B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Media. She hopes to be able to contribute as much as possible to environmental reforms and social justice initiatives, and believes Heritage is a fantastic place to find people who want to do the same, who can also help reinforce those values for her children.
Lynn first found Unitarian Universalism many years ago, at a Renaissance dinner at St. John’s Unitarian Church. She eventually took her daughters to St. John’s for Religious Education. Some years later, the friend who had first introduced her to UUism – who was now attending Heritage – informed her that we were selling off most of our heavy wooden armchairs. “For some reason that I no longer recall, I scurried out to buy two of them,” she says. “I still have them, so you could say that I have had a part of Heritage with me a for decades.” In the intervening years, Lynn has been part of our Women’s Book Club, attended services off and on, and remained connected, if loosely, to HUUC.
Besides being a librarian, she has been a stay-at-home mom, the editor of a trade magazine on environmental graphic design (“otherwise known as signage”), part-time PR person for the city’s Recreation program and later “that woman” in the office of the Clifton Rec Center, and – for 12 years now – a hospice volunteer.
“Along the way, I took trainings in a variety of energy work, but finally went to Barbara Brennan’s four-year school in Florida,” says Lynn. “It taught me infinite love. It taught me Being, with a capital ‘B’. And now Heritage is teaching me about being in community. So, after many years of hanging on the outer edges of this community, I am actually joining this church!”