On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members.
Marilyn was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, and has lived in Anderson Township for over 40 years. Though her family was Lutheran, Marilyn eventually stepped away from organized religion. Then, after the election in November 2016, she came to Heritage, found like-minded people, and decided to stay. Marilyn and her husband Marty have two adult children, and two grandchildren living in Loveland. On the weekends Marty sells pottery at Findlay Market, but hopes to join her for Sunday-morning Worship when possible. Marilyn, now retired from the Aronoff Center, is a former co-worker of Jennifer Sanders. She enjoys reading, sewing, quilting, crafting and organizing for fun.
Jen and Robert James
Jen and Robert were both raised Catholic, Jen in rural Northwest Indiana, and Robert here in Anderson Township. During their time in Madison, Wisconsin, they were affiliated with the First Unitarian Society. They have been practicing Wiccans for some time, and Jen also spent many years studying and working at the Buddhist Center near Madison. She has even studied under the Dalai Lama! When the couple decided to move back to Cincinnati, Jen found Heritage to be a place of support, friendship, and “people who bring the casseroles” in times of need. She is a yoga instructor and artist, and her interests include gardening, cooking, gaming and quantum physics. Robert says he is ready to fully invest in a spiritual home. He hopes Heritage will be the kind of church that naturally brings together his many religious influences. Robert is a historian and writer who works as a systems integrator and project manager in the healthcare sector. His hobbies include medieval and mid-20th century history, philosophy and politics. He’s deeply interested in the role and power of religion and ritual in humanity’s journey. Jen and Robert have two adult daughters – one of whom recently got married! – and one grandson.
Tom is a Cincinnati native who has moved away and returned to this area three different times. Along his journey he studied English at U.C., and served in the Air Force, traveling to Korea as part of the troop build-up which followed the North Korean capture of the USS Pueblo. Tom spent most of his career working for nonprofits, focusing on organizations that served disabled veterans. Tom’s wife Sally is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Together they have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Lynn says her courage, austerity, and strong sense of humor trace back to her roots in post-war England. At age 13 she joined the Mormon Church, later converting to Catholicism, and finally landing in The Gathering here in Cincinnati, a congregation that was founded when their pastor was removed from Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church because of his advocacy for LGBT rights. The Gathering eventually merged with Northern Hills UU Fellowship, and Lynne became a UU. Last year she visited Heritage with her daughter Vanessa, and knew immediately that she’d found her spiritual home. Lynne is an active member of PFLAG, and has been married to husband Kent for 46 years.
Vanessa was born in Texas, then raised in France until her family moved to Mariemont when she was in the sixth grade. She studied Business Administration at Elon University and while there, she spent 10 days in the Everglades living in a canoe. Vanessa’s son Eli is in kindergarten. Vanessa says, “I wanted to join HUUC because this is the first time I have felt a true connection. I share the beliefs held here and love all the caring people who attend.”
Roger was born Wichita, Kansas, and came to this area to study at U.C.’s College-Conservatory of Music. He also studied at the University of Kentucky. Roger retired from the Cincinnati Public Library in 2012, and is currently working as an independent contractor in the field of cataloging librarianship. He was raised in the United Methodist Church, and enjoyed 41 years working as a church musician in a variety of venues and faith traditions, but has found Unitarian Universalism more in line with his own spiritual intentions and social justice beliefs. Roger lives in a Victorian home in Madisonville with his wife Lynne. Together they have two adult children and a two-year-old granddaughter who lives in Columbus. He enjoys cooking, volunteer service work, reading, meditation, and caring for his three bossy rescue dogs.