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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)
May 2020

Sunday Worship Services

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, May 3: “Blessing of the Animals”

Sunday, May 3: “Blessing of the Animals”
Many of us share our homes with other living creatures — cats, dogs, bearded dragons, snakes, geckos, perhaps even tarantulas! For worship this Sunday, non-pet owners and pet owners alike of all ages are invited to join in our animal blessing! Prior to Sunday, please send a photo of you together with your animal companion(s) to Rev. Leslie for our …
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Special Instructions for Sunday Worship on May 3rd!

Special Instructions for Sunday Worship on May 3rd!
Do you have special animals in your life? Perhaps a cat, ferret, or tarantula? Fish, parrot or dog? Turtle, snake or hamster? For the worship service on Sunday, May 3rd, we will be blessing all the animals that share and enrich our lives! The worship service will have three special parts, and we need your help to make it happen. …
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Sunday, May 10: “Mothering All People: The Intrepid Olympia Brown”

Sunday, May 10: “Mothering All People: The Intrepid Olympia Brown”
Alice Diebel, M.Div. What does it mean to nurture more than family? How do we nurture a world that celebrates all lives? Rev. Olympia Brown lived a life that nurtured us all by working for women's suffrage. Come learn about how she was nurtured and what she nurtured in us. Alice Diebel is a community minister, affiliated with the Miami …
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Sunday, May 17: “The Wisdom of Our Elders”

Sunday, May 17: “The Wisdom of Our Elders”
Rev. Bill Gupton and many other “church elders." Today we begin a two-part worship series (next week featuring “The Wisdom of our Youth”). What might our elders have to say to us during this time of crisis? What advice might folks who have lived through world wars, economic meltdowns, terrorist attacks, fascist regimes and more offer us, from their own …
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Sunday, May 24: “The Wisdom of Our Youth”

Sunday, May 24: “The Wisdom of Our Youth”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. Today’s teens and young adults are often referred to as “digital natives” typically having been raised in a digital, media-saturated world. What can their experiences as children who have never experienced life without computers, video games, google and social media teach us as all of us must adapt to a world where physical face-to-face communication is severely …
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Sunday, May 31: “Poetry and Prose for the Pandemic”

Sunday, May 31: “Poetry and Prose for the Pandemic”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Times of trial and tribulation often lead to an outburst of creativity in human populations. The past few months have been no exception. This Sunday we will explore some of the poetry and prose (both spoken and musical) that has been created by inspired souls to help us try to make sense of “these volatile, uncertain, complex …
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Sunday, June 7: “Youth Pride Service”

Sunday, June 7: “Youth Pride Service”
Heritage Youth Group. For decades, Unitarian Universalists have striven to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people are full and celebrated members of our churches and faith communities. How has that radical inclusion shaped the experiences of children and youth growing up in our congregations? Join us on this Pride Sunday as our youth offer a unique …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. As we continue to be separated from the larger Heritage Church community, and unable to gather together as one large family of faith in our physical building on Newtown Road, we are finding new and creative ways to experience the special blessing that is being part of this beloved congregation. Opportunities abound to gather virtually in …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Hello all - I want to, again, express my gratitude to all of you who participated in our online congregational meeting. It was great to see your faces and hear your voices – and I hope we accomplished something that will help sustain Heritage through the quarantine, no matter …
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REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Yesterday I found my blue bullet journal which had been lost for the better part of a year. As I flipped through the pages, I came across notes from a workshop that I had attended a few years ago focused on visioning new ways to minister to families. Here are some of my notes. Sound familiar? …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Building Connections with Children and Youth through Online RE

Building Connections with Children and Youth through Online RE
Check out these new ways for children and youth to stay connected to their church peeps! Email or call Rev. Leslie for more information or if you have other ideas for our Religious Exploration programming! ~ Tea Party with Rev. Leslie Tuesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom Join Rev. Leslie and special guests on Tuesday afternoons at 4 pm for a …
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Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators ONLINE!

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators ONLINE!
A brand-new program has been released by the UUA to help families talk to their children about sex and sexuality! Designed as a small group ministry program, each 90-minute session invites participants into learning, reflection, sharing and skill building. Rev. Leslie will be leading this program online via the Zoom video-conferencing platform, on Wednesday nights, beginning May 6th. The program …
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Social Action / Social Justice

A Message from IPM

A Message from IPM
Heritage Church members support the Inter Parish Ministry food pantries with outreach offerings, food donations, and volunteer help. Here is a message from IPM.
View the video from IPM

End-of-Life Ministry

Heritage Acres Update

Heritage Acres Update
Though slowed somewhat by the COVID-related shutdown and physical distancing guidelines, we are happy to report major developments at Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. In late April, installation was completed on a gravel access drive from our front entrance at Locust Corner Road (directly across the street from 809 Locust Corner Road). There is now a small parking area just inside …
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Events and Meetings

HUUC Town Hall Meeting

HUUC Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 31, 2020, 1:30 p.m. A Zoom-based meeting. The Heritage UU Church board of trustees will host a Town Hall meeting in May. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and get a sense of what is happening behind-the-scenes at HUUC. The meeting will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. Watch the top …
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Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Time is tentative. Venue is to be determined. At the Heritage UU Church Annual Congregational Meeting, we will vote on representatives to our Board of Trustees, the Cincinnati UU Council, and other leadership teams and groups. We will adopt our operating budget for 2020-21. Those who have given outstanding service to our community will …
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Introducing Friday Sabbath Circle Gatherings

Introducing Friday Sabbath Circle Gatherings
Fridays from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. beginning May 8th. What do all of us need most right now? There are a lot of answers to that question. So many that it makes your head spin. Stay healthy. Keep active. Check in with family by Skype or Zoom. Wash your hands. Donate. Watch Netflix. In the midst of all this advice, …
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Virtual Vespers Services Continue Weekly

Virtual Vespers Services Continue Weekly
Wednesdays through May 2020. Heritage Church’s Vespers Services have the aim of nourishing our souls in the Taizé tradition. Included in the 15-minute contemplative worship services are a reading, a chant, and a period of silence for meditation and reflection. During this time when our church building is closed, these services are being offered weekly by means of the Internet. …
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Creating Community - Weekly Virtual Gathering

Creating Community - Weekly Virtual Gathering
Every Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Creating Community (formerly Stitchers) is a community of crafters (and crafter wannabes) who gather to knit, crochet, sew, etc., or just hang out and get to know each other in a relaxed setting. The gathering occurs on Thursday afternoons between 1 and 2 p.m., and currently takes place by way of a Zoom …
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Announcements

Zoombombing and Heritage Worship

Zoombombing and Heritage Worship
Please make sure your screen name easily identifies you. If you have attended Heritage online worship services, participated in a church meeting or meditation session, or just spent time virtually hanging out with some friends or family members through your computer, you already know about Zoom, a video-conferencing platform in wide use throughout our communities. Our Heritage Worship Committee has …
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Learn How to Zoom!

Learn How to Zoom!
Do you want to attend a Zoom meeting, or host one? You can learn a lot on your own from these resources:
Getting Started, from the Zoom Help Center.
Trainings in Response to COVID-19, from Zoom.
How to Use Zoom, One-Hour Sessions on April 23, 28, and 30, from the MidAmerica Region of the UUA.
Still have questions? Please do not contact Rev. Leslie with questions about Zoom. If the links above do not address your questions, …
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Support

HUUC Finances During Coronavirus

HUUC Finances During Coronavirus
by Reid Hester, Finance Committee and Stewardship Chair. The best of times and the worst of times. We’re experiencing challenges in 2020 that are bringing our church community together in new and innovative ways, and those same challenges are straining our day-to-day finances quite considerably. Here’s the good news, our church rests on a very solid financial foundation, and the …
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From the Archives

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 2)

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 2)
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. We left our hero, John Murray, the founding father of our Universalist faith, aboard a ship bound for the American colonies. He had suffered the loss of his wife, child, four siblings and his father to death. He had been scorned, ridiculed and threatened for his belief in universal salvation. Heading for a new life …
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The Wider UU World

General Assembly 2020 will be a Virtual Event

General Assembly 2020 will be a Virtual Event
June 24-28, 2020. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly (GA) a 100% virtual event. This decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. It also gives the Association time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual …
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Calendar of Events

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People in the Google Group “huuc-announcements” get a few Heritage-related announcement emails each week, including a summary on Monday of the upcoming activities and worship. If you would like to receive huuc-announcement emails, please send an email requesting it to Denise Martinez, the church administrator. For Denise's email address, please click the "Contact Information" link a little further down.

Heirloom

A publication of
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Leslie Woodward, Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Jim Nolan, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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