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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.)
November 2019

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, October 27: “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts”

Sunday, October 27: “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. What makes you feel scared and what can you do with that fear? On this Sunday before Halloween, we’ll explore different aspects of fear through the children’s story “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” Everyone (especially children) are invited to wear costumes or masks and the Heritage House Band will play some spooky …
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Sunday, November 3: “All Souls Sunday”

Sunday, November 3: “All Souls Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This moving, annual service is a time to remember and honor those in our lives who have passed from this life during the last 12 months. Our All Souls Sunday is an open-hearted reflection on love, mortality, and the connections we share that enrich our lives while living on beyond our lives. As Rev. Forrest Church says, …
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Sunday, November 10: “The Long Goodbye”

Sunday, November 10: “The Long Goodbye”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In this poignant, heartfelt service, our Senior Minister reflects on the ravages of cognitive decline. These days, few families are unaffected by tragic diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Rev. Bill will speak from personal experience in his own family, and will also remind us that many in our own church community are struggling with cognitive challenges. Our congregational …
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Sunday, November 17: “Our Blue Boat Home”

Sunday, November 17: “Our Blue Boat Home”
Louise Lawarre. We know there is no Planet B. This is the only home we have and Earth’s systems of life are in grave peril. How do we move forward? Author Joanna Macy suggests several steps: begin with gratitude; honor our pain for the world; and practice “seeing with new eyes.” We will practice her steps together because, in the …
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Sunday, November 24: “Thanksgiving Sunday”

Sunday, November 24: “Thanksgiving Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we offer up our gratitude for the many blessings of our lives. This service for all ages features our traditional bread communion and lovely music from our Choir, giving us each a chance to reflect on the abundance that we share. Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

Sunday, December 1: “Advent: Cultivating a Practice of Waiting”

Sunday, December 1: “Advent: Cultivating a Practice of Waiting”
Beth Fritsch. Please join us as Heritage Church member Beth Fritsch explores how to use the four Sundays prior to Christmas to enrich our festive celebration—by mindfully and intentionally using the practice of waiting. Worship Associate: Bob Drake.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

Rev. Bill Gupton
by Rev. Bill Gupton. With the change of seasons and the days growing shorter, I’ve been taking stock of the passage of time. Can it be that I have been your minister now for nearly 18 years? A quick glance in the mirror – where I am greeted by a gray beard, rapidly graying hair, and facial lines galore – …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan, Board President. Okay – where did October go? It’s been a very busy month for all of us – and I still haven’t carved my first pumpkin yet. The theme this month, for me, is gratitude. I have seen so much wonderful, positive energy coming together – from so many different directions – that I’m a little …
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Happy Birthday James Luther Adams!

Happy Birthday James Luther Adams!
by Rev. Leslie Woodward, Senior Minister for Religious Exploration. The birthday of one of Unitarian Universalist’s theological ancestors, James Luther Adams, is November 12th. Here is one story told about him when he lived in Chicago, as told by Jessica York. In 1948, most congregations and houses of worship in the United States were segregated by the color of their …
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What Is the Clara Barton Guild, Anyway?

What Is the Clara Barton Guild, Anyway?
by Chris Burroughs. If you have been wondering who funded the playground canopy and the women’s restroom improvements, here’s the scoop! If you were curious about who provides the scholarships for the Hope Springs Women’s Retreat, read on! If you heard that someone made donations to a camp for diabetic girls, Planned Parenthood and the UU Women’s Federation but were …
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Our Pledge for Living in the Spirit of Community

Our Pledge for Living in the Spirit of Community
In 2008, a task force appointed by the Board of Trustees used input from the congregation to develop a brief behavioral covenant. The result was “Our Pledge for Living in the Spirit of Community.” Click the link below to read this pledge.

Read "Our Pledge for Living in the Spirit of Community"

Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for November — Attention!

Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for November — Attention!
During the month of November, 2019, our children and youth classes will be exploring the theme of Attention. The introduction to our packet says that “Our attention is a tool, a force, the means by which we consciously interact with the world.” For examples of how your family can explore the theme of Attention at home, read the Soulful Home …
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Social Action / Social Justice

MORTAR at Heritage

MORTAR at Heritage
Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) welcome MORTAR to Heritage UU Church on Monday, October 28, at 7:00 PM. Since 2014 MORTAR aims to create diverse communities by enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access the resources needed to start and run successful businesses. Learn more about what they …
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First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, November 3, 2019. Please pick up something extra for the food pantry the next time you go grocery shopping. Here are the items most needed right now: Boxed cereal; Canned fruits; Canned chicken, tuna & ham; Jams & Jelly (other than grape); Ziplock bags and grocery bags; Shampoo; Toilet Paper; and Paper Towels. Place items in the grocery cart …
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Thanks, and a Call for Cooks

Thanks, and a Call for Cooks
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Offsite. Thanks go to Wyndham Draper, Susan Rahall, and Erin Spinney for signing up to help four homeless families on November 12. They will be working as Activity Host and Overnight Hosts. And, we still need two-to-three more volunteers to be Dinner Hosts. Helping the homeless will occur at First Unitarian Church …
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Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati

Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m., and two other dates. The discussion about race and racism has been at the forefront of our national discussion in the last few years. While change is slow, many people have been utilizing excellent resources, including books, videos, lectures, and discussion groups, to understand the history and present reality of racism in the USA. …
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Inter Parish Ministry Needs Volunteers

Inter Parish Ministry Needs Volunteers
Have you ever considered volunteering at the Inter Parish Ministry’s Choice Food Pantry? IPM is currently looking for help with sorting and stocking food and clothing, AND working with clients as they make their food choices. Volunteers are also needed to pick up food donations each morning before the pantry opens. Children 9 and up may volunteer with their parents …
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Welcoming Congregation Renewal Program

Welcoming Congregation Renewal Program
In 2004, Heritage UU Church completed a two-year program to become more welcoming and inclusive of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender. As a result, the Unitarian Universalist Association officially recognized us as a “Welcoming Congregation.” Since then, the congregation has had several cycles of LGBT welcoming activity, including the “Living the Welcoming Congregation” program. In 2018, the …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Heritage Acres is a Reality!

Heritage Acres is a Reality!
On October 10, 2019, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary purchased 40 acres located at 796 Locust Corner Road in Pierce Township, Ohio, completing a three-year search for land and making Heritage Acres a reality. “It feels wonderful to be ‘grounded’ in this very special place,” said Rev. Bill Gupton, President of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary LLC. “This day would not have …
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Death Café Returns to Heritage

Death Café Returns to Heritage
Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m. (This is a revised date.) Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, returns to Heritage Church on Friday evening, November 15, at 7 p.m. Death Cafés are an open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended conversation about death and dying with friends and strangers alike, where our society’s most taboo subject – death and our …
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Events and Meetings

Haskell Small in Concert!

Haskell Small in Concert!
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Heritage UU Church is hosting a concert by Haskell Small, renowned classical pianist and composer. Highlights of Small's performance career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. In addition to his very popular YouTube videos, Small was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS special “A Celebration of the Piano.” Over …
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Samhain Ritual

Samhain Ritual
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Heritage UU Church outdoors. Join us for a ritual celebrating the ancient festival of Samhain (pronounced sah-win) which marks the end of the harvest and a time to honor the Dead. For many pagans, Samhain is the beginning of the spiritual new year. Weather permitting, we will gather round a fire outdoors on HUUC …
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Cakes and Honey: A Half Day Women’s Retreat

Cakes and Honey: A Half Day Women’s Retreat
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. A 1/2 day women’s retreat open to all adult female members and friends of heritage. A recent trip to Greece and an exploration of the Minoan Bee Goddess provides the content for this 1/2 day workshop. Since ancient times, the bee and the beehive have played central roles in human spiritual …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Women Singing In Sacred Circle now meets the second Tuesday of every month at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township. SISC has become a source of deep friendship, support and healing for many women across the city. Hear what women are saying about this singing circle: "This is …
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Make It and Take It Day for All Ages!

Make It and Take It Day for All Ages!
Saturday, November 16, 2019, starting at 6:30 p.m. Come create a masterpiece and help us clear out redundant RE supplies! This Saturday we’re pulling out supplies from deep in the classroom cabinets — from yarn to pipe cleaners to paint to wind chimes to fleece to magnets to tissue paper to…. well you never know what we’ll find hiding in …
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Lilacs in Fall?

Lilacs in Fall?
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m. The weather and temperatures may have finally caught up to the calendar but the Babes with Books, Heritage's women's book club, will be discussing lilacs or at least Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly, during their November 20 meeting. A review on Amazon.com describes this holocaust novel as, “Inspired by actual events and real …
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R U New 2 UU? Get Acquainted!

R U New 2 UU? Get Acquainted!
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. The date for our fall Get Acquainted Dinner has been set! If you are new to our church community, be our guest at the twice-yearly dinner for newcomers. Meet others, get to know some of our church leaders, and break bread together on Saturday evening, November 23 at the church. Get Acquainted Dinners are …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us each month, generally on the 4th Wednesday (though this month it will be the 4th Monday), for our Vespers service. This is a time to follow our inner spirits to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. The service begins in the sanctuary promptly …
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Women Gather in a Winter Wonderland

Women Gather in a Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m. The annual Clara Barton dinner is slated for Wednesday, December 4! This popular event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with superb appetizers, a get-acquainted activity and lively conversation. The delicious dinner begins at 7:00 pm. Your RSVP is required by Sunday, December 1 to Julie Kane: Creating a WINTER WONDERLAND will require many creative …
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All Ages Caroling Party

All Ages Caroling Party
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Gather around the piano to sing carols of the season together with friends of all ages. Cocoa and other activities for children are planned. Bring a snack to share. Rumor has it that a karaoke machine will also be available! If you have questions, please talk with Rev. Leslie, or email her …
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Announcements

2020 Senior Minister Sabbatical Plan

2020 Senior Minister Sabbatical Plan
At its October meeting, the Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees adopted the following outline and guidelines for the upcoming sabbatical of our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, to begin February 1 and conclude August 1, 2020. 2020 Senior Minister Sabbatical Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church Overview As we prepare for Rev. Bill Gupton’s next sabbatical, which will take place …
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Bottlecaps to Benches Program

Bottlecaps to Benches Program
Heritage will once again be a proud participant in the Bottlecaps to Benches Program. For now, we will just be a collection site. Many people have expressed an interest in continuing their home recycling of bottle caps and jar lids and need a place to drop off their collection. As in the past, we will give our caps to 9United, …
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"Fall Back" or Be Early!

"Fall Back" or Be Early!
Daylight Savings Time ends in the early hours of Sunday, November 3. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night before, then join us for worship in the Heritage sanctuary, on time, that Sunday!

Support

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part Three

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part Three
by Rebecca Pace, HUUC Accounts Receivable Treasurer. If you have stock that has been held for more than one year, you can donate the appreciated stock to the church, deduct the fair market value of the stock as a charitable deduction, and pay no tax on the unrealized gain. Selling the stock yourself and taking a deduction for the cash …
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News Articles

Scenes from the Gardening Party

Scenes from the Gardening Party
On October 12, 2019, Heritage UU Church had a “Gardening Party.” Here are a few pictures.
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Financial Review for First Quarter 2019-20

Financial Review for First Quarter 2019-20
by Reid Hester, Finance Committee Chair. Greetings Heritage Members & Friends! I am very pleased to be writing this fall to share the first in what will become a regular quarterly update on our church finances. We closed the books on last year’s finances in October, and we finished the year healthily “in the black”. You can see for yourself …
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From the Archives

Hard Times in Early Cincinnati

Hard Times in Early Cincinnati
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Most Heritage UU Church worshipers are aware that our congregation has been in existence in Cincinnati for almost 200 years. Universalism spread to the Queen City from its roots in New England and the First Universalist Church of Cincinnati was founded in 1827. Nearly all of our early ministers traveled from New England to serve …
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The Wider UU World

Safety in Your Church Building

Outside of a building, with a large flaming chalice design in a round window.
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Offsite. Each regularly scheduled meeting of our UU Council of Greater Cincinnati has a special 90-minute breakout session where members of our congregations are invited to explore and share a specific topic. For our next meeting, Saturday, November 16, we will be focusing on Safety in Your Church Building. We’ll talk about …
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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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