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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.)
December 2019

Sunday Worship Services

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

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.

Sunday, December 8: “The Wisdom of Rev. Church”

Sunday, December 8: “The Wisdom of Rev. Church”
Rev. Bill Gupton. It has been 10 years since the death of one of Unitarian Universalism’s most influential writers, thinkers and preachers – Rev. Forrest Church – but his ideas continue to inspire us. This morning we will hear and experience some of the wisdom of Rev. Church. We will also hear from another very influential writer who also adopted …
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Sunday, December 15: “The Heritage Christmas Pageant”

Sunday, December 15: “The Heritage Christmas Pageant”
Today's service will feature our Heritage Church children, youth and adults in a humorous yet heartfelt Christmas pageant that will warm hearts of all ages. (Childcare will be available for ages three and below in the nursery.) Directed by Jennifer Sanders and Feriel Feldman.

Sunday, December 22: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Sunday, December 22: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Enjoy holiday readings and a seasonal selection of songs (some sung by us, some sung for us) on this special Sunday before Christmas at Heritage Church. Worship Associate: Beth Fritsch.

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7 p.m.)
Rev. Bill Gupton. Bring the family and join us in the Heritage sanctuary this Christmas Eve for our annual Candlelight Service. Hear the timeless message of Christmas and moving music from our Heritage Church Choir. Experience the beauty of candlelight reflecting in the eyes of young and old alike, as hearts open and the warmth of the season abounds. A …
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Sunday, December 29: “God Carrier 2.0”

Sunday, December 29: “God Carrier 2.0”
Barbara Lyghtel Rohrer. In this season of holy birth, we will consider this morning how each of us carries within that which is longing to be born. Spurred by Rev. Bill Gupton’s August 2018 reflection, God Carriers, Barbara dives deeper into the image of what it means to be a God carrier and the choice before us. We will also …
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Sunday, January 5: “A New Year: Holding On and Letting Go”

Sunday, January 5: “A New Year: Holding On and Letting Go”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. As we welcome 2020, let us pause for a moment to look at our lives. What has served its purpose and needs to be released back to the universe? What has come into our lives that we want to hold close and continue to nurture? Come prepared for reflection and ritual, plus a little levity. This is …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

Rev. Bill Gupton
by Rev. Bill Gupton. Happy holidays! There are, of course, those who balk at that phrase, preferring instead that one particular religion’s holiday be singled out as primary in our diverse culture. How odd, in a nation that was founded, among other things, on the ideal of freedom of religion. So this month, I wish you a Happy Chalica (look …
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REflections: The Holidays are Here!

REflections: The Holidays are Here!
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the winter holiday season, at home and in church. There are so many things going on in our religious exploration program and church community that it might be most useful to just give you a list! Sunday, December 1: Pajama Day Yes, today is the day to wear your pajamas …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for December — Awe!

Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for December — Awe!
During the month of December, our children and youth classes will be exploring the theme of Awe. While I’ve loved all the Soulful Home newsletters, this month’s struck me as exceptional for its depth and spirituality. It was hard to pick out just one activity to include in the Heirloom! I highly encourage EVERYONE to read this newsletter before the …
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Social Action / Social Justice

First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, December 1, 2019, and every Sunday. The holidays can be a hard time for people in need, especially those who rely on food pantries. The next time you are at the grocery store, consider picking up one of these CRITICAL NEED items to donate to Inter Parish Ministry (IPM): Boxed cereal, Ravioli or SpaghettiOs, Ziplock bags (Gallon and Quart), …
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Guests at St. John’s Table

Guests at St. John’s Table
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Offsite. St John Unitarian Universalist Church would like to invite you to a very special afternoon of fellowship with our local immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters. The event will take place on December 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. …
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Help Homeless Families for One Night – RSVP to Volunteer

Help Homeless Families for One Night – RSVP Required
Friday, December 27, 2019. Offsite. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Day, in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This year two days after Christmas, you have a chance to honor the holiday in your heart and in your actions, by helping homeless families through Interfaith Hospitality Network …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, January 5, 2020, 9:00 a.m. When the Social Justice Collaborative meets, we are taking a small step toward the realization of the Sixth Unitarian Universalist Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next meeting of the Collaborative, which will be Sunday, January 5, 2020, …
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Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati

Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m., and one other date. 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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Events and Meetings

Heritage Art Exhibit is Quite a “Show”

Heritage Art Exhibit is Quite a “Show”
You don’t need to be LEGALLY BLONDE to enjoy the December art exhibit at Heritage. It would be a NICE FAMILY GATHERING to view the local theatre posters on display. MAMMA MIA, it’s a sight for THE BEST MAN, STUART LITTLE and THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Don’t be on THE NAUGHTY LIST - - take a peek into the Great Hall. …
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Let’s Put Up That Tree!

Let’s Put Up That Tree!
Sunday, December 1, 2019, starting just before noon. Don’t look now, but it’s time to put up our sanctuary Christmas tree and deck the halls at Heritage once again! Stay after church on Sunday, December 1, and help us transform the sanctuary into a winter wonderland. This is a party for all ages: the kids will enjoy decorating the tree …
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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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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Women Singing In Sacred Circle 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 truly …
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Time for the Traditional Book Club Party!

Time for the Traditional Book Club Party!
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Heritage's Babes with Books (or BWB, the women's book club) has developed several traditions over the years. In December we observe the tradition of not reading/discussing a novel but throwing a movie party in the Heritage room. Come, even if you've never or rarely come, at 6:30 p.m., December 18, in festive regalia …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Monday, December 23, 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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Announcements

Office Holiday Schedule

Office Holiday Schedule
The church office will be staffed only on an abbreviated schedule during December. Our Church Administrator, Denise Martinez, will be taking accumulated vacation and will not be in until Monday, December 16, 2019. We thank church member Shannon Murley, who will be filling in to handle some of Denise’s duties while she is away. The office will also be closed …
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News Articles

Board Briefs for September 2019

Board Briefs for September 2019
The HUUC Board approved the Finance Committee’s recommendation that $939.40 of the funds needed for recent RE Flooring shall come from the Building Major Maintenance fund. The remainder (not requiring board approval) to come from the Furnishings fund and the General Maintenance fund. ~ The HUUC Board approved the Finance Committee’s recommendation to pay for the shed replacement ($5214) out of …
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From the Archives

Al Gerhardstein Speaks to Heritage Universalist Unitarians

Al Gerhardstein Speaks to Heritage Universalist Unitarians
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In February 2015, our church was presented a slice of history when Al Gerhardstein, famed Cincinnati civil rights attorney, addressed the Sunday service. Gerhardstein was the lead attorney in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges, which was scheduled to be heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in April. In his presentation to our …
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The Wider UU World

Save the Date for Regional Assembly 2020

Save the Date for Regional Assembly 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020. Rockford, Illinois. Regional Assembly 2020 will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, Illinois on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President for Institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Change. The day will feature worship, the annual business meeting, lunch, keynote presentation, and select workshops. The annual …
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General Assembly Registration is Now Open!

General Assembly Registration is Now Open!
Please Join Us for General Assembly 2020! Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Providence, Rhode Island. General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for conducting business of the Association, exploring the theological underpinnings of our faith, and leaning fully into our mission and principles. Please join us for this 5-day immersive experience themed Rooted, Inspired …
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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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