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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.)
January 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

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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Sunday, January 12: “Our Legacy”

Sunday, January 12: “Our Legacy”
Rev. Bill Gupton and our Endowment Committee. Almost 200 years ago, the first Universalists in Cincinnati formed a church that we now call Heritage. From them – and the generations that followed – we have inherited a wonderful congregation with inspiring traditions, meaningful worship and loving community. More recent generations have bequeathed to us a lovely building, as well as …
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Sunday, January 19: “In Recovery from White Moderation”

Sunday, January 19: “In Recovery from White Moderation”
Rev. Forrest Gilmore. In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice.” What if …
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Sunday, January 26: “The State of Everything”

Sunday, January 26: “The State of Everything”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This time of year – usually to coincide with the presidential State of the Union – our Senior Minister presents his annual reflection on the “State of the Church.” Today, for his last sermon before leaving the pulpit for a six-month sabbatical, Rev. Bill expands the scope of his musings to include not only what’s happening in …
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Sunday, February 2: “Coming Attractions”

Sunday, February 2: “Coming Attractions”
The Board of Trustees and the Committee of Ministry will share their excitement for what will be happening during Rev. Bill Gupton’s sabbatical. Come hear about some of the upcoming activities, as well as topics that will be presented by Assistant Minister Rev. Leslie Woodward, our guest ministers, and lay leaders. Find out how we will collaboratively support each other …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

Rev. Bill Gupton
by Rev. Bill Gupton. This will be my last Heirloom column until late summer. I will be taking a six-month sabbatical beginning February 1 – a leave of absence from my Heritage Church ministerial duties that will allow me to focus time and attention to the startup of our Heritage Acres natural burial sanctuary. By the time I return to …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. Hello – As I write this, it is getting close to the holiday season, there’s a bit of snow on the ground and, as the song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” That being said - 2019 has not been my favorite year. From medical issues in my own family to a social and …
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REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. By the time you read this, Christmas 2019 will have passed into memory and we will be poised on the brink of 2020. Can you believe it? Weren’t we just celebrating the arrival of 2000 a few years ago? Many of us get a chance to pause right before the New Year before plunging back into …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators Coming to Heritage!

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators Coming to Heritage!
A brand-new program has been released by the Unitarian Universalist Association (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. The program begins with two meetings covering basic information about communication, then continues with topics chosen by the …
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Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for January — Integrity!

Soulmatters Sharing Circle Theme for January — Integrity!
If you ask any parent what they most want for their child, they will probably say something like, “for them to be a good person.” What does this mean? We have at least a general idea of what this looks like even when our children are very young--we want them to have a sense of right and wrong, we want …
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Our Religious Exploration Program Needs YOU!

Our Religious Exploration Program Needs YOU!
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Our current RE teaching teams will end their commitment in January. You know what that means — recruiting season commences NOW! Volunteer to teach in our Religious Exploration program and meet some of the coolest kids on the planet. (No, I’m not biased!) Talk to Rev. Leslie after church or click on this Sign Up Genius …
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Social Action / Social Justice

Our Dreams for Humanity: Candlelight Vigil

Our Dreams for Humanity: Candlelight Vigil
Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Offsite. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) will hold its 15th Annual New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil at the Peace Pole Garden in Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45230 (Anderson Township). The vigil takes place at 5:00 p.m. on January 1st. At the vigil, participants are invited to reflect on Our Dreams …
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First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, January 5, 2020, and Every Sunday. Help those in need. The next time you are at the grocery store, pick up one or more of the following critically-needed items: Boxed cereal, Ravioli or SpaghettiOs, Ziplock bags (Gallon and Quart), Canned fruit, Jams and jelly (other than grape), Canned chicken, tuna & ham, Grocery bags (paper, plastic or reusable - …
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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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Cincinnati Women’s March 2020

Cincinnati Women’s March 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12 noon. Offsite. Join with other Heritage folks and many people from around the Tri-State in the Cincinnati Women’s March for 2020. This event is sponsored by United We Stand Cincinnati, which is committed to the National Women’s March on Washington (NWMW) Agenda, as an officially recognized sister organization to the NWMW. United We Stand Cincinnati …
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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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UU the Vote: Your Help Needed!

UU the Vote: Your Help Needed!
On January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is launching UU the Vote, its campaign focused on the 2020 elections. We at Heritage UU Church have been involved in some great work in the recent past to create change in/through our government. Among other things, these efforts have taken the form of letter-writing campaigns to elected officials in 2017, an …
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IHN Dates Set for 2020

IHN Dates Set for 2020
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a program whereby homeless families are housed for a week at a time in churches, temples, synagogues and mosques. Organizers have now set the dates when First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati will host families, which means that we now know when Heritage folk can help in this effort. Please consider signing up to be a …
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Events and Meetings

Jump-Start Your 2020

Jump-Start Your 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Offsite. Registration Required. Here is a chance to get ready for fitness in 2020, while at the same time helping a nonprofit organization served by our Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes. Join other women from the Tri-State area and enjoy a fun day of fitness as you energize your body, mind and …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 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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After the Festivities Come the Resolutions!

After the Festivities Come the Resolutions!
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. By the time this Heirloom goes out the holidays are nearly over. May the diets and other New Year's resolutions begin! (Urgh!) But the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) has scheduled three good reads to enjoy with during our dreary winter nights. For our January 15, 7-9 p.m. meeting in the Heritage …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us each month, generally on the 4th Wednesday 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

Change of Trustees

Change of Trustees
In order to pursue other endeavors, Jaime Castle has decided to resign from the Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees. The Board has appointed Bob Booth to fill out the remainder of her term, through June 2020. The Board of Trustees now consists of the following people: Jim Nolan, President; Tamilyn Thompson, Vice President; Bob Rush, Secretary; Bob Booth; Mark …
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2020 Senior Minister Sabbatical

2020 Senior Minister Sabbatical
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church Overview. As we prepare for Rev. Bill Gupton’s next sabbatical, which will take place in the first part of 2020, we want to enter this period of development and discernment with “20-20” vision for what he, and the congregation, will be doing during this liminal time. Thus, the Senior Minister, the Assistant Minister for Religious Education, …
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Collecting Family Information

Collecting Family Information
As we continue to be mindful of the safety and security of our members and friends when they are in the Heritage building, we’ve discovered that information for many of our families is incomplete. Security professionals have urged us to have emergency contact information for everyone who attends programming in our church, especially on Sunday mornings. In January and February, …
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Join Heritage Church

Join Heritage Church
Are you ready to become a member of Heritage Church? Is making a commitment to Heritage on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Our next New Member Ceremony will be held on Sunday morning, January 12, during the worship service. For more information, please talk with Rev. Bill Gupton. See the "Contact Information" link at the bottom of this newsletter.

Support

Tax Alert! Changes to Charitable Donations from Retirement Accounts

Tax Alert! Changes to Charitable Donations from Retirement Accounts
by Rebecca A. Pace, CPA/PFS, HUUC Accounts Receivable Treasurer. The Budget Bill, signed into law on December 20, 2019, allows taxpayers, age 70 ½ or above, to continue to make Qualified Charitable Donations (QCDs) from their IRAs with a few caveats. Many of our church members find this is a great way to support our church and reduce their tax …
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News Articles

Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes Enter their 7th Year!

Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes Enter their 7th Year!
We are excited to expand and grow each and every year. Thank you to Heritage UU Church for your continued support of this vital ministry. “And service is our prayer” is seen in each class. We are now receiving surplus food supplies from LaSoupe in Newtown for each class. The year 2020 will see monthly classes at Heritage with at-risk …
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Winter Wonderland Welcomes Women

Winter Wonderland Welcomes Women
The Clara Barton Guild members (that is, every woman of Heritage) began the 2019 holiday season with a grand, festive event on December 4. The mood for the early December dinner was set by the cool colors of turquoise, silver, gold and white. Bulb-adorned tables and a tree-filled beverage center welcomed the fifty-six attendees. Organized by Julie Kane and Chris …
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The Heritage Christmas Pageant

The Heritage Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, performers both young and old treated the Heritage UU Church congregation to a Christmas pageant. Here are a few pictures of scenes and performers.
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Board Briefs for October 2019

Board Briefs for October 2019
The HUUC Board approved closing of the HUUC financial books for 2018-2019 fiscal year. Summary: Total income $253,606.91; Total Expenses $248,533.52; Net Income $5,073.39. ~ The HUUC Board approved Jeff Syroney as a member of the Heritage Acres Board. Jeff is a media/PR consultant, has been involved in the Cincinnati arts scene for decades, and is co-founder of the Cincinnati Fringe …
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Board Briefs for November 2019

Board Briefs for November 2019
The HUUC Board is coordinating with other Cincinnati UU churches on legal action against an individual for harassment. ~ An HUUC Board member to participate in Cincinnati UU Council Security Breakout on 16 Nov. ~ The HUUC Board to apply for security grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. ~ The HUUC Board appointed Tracey DuEst to be a delegate representing HUUC to …
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Board Briefs for December 2019

Board Briefs for December 2019
Jaime Castle resigned from the HUUC Board of Trustees to run for Congress. Bob Booth to fill the remainder of her term (through June 2020). ~ 5-year Civil Protection Order granted to HUUC and other local UU churches regarding harassment from a particular individual. HUUC to share legal costs with other congregations involved.

From the Archives

Happy 250th Birthday!

Happy 250th Birthday!
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The year 2020 will mark a special anniversary in the history of our church. In September of 1770, John Murray found his way to the shores of New England and preached his first Universalist sermon in America. That was 250 years ago and we will be celebrating that event in the coming year. For those …
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The Wider UU World

UUA is Official Partner of Women’s March on Washington, 2020

UUA is Official Partner of Women’s March on Washington, 2020
Event on January 18, 2020. The Unitarian Universalist Association has signed on as an official partner of the 2020 Women’s March on Washington. Over the past three years, Women’s March has knitted together a powerful movement of people who share a common belief that freedom is for everyone, without exception. If you are able, sign up to march in Washington, D.C., on …
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UU Summer Camps and Institutes

UU Summer Camps and Institutes
You might have heard people at Heritage Church talk about going to SUUSI, MUUSA, Murray Grove, and other UU-related locations and gatherings. A lot of these happen in the spring and summer, and now is the time to begin thinking about making plans to attend. The UUA has gathered a listing, with links, that can act as the launchpad for …
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Calendar of Events

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Get Weekly Updates

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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