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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.)
February 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

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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Sunday, February 9: “The Perfect Heart”

Sunday, February 9: “The Perfect Heart”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. As we approach the Valentine’s Day holiday, we’ll hear the Paula Coelho story, “The Perfect Heart” about a village that learns what special traits the “perfect” leader really needs. Through story and song, we’ll explore the ways our journey together is one of love and trust. This is a service for all-ages with childcare available for children …
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Sunday, February 16: “Ancestral Roots and Wings”

Sunday, February 16: “Ancestral Roots and Wings”
Rev. Chip Roush. Let us draw healing and strength from our ancestors (whether we claim them through DNA, choice, or fortunate circumstance). Chip Roush serves the First Unitarian Church of South Bend. Born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, he chaired the General Assembly Planning Committee and co-edited The Arc of the Universe is Long. He last preached at Heritage UU Church …
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Sunday, February 23: “The Blessing of Water”

Sunday, February 23: “The Blessing of Water”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. Each year, in our Annual Ingathering Water Ceremony, members and friends of Heritage Church gather and pour water gather from places dear to us together into a common vessel. That water is used to dedicate babies, honor lives lost, and on other ritual occasions. This Sunday, now half a cycle around the sun since our waters were …
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Sunday, March 1: “What Am I Supposed to Learn from This?”

Sunday, March 1: “What Am I Supposed to Learn from This?”
Tracey DuEst. Are there ways we can look at things differently that would provide us with a fresh perspective? Can pain and suffering from life’s downpours and unexpected detours be your greatest teacher? What could be more important than the journey of self-awareness and self-love as a path toward liberating ourselves and others? It will officially be spring in 19 …
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Upcoming Sunday Morning Speakers

Upcoming Sunday Morning Speakers
The Worship Committee has lined up a roster of speakers for the six months of Rev. Bill Gupton's sabbatical. View the list here.

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Columns and Essays

President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. Happy New Year! With a new year comes changes for many of us - and the Board is no exception. The incomparable Jaime Castle let us know in December that she is leaving her board position so she can pursue a much bigger, if not higher, calling. No matter where she lands, Jaime will do great things …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Mystery Friends at Heritage!

Mystery Friends at Heritage!
Not e-mail, not tweets, but real communication and engagement! Mystery Friends is a program that builds bridges between generations in our church. Children and adults are matched in pairs and exchange letters for five weeks. All participants are assigned a code name to use when sending and receiving their letters to keep everyone’s identity a mystery! Each week adults and …
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Social Action / Social Justice

First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, February 2, 2020, and every Sunday. Help Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) serve those in need in our area. The next time you are at the store, pick up one of these critically needed items for their food pantries: Boxed cereal, Ravioli or SpaghettiOs, Ziplock bags (Gallon and Quart), Canned fruit, Jams & jelly (other than grape), Canned chicken & …
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Whose History is it Anyway?

Whose History is it Anyway?
Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:45 to 9:00 p.m., and the three Mondays following. How much do you know about the roots of our faith tradition? Explore the history of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in this five-week class. Using an anti-colonialist, multicultural lens, we’ll look beyond the traditional, dusty facts of history and examine to see how our faith was …
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UU the Vote Meeting and Webinar

UU the Vote Meeting and Webinar
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bringing UU Values to the 2020 Elections. The stakes couldn’t be higher in the 2020 elections. All our values—our work for justice, the communities we love, and the beloved community we seek to create—are under attack. Our religious community must speak and act with moral courage. The meeting will start with an …
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Welcoming Congregation Renewal - Organizational Meeting

Welcoming Congregation Renewal - Organizational Meeting
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 12:15 p.m. (continuing during potluck). Heritage UU Church plans to pursue the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Program in calendar year 2020. This is a program developed by the UUA to help congregations understand and respond to the current needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as people who are asexual, intersex, polyamorous, have non-binary …
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Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati

Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m. 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. Most of these resources …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalism is founded on a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Social justice is a core value through which we live our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next meeting of the Collaborative. If you participated in the Cincinnati Women's March, …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Join the Heritage Acres Team!

Join the Heritage Acres Team!
As Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary prepares to open to the public this spring, there remains a great deal of work to be done. To that end, Heritage Acres is forming teams of individuals who will support that work. If you have a skill set or interest in helping Heritage Acres, this is your chance to get involved! Please consider stepping …
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Mark Your Calendar Now:
Heritage Acres Opens April 22

Mark Your Calendar Now: Heritage Acres Opens April 22
Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary has announced that its grand opening and dedication ceremony will take place on Earth Day 2020 – April 22. On the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day, Heritage Acres will celebrate the Earth, our environment, and its mission “to provide a natural or ‘green’ burial option in Greater Cincinnati while preserving a part of …
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Events and Meetings

Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, January 29, 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 at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets …
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Ritual Body Postures

Ritual Body Postures
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. A continuation of the goddess work that HUUC women have been exploring for years! In our recent program “Cakes and Honey,” we experienced Ritual Body Postures. So many women have asked to continue this work. Join us as we dive deeper into ritual postures and the trance sate. …
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HUUC Town Hall Meeting

HUUC Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, February 2, 2020, around 11:45 a.m. We will host our second HUUC “Town Hall” meeting immediately following the service. Reid Hester from the finance committee will be present, as well as other representatives from the church board. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and get a sense of what is happening behind-the-scenes at Heritage Church. …
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Cleaning Day

Cleaning Day
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Many hands make light work… Yes, we do have a cleaning service at Heritage Church. They do not do the deep cleaning that is required on a regular basis. Join your friends as we focus on the kitchen, Great Room and Heritage Room. We have jobs for all ages and skill levels. …
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Genealogy and DNA: A survey of tools and methods

Genealogy and DNA: A survey of tools and methods
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m. For trees, including family trees, there are two important times to plant: twenty years ago, and today. Church member Doug Beezley is offering an informal introductory discussion of Genealogy and DNA for Heritage Church members. He has been doing genealogy work since 2003, and entered into genealogical DNA in 2008. Aside from his own …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, February 11, 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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On A Roll with Great Reads

On A Roll with Great Reads
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Heritage's Babes with Books (aka the BWB or women's book club) is on a roll with another great read for the next gathering. Our February 19 meeting (7 - 9 p.m. in the Heritage Room) will discuss Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. This New York Times bestseller is described by the New …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, February 26, 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 at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets …
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Book Sale

Book Sale
Sunday, March 1 and March 8, 2020, before and after church. The annual Clara Barton Guild Book Sale needs YOUR HELP! Please bring your used books, DVDs, puzzles, etc. to church and place them in the coat hallway. This is a big fundraiser for the Clara Barton Guild, but we need your books to make it a success. Book Sale …
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The Big Bling – A Girl’s Night Out and Fundraiser

The Big Bling – A Girl’s Night Out and Fundraiser
Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. A fun fundraiser for the Clara Barton Guild. Donate your gently used jewelry, purses, scarves, hats and crowns. And purchase someone else's baubles! This is the perfect time to practice what Marie Kondo preaches - if it does not spark joy; donate it to the Big Bling! Bring an appetizer or simple dessert …
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News Articles

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. …
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Heritage People Participate in Women’s March

Heritage People Participate in Women’s March
On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Heritage UU Church members and friends, along with many others, participated in the Cincinnati Women’s March, a sister march of the one held in Washington, D.C. Here are a few pictures.
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From the Archives

Sabbatical Then and Now — What’s Up Doc?

Sabbatical Then and Now — What’s Up Doc?
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Beginning in February 2015, Reverend Bill Gupton left on a six-month sabbatical. We now soon will see Rev. Bill head off for another six-month recess in his service to Heritage Church. During his last leave, the church leadership undertook to maintain an active program to make up for his absence. Here are just a few …
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The Wider UU World

Becoming Involved in UUism Beyond Our City

Becoming Involved in UUism Beyond Our City
If you’ve ever wondered about Unitarian Universalism beyond the local churches, this could be an interesting way for you to learn and participate. Heritage Church is in the area covered by the MidAmerica Region of the UUA. That region will have its annual Regional Assembly on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois. Heritage Members Rae Jane Araujo and Russ …
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MUUSA: UU Summer Camp

MUUSA: UU Summer Camp
June 28-July 4, 2020. Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA). The weeklong camp offers many workshops and activities for families, couples and singles of all ages. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout will lead the daily Morning Celebration service on this year’s theme: "To Breathe on Purpose." Come gather …
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Calendar of Events

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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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