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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 2020

Whole-Congregation Worship

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

Sunday, November 29: “Until We Meet Again”

Sunday, November 29: “Until We Meet Again”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In his last Sunday before resuming his pandemic-interrupted sabbatical, our Senior Minister wraps up a few loose ends, takes a look back at 2020, takes a look ahead to 2021, and bids us farewell, until we meet again. Worship Associate: Lisa Prantl.

Sunday, December 6: “What’s Your Drag Name?”

Sunday, December 6: “What’s Your Drag Name?”
Laura Rue-Shaw. Come and explore your identity through the lessons of RuPaul’s Drag Race! This week’s reflection will feature Heritage Church member Laura Rue-Shaw (she/her) as we consider what it means to celebrate who you are - no matter what your identity might be. RuPaul is sometimes called the Mother of Drag, …

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Sunday, December 13: “An Unfinished Blessing”

Sunday, December 13: “An Unfinished Blessing”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. Poet Jan Richardson writes that, if we look closer, we will see “this blessing is not finished.” Join us as Rev. Leslie Woodward leads her last worship service as our Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration. There will be photos and reminiscing as we reflect back on her eight years of ministry to our children and …

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Sunday, December 20: Worship with The Gathering at Northern Hills

Sunday, December 20: Worship with The Gathering at Northern Hills
One Sunday this past September, members of The Gathering at Northern Hills, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the Cincinnati area, joined us for our worship. For today, they have invited us to join them in theirs. Let us come together in celebration as a wider UU community. The service starts at 10:45 a.m. Details on how to …

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Thursday, December 24, at 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, December 24, at 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service
Kathy Wade and Regina Pugh. On December 24th, gather the family together virtually for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, which will feature many of the favorites that make this Heritage Church service so memorable. Enjoy traditional carols, including our own soloist Bob Booth, Scripture readings, rituals and poetry, a …

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Sunday, December 27: “Start With the Exhale”

Sunday, December 27: "Start With the Exhale"
Isabel Call. Around us, the whitewater of clashing realities challenges our efforts to move forward as a nation. But December is ordinarily a time for stillness. At the end of an extraordinarily tumultuous year, we make an extra intentional effort to pause. Witnessing Thich Nhat Hanh's miracles of mindfulness alongside the art of …

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Sunday, January 3: “Let it Be a Dance”

Sunday, January 3: “Let it Be a Dance”
Regina Pugh. The title of this service is inspired by a UU Hymn that encourages us to “learn to follow, learn to lead” and reminds us, “…through the good times and the bad times, too, let it be a dance.” We will explore the metaphor of life as a dance, enjoy some wonderful music, video and maybe, just maybe, dance …

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Columns and Essays

REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. It is so hard to believe that this is my last column for the Heirloom! There have been times in this unusual fall when it has seemed surreal that I would be retiring without being in your physical presence again. But so it is to be. That fact has gotten more and more real as my last worship service approaches. …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Welcome to the winter holiday season! Wishing everyone joyous and healthy holiday celebrations! As December starts, Rev. Bill will be resuming his sabbatical. The Worship Committee has lots of great services lined up. Leslie will also be spending her last month with us before her retirement on December 31. Join us …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration in December and Beyond

Religious Exploration in December and Beyond
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. My last official day as your Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration is December 31st, and I hope you will feel empowered to contact me with any concerns until that day arrives. Your interim religious educator, Karen Hager, begins working on January 1, 2021, though she and I will be coordinating in these …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Food Distribution has Big Impact

Food Distribution has Big Impact
In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. Worldwide loss is about 40%. When food is tossed aside, so too are opportunities for improved food security, economic growth, and environmental prosperity. Our partnership with La Soupe helps to address this systemic problem. …

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Interfaith Hospitality Network in December

Interfaith Hospitality Network in December
Heritage UU Church is part of a team that works together to support Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) five weeks out of every year. The mission of IHN of Greater Cincinnati is to provide homeless families with emergency shelter and hospitality through interfaith communities, and to work with families so that they can find and retain …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Via Zoom. Whether nor not you have attended a Social Justice Collaborative meeting before, we invite all Heritage members and friends to our next meeting. When the collaborative meets, we are supporting each other in the realization of the Sixth Unitarian Universalist Principle, “The goal …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Turn “Black Friday” Green – At Heritage Acres

Turn “Black Friday” Green – At Heritage Acres
Friday, November 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If “Black Friday” is not your thing, why not plan to have a Green Friday the day after Thanksgiving this year? Skip the consumerism and be part of some conservation instead! Join other folks at Heritage Acres on Friday, November 27, anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., for a special …

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Heritage Acres and Giving Tuesday

Heritage Acres and Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is almost here! December 1st is an international day of giving back, and your opportunity to participate in the global generosity movement. It is your chance to make a difference in the lives of the friends and family members of those who have, and will choose, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary as their final resting …

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Events and Meetings

The Babes do BYOE@H

The Babes do BYOE@H
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Via Zoom. BYOE@H - Bring Your Own Everything at Home. Even a pandemic can't stop the Babes with Books (BWB, the Heritage Women's Book Club) from observing their traditional holiday gathering. However, just like everything else in 2020, we are just doing it a bit differently, …

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Virtual Vespers — ’Tis the Season

Virtual Vespers — ’Tis the Season
Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Live on Zoom. Join us for an hour of contemplation of this season of holidays. Readings, music, and silent reflection will center on a variety of faith traditions that observe special days in the month of December. See the church homepage prior to the meeting for the Zoom link. If you have questions, …

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Announcements

Introduction of Our Interim Religious Educator

Introduction of Interim Religious Educator
Thanks to our wonderful Interim RE Search Committee, Kay Inskeep, Melissa Dunlap, Chad Inman, Katie Kpaeyeh and myself, I would like to introduce you, or reintroduce you, to our Interim Religious Educator. We had some great applicants and are hopeful some will apply for the settled position when we get to that point. The …

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News Articles

Heritage Acres Is in Cincinnati Magazine!

Heritage Acres Is in Cincinnati Magazine!
The story of how Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary came to be is prominently featured in the December edition of Cincinnati Magazine. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, grocery or drugstore beginning December 1. The article highlights not only Heritage Acres, but Heritage Church – our environmental mission and commitment to …

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Board Briefs for November 2020

Board Briefs for November 2020
~ The Board will begin to set up a Search Committee to hire a new Church Administrator.
~ Karen Hager will be hired as the Interim RE. She will be on salary from Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. To overlap with Rev. Leslie, she will also work a maximum of 40 hours between now and January 1, 2021 as contract …

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From the Archives

A Journal Entry

A Journal Entry
by Forrest Brandt. Written November 4, the day after the election. Mumble, mumble, mutiny, mutiny. Somewhere up in the hereafter (something I don't believe in) my father is looking down on me and chuckling. Dad dropped out of high school at age 16 to work as a chauffeur for Dan Huffman, then a real estate giant in Dayton (Huffman's …

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The Wider UU World

Videos from the 2020 UUJO Annual Assembly

Videos from the 2020 UUJO Annual Assembly
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a UU social justice network organization, and Heritage UU Church is a member congregation. On Saturday, November 21, 2020, UUJO held its annual assembly—via Zoom, of course. You can watch three videos from the meeting here. …

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General Assembly will be Virtual in 2021

General Assembly will be Virtual in 2021
Registration Opens December 1. General Assembly will be June 23 - 27, 2021. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations …

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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
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due December 24, 2020.

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