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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
January 2021
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)

Whole-Congregation Worship

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

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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Sunday, January 10: “An Adaptation to Change”

Sunday, January 10: “An Adaptation to Change”
Rev. Sharon K. Dittmar. The year 2020 relieved me of many of my illusions about control, particularly when it comes to change. I have adapted by learning about and experimenting with the natural flow of change. Come for an exploration of adaptation to change. Reverend Dittmar graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1997. She …

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Sunday, January 17: Worship with First Unitarian Church

Sunday, January 17: Worship with First Unitarian Church
First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati has invited us to join them in worship on this Martin Luther King Sunday. Let us come together in celebration as a wider UU community. The service starts at 10:00 a.m., so plan to begin earlier than usual. Details on how to join the worship online will be distributed through an HUUC Announcement email.

Sunday, January 24: “Covenant Within and Beyond Church”

Sunday, January 24: “Covenant Within and Beyond Church”
Rev. Lori Kyle. One of the tenets of our Unitarian Universalist faith is an emphasis on covenants instead of creeds. Ours is a faith of relationship and promise instead of doctrine and belief. While often used in the context of religion, covenants as freely-made promises that guide our behavior can extend beyond the bounds of …

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Sunday, January 31: “And Justice for All”

Sunday, January 31: “And Justice for All”
Erin Walczewski. With a new presidential administration, lots of us are thinking about what new leadership will mean. This week, we will reflect on justice—where do we see (or not see) justice in our lives, and in the lives of our neighbors? What can we do about it? Erin Walczewski is a full-time pro bono attorney. She and her family …

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Columns and Essays

President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Winter solstice has passed, and we are now getting just a little more light each day. Soak in some sun when you can. The natural Vitamin D does wonders for our mental and physical health. I’m sure many of us Zoomed through the holidays, seeing the family we love only through a computer screen. Knowing we are …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. In December 2004, three days after Christmas, I had a son. And, almost two years later, I stepped foot through the doors of Heritage for the first time. This little being in my life was what brought me in initially because I did not want to be the only one in charge of his spiritual …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration
by Karen Hager. My time as your interim is an opportunity for HUUC to shake things up a bit. When I begin this position January 1, my first focus will be on children and youth programming for the remainder of the RE year. Should it remain as it was in fall? Or should we try something completely different? What might different …

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Social Action / Social Justice

A Special Way to Greet the New Year

A Special Way to Greet the New Year
Friday, January 1, 2021, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) will hold its 16th Annual New Year's Day Candlelight Vigil, Our Dreams for Humanity, at the Peace Pole in Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45230 (in Anderson Township). This will happen on New Year’s Day from …

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Racial Justice Action Planning

Racial Justice Action Planning
Monday, January 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. The cries for racial justice this summer touched our hearts. The disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on People of Color illustrate the stark reality of unequal health care. There is so much evidence that separate is not equal, in schools, housing, employment…you name it. Awareness begets the question: But what can I do? …

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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 …

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Events and Meetings

Babes with Books to Read Prize Winner

Babes with Books to Read Prize Winner
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Nat King Cole once crooned, "The party's over, it's time to call it a day." Well, the Babes with Books (the BWB - Heritage's women's book club) may have finished their traditional holiday party in a non-traditional, "Zooming" way but they won't call it a day when it comes to reading a good book. …

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Vespers Service - In the Still and Quiet Darkness of Winter

Vespers Service - In the Still and Quiet Darkness of Winter
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m. This month, we'll pause for an hour to be in community during the restful darkness of winter. Join us for contemplative readings, music and silent reflection. We'll experience the inner voice that comes to us as we take a moment to allow winter to bring us peace and stillness. At the time of the …

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Announcements

Adult Faith Development Programs

Adult Faith Development Programs
by Karen Hager. Although my responsibilities as your Interim Religious Educator extend only through high school youth, my position in Blacksburg is Lifespan, with responsibility from cradle to grave. In this Lifespan role, I implement a full range of adult classes and activities. I would like to invite HUUC congregants to …

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News Articles

Thank You Heritage Stocking Stuffers!

Thank You Heritage Stocking Stuffers!
For several years now, Heritage has supported the Inter Parish Ministry Holiday Adopt a Family program. It was no surprise that IPM had to adapt the way they would do this yearly gift-giving program that supplied so many families with toys, clothing, and other requested supplies such as cleaning and household items. The plan this …

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Choir News

Choir News
The Heritage Choir is still meeting and singing together! We are doing that over Zoom! The quality time we share is very meaningful, even if we can't actually hear each other sing. Steve McCamley works with the choir on three choral pieces for each rehearsal that we hold. Sherry McCamley plays the piano while Les Tacy plays the role of …

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Board Briefs for December 2020

Board Briefs for December 2020
~ Michael brought the Board’s suggestion for changes regarding the newly created Investment Policy to the Finance Committee. They responded with changes to the church’s investment splits.
~ Jim motioned that the revised and final “Investment Policy Statement for the Heritage Unitarian Universalist …

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From the Archives

2005 and 2021

2005 and 2021
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. January marks the annual attempt to set resolutions for the new year to come. However, to resolve anything regarding next year is enmeshed with the uncertainty of COVID-19. It is difficult to foresee where any of us might be in just a few months let alone at the end of the calendar year. Making resolutions …

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Yes, Virginia, There Was a Christmas Truce in 1914

Yes, Virginia, There Was a Christmas Truce in 1914
by Forrest Brandt. In May of 2017, I was driving around various WWi Battlegrounds in Belgium and France. Paschendale, the Somme, and the Marne were all clearly marked by a string of road signs that made them easy to locate. It was while traveling back from the battlefield of Vimy Ridge and the monument to the Canadian …

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The Wider UU World

Regional Assembly Plans

Regional Assembly Plans
by Rev. David Pyle, Regional Lead, MidAmerica Region of the UUA. The MidAmerica Region of the UUA, along with the other four Regions, will be holding Simultaneous Virtual Regional Assemblies the weekend of October 8th – 9th of 2021, so Save the Date! This will be an experiment in gathering together as Regions on the same …

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Heirloom

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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