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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.)
June 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, May 31: "Community and Commitment"

Sunday, May 31: "Community and Commitment"
Rev. Bill Gupton. In this anxious and brave new world, we are being forced to reexamine and redefine what we mean by "community." How can we experience community when we are physically apart? What does a loving, committed religious community such as ours look like, in these times? How can we strengthen and deepen the bonds we share moving forward? …
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Sunday, June 7: “Youth Pride Service”

Sunday, June 7: “Youth Pride Service”
Heritage Youth Group. For decades, Unitarian Universalists have striven to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people are full and celebrated members of our churches and faith communities. How has that radical inclusion shaped the experiences of children and youth growing up in our congregations? Join us on this Pride Sunday as our youth offer a unique …
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Sunday, June 14: "Poetry, Prose and Prayer for the Pandemic"

Sunday, June 14: "Poetry, Prose and Prayer for the Pandemic"
Rev. Bill Gupton. Times of trial and tribulation often lead to an outburst of creativity in human populations. The past few months have been no exception. This Sunday we will explore some of the poetry and prose (both spoken and musical) that has been created by inspired souls to help us try to make sense of “these volatile, uncertain, complex …
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Sunday, June 21: "Ageism – Not Just Another 'Ism'"

Sunday, June 21: Ageism – Not Just Another "Ism"
Terri Gaitskill. On this Father’s Day, we honor all fathers – those still with us and those who are memories. In light of this, Heritage member Terri Gaitskill will talk about Ageism and how it affects each of us – as individuals and as families. Among all the “isms” and “phobias” we deal with today, ageism is the only one …
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Sunday, June 28: General Assembly Worship! – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 28: General Assembly Worship! – 10:00 a.m.
(No HUUC worship service today.) Join Unitarian Universalists from all around the country (and all around the world) in one giant online “sanctuary” for the first virtual UUA General Assembly Sunday worship service. This service will feature powerful messages and music from some of Unitarian Universalism’s leading speakers and musicians. It will be followed by the largest-ever UU “virtual coffee …
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Sunday, July 5: “Our Better Angels”

Sunday, July 5: “Our Better Angels”
Rev. Bill Gupton. For the past several years, our nation had grown more divided, and our government increasingly dysfunctional. Then came a pandemic that might have united us – but it seems the schisms that have been sown among us run very deep indeed. Yet is there something even deeper that connects us? This Fourth of July weekend, we once …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. It has been roughly 10 weeks since I postponed the remainder of my sabbatical and returned to our Heritage community. It feels more like 10 months. I don’t know about you, but time itself seems to be out of kilter these days. When I rejoined our community, those 10 short (long) weeks ago, you had just …
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Who’s Sick of COVID?

Who’s Sick of COVID?
by Jim Nolan, Board of Trustees President.
As I write this, I am weary.
I am weary of talking COVID.
I’m weary of thinking about COVID.
I’m weary of worrying about it; and trying to be prepared for it. I’m weary of making policies around it and weary of realizing that any and all plans and preparations might amount to …
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REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Take a few deep breaths with me.
In…. Out…. In…. Out….
My last Heirloom article was written in late April, when I was still hoping beyond hope that our nation would: 1) Ensure adequate supplies of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for all health care workers, 2) Greatly expand coronavirus testing, and 3) Proceed with utmost caution …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration Programming on Pause

Religious Exploration Programming on Pause
Over the next 4 weeks, Heritage will be pausing all of its Religious Exploration offerings to more fully determine what help, resources, and materials families need so that growing our children and youth’s spirituality becomes a joy and not another burden. While you may see occasional pop-up offerings (because I really love telling stories) scheduled Zoom meetings and other RE …
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Social Action / Social Justice

Heart to Heart Conversations: A Space for Connecting and Processing

Heart to Heart Conversations: A Space for Connecting and Processing
Monday, June 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m. We continue to learn about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the lives of our communities. Some disparities and inequities among populations are glaring, and many of the challenges that people face are daunting. Many of us are feeling the emotional, social, and economic effects of the pandemic. Join Tracey DuEst, Rae Jane …
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UU the Vote Meeting

UU the Vote Meeting
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. UU the Vote is an effort to organize nonpartisan action in order to bring Unitarian Universalist values to bear on elections. This will be our fourth Heritage meeting for UU the Vote. Despite the challenges of social distancing, there are ways that UUs can educate the public, promote voter registration, oppose voter …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 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 of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for …
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Recent Report from IPM

Recent Report from IPM
Heritage Church members support the Inter Parish Ministry food pantries with outreach offerings, food donations, and volunteer help. The following comes from an article in Inter Parish Ministry’s May newsletter:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses have closed in response to the Stay-At- Home order in Ohio, IPM has seen a dramatic increase in the needs of our local community. …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Schedule a Time to Visit Heritage Acres

Schedule a Time to Visit Heritage Acres
Isn’t it about time you took a tour of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary – Cincinnati’s first and only green burial ground and nature preserve? Located just 10 miles from Heritage Church, in Pierce Township, Heritage Acres is truly beautiful this time of year. We’ve installed a gravel drive and parking area, cut walking paths through the burial areas, and cleared …
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Events and Meetings

UU Hymn of the Week: Let’s sing together Heritage!

UU Hymn of the Week: Let’s sing together Heritage!
Beginning the week of May 18, Les Tacy, music director, will be featuring a UU hymn. After a short story about the background of the hymn, Les will play and sing the hymn. We invite you to sing along, listen, and meditate. The first such hymn is number 16, “Tis a gift to be simple”. In order to listen and …
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HUUC Town Hall Meeting

HUUC Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 31, 2020, 1:30 p.m. A Zoom-based meeting. The Heritage UU Church board of trustees will host a Town Hall meeting in May. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and get a sense of what is happening behind-the-scenes at HUUC. The meeting will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. Watch the top …
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Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 28, 2020, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Zoom meeting. At the Heritage UU Church Annual Congregational Meeting, we have a chance to put our fifth UU principle into action. We will vote on representatives to our Board of Trustees, the Cincinnati UU Council, and other leadership teams and groups. We will adopt our operating budget for 2020-21. Those who …
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Announcements

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19
The following policy shall be reviewed monthly by the Board of Trustees. The purpose of this policy is to assist church groups and individuals with planning. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings regardless of location: Indoor: No gatherings through the end of September 2020 No gatherings of more than 10 household groups (including indoor worship services) through the end of …
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We’re Seeking a Technology Coordinator

We’re Seeking a Technology Coordinator
Heritage Church has entered the Zoom age! Each Sunday morning, a small, committed team of volunteers from the congregation creates, for all of us, a wonderful worship service that – while maintaining similar elements and structure to previous, in-person sanctuary services – involves many unique new challenges to create, including a brand-new level of technological skill and management. Recognizing these …
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Ministers’ Summer Vacations

Ministers’ Summer Vacations
Heritage is blessed to have not one, but two ministers on staff. Their jobs have changed tremendously during the pandemic, making summer vacations even more important for rest and renewal. Unlike in some past summers, Rev. Bill and Rev. Leslie have decided to alternate their vacations so that the congregation will have at least one minister present throughout the summer. …
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News Articles

Board Briefs for April 2020

Board Briefs for April 2020
The HUUC Board passed the following Resolution of Gratitude to Rev. Leslie Woodward for her outstanding leadership during the Coronavirus crisis.
~ In recognition of love & light way beyond the call of duty during an incredibly difficult time.
~ For unstoppable energy.
~ For unmatched patience.
~ For doing everything …
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From the Archives

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 3): Revolution Abounds

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 3): Revolution Abounds
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In 1776, revolution was swirling around the English colonies in America, especially in New England where the founding father of Universalism was now living. However, another revolution was sweeping him up in a way that had a more profound effect on him than the Spirit of ’76. John Murray had recently settled in the town …
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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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