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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.)
July 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, June 28: General Assembly Worship! – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 28: General Assembly Worship! – 10:00 a.m.
(There will be 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 …

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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 …

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Sunday, July 12: “Trying Not to Trip: Looking Backward While Moving Forward”

Sunday, July 12: “Trying Not to Trip: Looking Backward While Moving Forward”
Joetta Prost. Join us this morning as we explore how the difficult history of racial violence and the good news of Universalism intersected in the past and today. ~ Joetta Prost is a retired psychologist who joined St. John’s UU Church shortly after she and her wife Kathy moved from Atlanta to Northern Kentucky in 2015. A former Catholic …

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Sunday, July 19: “What the World Taught Me”

Sunday, July 19: “What the World Taught Me”
Nathan Lieberman. Nathan is a mechanical and user experience designer/entrepreneur who spent the last two years traveling through five continents, 44 countries, and over 150 cities. Now, Nathan intends to share what the world has taught him. It can be difficult to see the silver lining in uncertain times but it is Nathan's mission to take what he's learned and …

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Sunday, July 26: "A Shrewd Manager"

Sunday, July 26: "A Shrewd Manager"
Sky Stewart. Did you know Jesus made up stories, spun yarns, and performed spoken fiction? In fact, these fictional stories, the parables of Jesus, fill most of the pages in all four Gospels. "The Shrewd Manager" is arguably Jesus's least popular parable. Here Jesus appears to justify embezzling thy employer's goods. No wonder that's not popular! Whether, for you, Jesus …

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Sunday, August 2: “My God: (Still) a Work in Progress”

Sunday, August 2: “My God: (Still) a Work in Progress”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Every few years, our Senior Minister revisits a sermon he’s been tossing around for a long time, in his mind (and aloud), titled “My God.” The funny thing is, the sermon always seems to be changing. Maybe that’s because Rev. Bill’s ideas about God are ever-changing. Evolving. Morphing, to accommodate new experiences …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. Many of us are being called upon to make difficult choices right now. Whether or not to attend a family reunion, a wedding, a child’s sports event, a Fourth of July picnic or parade – summer activities that most of us would have participated in without a second thought just a year ago – are now …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. Hello all - Since this is my last “President’s Corner,” I am compelled to look back over the past year and reflect upon what has happened since I became President of the Board of Trustees. Oh my. I didn’t think I would look back fondly on a time when our biggest concern was a leaky roof and …

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REflections – Blizzard, Winter, and Ice Age

REflections – Blizzard, Winter, and Ice Age
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” Albert Einstein said that — or at least that’s what google tells me. As the weeks and months go by and the novelty of the immediate crisis fades even as the danger remains, how do we re-imagine church life and find the opportunity within the crisis? The …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Viewing and Discussion of “True Justice” and “Just Mercy”

Viewing and Discussion of “True Justice” and “Just Mercy”
True Justice Viewing: Anytime. Free via online streaming. Just Mercy Viewing: Now through June 30, 2020. Free via online streaming. Discussion: Monday, June 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Via Zoom. Working toward an end of racism in America requires an understanding of our national history. The Heritage UU Church Racial Justice Team offers this opportunity for

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Six-Session Discussion of “How to Be an Antiracist”

Six-Session Discussion of “How to Be an Antiracist”
Mondays every other week, starting July 13, 2020. Via Zoom. RSVP requested. Working toward an end of racism in America requires an understanding of our national and local history. The Heritage UU Church Racial Justice Team offers this opportunity for discussion. How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, was named …

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Help Strengthen Democracy – UU the Vote Meeting

Help Strengthen Democracy – UU the Vote Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. We’re making plans to strengthen democracy in nonpartisan ways, by facilitating voter registration, encouraging voting, and in other ways. Apps, websites and phones make these activities possible, regardless of the extent to which a person is self-isolating. Come to the meeting and learn …

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IPM Mobile Food Pantries

IPM Mobile Food Pantries
Heritage UU Church has long supported Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) through volunteer effort, donations of food, and money donations from our outreach offerings. IPM is now offering groceries through mobile food pantries. No identification or registration is required. See details below. 2020 IPM MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES All are welcome! Drive through one of …

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Events and Meetings

Gathering for Remembrance and Mourning

Gathering for Remembrance and Mourning
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. At the Fire Pit in the back parking lot at HUUC. Please choose a ½ hour time slot. Space is limited to 10 households during each of the ½ hour time slots. Please take time with us as we pause, reflect, pray, mourn and honor all those we have lost. More than …

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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 …

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July means Little Fires Everywhere for the Babes with Books

July means Little Fires Everywhere for the Babes with Books
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. On Heritage’s back patio. The Babes with Books (Heritage's Women's book club) July 15th meeting will discuss Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere. Vogue describes this bestseller as taking "unerring aim at upper-middle-class American blind spots . . . a nuanced study of mothers and daughters …

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Ways to Pause and Refresh Weekly at the HUUC Website

Ways to Pause and Refresh Weekly at the HUUC Website
Each week, the Heritage UU Church website provides two new experiences that are short, virtual, and uplifting. Les Tacy, HUUC’s Music Director, provides a weekly UU hymn. After a short story about the hymn, Les plays and sings it. We invite you to sing along, listen, and meditate. Check the HUUC website homepage under the …

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Announcements

Water Ceremony: 2020 Style

Water Ceremony: 2020 Style
If you’ve been part of the Heritage Church community for a year or more, you know that one of our most beloved Unitarian Universalist traditions is the end-of-summer Water Ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to collect a small amount of water from somewhere special to them over the course of the summer, and then bring that water to our sanctuary on …

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Senior Minister on Vacation

Senior Minister on Vacation
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will be on vacation this month, taking contractually accrued time off totaling three weeks, from July 6th through the 27th. In case of emergency you may reach him via the church office at 513-231-8634 or by contacting our Church Administrator, Denise Martinez, at Office1@huuc.net.

Women’s Retreat will be Postponed for One Year

Women’s Retreat will be Postponed for One Year
A message from the Women’s Retreat Planning Team: To our Heritage UU Sisters, Thank you so much for your survey responses and kind words of support regarding the 2020 HUUC Women’s Retreat. We are so deeply grateful for the continued enthusiasm we have witnessed over the years for the Women’s Retreat. However, as we …

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Town Hall Meeting Video is Available

Town Hall Meeting Video is Available
A video recording of the May 31 Town Hall Meeting is now available online. You can reach it by going to the HUUC website, pointing on the menu to CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, pointing and clicking on MEMBERS’ AREA, then on that page, clicking on “Town Hall Meeting Videos.” You will need to enter the standard Members’ Area …

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Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Stay Home. Stay Safe.
At press time for this July Heirloom, most states (including Ohio) are reporting dramatic spikes in coronavirus cases. Far from being behind us or even on the decline, the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly. Doctors and scientists are telling us that the situation is even more dire than it was in March, when we shut down, sheltered in …

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News Articles

Heritage People March for Justice

Heritage People March for Justice
In the wake of the May 25th death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, many Heritage UU Church members and friends joined in peaceful protest marches in our area. At least of two of them made the news. The Journal-News on Sunday, May 31, ran a story “Hundreds Join Protest in …

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Board Briefs for May 2020

Board Briefs for May 2020
The HUUC Board passed the following policy regarding building closure: The general closure of the Heritage building is extended through the end of September 2020. Furthermore, the building shall not be used for large in-person gatherings (including Sunday worship service) through the remainder of the calendar year 2020. This …

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From the Archives

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 4)

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 4)
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. When we left our Universalist founder, John Murray, he had taken a new wife in 1788 and was well into his settled pastorate at the original Universalist Church of America in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1789, he composed a letter of congratulations to George Washington on his election to the Presidency of the new United States …

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Calendar of Events

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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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