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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.)
September 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, August 30: "Drive-Thru Water Ceremony!"

Sunday, August 30: "Drive-Thru Water Ceremony!"
Rev. Bill Gupton and Rev. Leslie Woodward. We are rapidly approaching the end of summer -- and time for our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony. Of course, 2020 is no normal year. So we're having to make some adjustments to our rituals. But we have some exciting plans to announce. This year our "Out-Gathering" Water Ceremony will be a Drive-Thru gathering …

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Sunday, September 6: "Spirituality Tour - Open House"

Sunday, September 6: “Spirituality Tour - Open House”
Steph Tacy. We come home to unwind, to eat, to sleep, to bathe our bodies. What if our home also has the ability to help teach us how to replenish and re-energize ourselves? What if we discovered there is wisdom to be gained right here within the very rooms of our own home? Let’s take a tour to learn what …

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Sunday, September 13: "Filling Our Cups"

Sunday, September 13: "Filling Our Cups"
Rev. Bill Gupton. This morning, let’s renew our spirits with moving music, beautiful words, inspiring images, shared silence and the smiling faces of our Heritage Church friends. It is a challenging time in which to live. Too often, we feel depleted – emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted. Today, let us fill our cups. Won’t you join us? Plan to rejoin …

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Sunday, September 20: "A Town Hall with Rev. Bill"

Sunday, September 20: "A Town Hall with Rev. Bill"
Rev. Bill Gupton. Let’s talk. Our service today will feature an open-ended conversation with our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton. Using a moderated, virtual, town-hall-like process, Rev. Bill will respond to your questions, engage in dialogue, and discuss any and every appropriate topic under the sun – from church life to the afterlife, from pop culture to popcorn. Let’s talk. …

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Sunday, September 27: "250 Years of Universalism in America"

Sunday, September 27: "250 Years of Universalism in America"
Rev. Bill Gupton. On September 30, 1770, a ship ran aground on the coast of New Jersey. The following Sunday morning, a reluctant preacher named John Murray set in motion an American religious revolution that continues to this day. This week – and next – we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Universalism in America, honoring both Murray’s commitment to the …

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Sunday, October 4: A Commemorative 250th Anniversary Universalist Worship Service

Sunday, October 4: A Commemorative 250th Anniversary Universalist Worship Service
Rev. Justin Schroeder and the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.
Note Time: Today’s service begins at 11:00 a.m. We conclude our weeklong celebration of the sestercentennial (yep, that’s the right word!) of American Universalism by joining a live, nationwide feed of the full worship service from the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, with their Senior Minister, Rev. Justin Schroeder. Learn …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. “The times, they are a’changing.” Those words, written by Bob Dylan more than half a century ago, and sung to us last month by our Church Musician, Les Tacy, are poignantly real to me right now, as I look ahead to the “church year.” In the next 12 months, we will say goodbye to two beloved …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. The end of summer, back to school, virtual school, the start of fall, Rev. Bill resuming his sabbatical, Rev. Leslie’s retirement, Denise’s retirement… a time of many transitions here at Heritage! As are many of you, I am preparing for the kids to return to school, but not returning to the school. New adventures with virtual learning …

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REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Dear ones, I have been blessed to serve Heritage as your assistant minister, responsible for guiding the spiritual growth of the amazing children and youth of this congregation, for more than 8 years. Thank you for the trust that you have placed in me. Words cannot express the joy that filled my heart each Sunday morning, …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Crossing Paths – New Program for Middle School Youth

Crossing Paths – New Program for Middle School Youth
Announcing Crossing Paths, the newest version of the Neighboring Faiths program designed to introduce middle school youth to different world faiths as they are practiced in America. This year, UU families from Heritage (Cincinnati), Thomas Jefferson (Louisville) and First Unitarian (Louisville) will be learning together in an online Zoom environment. Your youth will learn about world religions while getting to …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Heritage UU-the-Vote

Heritage UU-the-Vote
The Heritage Church UU-the-Vote team is making plans to conduct drive-through voter registrations (such as at food pantries), develop and share memes, and lead a worship service on October 18. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Bob Lamb at:
UUtheVote1@huuc.net.

End-of-Life Ministry

Fall Work Days at Heritage Acres

Fall Work Days at Heritage Acres
Fall is – or soon will be – in the air! The next few months will be a great time to get out to Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary for some fresh air, invigorating work, and fine fellowship. If you can help out at Heritage Acres for a few hours, if you can bring some lunch and juice and moral support …

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Events and Meetings

Singing In Sacred Circle

Singing In Sacred Circle
Second Tuesday of Each Month At 7:00 p.m. Women Singing In Sacred Circle still meets the second Tuesday of every month via Zoom. Shelley leads the chants and we mute ourselves and sing along from home. It is surprisingly nourishing! SISC continues to be a source of deep friendship, support and healing for many women across the city. Watch the …

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TGIF and On the Deck with Rev. Bill

TGIF and On the Deck with Rev. Bill
Twice this month, Rev. Bill Gupton will host you (virtually) on his deck for food, drink and conversation. Join others from the Heritage community for these informal, relaxed “get togethers” as follows: ~ Friday, September 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a TGIF gathering to celebrate the “end of the week” and the beginning of Labor Day weekend
~ Tuesday, September 22 from …

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Babes Read "Before We Were Yours"

Babes Read "Before We Were Yours"
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m., on Heritage Church's Back Patio. Amazon bills this month's reading selection for the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club), Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, as a blockbuster hit. The Huntington Post states "this story about children taken from their parents through kidnapping or subterfuge and then placed for adoption, for a price, …

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Heritage Fall Follies on September 19th!

Heritage Fall Follies on September 19th!
Do have any hidden or not-so-hidden talents you're eager to share with your UU faith home? Did you have a performance you were looking forward to doing this spring that had to be canceled? Any new skills you've been practicing you'd like to show off in a loving, supportive space? Well, you're in luck! Rev. Leslie along with Les & …

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Vespers Service Returns in September

Vespers Service Returns in September
Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Our Vespers service will begin again in September after having taken a short break during the month of August. We return refreshed, replenished and re-energized as promised, ready to offer this contemplative service in the hopes that it will help you to feel refreshed, replenished and re-energized. Every time we take …

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Virtual Women’s Retreat

Virtual Women’s Retreat
Friday, September 25, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. A message from the Retreat Planning Team: Greeting Sisters, September is drawing near, so the Retreat Planning Team wants to remind you that we will be hosting a VIRTUAL retreat on September 25th, at 7 pm. This event is free of charge and open to women members and friends of Heritage Universalist …

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Fall Council Meeting

Fall Council Meeting
The 2020 Fall Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 1 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This meeting will be virtual through Zoom. Committee and Team leads will get an email soon from your Board liaison with the questionnaire to complete prior to the meeting. This year we will be doing those questionnaires through Google Docs. This will allow for easier …

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Announcements

An Announcement from Denise

An Announcement from Denise
To My Heritage Family: It is with mixed emotions that I write this. On August 20, 2020, I submitted my resignation and announced my retirement to the Board of Trustees. I will be retiring no later than June 30, 2021. It is with great pride and appreciation that I will have served as your Church Administrator for nineteen years. I …

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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 December 2020. Outdoor - through the end of December 2020: No more than 10 household groups. Participants must …

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News Articles

HUUC Finances Update

HUUC Finances Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends,
My last contribution to the Heirloom to update everyone on HUUC financial matters was WAY back in March. It was only five months ago on the calendar, but it seems like much longer. The Finance Committee is now preparing to close the books on the 2019-2020 church fiscal year, and we are over one month …

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Board Briefs for August 2020

Board Briefs for August 2020
~The Board unanimously voted to extend the general closure of the Heritage building to the end of the calendar year 2020.
~ Rev. Leslie submitted official notification of her retirement as the AMRE as of December 31, 2020.
~ The Fall Council Meeting will be October 1, at 7pm. The Board will send out a questionnaire to …

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From the Archives

Pandemic 1918

Pandemic 1918
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. During the past five months of the COVID pandemic, reference has frequently been made to the outbreak of flu that wreaked havoc on the world in 1918. Certainly there are similarities to COVID but there are also stark differences. The 1918 pandemic is often referred to as the Spanish Flu. In reality, the virus did …

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The Wider UU World

Alice Diebel Ordination and Installation

Alice Diebel Ordination and Installation
Even in a time of social distancing, when participants cannot meet together, the ceremony of ordination and installation of a Unitarian Universalist minister can still be a moving experience. On Saturday, August 15, 2020, the congregations of Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MVUUF) and St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church (St. John’s) jointly ordained Alice Diebel into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. …

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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

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