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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
February 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 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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Sunday, February 7: “Death and Dignity in the Time of Covid-19”

Sunday, February 7: “Death and Dignity in the Time of Covid-19”
Rev. Jessica James. What does it mean to have a good death in pandemic times? What has Covid-19 taught us about what really matters? Where do we go from here? Rev. Jessica shares her experience serving as a hospice chaplain during the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. Rev. Jessica James …

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Sunday, February 14: “A Vaccine for Hate, Fear, and Division”

Sunday, February 14: “A Vaccine for Hate, Fear, and Division”
Bill Lyon. The COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, yet another contagion persists. Even with hope for a fresh start in our nation’s Capital, the pandemic of hate, fear and divisiveness has spread throughout our country and across the globe. How do we protect ourselves, our families, and our planet from these dangers? Heritage and …

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Sunday, February 21: “Inward Rigor, Outward Ease.”

Sunday, February 21: “Inward Rigor, Outward Ease.”
Rev. Jake Morrill. Grace is a quality that's much-desired, but often sloppily-defined. Bringing more of it into our lives and relations asks not only more generosity, but more clarity. Today's sermon will offer a definition of grace and then propose three habits for upholding that “inward rigor and outward ease.” Since 2003, Jake Morrill …

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Sunday, February 28: “Healing Waters”

Sunday, February 28: “Healing Waters”
Mimi Sinclair and Steph Tacy. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley. With spoken word, music, and silence, we will reflect on the element of water and our relationships with it. Necessary for life, nourishment for the body and soul, source of pleasure, expression of sorrow through tears, creator of life, …

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Columns and Essays

President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. We are just about a week into 2021 and a lot has seemed to happen already. The Capitol insurrection was a devasting event for our nation. I was happy to connect with some in the congregation that evening through Zoom to be in community with each other. Lots of feelings when this happened. My first job out of grad school was with the Architect of the Capitol. …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. My Sundays are now quite different than they were pre-pandemic. As Director of Lifespan Faith Development for the Blacksburg congregation, I never get to attend RE classes with the children. Our program is large, and my time has to be spent making sure all classes run …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration
by Karen Hager. Thank you to the many families who responded to last month’s survey on RE programming for the remainder of the fiscal year. Responses indicated strong interest in joining Blacksburg programs for PreK, K-5 and Middle School. There was also interest in an offering for younger children, as well. Beginning in February, …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Race Matters in the Supreme Court 1791-2021

Race Matters in the Supreme Court 1791-2021
March 16, 23, and 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Join other Heritage members and friends in hearing the founder of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) discuss race matters in the Supreme Court. University of Cincinnati Political Science Professor Emeritus Howard Tolley will examine Supreme Court caselaw involving slavery, …

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Events and Meetings

Spiritual and Social Support Group

Spiritual and Social Support Group
Every Friday at 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. A new group is being offered for anyone interested in gathering on Zoom to connect and converse with others. This group is open to all Heritage members and friends. Hosted on Zoom by Heritage member Bernadene Zennie, the group will evolve as it meets. The intent is for the group to be …

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Just Mercy for Babes with Books

Just Mercy for Babes with Books
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Named as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the February Babes with Books (BWB or Heritage's women's book club) meeting selection, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, "is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, (and) a …

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HUUC Town Hall Meeting

HUUC Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Heritage UU Church board of trustees will host a Town Hall meeting in February. 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 …

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Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France, created to build upon a sense of communion with the holy through singing, readings, reflection and silence. In this darkest time of the year, we will celebrate the coming light, warmth, and hope …

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Adult Faith Development Programs

Adult Faith Development Programs
by Karen Hager. Heritage UU Church congregants are invited to join the Blacksburg congregation this month for these Adult Faith Development online programs. Registration is not necessary for these classes. …

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Announcements

Church Administrator Time Away

Church Administrator Time Away
Our Church Administrator, Denise Martinez, will be taking time away from work from now through February 7, 2021. If you need direct and immediate assistance during that time, please email our Board President, Tamilyn Moore (see "Contact Information," below in this newsletter).

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. For the health and safety of our church community, all HUUC-affiliated groups are strongly encouraged to meet virtually. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings regardless …

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News Articles

A Familiar Face Returns to HUUC Virtually

A Familiar Face Returns to HUUC Virtually
Have you noticed the familiar face of Jill Beyette joining our Sunday Worship Zoom Services? Jill and husband Rick, and their daughters Claire and Anna, are Life Members of Heritage UU Church, though they now live in Athens, Georgia, where they lead busy lives at the University of Georgia. Rick is the Founding Chair of the School of …

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Financial Update

Financial Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends, We are now halfway through the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2021. In an unusual, and even unprecedented, year for our congregation I’m very pleased to report that we remain on sound financial footing. This is in no small part thanks to the continued generosity of all of …

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Board Briefs for January 2021

Board Briefs for January 2021
~ The Board welcomed Karen Hager to her first Board Meeting. Welcome Karen! ~ The COVID-19 Policy has been updated. The building will now be closed until the end of June 2021.
~ Donna Buckley will be stepping off the Heritage Acres Board and will now be liaison from the Heritage Acres Board to the HUUC Board of Trustees. …

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From the Archives

Love Is the Spirit of This Church

Love Is the Spirit of This Church
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Valentine’s day is upon us. It evokes memories of little pieces of candy adorned with short expressions of love, greeting cards which relate our feelings of love for one another and chocolates in large heart-shaped boxes. Our church is also an endless expression of the love we feel for our fellow parishioners …

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The Wider UU World

Stronger Together – The UU Council

Stronger Together – The UU Council
by Rae Jane Araujo. Unitarian Universalists are stronger and more effective working together than separately. The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati meets quarterly and includes delegates from all six of the UU congregations in Greater Cincinnati. We share news and ideas on how to effectively achieve our …

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Calendar of Events

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Get Weekly Updates

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. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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