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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
March 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, 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 …

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Sunday, March 7: “Enemies Closer”

Sunday, March 7: “Enemies Closer”
Rev. Ruth Vann Lillian. The world's major religions teach us to somehow love our enemies but that's easier said than done. We'd prefer to avoid our enemies, but what if we encounter them right in our own congregation? How do we create "Beloved Community" when there are people in our church we just can't stand? It's easy to keep our …

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Sunday, March 14: “The Saints Are Still Laughing”

Sunday, March 14: “The Saints Are Still Laughing”
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh. For many months, it has seemed like every choice is a matter of life and death. As faithful people, we want to help, but there is so little that we can change by next Tuesday that the world can feel too heavy on our shoulders. Join the conversation this Sunday as we turn to the lighter side …

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Sunday, March 21: “Light at the End of the Tunnel”

Sunday, March 21: “Light at the End of the Tunnel”
Reid Hester and others. Our 2021-2022 pledge drive sets up a wonderful contradiction. It is on one hand the most mundane and boring pledge drive ever. Our goal is simply to get back to normal. But when has it ever been so inspiring to consider what it will be like to get back to normal? Our pledges will bring that …

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Sunday, March 28: “Never Turning Back”

Sunday, March 28: “Never Turning Back”
Rev. Nic Cable. A year ago, Kate Deciccio created a powerful art piece to respond to the pandemic, which read "If we get this right, we will never go back to normal." Now a year later, what will it look like for us as individuals and as a congregation to "get this right?" If we aren't going to "go back …

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Columns and Essays

President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Hope everyone has dug out of the snow and that you are enjoying all the icicles as the sun shines through them as the snow melts. With all the snow, the initial signs of spring are hidden. If the crocuses are coming up, we cannot see them. Hopefully as the snow melts, we will see that green …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. With a full month of shared programming behind us, I can report that the UU congregation in Blacksburg, VA is greatly enjoying this new arrangement with Heritage. We have had children and youth join our Children’s RE classes and Middle School meetings, and nearly every adult class offered has …

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Religious Exploration and Faith Development

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth
by Karen Hager. Heritage UU Church families are invited to join Blacksburg children and youth in these programs: ~Story Time with Rev. Pam Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. Blacksburg’s minister, Rev. Pam Philips, joins children of all ages for weekly story time. All ages are welcome, including those of nursery age.
~PreK: Sunday Funday Sundays, …

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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 class.
~Sunday Circle Sunday, March 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Margo Walter and Kristine Reid present NAMI 101, an …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Beloved Conversations Registration Runs Through February 26

Beloved Conversations Registration Runs Through February 26
Beloved Conversations is an online racial justice course. Registration runs till February 26 for Beloved Conversations, an intense on-line self-paced course on anti-racism that runs mid-March through early-June 2021. Beloved Conversations honors the 2019 dying wish of Leslie Edwards, friend of Rev. Bill Gupton and grandson of Rev. W.H.G. Carter, …

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Racial Justice Action Planning

Racial Justice Action Planning
Monday, March 8, April 12 and May 10, 2021, at 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 …

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Race Matters in the Supreme Court 1791-2021

Race Matters in the Supreme Court 1791-2021
March 9, 16, and 23 (Note date change), 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 …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m. When the Social Justice Collaborative meets, we are taking a small step toward the realization of the Sixth Unitarian Universalist Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next …

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Events and Meetings

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 …

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A Lighter Read for Babes with Books

A Lighter Read for Babes with Books
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Via Zoom. Changing tone from last month's deeply serious non-fiction selection, this month the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) focuses on Ellen Foster, by Kay Gibbons, at their March 17, 7-9 p.m. Zoom meeting. One book club member billed this novel as a much …

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Vespers Service in the Taizé Style: Nourishing Our Souls

Vespers Service in the Taizé Style: Nourishing Our Souls
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly Vespers service as we begin to emerge from the cold darkness of winter. Let us come together to let the light shine upon us, and feel inner warmth and balance while in community. We will celebrate the returning light of the Spring Equinox, and its lessons of balance in …

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Announcements

Help Heritage Find a New Church Administrator

Help Heritage Find a New Church Administrator
We are in the process of looking for a new church administrator. Perhaps you can help? Being part of our HUUC community, you know best about who we are and hopefully know someone who is looking for a fulfilling job opportunity at Heritage. If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please share this …

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News Articles

Heritage Church Cluster Gives Strong Support to IHN

Heritage Church Cluster Gives Strong Support to IHN
In 2020, over $5,000 in money was donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) by a five-church cluster that includes Heritage Church. This money was in addition to gift cards and in-kind donations that members of those churches provided. IHN is a network of congregations that work together to provide meals and shelter to …

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Board Briefs for February 2021

Board Briefs for February 2021
~The Board and Reid Hester are putting together the 2021-2022 Budget. Expect to hear about that soon.
~Town Hall Meeting: The next Town Hall Meeting will be February 21, at 1:30 p.m., by Zoom.

From the Archives

Our Unitarian Connection

Our Unitarian Connection
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Because our roots lie in the Universalist faith, much of the focus on the history of our church involves exploring that faith. Last spring, a lot of ink was spent on telling the story of John Murray and the first Universalist Church to congregate in America. However, we have been the Universalist Unitarian faith since …

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The Wider UU World

Hal Walker Concert for Peace & Justice & Loving Your Neighbor

Hal Walker Concert for Peace & Justice & Loving Your Neighbor
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8 to 9 p.m. All of the funds raised by this concert will be used to help Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) continue its efforts for economic justice, racial justice, criminal justice reform and its new environmental justice initiative. In 2021, UUJO needs to raise funds to help organize Earth Ministry interest …

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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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