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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
April 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, April 4: “This Easter Sunday”

Sunday, April 4: “This Easter Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In many ways, this Easter Sunday will be like so many others at Heritage Church: a celebration of the renewal of life and the return of springtime, a meditation on the natural cycle of death and rebirth. In other ways, this Easter Sunday will be unique indeed. This is the second straight Easter in which we will …

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Sunday, April 11: “The State of the Church”

Sunday, April 11: “The State of the Church”
Worship Leaders: Heritage UU Church Committee on Ministry and Board of Trustees. As we rejoice in the return of spring, we will celebrate the return of Reverend Bill from his sabbatical. We will briefly review the recent past and then turn to "The State of the Church (Where are we now?)." Worship Associate: Rev. Bill Gupton.

Sunday, April 18: “The World’s On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love)”

Sunday, April 18: “The World’s On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love)”
Rev. Erin Walter. After more than a year of pandemic life, some days feel almost normal, while others still bring us to our knees. Drawing upon the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and her own spiritual practice of music-making, Unitarian Universalist Rev. Erin Walter will reflect on how we may endure ongoing struggle while amplifying love and joy …

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Sunday, April 25: “Matters of Life and Death”

Sunday, April 25: “Matters of Life and Death”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This morning, on the anniversary of his mother’s death, Rev. Bill invites us to consider some of the things that really are “matters of life and death” – and some of the things that aren’t – with a few personal stories from his sabbatical, and beyond. Worship Associate: Lisa Prantl.

Sunday, May 2: “Flower Communion”

Sunday, May 2: “Flower Communion”
Rev. Bill Gupton. At press time, the details of our annual Unitarian Universalist ritual of spring were still being ironed out. Stay tuned to learn about a very special Flower Communion Sunday 2021, and how you can be part of it! Worship Associate: Kathy Wade.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
By Rev. Bill Gupton. Beloveds – Soon, I will be back with you, returning from a four-month, delayed sabbatical in which I have, true to my promise, “hibernated” through this difficult winter. The timing of my sabbatical clock, as it were, resulted in something I think it is fair to say is fairly unique among ministers of any generation – a “pandemic …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Happy Spring all! There is green everywhere and beautiful flowers are starting to bloom. We have more light and warmer temperatures each day. We get to welcome Rev. Bill back on April 1. Lots of things to smile about! Hitting one year of quarantine has me thinking a lot about where I was at a year ago …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. Over a year has now passed since Heritage closed its doors, due to the pandemic, and over a year has passed since RE families have been able to gather in person. Zoom classes are the next best thing, but online connections cannot replace physically being in each other’s …

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Religious Exploration and Faith Development

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth
by Karen Hager. HUUC 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, 9:00-9:20 a.m. …

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Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3, through Friday, April 30, 2021. Hello UU Friend! It's me, the Easter Bunny. I know you've probably been wondering what I’ve been doing with myself this year, since it isn’t safe for us to be meeting indoors or in large crowds. But, I promise you, I've been quite busy. I've been traveling all around the world, stopping …

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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, April 4, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Anita Puckett discusses How to Lose Historic Sites without Even Trying: The North …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Help Abolish the Death Penalty in Ohio

Help Abolish the Death Penalty in Ohio
Heritage’s Racial Justice Action group is focusing on an important moment for Ohio and we invite you to join us. Ohio is poised to consider abolishing the death penalty. Identical bills have been introduced in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives by bipartisan sponsors and with strong bipartisan support; SB 103 and HB 183. Many people, including …

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Racial Justice Action Planning

Racial Justice Action Planning
Monday, 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 question: But …

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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 meeting of the Collaborative, which will be …

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End-of-Life Ministry

First Anniversary Open House for Heritage Acres

First Anniversary Open House for Heritage Acres
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Featuring a specially curated natural art exhibit from local artists, seed-scattering ceremony, guided tours of the grounds, and much more! Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary invites you to its first anniversary celebration on Sunday afternoon, April 25, 2021. Cincinnati’s only …

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Events and Meetings

Babes Discuss Surviving vs. Living

Babes Discuss Surviving vs. Living
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. The April 21 Babes with Books (Heritage's Women's Book Club) Zoom meeting (7 - 9 p.m.) will consider aspects of merely surviving vs. living as they discuss Dear Edward, by Ann Napolitano. This New York Times bestseller novel and winner of numerous accolades follows a 12-year-old …

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Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France, which were created to build a sense of communion with the holy through singing, readings, reflection, and silence. As we move through this second spring of a pandemic, we will celebrate life, …

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Be Sure to Check Out the UU Hymn of the Week

Be Sure to Check Out the UU Hymn of the Week
Those of us who have been listening to the “UU Hymn of the Week” regularly have enjoyed and appreciated the enhanced video visuals and presentation of background information. If you’re in the middle of your week and need a UU boost, check out the Hymn of the Week on the Heritage UU Church homepage.

Announcements

Food Distribution Coming to a Close in May

Food Distribution Coming to a Close in May
Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes have been coordinating a food distribution for almost a year. We plan to bring the distribution to a close at the end of May. Our last official food distribution will be Thursday, May 20, 2021. We are deeply grateful to LaSoupe for the hundreds of pounds of food that they have rescued and given to us. …

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Key Virtual Meetings Scheduled

Key Virtual Meetings Scheduled
The HUUC Board of Trustees has set the following dates:
~ Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting: The Board will share the proposed budget with the congregation.
~ Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. Annual Congregational Meeting: Our meeting includes key reports, elections, voting on the budget, and special recognitions.

News Articles

Board Briefs for March 2021

Board Briefs for March 2021
~ The Board approved a Humidifier/de-humidifier for piano ($600 system which includes installation).
~ Update on Church Administrator Search Committee – the position has been posted for search and the committee has identified 30 candidates with several being very qualified. Goal is to have 2-3 candidates for Bill to …

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Support

HUUC Stewardship 2021-2022

HUUC Stewardship 2021-2022
Returning, Reviving, Rebuilding. One year ago, in March, we launched our Stewardship Campaign just days into the pandemic. I’ll never forget what a scramble it was to create our very first virtual service on Stewardship Sunday! This was the short-lived pre-Zoom era, so we created a series of recordings and sent links out to everyone. It was …

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Pledging - Frequently Asked Questions

Pledging - Frequently Asked Questions
Click the "Read more" link for answers to these questions:
What is a pledge? When does the pledge drive begin and end? What time period does my pledge cover? What is the amount that I should pledge? What is the average pledge amount at Heritage? How many people pledge at Heritage? What is the total …

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From the Archives

Our Unitarian Connection (Part 2)

Our Unitarian Connection (Part 2)
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The histories of the two large sister UU churches in Cincinnati are radically different. The current First Unitarian Church developed along many parallel lines as our own church. First Unitarian started its life worshipping in member homes in frontier Cincinnati much like our own church did and at nearly …

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The Wider UU World

UU Camps and Conferences

UU Camps and Conferences
At the Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences homepage you can see 29 camps and conferences listed, with pictures, along with a link to each. It’s a great jumping-off point if you are looking to do something “UU” this summer. Although many conferences are meeting virtually, a number of dedicated UU spaces are available for socially-distanced and family outings. …

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

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