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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
May 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, May 2: “Flower Communion Sunday”

Sunday, May 2: “Flower Communion Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Each spring, we Unitarian Universalists celebrate Flower Communion, a ceremony in which lovely spring flowers are given and received, reflecting the beauty and community created when we share our gifts with others and with the world. In a drive-thru ritual similar to the one we shared last August for our annual Water …

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Sunday, May 9: “Celebrating UUism in Cincinnati!”

Sunday, May 9: “Celebrating UUism in Cincinnati!”
Rev. Bill Gupton. and many others The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati sponsors today's joint worship service featuring not one, not two, but six Cincinnati-area UU congregations. There will be great music, a story for all ages, and messages from each church about what distinguishes them from all the others! There are many flavors …

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Sunday, May 16: “Bridging the Divide”

Sunday, May 16: “Bridging the Divide”
Bill Lyon. The big issues of our time—racial justice, the environment, human rights, healthcare, and many more—what do they have in common? The path toward progress is hampered by the divisiveness in our society. HUUC Worship Committee member Bill Lyon will explore the spiritual and practical implications for people of a …

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Sunday, May 23: “Getting Buzzed”

Sunday, May 23: “Getting Buzzed”
Rev. Bill Gupton. They’re heeeere! Just like clockwork, after 17 years the cicadas are emerging to delight or terrorize (depending on your perspective) suburbanites, farmers, delivery people, pets, and anything else that dares to share this part of the world with them this summer. Today we will take a light-hearted approach to …

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Sunday, May 30: “Matters of Life and Death”

Sunday, May 30: “Matters of Life and Death”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This Memorial Day weekend, 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: Bill Lyon.

Sunday, June 6: “Taking Stock”

Sunday, June 6: “Taking Stock”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Prior to our Annual Congregational Meeting, our Senior Minister will invite us to “take stock” of where we are as a church as we adapt to pandemic-induced changes, staff turnover, new ways of worshipping and being in community, and more. Then, at 1:30, all church members are urged to log back into Zoom to participate in …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. I don’t know if it was the fact that my four-month sabbatical was incredibly recharging and restful (as I often called it, a “winter hibernation”), or if it is all the exciting things that are going on at Heritage Church and Heritage Acres right now – but I have been loving every minute of my first few weeks back with you …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. This is the time of year that RE begins planning for the launch of the fall program. This year, we are faced with the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where and how we will be able to meet. Our fingers are crossed that COVID conditions will have improved to the point that we will …

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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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May Family Activity

May Family Activity
The Interim RE Committee will hold its next Family Activity on Sunday, May 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. Drop in to learn about our summer program and to pick up your SUUmer AdventUUre JoUUrnal. Families can complete their first adventUUre that day! Watch your email for more information.

Coming This Summer!

Coming This Summer!
RE will not meet in person this summer but we will be providing a program that families can have fun with all summer long. Kids in grades PreK-5 will receive a SUUmer AdventUUre JoUUrnal, with lots of great ideas for adventUUres the whole sUUmer long! As kids complete an adventUUre, parents will place a provided sticker badge inside …

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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, May 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Bill Baker discusses Life in Poland in the 19th century, including the story of …

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Social Action / Social Justice

City-Wide Discussion of the UU Common Read

City-Wide Discussion of the UU Common Read
Register by May 1 for common read book discussions on May 7, 14, 21. Every year, Unitarian Universalists from all over the country are invited to read a single book together. The purpose of this “Common Read” program is to “build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared …

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Racial Justice Action Planning

Racial Justice Action Planning
Monday, 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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IPM Clothing Donations

IPM Clothing Donations
Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) has a new partnership with St. Vincent de Paul. When anyone drops off clothing at IPM’s Newtown Pantry, IPM will get clothing vouchers for its clients. Clothing maybe dropped off at the Newtown Pantry only: IPM Newtown Location 3509 Debolt Road Newtown, Ohio 45244 Phone: (513)561-3932 To learn more or …

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Events and Meetings

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Registration required. 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 …

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Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 16th at 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. This is the second year that the Board has held a series of Town Hall meetings to bring visibility to the opportunities facing the church and to create a space for voices to be heard throughout the annual church calendar. We had a history of Annual Meetings when issues were raised so …

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A Book of Doors

A Book of Doors
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. The Amazon.com review raves about the next read for the Babes with Books (BWB or Heritage's women's book club). Amazon describes The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow, as "Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories." …

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Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Registration required. 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. Join us as we gather to listen for and be mindful of our inner voice, …

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2021 Annual Congregational Meeting

2021 Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. **Save the Date** This year’s annual meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Even though the meeting is virtual, we still need everyone to participate so we can make quorum. During the meeting we will elect new officers to the Board of Trustees and other …

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Announcements

HUUC Hires New Church Administrator

HUUC Hires New Church Administrator
Heritage Church is pleased to welcome our next Church Administrator, Vali Dugan! Vali (pronounced like "Molly" but with a "V") was hired after a two-month search process that included 30 applicants. Our Church Administrator Search Committee (Michael Wilhite, Donna Buckley, Bob Booth and Maureen Boylan) received 30 applications …

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News Articles

HUUC Pagan Group Honors Earth-Centered Traditions

HUUC Pagan Group Honors Earth-Centered Traditions
Most UUs are familiar with our Seven Principles. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. The Sixth Source states that we affirm and promote: “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the …

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Board Briefs for April 2021

Board Briefs for April 2021
~ We welcome back Rev. Bill from his sabbatical!
~The Board will appoint a nominating committee for new Board members as three are leaving at the end of June.
~A Settled Religious Educator Search Committee has been formed: Ann Roberts, Katie Kpayeh, David Knight, Amy Leier and Kay Inskeep.
~ The Board approved formation of a …

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From the Archives

Our Unitarian Connection: Merger (Part 3)

Our Unitarian Connection: Merger (Part 3)
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The similar histories of our church and the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, as well as the much different path taken by St. John’s Unitarian Church, all led to a convergence in 1961 when the national Unitarian and Universalist faiths merged. (This is sometimes referred to as “consolidation.”) While this joining …

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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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