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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
October 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, October 3: “Community”

Sunday, October 3: “Community”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. Join us online today for an abbreviated worship service with all our favorite traditions, starting at 10:30 a.m., then stick around for an important congregational town hall meeting to discuss ideas related to returning to worship in our sanctuary once the weather grows colder. ...

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Sunday, October 10: “Uu and Us”

Sunday, October 10: “Uu and Us”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., In Person, Outside, at Heritage UU Church. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Our congregation, which was founded in 1827 as the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati, has always had an interesting relationship with Unitarian Universalism (which was created in 1961 by the joining of the Universalists …

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Sunday, October 17: “And So ... We Begin Again!”

Sunday, October 17: “And So ... We Begin Again!”
Bill Lyon. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. As individuals, a faith community, and a weary world, we are continually called to begin again in courage. More easily said than done. Yet, by acknowledging our imperfect past, we can step into the future with hope. Join us in worship through song, poetry, prayer, and ritual. Worship Associate: Lisa Prantl.

Sunday, October 24: “No Such Thing as an Off Year”

Sunday, October 24: “No Such Thing as an Off Year”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., in person outside at Heritage Church, and streamed on Zoom. It’s just over a week until the “off year” election of 2021. But consider what is at stake in this traditionally low-turnout election. School boards (perhaps more important now than ever). Local government (if nothing else, the pandemic has taught us …

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Sunday, October 31: “Welcome All Manner of Creatures”

Sunday, October 31: “Welcome All Manner of Creatures”
Laci Lee Adams. 10:30 a.m., in person outside at Heritage Church and streamed on Zoom. What a joyous occasion that Halloween will actually fall on Sunday! That seems like a reason to celebrate, which is exactly what we will do. Our All Ages worship will focus on the fun, frivolity and possibility of Halloween. Laci Lee Adams, …

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Sunday, November 7: All Souls Sunday

Sunday, November 7: All Souls Sunday
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., in person at Heritage Church and streamed on Zoom. This morning we gather together to remember and honor those who have passed from this life, in the last year, in our traditional All Souls Sunday worship service. Come reflect on lives well lived, communities and families strengthened, and the preciousness of the …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. A change of seasons is upon us. The air is cooler, the skies less bright, and there is a noticeable shift in the energies that fill our world. As October arrives, we settle in to the “new normal” – whatever that is! – of congregational life in the second year of a pandemic, joining together in …

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President’s Corner: Homecoming

President’s Corner: Homecoming
by Michael Wilhite. Our first Sunday service back on the grounds at Heritage was a special moment for our community in our past 18-month journey. We appreciate the safe modifications that the Worship team made to keep the spirit of our In-Gathering alive for our community. A highlight for me was witnessing Rev. Bill at the pulpit …

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I Wonder… What do all of these letters mean?

I Wonder… What do all of these letters mean?
by Laci Lee Adams. There is quite a bit of “alphabet” soup in the world! From acronyms to initials to station identification codes, letters seem to stand in for words and meaning everywhere we turn. And it seems like churches are not exempt from the barrage. What is the power of these letters? I have been thinking a lot …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

Deeping Our Connections and Expanding Our Minds

Deeping Our Connections and Expanding Our Minds
The leaves might be withering, but we are actually blossoming at Heritage! For young people, in-person RE classes are just around the corner -- October 10th! It's never too late to register (go to the RE Registration Form), but we would love to know who to expect so get all of our ducks in a row. Whether that be, getting …

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Class Coming for Those Who Are New to UU

Class Coming for Those Who Are New to UU
Wednesdays, November 3 and 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. In person at the church, and via Zoom. If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism, or Heritage Church, you are invited to learn more about our religion in a special two-part “New UU” class led by Rev. Bill Gupton on successive Wednesday nights at the church. Those who cannot or do not …

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Learn Your UU History

Learn Your UU History
Tuesday, November 30, at 7 p.m., at Heritage. All are invited to an evening with Rev. Bill exploring the history of Unitarian Universalism – going all the way back to the ancient “heresies” of universal salvation and the unity of God. Those who cannot or do not want to attend in person can “Zoom in” live. This fascinating, fast-paced romp …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Topic: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Topic: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Wednesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required. The Kentucky Unitarian Universalist Justice Action Network (KUUJAN) will talk about Indigenous Peoples’ Day at its monthly Zoom meeting on October 6. The Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing Indigenous People's Day in 2021. The …

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Church Theatre Outing for “Pipeline”

Church Theatre Outing for “Pipeline”
Friday, October 15, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Ticket purchase required in advance. All Heritage Church members and friends are invited to join the Social Justice Collaborative in a theatre outing to see Pipeline, a play about the school-to-prison pipeline. It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 months since live theatre came to an abrupt halt. A Heritage …

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Film: “Home of the Brave”

Film: “Home of the Brave”
Friday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. The film Home of the Brave will be the focus of an evening discussion led by the Racial Justice Team on Friday, October 22, at 7:00 PM, in-person in the sanctuary. This movie chronicles the trip that Viola Liuzzo, a Unitarian Universalist and Detroit mother of five, took to help with the March from …

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GAPP and ACRU Offer Two October Events

GAPP and ACRU Offer Two October Events
Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) are planning two October events. On Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., Christina Hartlieb, Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills, will share stories about the house which was the residence for Lyman Beecher, …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. Food security, racial justice, environmental concerns, and fair voting districts will be some of the topics discussed at the Social Justice Collaborative Meeting. Other topics include housing security and homelessness, indigenous peoples, gun reform, LGBT+ concerns, and …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Share the September Sunset at Heritage Acres

Share the September Sunset at Heritage Acres
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, beginning around 4:00 p.m., at Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. Join friends new and old at Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary (796 Locust Corner Road 45245 in Pierce Township, just 10 miles from church) for a sunset experience on Wednesday, September 29. Come after work or school for our first evening …

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Events and Meetings

Heritage Town Hall Meeting

Heritage Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, October 3, around 11:15 a.m., via Zoom. For nearly two years, the HUUC Board has been hosting quarterly Town Hall meetings with our community. It is a great forum for us to provide updates on pressing topics. Most importantly, it creates the best opportunity for the Board to learn from the discussion. This is another …

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Fall Council Meeting

Fall Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. It is time for our annual tradition of the Fall Council Meeting, which brings together our volunteer teams to update everyone on their plans and needs. It is a pretty simple format where we have the opportunity hear from each of Heritage volunteer teams. We learn about who is serving, what they …

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An Inside Look into Recent News

An Inside Look into Recent News
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Following last month’s Babe's With Books (BWB, or Heritage's Women's book club) selection featuring a historical view of the news, the October BWB meeting selection portrays a real-life accounting set in Afghanistan, a country headlining nearly every day's news reports. Our October 20, 7-9 …

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Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls

Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Under the light of the harvest moon, we’ll gather on the fourth Wednesday of October for our monthly Vespers service. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France and was created to build a sense of communion with the holy through singing, readings, …

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Announcements

Child Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for October 24

Child Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for October 24
Parents / grandparents / guardians: If you have a child in the age range toddler to kindergarten, and would like to have that child dedicated into the Heritage Church community, please contact Senior Minister Rev. Bill Gupton or Director of Lifespan Faith Development Laci Lee Adams at the emails listed below. We are planning a child …

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Emergency Contact Information Form

Emergency Contact Information Form
Because there are a number of Heritage members and friends who are the only members of their immediate and/or extended families living in Cincinnati, the Caring Circle thought it might be helpful if Heritage could hold emergency contact information for those who wished. For some, if there were an emergency in which they could not give their …

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Videos of Missed Worship Services

Videos of Missed Worship Services
A church congregation is a community, and part of what strengthens community bonds is being together in real time during worship, whether in person at the church building or connected during a Zoom service. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate in real time in a Sunday morning worship service, you will soon be able to watch the service …

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Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19
This document contains three policy statements in response to COVID-19. They are: Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19, In-Person Worship Policy, and Indoor Gathering Policy. 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 …

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News Articles

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. …

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For Everything There Is a Season: Memorial Trees Taken Down

For Everything There Is a Season: Memorial Trees Taken Down
On Saturday, September 19, at the beginning of our Church Beautification Volunteer Work Day, a somber ceremony marked the end of an era at Heritage as our two remaining memorial trees – planted just after our current building opened in 1985 – were removed. The trees had been dying for a couple of years, and no longer …

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Grounds Beautification Day

Grounds Beautification Day
Thanks go to the twenty people or so who worked on Grounds Beautification Day, September 18. Here are a few pictures. …

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Farewell and Blessings for Moundview

Farewell and Blessings for Moundview
After a summer of meeting alternate weeks for Sunday worship at Moundview Park, we held our last service there for a while on August 29. (Our upcoming services will be a mixture of outside at church and Zoom-only.) A couple of Heritage Church members took a few pictures that day to commemorate our time at the park. …

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Financial Update

Financial Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends, Amazingly, we are already three months into our 2021-2022 fiscal year. As I write this update, the weather has taken a sharp turn towards fall with rain, blustery wind, and temperatures dropping down to the 40s. My favorite time of year. At our September meeting the Finance Committee welcomed a new …

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Board Briefs for September 2021

Board Briefs for September 2021
~ The Board met on September 13th, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
~ Financial Reports were reviewed. Building maintenance will exceed the planned budget, due to costs associated with replacing outdoor lighting.
~ The minister shared his monthly report, which included a request for the formation of a membership team …

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From the Archives

Fifty Years and Counting

Fifty Years and Counting
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Many of you are too young to remember 1971, but it might still be interesting to reflect on the state of the American culture 50 years ago and also explore that era through the lens of what our church was experiencing. So, step into the UU Time Machine and rocket back to October 1971. A …

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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
Michael Wilhite, Board President
Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Les Tacy, Music Director
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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