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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
November 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 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. …

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Sunday, November 7: All Souls Sunday

Sunday, November 7: All Souls Sunday
Rev. Bill Gupton. 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 present moment we share together. If you have a friend …

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Sunday, November 14: “This Ordinary and Stunning World”

Sunday, November 14: “This Ordinary and Stunning World”
Rev. Bill Gupton. How often, in our day-to-day, even moment-to-moment lives, do we stop to bask in the stunning beauty that surrounds us? We are held not only in an eternal embrace of love, but live within an ongoing pageant of incredible wonder and majesty. Today, set aside an hour of worship to celebrate this miracle with your …

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Sunday, November 21: “We Give Thanks”

Sunday, November 21: “We Give Thanks”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In this, our annual Sunday-before-Thanksgiving service, we offer gratitude for the many blessings we share. The Choir will also bless us with beautiful singing this special morning. Worship Associate: Jenny Hamerstadt.

Sunday, November 28: “This Land is Their Land”

Sunday, November 28: “This Land is Their Land”
Kathy Wade. Drawing on music, poetry, ritual and the words of indigenous peoples, we will acknowledge our history, listen and learn how to build meaningful healing relationships. UU’s have played varied roles in the long history of indigenous people in our country -- from taking part in the shameful boarding schools for …

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Sunday, December 5: “Ask Me Anything”

Sunday, December 5: “Ask Me Anything”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Join us for the return of one of our Senior Minister’s most unusual services. This morning, you are free to ask Rev. Bill anything (within reason and good taste), and he will do his best to honestly and openly answer your question. There will be an opportunity for those who want to pre-submit questions, or to do …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. I write this just a couple of hours after our first, indoor, in-the-sanctuary worship service since March 15, 2020 – and I have to say my spirit is still flying high! As a man of words (sometimes many words), I am finding it difficult to put into words the power and depth of my felt experience …

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President’s Corner: Get Involved

President’s Corner: Get Involved
by Michael Wilhite. One of the most humbling aspects of serving as President of the HUUC Board is the visibility to the inner workings of the church and all of the big and little things that impact us day to day. We are all so appreciative of our talented and dedicated Minister and staff that make Heritage so special. They …

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I Wonder … How did we each find ourselves here?

I Wonder … How did we each find ourselves here?
by Laci Lee Adams. I have lived in five places (Shreveport, Denver, Atlanta, Boston, and now Cincinnati) since leaving home for college. My adventures far and wide away from home make me atypical of a Cajun person. Nearly 90% of my extended family on both my mother’s and my father’s side live within 50 miles of where I was born. …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

A Puzzle Needs All of Its Pieces

A Puzzle Needs All of Its Pieces
Lifelong learning can be so much more than learning history or taking a class! Indeed, we grow and learn by diversifying our connections, embracing new experiences, exploring ourselves and our world. As a church, our lifespan faith development opportunities aim to create opportunities for lots of different kinds of learning and growing. …

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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

8 for the 8th

8 for the 8th
Fridays, November 12 and December 10, 2021, and other dates TBD, at 7:00 p.m. Join with others at Heritage as we search for truth and meaning in considering our response to a proposed Eighth Principle. The work of dismantling racism, both in terms of personal bigotry and in the daily reality of systemic oppression, is critical at national and local …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Grief Support Group: Open to Everyone

Grief Support Group: Open to Everyone
Saturdays, November 20 to January 1, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at St. John's UU Church. Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh and Kathryn McDonough, facilitators. All of us experience grief, but there are few opportunities to talk about it. St. John’s UU Church is offering an hour a week where your grief is honored. Each week’s topic will provide …

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Events and Meetings

Time for a Thriller “Whodunit” Read

Time for a Thriller “Whodunit” Read
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. As our days turn colder and darker, the Babes with Books, Heritage's Women's book club, turns to a whodunit to curl up with - The Guest List, by Lucy Foley. They will discuss it in their November 17, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting in the Heritage Room. Amazon.com describes the novel as, “A …

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Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m. This day before Thanksgiving, you may feel overwhelmed with preparations for a feast. Or you may feel at a loss with no place to celebrate the holiday. If so, come join us in the sanctuary for an hour of peace and contemplation in warm community. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after the vespers …

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Announcements

“Fall Back”

“Fall Back”
Daylight Savings Time ends in the early hours of Sunday, November 7. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night before, then join us the next morning for worship in the Heritage sanctuary.

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19
Heritage UU Church Gathering Policy: This and all policies regarding meetings in the church building will be periodically reviewed and potentially updated by the Board of Trustees. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings regardless of location. ~ Masks are required whenever two or more persons are together indoors. For guidance, …

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News Articles

Heritage Member Joins Other UUs in Out-of-the-Darkness Walk

Heritage Member Joins Other UUs in Out-of-the-Darkness Walk
On October 10, 2021, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church member Rebecca Pace joined others from Harmony UU and St. John's UU Church in the city-wide Out-of-the-Darkness Walk. The walk was held to raise money and awareness to prevent suicide. The UU “Side with Love” team raised $1,370. Out-of-the-Darkness Walks are …

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Board Briefs for October 2021

Board Briefs for October 2021
~ The Board of Trustees met on October 11th, 2021.
~ Financial reports were reviewed, and the board voted to close the books for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Although we had to cut back on many things, it was almost a break-even year, which is great considering COVID challenges.
~ There was a recent request for …

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From the Archives

19th Century Reform and Universalism

19th Century Reform and Universalism
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Working toward a goal of social justice has been a guiding light throughout the somewhat short history of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Our own social justice committee is quite active in multiple causes that affect the citizens of the Cincinnati area and beyond. What are our roots? Were our …

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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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