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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
December 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, 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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Sunday, December 12: “Compulsory Buddhism”

Sunday, December 12: “Compulsory Buddhism”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Our Senior Minister takes a look at aging, loss, attachment, and suffering. His former colleague and mentor Rev. Mark Belletini once wrote, “Growing older is compulsory Buddhism.” Rev. Bill has been wrestling with those words – and with the reality that underlies them – and will share his thoughts this morning. Worship ...

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Sunday, December 19: “Searching the Globe: An Unexpected Holiday Pageant”

Sunday, December 19: “Searching the Globe: An Unexpected Holiday Pageant”
Laci Lee Adams. Have you ever wondered why, as Unitarian Universalists, we host a Christmas pageant? If UUs find inspiration in six different sources, what is so special or significant about the story of Jesus? What other holidays have important stories to tell us and timeless truths to teach us? As Ernest H. Sommerfeld …

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Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service – 7:00 p.m.
Rev. Bill Gupton. We return to the warmth of our sanctuary this year for a Christmas Eve worship service filled with light and love, sacred story and song. Enjoy our wonderful Choir, traditional readings, carol singing and silence as we celebrate the magic of the season together once more. All are invited to share in this beloved Heritage …

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Sunday, December 26: “Boxing Day, and the Turning of the Year”

Sunday, December 26: “Boxing Day, and the Turning of the Year”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Come to church the day after Christmas without leaving your home (or wherever you are spending the holiday)! In this Zoom-only service, we will reflect on the tradition of “Boxing Day” and look ahead to the turning of the year. The Zoom link will be on the Heritage Church homepage before the service. 2021.

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Sunday, January 2: “The Productivity Complex”

Sunday, January 2: “The Productivity Complex”
Michael Tacy. As we begin 2022, and look to the future, could this be the year that we re-examine our perspective on life and shift our focus? Michael Tacy shares a philosophical examination of the driving hold that the concept of Production has on our lives and how it’s possible to loosen its grip. Michael Tacy is a lifelong musician …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. The holiday season is upon us. Jennifer and I enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends, resuming a beloved tradition that had to be put on hold last year due to the pandemic. We were very grateful for the opportunity to be with loved ones and thankful for the vaccines that made it possible. As we enter …

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President’s Corner: Giving Thanks

President’s Corner: Giving Thanks
by Michael Wilhite. Holidays this season focus much of our attention on recognizing and celebrating all that we should appreciate in our lives. I need to befriend an historian or anthropologist who could explain whether this is simply coincidence or predicted? Do their origins come from appreciation of the bountiful fall harvest in ancient …

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I Wonder ... about the power of a package!

I Wonder ... about the power of a package!
By Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. Recently, I have been greeted at my front door with a plethora of boxes! Some of the boxes are notable – skinny boxes as tall as Benny or heavy boxes wider than my body. Some of the boxes are unremarkable, no more than padded envelopes, tightly taped shipping …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

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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Pageant Co-Creators Needed

Pageant Co-Creators Needed
Needed Now: Volunteer for the December 19 Pageant. This year's Holiday Pageant will be a globe-trotting multi-media adventure to seek out the timeless stories that ground this season’s holiday celebrations and what our modern festivities look like. Hopefully, you will learn about something that you previously knew nothing …

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Spiritual Autobiography Info Session

Spiritual Autobiography Info Session
Sunday, December 19, immediately after worship service: Info Session for 2022 Class. Our Spiritual Autobiography class, led by Laci Lee Adams, will be starting in the New Year. We will be having an Info Session about the Spiritual Autobiography class on December 19th, immediately following church. The info session will give a taste of what …

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Pen Pal Exchange

Pen Pal Exchange
Now through December 31, sign up for this 2022 Program. The winter is the perfect time to make new friends, so that as the weather gets cooler, we can start to find a bit of warmth in our mailboxes. Since we have had limited interested in our intergenerational pen pal exchange so far, we are pushing the start of program …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Food security, racial justice, housing security and homelessness, LGBT+ concerns, and economic justice will be some of the topics discussed at the Social Justice Collaborative Meeting. We gather to share information and support each other around these passions. …

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Conversations on the Proposed Eighth Principle

Conversations on the Proposed Eighth Principle
Join in 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 levels. It is also challenging us as Unitarian Universalists to look …

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Invitation to Join in Future Cincinnati UU Anti-Racism Learning Pods

Invitation to Join in Future Cincinnati UU Anti-Racism Learning Pods
Many UUs who identify as white have been growing in our understanding of racial justice issues and the desire to put our faith into action on behalf of community members who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Authentic equitable relationships built across differences, especially race, require white …

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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 an …

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Events and Meetings

A Literary Holiday Hug

A Literary Holiday Hug
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, time TBD, offsite. The holiday season is typically a time for hugs, etc., but this year the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) will “literally” embrace with Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen, at their December 15 meeting. This light-hearted crime novel pokes fun at the Palm Beach Florida wealthy …

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Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m. By the time of our Vespers Service, we will have celebrated the Winter Solstice, and will be looking forward to the light slowly returning. The winter season can bring us a sense of peacefulness if we give ourselves the space to do so. Whether you look forward to winter, or are already …

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Announcements

Art for Sale

Art for Sale
Several framed art pieces--along with a large glass, reverse hand-painted vase--have been donated to Heritage. They are being offered to any congregants who would like to purchase them with the proceeds going to HUUC. It was decided not to display them in the Great Hall to avoid people congregating to view them. The artwork is shown …

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Minister’s Time Off

Minister’s Time Off
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will be taking a combination of contracted vacation time and study leave beginning Monday, December 27, 2021, and will be off four weeks, through January 24. During this time, he can be reached on his cell phone in case of emergency, but he will not be working at the church. You might run into …

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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. However, …

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News Articles

New Church Plantings

New Church Plantings
The Clara Barton Guild is pleased to inform the congregation that we have replaced the landscaping we lost when we had to remove the two Colorado Blue spruce that graced our northwest corner along Newtown Road. We have installed two Green Giant arborvitae and three Allegheny viburnum. We would like to dedicate our new landscaping to …

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Sunday Worship on Halloween

Sunday Worship on Halloween
Here are a few of the costumes at the worship service on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

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Board Briefs for November 2021

Board Briefs for November 2021
~ The Board of Trustees met on November 8th, 2021.
~ Financial reports were reviewed, and there were no major findings or decisions made, regarding the finances.
~ The senior minister and DLFD gave their reports. There is a need for a membership team, greeters for the services, and volunteers for the …

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From the Archives

Christmas 1942

Christmas 1942
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. What were your Christmas celebrations like in the past? All of us must reminisce to some extent about our own childhood Decembers. Those days certainly were different from recent Christmas seasons. For some of us, Black Friday was when grade cards were sent home, not a day of crazed shopping. But, in many …

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The Wider UU World

Registration for In-Person General Assembly is Now Open

Registration for In-Person General Assembly is Now Open
General Assembly is June 22 through June 26, 2022, Online or In-Person in Portland, Oregon. Please join other Unitarian Universalists for General Assembly 2022! General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for conducting business of the Association, exploring the theological underpinnings of our faith, and …

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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
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