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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
January 2022
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)

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Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

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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Sunday, January 9: “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Three Easy Steps (maybe more)”

Sunday, January 9: “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Three Easy Steps (maybe more)”
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh. Does it feel like the world is turned upside down? Have all your expectations of “normal” been dashed? If it feels like the end of the world is near, don’t worry! You are not alone. Together we will explore ways to survive the unthinkable with integrity and grace. Worship Associate: Kathy Wade.

Sunday, January 16: “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”

Sunday, January 16: “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”
Laci Lee Adams. When you think of Dr. King, what images, speeches or writings come to your mind? Often our remembrances of Dr. King come from the earlier moments of his life: the bus boycotts, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus bridge. Today's service will focus on the lessons of the last years of Dr. King's life and how …

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Sunday, January 23: “Meaningful Moments in Music”

Sunday, January 23: “Meaningful Moments in Music”
Mimi Sinclair and Steph Tacy. As Plato so beautifully stated, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.’ This Sunday we'll immerse ourselves in live music shared by fellow Heritage members and friends, and experience how music touches us so deeply. Our Heritage Choir will sing for us too. …

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Sunday, January 30: “The State of the Church”

Sunday, January 30: “The State of the Church”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In his annual “state of the church address,” our Senior Minister will reflect on the dramatic changes taking place in our church – and churches all over America – here in the third decade of the 21st century. How have the pandemic, the shift to “multi-platform worship,” changing demographics and time demands …

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Sunday, February 6: “Who Are We and Whose Are We?”

Sunday, February 6: “Who Are We and Whose Are We?”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Today we will take a look at who we are, as a community of faith. And we will consider what might be our calling. How shall we respond to the alarming trends playing out in our culture, our society, our nation, our world? How shall we manifest the Love that is the spirit of our church, in …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. And so we move into the year known as 2022. I remember when I was in elementary school, just beginning to read and explore the world and be a consumer of popular culture. The “21st century” seemed so distant – literally, the stuff of science fiction (which just happened to be my favorite genre). I was …

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I Wonder… about the next turn of the wheel!

I Wonder… about the next turn of the wheel!
by Laci Lee Adams. “To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven” ~ The Byrds by way of Pete Seeger by way of Ecclesiastes. During this time of the year, I often hear the words of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in my head. It is a season full of …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

Invite In the New Year with a Guest at Your Table

Invite In the New Year with a Guest at Your Table
Some of us end the year with extra charitable giving, maybe that has something to do with tax breaks or a feeling of generosity brought on by the holidays. It certainly true that many of the winter holidays celebrated around the world have a “giving” component: tzedakah boxes in Judaism, supporting community economics during …

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Religious Education Reminders for January

Religious Education Reminders for January
Sunday, January 2: No RE. Join services on Zoom.
Sunday, January 16: All-Ages Worship honoring Martin Luther King Day.

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Social Action / Social Justice

New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil

New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil
Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Offsite. GAPP will hold its 17th Annual New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil, Our Dreams for Humanity, at the Peace Pole Garden. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) will conduct the vigil at the Peace Pole Garden, which is located in Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 …

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IPM Holiday Stores Deliver Cheer for 500+ Families

IPM Holiday Stores Deliver Cheer for 500+ Families
Once again this year, Heritage UU Church collected toys and cash donations for the Inter Parish Ministry Holiday Stores. Our Outreach Coordinator, Regina Pugh, made a video of all the toys collected, which you can view at the YouTube video IPM Holiday Gifts. Bob Drake is one of several HUUC members and friends who volunteer …

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Events and Meetings

Cuddle up with a Goddess

Cuddle up with a Goddess
Wednesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Following the gracious warmth of Julie Kane's home for the Babes with Books (BWB, or Heritage Women's Book Club) and their annual, December holiday gathering, the Babes will bundle up against the coming winter cold with tales of a goddess. The January 19, 7 p.m. meeting in the Heritage Room …

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Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Join us in the sanctuary for an hour of peaceful contemplation as we welcome the new year. 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, reflection, and …

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“Reimagining Worship” Retreat

“Reimagining Worship” Retreat
Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Anderson Center. Imagine if a dozen and a half of us came together to renew ourselves spiritually while creating a roadmap for meaningful, memorable worship experiences for the coming year. That is the vision for a “most-of-the-day” retreat to be held on February 12th at The Anderson Center. Bill …

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Announcements

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 Wednesday, December 29, 2021, and will return to work on Monday, January 24, 2022. 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 …

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News Articles

Heritage UU Church Resumes Christmas Eve Service

Heritage UU Church Resumes Christmas Eve Service
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church returned to holding an in-person Christmas Eve service for 2021. Participants could join the service in the sanctuary, in the Great Hall (where a new, large video screen has been mounted), or via Zoom. These photographs are courtesy of Bill Lyon.

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Board Briefs for December 2021

Board Briefs for December 2021
~ The Board of Trustees met on December 13th, 2021.
~ Financial reports were reviewed, and there were no major findings or decisions made, regarding the finances. It was noted that contributions were low for November.
~ The senior minister and DLFD gave their reports. There is still a need for …

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From the Archives

Board of Trustees 1900 and 2000

Board of Trustees 1900 and 2000
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Perhaps, the most important organization in our church is the Board of Trustees. It is this group of church members who address our problems, plan our future and keep the church well-oiled and running smoothly. We have in our possession most of the minutes of our Board of Trustees meetings …

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The Wider UU World

Provide Your Input to the UUA

Provide Your Input to the UUA
Our Unitarian Universalist Association has established a commission to draft revisions to UUA Bylaws Article II. This is the bylaws article that contains the Seven Principles and the Six Sources (among other things). The Article II Study Commission would like input from you. One way the Study Commission is collecting information is through a …

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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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