heirloom_header_3A1
heirloom_header_3B1
Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
February 2022
(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, 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 …

Read more

Sunday, February 6: “Adaptable Species”

Sunday, February 6: “Adaptable Species”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Homo sapiens has survived and thrived on planet Earth largely because of our adaptability. We have evolved from hunter-gatherers to agriculturalists to technologists. We have learned to live in a variety of climates and social situations. But although we are indeed a very “adaptable species,” we now face challenges that are …

Read more

Sunday, February 13: “Side with Love”

Sunday, February 13: “Side with Love”
Side with Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love's power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and all are welcome to join. Each year, Side with Love offers “30 Days of Love,” a celebration of love that continues from Martin Luther King, Jr., Day through Valentine's Day. With …

Read more

Sunday, Feb. 20: “God Is ...”

Sunday, Feb. 20: “God Is ...”
Rev. Bill Gupton. What is God? Who is God? Is there a God? If so, what are God’s attributes? What is God like? These questions have animated the human imagination for as long as there have been people. Religions – even Unitarian Universalism – seek to answer such questions. Historically, Universalists embraced the …

Read more

Sunday, February 27: “By Popular Demand: A Fun and Uplifting Service”

Sunday, February 27: “By Popular Demand: A Fun and Uplifting Service”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Viruses and insurrections and climate catastrophes, oh my! Today’s reflection won’t focus on any of these. Instead, our Senior Minister has heard your requests for a “fun and uplifting” service, and this morning he will strive to provide some light-hearted humor to go with a healthy dose of chicken soup (or vegetable …

Read more

Sunday, March 6: “Nobody Knows My Name: The Ministry of Rev. Eugene Sparrow”

Sunday, March 6: “Nobody Knows My Name: The Ministry of Rev. Eugene Sparrow”
Rev. Kellie Kelly. The Rev. Eugene Sparrow was one of our first African American Unitarian ministers. Unfortunately, Sparrow could not find a congregation to call him. Together, we'll explore what Sparrow's story tells us. Worship Associate: Bill Lyon. Rev. Kellie Kelly is the minister of Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship …

Read more

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. February is often the forgotten month. It’s shorter than the others, it’s usually colder and darker than the others – at least here in the Northern Hemisphere – and other than Valentine’s Day and (more recently) the Super Bowl, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of holidays or cultural festivities. Yet this time of …

Read more

President’s Corner: Wish List

President’s Corner: Wish List
by Michael Wilhite. It is hard to believe that we have already started the process to shape next year’s budget for Heritage Church. We’ll be voting in our Annual Meeting in June for the approval of the budget as is our constitutional responsibility as members. So, many who have not been close to annual budget planning may be …

Read more

I Wonder … what do I still have to learn?

I Wonder … what do I still have to learn?
by Laci Lee Adams. One of the hardest lessons that I am still trying to learn as an activist and educator committed to racial and social justice is that advocacy, allyship, and most certainly, solidarity require live long learning. When I started to be politically engaged in my late teens and early twenties, I undeniably thought that I had “arrived” …

Read more

For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development Across the Lifespan

Premiering Family Chapel for Virtual Service Sundays

Premiering Family Chapel for Virtual Service Sundays
The New Year finds us seeking out and exploring new ways to be together, especially as the newest wave of the covid pandemic changes how we can be together. Starting this coming Sunday, January 30th at 10 a.m., we will be premiering a new Family Chapel experience on Sunday's when our main worship service is on Zoom! It will be …

Read more

Last Chance to Join Spiritual Autobiography

Last Chance to Join Spiritual Autobiography
There are still spots available in our upcoming Spiritual Autobiography class! We pushed back our start date to February, in response to the recent covid-19 surge. One impact of that decision is that you can still join the class if you're interested. Spiritual Autobiography will run from February through May. Please contact Laci …

Read more

On the Lookout for Nursery Volunteers

On the Lookout for Nursery Volunteers
We are looking forward to being able to open the nursery again, once we are safely back in the sanctuary for worship. Although we do have a paid child care attendant ready to return to the nursery on Sunday morning, we also need an additional volunteer to properly cover the nursery. We are looking for at least 4 nursery volunteers …

Read more

End-of-Life Ministry

Volunteer Opportunities at Heritage Acres

Volunteer Opportunities at Heritage Acres
Have you ever done – or would you like to learn how to do – any of the following? ~ Set up and install rain collection barrels ~ Install short sections of barbed wire fence ~ Put “deer-proof” fencing around small trees ~ Install a mailbox ~ Burn brush If so, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton. Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary …

Read more

Events and Meetings

Heritage Town Hall Meeting

Heritage Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, January 30, 2021, starting between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. Immediately following service on Sunday, January 30th, the HUUC Board will be hosting our quarterly Town Hall meeting. We expect to begin between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. This will be accessible through Zoom. As usual with all of our Town Hall Meetings, we …

Read more

Reimagining Worship Retreat Postponed

Reimagining Worship Retreat Postponed
To better prepare for the “Reimagining Worship” Retreat, originally scheduled for February 12 at Anderson Center, we have postponed it until April (specific date and time to be determined). Those interested in helping plan and coordinate the April retreat are encouraged to join us on the morning of February 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon (same day for which …

Read more

This Icy Month’s BWB Novel Pursues New Beginnings

This Icy Month’s BWB Novel Pursues New Beginnings
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. “Be careful what you wish for” starts the Amazon.com description of the February 16 meeting’s discussion selection for the Heritage Women's Book Club, better known as Babes with Books or the BWB. Amazon continues, “Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is …

Read more

Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing Our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. As we near the end of February, our thoughts begin to turn to the anticipation of Spring. As we enter this transitional period, let us gather in the sanctuary for an hour of peaceful contemplation. Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France and was …

Read more

Announcements

New Office Schedule

New Office Schedule
With a new year come new routines. Church office hours – aka, Church Administrator Vali Dugan’s office hours – are now Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Vali also works at the church a couple of Sunday mornings each month, from about 10 a.m. to noon. Please note the change. Thank you!

Consider Being a Delegate in 2022

Consider Being a Delegate in 2022
If you want to learn more about what is going on in the UU world, and might like to represent Heritage Church in governance, consider becoming a delegate for our congregation at the regional and/or national level. The MidAmerica Region of the UUA is having its annual Regional Assembly (RA) on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from …

Read more

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 …

Read more

News Articles

Heritage Welcomes Kevin Palmer to Technology Coordinator Staff Position

Heritage Welcomes Kevin Palmer to Technology Coordinator Staff Position
Kevin Palmer joined Heritage Church with his wife Laura in 2018. In January 2022 he joined the church staff as Technology Coordinator. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He brings to Heritage over 25 years of information systems experience, ranging from graphics and print production …

Read more

Heritage People Participate in Democracy Rallies

Heritage People Participate in Democracy Rallies
January 6, 2022, marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Heritage UU Church people took part in vigils and rallies for democracy at three area locations: at the Cincinnati City Hall Plaza, outside Allen Temple AME Church in Bond Hill, and in Batavia, Ohio. At the City Hall Plaza event, HUUC’s Peter Boylan …

Read more

HUUC Finances Update

HUUC Finances Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends, We are halfway through the 2021-2022 fiscal year, and I think it’s fair to say that the themes of the year are flexibility and adaptability. Thankfully, as far as our budget is concerned, we are right on track for the year in both overall income and expenses. Our 2021-2022 budget calls for us to end …

Read more

Board Briefs for January 2022

Board Briefs for January 2022
~ Monthly Financial Reports were reviewed - we caught back up on contributions in December.
~ DLFD Report - There were four participants in the spiritual autobiography class, and there will be a spiritual autobiography sermon in May. Laci plans to focus on the larger question of how do we get more …

Read more

From the Archives

John Greenleaf Adams, Universalist Minister

John Greenleaf Adams, Universalist Minister
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. From the birth of our church in 1827 until late in the 19th century, there was a repetitive pattern of who were selected and served as the church’s ministers. Many of those early pastors had their roots in New England. They were often leading lights of the Universalist movement. They would leave …

Read more

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 …

Read more and get link to survey

Calendar of Events

Visit the Online Calendar.

Get Weekly Updates

People in the Google Group “huuc-announcements” get a few Heritage-related announcement emails each week, including a summary on Monday of the upcoming activities and worship. If you would like to receive huuc-announcement emails, please send an email requesting it to Vali Dugan, the church administrator. For Vali's email address, please click the "Contact Information" link a little further down.

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

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due February 21, 2022.

Contact Information
facebook 
Email Marketing Powered by MailPoet