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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
June 2021
(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, May 30: “Remembering – And Rewriting History”

Sunday, May 30: “Remembering – And Rewriting History”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. One hundred years ago this week, one of the most horrific acts of racial genocide in American history took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yet most Americans were never taught about the Tulsa Massacre, which left an uncounted number of black Tulsans dead, and destroyed countless more lives, …

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Sunday, June 6: “Reunited and It Feels So Good”

Sunday, June 6: “Reunited and It Feels So Good”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m. IN PERSON at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) After more than a year of virtual worship services, we at last gather in person this morning! Our joyful reunion will no doubt include plenty of tears, smiles, laughter, giddy …

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Sunday, June 13: “If your life is a sermon, what are you preaching? Proximity and Kinship.”

Sunday, June 13: “If your life is a sermon, what are you preaching? Proximity and Kinship.”
Rev. Alice Diebel. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. She writes: "I saw this phrase on the wayside pulpit of a church right around the corner from my home congregation. I wondered what the UU version of making our lives a sermon would be? I will share the work I am doing with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women." …

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Sunday, June 20: “Much to Celebrate”

Sunday, June 20: “Much to Celebrate”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m. IN PERSON at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Join us for our second in-person worship service at Moundview Park. This morning, we have much to celebrate as a church community. For starters: the return of our …

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Sunday, June 27: UUA General Assembly Worship Service

Sunday, June 27: UUA General Assembly Worship Service
12 NOON, via Zoom. (There is no HUUC-specific worship service today.) Last summer, more than 10,000 screens logged in to watch the Sunday morning service of the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association – the most people ever to watch a UU worship service. This year, we expect to break that record! Starting at noon today, …

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Sunday, July 4: Fourth of July Picnic

Sunday, July 4: Fourth of July Picnic
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30 a.m. IN PERSON at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Pack a picnic basket and come to our new home-away-from-home, Moundview Park, for an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic with your Heritage Church friends and family. …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. This month will mark our return to in-person Heritage Church community with our first worship service together in more than a year, on Sunday, June 6! (see details elsewhere in the newsletter, on our website, and in your email inbox). I look forward to seeing many of you on that long-anticipated morning – sharing …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Must admit, I’m doing a little happy dance that this is my last Heirloom article as Board President. This has been one of the hardest parts of the position for me. I appreciate Russ giving me grace in submitting articles at the last minute, and sometimes even a day or two late. Russ, your patience with me …

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REflections

REflections
by Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator. It’s hard to believe, but my time with Heritage as an Interim is coming to a close. I’ve enjoyed working with my old congregation the past five months, and I have hopefully helped you prepare for your new settled Director of Lifespan Faith Development (DLFD). One of my final goals is to leave a …

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Religious Exploration and Faith Development

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration
by Karen Hager. RE will not meet in person this summer but we have a fun program that families can do together all summer long. Our SUUmer AdventUUre JoUUrnal has lots of great ideas for adventUUres that kids in grades PreK-5 can do at home, at HUUC, or on vacation. As kids complete an adventUUre, parents will …

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Adult Faith Development Programs

Flaming Chalice
by Karen Hager. Heritage UU Church congregants are invited to join the Blacksburg congregation this month for these Adult Faith Development online programs. Registration is not necessary for these class.
~ Spiritual Aging Sunday, June 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Blacksburg minister, Rev. Pam Phillips, leads this group that …

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Events and Meetings

2021 Annual Congregational Meeting

2021 Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. This year’s annual meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Even though the meeting is virtual, we still need everyone to participate so we can make quorum. During the meeting we will elect new officers to the Board of Trustees and other positions within the …

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Babes Will Read “The Vanishing Half”

Babes Will Read “The Vanishing Half”
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Venue TBD. Named best book of the year by many sources, Amazon.com describes the next Babes with Book (BWB or Heritage's Woman's book club) selection—The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett—as follows: "Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, this novel asks what is personal identity, if …

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Announcements

Reopening: It Takes a Village

Reopening: It Takes a Village
Seeking Audio Visual Volunteers, Parking Lot Greeters and More! With our return to in-person worship services on June 6 comes the need for increased community participation (translation: helpers) to make things work smoothly in-person and at a new, outdoor location. For the past year-plus, a smaller group of volunteers has brought …

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What to Expect and What to Know About Our Return to In-Person Worship

What to Expect and What to Know About Our Return to In-Person Worship
Thanks to the hard work of our Safety and Reopening Team, we will once again be able to gather in-person for Sunday worship, every other Sunday this summer at Moundview Park, beginning on June 6. We offer our gratitude to Board members John Sandman and Mark Buckley …

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R U Ready to Become a Member?

R U Ready to Become a Member?
It has been a year and a half since we welcomed new members into our church family. With the return of in-person Sunday services every-other Sunday this summer, we are ready to once again celebrate a New Member Sunday. All those who have been coming to virtual worship services and other Heritage activities during the pandemic …

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Collect Some Water This Summer!

Collect Some Water This Summer!
This summer, as you travel – or stay home – be sure to collect a small vial of water for our Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony on September 12. Whether it’s from grandma’s creek, the Pacific Ocean, the Ohio River, a melting glacier – or your own backyard – just make sure the water has some special significance of location, event, …

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Vespers Services Take a Summer Respite

Vespers Services Take a Summer Respite
We have enjoyed gathering together virtually on Zoom and, at times, in person at the Heritage Labyrinth for our evening Vespers services since the pandemic began. We will now take the summer months of June, July and August for some time of rest. We will still see you in July when we lead a Sunday morning Heritage worship …

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Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19

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 church groups and individuals with planning. For the health and safety of our church community, all HUUC-affiliated groups are strongly encouraged to meet virtually. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings through the …

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News Articles

Survey Shows Most Are Ready for In-Person Gatherings, With Safeguards and Options

Survey Shows Most Are Ready for In-Person Gatherings, With Safeguards and Options
As your Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees prepares to set guidance for reopening the church, we wanted to share the results of a recent survey that was sent out. We think the results offer very encouraging news and it has shaped our thoughts, so we appreciate your input greatly. The net results are that we are a highly vaccinated …

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Board Briefs for May 2021

Board Briefs for May 2021
~ The COVID Policy has been updated.
~ The Worship Committee requested outdoor services begin up to 2 times a month through August, with masks on and socially distanced. The Board approved.
~ The Board approved the rental of the church by a third party in September, 2021. …

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From the Archives

The State of the Universalist Church in Ohio in 1955

The State of the Universalist Church in Ohio in 1955
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In the last few issues, we talked about the unification of the Unitarian and Universalist Churches. To understand what issues were confronting Ohio Universalists, we can look to the 1955 state convention which offered no less than 18 recommendations for improvement to its membership. …

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Karen Hager, Interim Religious Educator
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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