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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
July 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, 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 …

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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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Sunday, July 11: “The Good News of Universalism”

Sunday, July 11: “The Good News of Universalism”
Meg McGuire. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. Universalist evangelists once traveled the country, sharing their message of an all-loving God. In a faith now home to theists, agnostics and atheists alike, do we maintain a unified theology that we can claim with the same vigor? Meg McGuire is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship, …

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Sunday, July 18: “Listen. Sing. Breathe.”

Sunday, July 18: “Listen. Sing. Breathe.”
Mimi Sinclair and Steph Tacy. 10:30a.m. IN PERSON at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) Our days and nights are filled with busyness. Time taken for work, school and play. We are almost constantly in motion. But, as we move, are we doing so while being …

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Sunday, July 25: “Love Will Guide Us: Caring Love and Creative Love”

Sunday, July 25: “Love Will Guide Us: Caring Love and Creative Love”
Rev. Roy Reynolds. 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. There is powerful untapped potential within the Unitarian Universalist faith. Imagine what would happen if the soulful gifts of Universalism were wedded with the creative gifts of Transcendentalism. This sermon dives into that possibility, affirming a communal ground of abiding love …

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Sunday, August 1: “The Power of Stories: From Bubba to a Spirited Life”

Sunday, August 1: “The Power of Stories: From Bubba to a Spirited Life”
Rev. Bill Gupton. 10:30a.m. IN PERSON at Moundview Park, 3130 Newtown Road, Newtown Ohio. (Viewing by livestream will also be available.) When we share our stories, connections are made. Magic happens. Few are better at telling their stories – at shining a light on real-world, real-life events and people – than UU minister Meg Barnhouse. …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. As I write this, I am (virtually) attending the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. There is much conversation, this year, about how this is a “transformative” summer, a “liminal” time – a period that is and will continue to be a bridge between the fragmented, virtual, COVID times we have …

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Religious Exploration and Faith Development

Registration for RE and YRUU This Fall

Registration for RE and YRUU This Fall
Fall registration has opened for Children's RE classes and YRUU (high school youth group). Register online at the HUUC Children and Youth Registration Form for 2021-22. All children and youth must be registered to attend classes and meetings this fall. Returning families have been sent a link to a pre-filled registration form to make registration easier. Please check your email.

Social Action / Social Justice

IPM is Accepting Food and Supply Donations

IPM is Accepting Food and Supply Donations
For years, Heritage UU Church supported the Inter Parish Ministry choice food pantries with donations of food and household supplies. The pandemic put a halt to these physical donations, though we continued to support IPM with our outreach offerings. Now IPM is accepting food and supply donations again. To add a little fun, …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. When the Social Justice Collaborative meets, we are taking a small step toward the realization of the Sixth Unitarian Universalist Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next meeting of …

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Events and Meetings

Babes Ditch the Zoom and the Back Yard!

Babes Ditch the Zoom and the Back Yard!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m., at Heritage Church (but watch for possible changes). As a result of the ever-changing HUUC COVID policies, the Babes with Books (or BWB, the Heritage's women's book club) will ditch the Zoom, ditch the masks (if fully vaccinated), and meet indoors in the Heritage Room for their …

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13th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat

13th Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat
Friday through Sunday, September 24-26, 2021. At Hope Springs Institute, near Peebles, Ohio – About an hour from church. Theme: CHANGES. Reconnect, learn, share and grow while building trust and intimacy with your Heritage Sisters. You are invited to join your fellow Heritage sisters to celebrate life, friendship, and sisterhood. If you …

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Announcements

Introducing Laci Lee Adams, our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Introducing Laci Lee Adams, our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development
The Settled Religious Educator Search Committee (Kay Inskeep, David Knight, Katie Kpaeyeh, Amy Leirer and Ann Roberts, with consultation from Rev. Bill Gupton and Interim Religious Educator Karen Hager) is thrilled to announce that Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church has hired Laci Lee Adams as our Director of Lifespan Faith …

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Senior Minister on Vacation

Senior Minister on Vacation
Rev. Bill Gupton will be on vacation from July 5 through July 28. He will be available only in case of emergency. For non-emergency questions or concerns during this time, please contact the church office at 513-231-8634. 2021.

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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Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policies Related to COVID-19
This document contains three policy statements in response to COVID-19. They are: Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19, In-Person Worship Policy (new), and Adult Small-Group Meeting Policy (new). …

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News Articles

Heritage Member Travels to Rally in Support of Voting Reform

Heritage Member Travels to Rally in Support of Voting Reform
As noted in the news, the For the People Act establishes standards for voting, elections and representation, including congressional campaign financing and gerrymandering. It has passed the U.S. House but not the Senate. A procedural rule change that would increase the likelihood of passage in the Senate has been opposed by West Virginia …

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Board Briefs for June 2021

Board Briefs for June 2021
~ The Board has approved Laci Adams to be our Director of Lifespan Faith Development hire, starting August 1, 2021. Salary and benefits as approved in the 2021-2022 Budget during the 2021 Annual Congregational Meeting.
~ The Board has approved to reinstate Steve McCamley as Choir Director as of June 1, 2021 at the salary and benefits approved in the 2021-2022 Budget …

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From the Archives

It’s Music to My Ears

It’s Music to My Ears
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. One of the most comforting aspects of our church activities is our music program. We are all so fortunate to have dedicated persons who devote so much time to presenting us with varied selections, inspiring pieces and soothing melodious works. This thought is coming from the person who is notorious …

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“Credo” Sheet Music

“Credo” Sheet Music
by Russ Araujo. I have a memory from the late 1980s, when Shelley Jackson Denham was our Music Director at Heritage UU Church. One Sunday morning she distributed hand-marked sheet music for a hymn she had composed, and we all sang “Credo.” I loved the song so much that I kept …

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
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