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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
June 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, May 29: “Finding Joy”

Sunday, May 29: “Finding Joy”
Jennifer Ciolino and others. Are you looking for an adventure? We are going to experiment with some ideas on ways of worshipping that maybe aren’t “typical” for our services at Heritage! During this all-ages service, we will learn about the importance of Joy and reflect on how we can find it even while we continue to care deeply about …

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Sunday June 5: “Pentecost is a Bit Queer”

Sunday June 5: “Pentecost is a Bit Queer”
Laci Lee Adams. Pentecost is often considered the birthday of the church – as people across their differences encountered the Spirit of God, each in their own way! Join us for this All Ages service in celebration of Pentecost, Pride month and expansive gender diversity. The service will explore the divinely embodied multiplicity and the …

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Sunday, June 12: “T-Shirt Theology”

Sunday, June 12: “T-Shirt Theology”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This morning, we bring back one of our most popular services from summers long ago. You are encouraged to wear a T-shirt to church today. But not just any T-shirt! Select a shirt (within the bounds of good taste and Universalist principles, of course) that says something about what you believe. About what matters to …

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Sunday, June 19: “Service is Our Prayer”

Sunday, June 19: “Service is Our Prayer”
Worship Leaders: “A Gang of Us.” In our covenant we say “service is our prayer” yet ‘service’ can mean many different things. Even small acts mean a lot, and as a community we are even more powerful. Come learn, make connections, and leave feeling uplifted and empowered! (And, if you're involved in a cause you'd like represented, …

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Sunday, June 26: “Rights and Wrongs”

Sunday, June 26: “Rights and Wrongs”
Rev. Bill Gupton (10:30 a.m. live service). We live in a time when – amazingly, and alarmingly – rights and freedoms in this country are being taken away. Americans are being stripped of their rights, sometimes slowly and subtly, sometimes painfully and very publicly. Elected officials and ideological judges are threatening our civil rights, our …

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Sunday, July 3: “Celebrating Community”

Sunday, July 3: “Celebrating Community”
Steph Tacy and others. With all of the heart-wrenching events happening here in our city, our state, our nation and our world, it’s reassuring to know that we have a place that is safe, welcoming and worth celebrating. That place is Heritage! That “place” is US! Come to church, in person or via Zoom, to be embraced within Community as …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. This has been a remarkable, highly unusual, even (dare I use this overused word) unprecedented year in the life of our congregation. We began the church year that is now drawing to a close – the 195th year, in our historic church’s life! – worshipping together, outdoors, in the pavilion at the beautiful natural setting of …

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President’s Corner: Our Proud Heritage

President’s Corner: Our Proud Heritage
by Michael Wilhite. Happy Birthday to our Heritage community! It was exciting to be reminded of the history of Heritage during our recent 195th birthday celebration. Recognizing the powerful symbols carved in our altar reminds us of our legacy. Recalling how our church made a lasting imprint on UUism by cultivating leaders from our roots …

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I Wonder... what is missing from our Alphabet Soup?

I Wonder... what is missing from our Alphabet Soup?
by Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. The pink triangle is considered one of the world's most recognizable symbols of pride and resistance for the LGBTQ+ community. You might have noticed that the tattoo on my right wrist is a pink triangle outlined by a black triangle. I was in seminary when I made the …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development Across the Lifespan

Get Ready for a Summer of Love!

Get Ready for a Summer of Love!
What wild, wacky, or unexpected adventures do you have on your summer horizons? Is your family planning a staycation or a vacation? Are you looking forward to planting a garden or swimming so much you sprout gills? One of the great joys of summer is leaving the rhythms and structures of the year behind to seek out new …

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Banned Book Club Meetings in June

Banned Book Club Meetings in June
Five of the ten most Challenged Books of 2021, according to the American Library Association, were LGBTQ+ books. Since June is Pride Month, it seems only right that the Banned Book Club will be reading Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer, which has the honor of being the most Challenged Book of 2021. Gender Queer is an …

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Let’s Have a Conversation Worth Having

Let’s Have a Conversation Worth Having
by Laci Lee Adams. I recently came upon a fabulous article about the power of conversations to build communities (you can find it here, if you want to read the full article: https://conversationsworthhaving.today/building-community-one-conversation-at-a-time/). While reading it, I was struck by how few conversations I have been …

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Social Action / Social Justice

IPM Needs Canned Meats, Cereals

IPM Needs Canned Meats, Cereals
The next time you’re at the grocery store, how about picking up a few extra items to donate in the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) shopping cart at church? It’s an easy way to donate the food and personal care items that the IPM pantry supplies to needy families. Currently, IPM has a critical need for: ~ Canned meats or proteins …

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Let’s March!

Let’s March!
We stood for diversity in our school district, now let’s march together for diversity with UUs from all over Cincinnati. The Annual Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival is June 25th, and we hope for a huge showing of UUs! The parade starts at 11 am at 7th and Plum Streets downtown; be there by 10:00 to find parking and find …

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Native Americans / First Nations / Indigenous Peoples Issues

Native Americans / First Nations / Indigenous Peoples Issues
The HUUC Social Justice Collaborative continues its exploration of Native American issues. HUUC member Mary Pember has many thoughtful and relevant articles in many prestigious publications. Here is a link to an article about the displaced Myaamia Tribe and how it affects people today: Myaamia tribe commemorates forced …

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Elder Care Symposium

Elder Care Symposium
Thursday, June 2, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offsite. A few years ago, before COVID, Heritage UU Church hosted a presentation on Elder Law given by Dennison Keller. He has put together a Symposium on Elder Care. The keynote speaker will be Eloy van Hal, with The Hogeweyk in Amsterdam. There are breakout sessions …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Sam Feder Memorial Service and Jewish/Irish Wake – Everyone Invited

Sam Feder Memorial Service and Jewish/Irish Wake – Everyone Invited
Sunday, May 29, starting at 2:00 p.m., at Heritage UU Church. Even if you didn’t know or barely knew Sam Feder, please come to his celebration of Life. He loved a party – the livelier the better. When asked about his end-of-life wishes he always said, “Just prop me in a corner and throw an Irish wake,” so a wake …

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Get Out of the House! Have Fun at Heritage Acres

Get Out of the House! Have Fun at Heritage Acres
Saturdays, June 4 and 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Heritage Acres. Enjoy the June weather at Heritage Acres this month. Volunteer Saturdays are coming up on June 4 and June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. (though you are welcome to arrive any time before 2 p.m.). Bring work gloves and a sack lunch, and enjoy sunshine and …

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Events and Meetings

Spring Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 6:00 p.m. We think it is about time for Heritage to throw a party, which also creates a great opportunity for a Spring Fundraiser. It feels like forever since we have hosted an event for fellowship and fun. Bring your good spirits and your cash to make this a great night! Keep an eye out for …

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Annual Meeting Notice

Annual Meeting Notice
Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Heritage Church members are encouraged to attend and participate in our annual congregational meeting on Sunday morning, June 5, before the worship service. We will provide the option for participation either in-person within the sanctuary or via Zoom. We will vote on representatives to our Board …

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Sing Out Sisters

Sing Out Sisters
Tuesday, June 14th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. We have recently gone through a process of discernment. Through consensus we celebrate this process and the place at which we have arrived. A new circle has been created, called SING OUT SISTERS. Sing Out Sisters will meet at Heritage on …

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Given a Choice

Given a Choice
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. What would someone do if given a chance to re-live their life and follow a different chosen path? That is the premise of this New York Times bestselling novel titled The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, which is the Heritage Women’s book club selection for their June 15 meeting. Come …

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Announcements

Stay Hydrated This Summer – And Keep Some Water for Ingathering, Too!

Stay Hydrated This Summer – And Keep Some Water for Ingathering, Too!
A time-honored Unitarian Universalist tradition is here once again! This summer, be sure to collect some water from a special place, near or far, in preparation for our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony, which will officially mark the “end of summer” on Sunday, September 11. As you travel this summer (or simply as …

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Time is Running Out to Designate Items for the Fundraiser

Time is Running Out to Designate Items for the Fundraiser
The spring fundraiser (aka Auction) is sneaking up on us. Please donate what you can – dinners, gift cards, new unopened items, bottles of wine, food, homemade items to help Heritage make much-needed revenue at the end of the year. The website to donate is stated with a link on the website ...

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TOUCH MENU Item Makes Navigation Easier on a Smart Phone

TOUCH MENU Item Makes Navigation Easier on a Smart Phone
If you go to the HUUC website on any device (you may need to Refresh or Empty Cache), you will see that the menu has a new item on the far right, named “TOUCH MENU.” If you touch this, you will go to a webpage that has all menu item choices laid out on the page, so that all that …

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Heritage UU Church Gathering Policy (COVID-19 Policy)

Heritage UU Church Gathering Policy
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 optional for indoor gatherings. Full room capacity is allowed for use. Any meetings should: Be …

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News Articles

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members
On Sunday, May 8, 2022, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. Andy and Kate Wells: Andy and Kate Wells are veteran UUs who met at the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Columbia, S.C., almost 12 years ago and were married 10 years ago this month at …

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Board Briefs for May 2022

Board Briefs for May 2022
~ The board members reviewed all projected expenses, then created and voted approval for a budget, which will be proposed to the congregation at the Annual Meeting, June 5th. If the budget is approved, this will be the third year of operating at a deficit.
~ Diversity Day at Turpin High School was cancelled by the Forest Hills …

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From the Archives

Parish Notes from the 1940s

Parish Notes from the 1940s
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. During the 1940s, most of the church announcements were included in the Order of Service each Sunday. They were labeled as “Parish Notes”. These included future events, important news and items that we would include currently in our “Candles of Community.” Below are shared just a select …

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The Wider UU World

Announcement of Elections at General Assembly

Announcement of Elections at General Assembly
At this year’s General Assembly (GA) in Portland, Oregon, delegates will be given the opportunity to vote on candidates to serve on the UUA Board of Trustees. Information on all of the candidates can be found at Unitarian Universalist Association Elections. Two of the Board positions have multiple candidates. For Board Position #7 Rev. Suzanne Fast is being put forth …

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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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