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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
August 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, July 31: “What I Did at Summer Camp”

Sunday, July 31: “What I Did at Summer Camp”
Rev. Bill Gupton and many others. It’s been some time since we were able to do one of these kind of summer services, because it’s been some time since Unitarian Universalists were able to gather in person at summer camp. But this year, we could – and we did! Come learn from participants what UU summer camp is really like. …

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Sunday, August 7: “What the Heck is Going On?”

Sunday, August 7: “What the Heck is Going On?”
Rev. Bill Gupton and many others. Earlier this summer, thousands of UUs gathered in a hybrid setting (in person and online) to shape the future direction of Unitarian Universalism at the annual UUA General Assembly. Perhaps you’ve heard rumors that dramatic changes are afoot. Here’s your chance to find out what’s going on in Unitarian …

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Sunday, August 14: “Go to Church. See What Happens.”

Sunday, August 14: “Go to Church. See What Happens.”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We often choose whether or not to go to church, any given Sunday morning, based on what the “topic” is going to be. What if we went because we wanted to be with one another? This morning we can promise you some of your favorite Heritage traditions – like Candles of Community, our covenant, our benediction, our …

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Sunday, August 21: “Human Condition”

Sunday, August 21: “Human Condition”
Reverend Sharon K. Dittmar. American society has acculturated us to static and narrowly defined ideas about how our bodies should look and function. There are norms for everything from weight to brain functioning. Many of us spend a good deal of time trying to meet these norms in defiance of our beautiful diversity, the many ways human …

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Sunday, August 28: “Living Ritual: An earth-based worship service”

Sunday, August 28: “Living Ritual: An earth-based worship service”
Ellie Lamb, Louise Lawarre, April Theriot and Tracy Jo. The UU Sixth Source invites us to honor the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. We invite you to join us as we use ritual to deepen the connection between us and the …

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Sunday, September 4: “Got Privilege?”

Sunday, September 4: “Got Privilege?”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We may not think we’ve got privilege. But we do. We all do. Let’s unpack this uncomfortable word, and this uncomfortable subject. Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. Did you know that there was a time when this congregation did not hold Sunday services in the month of August? I’m told that in the 1970s and 1980s, Heritage – and before it, Salem Acres – shut down in August, giving not only the minister, but everyone, a vacation! In fact, the “tradition” was sufficiently …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Julie Kane. Welcome to a new church year. I am greatly honored to serve as your Board of Trustee President. Stephen and I have been members since 1986 when we moved to Cincinnati. Before moving here, we belonged to a UU Church in Queens, NY. Like many of you we were seeking a religious home for our family. Which …

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Rage, Hatred and Grievance Are Not Mental Illnesses

Rage, Hatred and Grievance Are Not Mental Illnesses
by Steve McCamley. We should all be very pleased that, in recent legislation responding to gun violence, Governor DeWine, the Ohio Legislature, and U.S. Congress have all increased funding for mental health programs and services in Ohio and across the country. Mental health issues are much more common than many people realize. …

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Social Action / Social Justice

UU Auction to Support People in Ukraine

UU Auction to Support People in Ukraine
Nuria Mora, a Spanish artist from Seville, has generously given a 10” x 7” ceramic painting depicting Picasso's Guernica (1937) as a gift to St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, to raise money for Ukrainians and other Europeans suffering persecution and hardship. St. John’s Church has decided to auction it on-line. This beautifully …

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GAPP and ACRU Summer Book Study

GAPP and ACRU Summer Book Study
Tuesday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 1950 Nagel Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255 (Anderson Township). Registration is requested. A virtual option will be available. Please register at: https://summerbook.eventbrite.com Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 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 the …

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Race and Racism in Cincinnati

Race and Racism in Cincinnati
Tuesdays, September 13, 27, and October 11, at 7:00 p.m. Offsite. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) and Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) will host an in-person screening of Race and Racism in Cincinnati, a 3-part docuseries, in September and October. The docuseries is the telling of Cincinnati’s history from the racial …

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Breadcrumb Tales

Breadcrumb Tales
Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Anderson Center. Heritage UU Church attendee Dave Stefan and others have put together an event to promote social justice, personal growth and spiritual insight. A variety of storytellers will share experiences, including a “coming out” celebration. This and other true stories will be …

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Events and Meetings

Lughnasadh/Lammas Potluck and Celebration

Lughnasadh/Lammas Potluck and Celebration
Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. (rain date August 3rd). Lughnasadh is a time to celebrate summer's first harvest, offer gratitude for the fruits of the harvest and also our skills and crafts. Join us on the back patio at Heritage UU Church. Please bring: - a dish to share for our picnic potluck-note the kitchen will NOT be available …

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Books Brought by a Blue

Books Brought by a Blue
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Amazon.com describes this month's Heritage Women's Book Club novel as a perfect book club selection. The review of Kim Michele Richardson's work continues with “Inspired by the true, blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Service of the…

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Fourteenth Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat

Fourteenth Annual Heritage Women’s Retreat
Friday through Sunday, September 23-25, 2022, Offsite. At Hope Springs Institute, near Peebles, Ohio – About an hour from church. Theme: Rekindle, Renew, Reconnect You are invited to join your fellow Heritage sisters to celebrate life, friendship, and sisterhood. If you identify as an adult woman of Heritage Universalist Unitarian …

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Announcements

Church Office Hours

Church Office Hours
The Heritage UU Church office is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

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 you’re…

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News Articles

HUUC Hires New Church Administrator

HUUC Hires New Church Administrator
Heritage Church is pleased to welcome our new Church Administrator, Martha Viehmann! She joined our church staff in July 2022. Martha has lived in Anderson Township since 2002, raising two sons here with her husband, Rick Boyce. Martha is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and attends Eastern Hills Friends …

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Heritage Summer Picnic

Heritage Summer Picnic
On July 3, Heritage Church held a summer picnic on its grounds, after the Sunday worship service. Here are some pictures from the event.

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Board Briefs for July 2022

Board Briefs for July 2022
~ The HUUC Board of Trustees met on July 11, 2022.
~ New HUUC Board Officers:
~~ President: Julie Kane;
~~ Vice-President: Michelle Kelly;
~~ Secretary: Luke Walczewski.
~House of Worship Security & Safety Training Report: Chris Burroughs, Susan Conley and Garry Wilson volunteered …

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Support

Call for Choir Members

Call for Choir Members
At Heritage Church, we encourage members and friends to participate musically in our worship services. We hope that many of you will consider joining the Choir for the 2022 -23 church year. Rehearsals for the choir will resume on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone who …

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Heritage Members Attend Safety/Security Seminar

Heritage Members Attend Safety/Security Seminar
On June 25, 2022, three Heritage members attended an informational seminar conducted by The Ohio Crime Prevention Association. Chris Burroughs, Susan Conley and Garry Wilson joined nearly 200 other representatives from Tri-State area churches to gain information on the risks that might face houses of worship …

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From the Archives

Easter Church Service of 1943

Easter Church Service of 1943
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Last month we explored the Christian roots of Universalism by reviewing a sermon delivered at our Walnut Hills Church in a 1919 Sunday service. To further explore that topic, we might look at an order of service from 1943 and what better worship service to examine than that offered by our church during the …

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The Wider UU World

A Report from General Assembly

A Report from General Assembly
by Rebecca Pace. I enjoyed being one of your delegates to the 2022 Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Please come to the HUUC worship service, on August 7, to hear from all of your delegates, about the business of the UUA. One of the things that struck me is how little involvement many …

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Festival of Faiths 2022

Festival of Faiths 2022
Sunday, July 31 through Sunday, August 7. Offsite. The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati will participate in the fifth annual Festival of Faiths. The theme of the festival is Compassion through Action: Working for the Common Good. Most of the events will be online, including the Interfaith Devotional Observance on Sunday, …

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Supreme Conservative Activism by Justices Making Law

Supreme Conservative Activism by Justices Making Law
Sunday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s UU Church. The St. John's Men’s Group invites any and all area UUs interested in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent decisions and the upcoming term to its annual public program on September 11, at St. John’s UU Church, 320 Resor Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220. UC Professor …

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Walk to Defeat ALS

Walk to Defeat ALS
Sunday, September 25, 2022. Check-in at 9:30 a.m. Walk at 11:00 a.m. The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati is sponsoring a joint UU participation in the local Walk to Defeat ALS. We are participating in this fundraiser in honor of Leslie Edwards, a member of the Gathering at Northern Hills, who prior to his death in 2019 …

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Heirloom

A publication of
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Julie Kane, Board President
Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Les Tacy, Music Director
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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