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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
August 2019
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Sunday Worship Services

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, August 4: “What the Heck Is UU?”

Sunday, August 4: “What the Heck Is UU?”
Rev. Bill Gupton. “Unitarian Universalism” is indeed a mouthful – not to mention, a lot to wrap your head around! In the first of two “seeker services” this month, our Senior Minister will explain Unitarian Universalism for those new to our faith (and those who would like a refresher course). Invite a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker who has …
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Sunday, August 11: “It Starts with One Word”

Sunday, August 11: “It Starts with One Word”
Rev. Bill Gupton. The first line of our congregational covenant says it all: “Love is the spirit of this church.” And of course, it all starts with one word – Love. Love with a capital “L.” Love made manifest in our lives. Love experienced by us, through us, and because of us – each and every one. Come, come, whoever …
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Sunday, August 18: “Transitions and Backpack Blessings”

Sunday, August 18: “Transitions and Backpack Blessings”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. Today we celebrate the beginning of the school year, and lament the end of summer, with a Blessing of the Backpacks and honoring our children transitioning to kindergarten, junior high (middle school) and high school. If your child is attending school this fall, please have them bring their backpack or school bag …
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Sunday, August 25: “Ingathering Sunday”

Sunday, August 25: “Ingathering Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In the opening words of our traditional reading for the final Sunday in August, “You and I and all of us blew about with the winds of summer.” As summer draws to a close, and we are gathered back into deeper community and covenant, all ages are invited to a homecoming of sorts …
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Sunday, September 1: “Ten Ways We’re Different”

Sunday, September 1: “Ten Ways We’re Different”
Rev. Bill Gupton. You have often heard it said, “We’re a different kind of church.” Or maybe, “Unitarian Universalism is just, well – different.” Today, we will explore some ways in which we are, indeed, different. Worship Associate: Beth Fritsch.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. To paraphrase my colleague, Rev. Leslie Woodward, “It’s going to be a wonderful month at Heritage Church. Won’t you join us?” Late in the month, one of my favorite annual church rituals – the Water Ceremony during our Ingathering Sunday – will allow all of us (regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or even …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. Hello my fellow gentle, angry people. I want to begin by saying how grateful, honored and humbled I am to have been asked to take on the role of President of the Board for the coming year. I’ve never been President of anything before – so I’m feeling mildly intimidated by the task. I keep thinking of …
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Soul Matters — Exploring Ideas Together in Religious Exploration

Soul Matters — Exploring Ideas Together in Religious Exploration
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. September begins a new year in our Religious Exploration (RE) Program and this year we are trying something new. Our RE program will be using curriculum built around a subscription program called Soul Matters — sharing resources with a network of over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes. Each month will have …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Parent/Guardian Orientation August 18th or 20th

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Parent/Guardian Orientation August 18th or 20th
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for junior high age youth is coming in September! If you’d like your youth to participate, at least one parent or guardian must attend an orientation session and sign a permission form. We’ve scheduled two sessions of the orientation in August: Sunday, August 18th after services (probably beginning at noon), OR Tuesday, August 20th beginning at …
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Social Action / Social Justice

First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, August 4, 2019, and all Sundays. Heritage Church members and friends help those in need by donating to Inter Parish Ministry’s food pantries. When you pick up a few extra items at the grocery store and add them to the cart in the church’s Great Hall, you are helping to make a difference …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, August 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. The members and friends of Heritage Church do a lot more than is visible to make their public protests heard and to help those in need. Whether or not you consider yourself part of the “social justice” efforts of the church, we would love to hear what you are doing or are interested in …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Looking Ahead to Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary

Looking Ahead to Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, was recently interviewed for the article "Back to Nature: Heritage Acres Memorial brings green burial to Cincinnati." The article, by Eliza Bobonick, appeared in Soapbox Cincinnati, a weekly online magazine. You can read the article here. Here is a flyover of the land planned for use by Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. (There is no …
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Events and Meetings

Self-Defense Classes at Heritage Church

Self-Defense Classes at Heritage Church
Sunday, August 4, 2019, after church services. By Nicole Dangelo. Hello All. As I mentioned, my business partner, John Ritter, and I will be offering several self-defense classes. We are going to hold them on selected Sundays after church. Plan for the class to be about 2-3 hours long. We would like to ask that a $5/person donation be made …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Singing in Sacred Circle allows women, regardless of singing experience, skill or comfort, to share their voices in a fun, relaxed, safe space that is empowering, loving and healing. Singing in Sacred Circle is an opportunity for each woman to look into her sister’s eyes and share voice and spirit through …
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Summer Coloring Party and Teen Social Time

Close-up of an abstract adult coloring page, with colors
Friday, August 17, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Join us in the Great Hall for a Family Coloring Party. At the same time, we will allow the teens to have time to socialize without electronics in the youth room. All are welcome! The dates are June 8, July 19, and August 17, all from 5:00-8:00 p.m. We will start with a …
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How many UUs does it take to change a light bulb? (Babes with Books)

How many UUs does it take to change a light bulb? (Babes with Books)
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. Offsite. The Babes with Books, Heritage's women's book club, again conducts an unconventional meeting for its August 21 gathering. Gates open at 5:30 pm at the Rossa home (2466 Concordgreen Dr., Cincinnati, 45244 – in Anderson Township) for our second potluck/pool party of the season. (Thank you to the Buckleys for hosting last …
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Fun After Church on August 25

Fun After Church on August 25
Everyone is invited to stay after church on Sunday, August 25 (our annual Ingathering Sunday) for a special congregational picnic. This delicious potluck meal will include a surprise (or two), so don’t miss it! Please bring a picnic-suitable dish to share, and please note that …
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Vespers Service

Red Yellow Flame Wax Candle
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us each month on the 4th Wednesday for our Vespers service. This is a time to follow our inner spirits to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. The service begins in the sanctuary promptly at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets the …
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11th Annual Women’s Retreat - Waiting List

Group photo of 25 women on retreat, all smiling, some raising their hands in celebration.
Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019. Offsite. Registration required. The retreat is full, and a waiting list has been started. If interested, please contact Julie Kane. See below for contact information. …
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Announcements

Men’s Chalice Circle

Men’s Chalice Circle
A Chalice Circle provides an opportunity for participants to gather, share their lives, and explore topics of faith together in a small group setting. The Men’s Chalice Circle is led by Reese Johnson, and meets once a month at the church. A new group is forming now, and once the group is formed it will be closed to new participants …
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Last Chance for Bottlecaps!

Last Chance for Bottlecaps!
Heritage UU Church members have been diligently saving bottlecaps and lids to be recycled into a rainbow bench for Connie’s Corner or other appropriate spot on the church grounds. We’ve almost reached our goal and our children and youth will be sorting and weighing our collection on Sunday, August 4th. Don’t delay! Bring …
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Don’t Forget the Water!

Don’t Forget the Water!
As summer winds down, don’t forget to collect some water for Ingathering Sunday worship service on August 25. Keep a small vial of water from a site or source that has special significance for you – an ocean, river, lake, pond, stream, swimming hole, grandma’s cabin, your kitchen faucet … anything is fine. Then bring it with you to church …
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Ready to Join the Church?

Ready to Join the Church?
Have you been coming to Heritage for a while now? Do you feel like you’ve found a church home, and a community to which you can wholeheartedly belong? Are you now, or have you ever been, a Unitarian Universalist? Our next Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday morning, September 8, during the worship service. “What is a membership ceremony?” you …
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Piano for Sale

Piano for Sale
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church is selling a Yamaha Upright Piano, Model C 2584105. Built in 1978, it has been well-maintained over the years. The action, bridges and soundboard are in excellent condition for the age of the piano. It has been recently tuned. The piano comes with a keyboard lock, as well as coasters. Buyer will …
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News Articles

Meet the New Board

Meet the New Board
With a new church year comes a new Board of Trustees for Heritage Church. Congratulations to our new President, Jim Nolan, and our new Vice-President, Tamilyn Thompson! The Board’s secretary is Bob Rush, and Jaime Castle becomes our Past President. Other Board members are Mark Buckley, Barb Lyon and Michael Wilhite. The Board will hold its annual retreat on Saturday, …
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A Bright Greeting

Large sunflower growing in the pot by the church back door.
This large sunflower greeted church visitors who parked in the back lot on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

From the Archives

Turn-of-the-Century Cincinnati Architecture

Turn-of-the-Century Cincinnati Architecture
By Mike Roberts, Church Historian .... Many of our church members will recognize the picture as the Essex Street church that our congregation occupied for 70 years. …
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The Wider UU World

UUs Celebrate and Share in Cincinnati Pride

UUs Celebrate and Share in Cincinnati Pride
by MJ Pierson. Pride 2019, with a parade and festival on June 22, had fantastic UU participation from every Cincinnati congregation. Once again, our parade effort was headed by Juli Rose who drove her van and several UUs. A big thank you to Miranda Fash and Riley Taylor who helped decorate. This year we …
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UU Justice Ohio's Annual Assembly

UU Justice Ohio's Annual Assembly
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Offsite. Join members of Heritage Church and other UU churches from across the state at the annual assembly of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO). This is a time to learn what others are doing and be refreshed by new ideas. The location is the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located …
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Spiritual Practice

Practice Midweek Mindfulness Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Do you find yourself needing a spiritual recharge by the middle of the week? Join others in the Heritage community for Midweek Mindfulness, a short, simple practice of stopping what we are doing (wherever we are doing it) – and breathing, praying, singing, being silent . . . together.
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Support

On Your Own Time Sale... Fundraising for Heritage UU Church. Contribute to our beloved community’s financial well-being by selling unneeded items and donating the proceeds to the church. It's easy using consignment, online sales, and yard sales. Learn the details at the On Your Own Time Sale page.

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Heirloom

A publication of
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Leslie Woodward, Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Jim Nolan, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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