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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
September 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, August 28: “Living Ritual: An earth-based worship service”

Sunday, August 28: “Living Ritual: An earth-based worship service”
Frank Collins, Ellie Lamb, Louise Lawarre, Mimi Sinclair, 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 …

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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.

Sunday, September 11: “I Am the River”

Sunday, September 11: “I Am the River”
Rev. Bill Gupton and Laci Lee Adams. This morning we celebrate our annual Ingathering Sunday and Water Ceremony, officially marking the end of summer and the beginning of a time of deeper, more intentional shared community. You are invited to bring with you to church a small container of water that you either gathered this …

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Sunday, September 18: “Cultivating Peace (Within, Between, Among and Beyond)”

Sunday September 18: “Cultivating Peace (Within, Between, Among and Beyond)”
Laci Lee Adams. Join us for this All Ages worship as we explore how everyday activities, experiences, and stuff can help us cultivate peace within ourselves, between each other, among others and beyond ourselves! Worship will be inspired by the activities and experiences of our first ever Peace Camp this summer, including …

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Sunday, September 25: “The Deal on These Days”

Sunday, September 25: “The Deal on These Days”
Rev. Gretchen Haley (video sermon). Our sermon today is courtesy of Rev. Gretchen Haley of the Foothills UU Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. Recorded at this summer’s Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, it challenges us to consider the meaning and significance of religious community – in our case, Heritage …

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Sunday, October 2: “We Begin Again in Love”

Sunday, October 2: “We Begin Again in Love”
Rev. Bill Gupton. What better time than the Jewish High Holy Days, and the week of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), to reflect on the forgiveness we might offer – and seek – in the circles that hold our lives: Self (yes, self). Family. Friends. Church. Community. Nation. World. What better time than this, to begin again, grounded in …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. The fall is my favorite time of year, from a church perspective, and as we enter this new season this year I am particularly excited about the work that is before us at Heritage – because it is going to be both fun, and important! This fall we will be: ~ Engaging in a process we …

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President’s Corner: Welcome Back to Heritage

President’s Corner: Welcome Back to Heritage
by Julie Kane. With the summer ending and the beginning of a new church year, let’s begin gathering together again in the sanctuary. In the past few years, we all have been to virtual church in our PJ’s and sweats. It’s time to get dressed and come back to the sanctuary. We all feel that special energy when we are …

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I Wonder… Would you join me for a play date?

I Wonder… Would you join me for a play date?
by Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. Do you play enough? This is a serious question, so give it a bit of serious consideration. When was the last time you played? What were you doing? Who did you play with? How did it feel, in general and towards those that you played with? What did that play help …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Indigenous Issues Book Study

Indigenous Issues Book Study
Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. On November 28, 2021, Kathy Wade led a worship service at Heritage titled “This Land is Their Land.” During her presentation, she exhorted us to “learn the history” of how our country was founded upon the ideology of white supremacy and the eradication of the native civilizations that thrived in …

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Events and Meetings

You’re Invited!

You’re Invited!
Sunday, September 11, after the worship service. Julie Kane, Board President, is happy to announce we will have our first Potluck Lunch on Sunday, September 11th. Bring a dish of food to share with all, and join with others in a meal and conversation. Please join us after the service on September 11th. Potlucks will continue every second Sunday of …

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New Men’s Group

New Men’s Group
Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Location TBD. Heritage UU Church is launching a men's group. The first meeting will be on Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m., at a location yet to be determined. If you might be interested in joining the group, please contact ...

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Babes Return to a Favorite Author

Babes Return to a Favorite Author
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. Sometimes you just have to return to reading a favorite author. Heritage's women's book club (known as Babes with Books or the BWB) can't seem to get enough Jodi Picoult reads, so they have selected her most recent work, Wish You Were Here, for the September 21, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting in 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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Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Join us in the sanctuary for an hour of peaceful contemplation in community for our fall Vespers service. Through readings, singing, silence and reflection, we seek to build a sense of calm and communion with the holy. Please note that current church guidelines strongly encourage the use masks to protect our most vulnerable.

Orientation for Newcomers

Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, October 5 and 12, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Those who are new to Unitarian Universalism and/or Heritage Church are invited to learn more, get your questions answered, and meet others like you in a special fall two-part enrichment series the first two Wednesday evenings of October. On Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. …

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Get Mindful This Midweek

Get Mindful This Midweek
You’ve heard about Midweek Mindfulness. Maybe now is the time to recommit to this powerful, transformative, very easy and quick spiritual practice. Set a recurring reminder on your phone for 12:30 each Wednesday. Then join others in the Heritage community (and literally around the world) in five minutes – just …

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Announcements

Let’s “Reimagine” Church!

Let’s “Reimagine” Church!
This past spring, nearly two dozen interested souls gathered for a Saturday retreat focused on “Reimagining Worship” at Heritage. This fall, we are broadening the topic – let’s “Reimagine Church”! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 8, at the Anderson Center on Five Mile Road, for an all-day congregational retreat as together …

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“Dinner Church” Is Coming!

“Dinner Church” Is Coming!
Beginning in October, on the first Wednesday evening of each month, everyone is invited to Dinner Church – an evening potluck meal beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a variety of classes, clubs and activities for different ages and groups starting around 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share at 6:00, and let’s break bread together! Then, on our first …

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Vespers Schedule Change

Flaming Chalice
Starting this September, Vespers services at Heritage will be held quarterly. Begun in 2014 by Connie Booth, Heritage has held a monthly Vespers service on Wednesday evenings. Services continue in virtually the same format as originally designed by Connie, with repeated sets of readings, chants, and periods of …

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Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date

Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date
We are asking everyone to check the contact information that the church currently has for them, to see if it is complete and up-to-date. Access the church directory from this password-protected page: https://huuc.net/members-area/church-directory/ (If you don't know the password, you can email Martha …

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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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Support

Support Heritage Church While You Shop

Support Heritage Church While You Shop
You can use your Kroger Plus card and Amazon Smile to support Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. Here’s what to do. Kroger Community Rewards Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Every year, Heritage Church earns hundreds of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards. All you have to do is …

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From the Archives

Those Who Have Served

Those Who Have Served
The Stories of 42 Ministers Who Have Served Our Church, Part 1, by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Over the next few months, this column will attempt to provide a history of the individuals who have served as ministers to our church. Over the course of nearly 200 years of existence, this includes many individuals, forty-two to be exact. …

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The Wider UU World

Campaign Practices at General Assembly

Campaign Practices at General Assembly
by Rebecca Pace. On August 7, I gave a report to the congregation on my experience as a delegate at General Assembly. Unfortunately, the recording of that presentation was corrupted, so you won’t be able to view the service. In this month’s Heirloom, I want to highlight a conversation I had with another delegate in Portland. Two candidates …

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A Report from the Universalist Convocation

A Report from the Universalist Convocation
by Russ Araujo. The 2022 Universalist Convocation gathered at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellville, Ohio, on July 29 through 31. For Rae Jane and me, this was our sixth Convocation. David Damico, editor of the Universalist Herald, the oldest continuously-published liberal religious magazine in North America, talked …

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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 …

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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

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due September 23, 2022.

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