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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
October 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, 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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Sunday, October 9: “What If (We Reimagined Church)?”

Sunday, October 9: “What If (We Reimagined Church)?”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This weekend our church staff and leadership are leading us in exercises designed to help us “reimagine church.” In the spring, we explored “reimagining worship,” and this fall – as we return fully into in-person community – we are called to broaden that lens and reimagine “church” (and Heritage Church) itself. There are …

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Sunday, October 16: “A Take on Universalism I Wonder If You’ve Heard”

Sunday, October 16: “A Take on Universalism I Wonder If You’ve Heard”
Leigh Waltz. Religion in general, and Universalism in particular, are often debated or even dismissed out of hand. What information do we choose to ignore? What assurance is reliable? How hard do we try? Our guest preacher, Leigh Waltz, is a Unitarian Universalist ministerial aspirant. A world-traveler from Dayton, Ohio, Leigh …

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Sunday, October 23: “The Unseen Order of Things”

Sunday, October 23: “The Unseen Order of Things”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Today’s reflection is inspired by a quote from best-selling author Glennon Doyle: “Faith is a belief in the unseen order of things.” As we keep our eyes, ears, minds and hearts open for the “non-coincidences” this morning, we will be gifted by lovely music from our Choir. Worship Associate: Kathy Wade. 2022.

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Sunday, October 30: “A Salad of the Season”

Sunday, October 30: “A Salad of the Season”
Worship Leaders: The Gang of Us: Jen Ciolino, Kay Inskeep, Bob Lamb, Alison Lang-Hickey, Laura Palmer, and Steph Tacy. A little bit of Halloween. A little bit of Samhain. A little bit of Day of the Dead. Throw in some spice, a witch's brew, a crisp fall breeze. What might happen? Come to church on October 30 to see what …

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Sunday, November 6: “All Souls Sunday”

Sunday, November 6: “All Souls Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In our traditional All Souls Sunday service, we will remember and honor those who have passed from this plane of existence in the last 12 months, acknowledging the profound truths of death while celebrating this life we temporarily share. Our Choir will add beauty and poignancy to our reflections. If there is a loved one or significant …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. As we move into October 2022, things are picking up at Heritage Church. Our children and youth are resuming their during-worship Religious Education classes and activities. Speaking of worship, our “reimagined” services are offering something for just about everyone. We’re also “reimagining church” …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Julie Kane. I am amazed at the number of volunteer hours it takes to run Heritage. I appreciate all the former presidents and the commitment they made to this church. Each had their challenges, like starting a capital campaign and then working to remodel the building. Let’s not forget Covid which pushed us to reimagining worship …

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I’m Passing the Baton, Not Saying Goodbye

I’m Passing the Baton, Not Saying Goodbye
by Les Tacy, Music Director. When I was hired to be the Music Director in the summer of 2014, I was thrilled! Matt Quick, the previous Music Director, was very kind during the transition, giving me great information and support. I have been blessed to share musically with many wonderful members and friends at Heritage through the years. I have …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Indigenous Issues Study Group

Indigenous Issues Study Group
Group announces change of plans and new event. In the previous Heirloom, we announced a study group for the book An Indigenous Peoples History of the US, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, which had been the 2019-2020 UUA Common Read. It was subsequently brought to our attention that Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz had …

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Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Sunday, October 9, 2022. Offsite. You can support the “Side with Love” team being led by St. John’s UU Church. The “Side with Love” team shares the following message: Hello everyone, Cincinnati UUs have participated in previous Out of the Darkness Walks to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Sunday, …

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Got Youth? Help Them “GLSEN”!

Got Youth? Help Them “GLSEN”!
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Northern Kentucky University Student Union. The GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit GLSEN is a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. The GLSEN Greater Cincinnati chapter supports students and educators locally, organizes …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, October 16, 2022, starting 15 minutes after the end of the worship service, in the Heritage Room. Our topics for the next meeting include a Heritage Church Diversity Day follow-up for parents, the Indigenous Peoples Book Group, and plugging in post-pandemic to the Found House Interfaith Housing Network. All Heritage …

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Film: “Home from School: The Children of Carlisle”

Film: “Home from School: The Children of Carlisle”
Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the sanctuary. Indigenous Issues Study Group. We begin our dive into Indigenous issues viewing the film Home from School: The Children of Carlisle, with a group discussion will immediately following as our first step into better understanding of this issue. In addition to sharing reactions to the film, the …

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Events and Meetings

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 ...

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“Dinner Church”

“Dinner Church”
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., in the Great Hall. Repeating the first Wednesday of each month. 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 …

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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. in …

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“Reimagine Church”!

"Reimagine Church"!
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Anderson Center. 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 for Saturday, October 8, at the Anderson Center on Five Mile Road, for an all-day congregational retreat as together …

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Babes Time Travel with a Traveling Novel

Babes Time Travel with a Traveling Novel
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Heritage's women's book club (known as the Babes with Books or BWB) travels back to pre-WWII with a coming-of-age selection titled Three Words for Goodbye, by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb. We will discuss this at the October 19 meeting, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Heritage Room. …

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Announcements

Safety and Security Team

Safety and Security Team
The Board of Trustees has determined that there is a need for a Safety/Security Team for Heritage Church. Bob Lamb has agreed to direct this team, and will be in training for the task on September 24. After his training, he will select a team. Team members should be regular attenders, and be physically and mentally able to monitor church …

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News Articles

HUUC Finances Update

HUUC Finances Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends, Fall weather has arrived abruptly this week with a welcome reprieve from the heat and humidity. Many Heritage families are back to school with their kids, and this is traditionally a back to church season as well. While it’s getting closer to the end of the calendar year, it’s still closer to the beginning of …

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Board Briefs for September 2022

Board Briefs for September 2022
The HUUC Board of Trustees met on September 12, 2022.
~ Peg and Sam Feder gift: Peg and Sam Feder left an extraordinary bequest to the church in the amount of $78,452.58, and we are forever thankful for their generosity! This gift will continue Peg and Sam’s legacy at HUUC and provide lasting support for future …

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Board Briefs for August 2022

Board Briefs for August 2022
The HUUC Board of Trustees met on August 8, 2022.
~ Balance sheet cleanup: Through the generosity of our community, HUUC had built up a number of unrestricted named funds of varying amounts on our balance sheet. To streamline our funds and give us a better sense of the resources available to us, the Board voted …

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Opinion

Lofty Goal or Purpose of Our Church?

Lofty Goal or Purpose of Our Church?
(Changing Unitarian Universalism via a Newly Revised Article II) by Rebecca Pace. Is the newly revised draft of Unitarian Universalist Association's Article II Bylaws (the document that directs the essence of Unitarian Universalism) really what it appears to be on the surface? In September, as part of the periodic updating of this …

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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 2, by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. As described in Part 1 of this series, our church was twenty years into its existence when Abel Thomas resigned to escape the negative effects on his health presented by the Cincinnati environment. During those twenty years five ministers …

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The Wider UU World

GA 2022 On-Demand Library is Now Available

GA 2022 On-Demand Library is Now Available
The 2022 General Assembly recordings library of over 80 workshops, worship services, and other events is now available to the public. Some recordings are no longer available due to copyright or agreements with the presenters.

[Click here to access the recordings.]

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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
Steve McCamley, Choir Director
Martha Viehmann, Church Administrator
Kevin Palmer, Technology Coordinator
Dina Trahan, Childcare Attendant
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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