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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
November 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 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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Sunday, November 13: “Ten Commandments”

Sunday, November 13: “Ten Commandments”
Rev. Bill Gupton. What would you come up with if someone asked you for your Ten Commandments (otherwise known as how to live a good and ethical life)? Today we’ll learn a little bit about those Ten Commandments (did you know there were multiple versions in the Bible?), then learn what Rev. Bill would list as his own Ten Commandments. …

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Sunday, November 20: “Let Us Give Thanks”

Sunday, November 20: “Let Us Give Thanks”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We celebrate our traditional Sunday-before-Thanksgiving service with expressions of gratitude for our many blessings, with familiar music (and our wonderful Choir), and with the return of our Bread Communion. Come experience the love, community, and connection of one of our favorite multi-generational “high holy days” in the annual Heritage Church calendar. Worship Associate: Laci Lee Adams.

Sunday, November 27: “The Power of the Pause”

Sunday, November 27: “The Power of the Pause”
Rev. Bruce Beisner. We so often think of religion in theological, intellectual and emotional terms. But might our spirituality really be most truly found in our experiences of awe and wonder and that sense of connection which is beyond words and feelings. Rev. Bruce Beisner will explore the experiential approach to religion found in the …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. Some years ago now, an emphasis (dare I say “specialty”?) of my ministry came into focus: end-of-life ministry. Most clergy have some area that they focus on, or feel particularly skilled at – but for much of my career, I considered myself a “generalist.” Something began to change for me in the fall of 2013, however, …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Julie Kane. Where has the year gone? It’s November already and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. The time to reflect on the past. What are we thankful for? In each of our lives we have personal reasons to be grateful. As a congregation we are grateful for our church community. Last month the retreat to reimagine our …

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I Wonder …

I Wonder …
by Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. I am so excited to announce that Heritage has been selected to participate in the UU Ministry for Earth's “May You Survive and Thrive” pilot! The curriculum is a new multi-generational, arts-based family ministry curriculum designed to cultivate and sustain ecological awareness within …

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Thoughts on the Mission and Vision Statement of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

Thoughts on the Mission and Vision Statement of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
by Kathy Wade. Part One: “We are here because we need each other for our hearts, minds and spirits to grow, because our children need us for their own growth, and because the world needs our action for compassion and justice to grow.” ~ From the Mission and Vision Statement.
I found my way to HUUC after …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

What’s Coming Up in RE!

What’s Coming Up in RE!
November will be full of opportunities for fun, festivities, rituals and learning! Make note of the religious education dates below.
November 6 – Regular RE Sunday. November 13 – Regular RE Sunday. November 20 – Multi-Generational worship for Thanksgiving Sunday. November 27 – No RE this Sunday. …

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Our Next OWL Class Is About to Start!

Our Next OWL Class Is About to Start!
Have you been wondering when Heritage will be offering our next OWL (Our Whole Lives) class? Interested in having your youth experience factual, ethics-based sexuality education? Do you have an 8th or 9th grader? Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds …

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Calling All Kids with Special Talents!

Calling All Kids with Special Talents!
The date is set for this year's Holiday pageant – December 18th! We are looking to feature all of the talents, both traditional and unexpected, of our young people. Play the piano? Sing? Juggle? Tell funny knock-knock jokes? Make awesome stop animation shorts? Build extraordinary Lego scenes? Knit? Create origami animals? Email Laci …

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Banned Book Club

Banned Book Club
At #4 on the American Library Association’s 2021 Most Banned Books list, Ashley Hope Pérez’s Out of Darkness is our next Banned Book club read! The novel chronicles a love affair between a teenage Mexican-American girl and a teenage African-American boy in 1930s New London, Texas, occurring right up to the 1937 New London …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Exploring the Patriarchy

Exploring the Patriarchy
Wednesdays, November 9th and 30th, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. Patriarchy could be defined as “a system that encompasses a worldview, arrangements about how we live as humans with each other on this planet, implicit blueprints for what kinds of institutions we create, and guidelines for what to do with our young to …

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, December 4, 2022, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom. Our topics for the next meeting include finding a large-group church project, as well as looking at the results of the election from a social-justice perspective. The Social Justice Collaborative is a good way to offer and receive support as we work to “heal the world.” The Zoom meeting link …

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Soles 4 Souls

Soles 4 Souls
Just a reminder that Joann Meyer still has a “shoe box” under the coat rack in the rear hall to collect shoes. Most donations go to a national organziation called Soles 4 Souls. They take all and any shoes in any condition, and send them to those in need all around the globe. Check them out at www.soles4souls.org. But sometimes, …

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IPM Coat Drive

IPM Coat Drive
Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) is collecting gently used coats which will be handed out to those in need in November and December. IPM is collecting coats for all ages and all sizes, though there is a particular need for the large sizes for both adult and children’s coats. Place coats in the shopping cart in the Great Hall at church, …

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IPM Pantry Needs

IPM Pantry Needs
Here are the current most-needed items to fill the shelves of Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) for its clients:
~ Canned fruit (all kinds)
~ Canned beans: kidney, black, pinto
~ Pasta: spaghetti, egg noodles, etc.
~ Peanut-free granola and snack bars
Place items in the shopping cart in the Great Hall. Your generosity is …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Day of the Dead Grave Adorning

Day of the Dead Grave Adorning
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief time of celebration and reunion. On this Dia de los Muertos, join us for an afternoon of celebrating and honoring the …

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Events and Meetings

Samhain Celebration

Samhain Celebration
Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 7 to 9 p.m. Samhain is a festival of the Dead, meaning “Summer’s End,” pronounced saah-win or saah-ween. Join us at the back parking lot fire pit to usher in the dark. This is the time when the veil between life and death grows thin. We will have ritual, story, sharing, a time for the …

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Break Bread Together Twice This Month

Break Bread Together Twice This Month
Wednesday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 13, after the service. The Heritage Church community will have two opportunities for all ages to break bread together in November. Join us for the second installment of “Dinner Church” on the first Wednesday evening of the month, November 2, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. Bring a dish …

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A UU Novel for BWB

A UU Novel for BWB
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Don’t we all love to read about ourselves, or at least a fictionalized account of people much like us? Heritage’s women's book club, known as the Babes with Books or the BWB, has made just such a choice with the selection for their November 16, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting in the Heritage …

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Clara Barton Guild “Green” Holiday Party

Clara Barton Guild “Green” Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. IT'S BACK! The annual Heritage UU Church Clara Barton Guild Holiday Party. Same venue...old and new friends...new format! Savories and Sweets only this year. Come celebrate the Holidays with your Heritage Sisters. The holiday party is open to all adult women. This year's theme is …

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Announcements

“Fall Back” or Be Early!

“Fall Back” or Be Early!
Daylight Savings Time ends in the early hours of Sunday, November 6. Set your clock back one hour the night before. Enjoy an extra hour of sleep, then join us on time for worship in the Heritage sanctuary, or via Zoom, that Sunday!

Cooking a Meal to Help in Time of Need

Cooking a Meal to Help in Time of Need
One of the ways that people can feel connected to our church community is by cooking an occasional meal for someone who needs it. The Heritage UU Church Caring Circle organizes meals for church members and friends who are home from the hospital or face some other situation where meals would be helpful. “Meal Train,” an online …

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A Welcoming Venue for Your Gathering or Organization

A Welcoming Venue for Your Gathering or Organization
Heritage UU offers a welcoming venue to people and groups of all genders, sexualities, nationalities, abilities, and origins. Whether you are looking for a one-time event location or repeated meeting space, take a look at the Heritage building and grounds and see if they meet your needs. Some people who have used our space have …

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Heritage UU Church Gathering Policy (COVID-19 Policy)

Heritage UU Church Gathering Policy (COVID-19 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. Any persons exhibiting fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or other …

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Opinion

Is UU Freedom of Belief at Risk?

Is UU Freedom of Belief at Risk?
Opinion by Rebecca Pace. What draws you to our UU faith? For many people it is freedom of belief. Our founders considered freedom of belief to be such a defining characteristic of our faith that it is codified in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws, in Article II. Now the UUA is considering major changes to Article II. Article II …

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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 3, by Mike Roberts, Church Historian.
The early ministers in our church were nearly all raised and trained in the East and eventually found their way to Cincinnati as prominent members of the Universalist pastorate. That pattern continued for the most part into …

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The Wider UU World

Draft of Proposed Revision to Article 2

Draft of Proposed Revision to Article 2
A key section of the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is Article 2, which includes the Association’s Principles, Purposes, and Freedom of Belief clause. The UUA’s Board of Trustees established an Article II Study Commission to develop a proposed revision for Article 2. In October 2022, the Commission …

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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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