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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
December 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, 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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Sunday, December 4: “Finding Hope”

Sunday, December 4: “Finding Hope”
Rev. Bill Gupton. With help from others, our Senior Minister leads us in finding hope. We will also have a new member ceremony, and wonderful music from our choir. Worship Associate: Kay Inskeep.

Sunday, December 11: “Let’s Talk”

Sunday, December 11: “Let’s Talk”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This morning we will have a conversation. Probably several conversations. Rev. Bill will seek to elicit from us, what we might want to talk about – things in the church, things in our world, the holidays, the Bengals – you name it. We’ll enjoy our beloved Sunday morning traditions and rituals, of course, but otherwise today’s service …

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Sunday, December 18: “Lighting the Way: Our Holiday Revue”

Sunday, December 18: “Lighting the Way: Our Holiday Revue”
Laci Lee Adams. Have you ever wondered why, as Unitarian Universalists, we host a Christmas pageant? If UUs find inspiration in six different sources, what is so special or significant about the story of Jesus? What other holidays have important stories to tell us and timeless truths to teach us? Equally as important …

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Saturday evening, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7 p.m.)

Saturday evening, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7 p.m.)
Rev. Bill Gupton and Laci Lee Adams. Bring the family to our traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service, featuring our wonderful Choir, familiar readings and carols, the warmth of the season, and of course – candlelight. Afterward, plan to stay around a few minutes for cookies and cider in the Great Hall to wish everyone a …

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Sunday, January 1: “What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been”

Sunday, January 1: “What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been”
Bob Lamb. ~ Bob Lamb turned 70 last year, which he finds terribly strange. Join him for a contemplative look back, and a hopeful look forward, on the cusp of a new year and a new world.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. A couple of weeks ago, I had an experience I want to share with you – one that assured me Heritage Church is, without a doubt, “back.” The Great Hall was filled with adults who were sitting around tables, having just completed a potluck lunch together, talking and chatting and connecting with one another. That, in …

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President's Corner

Julie Kane headshot
This from Julie Kane:
President's Corner

I wonder ... What we could imagine, if we could imagine anything?

I wonder ... What we could imagine, if we could imagine anything?
by Laci Lee Adams, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. Winter is here – almost! Although the first official day of winter isn’t until December 21st, we have already started to feel winter in the air and see it settling in around us. I have to admit to generally hating winter or more specifically, to hating winter weather. Growing up in …

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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 Two: “We are here to celebrate the mystery and wonder of life, to share our joys and sorrows, and to care for each other and for the world at large.” ~ From the Mission and Vision Statement.
Looking at our Mission and Vision Statement as a four-part document, you can see that three of the four …

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For All Ages and Stages:

Opportunities for Faith Development
Across the Lifespan

Banned Book Club

Banned Book Club
At #4 on the American Library Association’s 2021 Most Banned Books list, George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren't Blue is our next Banned Book club read! In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. …

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All Call for Special Talents!

All Call for Special Talents!"
The date is set for this year’s Holiday pageant – December 18th! Lighting our Way: Holidays in Revue hopes to feature the many talents of our community that illuminate the Holiday season. We are looking to feature all of the talents, both traditional and unexpected, of our community. Play the piano? Sing? Juggle? Tell funny knock-knock …

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What's Coming Up in RE!

What's Coming Up in RE!
Our Religious Education Program schedule, for children and youth: December 4 – Regular RE Sunday December 11 – Regular RE Sunday December 18 – All Ages Holiday
Pageant.
December 25 – NO RE, as there is also no church! On December 24, please join us for our Christmas Eve evening service!

Social Action / Social Justice

Exploring the Patriarchy

Exploring the Patriarchy
Wednesday, November 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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UU Council’s Anti-Racism Circle

UU Council’s Anti-Racism Circle
January – April 2023. Registration is required by January 4. The UU Council of Greater Cincinnati invites Unitarian Universalists from all six local congregations to participate in the Winter 2023 Anti-Racism Circle, “Building the World We Dream About.” This 12-week interactive workshop is designed to help Unitarian …

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Events and Meetings

Unpacking the novel “Search” – Q&A with Rev. Bill

Unpacking the novel "Search" – Q&A with Rev. Bill
Monday, November 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. For November, our Women's Book Club has chosen to read and discuss Search: A Novel, by Unitarian Universalist Michelle Huneven. The book is generating a bit of “buzz” at Heritage, so our own Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton (not to be confused with the Senior Minister in the novel!) has …

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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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Snacks and a Show

Snacks and a Show
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m. The Babes with Books (aka the Heritage Women's Book Club or BWB) finally returns to their December tradition of hosting a holiday party in the Heritage Room with viewing of a video instead of discussing a selected read. Come join the festivities on December 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. with snacks and …

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Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence

Vespers: Nourishing our Souls in Sound and Silence
Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Join us in the sanctuary for Vespers, an hour of peaceful contemplation in community. Through readings, singing, silence and reflection, we seek to nurture a sense of calm and communion with the holy. Let us welcome the darkness of winter and reflect on the year past together. If …

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Announcements

Let’s Put Up That Tree!

Let’s Put Up That Tree!
Sunday, December 4, 2022, starting just before noon. Don’t look now, but it’s time to put up our sanctuary Christmas tree and deck the halls at Heritage once again! Stay after church on Sunday, December 4, and help us transform the sanctuary into a winter wonderland. This is a party for all ages: the kids will enjoy decorating the tree …

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No Church on December 25

No Church on December 25
There will be no church service at Heritage on Sunday, December 25. Have a merry Christmas morning!

Church Holiday Schedule

Church Holiday Schedule
The church will be closed Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Our traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service will take place on Saturday night, December 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please plan to arrive a little early as both parking and space in the sanctuary …

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Minister’s Winter Break

Minister’s Winter Break
Rev. Bill Gupton, our Senior Minister, will be on winter break (a combination of vacation and study leave) from December 25 through January 18. He will be available only in case of emergency, by cell phone.

Save the Dates for the UUSC on April 29 and 30

Save the Dates for the UUSC on April 29 and 30
The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati is sponsoring two events to which all area UUs are invited. The events focus on the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). On Saturday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a UUSC-focused potluck meal at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati, …

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News Articles

Pictures from “A Salad of the Season”

Pictures from “A Salad of the Season”
On Sunday, October 30, 2022, “The Gang of Us” (Jen Ciolino, Kay Inskeep, Bob Lamb, Alison Lang-Hickey, Laura Palmer, and Steph Tacy) led our morning worship service using the theme “A Salad of the Season.” By the end of the service, a fine “salad” had been assembled on our altar. Alison Lang-Hickey took some pictures, which …

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Opinion

Unprincipled! Erasing the Framework of Unitarian Universalism

Unprincipled! Erasing the Framework of Unitarian Universalism
Opinion, by Rebecca A. Pace. Our beloved Seven Principles and Six Sources will no longer be a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association bylaws if the Article II draft is approved at General Assembly (GA) over the next two summers. “Values” and “Inspirations” will replace them. The Unitarian Universalist Association …

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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 4, by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Through the twenty years between 1880 and 1900, the church had a series of ministers who stayed for short periods and moved on. This time period was very difficult for the members, as they faced a number of seemingly insurmountable …

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The Wider UU World

General Assembly 2023

General Assembly 2023
Wednesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 25, 2023, in Pittsburgh and online. General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. Please join us Wednesday, June 21 …

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MARCC Social Concerns for 2023

MARCC Social Concerns for 2023
Representatives of the Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati participated in the Shared Planning Conference of the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) on November 15, 2022. The MARCC conference meets each year in the fall to select two social concerns for emphasis in the coming year. This …

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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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