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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
September 2019
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)

Sunday Worship Services

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

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.

Sunday, September 8: “Where’s the Common Ground?”

Sunday, September 8: “Where’s the Common Ground?”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We live in deeply divided times. Social media, the mainstream (and not-so-mainstream) media, even neighborhood block parties and holiday family gatherings can highlight and reinforce the idea that we have split ourselves into camps. Into “us” and “them.” That we have developed irreconcilable differences. Yet those of goodwill on “both” sides (and there are people of goodwill …
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Sunday, September 15: “The Devil's Advocate”

Sunday, September 15: “The Devil's Advocate”
Bob Lamb. OK, now we know that we should try to find common ground with people whose policies and ideas we reject. But . . . is it possible that, among those policies and ideas, there just might be some that are right (or at least better than the alternatives we have praised)? After finding common ground, can we reconsider …
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Sunday, September 22: “Jesus the Universalist”

Sunday, September 22: “Jesus the Universalist”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Who’s the most famous Universalist of all time? This morning, our Senior Minister will make a case for the idea that Jesus of Nazareth is a valid answer to that question. We will enjoy lovely music from our Heritage Choir, and consider some compelling (and challenging) gospel passages. This is the first of a two-week examination of …
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Sunday, September 29: “The Limits of Universalism”

Sunday, September 29: “The Limits of Universalism”
Rev. Bill Gupton. If Universalism is, by definition, an all-embracing faith, are there any limits? Where can (and do) we draw the line? Or is there a line? Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

Sunday, October 6: “To Serve Humankind”

Sunday, October 6: “To Serve Humankind”
Regina Pugh. Each week at Heritage we proclaim in our spoken covenant that service is the prayer of our church. What does that mean? And how do we put it into practice? How are we as a community living up to the promise in our covenant "to serve humankind in fellowship" and how will we keep that promise in the …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. We said goodbye to summer – and hello to fall – with a bang (or was it a splash?) on August 25, with our annual Ingathering Sunday worship service, our water ceremony, a lovely picnic potluck outside, and . . . a dunking booth! Yours truly, along with my colleague Rev. Leslie (it was her idea) …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. I am very happy to share with you that the Board of Trustees held its annual retreat on August 17 and came out of it with focus, energy and goals for the coming year. Our theme for 2020 is “Putting Energy into Action” and at the core of this initiative is Stewardship. Our Mission Statement is three-fold: …
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Come to Church! We Miss You!

Come to Church! We Miss You!
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. On the last Sunday in August, we launched the beginning of Heritage’s church year with a terrific water ceremony and a great picnic with special activities. Yes, those of you who weren’t able to attend missed the chance to dunk Revs. Bill and Leslie and Board President Jim Nolan via a dunking booth. This is unfortunate …
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Children and Youth Religious Education

Orientation to Heritage Religious Exploration Program

Orientation to Heritage Religious Exploration Program
Sunday, September 15, 2019, around 12 noon. New to Heritage or just want to learn more about our programs for children and youth? Come to our monthly potluck after worship on September 15th. Gather your lunch to eat at one of the tables set up in one of the RE classrooms where Rev. Leslie will present information about Soul Matters, …
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The Soulful Home Newsletter is Coming in September!

The Soulful Home Newsletter is Coming in September!
One challenge many of our families share is maintaining connection with Heritage and our Religious Exploration program when they just can’t make it to church. The Soul Matters program helps though focusing an entire month on a single theme, allowing children and youth to maintain connection even with discontinuous attendance. When the conversation goes on for an entire month, everybody …
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Soul Matters Religious Exploration Program at Heritage UU Church

Soul Matters Religious Exploration Program at Heritage UU Church
Why is Heritage using the Soul Matters program for our Religious Exploration Program? Our main goal is to connect children with their parents by engaging the whole family with the same monthly theme. Each Sunday all of our age groups will have similar lesson plans and all of them will explore the same theme throughout each month. In addition, each …
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Fun Events for All Ages!

Fun Events for All Ages!
Our community connections are deepened when we gather together for FUN! Put these Heritage Events on your calendar today. Don’t miss out! September 13th, 7 – 10 pm: Game Night for All Ages Bring your family and friends to HUUC to play games of all kinds. Bring your favorite board games and a snack to share. October 26th, 6 — …
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Social Action / Social Justice

A Month of Undies

A Month of Undies
Beginning September 1 and culminating on October 6, 2019, we will be collecting underwear and socks to donate to Inter Parish Ministry. While clothing banks get lots of donated outerwear, the all-important underwear is often needed. Wondering what size to buy? In general, larger sizes and plus sizes are needed, but a good rule of thumb is to just buy …
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Film: Let Our Loss be Heard

Film: Let Our Loss be Heard
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Offsite. This film, Part 2 of the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories Project, is a documentary by Northern Kentucky University students and faculty who are exploring the lasting consequences of the formation of racial categories. The film tells the story of Margaret Garner. The film will be shown at Mt. …
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Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati

Study Program: Race and Racism in Cincinnati
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m., and three other dates. The discussion about race and racism has been at the forefront of our national discussion in the last few years. While change is slow, many people have been utilizing excellent resources, including books, videos, lectures, and discussion groups, to understand the history and present reality of racism in the USA. …
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LGBT Ally Training Workshop (RSVP Required)

LGBT Ally Training Workshop (RSVP Required)
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. How can a person be a better ally to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender? Some Heritage UU Church members have developed a workshop addressing this area of personal growth. The main topics are: values and privilege, terminology and language, what science tells us, what LGBT+ folks experience, avoiding …
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Sanctuary Coalition Contact Needed

Sanctuary Coalition Contact Needed
Heritage UU Church is in need of a volunteer to step into the role of Contact Person between the church and the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition. If you have a concern for immigrants in our country, this could be you. In late 2016, because of the impending threat of ramped-up incarceration and deportation of immigrants—particularly those from Latin America and …
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Pick Up a Few Items for the Grocery Cart

Pick Up a Few Items for the Grocery Cart
Pick up a few extra items for those in need the next time you’re at the grocery store. Drop them into the church’s Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) grocery cart, for its choice food pantries. Items that the food pantries always need are boxed cereals, jams & jellies, canned meats, and household paper products. For the specific items most needed currently, …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Enjoy A Picnic or Break a Sweat at Heritage Acres this Month

Enjoy A Picnic or Break a Sweat at Heritage Acres this Month
Saturday, September 7, 2019, arriving 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Work Day). Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12 noon (Picnic). You are invited to take a look at the future home of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, our green burial preserve, on Saturday, September 21 at noon. Weather permitting, we will hold a huge picnic on the grounds (800 Locust Corner Road …
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Heritage Acres is Now Part of UUA Faithify Program!

Heritage Acres is Now Part of UUA Faithify Program!
As Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary enters the final stretch of fundraising to complete its purchase of 40 acres in Pierce Township next month, our unique green burial project has been accepted into the Faithify program. Faithify is a Unitarian Universalist crowdfunding platform that encourages UUs from all over the world to support innovative programs created by UU churches and groups. …
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Green Burial T-Shirts

Green Burial T-Shirts
In hopes of bringing awareness to green burial, there are two t-shirt designs being offered. The extremely rough sketches of the t-shirts along with a sign-up sheet will be in the Great Hall near the coffee. Shirts will be medium brown with white ink and the cost will be $10 to $12 depending on neck style. Money will be collected …
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Events and Meetings

Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, September 10, 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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Game Night at Heritage

Game Night at Heritage
Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to church on Friday the 13th of September, for an all-ages Game Night in the Great Hall. Board-game lovers unite! Card players, do your thing! Bring a game that you want to teach others, or come prepared to learn a new game. This evening is in memory of the …
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Back to Routine Book Enjoyment

Back to Routine Book Enjoyment
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. The kids are back in school and we've had our traditional in-gathering service so it is time for the Babes with Books (Heritage's woman's book club) to return to the Heritage room for their monthly meetings. (Thanks go to the Rossas for hosting the August meeting!) On September 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
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

11th Annual Women’s Retreat - Waiting List
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. Read the article for the contact information…
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Halloween Party

Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. One of our most delightful annual events, our Halloween party incudes costumes, s’mores, bobbing for apples and more! The party will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the church. Don’t have a costume? Pin a leaf on your shirt and call yourself a tree! For more information, talk with Rev. Leslie, …
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All Ages Caroling Party

All Ages Caroling Party
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Gather around the piano to sing carols of the season together with friends of all ages. Cocoa and other activities for children are planned. Bring a snack to share. Rumor has it that a karaoke machine will also be available! If you have questions, please talk with Rev. Leslie, or email her …
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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 five minutes – of mindfulness. Take a break, right in …
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Announcements

Become a Member of Heritage Church

Become a Member of Heritage Church
Our New Member Ceremony for fall 2019 will take place on Sunday, September 8, during the worship service. If you are interested in becoming a member of Heritage Church, or if you have questions about membership, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton.
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Abstract Artist Exhibits at Heritage

Abstract Artist Exhibits at Heritage
The artwork of Danish born Johannes Bjorner will be on exhibit at the Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church during September, 2019. Always interested in the arts, Bjorner began painting in the 1970’s. He is inspired by classical music and the spirituality it provides. He says, “Studying the piano has given me a better understanding of the language of music, which has …
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Church Financial Statements are Now Available

Church Financial Statements are Now Available
In response to discussion at our annual congregational meeting in June, Heritage UU Church has started placing its financial statements on a password-protected webpage on the church website. To go to the financial statements, on any church webpage find the main menu bar, point to CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, then point and click on MEMBERS’ AREA. On that page, scroll down and …
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Are You Beginning or Leaving a Leadership Role?

Are You Beginning or Leaving a Leadership Role?
If you are taking over or stepping down as a committee chair or team/group leader at Heritage, please let the webmaster know so that he can update information on the website. Send email with your updates or any questions to the newsletter editor (see the Contact Information link at the bottom of this email).

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 need to pay for …
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Support

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part One

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part One
by Rebecca Pace, HUUC Accounts Receivable Treasurer. You may have noticed a change when you filed your 2018 tax return. The standard deduction increased so that many people no longer itemize their deductions. But, you can still get tax savings from your charitable donations without itemizing. This month I want to highlight a popular method—Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD). You must …
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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 shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Go …
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Grounds Clean Up

Grounds Clean Up
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Let’s get our gardens ready for fall! Come for one hour or three hours. There will be jobs for all ages and skill levels. Bring some gloves and tools if you have them. Contact Tracy Jo at 513-310-9029 if you have questions.

Meet Me in the Parking Lot

Meet Me in the Parking Lot
Here’s a fun and easy way to serve the church and help Heritage raise a little money while you’re at it. Volunteers are needed to help staff the parking lot on Turpin football Friday nights this fall. We need you on September 13, September 20, October 11 or November 1, 2019. Please contact Rev. Bill Gupton (see the Contact Information link at the bottom of this email).

On Your Own ...

On Your Own ...
Contribute to our beloved community’s financial well-being by selling unneeded items and donating the proceeds to the church. It’s easy through consignment, online sales, yard sales, and the Kroger Community Awards program. Sell your unwanted, gently used high quality clothing, household items, and furniture through your local consignment store (such as Snooty Fox, Clothes Mentor and others) and donate the …
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News Articles

Leaders Get Dunked on Ingathering Sunday

Leaders Get Dunked on Ingathering Sunday
On Sunday, August 25, 2019, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church held its traditional Ingathering Sunday. This included the mingling of the waters brought by congregants from far and wide, the beautiful water-themed music of our choir and… the dunking of church leaders! A carnival dunking booth was set up outside the church building. The people who volunteered to sit on its …
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Board Briefs for August 2019

Board Briefs for August 2019
The church has some facilities maintenance needs: replace flooring in two RE classrooms (and address related water leaks), shed replacement, and landscaping. ~ The Board reviewed preliminary end-of-year financials and considered potential budgeting improvements for next year. ~ The Board discussed how to reinvigorate the Finance Committee. ~ Efforts will be made to publicize the Kroger Plus Card and Amazon Smile charity programs, …
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From the Archives

Fin du Siècle

Fin du Siècle
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. We are nearing the end of another decade. Twenty years ago, the world was preparing for the end of a millennium. Much was being written about the Y2K bug, which threatened to bring the global information system crashing down around us because few computer systems had been programmed to handle the year 2000. Chaos was …
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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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