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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
October 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 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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Sunday, October 13: “Lifting the Veil”

Sunday, October 13: “Lifting the Veil”
Rev. Bill Gupton and Guests. Perhaps you have heard of Near Death Experiences (NDEs). Today, you will get to hear about them, from folks who have had them. This illuminating service will lift the veil on the possibilities of what might await us after we die. Do not miss this unique and powerful service – complete with special music from …
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Sunday, October 20: “Weird Science (Redux)”

Sunday, October 20: “Weird Science (Redux)”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Several years ago, our Senior Minister did a service about some of the weirder discoveries that scientists have made about our world, and our universe. The thing is – there are new (and often weird) discoveries made nearly every day. So it’s time for an update! This service is offered by special request. Oh, and the HUUC …
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Sunday, October 27: “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts”

Sunday, October 27: “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. What makes you feel scared and what can you do with that fear? On this Sunday before Halloween, we’ll explore different aspects of fear through the children’s story “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” Everyone (especially children) are invited to wear costumes or masks and the Heritage House Band will play some spooky …
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Sunday, November 3: “All Souls Sunday”

Sunday, November 3: “All Souls Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. This moving, annual service is a time to remember and honor those in our lives who have passed from this life during the last 12 months. Our All Souls Sunday is an open-hearted reflection on love, mortality, and the connections we share that enrich our lives while living on beyond our lives. As Rev. Forrest Church says, …
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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about nature, our environment, and our planet. Maybe it’s the work I am doing to create Cincinnati’s first natural burial sanctuary, which will allow us to do our small part to offset the pollution and environmental destruction being wrought by the modern American funeral industry. Maybe it’s my son’s work, …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. Hello! Looking back at least month’s article, I mentioned that you’d be hearing more about stewardship in the future. Well, I am happy to report great progress being made in that direction. First, the replacement of the flooring in the Religious Exploration classrooms went very smoothly, thanks to some volunteer energy. Rev. Leslie is also the proud …
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Faith Formation — Who, What and How?

Faith Formation — Who, What and How?
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. As I look back on my seven plus years as your assistant minister responsible for faith formation in our children and youth, even I marvel at how much my central view has changed when it comes to religious education. I used to believe that if we could find the right curriculum, the right volunteer teachers and …
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Social Action / Social Justice

First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, October 6, and every Sunday. Inter Parish Ministry is in need of any foods you want to donate. The items below are the most CRITICAL NEEDS. Food Pantry Needs: Boxed cereal, Ravioli or SpaghettiOs, Ziplock bags (Gallon and Quart), Canned fruit, Jams and jelly (other than grape), Canned chicken, tuna & ham, and Grocery bags (paper, plastic or reusable). …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. If you have done anything for social action or social justice in the past few months—or want to in the future—we invite you to the Social Justice Collaborative meeting on Sunday morning before church. We gather in the Heritage Room to share information, generate ideas, and support each other. Whether your interest is …
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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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End-of-Life Ministry

Death Café Returns to Heritage

Death Café Returns to Heritage
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, returns to Heritage Church on Wednesday evening, November 6, at 7 p.m. Death Cafés are an open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended conversation about death and dying with friends and strangers alike, where our society’s most taboo subject – death and our own mortality – can be …
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Events and Meetings

Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Women Singing In Sacred Circle now meets the second Tuesday of every month at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township. SISC has become a source of deep friendship, support and healing for many women across the city. Hear what women are saying about this singing circle: "This is …
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We’re Lonesome Without You!

We’re Lonesome Without You!
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Our storytelling group is expanding! And we’re changing our name… THE ROUGH BUT READY READERS … as we will be known from now on, will include, not only storytelling, but we want to include YOU who are yearning to share the sound of your voice and your love for the sound of the written …
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Heritage Gardening Party!

Heritage Gardening Party!
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees is planning an HUUC community event on Saturday, October 12. First we’ll garden, from 2 to 5 p.m., then we’ll share a meal, from 5 to 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to help out. People are encouraged to bring their own gloves, a trowel, clippers …
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HUUC Town Hall Meeting

HUUC Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019, around 11:45 a.m. We will host our first Heritage UU Church “Town Hall” meeting on Sunday, October 13, immediately following the service. Reid Hester from the finance committee will be present as well as other representatives from the church board. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and to get a sense of …
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A Different Presidential View

A Different Presidential View
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. In these days when the President routinely tops the headlines with another potentially scandalous episode, the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) dives into a novel based on our first president entitled Dear George, Dear Mary, by Mary Calvi. According to Publishers Weekly, "Calvi’s debut skillfully depicts the ill-fated love story of a …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, October 23, 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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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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Haskell Small in Concert!

Haskell Small in Concert!
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Heritage UU Church is hosting a concert by Haskell Small, renowned classical pianist and composer. Highlights of Small's performance career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. In addition to his very popular YouTube videos, Small was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS special “A Celebration of the Piano.” Over …
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Saimhain Ritual

Saimhain Ritual
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Heritage UU Church outdoors. Join us for a ritual celebrating the ancient festival of Samhain (pronounced sah-win) which marks the end of the harvest and a time to honor the Dead. For many pagans, Samhain is the beginning of the spiritual new year. Weather permitting, we will gather round a fire outdoors on HUUC …
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Cakes and Honey: A Half Day Women’s Retreat

Cakes and Honey: A Half Day Women’s Retreat
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. A 1/2 day women’s retreat open to all adult female members and friends of heritage. A recent trip to Greece and an exploration of the Minoan Bee Goddess provides the content for this 1/2 day workshop. Since ancient times, the bee and the beehive have played central roles in human spiritual …
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R U New 2 UU? Get Acquainted!

R U New 2 UU? Get Acquainted!
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. The date for our fall Get Acquainted Dinner has been set! If you are new to our church community, be our guest at the twice-yearly dinner for newcomers. Meet others, get to know some of our church leaders, and break bread together on Saturday evening, November 23 at the church. Get Acquainted Dinners are …
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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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Announcements

Dinner for Eight

Dinner for Eight
Do you want some good food, friends and fellowship? Then this is an idea for you! Special thanks to Beth Staggenborg who organized this event two years ago. Dinner for Eight groups are eight willing people who get together and plan meals in their homes, restaurants, or the church in order to get to know one another better. Once groups …
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Local Artist Shares Work at Heritage during October

Local Artist Shares Work at Heritage during October
Everage King is bringing his impressionistic art to Heritage throughout October. His love of art began in childhood and, as a high school student at Withrow, his creativity blossomed under the encouragement of art teachers. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP in 1979. He taught art, language arts and social studies in several Ohio cities as well as …
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Support

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part Two

Leveraging the Benefit of Your Gifts, Part Two
by Rebecca Pace, HUUC Accounts Receivable Treasurer. Since the change in the tax law, increasing the standard deduction, Donor Advised Funds (DAF) have become more popular. Think of them as charitable savings accounts. Tax-deductible contributions to a DAF allow a taxpayer to bunch their charitable contributions into one year, in order to itemize deductions, while taking the standard deduction in …
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Turpin-Anderson Game: Right Next Door

Turpin-Anderson Game: Right Next Door
Every other year, the big Turpin-Anderson high school football game is held right next door, at Spartan Stadium at Turpin. This year, the game is on Friday, October 18. We expect our parking lot to be completely full that night, so don’t plan to come to church unless you are going to the game! Did you know that, during Turpin …
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News Article

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members
On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. They bring our total adult membership to 190! …
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From the Archives

1975 Marked 150 Years of the American Unitarian Association

1975 Marked 150 Years of the American Unitarian Association
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In 1975, the Unitarian Universalist Council of Cincinnati sponsored the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Unitarian Association. The event was held over two days at the William Howard Taft house in Mt. Auburn. The Council had been formed in 1961 by representatives of the five UU churches of Cincinnati who met to …
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The Wider UU World

UU Justice Ohio's Annual Assembly

UU Justice Ohio's Annual Assembly
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Offsite. Join members of Heritage Church and other UU churches from across the state at the annual assembly of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO). This is a time to learn what others are doing and be refreshed by new ideas. The location is the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located …
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A publication of
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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