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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)
August 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, August 2: “My God: (Still) a Work in Progress”

Sunday, August 2: “My God: (Still) a Work in Progress”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Every few years, our Senior Minister revisits a sermon he’s been tossing around for a long time, in his mind (and aloud), titled “My God.” The funny thing is, the sermon always seems to be changing. Maybe that’s because Rev. Bill’s ideas about God are ever-changing. Evolving. Morphing, to accommodate new experiences and new information. And isn’t …

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Sunday, August 9: “Our Racial Reckoning”

Sunday, August 9: “Our Racial Reckoning”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Six years ago today, an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s body was left for hours, in the middle of the street where he died, as horrified onlookers gathered around. The next several days and nights saw both peaceful protests and riots – …

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Sunday, August 16: “Hanging on by a Thread”

Sunday, August 16: “Hanging on by a Thread”
Bill Lyon. What things do you experience that seem to be hanging on by a thread: democracy; human dignity; civility; public health; sanity? Certainly, these are strained in our current environment. What holds us together through it, though? What threads can we rely on? What ties support us? What fabric are we weaving that may, yet, adorn a brighter future …

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Sunday, August 23: “These Times We Live In”

Sunday, August 23: “These Times We Live In”
Rev. Bill Gupton. Pandemic. Politics. Polarization. Face masks and funerals. To school or not to school? The times we live in are troubled indeed. This morning our Senior Minister will reflect on what’s been happening over the past few months, and what might lie ahead in the next few months, here on the cusp of Fall 2020. Worship Associate: Kathy …

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Sunday, August 30: “(A Virtual) Water Ceremony”

Sunday, August 30: "(A Virtual) Water Ceremony"
Rev. Bill Gupton. Normally, this final Sunday in August would be our “Ingathering Sunday” – one of our Heritage Church “high holy days,” when we gather together in our sanctuary as a large, multi-generational family of faith to celebrate a return from summer vacations, and the beginning of school and a new “church year.” Needless to …

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Sunday, September 6: “Spirituality Tour - Open House”

Sunday, September 6: “Spirituality Tour - Open House”
Steph Tacy. We come home to unwind, to eat, to sleep, to bathe our bodies. What if our home also has the ability to help teach us how to replenish and re-energize ourselves? What if we discovered there is wisdom to be gained right here within the very rooms of our own home? Let’s take a tour to learn what …

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Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. As this long, hot summer continues, I am growing more and more appreciative of the positive possibilities of virtual community. During a vacation (more accurately, I suppose, a “stay-cation”) last month, I “attended” the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute, as well as a couple of webinars, and practiced lots of online yoga. I put quotation marks …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Hello Heritage Community! Thank you for allowing me to be your President of the Board this coming year. I look forward to working with Jim Nolan as Past President, Michael Wilhite as Vice President, Barb Lyon and Kay Inskeep as Co-Secretaries, and Mark Buckley and John Sandman as Board Members. Thanks to Bob Rush and Bob Booth …

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REflections: Bring Your Children to Online Church!

REflections: Bring Your Children to Online Church!
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. I love scanning the faces of Heritage members on Sunday morning, albeit on my computer screen, using the arrows to see every one of the video feeds. It’s a small yet important ritual that helps me feel connected to each and every one of you. And every Sunday I have the same question — but where …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Introducing the Heritage RE Padlet for Families — An Online Bulletin Board

Introducing the Heritage RE Padlet for Families — An Online Bulletin Board
For many families, attending an online meeting at a fixed time is just not possible, yet their children still want to interact with their peers and share their projects. We’ve got an APP for that, the Heritage RE Padlet for Families! Padlet is a web-based application widely used in schools that works similar to an online bulletin board. You can …

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Join Rev. Leslie on Sunday Mornings for our Heritage Family Chapel!

Join Rev. Leslie on Sunday Mornings for our Heritage Family Chapel!
Every Sunday morning, our Heritage Zoom worship room will open at 10 a.m. for a special time together, especially for families with children from PreK — 5th grade. Each week before regular worship begins, families who log in to Zoom at 10 a.m. will be placed in a special Family Chapel breakout room. We’ll light a chalice, share joys and …

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Summer Heritage RE-to-GO Box Now Available!

Summer Heritage RE-to-GO Box Now Available!
Heritage children in Pre-K through 5th grade now have a cool new Heritage RE-to-Go box full of fun! What’s an RE-to-GO box? I’m glad you asked! Our boxes contain fun materials to engage your child and keep them connected with Heritage. Each box provides materials for different activities that your child can do whenever it is convenient for your family, …

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Social Action / Social Justice

UUtheVote Needs U!

UUtheVote Needs U!
Here is one thing that Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, lefties and righties, can all agree on; getting out the vote in November is absolutely crucial! But it will happen if U get involved. There are so many ways every one of you can help. Four things you can do to get started: (1) Make sure U are registered! …

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Heritage is a Microlender!

Heritage is a Microlender!
Did you know that Heritage Church has an account with Kiva.org? Kiva is an organization that uses crowdfunding to make loans to remove barriers to financial access around the world. They currently work in 77 countries and provide loans that support a variety of needs including small businesses, education, home improvement, healthcare, the arts, and agriculture. Utilizing an outreach offering …

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Film: RIGGED! The Voter Suppression Playbook

Film: RIGGED! The Voter Suppression Playbook
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Via Zoom. Registration Required. Join Heritage UU Church members and others in watching a free, online screening and panel discussion of the multiple award-winning documentary, RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook. This viewing is provided by the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and the Faith Community Alliance, in collaboration with American Issues Initiative. Watch the trailer …

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Events and Meetings

The First Annual Heritage Stuffed Animal Sleepover

The First Annual Heritage Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Friday through Sunday, July 31st through August 2nd. Although humans can’t gather in our Heritage church building, stuffed animals still can! There will be a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at HUUC the weekend of July 31st- August 2nd. The sleepover will be chaperoned by Mr. and Ms. Bun, two very responsible long-time members of HUUC, with technical support from Dr. Kimo, …

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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult for August BWB Gathering

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult for August BWB Gathering
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Heritage Church back patio. RSVP required. Amazon.com describes the August 19 Babe's With Books (Heritage's women's book club) selection by Jodi Picoult as "An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest …

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Announcements

Hymn of the Week Expanded

Hymn of the Week Expanded
Since May 18, Les Tacy, Music Director, has been recording a hymn each week for members and friends. Each week the recording is posted on the Heritage website's home page. Starting in August, Les welcomes any member or friend to contribute a video recording of a hymn of their choice. In order to do this, simply email Les at the …

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Virtual Choir Opportunity

Virtual Choir Opportunity
Heritage Church members and friends have the opportunity to collaborate with the Gathering at Northern Hills (GNH) in a virtual choir project. Michael Tacy, Music Minister at GNH, is going to oversee this program, and has invited Heritage to join in. If you are interested, email Les at: 7/20/2020.

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Virtual Mini Vespers Service Takes a Mini Break in August

Virtual Mini Vespers Service Takes a Mini Break in August
Our Vespers Service has been offered virtually each week since April via pre-recorded services on YouTube and live services through Zoom. These mini services allow us to pause for a brief period of time each week, focus inwardly, listen to our inner voice, and re-energize. As the summer heats up, these mini services will take a short break during the …

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Congregational Meeting Video is Available

Congregational Meeting Video is Available
A video recording of the June 28, 2020, Congregational Meeting is now available online. You can reach it by going to the HUUC website, pointing on the menu to CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, pointing and clicking on MEMBERS’ AREA, then on that page, clicking on “Congregational Meeting Minutes and Videos.” You will need to enter the standard Members’ Area password. Heritage Church …

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Water Ceremony: 2020 Style

Water Ceremony: 2020 Style
If you’ve been part of the Heritage Church community for a year or more, you know that one of our most beloved Unitarian Universalist traditions is the end-of-summer Water Ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to collect a small amount of water from somewhere special to them over the course of the summer, and then bring that water to our sanctuary on …

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Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19
The following policy shall be reviewed monthly by the Board of Trustees. The purpose of this policy is to assist church groups and individuals with planning. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings regardless of location: Indoor: No gatherings through the end of September 2020. No gatherings of more than 10 household groups (including indoor worship services) through the end of …

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News Articles

Heritage Welcomes Danny Goldstein, Technology Coordinator

Heritage Welcomes Danny Goldstein, Technology Coordinator
Due to the switch to online worship services and the immense technical burden it placed on Worship Committee members, Heritage Church has created a new part-time staff position, Technology Coordinator. The position was filled in July, 2020,  by Danny Goldstein. He works behind the scenes to make sure our virtual worship services run smoothly from a technical standpoint. Danny has …

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Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes

Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes
A small and incredibly dedicated team has been providing a deep service to the Heritage UU Church community since mid-March. Core team members are Bob Drake, Jackie Drake, Marleen Johnson, Michelle Kelly, Ellie Lamb, Tracy Rossa, Julia Sandman, and Tracy Jo Small. We serve 12 to 17 families every other week. We continue to thank our amazing partner, LaSoupe, which …

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New Board of Trustees

New Board of Trustees
At the June 28, 2020 congregational meeting, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church members elected Kay Inskeep and John Sandman to the Board of Trustees. Kay and John join continuing Board members Mark Buckley, Barb Lyon, Jim Nolan, Tamilyn Moore, and Michael Wilhite to form the 2020-2021 Board of Trustees. Leaving the Board of Trustees are two persons whose terms were up, …

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Board Briefs for June 2020

Board Briefs for June 2020
The HUUC Board approved a final budget proposal to present at the June 28 Congregational Meeting. It will be emailed to the congregation in advance of the meeting. The HUUC Board approved (by email vote after the June meeting) offering the proposed new position of Technology Coordinator to Danny Goldstein, to begin July 1, pending budget approval in June 28 …

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Board Briefs for July 2020

Board Briefs for July 2020
New officers for the 2020-2021 fiscal year are: President is Tamilyn Moore; Vice-President is Michael Wilhite; Co-Secretaries are Kay Inskeep and Barb Lyon. Monthly Reports on the financials, Senior Minister and Assistant Minister of RE were discussed. Highlights include The Auction final intake was $5447 and we will keep the Turpin parking contract as is to add to our fundraising …

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From the Archives

Judith Sargent Stevens Murray

Judith Sargent Stevens Murray
In recent articles “From the Archives,” we have explored the life of the founding father of American Universalism, John Murray. His story would not be complete without an exploration of the life of his second wife, Judith Sargent Stevens Murray. Ms. Murray and her family played a critical role in John Murray’s life and in the establishment of Universalism in …

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Heirloom

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
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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