Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

January 2019

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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Sunday, December 30: “Changes in Perspective”

Sunday, December 30: “Changes in Perspective”

Lauren Martinez

As we turn a corner and wait for a new year to begin, many people tend to reflect on how to optimize their year ahead. Most of the ways we attempt to act on this lose steam quickly, as people return to habitual behaviors, thoughts and beliefs. Yet as we continue to be challenged, saddened, heartbroken, confused and lost by external forces in the political, social and environmental climates we have been facing, how can we show up for change? The call is there for us to act, be and live differently – but how? How do we make what seems inaccessible, overwhelming accessible?

Lauren Martinez is the child of our own friend and Choir member Dr. Gloria Walker, and is visiting town for the holidays. They are currently in their first year of seminary in Berkeley, Calif., at the UU affiliated divinity school, Starr King School for the Ministry. Although Lauren’s interests and desires are vast, the focus of their future work intersects social/healing justice through ancestral ritual and embodiment practices loosely inspired from liberation and queer theology teachings. Lauren believes the most optimal form of healing starts with the individual’s connection with Spirit, and constant inquiry and reflection. They hope to explore their many creative talents in writing, music, athletics and education alongside their journey in seminary. Their pronouns are they/them/theirs. They grew up in Cincinnati and Batavia, and attended Denison University for undergraduate studies.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, January 6: Twelfth Night and Other Epiphanies

Sunday, January 6: Twelfth Night and Other Epiphanies

Roger Miller

Today, January 6th, is the day on the Christian calendar set aside for the celebration of Epiphany. Holy days such as Epiphany can be as ubiquitous as Christmas, Easter, Passover, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan, or completely personal in nature. Heritage member Roger Miller will explore the historical meaning of Epiphany and other holy days in a variety of faith traditions. We will also discuss the holy days that are observed in Unitarian Universalism and how they relate to those of other faiths.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, January 13: “How We’ve Been”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Today we officially welcome our Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, back from sabbatical with a service that will recap the first half of the “church year” (or the last half of the calendar year, if that is your preference). Each January, Rev. Bill offers a “State of the Church” reflection, but this year it will be with a twist – offering Rev. Leslie (and us) thoughts on all that’s happened since last we saw her. Please plan to stay after the service for a special reception for Rev. Leslie in the Great Hall.

Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

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Sunday, January 20: “Leading with Love”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a lot to say about love. Others who inspired him – from Jesus to Gandhi – did too. Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, we who say that “Love is the spirit of our church” can learn from these and other exemplary leaders. Our Choir will sing beautiful music for us this morning, and we will break bread together following the service in our monthly potluck lunch. Come – let us worship together!

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, January 27: "Sabbatical Reflections"

Sunday, January 27: "Sabbatical Reflections"

Rev. Leslie Woodward

This morning, our Assistant Minister for Religious Education will reflect on her experiences and share with us what she learned during her recent sabbatical.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, February 3: “ ‘Free’ Time”

Sunday, February 3: “ ‘Free’ Time”

Rev. Bill Gupton

As we begin the shortest month of the year, it is perhaps a good time (pun intended) to reflect on that most precious commodity of all: time. Our lives are busy. Our schedules are overbooked. Many of us bemoan a lack of “free time” we have in our week, and yearn for a simpler time (again, pun intended) when things didn’t feel so hectic. This Sunday morning, let’s “unplug” for 75 minutes or so, and reflect on the meaning of time.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Happy New Year! For many of us, 2018 was a difficult, challenging year. I know there are those who are glad to see it fade into the history books. My wish is that 2019 will be a much better year for those of you who feel that way. And for those who had a wonderful 2018 …

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President’s Corner: An Ode to the Orange

by Jaime Castle. I’m writing this at the end of December right before the holidays. It’s a time for joy and celebration when boughs of holly and glittering lights adorn our homes. But it is also a time of year that can easily stress one out as well. We have “To Do” lists miles long and the days are flying …

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REflections

January marks the end of the Sabbatical Team’s task, to hold down the fort until Rev. Leslie’s return! Join us on January 13th as we welcome back Reverend Leslie from her sabbatical. It seems just like yesterday that we were trying to figure out how we would manage. We finished off the summer RE program of “Building community” and then …

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Bringing Dad and the Uncles Home

Bringing Dad and the Uncles Home

by Forrest Brandt. Christmas Eve 1951, I received a treasured gift, a Lionel, 6220 diesel engine in Santa Fe markings. It soon found its place under the Christmas tree and has been there for many of the Christmases since. In my eight-year-old mind the train had one mission, bring Dad and the uncles back from World War II. Round and …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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Volunteers Needed to Help Refugee Family

The Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregations Coalition has recently welcomed a family to temporary housing at Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Heritage Church joined the Coalition two years ago, and is being called upon for support. The family was admitted to the U.S. and granted parole status in order to apply for asylum. They are from the Congo, and have made …

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Peace and Racial Justice Opportunities

by Louise Lawarre. It’s almost New Year’s Day, and your friends at GAPP (Greater Anderson Promotes Peace) are planning the 14th annual Candlelight Vigil at the Peace Pole in Beech Acres Park. On this first day of the year, many people’s hearts turn to the dream and vision of humankind living together in harmony. Participants are invited to bring a …

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IHN Dates Set for 2019

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a program whereby homeless families are housed for a week at a time in churches, temples, synagogues and mosques. Organizers have now set the dates when First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati will host families, which means that we now know when Heritage folk can help in this effort. Please consider signing up to be a …

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GAPP Holds Its 14th Annual New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Our Dreams for Humanity at the Peace Pole Garden. Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) is holding its 14th annual New Year’s Day Candlelight Vigil at the Peace Pole Garden in Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 (Anderson Township), on Tuesday, January 1, at 5:00 p.m. The vigil will invite each person …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, January 6, and every Sunday. You know what they say: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And boxed cereal is at the top of the list of critical food needs for the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) food pantries. Please pick up an extra box or two—or anything else on the critical needs list below—and drop it …

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End-of-Life Ministry

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Heritage Once Again Hosts Death Café Cincinnati

Heritage Once Again Hosts Death Café Cincinnati

Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, returns to its Heritage Church "home base" in February. Death Café is an open-minded, open-ended, open-hearted, conversation about that most taboo of subjects in our culture -- death and dying. Hundreds of people in Cincinnati have experienced this transformative pop-up conversation over the years. …

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Events and Meetings

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Rainbow Coloring Party

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. All are invited to the Rainbow Coloring Party! This will be January 5 at Heritage UU Church from 5-8 p.m. Coloring pages and things to color with will be provided. We will have a potluck meal. Bring food if you want, but it's not necessary. The event is sponsored by Let’s Gather, Be Together (LGBT+). Contact Tamilyn Thompson with any questions.

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, January 8, 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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Two Impeccable Recommendations Good Enough for the Babes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Back to reading for the Babes with Books, Heritage's women's book club, since more parties aren't scheduled till the warmer months. Still, the Babes are starting with some highly recommended reads. At the January 16 meeting (7-9 p.m. in the Heritage room) the group will discuss Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On February 20 …

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Vespers Service - Nourishing Our Souls in Word, Song and Silence

Vespers Service - Nourishing Our Souls in Word, Song and Silence

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m. As we leave the rush of the holiday season behind us, and look forward to the new year ahead of us, it can be important to take the time for quiet and stillness. You can find this quiet and stillness while still being in the warmth of your community at our monthly Vespers service. …

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Healthy Sips and Snacks Just for HUUC Youth

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11:45 or right after church to 1:00ish. Registration Required. This free class is open to all Heritage UU Church youth ages 8 and up. A fun time to bolster confidence in the kitchen. Recipes can easily be modified to be gluten free and/or vegan. The Heritage Healthy Cooking Class team wants to make sure our own …

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Indian Cuisine Cooking Class: An Ayurvedic Adventure

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. $40 per person. Connect with tracyjoduckworth@gmail.com or buy tickets online at the Facebook event page. This class is fundraiser for the Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes which have been teaching those with food insecurities since 2014. Join us as Tracy Jo Duckworth teaches some basic Ayurvedic techniques and recipes that you can easily create …

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Practice Midweek Mindfulness Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Do you find yourself needing a spiritual recharge by the middle of the week? Join others in the Heritage community for Midweek Mindfulness, a short, simple practice of stopping what we are doing (wherever we are doing it) – and breathing, praying, singing, being silent . . . together.
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Announcements

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Remaining Vacation and Holiday Schedule

Remaining Vacation and Holiday Schedule

The remaining holiday schedule this season is as follows: The church office will be closed December 29 through January 2. Senior Minister Rev. Bill Gupton is on vacation through January 6. Assistant Minister for Religious Education Rev. Leslie Woodward will officially return from her sabbatical on January 13. 

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On Your Own Time Sale... Fundraising for Heritage UU Church: Contribute to our beloved community’s financial well-being by selling unneeded items and donating the proceeds to the church. It's easy using consignment, online sales, and yard sales. Learn the details at the On Your Own Time Sale page.  

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Send Your Pictures: Pics at HUUC: Throughout the year, please send pictures of any aspect of church life to pics@huuc.net, for possible inclusion in a slideshow at the next annual congregational meeting. For more information, see Pics at HUUC.

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From the Archives

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The UU Civil Rights Heritage

The UU Civil Rights Heritage

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. January marks the annual celebration of the birthday and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. For many Unitarian Universalists, it encourages reflection on that terrifying and agonizing struggle to earn equal status for Black Americans. Many UU’s were active participants during the time of Martin Luther King’s courageous crusade to bring equality to Americans of …

Read more and view pictures.

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3511. Phone: 513-231-8634. Fax: 513-231-6438. www.huuc.net. Webmaster@huuc.net.

Senior Minister: Rev. Bill Gupton. Wednesday is Rev. Bill’s day off. Friday is his sermon-writing day. Rev. Bill will be on vacation through January 6. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Leslie is on sabbatical and therefore unavailable. She will next be at Sunday worship on January 13, 2019. For religious education matters for children and youth, contact the Sabbatical Task Force at RESabbaticalTeam@huuc.net

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Doak Mansfield.

Board President: Jaime Castle. Phone: 513-258-4972. BoardPrez@huuc.net.

Music Director: Les Tacy. Phone: 513-476-2474. MusicDirector@huuc.net.

Choir Director: Steve McCamley: 513-508-6398. ChoirDirector@huuc.net.

Church Administrator: Denise Martinez. Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays. The church office will be December 29 through January 2.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. News@huuc.net.
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