Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

March 2019

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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Sunday, March 3: “Filters and False Equivalencies”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Recent viral internet incidents and sensational news headlines have highlighted the inconvenient and painful truth that each of us sees the world through our own unique filters. In this time of deep division and “culture wars,” political polarization and “fake news,” it is important that we be aware of our own preconceptions and prejudices, and that we strive to look beyond them. But it is equally imperative that we not allow ourselves to be drawn into the trap of false equivalency. What’s an open-hearted, open-minded truth-seeker to do?

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, March 10: “Let’s Talk”

Sunday, March 10: “Let’s Talk”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Once a month, Rev. Bill has a “Conversation with the Children” as part of our Sunday worship. Today, we’ll all have a conversation – with Rev. Bill, and maybe even with each other. This morning’s open-ended, un-themed service will give us a chance to share thoughts, ask questions, and explore ideas in an informal format. Consider it part town-hall, part congregational dialogue. What would you like to discuss? Let’s talk!

Worship Associates: Bob Drake and Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, March 17: “Stewardship Sunday”

Sunday, March 17: “Stewardship Sunday”

Rev. Bill Gupton and Reid Hester

Each spring, the members and supporting friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church do something pretty remarkable. We pool our resources, promising gifts from our abundance to make this special religious community possible. We pledge our financial support to allow Heritage to do all that it does: religious exploration for all ages, pastoral care, music ministry, end-of-life ministry, paying the bills, printing the programs, wonderful worship, maintaining our building and property – the list goes on. Today, we begin our annual pledge drive with a message from our Stewardship Chair, words from our Senior Minister, and music from our beloved Choir. Come, let us support Heritage . . . together!

Worship Associate: Teresa Robinson.

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Humanlike robot touching a futuristic display screen.

Sunday, March 24: “Ghosts in the Machine”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Artificial intelligence. Computer generated images. Virtual reality. Science fiction has become science fact. What do these technological “advances” mean for the future of humanity? What, indeed, might it mean to be human in such a world? And what are the implications for the human spirit? These are questions worth pondering – before it is too late.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, March 31: “It's Okay to Laugh in Church”

Chris Whittaker

Come prepared to chuckle, smirk, titter and guffaw! Heritage member Chris Whittaker will share her reflection on laughter as a spiritual practice. Unitarian Universalists are very good at being serious, but sometimes it is important to remember how to find the divine in laughter. This is an all-ages worship service with nursery and preschool care available. The youth choir will be providing special music.

Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

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Sunday, April 7: “Whose Church Is It, Anyway?”

Sunday, April 7: “Whose Church Is It, Anyway?”

Rev. Leslie Woodward

When most Unitarian Universalist congregations gather for worship, social justice activities, or simply for fellowship and community, they tend to gather in age-segregated silos. The question is, “Why?” Today, many UU congregations are finding that intergenerational faith experiences uniquely nurture spiritual growth and development in both adults and children. Our Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration, the Rev. Leslie Woodward, reflects on what she learned about new models of faith formation during her recent sabbatical. We will also enjoy music from the Heritage Church Choir.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. One recent weekend at Heritage Church beautifully summed up what, for me, this beloved community is all about. On Saturday afternoon, two hundred souls filled the sanctuary, the lobby, and the Great Hall to honor and remember the late Connie Booth. The following morning, well over a hundred folks returned to the church for a very …

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Loaves and Fishes Daffodil Style

(My Tribute to Connie Booth) by Jaime Castle. From an email dated April 15, 2017 at 11:32 AM: Following up on Rev Leslie’s story a few weeks ago, and preparing for tomorrow’s service, I have to say the loaves and fishes WORK! (or should it be works?) I agreed to Bill’s request to provide daffodils, since the service will include …

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From Religious Education to Religious Exploration!

Rev. Leslie Woodward. All together now! As part of our process towards becoming an all-ages church, especially eliminating age “silos,” we’ve made some major changes to our programs for children and youth. Instead of five age-segregated classrooms (PreK; K/1; 2nd/3rd; 4th/5th and Jr/Sr High) we’re transitioning to an “all-together” program for children fifth grade and younger. (Our Jr/Sr High group …

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Religious Exploration

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Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for K – 2nd Grade

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for K – 2nd Grade

Heritage is pleased to offer the Our Whole Lives program (OWL) for younger children and their families this spring, facilitated by Terry and Leslie Planitzer. OWL K-2 can help you educate your child about birth, babies, bodies and all kinds of families. You will be actively involved as your child learns through songs, stories, activities and at-home projects that promote …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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Racial Justice Film Night: “Selma”

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m. The 2014 film “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, chronicles the three-month period in the Civil Rights movement—including three attempts to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Bloody Sunday, and finally the successful march from Selma to Montgomery—that brought about President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This powerful film, rated PG-13, brings …

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, March 3, 2019, and every Sunday. Inter Parish Ministry has a looooong list of items they need right now. Please consider picking up one of these MOST CRITICAL ITEMS on your next shopping trip and depositing it in the grocery cart in the Great Hall.

FOOD PANTRY CRITICAL NEEDS: Boxed cereal, Ravioli/SpaghettiOs, Canned fruit, Jams & Jelly (other than grape), Canned chicken, tuna and ham, Plastic, paper or reusable Grocery Bags, and Ziplock bags (gallon and quart).

PERSONAL CARE CRITICAL NEEDS:
Shampoo, Toilet paper, Paper towels, and Diapers & Pull-ups (all sizes but most in need of sizes 4,5 & 6).

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Social Justice Collaborative

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. The Cincinnati Women’s March falls apart, and government workers’ paychecks are held hostage for a border wall. Transgender recognition is undone in the schools and at risk in the military. Women’s reproductive options are about to be curtailed further in Ohio. Hate crimes against synagogues and mosques are on the rise. What’s going on? …

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UUJO Spring Gathering

UUJO Spring Gathering

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Offsite. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) will hold its spring gathering in five cluster locations, including one in Cincinnati. In the morning, participants will all hear a keynote form Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, ranking minority member of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee in the Ohio Senate. Senator Antonio is …

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IHN Volunteers Needed for April 16

IHN Volunteers Needed for April 16

IHN is Interfaith Hospitality Network, a group of congregations that help homeless families by sheltering them temporarily in the churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. Heritage UU Church will be providing support for this on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The homeless families will be staying at First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati. If you could lead some children and youth in fun …

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End-of-Life Ministry

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Heritage to Host Public Conversation about Death with Dignity Options

Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Heritage Church is pleased to offer a fascinating and informative evening exploring the Death with Dignity movement here in Ohio. Representatives from the group Ohio End-of-Life Options will be at Heritage to make a public presentation in our sanctuary, on Friday night, March 8, beginning at 7 p.m. The mission of Ohio End-of-Life Options …

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Events and Meetings

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Women’s Healthy Lifestyle Group

Every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This group is for all women members and friends of Heritage. We meet most every Tuesday at 12:00 in the Great Room. A gentle support group that gives each of us the confidence to make better choices regarding our health. It includes but is not limited to healthy weight. We each bring a …

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Stitchers Gathering

Every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Stitchers is a community of crafters (and crafter wannabes) who gather to knit, crochet, sew, etc., or just hang out and get to know each other in a relaxed setting. Not a crafter or haven't picked up a needle recently? No problem. Assistance is always available to get you started or help you …

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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, February 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Love is the spirit of this church. You can follow your inner spirit to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. Join us at this month's Vespers service on February 27. Held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, the service begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a …

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Rainbow Coloring Party

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m. All are invited to the Rainbow Coloring Party! 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. This event is sponsored by Let's Gather, Be Together (LGBT+). The party takes place Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 8 …

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Used Book Sale

Used Book Sale

Sunday, March 3, 2019, around 12 noon, and other dates. The annual Clara Barton Guild used book sale will open Sunday, March 3rd, after the service, and conclude with a clearance on Sunday, March 7th. The Clara Barton Guild is the women’s organization of Heritage UU Church. Funds raised by the Guild have been used to buy things for the …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, March 12, 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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Newcomers are Invited to ‘Get Acquainted’

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. RSVP Required. The date for our spring Get Acquainted Dinner has been set! If you are new to our church community, join others like yourself to meet one another, get to know some of our church leaders, and break bread together on Saturday evening, March 16. Get Acquainted Dinners are relaxed, informal evenings that …

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Babes Read Book about a Book

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m. What could be more appropriate for a book club read than a story about a book! For the March 20th meeting of the Babes with Books (Heritage's woman's book club) we will discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. According to Amazon.com's description of the piece, "this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing …

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Love is the spirit of this church. You can follow your inner spirit to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. Join us at this month's Vespers service on March 27. Held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, the service begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a …

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Join First UU Hiking Club at California Woods!

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Offsite. All ages are welcome for this hiking event at California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230. We’ll meet in the parking lot. Please RSVP to Kyle Mesrin via email to the address below.  Please include your cell phone number, so that last minute changes can be communicated if needed. If …

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The Intergalactic Gala - Save the Date

Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 5 to 9 p.m. Members and Friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church are invited to The Intergalactic Gala! This out-of-this-world event is for all ages. You are invited to beam down dressed in all manner of spacey-wacey ensembles. Inspired by Star Trek and/or Wars? Doctor Who and/or Dr. Bones? Or perhaps a costumed creature of …

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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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Heritage Art Show Slated for April

Heritage Art Show Slated for April

The artistic talents of many Heritage members and friends may be shared at the upcoming Art Show scheduled for an April opening. All ages are welcome to participate. The requirements are simple: art must be able to be wall-hung, pieces must be suitable for all ages to view, art may be placed for sale or not. A simple agreement must …

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Heritage Seeks New Members!

Heritage Seeks New Members!

If you are interested in joining Heritage Church – or if you simply have questions about what membership in a Unitarian Universalist church such as ours entails – please talk with Rev. Bill Gupton, call him at 513-231-8634, or email him at: Our spring New Member Ceremony will be held Sunday, April 28. We’d love to have you join us!

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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 the email address shown below, for possible inclusion in a slideshow at the next annual congregational meeting. For more information, see Pics at HUUC. Send pictures to:

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News Articles

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Board Briefs for February 2019

Pledge Goal amount was set at $235,000 for pledge drive for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Russ Araujo, Rae Jane Araujo, and Rev. Bill Gupton were appointed as delegates for HUUC for Mid-America Regional Assembly.

The property behind the back parking lot has been named and designated as The Connie Booth Memorial Nature Sanctuary.

Rev. Bill’s next sabbatical is scheduled for February 1 through June 30, 2020.

Plans are coming together for this year’s Auction. The theme will be Sci-Fi. Look for more information coming soon from the Auction Team.

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From the Archives

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Reliving 1969

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Where were we as a church in 1969? An examination of church documents gives us glimpses into our church and its membership fifty years ago. During the year 1969, the church was located at Salem Acres and the minister was Karl Bach. On January 6th, members participated in the 3rd annual Community Christmas Tree Burning …

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The Wider UU World

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General Assembly 2019

June 19-23, 2019, Spokane, Washington. General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in …

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Thinking of GA? Jump on this Now

Friday, March 1, 2019, 12 Noon. Are you planning on going to the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington in June? (See the full article immediately above for more information.) Thinking of staying at one of the hotels within walking distance of the convention center? The UUA has reserved some blocks of rooms at these hotels at a discount. Here is a tip …

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UUA President will be MidAmerica Region Keynote Speaker

Friday through Sunday, April 5 – 7, 2019, in St. Louis. Heritage UU Church is part of the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). This year, the regional meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, and the keynote speaker will be the President of the UUA, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. The theme is “Intersectionalities.” Presentations and workshops will …

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Universalist Convocation 2019

Universalist Convocation 2019

May 17 – 19, 2019, Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, New Jersey. Heritage UU Church is proud of its Universalist roots, and hosted the Universalist Convocation in 2014. This year’s Universalist Convocation takes place at the place where Rev. John Murray landed in the new world in 1770 and preached his first sermon of universal salvation. Speakers at this …

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Calendar of Events

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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
Jaime Castle, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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2710 Newtown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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