Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

May 2019

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway South: Image of looking down a road that goes over a long bridge over water.

Sunday, April 28: “Walls and Bridges”

Rev. Bill Gupton

There has been a lot of talk about walls in the past couple of years. Rather than walling ourselves off from the world, and from each other, perhaps we should be talking about building bridges between our divisions. This morning we will also welcome new members into our church family, and enjoy the music of a special singing ensemble.

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Headshot of Rev. Connie Simon

Sunday, May 5: “Hope is the Thing with Feathers”

Rev. Connie Simon

In our busy, complicated lives and our troubled world, we are often faced with illness, despair and other difficult situations. Well-meaning friends encourage us with platitudes like “hope for the best.” What is “hope” and where do we find it when all seems lost?

Rev. Connie Simon is a 2018 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and in her first year as minister of First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati. Prior to entering the ministry, she served as a lawyer, a political consultant, small business owner, an event planner, professor, realtor and program director for a non-profit. At the heart of each position has been a desire to serve others. Rev. Connie describes her ministry as “healing people from the inside-out so they can do the outside-in work our world so desperately needs.”

Come to hear Rev. Connie’s message today, as well as beautiful music from the Heritage Church Choir.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Headshot photo of a young woman, Rachael Hayes.

Sunday, May 12: “Free Mom Hugs”

Rachael Hayes

Last year Sara Cunningham posted on Facebook, "If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won't, call me. I'm there." The post went viral. Whether we received the love and parenting we needed or not, whether we are parents or not, we have the opportunity to provide that kind of love to others.

Rachael Hayes is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She recently served as ministerial intern at the UU Fellowship of Boca Raton. She has preached in congregations in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, and Kentucky.

Special music will be provided by Mimi Sinclair.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, May 19: "Come Sing A Song With Me"

Sunday, May 19: "Come Sing a Song with Me"

Rev. Leslie Woodward and Steph Tacy

Welcome Spring with music and singing! We’ll sing our favorite hymns and learn some new ones, perhaps with hand motions and movement. Come to sing or simply sit and listen. We’ll also recognize our graduating seniors during this worship-for-all-ages. Nursery care is available for children under three.

Worship Associate: Bob Drake.

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Sunday, May 26: #StorytimewithSparkle

Sunday, May 26: #StorytimewithSparkle

Sparkle Leigh

Join us for this unique and fun extended Time for all Ages where we will hear stories of Love, Light, Bravery and PRIDE that celebrate diverse and beautiful families. There might also be songs and games and possibly a dance party. Bring the whole family and maybe even a friend and neighbor.

Sparkle Leigh is a Cute & Kooky Cartoon Clownfish! The self- proclaimed love child of Roger & Jessica Rabbit, a cartoon trapped in reality and often mistaken for a "Drag Queen." From the Emerald City to the Queen City, Sparkle Entertains, Educates, and/or Advocates for you! Sparkle’s alter ego is local Performer, Activist and Educator, Dan Davidson.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, June 2: “T-Shirt Theology”

Sunday, June 2: “T-Shirt Theology”

Rev. Bill Gupton

After our annual congregational meeting, let’s compare T-shirts! Every other summer, Rev. Bill invites us to wear to church a T-shirt that has special meaning for us. It’s a causal Sunday when we can express ourselves (as many Americans do) through what’s printed on our shirts. Wear your heart on your chest for all to see. What’s important to you? Make a statement. Also this morning we will honor those church members who have reached membership milestones of 10 and 20 years.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. If it’s spring, can our annual congregational meeting be far behind? Church members are reminded to come to church early on Sunday, June 2, for our annual meeting. As stakeholders in Heritage Church, your vote and voice are needed as decisions are made about church leadership, budget priorities and more. I look forward to seeing you …

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Navigating Our First Principle

by Jaime Castle. I have a confession to make. I used to feel guilty about it, but somewhere along the way, I let that go. There’s not a one of you who probably haven’t felt the same way too. There are probably different levels of reactions, though, some feeling very guilty and others, no qualms at all. I’m talking about …

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Support

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Opening Up the Opportunities to Show We Care

Heritage Church’s Caring Circle is changing how it arranges for meals for people who could use a little support. Until now, when the Caring Circle learned that a congregant had a health emergency or a tragedy and therefore could use a few meals, the Circle sent notices to a group of people who had signed up to provide meals when …

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Pathway to a Legacy

Planned Giving for Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Introduction Our church is special to us, as it was to those who came before us. For almost two centuries, it has stood as a beacon of universal love and acceptance for all people. And it is …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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Escalating Inequality

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., and two other Sundays. The great recession started in 2008. How have people fared in the recovery, now that 10 years have passed? Join us for a series of informative videos and challenging discussions on Escalating Inequality. The sessions will occur Sundays, April 28, May 5, and May 19, 3—4 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Questions? Contact Rebecca Pace, 513-231-9641.

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Spring Cleaning Bug?

Sunday, May 5, 2019, and every Sunday. Has the Spring Cleaning Bug hit yet? Cleaning out the closets? Consider donating any summer clothing your kids can’t wear anymore to Inter Parish Ministry’s Food Pantry. Following are FOOD needs: Boxed Cereal, Ravioli/SpaghettiOs, Jams & jelly (other than grape), Canned fruits, and Canned chicken, tuna & ham. Following are NON-FOOD needs: Shampoo, Toilet Paper/Paper Towels, Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Detergent, and Diapers & Pull-ups. Place items in the shopping cart in the Great Hall. If you have questions, please see Kay Inskeep or Mike Roberts.

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. When the Social Justice Collaborative meets, we are taking a small step toward the realization of the Sixth Unitarian Universalist Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next meeting of the Collaborative, which will be Sunday, May 19, from …

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InVasive: Cincinnati Art Museum and UC DAAP Temple Building Project

InVasive is a design/build project that will culminate in a temple structure situated on the west side of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The project has an environmental and sustainability tie-in and Heritage congregant Anne Lyon is one of its volunteers. This temple will be completed to coincide with the opening of the museum exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning …

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End-of-Life Ministry

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Heritage Acres Signs Contract to Begin Land Purchase in Pierce Twp.

On April 26, 2019, Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary LLC made a down payment and entered into a purchase agreement with Misty Meadows Farm LLC to buy 40 acres of property in Pierce Township, on the east side of Cincinnati just outside I-275. Now that the future location of Heritage Acres has been identified and is under contract, our congregation’s unique …

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Summer Death Café

Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Offsite. Death Café Cincinnati, facilitated by our own Rev. Bill Gupton, will hold its summer session on Friday evening, June 7, at The Yoga Nest in Milford, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (https://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/8768/) Death Cafés offer a safe space and an open-hearted, open-minded, open-ended opportunity for strangers and friends alike to talk about our culture’s …

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Events and Meetings

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The Intergalactic Gala

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Please join us for this year's fundraising event - The Intergalactic Gala! This event is for ALL AGES! Members and Friends 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 your own …

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May Pole: Pole with ribbons streaming down.

Beltane Picnic Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Pack a picnic lunch and come make merry and celebrate the magick of Beltane! This year’s May Day, which celebrates the height of spring and is based on one of the ancient Gaelic seasonal festivals, will be held at the Castle’s home in Mt. Washington which offers two private acres perfect for …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, May 14, 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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Babes Follow Two Journeys

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting of the Babes with Books (Heritage’s woman’s book club) follows two journeys in The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes. Reviewers have called this a sweeping bestseller of love and loss that transpires from World War I France to present-day London. The meeting will take place on May 15 …

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Vespers Service

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us at this month’s Vespers service on May 22 as we follow our inner spirits to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. The service begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets the tone for an atmosphere of peaceful contemplation. Several …

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Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Unitarian Universalism’s Fifth Principle includes “the use of the democratic process within our congregations.” Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church will be implementing this principle in our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, June 2nd. Church members will vote for new members of the Board of Trustees, vote for selected other positions at Heritage, and …

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11th Annual Women’s Retreat

Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019. Offsite. Registration required. THE MAGIC OF LIFE. Reconnect with wonder and magic while building trust and intimacy with your Heritage Sisters. You are invited to join your fellow Heritage sisters to celebrate life, friendship, and sisterhood. If you identify as an adult woman of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church over the age of 18, you …

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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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Stitchers Has a New Identity!

The Thursday afternoon gathering formerly known as Stitchers is now CREATING COMMUNITY. All crafters (and crafter wannabes) can gather to knit, crochet, sew, craft in all manners, or just hang out and get to know each other in a relaxed setting. We craft to connect with our loved ones who taught us and also to connect with one another. It …

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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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Members’ Art Show Featured Fifteen Heritage Artists

The April 2019 Members’ Art Exhibit had the walls and halls of Heritage filled with evidence of the creative spirits of many folks. Disciplines represented were watercolors, acrylics, batik, embroidery, photography, wire and textiles (quilted and knitted). The display included the work of Ainsleigh Arick and Lucy Castle, the youngest exhibitors. Adult participants included Forrest Brandt, Jackie Drake, Sherry Everitt …

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Board Briefs for April 2019

The Intergalactic Gala, the Auction, will be held April 27, 2019.

HUUC will have a spot at the Anderson Township Community Garage Sale at the Anderson Center. Clean out your closets and bring your items to the sale.

The plant sale will return on May 11, 2019. Check your email for the list of what is available for pre-order.

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From the Archives

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Newspaper photograph of a young man in an Air Force uniform, 1941.

In Memory of Richard Grant White, a Universalist Serviceman

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The month of May brings us annually to Memorial Day where we honor those who have served the country in war and peace and particularly those who have given their lives in that service. That thought led to a search of our church records to discover what activities our religious group may have conducted in …

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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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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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Contact Information

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2710 Newtown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

www.huuc.net

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