Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

June 2019

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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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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Sunday, June 9: “A New Transcendentalism”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In the early 19th century, a group of New England mystics – including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller and William Ellery Channing – embraced a new philosophical and theological outlook that included (to quote our first UU Source) a “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” They centered Nature in their lives, and in their actions. Today, two centuries later, we need another such renewal. With climate catastrophe on the horizon, what can “New Transcendentalists” look to for inspiration in the struggle to save our world?

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, June 16: “Fatherhood: The Sequel”

Sunday, June 16: “Fatherhood: The Sequel”

Rev. Bill Gupton

On Father’s Day 2004, Rev. Bill preached to us about fatherhood. His son Patrick had just finished second grade. Well, Patrick is now a grown young man, living in New Zealand – where Bill and Jennifer traveled for an extended visit last month. Fifteen years after his first reflection on the subject, our Senior Minister will consider what that fatherhood means to him today, now that the nest is empty, and “raising a child” is in the rearview mirror.

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Six flaming chalice logos, each one a color of a stripe on the Gay Pride flag, with the words "All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome."

Sunday, June 23: “A Protest and a Party”

Lou Kerr

Despite progress, the circumstances that gave rise to the rebellion that began the contemporary gay rights movement haven't changed as much as we might think. This morning we look at 50 years of Gay Rights history and where we are today.

Worship Associate: Bob Drake.

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Sunday, June 30: “You Never Know What You’ll Get”

Rev. Bill Gupton

The title of today’s sermon is meant literally. You’ll have to come to church this morning to find out what Rev. Bill will be reflecting on – since even he doesn’t know! Together, let’s find out what topic he will explore on this, on the very final day of the “church year.”

Worship Associate: Kathy Wade.

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The word "COEXIST" spelled with different symbols of religious or philosophical meaning.

Sunday, July 7: “Religious Freedom”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In the week that we celebrate freedom and American independence, it might behoove us to revisit the foundational Unitarian concept of “religious freedom.” Hint: It doesn’t mean the freedom to impose your religious values and strictures on others, as many in our society today would have you believe. There is a long and storied tradition of “free religion” in America, and our religious ancestors were the authors of it.

Worship Associate: Teresa Robinson.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

There will not be an “On the Path” this month. Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, was out of the country last month, and only recently returned. His column will resume in July. 

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President’s Corner

by Jaime Castle. “Recharging our Individual and Collective Energies” was the focus of this church year that the Board of Trustees came up with at our Board Retreat last August. Actually, it was the theme that I presented to them and that they willingly went along with. I told them that to prepare for that meeting/retreat, they were to prepare …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

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Log from a felled tree, surrounded by plants and growing trees

Coming this Summer: “Growing with Grace!”

Summer is coming, bringing rain, sunshine and growing things! Your children and youth are invited to join us each Sunday this summer as we explore our own Heritage church grounds, plant flowers and vegetables, and clear a small corner of our Memorial Garden, all the while growing and learning together. We have wonderful activities planned each Sunday, including: Fostering our …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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The Magic Bullets

Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Offsite. Heritage UU Church has long had members involved in various efforts to curb gun violence. Now a Heritage member will be attending a presentation on the topic, followed by an engaging and related piece of performance art. You can join in this thoughtful experience. …

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Boxes of Ziploc and Hefty food storage bags on grocery shelves

First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, June 2, 2019, and every Sunday. SUMMER is almost here and with it the biggest need for food to fill the pantry shelves is on. With kids not in school, where they often get both breakfast and lunch, as well as care packages to get through the weekend, the need is much greater. Please see the full list below …

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Young businessman kneeling on a run on an office floor, chaning a child's diaper

Diaper Drive for Father's Day

Sunday, June 16, and before. In addition to food and clothing, our community partner, Inter Parish Ministry (IPM), provides diapers to families with babies when they are available. There is always a need, especially in sizes 3, 4, 5 and pull-ups. If you don't have children or it has been a while since you've had to purchase diapers, it can …

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The words "Pride Multifaith Celebration", with a heart symbol and symbols from six different religions.

Pride Interfaith Worship Service

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Offsite. Join UUs and people of other faiths from across the Greater Cincinnati area for an interfaith worship service. This event is being held in conjunction with NKY Pride, Lawrenceburg Pride and Cincinnati Pride. Pride worship services of past years have included faiths of Western, Eastern, and pagan religious traditions, and have provided an …

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UUs in Cincinnati Pride Parade

Pride Parade

UUs in Cincinnati Pride Parade Saturday, June 22, 2019: Line-up at 10:00 a.m., Downtown Cincinnati. Show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade with UUs from all of Greater Cincinnati. This is a family-friendly event; we have had UU kids of all ages marching in the past. If you have …

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Woman sitting at a Pride Festival booth under an awning that says "Unitarian Universalist"

Pride Festival: Great Fun (and Booth Volunteer Opportunities)

Sunday, June 22, 2019, 12 noon to 9:00 p.m., at Sawyer Point/ Yeatman’s Cove. Help people learn about Unitarian Universalism! It’s a lot of fun working a shift for two hours at the booth, talking with people, handing out information, and watching the crowd. In 2018, our booth made contact with at least 700 people! The Pride Festival takes place …

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End-of-Life Ministry

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Faint image of a cup and saucer with the words "Death Cafe" superimposed.

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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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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Teens Meet to Talk with Rev. Bill

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10:30 a.m., then 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Heritage Church teenagers are invited to attend the worship service together on Sunday, June 9, and then meet with Rev. Bill afterward in the Youth Room for a “Conversation with the Minister” to discuss their thoughts on the reflection, and on “A New Transcendentalism.”

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, June 11, 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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Outside of a building, with a large flaming chalice design in a round window.

Your UU Elevator Speech, or How Do You Talk about UU?

Sunday, June 16, 2019, around 1:00 p.m. Offsite. Prepare yourself for a shift at the UU Pride Booth! A class with the theme “Your UU Elevator Speech, or How do you talk about UU?” will be held on Sunday June 16 at about 1:00 p.m., at The Gathering at Northern Hills, 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Bring a bag …

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Cooking Classes for Children and Youth

Wednesdays, June 19, July 17, and July 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Heritage Healthy Cooking Classes encourage people from all walks of life to think about where their food comes from. We believe that nutritious food should be available to all people every day. We provide basic culinary skills to empower people to cook healthy, simple foods with less waste. …

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (book cover)

Another Natural Fit for Babes with Books

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. According to the Washington Post, the selection for the June 19 Heritage Women’s Book Club (Babes with Books) meeting is, "Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” Come discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Heritage …

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Self-Defense Classes at Heritage Church

Self-Defense Classes at Heritage Church

Sundays, July 7 and 14, and August 4, 2019, after church services. By Nicole Dangelo. Hello All. As I mentioned, my business partner, John Ritter, and I will be offering several self-defense classes. We are going to hold them on selected Sundays after church. Plan for the class to be about 2-3 hours long. We would like to ask that …

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Group photo of 25 women on retreat, all smiling, some raising their hands in celebration.

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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Vespers Services on Summer Hiatus

As we prepare to leave spring behind, and fully enter summer, our monthly Vespers Services take a short break from June through August. We encourage you to take time from your busy schedule for a few precious moments of peaceful, calming reflection, meditation or silence during each month. Maybe even sing one of your favorite chants, hymns or songs over …

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Doorbells ...

The church has two front doorbells, and it can be a little confusing as to which one you should ring. If you come to the church for a gathering of some sort and there is no one standing there to let you in, ring the bottom doorbell. It is small, a vertical rectangle, and has a little notice that says …

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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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Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members.  …

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Board Briefs for May 2019

The Auction raised approximately $8,000.

The community garage sale raised approximately $220.

Everything But the House (EBTH) sale will occur in fall 2019.

A security officer will continue to be present during Sunday services through December 2019.

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From the Archives

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Copper sheet hammered to form a raised image of the Essex Street Church

The Essex Street Church and Rudolph Scheibert

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Hanging in the Heritage Room is this copper likeness of our old Essex Street Church. The edifice served as our home for almost 70 years, until the move to Salem Acres. A recent find in our archives revealed that this work of hammered copper was executed by a church member, Mr. Rudolph Scheibert. Scheibert, along …

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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

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due June 20, 2019.

Contact Information

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2710 Newtown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

www.huuc.net

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