Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

July 2019

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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People holding pro-choice and pro-life signs at a rally

Sunday, June 30: "Your Body, Your Business"

Rev. Bill Gupton

In recent weeks, many states -- including Ohio -- have enacted restrictive abortion laws designed to challenge, and ultimately eliminate, a woman's right to choose as legally enshrined in Roe v Wade. This morning, we will consider what is surely one of the most controversial and emotionally-charged issues of our time.

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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A nearly-full moon, partially covered by whispy clouds

Sunday, July 14: “Fly Me to the Moon”

Lou Kerr

Poetry Sunday returns to Heritage Church as we celebrate with lunar-themed verse the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 American moon landing.

Worship Associates: Beth Fritsch and Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, July 21: “A Remark on the Unremarkable, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Sunday, July 21: “A Remark on the Unremarkable, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Jaime Castle

This intergenerational worship service features special music and examines one perspective on what it means to live a happy life. This morning we return to the commonplace and explore those human life experiences that seemingly are mundane, but may be the key in realizing a life that's good.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, July 28: "Asleep in a Field of Poppies"

Suzanne Horton

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and friends are nearly derailed in their epic quest by a very powerful flower that lulls them to sleep. Spoiler alert: they eventually "wake up" and are able to fulfill their journey. Join us this Sunday when Suzanne Horton will share a frank and honest reflection about her journey of "waking up" after finding herself in a similar situation.

Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

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Sunday, August 4: “What the Heck Is UU?”

Sunday, August 4: “What the Heck Is UU?”

Rev. Bill Gupton

In the first of two “seeker services” this month, our Senior Minister will explain Unitarian Universalism for those new to our faith (and those who would like a refresher course). Invite a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker who has been curious about your church to join you this week. Or – if you’ve been considering visiting Heritage – this is the Sunday to do so!

Worship Associate: Bob Drake.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

Rev. Bill Gupton. What have you been doing with your summer? The longest day of the year has already come and gone, and the days are getting ever so shorter. But it’s not too late to make the most of this special season – to make memories, share laughter, experience something new and exciting. For some, that means travel. Do …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

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Growing with Grace Program Needs Your Help!

Heritage children and youth are spending summer Sundays exploring our own Heritage church grounds, planting flowers and vegetables, and clearing a small corner of our Memorial Garden, all the while growing and learning together. We have wonderful activities planned each Sunday, including: ~Fostering our creative side by using the natural world as our toolbox for creating art. ~Investigating the amazing …

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Junior High OWL Coming to Heritage in September

We are pleased to announce that Heritage will offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program for our 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and homeschool equivalents this fall! Why is this course important for your middle school student? Read on! Sexuality is complex because it encompasses not only anatomy and development, but also communication, emotions, relationships, values, self-image, …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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Grocery shelf with cans of SpaghettiOs

The Little-Bit-Each-Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, July 7, 2019, and every Sunday. Looking for an opportunity to volunteer this summer? Consider the Inter Parish Ministry’s Choice Pantry. Call 513-561-3932. Summer is historically a heavy usage time with kids home from school, so the food pantry tends to run out of food by the end of the summer. Please consider bringing a little something each week …

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End-of-Life Ministry

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Heritage Church End-of-Life Ministry

~ Assisting members of our church family with pre-planning and making advance arrangements for their own deaths, and those of their loved ones

~ Providing information about alternative end-of-life resources such as home funerals, natural burials, and support services Companioning, in love and compassion, members of our church family as they journey toward death’s doorstep

~ Assisting members of our church family as …

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Events and Meetings

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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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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, July 9, 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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Cooking Classes for Children and Youth

Wednesdays, 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. We teach …

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Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Offsite. Hard to believe actually selecting a wet venue for the next two Babes With Books (Heritage Women's Bookclub), considering our relentless rainy days lately. Still, the Babes are hoping for blue skies for our July 17 and August 21 meetings. Both of these meetings convene at 5:30 p.m. for pool parties/pot lucks at …

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Summer Coloring Party and Teen Social Time

Friday, July 19, 2019, and one other date, at 5:00 p.m. Join us in the Great Hall for a Family Coloring Party. At the same time, we will allow the teens to have time to socialize without electronics in the youth room. All are welcome! The dates are June 8, July 19, and August 17, all from 5:00-8:00 p.m. We …

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

11th Annual Women’s Retreat - Waiting List

Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019. Offsite. Registration required. The retreat is full, and a waiting list has been started. If interested, please contact Julie Kane. See below for contact information. 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 …

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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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Don’t Forget the Water!

As you enjoy your summer over the next couple of months, remember to collect some water for Ingathering Sunday in August! Keep a small vial of water from a site or source that has special significance for you – an ocean, river, lake, pond, stream, swimming hole, grandma’s cabin, your kitchen faucet … anything is fine. Then bring it with …

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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 Honored at Annual Meeting

Members Honored at Annual Meeting

Two members of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church were honored at the congregation’s annual meeting on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The church Board of Trustees recognized Julie Kane with the Booth Award for her years of service to the church in many areas. The Board recognized Terry Planitzer with the Annual Service Award for service to the church, especially regarding the …

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Two people at the rally against HB6, standing in front of a giant inflated pig

Heritage Member Shows Opposition to Nuclear Plant Bailout

As noted by UU Justice Ohio, Ohio bill HB6 “subsidizes nuclear power plants, guts clean air standards, and cuts support for renewable energy standards and production in Ohio.” On Monday, June 17, a rally and people’s hearing was held in Stanbery Park in protest against HB6. Heritage member Rebecca Pace was there to show her opposition to the bill. Rebecca …

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From the Archives

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Our Heritage Room

Our Heritage Room

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. The Heritage Room of our church is dedicated to the thousands of people who have worked many long and hard hours to maintain Universalist traditions for Cincinnatians who have been drawn to our belief system. It houses many archives that tell the story of our religious community. That history dates back to the formation of …

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The Wider UU World

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Principles and Politics in the Supreme Court

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Offsite. Howard Tolley, a Unitarian Universalist and retired law professor, will examine how political ideology, legal principles and personal preference impact Supreme Court decision making. Following a review of the major decisions from the just concluded term, he will preview upcoming cases likely to be decided in the upcoming Presidential election year, …

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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 through June
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due July 25, 2019.

Contact Information

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

2710 Newtown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

www.huuc.net

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