Celebration of Life 

11:00am in the sanctuary – fully vaccinated only, proof required

and online – livestream from Home Page

Speaker: Rev. Connie Simon

Sometimes Our Heroes aren’t Heroes

We human beings are complex creatures, capable of both good and bad behavior.  Even some of our most well-known forebearers behaved in ways that today we consider offensive. What do we do when the people we admire most can’t live up to our expectations?

About Our Speaker
A 2018 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Rev. Connie Simon serves as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati. She is the first person of color to be called to the position in the congregation’s 200-year history.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UU Studies Network and Editor of the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography. She has taught UU History and Theology at the Midwest Leadership School, is one of eight contributors to the Promise and the Practice of Our Faith program, has written for UUA blog Braver/Wiser, and is a co-author of the Ordination and Installation Handbook for Unitarian Universalist Clergy and Congregations. She currently serves as Secretary of the UU Ministers Association and is an advisor for the Ministerial Formation Network.

Show Your LOVE for Your Community!!

Vaccination is required for entrance to the building: Please bring your proof of vaccination with you. The evidence is clear – vaccines save lives. If you are not vaccinated yet, NOW is the time. The vaccine is now fully FDA approved, and has been verified to be SAFE and VERY effective.

Masks are Required: We ask that you please wear masks over your nose and mouth while in the building, whether you are vaccinated or not, in order to respect others’ concerns regarding safety. Even though the vaccine radically reduces the possibility of death and hospitalization, the virus can still be carried in the nose and throat of vaccinated people, and transmitted to people who are susceptible. We will continue to provide masks and sanitizer by the entrances.  

There is No childcare provided: Children will not be admitted unless they have proof they are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after the 2nd shot). Children must also stay with their parent(s) and socially distanced from other children who are not within their own household.

Joys and Sorrows:  If you will be joining us via Zoom, please send Joys and Sorrows that you would like to have announced from the pulpit to the Volunteer Desk by Friday each week . You may also participate in J&S using the chat feature on Sunday morning. All of the Joys and Sorrows will be shared via email the following week with members and friends.

Join Us Online or by Phone via ZOOM – Go to the top right banner of the Home page and click on the blue “Live Stream…” link. This is the same link we use almost every Sunday, so you can use the First Unitarian link saved to your Zoom app if you prefer.

Need Help? The Volunteer Desk ([email protected]) will monitor our Zoom address from 10:30 am until 11 am on Sunday.  Sign in online early to make sure you’re all set up with the correct link.

Order of Service for this Sunday

Gathering Music
Ethan McCollum
Donna Corbett
Chalice Lighting/BLM Candle
Rev Lori Kyle
Call to Worship
Rev. Lori
Hymn #119
Once to Every Soul and Nation

Moment For All Ages
What Makes a Hero?
Matthew Winkler
Our Mission and Covenant

We are a church of reason and spirit that witnesses for progressive faith, nurtures our community and transforms our world.

Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

Joys and Sorrows
Rev. Lori
Musical Response
Comfort Me
by Mimi Dade-Bornstein
Moment of Prayer and Meditation
Each of Us Has a Name
by Zelda
Rev Lori
Musical Response
Invitation to Generosity
Reading #565
by Clinton Lee Scott
Rev Lori
Sometimes Our Heroes aren’t Heroes
Rev. Connie Simon
Hymn #34
Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire
Extinguishing the Chalice

We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Closing Words
Rev Lori
Rev Lori

We are Grateful to All Who Helped make Today’s Service Happen.

  • Speaker: Rev. Connie Simon
  • Service Coordinator: Rev. Lori Kyle
  • Board Representative: Donna Corbett
  • Worship Associate: Carol Edelen
  • Music: Ethan McCollum
  • Chancel Decoration: John Peabody

  • Ushers: Bob and Mary Ballard
  • Greeters: Barb Kaminer, Annette Dangerfield and Brian Daly
  • Tech Crew
  • Worship Ministry

See page 2 for next week’s service information.