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Sunday, November 11th Schedule

Forum at the BHUU Sunday morning @ 9:15 will bring Judith Barisonzi front & center to lead us in considering our mission of being respectful of all points of view as we encourage the interchange of ideas within our forums themselves, and develop a broader understanding of U-U principles.

We’re honored to welcome guest speaker, the Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk, serving the Unitarian Universalist faith in Ontario, Minnesota & Wisconsin, to conduct our service.  Her sermon “Religion in Five and Af Half Objects”, reflects on the ideas of author S. Brent Plate, as he describes his concept of what comprises religious history.  Rev Plate considers that religion does not have to consist of beliefs or dogmas, but instead may be comprised of tangible links to a variety of values, an embodied faith, symbolic of our deeper needs.   Sounds like a perfect UU morning to me!

Yeats Quote over flowers
“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – WB Yeats

Sunday, November 18th Schedule

Each Sunday BHUU hosts a Forum focused on topical facets of life, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Our November 18th Forum centers on ways we can practice tolerance, love, kindness and compassion toward others as well as ourselves. Led by members Colton Schmidt and Dana Lined, the fellowship will consider how to love others, even those we may consider to be our enemies.
 
The Service begins at 10:30 with a reading of the “Seven UU principles”, sharing of joys and concerns, local announcements and social action, music and singing from our UU hymnal. Sunday’s sermon will be taken from the book, “A Question of Belief”, which not only questions belief systems, but provides passages from a variety of philosophers and spiritual seekers.
 
As usual, a time for fellowship follows the service.

Sunday, November 4th Schedule

Our 9:15 forum this November 4th, “Understanding White Privilege” provides safe space for uncomfortable conversations on the topic. Our former Board Chair, Nadine Wetzel-Curtis will lead the discussion, aimed to continue the process of being an ally for people of color.

Service begins at 10:30 with the reading of the Seven UU principles, joys and concerns, local announcements and social action, music and singing from our UU hymnal. The fellowship will be led this week by member Valerie Rude, a practicing therapist working with those who’ve suffered trauma and trying to return to work; the sermon/message will focus on the topic “Being Bi-polar”.

Blue Hills UU is located at 230 West Messenger St., Rice Lake, WI.

All are invited and welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 28th Schedule

This Sunday we bid goodbye not only to October, but sadly to some of our snowbirds–bid them well and come back soon. We’ll begin the morning at Blue Hills UU with a TED TALK as our Forum…come and be surprised by the topic, much as this writer will be. We trust Ted to always be informative and worth hearing.

Our Service hour beginning at 10:30 will be led by Kent Shifferd, centering on the topic “Global Governance – Who and By Whom?”.  As our resident expert in this arena, Kent always pokes holes in our assumptions and brings us elements of these topics we need to know, painful as it often is.

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A REMINDER that our November 4th gathering will also be our “Souper Fund Raiser”, with a goal to early mortgage pay-off.  $5 bucks gets you all you can eat – another $5 will net “take-out” privileges to stock the ‘frig.  Beer or wine?  $2 bucks.  If you haven’t signed up to bring soup, bread or dessert:  call Sheila Manor asap to do so.

Sunday, October 14th Schedule

9:15 FORUM: HOW MUCH FREE SPEECH DO YOU WANT?

Irene and Judy will be leading the discussion forum this week on a very important topic about one of the most well known parts of the first amendment of the US Constitution.

10:30 SERVICE: DO ANY LIVES MATTER

Arthur Thexton, the service provider on October 14, is a former resident of Rice Lake, but comes to us from the Waukesha area UU congregation. He is a lawyer and divinity school graduate and will be sharing his message on “Do Any Lives Matter”?

11:30 COFFEE HOUR

Coffee and snacks will follow the service. Join us for a delicious smorgasbord of good food and enlightening conversations!

12:00 BOARD MEETING: ALL ARE INVITED

Sunday, October 7th Schedule

9:15 FORUM: WHAT DO WE WANT FOR SOCIAL ACTION THIS YEAR?

Linda will be leading the discussion forum this week and we will be talking about what kinds of things we want the BHUUF to do this year in terms of social action.

10:30 SERVICE: SIX OR SEVEN SOURCES

Judy will be leading the service this week with reading of the 7 UU principles, joys and concerns, local announcements, speaking for social action, music and singing from our UU hymns, and her message about the sources that UU’s draw their inspiration from.

11:30 COFFEE HOUR

Coffee and snacks will follow the service. Join us for a delicious smorgasbord of good food and enlightening conversations!

Sunday, September 30th Schedule

9:15 FORUM: WHO INVITED YOU? IMMIGRANTS ON THE MEXICAN BORDER

Ginny Gelineau will be leading the discussion forum about a very timely and informative topic, “Who Invited You? Immigrants on the Mexican Border.”

10:30 SERVICE: COMPASSION

Dennis Peters from the Menomonie UU will be leading the service with local announcements, speaking for social action, joys and concerns, music and singing, and a beautiful and always appreciated message about compassion.

11:30 POTLUCK

This will be a joint gathering of our neighboring fellowships from Menomonie, St. Croix Falls, and, for the first time, River Falls. Bring extra food if you can as we are hosting the potluck!!

Sunday, September 23rd Schedule

9:15 FORUM: teas from the backyard

Sheila Manor will be educating us about the herbal teas that she grows at her house, right in her backyard.  She’ll talk about some of her gardening techniques and methods for success when it comes to developing your green thumb.  We will discuss common teas to grow in our area and their medicinal uses.

10:30 SERVICE: agriculture as though nature matters

Dana Jackson is joining us as a member of the White Bear UU church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota and will be talking about sustainable agriculture and living at peace with nature.  Her experience and education will make for a very informative, enjoyable, and educational service that you won’t want to miss!

11:30 COFFEE HOUR

Coffee and snacks will follow the service. Join us for a delicious smorgasbord of good food and enlightening conversations!

Sunday September 16th Schedule

9:15 FORUM: MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Waldo will be leading the forum with questions, stories, and discussion about men’s fellowship and why it’s important.

10:30 SERVICE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: HOW WE FOUND THE UU AND WHY I STAYED

Linda Thompson will be leading the service with lighting the chalice, reading the 7 principles, local announcements, speaking for social action, joys and concerns, music and singing from the UU hymnals, and her message and story about what brought her to Unitarian Universalism and why she has stayed.

12:00 BOARD MEETING

All are invited!

Sunday, September 9th Schedule

9:15 FORUM: RENEWAL OF THE ROCK ALTAR

This Sunday is our In-Gathering and will be led by April.  We invite you to come join our circle of friends as we celebrate the turn of the seasons, reconnect and share our journey stories. If you have a rock or similar object, symbolic of your travels, please bring it to add to the Rock Altar

10:30 SERVICE: LOVE KEEPS REACHING OUT

Rev. Phil Lund will return to the Blue Hills UU to give another service.  He notes that now more than ever, our country needs to know that the values of justice, equity, and compassion are alive and well in our UU congregations and fellowships. The best way to do this is by living out those values in ways that reach out in love to help those in our communities who are harmed by injustice and inequality. UU religious communities can do just that by finding the place where, as Fredrick Buechner says, our “deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”