9:15 FORUM: IDENTIFYING AND SUPPORTING FEATHERED CREATURES
Rena and Nadine will be facilitating the discussion forum about feathered critters- large and small- this week.
10:30 SERVICE: GUEST AT YOUR TABLE
Linda Thompson will be leading the service this week. What is “Guest at Your Table”? The answer, from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, is: “Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance human rights. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.”
Karina O’Brien, who is an immigration lawyer from Acadia Wisconsin, will be leading the forum topic this week.
10:15 SERVICE: BUILDING UU IN NORTHWEST WISCONSIN
On October 29 UU members from Menomonie and St. Croix Falls, and possibly other interested individuals from northwest Wisconsin, will join us to share UU rituals, songs, and readings; the purpose: to update one another on what our respective congregations are doing; and to discuss ways in which we might work and help one another.
Kent and Pat Shifferd will be relating their personal knowledge of the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland to the socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable ecovillage movement in the rest of the world.
10:15 SERVICE: WHAT’S AN ATHEIST DOING IN A PEW?
We welcome back Duluth UU minister Rev. Susanne Wasilczuk for a service entitled, “What’s an Atheist doing in a Pew?” She will address an issue that many of us have pondered: what Godless spirituality could look like and even offer in modern times. You can find out more about BHUU by visiting our website at BlueHillsUU.org.
We will be discussing ideas and forum topics for the upcoming Wednesday evening forums starting in January
10:30 SERVICE: HOW WE KEEP THE PEACE
Brian Rude will be giving a service on how to keep the peace and asking questions like “is it really necessary for us to keep the peace?” Hint: his answer is yes and he will be explaining why he thinks so.
10:30 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: love surrounds us
11:30 THIRD SUNDAY POTLUCK
Come join the potluck fun and bring some food if you can 🙂
Valerie Rude will recount her tour of the Northern Plains. Through lectures given by members of the Crow and Oglala Lakota Nations, Valerie learned of the Native American perspective of events occuring at sites such as Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee.
10:15 SERVICE: THE POWER OF LOVE
Guest speaker Jacob Greutzman will delve into the Power of Love. Although love, compassion, and trust are often seen as weaknesses, they do in fact require a great deal of strength and resolve. In light of everything from ancient gods to modern struggles, we will see love as a unifying force that is the foundation of so many faiths.
Linda Thompson will be leading the discussion topic
10:30 sERVICE: GENDER, A BRIEF PRIMER
Dennis Peters, a student at the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, will give a brief introduction on who we are with respect to gender and sex, what LGBTQIA+ communities in need of support look like, and some ways we can make a difference. We hope to see you at the UU! Visit BlueHillsUU.org for more information.
Sheila Manor will be leading a forum on the cultivation and uses of herbs.
10:30 SERVICE: ROCK ALTAR IN-GATHERING
Everyone is invited to bring a rock to renew our altar as well as stories/reflections of summer travels or activities. This observance will be the full in-gathering ritual we have traditionally followed
Lucy Basler, an experienced professional in home funerals and natural burials, is leading the forum to enlighten others about end-of-life and after-life decisions that many people are not familiar with.
Then we welcome back Phil Lund, the Congregational Life Consultant for the UU MidAmerica Region, for a service that will mark the transition from summer to fall.
10:30 program: Final Summer Program: open discussion
Pat will facilitate an open discussion for the last program of our summer scheduling this Sunday. Keep in mind that next Sunday we will resume our fall schedule of programs: Forum at 9:15 and Service at 10:30. These programs will have a number of guests and special observances and as always will be very worthwhile to come to
10:30 SERVICE: WHY ONE UU ADORES ELIZABETH GASKELL
Our guest speaker this month, Marty Sozansky, returns to us from the Duluth UU Congregation. Marty teaches writing at UM-D. Elizabeth Gaskell, the subject of her talk, was a 19th Century English novelist and Unitarian.