April 30, 2023

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists once again welcome Arthur Thexton, to   conduct the Sunday Service April 30th.  “UU Traditions, Old and New” will be presented by Thexton over two sessions, exploring what they mean and why they are important.

Thexton points out that “Central to UUs host of traditions and rituals is the standard of congregational independence and freedom of the pulpit, both part of Unitarianism for at least 200 years.” The six sources and seven principles that guide UU’s are more recent, as is the Chalice Lighting at the beginning of Services. Thexton will share the history of these, as well as traditional words of wedding vows and the Flower Communion, created in the 1930’s by Rev. Norbert Čapek for his Unitarian congregation in Czechoslovakia.

At one time a resident of Rice Lake, Mr Thexton speaks regularly at UU congregations, referring to himself as “a part-time, itinerant, circuit-riding lay preacher in the UU tradition.”  He now resides in Wauwatosa, WI with his family.

Arthur Thexton

Blue Hills UU Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. All are invited to attend in the sanctuary at 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom. The Zoom link is sent to members, although all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged. https://bluehillsuu.org