November 29, 2020

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How do we view those in our society who may be faced with physical challenges?   An expert in the field is our Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist member Valerie Rude, who urges us to become more aware of our attitudes towards the disabled. 

Speaking to us on Sunday November 29, Ms Rude encourages us to “Dismantle Ableism”, and make it our goal to view all in our community as whole persons.   Like other “isms” in our society, there is a tendency to consider the disabled as incomplete or damaged – Rude urges us to abandon this impression.  She will review Federal laws that advance the care and acceptance of others, both in places of work and access to business establishments, helping all of us to move to a greater understanding.

Valerie Rude

The Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom – the link will be sent to members on Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM

November 22, 2020

Our forest dweller Bob Hasman takes to the ZOOM screen this coming Sunday, November 22 to share stories of growing up on the west side of Chicago and how he eventually came to live his life in the woods of northern Wisconsin.   Bob’s rich knowledge of mythology and lore blend with an unalterable belief that justice and equality extend not just to the human inhabitants of Mother earth, but should include all other life — and he is here to tell us about it.    

Our Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom – the link will be sent to members on Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

November 15, 2020

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On Sunday, November 15th WOJB community radio personality Eric Schubring hosts our Service at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship, continuing a discussion of the book “The Insurrection of the Common Good.”  Eric will be joined by authors Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine of Oaxaca, Mexico;  their text focuses on the way of life practiced by indigenous cultures in Mexico and ways it has changed through pressures brought by American investment and development.  

Eric Schubring

Through their experience as residents of the area, the Dahl-Bredines call for a better understanding the impact the 21st century has had to this region of Mexico. The book may be found at Northwind Books in Spooner, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon

Having begun this discussion in October, and run out of time, we’ve been encouraged to continue the review and discussion;  the fellowship is invited to have ready any questions, comments or observations they may have had and to take part in the service.

Our service begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday as we continue to meet through ZOOM technology;   the Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in – visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church at 230 W Messenger, Rice Lake, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

November 8, 2020

The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists once again welcome Lay Leader Dennis Peterson November 8th to conduct Sunday Services.   Considering “Life and What it Means”, Peterson makes the observation “I was born just a little while ago.  It won’t be too long before I die. In between those two events – being born, and dying – we have what is called “a life.”  What does this mean within that human-framed question?  We’re invited to explore with him the meaning of our existence and where this leads us in our brief sojourn on this earth.

Our Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom – the link will be sent to members on Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

November 1, 2020

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One of the tools human beings share that defines us from the animal world is language.

But are there some words you stumble over?   Words that make you flinch when you hear others use  them, or some you ban yourself from ever uttering?    What prohibits use of certain words in particular circles?  What is the baggage they carry that initiates responses stronger than others? 

BHUU member, the good Doctor Mark Van Etten will share his personal vocabulary proclivities this coming Sunday, November 1st .  Be with us as we consider the strength of language, and what gives it the power to provoke or trouble, comfort or inspire us.  

Our Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom – the link will be sent to members on Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

October 25, 2020

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We’re pleased at Blue Hills UU to once again welcome Richard Terrill and Larry McDonough to provide Sunday’s Service through music and contemplation.   October 25th brings the jazz duo to us via Zoom, blessing our time together with their original compositions and a description of their creation process.  

Terrill explains the methodology, noting “Much as UU’s credit a wide range of sources for their spirituality, creative artists “borrow” from those who have come before.  We will describe and demonstrate the process used in our own creative work, linked as it is to our spiritual concerns.” 

Larry McDonough – Richard Terrill Jazz Duo

The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in – visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

October 18, 2020

We are often reminded while traveling this bizarre passage of 2020, to TAKE HEART!  Our Service on Sunday, October 18th at Blue Hills UU will underscore that mantra, when member Judith Barisonzi shares with us “A little science and a little of the personal” as she seeks to uncover the mysteries of the human heart.   Be with as we consider “What makes us human?” and help us delve into these most important questions.  

We begin at 10:00 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in. Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to join in, are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

October 11, 2020

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Sunday, October 11th brings WOJB community radio host Eric Schubring to the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship, along with guest authors Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine of Oaxaca, Mexico.   Schubring’s recent review of their text, “The Insurrection of the Common Good”, inspired him to share with listeners the qualities of life indigenous cultures celebrate, and the ways in which they are changed by capitalism, bringing insight and awareness to these pressures.  

Through real life experience, and as residents of the area, the Dahl-Bredines writing focuses on the impact 21st century practices, especially those of our nation, have on neighboring countries.  They share their experience and concerns in a call for better understanding, through the writing of this book.  The book may be found at Northwind Books in Spooner, or on Amazon;  there will be time for Q&A and a short discussion period during Eric’s Service.  

Eric Schubring

Our service begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday as we continue to meet through ZOOM technology;   the Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in – visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

October 4, 2020

A welcome feature of our Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist tradition is the arrival of the “In-Gathering” service at the end of summer.   In-Gathering marks a time of return to our fellowships and churches, normally after a busy season of travel and vacations when time with family and friends interrupt our normal weekly habits.  

BHUU’s  In-Gathering service was moved to October, not only to accommodate guest speaker Services, but to allow time needed for consideration of proposed changes to our committee structure.    September’s “Mission & Goals” service spawned suggestions for changes we will consider in depth during In-Gathering this coming Sunday, October 4th at 10 a.m.  Be with us as we propose to strengthen and deepen our fellowship in purpose and inclusivity.

The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in – visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation and want to attend service are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

BHUU’s LITTLE FREE LIBRARY -VALUE ADDED!

A “Little Free Library” with an added feature has appeared at 230 W Messenger St in Rice Lake.   The Blue Hills Fellowship of Universalist-Unitarians have installed their own version, which includes a shelf for use as a “Little Free Pantry”.   In an effort to reach out to the community in this time of limited access, members have committed to keeping a small pantry available for those who might need access to food staples.

Besides stocking a variety of children and adult books, the UU’s will attempt to keep the pantry shelf supplied with rice, beans, lentils, pasta, dried fruit or vegetables, and perishable items and produce as weather permits.  Those in need are invited to access the Little Free unit. 

Noting that hours when other sources of food offered to the community are as limited as they are, the BHUU’s saw a need for people to be able to access food at all times of the day.   Donations to supply the pantry may also be received by dropping a note to the fellowship at 230 W Messenger, or noting on their website:  bluehillsuu.org.