Hope-A 4-Letter-Word (MP3 file) – Recorded and edited on 4/21/2019. Please note that some of the audience responses had to be cut due to poor audio quality
Order of Service for 4/21/2019
Prelude Music – Tam Kjer Murke Cveto
Lighting the Chalice
Opening words # 652 – Call and
words by William Ellery
Channing (Unitarian preacher)
Welcome & Greeting
Song # 1007 There’s a River
Flowin’ in My Soul
Opportunity to Speak for
Joys & Concerns
Reading our Principles(front of hymnal)
HOPE—a “4-letter-word” (presented by BHUU member Ken Hood)
Parts 1 and 2
Song # 344 A Promise through
the Ages Rings
Opportunity for Sharing Gifts
Music: Beautiful Dreamer, written by Stephen
Extinguishing the Chalice
Closing Words # 691 (all
Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth as without light nothing flowers.
May Sarton (Unitarian poet)
Circle of Peace and Friendship (words written on the back wall say “Go well into life now, and when you need us, always remember that here you will find the hands of friends”)
Sources and Related Media
Danielle Muscato: “Humanism and social justice activism are inseparable. I do activism because I care about human welfare and meaning and health and happiness. I believe that humans are responsible for our own lives and welfare and that positive change comes about through human action. That’s the definition of humanism. Doing social justice activism is a foundational, integral aspect of being a humanist.”
HG Wells (quoting from near the end of The Time Machine): “The darkness grew apace; a cold wind began to blow in freshening gusts from the east, and the showering white flakes in the air increased in number. From the edge of the sea came a ripple and whisper. Beyond these lifeless sounds the world was silent. Silent? It would be hard to convey the stillness of it. All the sounds of man, the bleating of sheep, the cries of birds, the hum of insects, the stir that makes the background of our lives—all that was over.”
Ryan Bell reflecting on his interview with Prof. John Gray, a noted critic of Humanism (transcript typed by Ken Hood): “I don’t think we need to decide between the optimist and the pessimist. The real challenge of post-theism is to be a realist. Sometimes reality gives us reason to hope and sometimes it does not.” Relevant audio begins at 50:53 in the video.
Sincere Kirabo: “I don’t think it’s possible to fully realize my ambitions for social transformation. At least not in the US. I don’t consider acknowledging this as being pessimistic. I’m a realist. I may think or dream big, but I’m grounded enough to accept that the legacies of oppression that shape our world, and the conditions that perpetuate these legacies, are extraordinarily difficult to dismantle. Regardless, the fight is necessary. All of the battles waged and little victories won along the way towards those seemingly unattainable end goals help inch marginalized communities that much closer to a freer tomorrow. This in and of itself makes the fight worthwhile.”
Recommended listening: “Broken and Really Broken,” by David Breeden, Humanist minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.
Always a favorite Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist happening is “Soapbox Sunday!” As topics, concerns and frustrations bubble & brew in your consciousness, make a note to bring them to our attention this coming Sunday, April 21st at the 9:15 forum.
Former Board Chair
Ken Hood will conduct the Service at 10:30. Noting that “HOPE is a
Four–letter Word”, Ken will share with us stories from his time student
teaching and working with secondary school students. Together we will
reflect on the role of Hope–a sometimes helpful, sometimes dangerous
quality–within a non-theistic framework.
Nourishment for body
and soul always follows the service with fellowship and light
refreshments; it being third Sunday of the month, the congregation will
enjoy pot luck together. All are invited.
Our Forum tomorrow morning, April 14th brings our fellowship Treasurer Pat Shifferd to the foreground to review and explore the proposed budget for 2019-2020. Input from the membership is sought as we plan the coming year’s projects and events; we begin at 9:15 a.m.
Musical friends “February Sky” from da U.P. hey, Michigan, will enliven the 10:30 Service with their musical presentation “Acts of Creation -the Sacred Place of Art in Our Lives.” Phil Cooper and Susan Urban make up the folk duo, playing a number of acoustic instruments including guitar, cittern, mountain dulcimer, banjo and percussion. Always a favorite morning, their music ranges from traditional, modern and Gaelic folk to Susan’s original work.
Nourishment for body & soul always follows the service with fellowship and light refreshments, after which our BHUU Board will meet. All are invited to attend. Added delight: we actually believe it will stop snowing by then ~ as they say: Keep the Faith!
Planned to be held earlier this month, the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist
Fellowship will hold a Forum on “Climate Change & the Right to be Rescued”
at 9:15, Sunday March 31st. The topic will be addressed by Valerie Rude,
whose experience working with persons with disabilities has made her aware that
this issue is sometimes overlooked in planning for natural disaster
rescues. Time for discussion will be part of the Forum.
A “Work Day!” experience will take the place of formal service this same Sunday, as UU’s gather at 10:30 a.m. to build a “Little Free Library” which will be located on the premises as soon as the ground thaws. Member Dave Hart will supervise the construction with plans and materials. Bring your hammers, screwdrivers & saws. Those less comfortable with construction will sort through the BHUU library to select books to be offered.
Nourishment for body and soul always follows the service with fellowship and light refreshments; all are invited to participate.
On Sunday March 24th, the 9:15 Forum at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist
fellowship in Rice
Lake, will be hosted by
Dave Hart. The topic, yet to be determined,
promises to be engaging, topical and often provocative. Discussion rises to near art form in UU
congregations, with time for all voices to be heard.
Rev. Jane Rzepka of the Church of the Larger Fellowship will conduct the
Service at 10:30 a.m. via the magic of cyberspace. Her topic, “Salvation”, springs from an earlier gathering
of the General Assembly. A time for
fellowship and gnoshing always follows service, and all are invited to participate.
The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will gather Sunday March 10th to review the book choice for the “Common Read,”an event which all UU fellowships take part in each year. 2019’s book choice is a collection of essays entitled “Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment.” The text considers the work and involvement of various UU congregations. Kent & Pat Shifferd will lead a discussion of the book, expected to be cover the full morning beginning at 10:00 to 11:30.
Update: Service has been cancelled for today due to the weather
Update: Due to the heavy snowfall all activities at BHUU have been cancelede for Feb 24, 2019. Please stay safe!
The 9:15 Forum will take the form of advance planning for administrative issues of the fellowship on Sunday, February 24th. Members are urged to attend and share their thoughts to help form direction and decisions for the future of our UU. Community residents interested in the UU as a viable voice in the area are welcome to attend.
One of our most looked forward to Service
hours will begin at 10:30 a.m. “Music
& Poetry Sunday” invites those attending to share favorite poems to
read, whether their own creation or beloved work of other poets, and
have opportunity to request specific hymns within the Service.
With an active industry in frac sand mining in Barron County, it becomes critical for residents to learn as much as possible about the process and ramifications. Dr Dale Crisler of the Canton area has been active in the effort to bring attention and information to both his own Town Board and county residents. He will continue this mission as he leads the 9:15 Forum at our fellowship on Sunday, February 17th to consider the topic “Issues in Frac Sand Mining.”
During the formal Service at 10:30, Pat Shifferd will address the “Role of the Arts in a Time of Change.” Asserting her belief that the arts are essential to building a more just and sustainable society, Shifferd seeks to make the connection between Art and the UU “7th principle”: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
BHUU Board Meeting – Starting at noon and going 2-3 hours. Linda Thompson will host the meeting at her house (please email Linda if you need the address). The menu is “bring your own lunch.” This will be an open board meeting to discuss important items we need to plan for our fellowship.
Unitarian Universalists recognize and honor six basic “Sources” as the rock for the belief systems and philosophies shared by UU fellowships. At the 9:15 Forum Sunday February 10, Kent Shifferd and Robert Hasman will lead a discussion centering on these Sources and how they may be particularly meaningful to each of us as individuals.
The 10:30 Service will be led by Judith Barisonzi, with a goal to consider “The UU View of Evil.” Noting that “it has always been difficult for Unitarian Universalists to reconcile the often dark complexity of human nature with belief in the value of each individual human being,” the fellowship is invited to “ponder evil” and its implications for a spiritual outlook.