December 4, 2022

Sunday’s Service at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship brings our friend Arthur Thexton back to the Rice Lake pulpit, as he challenges us to consider “How to Believe in God.” Asking us to consider “Is there a self-aware entity who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent?”, Thexton postulates that our society is overwhelmingly populated by people who say that they believe in “God” with a capital “G”.  What do they mean?  And, can those of us who are humanist find common ground or vocabulary with them?   Be with us at 10 a.m., December 4th as we explore these most provocative questions as a congregation.]

Arthur Thexton

Our Service begins at 10:00;  all seeking insight are welcome at BHUU, 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake.   A free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. will focus on the question “Should Teachers be Armed?”;  both may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but those interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for this.  Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  we do expect all to be fully vaccinated.  Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.   https://bluehillsuu.org

November 27, 2022

We’re GOIN’ FOR IT! Leftovers and POT LUCK!   This coming Sunday in our newly dressed up BHUU sanctuary, we will gather to share Thanksgiving leftovers once again.   After a short 10 a.m. service addressing the “Guest at our Table” kickoff, we’ll see what we can find at our own!

All are welcome here!

There will be no “Discussion Hour” prior to the service this week, and neither will the service be Zoomed until next.

This is what happens when a Quilter is asked to bring fruit tray …

All seeking insight are welcome at BHUU – wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  we do expect all to be fully vaccinated.  Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.   https://bluehillsuu.org

November 20, 2022

Chaplain Dennis Peters will conduct the Sunday Service at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship on November 20th , with a focus on the Old Testament.  A presentation of “Tanakh”, a summary of the origins, writing and re-writing of the ancient text will be presented.

Peters observes “Most of us as Christians, as well as former Christians, are familiar with the Bible, but may not have read all of it while attending Sunday school – or we have heard services on Job and Jonah, or the Resurrection and Moses.  Journey with me back through time for a history lesson (and some conjecture) about where the Old Testament came from, and how it matters today.”

November 2nd – Amost finished!!

Sunday’s Service begins at 10:00;  all seeking insight are welcome at BHUU, 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake.   Both the service and a free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but those interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for this.  Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  we do expect all to be fully vaccinated.  Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.   https://bluehillsuu.org

November 13, 2022

BHUU member and resident story teller Pat Barry takes front & center this coming Sunday, November 13th., to continue with Part II of her mission to encourage all to gather their stories together.  In June, Pat conducted our UU Service in sync with “How we Story our Lives” and relates that this week “We will continue to look at, and discuss the stories we’ve developed about ourselves and how these histories have affected us.”

Barry notes that she plans to encourage the fellowship to spend a little time telling our remembered, favorite tales, and will share a few prompts to inspire those attending.

Pat Barry

Sunday’s Service begins at 10:00;  all seeking insight are welcome at BHUU.  Both the service and a free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but those interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for this.  Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  we do expect all to be fully vaccinated.  Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.   https://bluehillsuu.org

November 6, 2022

Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists welcome Arthur Thexton to the Rice Lake congregation Sunday, November 6th to conduct the Service.  As election information and concerns fill the airwaves, many of us are challenged with the need to be “Coping with an Ugly Political Climate.”   Mr Thexton will seek to find ways to lead us to that goal.

Noting that our country was born in violent revolution, our right to vote is written in the blood of the patriots who fought for our independence.  Fundamental freedom was again defended with blood in the Civil War and again in the war against Hitler.  Thus, Thexton notes “It seems fitting and proper to reflect upon the meaning of the political campaigns that now routinely lead up to our voting, 246 years after the Revolution, 160 years after the Civil War, and 80 years after World War II.  If I’m not mistaken, no one is happy with the tenor of politics in 2022. How shall we cope?”

Arthur Thexton

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. and all seeking insight are welcome at BHUU.  Both the service and a free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but all interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.   Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  all are expected to be fully vaccinated.   Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.   https://bluehillsuu.org

October 30, 2022

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship member, Dr. Kent Shifferd, will share an “Encounter With Buddhism”, his experiences and thoughts on Buddhism, at the Sunday, October 30th Service, 10 a.m.  Shifferd presents an overview of this way of thinking and living, noting its rapid popularity in the U.S. 

Considered a philosophy and a moral discipline, Buddhism originated in India, founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the 6th and 5th centuries BC, who according to legend, had been a Hindu prince.  Shifferd will lead us to consider what makes Buddhist Dharma an important path to finding peace of mind, as well as peace in today’s world.  

Dr. Kent Shifferd

All seeking insight are welcome at BHUU.  Both the 10 a.m. Service and a free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but all interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.   Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  all are expected to be fully vaccinated.   Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.

October 23, 2022

Member, Prof Emeritus Pat Shifferd will conduct the Sunday Service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Rice Lake October 23 at 10 a.m.,which will relate to the ramifications of changes in Wisconsin health care following the Supreme Court decision to abandon Roe v/ Wade protections.  How will this affect the availability of various procedures related to women’s reproductive care and surrounding issues?

Prof Pat Shifferd

After a brief look at the struggles of women in the 20th Century, the right to vote and   decent working conditions, Shifferd’s topic will turn to the legal and social controversies surrounding the issue of abortion.  With states now having control over access, huge differences exist from state to state.  As in Wisconsin, these divisions are more evident than ever, with anti-abortion groups pushing restrictions further and  women’s rights groups developing legal and social strategies to assist women in control over their lives. 

Progress! October 14, 2022

All seeking insight are welcome at BHUU.  Both the 10 a.m. Service and a free-range discussion period at 9 a.m. may be accessed via Zoom.  The link is sent to members, but all interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.   Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed;  all are expected to be fully vaccinated.   Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.

October 16, 2022

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists welcome Chaplain Dennis Peters to the Rice Lake Fellowship Sunday October 16th to present the service, centering on the Seventh Principle of UU:   “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are (but) a part.” 

A response to both individualism and the environment, the Seventh Principle offers a solution to conflict between the individual and the group, in coming to “fully embrace something greater than ourselves”.  The interdependent web is expressed as the spirit of life of all living beings, not merely humans, and the “oneness of all existence”, enveloping our entire environment.  

FYI:  DUE TO THE STATUS OF OUR RE-SIDING PROJECT being in mid-stream, both our 10 a.m. service and 9 a.m. free-range discussion period will only be accessible via Zoom this Sunday.  The link is sent to members, but all who are interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.  

October 9, 2022

There’s been a slight change in our Calendar this month, as we’re shifting services abit: our service planned for the 9th with Dennis Peters has been moved to October 16th and the formerly planned visit from Arthur Thexton that day, to sometime in November.

Sunday October 9th will feature a video on UU History, “Heritage of Heresy: Bisbee and Tuttle on the Universalist Frontier.” This will be shown at the church and of course on Zoom, with a focused discussion to follow led by member Judith Barisonzi; as always, our service begins at 10 a.m.

Those who seek insight are always welcome at BHUU. A free-range discussion period takes place before the service at 9 a.m., and as with the Service, may be accessed via Zoom. The link is sent to members, but all who are interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link. Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person, although recommendations of the CDC are followed; all are expected to be fully vaccinated. Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.

October 2, 2022

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship invites you to attend their Sunday October 2nd Service, as they host the accomplished musician and poet Richard Terrill of Minneapolis.  Reading from his recent work “Essentially” and other collections, Terrill touches on subjects as disparate as jazz, trout fishing, neighbors, dogs, vintage movies and aging in hopes of generating discussion on craft and art in connection with our daily lives.  The Service begins at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake.

Richard Terrill is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State, Mankato, and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar.  After growing up in Green Bay, Terrill   graduated from UW Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he also discovered the joy of trout fishing in the Blue Hills. Those who seek insight are always welcome at BHUU. 

A free-range discussion period takes place before the service at 9 a.m., and as with the Service, may be accessed via Zoom. The link is sent to members, but all who are interested may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.   Wearing masks is optional for those attending in person; all are expected to be fully vaccinated.   Gathering for fellowship & coffee after the service is encouraged.        
Richard Terrill