May 16, 2021

Blue Hills UU member Ken Hood will host the Sunday Service May 16,  bringing us the TED Talk Presentation by Brené Brown, “The Power of Vulnerability.”  Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation “Brené Brown Endowed Chair” at the Graduate College of Social Work;  she is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

Prof Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and this 2010 TED Talk is said to be one of the most viewed episodes in the world.  Ken will lead the discussion with our fellowship, which is sure to follow the video presentation.  

Brene Brown

All are invited to attend as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m. Sundays.   The internet link will be sent to members, although

visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

May 9, 2021

In observance of Mother’s Day, May 9th , Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists will explore some of the many ways the concept of mother has provided abundance, guidance and intercession to people across time and space.  During the Sunday Service, Prof  Emeritus Pat Shifferd of Trego, will lead those attending to consider their experiences with motherhood.  “From Papatuanuku to Isis to the Virgin Mary,” Shifferd notes “our stories have provided comfort and spiritual understanding.  Is the idea of mother still as powerful a concept in our secular times?”    

“Tribal Woman Dance” -Ross Lewallen, Santa Fe artist

All are invited to attend on Sundays, as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Pat Shifferd

May 2, 2021

Our BHUU Annual Meeting takes place this first Sunday in May, beginning at 10 a.m.    The Service hour will open in the traditional manner with the Lighting of the Chalice, Opening Words and Song, and sharing Announcements, Joys & Concerns.  

Board Chairman Mark Van Etten will then conduct the business of the day,  sharing his remarks, followed by reports from our various committees.   This will  include suggested options for returning to use of our building on Sundays.  

Mark VanEtten

An overview of the proposed Budget for coming year fiscal year, July 2021-2022,  was sent to members on April 16 as required in our By-laws for review, and the Nominations Committee will offer a suggested slate for the election of officers.  All of which will conclude with an adoption of the Budget and Election of Officers this Sunday morning. 

We hope you will be with us to consider these important steps in our fellowship life.   The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Our BHUU Banner will be part of the UUA-GA “Banner Parade” this summer.

April 25, 2021

We’re for the birds at Blue Hills UU – always eager to learn about them!   Rick Persile of northern Wisconsin will seek to guide us in the “how to’s” of attracting birds to our little corners of the world at our Sunday service, April 25th

Born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mr. Persile took an interest in birds at a young age;  as that grew stronger, he learned how to create habitats that would attract them.  In tandem with his interest in photography, he’s become the “go to” guy for information and questions regarding anything relating to birds.  Rick’s current “yard list” documents over 140 different species he’s spotted, including both resident and migrant species. 

~JGx

As an advocate and firm believer in keeping our waters as pristine as possible, Persile also serves as Chairperson for the “County Line Lake Association” in Sawyer County.  “Keeping a natural buffer along the shoreline protects not only the water, but provides nesting habitat for several different species of birds.”      

~Linda Ruedy

Be with us Sunday as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

April 18, 2021

The members of Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Rice Lake will observe Earth Day on Sunday, April 18th by honoring our “Sacred Ground”.   Through a variety of readings, poems and pertinent quotations stressing ways we may yet save our Mother Earth, the morning will focus on the treasured planet we are part of.  Accompanied by photographs members have shared and beloved music, all attending will be considered part of the program and invited to contribute.

Photo by Norbert Blei

Be with us this coming Sunday as BHUU continues to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

April 11, 2021

Dr. Kent Shifferd, Prof Emeritus, Northland College, Ashland, will host the Sunday Service, April 11th , sharing with Blue Hills UU his study of, and thoughts on the 23rd Psalm.  

Most Christians know this particular psalm by heart, and will appreciate hearing Shifferd’s broader illumination of its content.  Revealing different English translations and commentary from a rabbi, generates reflection on the greater meaning exposed by a focused reading of the psalm. Discussion will follow Kent’s enlightening service.

Dr. Kent Shifferd

Be with us this coming Sunday as we continue to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday will be honored at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship with a service presented by former Rice Lake resident, Arthur Thexton.  Asking “Are There Any U’s In Easter?”, Thexton will explore with the fellowship how UU’s observe and celebrate the very Christian holy day of Easter. 

Now retired as an attorney at Dept of Safety and Professional Services in Madison, Arthur has resumed his initial calling to the UU ministry.  After attending Meadville/Lombard Theological School, he received his M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1974, following graduation cum laude from Beloit College in 1972.  He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1977, serving as Family Support counselor at Barron County in the 1980’s.  BHUU is always glad to welcome Mr. Thexton back to Rice Lake.   

Arthur Thexton

Be with us this coming Sunday, as we continue to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

March 28, 2021

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Our fellowship is honored to have the Rev Phillips Sweet of the UU Door County, share with us “A Reflection on the Story of Palm Sunday” this coming week.  Rev Sweet piques our interest noting that “Palm Sunday begins the story of the heart of Christian mythology with the entrance of Jesus into the capital city of Jerusalem. What are these stories saying about the qualities of the heart and mind beyond historical verification?

Rev Phil Sweet

Palm Sunday was a gamble. Having failed in the countryside, Jesus had hoped to arouse interest in a new form of life based on compassion.  At its deepest level, Palm Sunday is about “time.” When Jesus planned his triumphant procession, he announced that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.

Could this be a silver lining to the pandemic?  To hold time in a different kind of crucible? Have you become more aware of the weather and the seasons, the rising and setting of the sun, the rhythms of the natural world, the vital importance of relations and the need to nurture them? Have you learned in this period of isolation to not be overextended, how not to be fragmented, how not to be distracted, to put away petty concerns, to remember a time in your life when there was always time?”

Be with us this coming Sunday, March 28th. as we continue to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

March 21, 2021

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist members look forward to Chaplain Dennis Peters return, to lead the service March 21st.  “Tell Me a Story -” says Dennis, “since we became a species, we have been storytellers and listeners to story;  it seems to be the way we learn best.”  Stories sink directly into our hearts, for it’s not facts we’re learning, but lessons.  Life lessons.  All are invited to attend Sunday as we welcome Spring and explore a story hour with Chaplain Peters.

Ch Dennis Peters

Blue Hills UU continues to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

March 14, 2021

The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Sunday Service March 14th will be led by member Judith Barisonzi, professor emeritus of the University Wisconsin.  Our service hour consists of songs and various readings from UU Sources and Principles, with a time for discussion and contemplation.  Barisonzi will encourage those attending to consider ways in which it is possible to “Travel Back in Time”, assuring “Yes – we are able to do this!”   During Sunday’s service we will look at family records and stories, and the ways they keep families together.

Judith Barisonzi

Blue Hills UU continues to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.