Februweary 28, 2021

We are pleased to once again welcome Rev Phil Lund of the UUA St Paul, to lead our Sunday Services this week.   As we anxiously look forward to an end to the challenges and isolation of sheltered living patterns the covid virus has required, Rev Lund asks us to consider “What Commitment Means” as we move into a post-pandemic future.   

What will it take for us to not only return to our pre-crisis status, but to emerge from crisis to a better future?  We’ll explore the commitments we can make to ourselves and to each other as we work to co-create a new tomorrow. 

Rev Phil Lund * Congregational Life Consultant UUA 

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.

February 21, 2021

In what can be seen as a continuation of last Sunday’s discussion on Unity, the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists will consider the concept of Kindness during their February 21st Service.

After briefly reviewing recent research in sociology and psychology views of the place kindness plays in our nature and society, member Pat Shifferd will lead us as we discuss two questions taken from the “Touchstone Covenant Series” on this topic.  What prevents the wider practice of kindness?  In extending or receiving kindness, how can we work to make it an act of compassion, rather than an act of charity in which the giver is assumed to be in a superior position?  

Pat Shifferd

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.

A Valentine for UU!

Coming to us LIVE from our Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship hall in the afternoon Sunday 14th, will be a special musical program created by Jackie Rae Daniels playing a variety of string instruments, our friend Carol McDowall on violin, accompanied and engineered by Nate Baker. 

The talented trio will be celebrating the release of their new CD as they broadcast LIVE to us on YouTube from BHUU.   “In The Blood” was inspired by Jackie Rae and dedicated to her mom, Carol, for instilling the love of music in their family and countless others;  the CD is intended as a “give back” to community service.  All proceeds will be donated to a charity that gives hope to folks in hopeless situations:  “To Write Love on Her Arms”, including donations of all tips generated from this show and ongoing EP sales of the CD “til the end of time.”

To watch this wonderful musical gift coming to you LIVE from in our cozy fellowship hall, go to https://youtube.com/channel/UCtrP0_nYHr64Zy5ns0_mz2A on your internet and join us at 3:30, February 14th  — and prepare to have a lovin’music filled afternoon.

To follow Jackie Rae on Spotify, the link is : https://distrokid.com/hyper…/jackieraedaniels/in-the-blood

February 7, 2021

Rice Lake’s Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship again welcomes Chaplain Dennis Peters of Menomonie to conduct the Sunday Service, February 7th.   Continuing with the theme “The World and What it Means” he began at his last visit, Peters will consider “the meaning of life”on a societal level.   What does life mean to the individual as defined by the social group she or he is a part of?   Peters will lead the fellowship to consider what the intrinsic meaning of our world is, which  promises to generate a lively discussion.

Chaplain 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 may meet in the fellowship building located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

January 31, 2021

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As we wrap up January, we’ll celebrate BOOK SUNDAY during our Blue Hills UU Service on the 31st.   Each of us attending will be encouraged to share our thoughts in suggesting a book others might find interesting.  During this long, restricted winter and year of the pandemic, the seclusion and solitude has brought many of us to find many excellent titles as we’ve spent more time with our noses in books.  Time to share the bounty and your discoveries with others!   

Members of the Hidalgo Valley UU congregation of San Juan, Texas will be joining us on Zoom for this discussion, adding the grace of new faces and perspectives to our circle. 

Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet via Zoom – the link will be sent to members, although all interested in these Services are invited to attend.    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 fellowship building located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

January 24, 2021

Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist’s Sunday January 24th 10 a.m. Service will engage members in a consideration of how the processes of science intersect with our view on “What is Right?,” in the context of being part of the natural world surrounding us.  The discussion stems from a dialogue that took place between six persons over several months, when BHUU member Jim Bradley posed questions about the relationship between humans and nature.     

Jim Bradley

The dialogue focuses on the questions “Do humans have a moral obligation to care for the Earth, given they, and therefore their actions, are a part of Nature, not separate from it?  What basis is there for calling some human actions that affect the rest of Nature moral and others immoral?”

Four of those who took part in the original discussion will participate in the Service:  Kent  Shifferd, Mark Van Etten, Jim Bradley, members of BHUU, and Bill Deutsch of Auburn University.  Robert Hasman and Waldo Asp as participants in the original dialogue will have their positions represented.

Mark Van Etten
Kent Shifferd
Bob Hasman
Waldo Asp

Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet via Zoom – the link will be sent to members, although all interested in these Services are invited to attend.    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 fellowship building located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

January 17, 2021

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Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists welcome back to Rice Lake an old friend and fellow UU Arthur Thexton of the Milwaukee area, to lead us at Service this coming Sunday, January 17th.  10:00 a.m.

Arthur describes himself as an “upraised UU,” having grown up at the Unitarian Church in Summit (NJ);  later attending Meadville/Lombard Theological School, he received his M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1974 after graduating cum laude from Beloit College in 1972.  Then earning a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1977, he  spent the majority of his career in Madison, Wisconsin, but for a short time he served as our Family Support counselor at Barron County in the 1980’s.

Mr Thexton speaks regularly at UU congregations in Wisconsin, calling himself “a part-time, itinerant, circuit-riding, lay preacher in the UU tradition.” He served as a part-time night chaplain at Meriter Hospital in Madison for two years, and was active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic, the Williamson Street Grocery Coop, the James Reeb Unitarian-Universalist Congregation (which he helped found) and the North Madison Youth Soccer Club.  

On January 17th. Arthur will explore with our Blue Hills UUs the question of what it means to be spiritual for a UU – why it’s a good thing, and how we do it.  

Arthur Thexton

Blue Hills UU fellowship continues to meet via Zoom – the link will be sent to members, although all interested in these Services are invited to attend.    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 fellowship building located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

June 7, 2020

Rice Lake’s Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship will once again depend on the magic of ZOOM to bring us Eva Apelqvist, our guest speaker for the approaching Sunday service.    As a writer, a librarian, an aggressive reader and a Unitarian, Eva has recognized the ways our UU principles and purposes are in sync with the point of view of public libraries.  Observing that “These principles work very well in a public library context”,  Eva will share this perspective with us beginning  at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 7th.

BHUU members will find the link needed to connect on ZOOM sent to them by email later this week.   We welcome all to participate at Blue Hills UU;  serious parties wanting to take part may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

May 31, 2020

This coming Sunday, May 31st will mark a new beginning for Blue Hills UU’s – and an ending of sorts as we conclude the 2019-2020 year of activity.   A first will be holding this, our ANNUAL MEETING on Zoom.   While we hope this won’t continue much longer (Zoom) it has at least brought us opportunity to hang together through the mutual strain and anxiety of living through a pandemic, learning how to cope with it on many levels.

We will have a shortened Service, then enter into the Annual Meeting to bring members information on the activities BHUU has been involved in (which are pretty darn notable considering our size!) by way of reporting from our officers and committees.   And perhaps most important, we elect new officers and adopt a Budget for the coming year.  

All current members received snail mail correspondence from Treasurer, Pat Shifferd in the last few weeks addressing these matters.   As not everyone is able to participate via Zoom,  the mailing gives all an opportunity to review both the proposed budget  and the slate of new officers suggested by the Nominations Committee.  Voting on these matters will take place during the Zoom meeting on Sunday, or your ballot sent via snail mail. 

We will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The Zoom link will be sent to members later this week.  “See you” then!  

May 24, 2020

This coming  Sunday, May 24th.,  our BHUU Service will be conducted  by member Judith Barisonzi, as we consider “My God and Your God.”  Judy will lead us in continuing the ongoing discussion from last week “on the possibly problematic nature of belief and the origins of religion.”   Offering a slight shift this Sunday she will talk about the Old Testament as well as some personal experiences, and assures “We’ll have plenty of time to share our multiple viewpoints.” 

With a more stable ZOOM link in the world of cyberspace this week, we’re all looking forward to gathering again at 10 a.m.   Members will find the link needed to connect on ZOOM sent to them by email later this week.   We welcome all to participate at Blue Hills UU, so serious parties wanting to take part may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.