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September 26, 2021

Rev Phil Lund visits the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Rice Lake Sunday Sept 26 via Zoom.   His Service will consider the continued decline of church membership, and if this is inevitable in future decades: “What does this mean for those of us who appreciate the important social benefits that come from belonging to a religious community?”

How do we manage the tension between hope and realism when it comes to the future of our faith?  And what can we as UU’s do for religion today – as well as tomorrow?  As UU’s, we expect Rev Lund’s thought provoking Service will lead to a lively discussion.

Rev Phil Lund

Services have resumed “in-person” at the BHUU fellowship hall, alternating with transmitting some via Zoom;  the internet link will be sent to members, although all are invited to take part and may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link.

UU Fellowship of Menomonie, Mabel Tainter Theatre

September 19, 2021

Visiting Chaplain Dennis Peters will tackle the issue of “White Privilege” on  September 19th with members of the Blue Hills Universalist-Unitarian Fellowship ub Rice Lake, 230 W. Messenger St.  

“What is White Privilege? Is it real? Are non-whites, Black, Indigenous, other people of color, including Asians and Pacific Islanders actually lazy and unwilling to work for the rewards that hardworking whites have gained? Or is our country stacked against anyone who doesn’t have light enough skin?”  Ch Peters was inspired by a recent conversation with someone who felt there was no such thing as White Privilege, generating the Service he will share with the BHUU’s this coming Sunday. 

Chaplain Dennis Peters

Blue Hills UU welcomes all to attend our 10 a.m. Services, with fellowship and gnoshing afterwards.  Having resumed gathering “in-person” at the fellowship hall, those attending are expected to be vaccinated or wear a mask.   Services are also transmitted on Zoom, some for access later. Please see our website at bluehillsuu.org for specifics.

September 12, 2021

Order of Service (Word Doc)

Former Lay Leader April Nielsen will lead BHUU’s via Zoom for our traditional “Ingathering” Sunday September 12th.   This service marks the beginning of a new church year; after a summer season when many members have been away from regular attendance, our fellowship traditionally brings a rock or other symbolic objects to share with their thoughts on where we’ve been and what we bring to re-create our Fellowship for the coming year.

Many of us hoped to be ready to gather in person for Sunday Services this Fall, but we have also noticed others who join us on Zoom, but will not be at the church building in person on Sunday mornings.  So, please be responsible and accountable for your own comfort level and create a sacred space for yourself, wherever you are on Sunday, September 12.

April Nielsen

Vaccinated persons are welcome to meet at the BHUU building in Rice Lake for this service, which will be Zoomed to the large screen.   Bring a rock to add to the rock altar or add to the collection in the rain garden in the back yard.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom at 9:45ish, Service begins at 10:00 am.  We will have music and time for everyone to speak a few words about who and where you are as we gather virtually to greet a new year together.   The internet link will be sent to members;  visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed

September 5, 2021

If we’ve learned anything at all this past 18 months, it’s that our world is changing rapidly.  Every aspect of social gathering, from merely shopping to school attendance and our individual work situations, social distancing and restrictions on group size has dramatically changed how we do all things in our lives.  Perhaps one of the most dramatic impacts has been to how we gather to accomplish our “work”.  

This coming Sunday, September 5, our BHUU fellowship will consider “The Future of Work”.  This will be a TED Talk with discussion facilitated by member Ken Hood.  Although we’ve resumed gathering “in-person” at the fellowship hall, Blue Hills UU alternates services on Zoom, recording some for access later for those interested.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed

August 29, 2021

Is a house a home?   Is our fellowship hall expected to be one?  To provide shelter from the storm –understanding, compassion?   What do we expect to find here?  What do we want four walls to provide for us?  And how long do we expect it to BE?  

This coming Sunday, August 29th, the BHUU’s will ZOOM the morning to seek input from the membership on how we view ourselves, and the place of our building in that vision.  Repairs needed … expenses incorporated  —  all opinions are welcome and encouraged as we attempt to foresee what the future holds for us.  Come join the discussion.

We will meet via Zoom at 10 a.m. for this service;  although we’ve resumed gathering “in-person” at the fellowship hall, Blue Hills UU alternates services on Zoom, recording some for access later for those interested.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed

August 22, 2021

On Sunday August 22nd, we’ll take “A walk in the Wilderness” with two of our leaders, as the Prof’s Robert Hasman and Judith Barisonzi guide us to a finer awareness of the bounty surrounding us in this great northwoods.   Sharing an appreciation they’ve recognized in themselves for the gifts of the forest, the fellowship will be encouraged to “Keep in mind both age-old traditions and contemporary life on Earth” as we consider the value of solitude.

Judy Barisonzi

Bob Hasman

We will meet via Zoom at 10 a.m. for this service;   although we’ve resumed gathering “In-person” at the fellowship hall, Blue Hills UU alternates services on Zoom, recording some for access later for those interested.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.

August 15, 2021

Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk of the Virginia MN UU will join us via ZOOM this coming Sunday, August 15th for Service.   Asking the provocative question “Would You Harbor Me?”, Rev. Suzanne uses reflection and music to evince our need for a sanctuary, a “refuge in the storm” of our troubled lives and turbulent world.  We will consider the sacred responsibility to provide a safe haven for others, with time for discussion.   

Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk

The 10 a.m. service will be conducted via Zoom this week;  although we’ve resumed gathering “In-person” at our fellowship hall, Blue Hills UU is alternating services on Zoom, also recording some for access later for those interested.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.

August 8, 2021

Chaplain Dennis Peters will delve into the topic “Children” during the Sunday August 8th  Service at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 10 a.m.   From our start in life to the time we may (or may choose not to) have our own, “trust” becomes a key pillar in a child’s development.   What happens when that trust is violated?   What does a child need to move on from a childhood that fails them?  Sometimes with the right, and sometimes with no support at all, how does the human spirit rise above a damaged beginning? 

Chaplain Dennis Peters of Hillsdale, WI

Located at 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake, all are welcome to attend our Services held at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  In-person gatherings at the church are being alternated with weekly services on Zoom, some recorded for access later for those interested.   All those attending in the fellowship hall are asked to be vaccinated; those who are not, please wear a mask. 

August 1, 2021

We’ve been advised by Alexander Chalmers there are “Three Grand Essentials” for happiness in this life:  something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.  Member Jude Genereaux will lead the Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists of Rice Lake to consider how each of these play a role in our own lives as we meet in person, Sunday August 1st 10 a.m.  Discussion, with time for fellowship and coffee will follow.

Jude Genereaux

BHUU has returned to in-person gatherings at 230 W. Messenger, alternating weekly services on Zoom with some recorded for access later for those interested.   All those attending in the fellowship hall are asked to be vaccinated; those who are not, please wear a mask. 

July 25, 2021

Former resident of Rice Lake and current Board member of BHUU, Jim Bradley, Ph.D professor emeritus of Auburn University Alabama, will conduct the Sunday Service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10 a.m. July 25.

Noting that in 2020, for the first time ever an all-female research team won a Nobel Prize in science – American molecular biologist, Jennifer Doudna, and French microbiologist, Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on a gene-editing technology now known as CRISPR.  This technology is revolutionizing cancer treatment and offering cures for certain genetic diseases such as sickle cell anemia. Both benefits and risks of the future use of CRISPR are significant and far-ranging.

Jim invites the fellowship to explore this together and “to contemplate how CRISPR challenges UU principles of respect for inherent, personal, human dignity, respect for the Democratic process, and respect for the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.”

Jim Bradley, Ph.D

BHUU has returned to in-person gatherings at 230 W. Messenger, and alternates weekly services on Zoom with some recorded for access by members later.  The zoom link will be sent to members; all those interested in attending may contact Ken Hood at 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 if not vaccinated, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.