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January 16, 2022

The Blue Hills UU’s will hear from and about “The Great Dissenter” this coming Sunday, January 16th.   Our many talented member Brian Rude will share the interesting profile he’s researched on John Marshall Harlan -the only dissenter in the famous Plessy versus Ferguson Supreme Court decision of 1896.  As well as becoming well known for his dissension in many other Supreme Court decisions, mostly on the side of civil rights, Justice Harlan’s life story is interesting in many aspects, some more surprising than others.

Brian Rude

The Service begins at 10 a.m. via Zoom, although those wishing to attend in person are encouraged to join us in the fellowship hall, 210 W. Messenger Street in Rice Lake.  All those attending in person must be fully vaccinated and at the present time, masking and proper distancing will be observed.  The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

January 7, 2022

Our visiting Chaplain Dennis Peters ask the Blue Hills UU’s “What kind of traveler are you?”   Do you have visions of mountains, oceans, faraway cities that your heart burns to see and experience? Do you explore within, dreaming in your imagination rather than physically there? Do you read of strange new worlds, new civilizations, or going where no one has gone before? 

And how do you get there – in books, movies, your imagination? Dennis invites our fellowship to “travel together!” during our next service, Sunday January 7th.

Santorini, Greece

Services begin at 10 a.m. via Zoom, although those wishing to attend in person are encouraged to join us in the fellowship hall to enjoy together.   Those attending in person are expected to be vaccinated, and it is strongly suggested that wearing a mask and proper distancing be observed.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

January 2, 2022

Member Judith Barisonzi will lead the fellowship on Sunday, the second day of the New Year, to reflect on “Starting Over”.   “It’s a new year, and a chance to begin again–or is it? What exactly is a new year anyway?”  Judy entreats us to share some time together reflecting on and discussing these questions as part of our Service this beginning Sunday of 2022.

The service will take place at 10 a.m., broadcast via Zoom; due to the extreme cold and anticipated upgrades for in-person gatherings, members will not meet in the fellowship hall this week.   The Zoom link will be sent to members;  all interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

December 26, 2021

BHUU member Jim Bradley of Mikana, also happens to be a resident of Auburn AL, and a member of both our BHUU fellowship and Auburn’s.  Jim has introduced us to friends and members of the Auburn fellowship, not only through ideas for programs of mutual interest to both congregations – but also by combining services through the magic of Zoom. We experimented with sharing services with the Auburn UU during the holidays last year, and enjoyed doing so much, that we’ll be with them again this coming Sunday, the day-after Christmas.

Jim Bradley

This service begins at 10 a.m. via Zoom, although those wishing to attend in person are encouraged to join us in the fellowship hall to enjoy together.   Those attending in person are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask is prudent.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all    interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

December 19, 2021

Guest minister Suzanne Wasilczuk of First Unitarian Church in Duluth brings Sunday’s Service to Blue Hills UU December 19th.  “God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay” the classic Christmas carol entreats us – but are we able to let go the dismay?  Are we truly able to “rest merry” in this holiday season?  Rev Wasilczuk will challenge the fellowship to consider what we may do so, to commemorate the Christmas season, and how we might find a blessed, non-anxious space during tumultuous times.     

Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk

Blue Hills UU is located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake;  the service will be conducted at 10 a.m. via Zoom, although those wishing to, may attend in the fellowship hall to enjoy together.   Those attending in person are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask is prudent.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all    interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

December 12, 2021

Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist visiting Chaplain Dennis Peters will talk about UU Women this coming Sunday, December 12th.   In a recent Service on “Stardust,” Peters gave examples of individuals who metaphorically “sprinkled” stardust on humanity, helping to propel us forward in important fields.  Afterward, someone gently chided him that all of the examples were men!  Then shared with him a long list of women who also belong in that category.  Starting with women from our own UU tradition, Ch Peters will address a few examples of contributors to “Stardust.” Plus one  surprise addition! 

Photo courtesy of Sharon Auberle, Door County Poet, Artist, Photographer

Be with us on Sunday as Ch Peters joins us in the fellowship hall, 230 West Messenger and also on Zoom at 10 a.m.  Those attending in person are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask is prudent.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all those interested are invited to contact  patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

December 5, 2021

Well known around the Twin Cities, jazz musicians Richard Terrill and Larry McDonough will bring their creative talents to Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship this Sunday, December 5th., heightening the sense of contemplation during this spiritual season.  Drawing from a variety of influences, classic song and works of art to the musings of children, the two bring their poetry and jazz compositions to focus;  they will share the inspirations that bring their music into being this Sunday morning.

Blue Hills UU is located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake;  the service will be conducted at 10 a.m. via Zoom, although those wishing to, may attend in the fellowship hall to enjoy together.   Those attending in person are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask is prudent.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all those   interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

November 28, 2021

Thanksgiving arrives surrounded in tradition, family values and mythology – some of it accurate.  The Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists share in the season’s prodigal conventions during Sunday service November 28th in celebration of our many blessings.  Led by Chairwoman Pat Shifferd, the fellowship will consider the deeper meaning of the holiday in contrast with orthodox perceptions.

Prof Pat Schifferd

The service will be conducted on Zoom, although members are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. service in the fellowship hall at 230 W Messenger St in Rice Lake;  those attending in person are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask is prudent.   The Zoom link will be sent to members, but all those   interested are invited to contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

November 21, 2021

Guest speaker at the Unitarian-Universalist fellowship in Rice Lake November 21st will be Peighton Carter, discussing the challenging and often beautiful aspects of coming to terms with reality.  Sharing experiences with life’s little joys through the changing realities of disability, Carter is sure to generate a lively hour of contemplation in the focus on “My Love-Hate Relationship with Reality.”

“Pey” Carter is a fourth year seminary student at Iliff School of Theology, whose attention in school and in ministry is on storytelling and narrative justice, as well as accessibility and inclusion for all.  Also a parent of two children and a U.S. Army veteran, Carter will share experiences as a disabled queer person.

Peighton “Pey” Carter

All are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. services at Blue Hills UU, 230 W Messenger St in Rice Lake;  all attending are asked to be vaccinated, and it is suggested that wearing a mask prudent as well.  Services can also be accessed via “Zoom” for the benefit of the whole fellowship and those  interested;   visitors may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.

November 14, 2021

Chaplain Dennis Peters will conduct the service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, November 14th., exploring the topic of “Friendship.  While some friendships last only a short time, hopefully we all have those that become deeply meaningful;  what difference do each of them make in our lives? And what is their value in our lives as a whole? Ch Peters will challenge us to consider “When do we receive more than we give, or vice versa, in our friendships?”  

Chaplain Dennis Peters

All are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. services at BHUU, 230 W Messenger St in Rice Lake;  those not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask.   Services can also be accessed via “Zoom” for the benefit of the whole fellowship and those  interested;   visitors may contact patriciashifferd@gmail.com for the link needed.  See bluehillsuu.org for more information.