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BHUU’s LITTLE FREE LIBRARY -VALUE ADDED!

A “Little Free Library” with an added feature has appeared at 230 W Messenger St in Rice Lake.   The Blue Hills Fellowship of Universalist-Unitarians have installed their own version, which includes a shelf for use as a “Little Free Pantry”.   In an effort to reach out to the community in this time of limited access, members have committed to keeping a small pantry available for those who might need access to food staples.

Besides stocking a variety of children and adult books, the UU’s will attempt to keep the pantry shelf supplied with rice, beans, lentils, pasta, dried fruit or vegetables, and perishable items and produce as weather permits.  Those in need are invited to access the Little Free unit. 

Noting that hours when other sources of food offered to the community are as limited as they are, the BHUU’s saw a need for people to be able to access food at all times of the day.   Donations to supply the pantry may also be received by dropping a note to the fellowship at 230 W Messenger, or noting on their website:  bluehillsuu.org.

September 27, 2020

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Blue Hills UU’s look forward to the return of Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk on Sunday, September 30th, to conduct the service at 10 a.m. via Zoom.   Rev Wasilczuk addresses “A Leap of Faith” and what faith means in a Unitarian-Universalist context:  “We gather together.  We gather to discover, to discern, to remember, to shape that which is of worth to us.  We may speak of faith – or some may discard the concept of faith altogether.”   

Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk is a 2007 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, now of Duluth, Minnesota, preaching at the Mesabi UU Church in Virginia MN and serves as part-time consultant to the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in – 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 church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

A group discussions regarding Racial Justice will take place on September 30th at 6:30 p.m.  Based on the book “White Fragility”, April Neilsen serves as facilitator, encouraging those interested to take part whether the book has been read or not.  A link will be sent to members the day before, noting the time of meeting. 

September 20, 2020

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On Sunday, September 20th, as part of our Blue Hills UU service, fellowship member Jude Genereaux will share with us the ways she finds “Sanctuary in the Natural World.”   As we continue our journey in this strange time zone , we seek ways to cope with changes in our lives and gatherings.   Fortunate as we are to live in the northwoods, the many ways to seek understanding and peace for the soul are abundant.   Sometimes one just needs to hold still to recognize them.

What do you find in the out-of-doors that brings you solace?   Be ready to share an experience or solution to the claustrophobia that comes when life feels limited.

We begin at 10:00 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in. 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 join in, are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Several group discussions regarding Racial Justice will take place on September 21st and 30th at 6:30 p.m.  Based on the book “White Fragility”, April Neilsen serves as facilitator, encouraging those interested to take part whether the book has been read or not.  A link will be sent to members the day before, noting the time of meeting. 

September 13, 2020

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There is “Power in Small Congregations” and our guest, Rev Phil Lund will share this perspective with the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists at our 10 a.m. service,  Sunday, September 13th.  

In recent discussions, our fellowship has affirmed the esteem and satisfaction we find in our small fellowship, which Rev Lund describes as “Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective.”   Lund expands his observance: “We’ve learned ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forced congregations of all sizes to find new ways of doing church. While larger congregations may seem to have more resources to make the changes needed to adapt, smaller congregations have their own strengths. We’ll explore the traits that make small congregations particularly well-suited to thrive in these trying times.”

The BHUU Board members will meet after the service concludes;  all are invited.

We begin at 10:00 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in. 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 join in, are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Several group discussions regarding Racial Justice will take place September 9 at 10 a.m., and on the 14, 21, and 30th, at 6:30 p.m.  Based on the book “White Fragility”, April Neilsen will serve as facilitator, encouraging all who are interested to take part whether the book has been read or not.  A link will be sent to members the day before, noting the time of meeting.  

September 6, 2020

Sunday, September 6th, Blue Hills UU’s will continue the discussion begun last week, considering how we, a small congregation, should think about our place in the community.  Dividing into smaller groups through the magic of Zoom, the following questions were focus:

  • What three or four basic values should be reflected in all our activities?
  • What difference do we want to make in the world?
  • What specific ends do we want to reach?
  • What projects would move us toward these ends?

We will continue this important inquiry on September 6th by hearing from each group as we seek to provide the foundation for building a consensus on how to live out our mission as UU’s.   Three additional questions will be asked of individual members to aide in our continued planning:   What is my passion?  What am I willing to give up (or have given up) to make this happen?   What am I looking for in BHUU?  What am I getting out of it?  What more do I need?  Am I willing to give more?

We begin at 10:00 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in. Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Those who want to participate, but lack cyberlink connection or equipment to enable, are invited to meet IN the church, masked and distanced ~!~ to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Several group discussions regarding Racial Justice will take place September 2, 9, 14, 21, and 30th, at either 10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.  Based on the book “White Fragility”,  April Neilsen will serve as facilitator, but encourages all who are interested whether the book has been read or no.  A link will be sent to members the day before, noting the time of meeting. 

“Sunfflowers” -James Bradley

August 30, 2020

Your Blue Hills UU Board members began their new term by meeting together (in person!) July 18th at our newly elected Chairman, Dr. Mark Van Etten’s home.   First order of business for Mark, was to launch a discussion on a rethinking of our “Missions and Goals.”  Earlier this year, some of our members participated in a series of webinars given by the UUA to help small congregations like ours build on their unique strengths. Now it’s time for us to discuss these ideas among ourselves and set priorities for our fellowship.

This approaching Sunday, August 30, after we light the chalice, we’ll divide into small groups (yes, we can do this on Zoom!) and seek your input to these questions:  

  • What three or four basic values should be reflected in all our activities?
  • What difference do we want to make in the world?
  • What specific ends do we want to reach?
  • What projects would move us toward these ends?

We’ll reassemble in our larger group to conclude the service.   On September 6th we’ll hear the conclusions of each of the smaller group, and plan to continue working together toward establishing the direction and activities for BHUU for the coming year.  This effort will provide the basis for what committees/action groups we need.    

Remember,every voice is important!

August 23, 2020

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Sunday morning, August 23rd, Blue Hills UU member Brian Rude will poke the sleeping bear by asking us “”Questions of Pride”.

Brian Rude ~ Music Master

This will be an informal discussion focused on just what do we mean by “pride”?  Is pride a good thing?  Is pride a bad thing?  Is it sometimes both?  What are proper subjects of pride, and what might be improper?  Brian says “No hard and fast rules of pride are anticipated, but the subject raises many interesting and, I think, worthwhile questions.”  

One of the advantages of gathering on “Zoom” is that all participants can be given time to interact and respond to Brian’s provocative inquiry.  We begin at 10:00 a.m.  The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, although all interested are invited to sign in.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org  for the link needed to join the service.

August 16, 2020

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Susan O’Leary of Madison WI will spend the morning with the Blue Hills UU’s Sunday, August 16th. to speak on “Kindness in These Times.”  As a member of Madison’s Snow Flower Buddhist Sangha, Ms. O’Leary has practiced in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and will share with us insight and wisdom acquired through over twenty-five years of practice. 

An author of several books, the most recent “Delight in 1000 Characters,” is co-authored with calligrapher and Buddhist scholar, Kazuaki Tanahashi.   The text addresses the 1000 Character Essay, brushed by monk Zhiyong, which for 1500 years was the standard calligraphy text in East Asia for teaching writing.

As one of the first in a group of women admitted to Yale University as undergraduates, after completing her degree, Susan returned to the Midwest to earn a Ph.D in French at the UW Madison where she & husband Jim continue to make their home and are active in Madison’s diverse culture. 

Be with us Sunday to share Susan’s rich experience;  we meet in cyber space at 10 a.m.  The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, though all interested are invited to participate;  visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

August 9, 2020

Our own Kent Shifferd is plotting to bring the real dirt on “Dirt” to our Blue Hills UU’s this coming Sunday, August 9th.  “Dirt”, Dr. Kent tells us “is not only amazing, but is quite literally the ground of our being.”   

We simply refer to the substance as “dirt”, but there is a significant difference between soil, loam and dirt:   dirt is what you get on your clothes and hands while working in the soil.  Soil is “made up of elements that have been decomposing since the earth was created, composed of bedrock and mountain stones broken down over eons by wind and rain.”   Be with us as Kent leads us to discover the importance of this element, and, as he would remind us:  “No dirt /no Us”

     We meet in cyber space at 10 a.m. Sunday.  The Zoom link will be sent to members by Saturday, though all interested are invited to participate;  visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join the service.

Recently elected BHUU Board members will meet in regular Board session after the conclusion of the service, 11:00. New officers are Chairman Mark Van Etten, Vice Chair Pat Shifferd, Treasurer Jude Genereaux and members at large: Judy Barisonzi, Valerie Rude, Linda Tollefsrud and Ken Hood. Board meetings are always open to all BHUU members.








August 2, 2020

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Yard signs with the message to “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS” have popped up along country roads and city byways.   How can we best do this, and what does this message mean to you? Do you have a relationship with a farmer you can ask what the message means to them?  Do you know what they want us to do?  Can we  find ways to learn from and actively support their contributions in our locality?

On Sunday, August 2nd, Linda Thompson will lead us in thought as we consider how we may best be able to identify local products and gain access to them.  We’ll listen to music, read a story of farming life and perhaps actually hear from local farmers who can suggest ways we can “Support your Local Farmer.”

 The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship gathers at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, once again in cyber space through the magic of ZOOM.  The Zoom link will be sent to BHUU members, although all interested are invited to participate.   Visitors may contact Ken Hood > Ken@bluehillsuu.org for the link needed to join in the Zoom service.