December 22, 2019

The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists recognize and honor the traditions of the season, finding grace and integrity in all religious thought.   As we prepare to celebrate each in our own way, the service Sunday December 22nd. will be led by member Judith Barisonzi and Pat Shifferd, as we discuss the film “What Do You Believe Now?”. 

This provocative film, shown earlier this month, focuses on the deeply personal faith journeys and evolving ideas of a Catholic, Jew, Lakota, Muslim, Buddhist and Pagan over a seventeen year period.  The service promises to be thought provoking and open to sharing yours. 

After the service, the BHUU’s will celebrate the solstice, Christmas and seasonal holidays together, sharing Pot Luck in the fellowship hall.   We are located at 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake and welcome all to attend.

December 15, 2019

A recent graduate of the United Theological Seminary, Chaplain Dennis Peters will conduct the service at the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship December 15th.   Focus on service to others has brought an awareness to Peter’s life which he’ll share in his message “There But for the Grace of God, Go I.” 

Chaplain Dennis Peters, Menomonie

The Service begins at 10:00 a.m., is followed by a short talk-back session, and then time for fellowship at 11:30.  To acknowledge the special times in December, we defer this, our normal “third Sunday potluck”, and will gather instead after services on the 22nd, to celebrate the solstice and other holidays with food and friends.

December 1, 2019

“What happens to your spiritual and religious beliefs over time? ” Seventeen years after the 2002 documentary “WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?” in which six diverse American teenagers shared their spiritual struggles and aspirations, the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship will revisit them via DVD provided by the larger fellowship to reveal how their beliefs have changed.

In this new before-and-after film “WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW?” a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota and Buddhist offer their deeply personal faith journeys, life challenges, and evolving ideas about higher powers, life purpose, the nature of suffering, religious intolerance and death. They do so against the backdrop of a society in flux and amidst growing religious polarization and disengagement. Designed to be a stand alone film, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW? is said to be “an invaluable addition to discussion on religious diversity and millennial spirituality in America.”

This program begins at 10:00 a.m. on December 1st at the BHUU fellowship in Rice Lake, 230 W. Messenger St., and will be continued December 8th with a follow-up discussion led by members Judith Barisonzi and Pat Shifferd.   All are welcome to attend and remain for fellowship and light nourishment after the service. 

Artist: Ross LewAllen

PLEASE NOTE: due to severe snow storm this weekend of December 1st., we have moved this program to December 8th. A follow up discussion will be planned later in the month, to be announced. There will be no service at the BHUU this Sunday, Dec. 1.

November 24, 2019

The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists are excited to welcome back Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk to conduct the service Sunday November 24th.   Rev Wasilczuk is a 2007 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and now serves the Duluth congregation in Minnesota. 

Previous to joining the “Mesabi UU”, Suzanne’s interesting journey makes her well qualified to speak on finding the “Rhythms of a Full Life”.  Evolving out of a  nursing career in Milwaukee, her path led her to work in Sitka, AK, Vancouver, B.C. and Missoula, MT before returning to the Midwest with her husband, Tim.  The BHUU service begins at 10:00 a.m.  

The 24th  also offers a session of religious education for younger members at 11:00 a.m. and a Drumming Circle at 12:00 noon.   The Blue Hills UU is located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake and welcomes all to attend.

November 17, 2019

Retired UWBC English Professor Robert Hasman will conduct the Service hour at the Blue Hills Universalist-Unitarian fellowship Sunday, November 17th.  Bob’s topic “The Inconvenience Store on Difficult Street” promises to deliver a wealth of pithy views on modern life, as well as the wisdom of an Elder who has been observant of generational change.  The Service Hour begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Blue Hills UU’s are also hosting their annual SOUPER SUNDAY this same morning, beginning at 11:30 a.m.    Members offer an interesting variety of home made soups, chilis and stews, as well as a range of home made breads at this fund raising event which is open to the public.  For $5 dollars, participants are invited to partake of “all the soup they can eat”, as well as to purchase additional to take with them;  the funds raised at this event go towards enabling some of the local Blue Hills UU humanitarian efforts.

The Unitarian-Universalists are a welcoming congregation and the Blue Hills fellowship is located at 230 W. Messenger  in Rice Lake.

November 10, 2019

Our neighbor Dr. Steve Carlson of Shell Lake will visit Blue Hills UU on November 10th to share his experience with modern Quakers: what they believe, how they conduct their business, and how they act in society.

In an informal forum Steve will share his spiritual journey, which began as a Lutheran. Sequentially, he became an atheist, an agnostic, a person interested in Eastern religions, followed by a return to the Lutheran church, then to the Methodists before he finally became a full member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Eau Claire. The morning promises to stimulate thoughtful discussion and insight.

A short time for fellowship and light nourishment will follow the 10:00 a.m. service. All are welcome at Blue Hills UU.

November 3, 2019

One of the tenets of being a Universalist-Unitarian is the stand taken “in the service of justice”; our national UU Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.  Sunday, November 3rd, member Linda Thompson will talk about the work of  our organization, and kick off for our own yearly “Guest at Your Table” project. 

The Service begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a time for gathering and light snacks in the Fellowship Hall.   Blue Hills UU is a welcoming congregation located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake, and we invite all to attend.

Sunday, October 27th Schedule

A very special program will be presented at the Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship on October 27th, with the community invited to attend.  

Local song writer, playwright and actor Kevin McMullin of Sarona will bring to us a large part of his current collection of vignettes and song from his performance “Into the Black Sea: Stories of Darkness and Light”.

Kevin observes that “Walking dark roads is sometimes a part of daily life” and will share his recent experience, focusing on the inevitable “How will these travels transform us?

This special Sunday Service begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Blue Hills UU, 230 W. Messenger St in Rice Lake.   There will be a short talk back session after Kevin’s service, and a time for fellowship & light lunch will conclude the morning.  BHUU welcomes everyone, always.

Sunday, October 20th Schedule

dennis peters

Rice Lake Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists welcome Pastor Dennis Peters again to our fellowship this coming Sunday, October 20th.   His sermon will focus on the treasures to be found in autumn. “The joy, the melancholy, the reflection … what do we find when we reach within”;  Peters challenges us to “ponder the imponderables”.

After concluding the 10 a.m. service, there will be a time for fellowship and light nourishment;  this “Third Sunday” of October features our monthly Pot Luck, always a highlight of our time together and all are invited.