Wednesday, February 8	Leslie Mills, “Travel As A Spiritual Practice.”  Leslie is a UU Seminary Student and Intern at UUCM in Wayzata; she will tell of her experience and insights from traveling in Mexico.  See more about Leslie Mills below.
Saturday, February 11	BUUF Winter Holiday Potluck Dinner – a Vegetarian Valentine’s Dinner – 6:00 p.m. -- more details later
Wednesday, February 22	Dana Bahr, “What’s New in the Universe?”  Dana is a high school science teacher, amateur astronomer, and BUUF member.  His program will include slide photographs of the evolution of the universe.
!!!!!           CHANGE IN MEETING TIME FOR THE BUUF           !!!!!
At the November 9 meeting, the BUUF Board voted to change the start time to 6:30 p.m. beginning January 11, 2012.  The meetings will end at 8:00 p.m.
Board meetings will be the second Wednesday of each month after the regular meeting.
We are making this change to make it easier for our members with young children to attend.
 The next meeting of the BUUF Board of Directors will be on
February 8 at 8:00 p.m. AFTER the regular meeting.

Saturday February 11, 6:30 p.m. at Louise and Luke Markve’s Home
Bring an appetizer, a salad, a vegetable dish, or a dessert.  NO MEAT, PLEASE!

This is the current refreshments list.  As you can see, there are many blank spots!  If you could fill one or more, tell Louise Markve.
February 8	Polly O’Brien                  	February 22	Carolyn Grieve               
March 14	Marie Smith                    	March 28	____________________
April 11	____________________	April 25		____________________
May 9	____________________	May 23		____________________
The BUUF meeting on April 11 will be BUUF member Erin Walsh speaking about the History of UU Music.
Prairie Star District annual conference will be April 13 – 15 in Bloomington, MN (see article in this newsletter).
At the beginning of our December 14 meeting, Richard Dean asked each of us what we’re reading now.  The variety of books and other publications was amazing!  We’re preparing a list of current BUUF recommendations.  Tell us what you’d recommend by email to or phone Marie at 763-295-3732.
Richard Dean has been reading a non-fiction book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Sklout.  He writes, “Actually it is some of her cells and DNA that are immortal.  Her cells, HeLa, were easily grown in a laboratory and are being used around the world to find cures.  It includes the story of her life in Maryland and that of her family.  I could hardly wait to get back to it.”
ADD Your Voice
Sharing ideas, finding resources and support for parents/caregivers of those with ADD/ADHD and related issues.
1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Buffalo Community Center
Board Room 206 Central Ave., 763-682-6036 (Parking and Entry in the Rear)
NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 7 -- Contact Elizabeth Muellerleile at 612-889-3239
Wednesday, January 11	Judy Gatzke and Consuelo Silbernagel from Kindred Family Services Crisis Nursery talked about the services the Crisis Nursery offers to residents of Wright County – a 24/7 crisis help line for parents; support, resources and referrals; short-term temporary safe care for children aged 0 – 12 for a day or overnight.  Crisis Nursery is a non-profit organization that receives funding from donations and grants.  Their services are free.  When parents are feeling stressed or out of control and don’t have family or neighbors who can help, Crisis Nursery provides safe, licensed childcare.
Lena from Rivers of Hope then spoke about the services they provide for people who live in Wright and Sherburne Counties.  They help women, men and children who are in abusive relationships by offering advocacy, support and referral services.  It, too, is a non-profit agency that relies on donations and grants for funding.  The staff of 5 people works with support groups, court monitoring, and referrals for adults and youth.  One of their advocates serves 22 middle- and high-schools.
Wednesday, January 25	Socrates’ Café led by Polly O’Brien.  The question nominated was, “What do you think happens after you die?”  The answers were thoughtful and respectful.  One woman stated that she is OK with not knowing: she is able to live with ambiguity.  Other comments were:  We don’t believe in hell, so you can’t go there.  Make the most of my life for the good that will survive me.  Prepare – don’t leave too much debris behind.  Forgive yourself.  All the world’s religions exist because of this question; they often abuse their view of the afterlife in order to control the people.  I felt heartache, wanting the love of Jesus; then the Universalist church showed me the love of the community.  It’s not death, but the process of dying that is frightening.  Terminally ill people who are encouraged to write their own life stories die more peacefully.  What matters is how other people remember you; what you’ve done that has changed other people’s lives.
	Suggested books:  Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes; The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins.  Also, many of Richard Dawkins’ speeches are available on YouTube.
Richard Dean’s sister-in-law Laila died on January 29.
Her funeral will be Thursday, February 9.
Let’s all keep Richard in our thoughts.
	If you’re interested, contact Richard Dean or Jim Gabrielson
Is this a time of moving toward peace or moving toward wars?  I have seen a chart that shows that wars have increased, decreased, and stayed about the same in number.  It’s the same chart, with different interpretations.
When I hear U.S. generals and diplomats talk about Iran, I hear them say something like, “We don’t want to attack them but there may be an accident which gets out of hand.”  That sounds, on the one hand, that we are eager to continue negotiations, and on the other hand, that we are looking for an excuse to invade them.  I am in a quandary, except I know that what we believe makes a difference.
By Luke Markve
Leslie Mills is a third generation Unitarian Universalist who was raised in the Milwaukee area.  After graduating with a Creative Writing degree, she went on to become a science educator at a children’s museum in Rockford, Illinois.  She moved to the Twin Cities in 2009 in order to begin working on her Master of Divinity degree at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota.  Once she graduates in 2013, she plans to finish the credentialing process and become an ordained UU minister.  She is supported in these endeavors by her family, whose members are scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.  Leslie currently resides in St. Louis Park and is serving a part-time ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata.
Tuesday, February 7 is Tu B’Shevat, a Jewish holiday celebrating trees when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel start to bud; celebrated by eating fruit, especially grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates
Tuesday, February 7 is precinct caucus night in Minnesota
Wednesday, February 8 is Nirvana Day, observing Gautama Buddha’s entry into Nirvana
February is American Heart Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Bird-Feeding Month, Black History Month, Care about Your Indoor Air Month, Cat Appreciation Month, Cherry Month, Children’s Dental Health Month, Library Lovers’ Month, Mend a Broken Heart Month, Parent Leadership Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, Relationship Wellness Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, Spunky Old Broads Month, Time Management Month, Wise Health Care Consumer Month, Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month, and Youth Leadership Month
Wednesday, March 7 is Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman (see the bible, Book of Esther).  Give gifts of food and drink, give charity to the poor, have a celebratory meal, drink wine, wear masks and costumes.
Friday, March 9 is Hola Mohalla, a Sikh Olympics event that lasts for a week.  Camp out (in Minnesota?), enjoy music and poetry.
Tuesday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox.  In Iran it’s called Nowruz.  It’s a holy day for the Baha’i and for the Nizari Ismaili Muslims.  In Egypt, the public holiday is called Sham El Nessim.  In many Arab countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the March equinox.
If you’re free on Thursday at 2 p.m., join Luke Markve’s Quality Group at Wild Marsh Golf Club from 2 to 4 p.m.  On February 2, the group looked at bringing together the meanings of the words “truth” and “good.”  They also looked at the role of regulations in a society.
On February 9, the group will look at how to weigh the value of conflicting static social patterns of good from an intellectual perspective.  Everyone is welcome.
Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m., the First Unitarian Society will sponsor a lecture and book signing by Shawn Lawrence Otto.  The title of the lecture is “Religion, Science and Democracy.”  Copies of his book are available from the FUS Bookstore.   The title of the book is Fool Me Twice:  Fighting the Assault on Science in America.
And, there will be refreshments!  The First Unitarian Society is at 900 Mount Curve Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.  Telephone them at 612-377-6608 ext. 105.
UUs Out for Marriage Equality (UUsOut4ME)
UUsOut4ME is implementing a campaign to raise awareness in the UU community about the proposed amendment to our state constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Everyone is welcome to attend a “messaging and story training” about the Marriage Amendment on Monday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis.  Want to carpool?  Phone Marie Smith at 763-295-3732.
CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE WAR & PEACE.  Join fellow UUs the weekend of April 13-15 in Bloomington, Minnesota, for the Prairie Star District Annual Conference which will address the challenging theme, “Lessons from War & Peace: Stories of Hope, Faith, and Courage.”
As our country is engaged in war on the other side of the globe, every one of us is affected by the enormous emotional and financial burden of sending our young people into battle.  Many of us have served our military, or have family members proudly serving now.  Or perhaps we have just been horrified by the articles in the paper about the rising suicide rate among veterans.  We invite you to join us for a deeper exploration of the costs of war, how to heal from it, and how we, as people of faith, can become instruments of peace in our everyday lives.
In addition to examining this profoundly moving theme, you can benefit from workshops designed to strengthen your congregation, deepen your social justice work, and enrich you on a personal level.  Folksinger Ann Reed is offering a songwriting workshop, and we welcome back several popular presenters on topics such as writing, spirituality, and solving congregational conflict.  Youth will take part in CONscience (a youth con), and programming for children will be provided.  Come and experience some of the PSD’s top talent, culminating with the joy of shared worship and musical celebration on Sunday morning.
For more information about the conference schedule and workshops, visit  Registration is open now.  Register early to take advantage of reduced registration costs.  The District Office can provide a hardcopy of conference information – phone 612-870-4823 to make a request.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is asking us to focus on how UUSC upholds the inherent worth and dignity of every person through their Environmental Justice Program, specifically through protecting the human right to water.  All people have a right to safe, sufficient, affordable, accessible water for daily human needs.  In the United States and internationally, UUSC and its partners are working to defend this right.  Suggested reading for this day is Cynthia Barnett’s Blue Revolution:  Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.
Americans see water as abundant and cheap.  We turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon.  We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what is now our largest crop – the lawn.  Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food, and produces our electricity.  And most don’t realize these freshwater sources are in deep trouble.
Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive:  a water ethic for America.  Just as the green movement helped build awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water, helping us value and conserve our most life-giving resource.  Avoiding past mistakes, living within our water means, and turning to “local water” as we do local foods are all a part of this new, blue revolution.
If you have something to share, be sure to send it to Marie Smith:  telephone 763-295-3732, email  It could be a few sentences or a few paragraphs long, and it could be on just about any topic.  Let’s see how many creative folks we have in our membership!
Richard Dean, President,  
Luke Markve, Vice President (763-682-4616,
Louise Markve, Secretary                Jack Waldhauer, Treasurer
Committees and chairs:  Budget and Finance, Jack Waldhauer;  Denominational Affairs, Betty Waldhauer; Fellowship, Louise Markve; Facilities, Polly O’Brien; Historian, Betty Waldhauer; Newsletter, Marie Smith; Outreach, Duncan Fowler; Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller; Social Action, Jim Gabrielson; Long Range Planning, Duncan Fowler, Luke Markve, Marie Smith and Jack Waldhauer.