Wednesday, January 11	Judy Gastzke from Kindred Family Services Crisis Nursery and Darlene Coughlin from Rivers of Hope
Wednesday, January 25	Socrates’ Café
Wednesday, February 8	Leslie Mills, “Travel, A Spiritual Journey.”  Leslie is a UU Seminary Student and Intern at UUCM in Wayzata; she will tell of her experience and insights from traveling in Mexico.
Saturday, February 11	BUUF Winter Holiday Potluck Dinner – a Vegetarian Valentine’s Dinner – 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 in JANUARY           !!!!!
Our regular BUUF meetings have traditionally been the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month starting at 7:30 p.m.  At the November 9 meeting, the 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
January 11 at 8:00 p.m. AFTER the regular meeting.  Be prepared with your suggestions for letters to prospective members.
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.
January 11	Corinne Miller                	January 25	____________________
February 8	____________________	February 22	____________________
March 14	____________________	March 28	____________________
April 11	____________________	April 25	____________________
May 9	____________________	May 23	____________________
The BUUF Board is looking into purchasing advertising in local newspapers.  Can you write something succinct, catchy, and meaningful about being a Unitarian Universalist in 25 words or less?  Send your submissions to our Outreach Chairperson, Duncan Fowler, at
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.
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)
Contact Elizabeth Muellerleile at 612-889-3239 (see her letter in this newsletter)
December 14 	Marie Smith talked about “What UUs Celebrate.”  She found there are lots of special days and months each year.  We then shared our own celebrations and talked about things we could do together in the BUUF.  Bonnie Anderson emailed two suggestions:  (1) Make a big celebration of the Winter Solstice; and (2) choose a day to designate as “Pie Day” on which we invite the community to join us for a piece of pie – noting that “heaven” is here and now and not “pie in the sky when you die.”
Morality, Fairness, Action
By Luke Markve
A neighbor stopped by a few minutes ago to talk about the care of our road.  After that discussion, we got into the general welfare of the country.  Then my son-in-law came by and we really got into it.  Unexpectedly, we came to a conclusion.  We should boycott companies that practice unfairness.  We interpreted that as companies that paid low wages to workers while paying CEOs 400 times as much as their workers.  Also included in the boycott should be companies that give large bonuses to executives while the companies lose money.  There are, of course, rationalizations as to why these things happen.  There always are.  But people know unfairness when they see it.  Pitching tents on Wall Street got the ball rolling.  Not buying products from companies that treat workers poorly here and badly around the world is another action-step in the fact of unfairness.  Anybody want to join up?
From Elizabeth Muellerleile
Dear BUUF,
I am a member of UUCM but have attended some BUUF events as we live in Buffalo.  Thank you so much for getting the word out in the newsletter about the “ADD Your Voice” meetings that have just started – our first meeting was December 6.  While attendance at the first meeting was small, I have no doubt that the need for a parent support group such as this is large, and those in attendance were mighty appreciative.
I am aware of a group/program that might get started called “Grandparents for Kids.”  I am very interested in this program because our family could use some help.  Without extended family close by, finding appropriate babysitting for our two boys is nearly impossible.  I would love to find someone who is willing and able to watch our boys once a month during the ADD Your Voice meetings.  Because we need babysitting; and because I feel it is important for my boys to get to know other folks of a certain age who are not their actual grandparents, who are not strangers in a nursing home to whom we are singing Christmas carols, and who might be willing to spend time with them beyond simply handing them treats while patting their heads.
If Grandparents for Kids gets up and running, I would very much appreciate utilizing its members’ time, skills, uniqueness and wisdom as babysitters for our two boys (ages 8 and 4) once a month, for 2-1/2 hours.  Luke Markve has already earned a gold medal for his time watching our boys on two separate occasions!  We are very thankful for his time, energy and willingness.  Thank you, Luke!  My boys literally jumped up and down when I told them he was the one to be watching them.
I happen to be a yoga instructor and am more than willing to trade time.  Please keep me informed as to any further developments of the Grandparents for Kids program, and feel free to contact me with any questions about yoga.

Thank you, Elizabeth Muellerleile (, 763.682.9499)
	If you’re interested, contact Richard Dean or Jim Gabrielson
PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE will be April 13-15 in Bloomington, Minnesota.  The theme is, “Lessons from War & Peace: Stories of Hope, Faith and Courage.”  More information can be found at
Thursday, January 5 is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, a Sikh holiday celebrating the birthday of the 10th and last of the Sikh gurus
January 9 – 12 is Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
Saturday, January 14 is Makar Sankranti, a Hindu harvest festival
Sunday, January 15 is Baha’i World Religion Day, started in 1950 in response to the need for religious unity, to create harmony and to draw attention to the similarities of various religious principles.
Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 23 begins the Year of the Dragon
Tuesday, January 24 is our President’s State of the Union address
Saturday, January 28 is Saraswati Puja, celebrating the Hindu goddess of learning, the initiation of children into the world of letters and knowledge – and kite flying!
January is National Hot Tea Month, National Oatmeal Month, National Slow Cooking Month, and National Soup Month.
Thursday, February 2 is Groundhog Day – will he see his shadow?
Thursday, February 2 is also Imbolc (St. Brigid’s Day), an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring
Friday, February 3 is Mawlid al-Nabi celebrating Muhammad’s birthday
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
Wednesday, February 8 is Nirvana Day, observing Gautama Buddha’s entry into Nirvana
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
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.