IN THE BUUF
The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
NOVEMBER 2012

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NOVEMBER MEETINGS – 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center
Wednesday, Nov. 14	Susan Rego on “The Import of the Election.”  Sue is a long-time UU and a DFL activist.  Her intellect and experience make her presentations always interesting.  Be sure to come if you can!
Saturday, Nov. 17	Highway Pickup.  Meet at 10 a.m. at Duncan and Sally Fowler’s home.  Contact Duncan at DuncFowler@gmail.com to let him know if you can come.  WE NEED MANY HANDS TO MAKE IT LIGHT WORK!
Sunday, Nov. 18	BUUF Thanksgiving Potluck at Carolyn Grieve’s home at 5:00pm.  See more information below.
Wednesday, Nov. 28	“Think Off:  A process developed in small-town Minnesota”

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BUUF BOARD MEETING
The BUUF Board will meet next on November 28 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.

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BUUF THANKSGIVING POTLUCK
Everyone is invited to come to our BUUF Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Sunday, November 18 at the home of Carolyn Grieve.  It starts at 5:00pm  Bring a dish to share:
	If your last name begins with A through F, bring a dessert
	If your last name begins with G through M, bring a salad
	If your last name begins with N through Z, bring a vegetable dish
Carolyn lives at 514 Buffalo Run Road.  Take Highway 25 south through Buffalo.  Take the first right after going by Pike’s Convenience Store (Buffalo Run Way).  Take another quick right.  Her townhouse is 4th of 5th down on the left side of the road (all the townhouses look the same).  RSVP to Carolyn at 763-276-1090 or by email, grievecarolyn@gmail.com.  If you have allergy issues, pleases note she has both a cat and a dog.

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NEWS OF OUR MEMBERS
We all join in extending our sympathy to Lesley Pownall Bahr, whose mother died October 22 in Baltimore while in hospice care due to a year-long battle with colon cancer.  The funeral was at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent (Ohio).

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NOTES FROM OUR OCTOBER MEETINGS
Wednesday, Oct. 10	Dr. Issam “Sam” Jano, professor of quantum chemistry and former Vice President for Scientific Affairs at the University of Aleppo in Syria, spoke on “Science and Spirituality.”  
Dr. Jano’s interest in spirituality led him to research eastern religions, the works of Joseph Campbell and others and to reflect on time, eternity, the everlasting, and the nature of time from the point of view of the theory of relativity.  The attributes of energy and the attributes of god are very similar.  What makes people religious?  Does religion lead to spirituality or does spirituality lead to religion?  Dr. Jano said his spirituality is scientific and not religious.
Dr. Jano pointed out that our bodies are made of the same elements as soil, animals, etc.  He is intrigued by the circle of life and the possibility of controlling natural phenomena.  Science, religion and myth developed at the same time, and the lines between them are blurred.
	Revelations, dreams perceptions = religion
	Observations, experimentation and verification = science
Everything is affected by everything else.  This makes us feel that we are part of something greater than us, which is the basis of spirituality.
Sam and his wife Rebecca Jano, a retired librarian, also answered questions about current events in Syria, including an explanation of the various Muslim sects.
There was much more to the evening.  We all appreciated Dr. Jano’s presentation.
Wednesday, Oct. 24	Town Meeting:  The Election Issues.  Luke started the discussion by asking, “Suggest issues you feel are important and be ready to answer the question, ‘What are the moral dimensions to this issue?’”  Things that are “more moral” enhance life.  Most of the discussion was on the proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment to require picture IDs to vote.  We also talked about education, especially its funding.  As always, a lively discussion
From McClatchy News:  “In 2012, communities of color, young people and women are not merely interest groups, they’re the ‘new normal’ demographic of the American electorate.” – Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza.
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UPCOMING BUUF MEETINGS
Our Program Committee has lined up some interesting programs for the next couple of months:
Wed., Dec. 12	UU Celebrations
Wed., Jan. 11	A Contemporary UU Theologian – presentation by Louise Markve
Wed., Jan. 25	Mormons in Our Midst

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LUKE’S CORNER – Religion is Not JUST About That
By Luke Markve
If the person starts off by saying, “Religion is JUST about… Watch out.  Religion is more complicated than even bass fishing.
Is religion just a pursuit of the mystical?  No, but it includes the mystical.
Is religion just a matter of social control of some over others?  No, but it includes that control.
Is religion just inspiration that propels creativity, invention, enthusiasm, compassion, love, poetry, art, fanaticism, killing, war, and conquest?  No, but it includes such inspiration.
Is religion just a covenant between people that they will support each other?  No, but it is a covenant.
Is religion just the internal enforcer of controls over people’s biological passions, especially the sexual ones?  No, but it includes these inner controls.
Is it just the producer of shame so people will follow an expected internal standard and external behavior?  No, but it is a substantial part of many religions.
It is not uncommon for a person to change his or her religious perspective several times during a lifetime.  A high school classmate told me several years ago about the dynamic changes that had taken place over the years in his field of manufacturing.  I asked him if there had been any changes in his religion over the years.  He said, “No.  None at all.”  I said, “I can’t see any changes in manufacturing because I still buy stuff that has been manufactured, just like I always have done.  On the other hand, my religion has kept changing over the years.”  I suggested that if a person is passionate about something, it will change over the years.  For him it was manufacturing.  For me it was religion.
Religion is about what we can’t see, and don’t know, but believe that there are answers, and that there will be new processes that will lead to more answers.
Religion is concrete and is seen in the way people treat each other and the world.
Religion, like everything else, is about survival and the enhancement of life.
Religion welcomes and rejects.  It preserves society and destroys patterns.  It’s about dying and coming alive again.
Religion is a name we give to many dimensions of experience.  Whatever we do with it, or it does with us, it’s more complicated than JUST about that…
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FREETHINKERS
Are you a Freethinker?  Loren Sauer is thinking of organizing a Freethinker/Atheist gathering.  If you are interested, send an email to Loren at lsauer@yahoo.com, or contact Luke Markve at luvik@me.com, 763-682-4616.
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QUALITY GROUP
If you’re free on Thursday at 2 p.m., join Luke Markve’s Quality Group at Wild March Golf Club.  Everyone is welcome.
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“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson
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NEWS FROM PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT
Prairie Star Annual Conference April 5-7, 2013 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  What do we actually hope for in the future?  Can we envision it?  And once we are clear about our vision, how do we go about inspiring it into reality?  The keynote speaker on Friday evening will be Rev. Stefan Jonasson, UUA Director of Growth Strategies; the Judy Lecturer is Rev. Christine Robinson from Albuquerque, NM.  PSD is also holding a “sermon contest” seeking a sermon that could be delivered in pulpits across the district on Sunday, April 7, on the theme “Inspire the Future We Envision.”

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO “IN THE BUUF”
If you have something to share, be sure to send it to Marie Smith:  telephone 763-295-3732, email buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com.  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!
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BUUF OFFICERS 2012-2013
Marie Smith, President, buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com, 763-295-3732
Duncan Fowler, Vice President, duncfowler@gmail.com, 763-684-4838  
Louise Markve, Secretary                Jack Waldhauer, Treasurer
Luke Markve, Media Contact, luvik@me.com, 763-682-4616
Richard Dean, Immediate Past President

Committees and chairs:  Budget and Finance, Jack Waldhauer; Caring, Dorothy Hawker; 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.
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We welcome everyone to our group, whatever your race, ethnic origin, religious perspective, sexual orientation, political philosophy, or economic condition.

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 “LET’S CELEBRATE!” for November was attached as a separate file to the October Supplemental issue.

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