Aaron, adopted two brothers aged 16 months and 4 months.  Rich described the difference between “civil union” and “marriage” as the difference between having their family tolerated vs. celebrated and nurtured.

Tara Zachman is the West Metro Community Organizer for Minnesotans United for All Families.  She encouraged us all to have conversations with our family members, co-workers, friends and neighbors about how passage of the proposed anti-marriage amendment would affect us personally.  We should share our feelings, make it personal, talk about our experiences with marriage and with GLBT people we know.  Ask the other person to share, too.  Meet people where they are; don’t push; share honestly.  You don’t know how someone will vote until you have the conversation.  Remember, vote NO in NOvember.  Many BUUFs signed up to get training and make telephone calls to likely voters.


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UPCOMING BUUF MEETINGS

Our Program Committee has been very busy!  Here’s what they have planned for the next few months:

Wed., Nov. 14The Import of the Election – presentation by a political operative

Wed., Nov. 28Think Off:  A process developed in small-town Minnesota

Wed., Dec. 12UU Celebrations

Wed., Jan. 11A Contemporary UU Theologian – presentation by Louise Markve

Wed., Jan. 25Mormons in Our Midst


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FREETHINKERS

At our September 12 meeting, Loren Sauer suggested that there may be an interest in having 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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BUUF FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Watch for news about an upcoming event!


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NEWS FROM PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT

MidAmerica Region.  The boards and lead staff of the Central Midwest District, Heartland District, and Prairie Star District met in late August to set general direction for the proposed new MidAmerica Region.  This work was started in 2011, and at 2012 annual district meetings the delegates accepted a transition budget as well as the usual district working budgets.  At the August meeting, work was begun to prepare for the April 2013 district business meetings.  At these meetings, the three districts will determine whether to establish MidAmerica, effective July 1, 2013.  The board members endorsed “A Call for a MidAmerica Covenant” which will be published soon.  The proposed MidAmerica Board will consist of 9 members with the usual executive offices and 3-year terms capped at 2 consecutive terms.  These positions will be recruited by a Nominating Committee with the intention that the Board reflect the diversity of our region.

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 October was attached as a separate file to the September Supplemental issue.