IN THE BUUF
The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
FEBRUARY 2013

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FEBRUARY MEETINGS – 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center
Wed. Feb. 13	Our own Maria Maki will talk about her experiences working with “Global Volunteers Worldwide”.
Wed. Feb. 27	A Town Meeting on the “Think Off” question for 2013:  What is more ethical: following your principles, or compromise? Led by Maria Maki.
Wed. March 13	Tally Wright, seminary intern at the UU Church in Wayzata, will tell her story of childhood inquisitiveness to a seminary at a mature age.
Sun. April 21	The BUUF will again staff a booth at the Baby Animal Fair.  Proceeds benefit the food shelf and the Heifer Project.
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HAVE YOU ANSWERED THE CALL?
BUUF Board members are phoning our members and friends with a short survey – only six questions!  We are trying to touch base with everyone to see how we can improve the BUUF.
Your answers to the questions will help us a lot, so please be patient and kind.  These are the questions:
1.	We know that no one can come to each meeting.  But what would encourage you to come more often?
2.	Can you think of a change that you would like to see in BUUF?
3.	What are things that discourage you from attending BUUF meetings or activities?
4.	When you come to BUUF, do you feel like you’re part of a religious community?
5.	If not, do you want to be part of a religious community, or is that not important to you?
6.	Is there anything else you would like to say about how we can improve BUUF to better meet your needs?
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BUUFalo GALS
The women of the BUUF have had two get-togethers over lunch, and we’re planning another for Thursday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. at Perkins in Buffalo.  At the most recent meeting, each person had a chance to tell the others something about herself.  Who knew what a well-educated, experienced, and widely-traveled bunch we are!
All BUUF women are welcome!  Each is responsible for her own lunch.  There’s no formal agenda – just a time to get to know each other.  Please come!

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LUKE’S CORNER – And It Came to Pass
By Luke Markve
After watching the movie “Lincoln,” I thought of my experience in race relations, shifting political views and practices, how in some ways nothing changes, but…
When I graduated from Minnehaha Academy, a Christian high school, in 1950, no black people were allowed on campus, or even on opposing football teams.  But it came to pass, and now the president of the school is a black woman with a doctor’s degree in education.
When I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1953, only one black person was allowed on campus.  He had walked 2000 miles across Africa believing that God had called him to enroll in Moody Bible Institute.  Now when you Google Moody Bible, one photo shows a tall, strong black basketball player.
In 1953, on my way to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, I spent the night in a Fort Worth hotel.  In the lobby, mature white men were loudly complaining about that “nigger” Jackie Robinson playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and swearing they would never again go to a professional baseball game.
At Baylor University only three black people were allowed on campus.  Two were maids and one was an old man we called “preacher.”  He would dress in a black suit and white gloves, like days long ago, to open the front door of the student union building for guests coming to formal parties.  There were no black football players in the Southwest Conference at that time.  But it came to pass in 2011, the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman Trophy, was awarded to an African American who was the quarterback for the Baylor University football team.
When I arrived at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1958, the school had just enrolled its first black student.  Now they have black students preparing for the ministry.  And the Professor of Theology is an African American.
In some ways things haven’t changed since the days of Abraham Lincoln.  But it came to pass on Monday, January 21, 2013, that our country not only celebrated the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., but a million people celebrated the inauguration of our first black president to a second term in the cool winter air at the base of the Lincoln Memorial statue in Washington, D.C.
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NEWS FROM PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT
Prairie Star Annual Conference April 5-7 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Ready to celebrate 50 years of PSD?  Registration is OPEN for our conference, “Inspire the Future We Envision.”
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 April 7, on the conference theme “Inspire the Future We Envision.”
To register and get more information about the conference, go to www.psduua.org/AnnualConference2013.
Consider a UU Camp This Summer
Camp UniStar on Cass Lake offers ten family weeks with various programs, a work week, and two youth weeks.  More information is available at www.psduua.org/Camps/CampUnistar.
Reproductive Justice
The UUA endorsed “Reproductive Justice” at Justice GA 2012 and chose it as our next Congregational Study/Action Issue (2012-2016).  This topic, while inclusive of reproductive choice, provides UUs with opportunity to educate and act on a broader and deeper level, aligning us with a movement for reproductive justice begun by women of color whose reproductive “choices” were impacted by more than the legality of abortion.  Reproductive justice is about the reproductive and sexual wholeness of all people and communities.  Find out more with the new UUA curriculum, www.uua.org/reproductive/calling/curriculum.
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UU COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE NATIONAL YOUTH JUSTICE TRAINING PROGRAM
The National Youth Justice Training is a transformative three-week experience for high-school aged youth.  It will be held in Boston, MA, June 30-July 21.  The program will include interactive social justice education and real-world internships, grounded in Unitarian Universalist values and practices.  Applications are being accepted through April 15.
Youth will learn about systems of race, class, gender, and heterosexism; build the skills to do effective social justice work; and serve in an internship with one of many justice organizations in Boston.  Participants will connect their learning and action to UU values, explore our robust history of UU social justice work, and be sustained by spiritual practices and vibrant worship.  Learn more at www.uucsj.org.
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from our friends at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul…
“DONUTS, MONKEYS, SPRINKLES AND A SCARF”
A world premiere (of sorts) of an original musical performance
Unity Church-Unitarian presents its 24th annual Unity Children’s Musical, “Donuts, Monkeys, Sprinkles and a Scarf” on Thurs. Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., Fri. March 1 at 7 p.m., and Sat. March 2 at 5 p.m.  The church is located at 733 Portland Ave. in St. Paul.  Tickets are $6/adults, $4/children, $20/families and will be for sale prior to each performance.  Free parking is available in the Unity Church lot at the corner of Portland Ave. and St. Albans.
Now in its 24th year, this Unity Children’s Musical – from the script to the music to the choreography – is original material created for Unity’s children, who comprise the entire cast.  The plot revolves around Gabe, whose donut shop is on a street corner where everyone in the community stops to enjoy some very special donuts.  A mystery develops, a plan is hatched, and together they find out what it means to stick together and make things better!  Where is that magical feeling coming from?  Could it be the sprinkles? or the scarf? or something entirely different?  That is what the audience members, young and old, will find out.  www.unityunitarian.org or telephone 651-228-1456.
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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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GO FORTH INTO THE WORLD IN PEACE.  HAVE COURAGE.  HOLD ONTO WHAT IS GOOD.  RETURN NO ONE EVIL FOR EVIL.  STRENGTHEN THE FAINT-HEARTED.  SUPPORT THE WEAK.  HELP THE SUFFERING. PROMOTE FREEDOM.  CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF LIFE.


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