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

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MARCH MEETINGS – 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center
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.
Wed. March 27	Luke Markve will lead a workshop on Values Clarification.  These workshops were required of public school teachers in the early 1970s.
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 several get-togethers over lunch, and we’re planning another for Thursday, March 28, 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.
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 – A Day in the Life of a Vacation
By Luke Markve
Louise and I attended the Foothills UU Fellowship of Maryville, Tennessee (a suburb of Knoxville) on March 3.  Its membership is 57, and it meets in the local community/senior center.  We were greeted warmly by several people including an elderly gentleman who turned out to be a classmate of Louise in kindergarten and first grade in Beaver, Pennsylvania.  What is the likelihood of that?
The speaker was a college professor of communications.  He used the Book of Job in the bible as a springboard, stressing that truth is more important than facts in a story.   And that the important thing in the story is that it has meaning and thus it becomes useful.
Of two songs sung by a small group from the Knoxville UU Church, one of the songs was written by a church member.  It was about the universe and universality and included the phrase, “We are the spirit of god.”
The chair of the Stewardship Committee gave a presentation on changes they were making on how they would do their pledge drive.  I asked her for a copy.  She emailed it to me that afternoon.  I will forward it to Jack for consideration by the BUUF Finance Committee.
Later in the day, I sent a report to Louise’s nephew and his wife with whom we had dinner the night before.  They had expressed interest and asked for a report.
So goes a fine day in the life of a vacation.
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IS IT MORE ETHICAL TO STICK TO YOUR PRINCIPLES OR TO BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE THEM?
-- a report from the February 27 BUUF Meeting by Richard Dean
I decided to take on Maria Maki’s suggestion that we individually attempt to make an argument for what our position would be on this question prior to our meeting.  Initially, thinking about the deadlock we have in Congress, I wanted to argue for compromise.  It only took about five minutes to realize I could not justify that position.
The question is not about being willing to compromise.  It is about being willing to compromise one’s own principles.  I mentioned as an example four principles I would not want to compromise:  liberty, freedom, justice (which are listed on our “forever” stamps) and truth when it has moral consequences.  The Iraq war, which cost lives, money, misery and lost opportunity, was based on a lie: the existence of weapons of mass destruction.
At the conclusion, Maria asked us to vote on whether or not we would compromise our principles.  There were twelve present.  There were five votes to compromise and four not to compromise, but one person voted both ways.  So, there were four unequivocal votes to compromise and three unequivocal votes not to compromise.
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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.
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Our sympathy goes out to Alan and Lisa Hensel on the death of Alan’s father Leonard G. “Gus” Hensel on February 23.
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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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