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

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OCTOBER MEETINGS
7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center

Wednesday, Oct. 9	David Boyer will lead the meeting on the topic of “Existentialism: A Philosophy to Live By.”
David will summarize key ideas from Søren Kierkegaard, a 19th century Danish Christian existentialist, and Jean-Paul Sartre, a 20th century French atheistic existentialist.  Their common theme is that we can’t avoid making radical choices, even though we have no pre-existing basis on which to choose!  Many average people would have a hard time accepting these hard-core existentialist theories.  The same is true of many radical, sweeping perspectives in philosophy.  But many people carry away insights we can use, such as the familiar experience of an “existential moment.”  David will try to abbreviate the theory part of the presentation to leave plenty of time for us all to talk about how we can make sense of existentialist ideas, and how much of them we can use.

Wednesday, Oct. 23	“Remembering Dorothy Hawker and Looking at How We Want to Be Remembered.”
Luke Markve will lead the meeting.  We are now building and growing that by which we will be remembered.  Each day we are making decisions for now and the future which affect the betterment of our families, friends, communities, and institutions we love.  We contribute to their welfare in making decisions on what we leave: heirlooms, money, memorabilia, property, writings and experiences which others will cherish.  Come join us remembering, inquiring and decision-making.
An Old Viking Saying:	
                    Cattle die
			Kinsmen die,
			You too must also die;
			But one thing I know which never dies:
			The reputation of each man dead.

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BUUF BOARD MEETING
The BUUF Board will meet next on October 23 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
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IN MEMORIAM – DOROTHY FALK HAWKER
BORN JUNE 4, 1910, DIED OCTOBER 6, 2013
The members of the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) will honor the memory of our late member, Dorothy Hawker, on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Park View Care Center, 631 Montrose Blvd., Buffalo, MN 55313.  Luke Markve will lead the memorial service.
Dorothy began her long life in Minneapolis as Dorothy Falk, delightedly discovered the First Unitarian Society at age 11 with her parents, earned her teaching certificate, taught girls Physical Education at Central High School (Minneapolis), enjoyed decades of marriage with Bill Hawker (who taught boys Physical Education), moved with him to their retirement home on the shore of Lake Pulaski, was an active member of the BUUF for many years, moved to Park Terrace when needed, and after a recent stroke died at Park View Care Center on October 6 at the age of 103.
We invite all who knew and loved Dorothy to join us.  After the service, all who are interested may see and hear the DVD of her at age 100 interviewed by her long-time friend, Luke Markve.

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NOTES FROM OUR SEPTEMBER 25 MEETING
Richard Dean introduced the “Socrates Café”, and Maria Maki led the discussion.  Those present voted to discuss, “What is Faith?  Is Atheism a Faith?”
Bill Weir read a definition from Wikipedia:  Faith is confidence, trust in a person, deity, thing or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion or view, such as a political position.  Some members objected to describing atheism as a “faith,” while others stated that atheists have faith in science, and in the evidence that there is no god.  It may be that faith is required if you don’t have evidence.  Atheists are non-believers, so atheism can’t be a “belief” or a “faith.”
Some have described agnostics as wishy-washy atheists.
Science can be flawed, and scientific theories are fluid.  They are constantly being questioned.  We can’t ever really know, but we make decisions based on the best evidence we have.
A question was raised as to why there is such a need to believe in a god.  It is that we need a heavenly reward because we aren’t getting rewarded here?
Of course, we didn’t reach any conclusions, but we all came away with lots to ponder.
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BUUFalo GALS
The women of the BUUF have been meeting the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.  In October our meeting will be Thursday the 17th at 11:30 a.m.  Watch for more information!

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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 2013-2013
Marie Smith, President, buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com, 763-295-3732
Duncan Fowler, Vice President, duncfowler@gmail.com, 763-684-4838  
Louise Markve, Secretary                Carolyn Grieve, Treasurer
Luke Markve, Media Contact, luvik@me.com, 763-682-4616

Committees and chairs:  Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve; Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir; Fellowship, Maria Maki; Facilities, David Boyer; Historian, Betty Waldhauer; Newsletter, Marie Smith; Outreach, Duncan Fowler; Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller; Social Action, Louise Markve; Long Range Planning, Duncan Fowler, Luke Markve, Marie Smith and Jack Waldhauer.
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Don’t forget to visit our website:  www.buuf.us.
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We welcome everyone to our group, whatever your race, ethnic origin, religious perspective, sexual orientation, political philosophy, or economic condition.
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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