IN THE BUUF

The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

AUGUST 2104


SUMMER SOCIALS

The third Summer Social will be Sunday, August 24 at 1 p.m. at Betty and Jack Waldhauer’s home.  Please phone Betty or Jack if you plan to come – (320) 274-8889.  Bring a dish to share:

If your last name begins with I through Q, bring a main dish.  If your last name begins with R through Z, bring a salad or vegetable dish.  If our last name begins with A through H, bring a dessert. Betty and Jack will have beverages, plates, cups, napkins and eating tools.

Directions to each Social are in an attachment to this newsletter.


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The weather couldn’t have been better, and the picnic site at Maria’s home on Cedar Lake was just lovely.  Not to mention all the good food!  The 10 BUUFers enjoyed the wonderful day...  You won’t want to miss the August Social!

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The BUUF Board will meet Thursday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. at

Dunn Brothers coffee shop in Buffalo (after BUUFalo gals).

The next regular BUUF Board meeting will be September 24 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.


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The women of the BUUF meet the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.  Our next get-together will be Thursday, August 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Irish Blessings at a place to be determined.  Watch your emails!


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POLITICS

David Boyer would like to begin an email list of people who are interested in this fall’s electoral politics in our legislative district.  Because our UU Fellowship is not a political organization, he doesn’t wish to go into it any further in BUUF communications.  He does have a specific political focus, but anyone reading this could be DFL, Republican, Independent, socialist, libertarian, apolitical…you name it.  For now, all you need to do is drop a brief “I’m curious” email to DLBOYER@StCloudState.edu.  Those he’s heard from can take it from there, separate from BUUF business.

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BUUF CALENDAR

Thursday, August 21BUUFalo Gals, 11:30 a.m. at Wild Marsh in Buffalo

Thursday, August 21BUUF Board meeting, 2:00 p.m. at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Buffalo

Sunday, August 24Third Summer Social at Betty and Jack Waldhauer’s home, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, September10First Regular BUUF Meeting of the new year, 7 p.m. at the Buffalo

Community Center.

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CONGRATULATIONS PATTIE!


Pattie Dorf, BUUF Facilities Chairperson, entered 35 items in the Wright County Fair and came home with 35 ribbons:  19 blue (first), 13 red (second), and 3 white (third).

A great accomplishment!

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BUUF COMMITTEES

Our fellowship is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of the four elected officers, the immediate past president (Richard Dean) and nine committee chairs.  The current officers are Marie Smith, president; Duncan Fowler, vice-president; Carolyn Grieve, treasurer; and Polly O’Brien, secretary.  The committees are listed in each issue of “In the BUUF”, but it’s probably the newsletter section you skip over!

You can make your involvement in the BUUF more interesting and informative by serving on one of these committees.  Contact information for each chairperson is listed below.  We’re really very nice people, and we won’t demand too much of your time!  Give us a try.

Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve [grievecarolyn@gmail.com]

Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir [wweir1@gmail.com], 612-751-0445

Fellowship, Maria Maki [makimaria@hotmail.com], 320-274-6171

Facilities, Pattie Dorf [pattie@visi.com], 763-682-2169

Historian, Betty Waldhauer [jackwald@lakedalelink.net], 320-274-8889

Newsletter, Marie Smith [doods1945@aol.com], 763-295-3732

Outreach, Duncan Fowler [DuncFowler@gmail.com], 763-684-4838

Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller, [luvik@me.com], 763-682-4616

Social Action, Louise Markve [loumar937@gmail.com], 763-682-4616

````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````2015 MIDAMERICA REGION ASSEMBLY

The MidAmerica Region of the UUA will hold its annual Regional Assembly April 17 – 19, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Naperville, Illinois.  The theme of the conference is to be “The ‘New’ in the New Era of Unitarian Universalism.”


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The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance is having a Summer House Party Fundraiser on Thursday evening, August 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.  It will be held at the home of Jenny and Dave Thomas, 4744 Thomas Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410.


Envision MUUSJA’s future; Connect across congregations; and Deepen your spiritual and financial commitment to our shared work for justice!  The hope is to raise $5,000 to qualify for a matching grant.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Great food and meet and greet

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Wine tasting

6:30 p.m.“Dreams for MUUSJA” – a brief presentation by new MUUSJA Executive

Director Ashley Horan.

Please RSVP to Ashley Horan at muusja1@gmail.com.

If you can’t go and still want to contribute, make checks payable to MidAmerica Region UUA (put MUUSJA on the memo line), 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.


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From Pamela Sparr, Assoc. Dir. For Advocacy, Activism, and Engagement

July 24, 2014, marks the fifth anniversary of the last time minimum wage workers received a raise.  At $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage keep0s low-wage workers across the USA in poverty.  This year marks 23 years since the tipped minimum wage – just $2.13 – was raised.  This is a moral outrage.  Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could lift 900,000 people out of poverty, but it hasn’t happened yet.  In April, the bill to raise the minimum wage stalled, but we are pushing for another vote in September.  Your voice on social media can help us mobilize and gain supporters, and send a powerful signal to Congress.

Share your #WageOutrage today, and help us continue to build the movement.  Look at mobilization@uusc.org.

````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````There is no state in the U.S. where a 40-hour minimum wage work week is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

-- National Low Income Housing Coalition

````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````FROM THE UU COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

From Kathleen McTigue, Director, Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

Just days ago, I was arrested for civil disobedience in Washington, D.C.  More than 100 faith leaders were arrested with me, at a peaceful protest calling for an end to excessive deportations and for ample resources to care for children at the border.

While I was in jail, I was heartened to know that you were advocating for these children.  More than 1,200 UUSC supporters contacted Congress, and many more people around the country were moved by the plight of these children.  I know you care about the situation at the border – and that’s why I’m inviting you to explore it more deeply in an upcoming UUCSJ journey.

This issue is not going away.  Congress recently went on recess without funding the services needed to care for the children at the border, and the situation remains dire.  The White House is expected to take executive action on immigration and border issues in the coming days.  At the same time, UUSC is investigating how to meet the legal needs of the displaced children and protect their human rights.

Our country must deepen its compassion toward the most vulnerable among us, including children seeking refuge.  Each of us has a role to play in furthering justice, and I encourage you to seek yours as you travel with UUCSJ to the U.S.-Mexico border.  Our February trip is open to all, including Unitarian Universalists, members of other faiths, and people who do not identify with any faith tradition.

Through meetings with partners, listening to migrants tell their stories, and walking the dangerous border paths, you will experience the depth of the immigration crisis firsthand.  We’ll ground the experience in theological reflection and conversations about how our values call us to action.  You’ll return home prepared and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice.

Contact info@uucsj.org for more information.

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And check us out on MeetUp!


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````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

Not much on the international holidays list for August:

8//4Summer Bank Holiday in the UK8/25Late Summer Holiday in the UK


September holidays include:October holidays include:

9/1Labor Day in the USA and Canada10/3Day of Unification in Germany

9/15Respect for the Aged Day in Japan10/4Yom Kippur everywhere

9/16Independence Day in Mexico10/5Eid-al-Adha everywhere

9/23Autumnal Equinox everywhere10/9Sukkot everywhere

9/25Rosh Hashanah everywhere10/10Physical Culture Day in Japan

10/12National Day in Mexico and Spain

10/13Columbus Day in the USA

10/13Thanksgiving Day in Canada

10/16National Boss Day in Canada and the USA

10/27Labour Day in New Zealand

10/27Bank Holiday in the UK

10/31Halloween!


November holidays include:December holidays include:

11/1All Saints’ Day in lots of places12/6Constitution Day in Spain

11/2Daylight Saving Time ends12/17Hanukkah everywhere

11/4National Unity Day in Japan12/25Christmas Day

11/11Veterans Day in the USA12/26Boxing Day

11/11Remembrance Day in Canada, France12/31New Year’s Eve

11/19Repentance Day in Germany

11/20National Child Day in Canada

11/24Labor Thanksgiving in Japan

11/27Thanksgiving Day in the USA