IN THE BUUF
The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
FEBRUARY 2014

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FEBRUARY 12 MEETING
7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center
 “On Creativity” led by Erin Walsh.	Erin will describe creativity, encourage creativity, and facilitate creativity!
OTHER UPCOMING MEETINGS
Wednesday, Feb. 26	“Conversations with Bert Bailey on Humor.”  Bert, a social worker in Carver County, is assigned the most difficult family cases.  On April 12, 2006, Bert spoke with us about the problems he had dealt with on that single day.  He began his memorable talk with these words:  “How do you spell love?  T I M E.”
In March	Buddhism
Wednesday, April 9	“Non-violent Peaceforce”
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BUUF BOARD MEETING
The BUUF Board will meet next on February 26 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
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BUUFalo GALS
The women of the BUUF have been meeting the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.  We’ll meet on Thursday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. at Perkins in Buffalo.
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BUUF IS ON “MEETUP”
By Duncan Fowler
BUUF has established two Meetup groups.  One of our groups is for BUUF meetings.  Our second group is for BUUFalo Gals who meet for lunch the third Thursday of each month at Perkins in Buffalo.
Joining is free.
But what do you get out of joining?  Well, you get automatic notices in your email about upcoming meetings.  Just reminders, and you can choose to indicate if you’re coming or not.  There are hundreds of groups in our area that post their meetings on Meetup, including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (which is in Wayzata!).
You will also find an amazing selection of interest areas you can sign up for.  (You are not joining those groups -- just signing up to get notices of their meetings or activities.)
What kinds of stuff?  Importantly, you get to choose your areas of interest.  A VERY small portion includes:  art classes and groups; music of various kinds; spirituality, religious, atheist, Buddhist and humanist groups; sporting and exercising activities; hobby interests; personal and business networking; social groups; and even nude yoga if that is your interest.  I could go on and on.
Just this week there are 133 groups meeting within 25 miles of Buffalo that are listed.  Meetup offers you an opportunity to try different things, meet new people and learn “stuff” that you might have interest in.
But why should BUUF members join?  When you look at a group’s profile, you see how many have signed up to receive notices.  THE MORE THAT ARE SIGNED UP, THE MORE INTERESTING IT WILL LOOK TO NON-MEMBERS.  They will be more likely to consider trying the group.
So, help BUUF grow by joining Meetup.com first.  Then at least join the BUUF group, http://www.meetup.com/Buffalo-Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship/.  And, if you’re interested, join the BUUFalo Gals, http://www.meetup.com/BUUFalo-Gals-Buffalo-Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship/.
Thanks!  Joining these groups will help us grow.  If you have trouble, send an email to DuncFowler@gmail.com.
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LUKE’S CORNER – A POEM BY ANNE ALEXANDER BINGHAM, “IT IS ENOUGH”
By Luke Markve
This poem appeared on the Writer’s Almanac website January 22, 2014:
To know that the atoms
of my body
will remain
to think of them rising
through the roots of a great oak
to live in
leaves, branches, twigs
perhaps to feet the
crimson peony
the blue iris
the broccoli
or rest on water
freeze and thaw
with the seasons
some atoms might become a
bit of fluff on the wing
of a chickadee
to feel the breeze
know the support of air
and some might drift
up and up into space
star dust returning from
whence it came
it is enough to know that
as long as there is a universe
I am a part of it.

This poem sums up very well my feelings about death and dying.  Also, when Joan Mondale was dying, several media outlets printed this:  “Joan Mondale is in Hospice as her life on this earth moves peacefully to its close.”  I would have left off “on this earth,” but the overall sentiment is both pleasant and pleasantly short.
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GREETINGS FROM MARIA MAKI
Greetings from rainy and 40’ surf coming tonight.  All beaches in Hawaii are closed.  When it isn’t 80, they call this ”weather is coming!”  I am having a wonderful time and healing my poor old victim self.
I went to a UU “spin-off” meeting on this far side of the Island from the main church.  They have been meeting in homes for a year and asked the main church to help them pay the rent on a space that is conducive to attracting new members – about $300 a month at a community college.  They just expect growth as a given, even though the area is as conservative as Wright County!  They will put up banners for advertising and meet on a Saturday night.  There’s a big kitchen, so they will have a potluck supper afterwards.
This gave me something to think about.  Of course, it has to be clear that pledges from the church that are specific to outreach get there.  With passing the hat and church donations they look good for the next four months.  This is something we might consider.
I know what’s going on in Minnesota as I look at the internet.  I immediately got bronchitis when I got here and spent the whole day in the ER.  So it goes.
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BUUF COMMITTEES
Our fellowship is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of the four elected officers – Marie Smith, president; Duncan Fowler, vice president; Carolyn Grieve, treasurer; and Louise Markve, secretary – the immediate past president (Richard Dean) and nine committee chairs.  The committees are listed in each issue of “In the BUUF,” but it’s probably the newsletter section you skip over!
Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve	[grievecarolyn@gmail.com]
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir	[wweir1@gmail.com]
Fellowship, Maria Maki		[makimaria@hotmail.com]
Facilities, Pattie Dorf			[pattie@visi.com]
Historian, Betty Waldhauer		[jackwald@lakedalelink.net]
Newsletter, Marie Smith		[doods1945@aol.com]
Outreach, Duncan Fowler		[DuncFowler@gmail.com]
Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller	[luvik@me.com]
Social Action, Louise Markve		[loumar937@gmail.com]
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 above.  We’re really very nice people, and we won’t demand too much of your time!  Give us a call.
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OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Duncan Fowler has led this committee for several years.  We have taken out small ads in the Wright County Journal-Press; contributed to local civic organizations (Buffalo Community Orchestra, Buffalo Community Theater) and had our donations noted in their programs; and, with the help of Luke Markve of the Program Committee, submitted newspaper articles about special speakers and programs we have had at our meetings.  Most recently, Dunc has created two Meetup groups for BUUF folks.
Do you have some ideas about how to reach out to our community and publicize our amazing fellowship?  Contact Dunc at 763-684-4838 or by email to DuncFowler@gmail.com.
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REFRESHMENTS
A favorite part of our BUUF meetings is at the beginning, when we have a chance to greet and converse with each other and to enjoy some refreshments.  These people have generously offered to provide the refreshments:
February 12	Betty and Jack Waldhauer
February 26	Maria Maki
March 12		Erin Walsh
March 26		Pattie Dorf and Bill Weir
April 9		Marie Smith
April 23		Louise Markve
May 14		__________________________
May 28		__________________________
Do you see those two blank lines at the end?  If you can put your name on one of the lines, tell Maria or Marie!
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MIDAMERICA REGION ASSEMBLY:  ONE EVENT IN FOUR LOCATIONS
from The MidAmerica Messenger (midamerica@uua.org)
This year, the MidAmerica Region is continuing its innovative approach by holding its Annual Meeting and Conference in FOUR locations, linked together by technology.  This is a new ear in UUism, and we’re living it here.
Topeka, Kansas	Want a weekend getaway?  Then consider going to Topeka, where the conference runs from Friday evening through Sunday.  You’ll get to worship, learn, be entertained, work together, and learn more about the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Wausau, Wisconsin	Have something to do on Sunday that’s not Regional Assembly related?  Then check out the Wausau site – gathering and worship on Friday night, then a Saturday full of keynote, workshops, and social justice event.  You’ll be able to spend Saturday night in your own bed.
Bloomington, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan	Then there’s the day-long events in both Bloomington, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  With the advantage of the Eastern time zone, you can gather early enough to still be connected with the keynote coming out of Topeka, have your own worship, workshops and social justice activity.
Everyone will – 
Hear and see the keynote address on Saturday morning and be able to participate in the Q&A after it.  Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor will present the lecture, “Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice.”  He is the author of Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square.
Have worship designed for their site, demonstrating the wonderful variety we have across our region.
Have workshops specific to their location with the possibility that the Board will have conversations with attendees in all four locations.
Be involved in connecting with a social justice initiative – a way to give back to the world.
WATCH FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION, COSTS, ETC.  CHECK THE MIDAMERICA REGION WEBSITE:  midamerica@uua.org.
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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
When was the last time you sat down for a conversation with a server at your favorite restaurant?  Did she tell you about having her wages stolen from her?  About how difficult it is to live on the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour?  Did she mention the lack of career advancement opportunities?
The truth is, most of us have little idea about working conditions in the restaurant industry.  Come to Chicago for UUCSJ’s Food for Thought program and hear firsthand from workers and organizers in the restaurant industry.  During this May Day training with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, a UUSC partner, you will learn how to support workers in this movement for justice.
Foot for Thought:  An Exploration of Eating and Worker Organizing.  April 29 – May 3, 2014.
In a training grounded in labor history, you will work with UU activists and tour important labor sites in Chicago.  Together with local labor and community leaders, we’ll discuss union organizing and new models of organizing used by ROC and worker centers around the country.  And we will discuss how to grow UU support for economic justice within the restaurant and food industries.
The UU College of Social Justice is a collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Look for UUCSJ on the UUA website – uusc.org.
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FOUR GREAT RELIGIOUS TRUTHS
Submitted by Pattie Dorf
1.	Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s Chosen People.
2.	Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3.	Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4.	Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MY FAITH:  WHAT IS HUMANISM?
Submitted by Bill Weir
The nature of god:  We have found no gods needed – unless you redefine “god” as “that which we find most worthy of guiding human life.”  (Is that love or justice?)  We focus on natural life and the values that make life meaningful.
The creation:  We look to scientists for their best theories, currently including “the big bang,” “cosmic formation,” “evolution,” “spirit,” “aliens,” and others.
Time:  We perceive time as linear:  past, present and future (not circular or repeating), but we begin to understand insights about the relativity of time.
Life after death:  We hear stories based on human yearning for immortality but find no proof of it, so we generally “live, love, laugh and leave full of curiosity.”
Sacred literature:  We appreciate a wide range of publications including the sciences, literature and many others.  We have not yet found any to be sacred.
Prophets and founders:  The men and women who have formulated the first, second and third editions of the Humanist Manifesto, and others who live by it.
Rites of birth and death:  We celebrate new life with a naming ceremony.  We celebrate a completed life on earth with a memorial service that helps us care for the bereaved and better appreciate and remember the real person’s life.
Festivals:  We celebrate many things including the beginnings of the four seasons as the earth moving around the sun “crosses the equator” (spring and fall equinox) and “reverses its movement toward north or south” (summer and winter solstice).  We celebrate people and their accomplishments, including the Founding Fathers, Martin Luther King Jr., and movements for woman suffrage, civil rights, and abolishing slavery, corruption, poverty, prohibition and other evils.
This is a needed addition to the next edition of the book, “The State of Religion Atlas: A Concise Survey of World Religion Through Full-color International Maps, by Joanne O’Brian & Martin Palmer (1993, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) with pp. 88-95, concisely giving the fundamentals of only Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism & Taoism.  A growing percentage of Americans are secular, 20% having no affiliation with any religion.  Many of the “nones” would be Humanists, I believe, if ever they learned enough about it.
Contact Bill at 612-751-0445 or wweir1@gmail.com
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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, Pattie Dorf; 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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