IN THE BUUF

The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

JUNE 2104


SUMMER SOCIALS

Our first Summer Social will be held Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at West Bridge Park in Monticello.  Bring a dish to share:

If your last name begins with A through M, bring a salad or vegetable dish.  If our last name begins with N through Z, bring a dessert.  Marie will have chicken, chips, beverages, plates, cups, napkins and eating tools.  See directions to the park at the end of this newsletter.

NOTE THE CHANGE IN DRIVING DIRECTIONS DUE TO ROAD WORK IN MONTICELLO!  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Our other two Socials will be in July at Maria Maki’s home and August at Betty and Jack Waldhauer’s home.  Watch for more details.


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BUUF HIGHWAY PICKUP

Thank you to everybody who helped with our spring highway pickup along Highway 55.  It’s a real community service, and it gets good publicity for the BUUF.

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NOTES FROM OUR ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship was held Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  New officers for the 2014-2015 year were elected by acclamation:  President, Marie Smith; Vice President, Duncan Fowler; Treasurer, Carolyn Grieve; Secretary, Polly O’Brien.  The Nominating Committee for next year consists of Jack Waldhauer, Carolyn Grieve, and Bill Weir.

Richard, Bill and Marie gave brief reports from the MidAmerica Region UU Conferences.  Richard had attended the conference in Topeka, Kansas.  He was very impressed with the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site at the Monroe School in Topeka.  Bill and Marie attended the conference in Wausau, Wisconsin.  We all heard the keynote address by Rev. Paul Rasor who spoke on “Reclaiming our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice.”

Rev. Rasor stated that we UUs have a religious heritage and that we should reclaim it.  Our hunger for justice is grounded in that heritage.  UUs sometimes have a problem with the Christian part of our heritage; we have deep roots in the biblical prophets, including Jesus, and in American social reformers.  We didn’t start from scratch.  Something came before – culture, families, religious traditions.  Ours is not just one story, but multiple and overlapping.  For UUs, our primary liberal cultural engagement is intellectual.  Bringing “religion” into the mix threatens our sense of safety.  We fear change and difference and losing intellectual control.  We need to embrace multiculturalism bodily, not just intellectually.

Bill attended a workshop on using “social media,” but he stated he got better information by researching this topic on the internet.  Marie attended a workshop on Stewardship, Generosity, and Fundraising, which was thoughtful and informative.

Treasurer Carolyn Grieve gave a brief accounting of the income and expenses of the BUUF.  Carolyn reported that these figures were typical for a BUUF year.  She also had some information about the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.  Those attending were given the opportunity to sign a confidential pledge card for the coming year.  If you were not at the meeting and did not get a pledge card, just contact Carolyn at grievecarolyn@gmail.com or (763) 276-1090.  Based on information from pledges by members and friends, the Board will be able to complete the 2014/2015 budget at their June 18 meeting.

We heard reports from our other standing committees, and as always enjoyed delicious treats and friendly conversation.


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BUUF BOARD MEETINGS

The BUUF Board will meet Wednesday, June 18, 1 p.m. at Dunn Brothers coffee shop in Buffalo.

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


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. BUUFalo GALS

The women of the BUUF meet the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.  Our next get-together will be Thursday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Café Jules, 20 Cedar St. E. in Annandale.


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. 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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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]

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

Historian, Betty Waldhauer [jackwald@lakedalelink.net]

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]

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DIRECTIONS TO WEST BRIDGE PARK IN MONTICELLO

From Buffalo, take MN Highway 25 north to Monticello.  Cross the bridge over the freeway; go 6 more blocks, THEN TURN LIFT (west) AT HIGHWAY 75 (BROADWAY).*

Go two blocks to Locust Street, turn right, then turn right again at River Street.  Go two blocks (east).  The park is on your left.  Parking is available on Walnut Street or River Street.  We have the shelter reserved, so come rain or shine!

There is a children’s play area and nice walking path above the river that goes under the bridge to East Bridge Park.

       *The left turn lane at West River Street has been closed.

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Don’t forget to visit our website:  www.buuf.us.


And check us out on MeetUp!


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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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BUUF CALENDAR

Wednesday, June 18BUUF Board meeting at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Buffalo

Thursday, June 19BUUFalo Gals at Café Jules in Annandale

Sunday, June 22First Summer Social at West Bridge Park in Monticello

Thursday, July 17BUUFalo Gals

Some time in JulySecond Summer Social at Maria Maki’s home

Thursday, August 21BUUFalo Gals

Some time in AugustThird Summer Social at Betty and Jack Waldhauer’s home

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

Community Center