IN THE BUUF

The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

MARCH 2104


We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, September through May, 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center.


March 26 Meeting -- Buddhism


Steve Matuszak began practicing Zen Buddhism in 2007.  He has given meditation instruction at a variety of locations in the Twin Cities and teaches classes on Buddhism at Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, where he received lay ordination in 2012.


April 9 Meeting – Non-violent Peaceforce


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BUUF BOARD MEETINGS


The BUUF Board will meet Wednesday, March 26 and Wednesday, April 23 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, April 17, 11:30 a.m. at Perkins in Buffalo.


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BILL WEIR IS TURNING 80!!


Come to an OPEN HOUSE to celebrate on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 4 pm.

Community Rooms of Basset Creek Commons, 10505 8th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55441.

Questions?  Call Pattie Dorf at 763-682-2169.


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BUUF IS ON “MEETUP”

From Duncan Fowler


BUUF has established two Meetup groups.  One of our groups is for BUUF meetings.  Our second group is for BUUFalo Gals.  Joining Meetup is free.


But what do you get out of joining?  Well, you get automatic notices in your email about upcoming meetings and events.  Just reminders, and you can choose to indicate if you’re attending 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’ll 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.


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.  Then at least join the BUUF group at http://www.meetup.com/Buffalo_unitarian-Ubniversalist-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

By Luke Markve

BETTER BETTER BETTER


Better move over or you might get hurt.  It’s better not to get hurt.  Better is better than no better or less better.  But why?


Better here and now than not here, not now.  If you say it is no better than that, is it better the way it is?


Why is better better and folks move toward more better than less better in one way or the other.  Is the universe moving toward better?  Are galaxies moving toward better?  Do plants move toward better?  Better than what?  How about you?


It’s better to fly than walk, but better watch out or you might fall down.  Better not to fall down.  Then would we ever learn to fly?


Better to walk than crawl, every baby knows that.  What do you know?  Is it better to know?  But why is it better to know?  Some say:  It’s better not to know.  Why should that be?


What about you?  Why should you be?  Is it better that you be than not be?


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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 Louse Markve, secretary – the immediate past president (Richard Dean) and nine committee chairs.  The committees are listed in each issue of “In the BUUF.”


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 (chai}r and Corrine Miller, [luvik@me.com], 763-682-4616

Social Action, Louise Markve [loumar937@gmail.com]


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FACILITIES COMMITTEE


Pattie Dorf has agreed to lead this committee.  Responsibilities of the committee include making sure to get the key each meeting day (and locking up after our meeting), and acting as liaison to the Community Center, our gracious hosts.


If you could be on Pattie’s list of people who would be able to get the key, just contact her at pattie@visi.com or phone 763-682-2169.



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NOTES FROM OUR MARCH 12 MEETING


Our speaker was Terri Burnor, a student at United Theological Seminary, a student intern at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, and an intern with the Church of the Larger Fellowship.  Her topic was, “What’s Special About Universalism?”


We have been Unitarian Universalists since the two denominations merged in 2007.


The Universalist Church was founded in 1793 in the USA.  It served primarily rural and “less privileged” people by circuit riders.  Their message was to balance justice and love.  Sin equals unhappiness; it’s destructive, ugly, and painful.  Justice demands love.


An interesting quote from Thomas Starr King:  Universalists say, “God is too good to damn his people”; Unitarians say, “We are too good to be damned.”




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All America has to do to get in bad all over the world is just to start out on what we think is a Good Samaritan mission.

Will Rogers



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




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.