IN THE BUUF

The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

MAY 2104


We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, September through May,

7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center.


Wednesday, May 14 – “Environmental Activism:  Is There Hope for Systemic Change?” led by Stephanie CainStephanie is enrolled in United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, MN, and will tell about her call to ministry and seminary life and her passion for the environment.  The subject of her talk is timely, and she will lead a discussion after her presentation.  Stephanie has for many years been a member of UUCM, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayzata.  Come and hear an impassioned plea for justice and mercy for the earth..

May 28 – BUUF Annual Meeting.  See notice below.


Some Other Day in May – HIGHWAY PICKUP.  See article below.


Sunday, June 22 – FIRST SUMMER SOCIAL!  Meet at 1 p.m. at West Bridge Park in Monticello.  Bring a dish to share.  Marie will provide a main dish and beverages.  See directions to the par at the end of this newsletter.


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will take place Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center.  All members are entitled to vote for officers for the 2014-2015 year:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.  Committees will give their year-end reports; Richard, Bill and Marie will give brief reports from the MidAmerica District UU Conferences; and other Fellowship business will be conducted.

If you have suggestions for the Officer Nominating Committee as to who should be next year’s officers, please contact one of the committee members:  Luke Markve (763-682-4616), Jack Waldhauer (320-274-8889), and Maija Zaeska (763-972-2521).


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BUUF BUDGET AND PLEDGE DRIVE

By Carolyn Grieve, Treasurer

At the Annual Meeting on May 28, 2014, a brief accounting of the income and expenses of the BUUF will be presented.  There will also be some information given about the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2014.  Those attending will be given an opportunity to sign a confidential pledge card for the upcoming year.  Pledge cards will be mailed to those not in attendance.  Based on projected income, the Board will be able to finalize the 2014/2015 budget at a scheduled meeting on June 18.


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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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BUUF HIGHWAY PICKUP

It’s that time again!  The BUUF springtime highway pickup will be scheduled in May as soon as we can be sure it won’t be too wet and slippery.  Watch your emails for details from Dunc Fowler.


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NOTES FROM OUR APRIL MEETINGS


April 9 Meeting – Nonviolent PeaceforceMel Duncan, Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), spoke about his organization and the work they do around the world.  This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.  How many times do we say, “Never again?”  We need individuals to step forward to fill the need of an unarmed civilian peace-keeping force.  Spark our moral imagination, and remind yourself that there are always options.

1.5 billion people live in countries with repeated violence.  75% of casualties of war are civilians rather than military personnel.  The NP trains people to protect and help people protect themselves.  They go to trouble spots in multi-national teams, men and women, trained and immersed in the community.  They remain neutral and nonviolent.  Their strategies include protective accompaniment, proactive presence, inter-positioning, early warning/early response, capacity building.  They create safe spaces, provide grassroots mediation, and monitor compliance with agreements.

Why does it work?.  They understand what’s important to all sides; they get to know the decision-makers and put pressure on them; they know where the pressure points are.  NP goes at the invitation of local groups, models nonviolence, and offers the power of presence.  The three pillars of their training are non-partisanship, non-violence, and primacy of local actors.

NP has had workers in places such as the Philippines, Myanmar, South Caucasus, and South Sudan.  They work closely with United Nations agencies.  Their headquarters is in Brussels, and they have a chapter in Minneapolis.

April 23 Meeting.  Maria Maki presented a video she produced, the story of her father’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War.  She also had maps, magazines, and artwork from that time.  She told us that her father, Martin Maki, felt compelled to fight against Fascism; and he believed that if the USA had helped the Republicans in their fight against Franco, we may have been able to stop the spread of Fascism in the rest of Europe.  Maria’s program was engrossing and very informative.  If you weren’t there, you missed a very important presentation about this little-known war.


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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 Louse Markve, 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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LUKE’S CORNER

By Luke Markve

RIDING AGAIN

I just finished my second ride on my new small used motorcycle in a nearby empty parking lot.  Even this is too far for Louise.

And it was unimaginable to our friends and neighbors to whom I told my plan last month as we toured the Southland.

It started last fall when I attended a funeral and had a conversation with two motorcyclists, who were friends of Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and I thought, “Maybe I will ride again..”.

A month later I Googled:  “Old Men on Motorcycles,” and came across a You Tube video of old men sitting in a lackluster manner around the lunch table in a nursing home.  One of them slammed his cup down on the table, waking everyone up, and yelled, “Let’s ride motorcycles!”  They prepared by doing exercises.  Six months later they were riding around hills and an ocean road.  And I said, “If they can do it, I can do it.”

I wish I could have video-taped all the expressions on people’s faces as I have told them that I was going to again ride a motorcycle after a 41-year absence.

Louise has just made me promise that I keep my life insurance policy paid up, with her as the beneficiary.

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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, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Perkins in Buffalo.

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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.  Sign up for our autumn meetings on May 28 at the Annual Meeting.

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NEWS FROM THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE (UUSC)

We realize you can’t buy your way to a better planet, but what if each time you made a purchase, you got as close as possible to zero impact on our environment?  And what if each item respected workers’ rights?  Until we demand goods and services that are truly earth- and worker-friendly, there’s little incentive for businesses to make them.  That’s one reason we feature such products at shop.uusc.org.

Visit the UUSC Store for a selection of earth-friendly products, handpicked because they met our highest standards for ethically sourced goods.  Choosing compassionate consumption means making consumer choices that respect the earth and workers’ rights..


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NEWS FROM THE MIDAMERICA REGION

Midwest Leadership School 2014:  Elevate Your UU Experience

You love your UU fellowship and you’re wondering how to make it stronger?  Need some practical ideas for church organization, outreach and worship?

That’s where the annual MidWest Leadership School comes in.  This year’s session will be July 13-19 on the campus of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.

MWLS is an intensive week filled with instruction, small group meetings and worship.  It is a time to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism, to reflect and build on your own strengths and weaknesses, and to interact with UUs from across the MidAmerica Region, which encompasses 13 states from the Great Plains to the Great Lakes to Kentucky.

The week includes concurrent sessions for adults and youth, and the experience is widely acknowledged as a profound.  For registration and more details, visit the MWLS home page at wwwmwls.org.


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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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