IN THE BUUF, The Newsletter of the
BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
NOVEMBER 2014
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave. (Hwy. 25) in Buffalo.
Use the rear door.
The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.
Wednesday, Nov. 12	“The November 4 Election” led by retired Gustavus Adolphus Prof. of Political Science Don Ostrom.  Dr. Ostrom is currently teaching a course by the same name at the U of M’s OLLI Institute.
Wednesday, Dec. 10	David Boyer on “Capitalism vs. the Spirit of Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 14		BUUF HOLIDAY PARTY at the home of Carolyn Grieve and Dick Puckett.   This will be a pot luck; watch for food assignments in the December issue of “In the BUUF.”
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BUUF BOARD MEETINGS
The next REGULAR BUUF BOARD meeting will be December 10 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
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HIGHWAY PICKUP
18 BUUFers gathered on Saturday, October 25 to complete our fall highway pickup.  Thank you!
MNDOT really appreciates this community service that we do, it helps keep Buffalo looking good, and it gives the BUUF some great publicity.
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BUUFalo GALS
The women of the BUUF meet the third Thursday of each month for lunch and conversation.
We’ll meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., November 20 at Wild Marsh Golf Course.
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OUR NEW MAILING ADDRESS – The BUUF now has a post office box.  If you’re sending us anything through the mail, use PO Box 154, Buffalo, MN 55313.
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REFRESHMENTS
One of the most popular parts of our meetings is the time we spend at the beginning of the evening enjoying refreshments and social time.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to provide refreshments for our meetings through the end of 2014:
			November 12	   Deb Connery
			December 10	   Pattie Dorf and Bill Weir
If you would be willing and able to provide refreshments in 2015, look for the sign-up sheet at our next meeting.
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Wednesday, Oct. 8	Our scheduled speaker did not appear, but the ever-resourceful BUUF folks had an interesting program anyway.  Two high school students were present, and Luke Markve suggested we each speak a little about what brought us to a Unitarian Universalist fellowship.
Wednesday, Oct. 22	“Are Big Name Conferences Worth Attending?” led by David Boyer, Rose Darden, Louise Markve and Luke Markve.  These four BUUFers attended the “One Day University” and Luke and David attended the Nobel Conferenced at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
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CRISIS NURSERY FUNDRAISER – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Some time ago, the BUUF heard a presentation from Jill Gatzke, Development Coordinator of the Crisis Nursery serving Wright County.  Please consider supporting their fundraiser on Saturday, December 6 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Huikko’s Entertainment Center, 1207 Highway 55 N, Buffalo.  Donate craft and bake sale items and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  For more information, telephone (763) 271-1681 or email jgatzke@nexus-kff.org.
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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE
Since the UUSC launched our petition telling eBay to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), more than 1,300 supporters have signed!  ALEC is a national political organization in which some 300 multinational corporations meet privately with 2,000 state legislators to craft model legislation on a range of topics affecting our rights and the quality of our lives.
ALEC advances an extreme legislative agenda that hurts people and the planet.  Join us I weakening ALEC’s influence – sign the petition today!
We’re gaining visibility – ALEC even mentioned Unitarian Universalist opposition in a recent fundraising appeal to their members!  ALEC wrote that “professional activists ranging from Common Cause to the Unitarian Universalist Church just won’t stop.”  Then they asked supporters to donate to ALEC in response to the threat that we pose!
More information about ALEC:
Alec operates on a legally and ethically questionable model in which business interests have unparalleled access to work with individual state lawmakers to draft “model” legislation that the lawmakers then introduce.  ALEC’s corporate board represents key sectors like energy and oil, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and high tech.  Task forces devise strategies and policies to roll back regulations on our health and safety, environmental protections, voter rights, telecommunications, and public education.  ALEC has helped finance climate deniers and worked to keep the minimum wage below the poverty level.
As a human rights organization, UUSC believes that a healthy democracy requires above-board policy advocacy and lobbying.  We all have a right to know who is doing the lobbying, how much they are spending, which politicians are involved, and how that affects what our representatives say and do.  Go to mobilization@uusc.org to find a link to the petition.
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BUUF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
President, Marie Smith, buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com, (763) 295-3732
Vice President, Duncan Fowler, duncfowler@gmail.com
Secretary, Louise Markve, loumar937@gmail.com
Treasurer, Carolyn Grieve, grievecarolyn@gmail.com
Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve, grievecarolyn@gmail.com
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir, wweir1@gmail.com
Fellowship, Maria Maki, makimaria@gmail.com and Polly O’Brien, pollyeobrien@gmail.com
Facilities, Pattie Dorf, pattie@jerryd.net
Historian, Betty Waldhauer, jackwald@lakedalelink.net
Newsletter, Marie Smith, Doods1945@aol.com
Outreach, Duncan Fowler, duncfowler@gmail.com
Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corinne 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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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.”  Speakers will be:
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, new president at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California.  She is a UU World contributing editor, former editor of the New Your Times Book Review, author of three books, and until June 2014 was senior minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City.
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma; in 2008, All Souls became the largest UU congregation in the USA with over 1800 adult members.
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WESTMINSTER TOWN HALL FORUM
Here is a list of speakers for this year’s Westminster Town Hall Forum series.  You can also listen to the talks on MPR.
Thurs. Nov. 13, noon, Simone Campbell, “Nuns on the Bus:  The Call to Compassion:
Tues, Nov. 25, noon, Bryan Stevenson, “Just Mercy:  Reforming the Criminal Justice System”
For more information about parking, etc., check their website:  westminsterforum.org.
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MINNESOTA RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE
MN RCRC is celebrating 25 years of work on behalf of reproductive choice.  The big 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO of national RCRC.  For more information and a complete schedule of events from Sunday, November 9 through Thursday, November 13, contact Rev. Kelli Clement (UU) at execdir@mnrcrc.org or telephone (612) 870-0974.

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