IN THE BUUF, The Newsletter of the
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, Oct. 8	Matt Walker on “The Human Face of Law Enforcement.”  Matt has experience as a Wright Co. sheriff’s deputy and Mpls. Transit Police, light rail superintendent.
Wednesday, Oct. 22	The Many Faces of Islam
Wednesday, Nov. 12	An overview of the November 4 election
Wednesday, Dec. 10	David Boyer on “Capitalism and the Spirit of Christmas”
The next REGULAR BUUF BOARD meeting will be October 22 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.
by Duncan Fowler
It’s that time of year again!  BUUF is looking for volunteers for the fall 2014 Highway 55 litter pickup.  We need a minimum of 16 folks to be able to do a good job and not wear any one person out.
Here are several dates in October and November that are available.  The earlier we can do this the better chance we will not get snowed out!  Please contact Dunc to let him know when you would be available:
		October 18		October 26
		October 19		November 1
		October 25		November 2
As usual, we will meet at our place about 10 a.m. to watch the required safety video, then we’ll move to the Target parking lot and spit into teams of two to work each side of the road.
Thanks in advance.  I know that MNDOT really appreciates this community service that we do and it helps keep Buffalo looking good.
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., October 16.
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.”
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. Oct. 16, noon, Bob Herbert, “Losing Our Way:  Can We Restore the American Dream?”
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:
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 10	20 BUUF members and friends came to hear Dr. David Breeden, minister at First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis, speak on the topic, “Where Have All the Beatniks Gone?”  He noted there have been many popular movements in the USA from the 1740s “First Great Awakening” through the 1850s Transcendentalists, the 1920s flappers, the “Greatest Generation in the late 1940s, the 1950s Beatniks, and the 1960s Hippies.
Dr. Breeden noted that in 1950, household debt was operatively zero; today it is about $14 trillion.  Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1955) was one of the most well-known literary works of the Beatnik era.  They struggled with the question:  “What is the psychological cost of becoming authentic.”  Beats became models for making choices – jazz, berets, religious studies, philosophy, dance, poetry readings – and for striving to define “high art.”  They discussed and practiced homosexuality.  They were willing to go to the edge of danger or foolishness.  Where did they go?  Everywhere things are questioned.
Dr. Breeden has a MFA in poetry from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a PhD. from the Center for Writers at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School.  In addition, he has studied Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and he serves the UUA on the Commission on Social Witness and the President’s Advisory Council on Ethical Eating.  He has published four novels and thirteen books of poetry; the newest is They Played for Timelessness (With Chips of When).
Wednesday, Sept. 24	“Socrates Café” led by Maria Maki.  15 BUUF members and friends took part in a lively discussion on the topic, “What Constitutes Child Abuse?”  We talked about both physical and verbal/psychological abuse, and we noted that abuse has a long-term impact on the child, is a public health issue, and begets more abuse.
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; 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,
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir,
Fellowship, Maria Maki, and Polly O’Brien,
Facilities, Pattie Dorf,
Historian, Betty Waldhauer,
Newsletter, Marie Smith,
Outreach, Duncan Fowler,
Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corinne Miller,
Social Action, Louise Markve,
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.
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:
		October 8	Maija Zaeska			November 12	   Deb Connery
		October 22	Marie Smith			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.