These are the programs you missed in 2014


November 12

It was an interesting meeting!

It was a review and analysis of out November 4th election.

The presenter is Dr Don Ostrum
He teaches Political Science a the University of Minnesota Osher  Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  His current class for OLLI is titled,
”The 2014 Election”

He taught Political Science for 32 years at Gustavus Adolphus College and then 4 years at St. Olaf. 

Prior to that he was in the Peace Corp for 2 years (1963-66) in Nigeria

April 23 Meeting – Spanish Civil War. 

Maria Maki showed a video she produced, the story of her father’s service in the Spanish Civil War.  Martin Maki, “a true believer,” thought he could stop Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini by helping the Spanish people in the Spanish Civil war. His fight against fascism earned him a year in a concentration camp.  The video told Martin’s story as told to Maria prior to her going to the 60th Anniversary commemoration of this little-known war.

April 9th 2014

This was a discussion on The Non-Violent Peace Force

Mel Duncan is the founding Executive Director and current Advocacy and Outreach Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). Modeled on the Gandhian concept of Shanti Sena, Nonviolent Peaceforce is composed of trained citizens from around the world.  In partnership with local groups, NP applies proven and effective strategies to protect civilians in areas of violent conflict and prevent further outbreaks of violence.

March 26th, 2014

An overview of Buddhism as well as Zen Buddhism

Steve Matuszak presented an overview of Buddhism as well as Zen Buddhism and it's meaning for you personally. 

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

He may lead the group in a meditation exercise.

March 12th

The program was Ministerial Intern Terri Burnor from the First 'Universalist Church in Minneapolis will talk with us on the topic, "What's Special About Universalism?"

February 26, 2014

A conversation with Bert Bailey on humor

Bert Bailey is a Social Worker from Carver County.  He presented a program titled, “Conversation with Bert Bailey on Humor.” In his work, Bert is assigned the most difficult of family cases. 

In the past, Bert talked to us on the problems he had dealt with on that single day.  He began his  memorable talk with these words, “ How do you spell love? Time.”

February 12th

Eirn Walsh, a BUUF member, teacher, talented musician, theatrical director, Member Buffalo Community Orchestra and Board Member, Buffalo Community Theater.  She made a presentation on Creativity and how all of us have it..

January 22nd

Dr. John Cros
son, is a Pathologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, Program Director at University of Minnesota Dept of Pathology.  He discussed Universal Health Care with us in 2010.

This program will be focused on Single Payor Health Care systems  He received his MD at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and completed his Pathology residency at Hennepin County Medical Center.  Dr. Crosson, is Chair of the Social Action Committee at UUCM in Wayzata and quite knowledgeable about  health legislation being considered by the Minnesota Legislature.. . 

Dr. Crosson is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Transfusion Medicine.

September 10, 2014

September 24th, 2014

Maria Macki facilitated a Socrates Cafe

So just what is a Socrates Cafe?

- excerpted from Socrates Café by Christopher Phillips and the UUCM Update.

The Socratic method is a way to seek truths by your own lights.

It is a system, a spirit, a method, a type of philosophical inquiry an intellectual technique, all rolled into one.

Socrates himself never spelled out a "method." However, the Socratic method is named after him because Socrates, more than any other before or since, models for us philosophy practiced - philosophy as deed, as way of living, as something that any of us can do. It is an open system of philosophical inquiry that allows one to interrogate from many vantage points.

Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing; the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others.


October 8th, 2014

Matt Walker

The Many Faces of Law Enforcement

Matt has worked for 33 years in Law Enforcement.  He was with the Wright County Sheriff for almost 20 years as a patrolman and investigator.  He started with the Metro Transit police starting in 2002.  He was assigned to the counter-terrorism unit for 2 of these years.  Currently he is with the Metro Light Rail as a Supervisor of Rail Operations.

Matt has lived in Wright County all of his life.  He and his wife have 2 teenagers.