IN THE BUUF, The Newsletter of the
BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
OCTOBER 2015
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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, Oct. 14	“Addiction: The Nobel Conference” led by David Boyer and Luke Markve
Wednesday, Oct. 28	SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO ELECT NEW TREASURER
		“Coincidences and Random Acts of Kindness” led by Luke Markve.  Share your experiences!
Sunday, Nov. 1	DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS
Wednesday, Nov. 11	“Thanksgiving:  A Secular Holiday” led by Marie Smith
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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BUUF
There will be a special meeting of the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m. before the regular BUUF meeting.  The purpose of the special meeting is to elect a new Treasurer.
As most of you know, Carolyn Grieve has been our Treasurer for the past 2 years.  However, she and Dick Puckett have moved to Arizona.  We will certainly miss them both.
Peggy McDougall was appointed Interim Treasurer at the September 23 BUUF Board Meeting.  She has stated she would be willing to serve if elected on October 28.  Other members may be nominated at the meeting, too.
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BUUF BOARD MEETINGS
The next REGULAR BUUF BOARD meeting will be October 28 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.
We’ll meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., October 15 at Wild Marsh.
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BUUF BANNER
Pattie Dorf has almost completed the new banner for the BUUF, but we need YOUR input concerning what words to use on the banner.  We’ve received lots of suggestions; now we need to decide.  Here are some that have been suggested:
	Seeking Truth in Beloved Community			Living, Loving, Questing
	Freedom, Reason, Tolerance				Freedom of Thought and Compassion
	Acceptance, Compassion, Welcoming			Science, Reason, Discussion
	Sharing the Light					Compassion, Humanism, Idealism
	Inclusion, Acceptance, Openness			Reason, Acceptance, Equality
	Humanity, Justice, Peace				Peace, Love, Joy
	Fellowship, Reason, Openness, Spirit, Compassion	
We’ll choose the words for the banner on Wednesday, October 14!
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NEWS FROM THE UU MIDAMERICA REGION
At the UU General Assembly this year, several groups were welcomed as “Covenanting Communities,” a new status offered by the UUA Board of Trustees to acknowledge a group’s relationship with the wider UU movement.  Up until this year, the only way for a dedicated group of UUs to become an official part of the UUA was through the traditional process of congregational affiliation.  This new designation makes room for a variety of communities to be part of our association.  Of the 11 communities welcomed by the UUA Board of Trustees at the GA in Portland, three are part of the MidAmerica Region:  Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Buffalo, MN; Sacred Path, a UU Church in Indianapolis, IN; and Prairie UU Fellowship in Hutchinson, KS.  (Special thanks to Dunc Fowler for getting our application prepared and submitted.)
MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2016 will be April 29 through May 1 at the InterContinental Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront.  The theme of the assembly is, “The WHO in the New Era of Unitarian Universalism,” looking at WHO we want to be as faith communities in the coming years.  Who will be Unitarian Universalists need to be, to be relevant?  How will we get there? Who will be joining us on this journey?
Keynote presenters are Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA; Rev. Jeremy Nickel, minister of the Mission Peak UU congregation in Fremont, CA; and Kenny Wiley, UU World senior editor and Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, CO.
For more information, check MidAmericaRegionUUA.org/ra.
Webinars – “Before Disaster Strikes” – is being offered on Thurs. 10/15 and Tues. 10/20 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.  The presentation will be led by Rev. Julie Taylor, a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry, and Lisa Presley, MidAmerica staff person and responder, on what a congregation can, and should, do to prepare for disasters, whether natural or human caused.
              – “Welcoming the Stranger” – is being offered on Tues., Nov. 17 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Led by Lori Emison Clair, this webinar will present one example of a successful visitor welcoming process in a UU congregation.
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CREATE COMMUNITY CONFERENCE IN ST. CLOUD
The 10th annual Create Community Conversation on Race – Belonging to Community will be held Tuesday, October 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  The event is free, but registration is required.  For more information and to register:  www.createcommunity.info.
Speakers include Hassan Abdullahi Yuussuf, tax business owner; Mulki Ali, St. Cloud Tech High School senior; Alondra Hernandez, St. Cloud Tech High School student; and Bisharo Iman, career counselor.  A buffet breakfast will be provided.
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OUR MAILING ADDRESS – If you’re sending us anything through the mail, use PO Box 154, Buffalo, MN 55313.
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BUFFALO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Dr. Amanda Hoffman of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation will speak about the “Bounce Back Project,” a project promoting resilience and the ability to “bounce back” from the stresses of life.  Learn more at www.bouncebackproject.org.  The cost is $25.  RSVP by calling (763) 682-4902 or email sue@buffalochamber.org.  The luncheon will be at The Tavern from 11:30 am. To 1:00 p.m.
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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; (currently empty), Treasurer; Louise Markve, Secretary – and seven committee chairs.  The committees are listed in each issue of “In the BUUF,” but it’s probably the newsletter section you skip over!
Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir, wweir1@gmail.com
Fellowship, Maria Maki, makimaria@gmail.com
Facilities, Pattie Dorf, pattie@visi.com
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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