Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sept. 23 - Where There's Smoke There's Fire: Wildfire in the American West

Presenter: Ronald D. Quinn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Ecology

I have been interested in wildfires all my life, having grown up in southern California. Over the course of my childhood, I watched all the vegetation on the surrounding mountains burn off, piece by piece. While studying biology I researched how plants and animals recover after fire on blackened hillsides, and for the past half century have written about these and other questions concerning fire ecology.

Why are the wildfires becoming larger, more frequent and more destructive in the Pacific Northwest? I will review with you the causes of today’s growing loss of lives and property from wildland fires. We will talk about how better public and private planning practices can reduce these mounting losses, and I will describe ways that individuals and communities can improve safety from wildland fires, and will include sources for more detailed information.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Building Connections: Chalice Circles & Healthy Relationships

Sunday Forum on Sept 16th

The BUF Chalice Circles Coordinating Team will introduce the ways Chalice Circles help connect Bufsters, through small groups meeting regularly throughout the year, to explore themes for spiritual deepening. BUF’s Healthy Relationships Team will also share the communication practices that support BUF’s covenant of Healthy Relationships. As part of the Forum, an abbreviated Chalice Circle meeting will offer a sample of a Chalice Circle meeting, for those considering joining a Chalice Circle.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Helping the Brain Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time: An Update on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Sunday May 9, 2018, in the BUF Conference Room

Research has completely changed our conception of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and expanded our treatment options. In the past this condition was called “Minimal Brain Dysfunction” and kids were zombied out on Ritalin to prevent them from misbehaving. Now we have better answers for these questions: Who gets ADHD and why? Where do you find ADHD in the brain? What are the short and long-term outcomes of this condition? What medical and psychological treatments are effective for ADHD?

Beth Nyblade, a Clinical, School and Forensic Psychologist, will discuss the questions above. She’ll also bring a Macarena tape to see if anyone present at the forum has ADHD (LOL).

Monday, June 4, 2018


Sunday Forums have finished for the 2017-18 year. We'll start up again in early September. Have wonderful summers, all!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ecuadorian Arm Chair Travels

May 27th, 9:15am, upstairs in the Flex Room 

Travel vicariously with BUF members Beth Brownfield and daughter Jenny Bowefield as they share their 16 days in Ecuador. Meet a prostitute and a pickpocket in Quito, the capitol, experience 4 nights in the Amazon, and a week of wonder in the Galapagos Islands.  With the help of Overseas Adventure Travel, we’ll climb through a giant kapok tree up into the canopy of the rainforest to see a few of the billions of specimens of Amazonian flora and fauna. On a night walk in the jungle we’ll meet tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes and spiders, then awaken to the screeches of monkeys passing nearby. Our Ecuadorian lunch includes a local delicacy of live grubs. Then on to the Galapagos to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays, and tropical fish, and to walk beside a freeway of sea iguanas leaving the beach to catch the sun. Prepare to be amazed.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Year of Black Lives Matter at BUF: Looking Back, Feedback, Looking Forward, May 20, 2018

9:15 am.  Presenters will be members of BUF: 
  • Lauralee Carbone
  • Cat McIntyre
  • Karen Nuckles-Flinn 

Discussion moderator will be David Curley.  

This forum invites members and friends of BUF to hear a brief report from the Black Lives Matter Action Team about what we have done in 2017-18.  We then will invite you to share your feedback about Eracism moments in the service and anything else you would like to discuss to help us evaluate our work and plan for next year. Finally we will have a chance to hear about plans for next year that are being developed by Religious Education, Healthy Relations, and the Black Lives Matter teams. These plans are both in the beginning stages and exciting. Please come!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Palliative Care: Creating a Healing and Caring Community, 9:15am, May 13, 2018, Conference Room

Marie Eaton, Director of the Palliative Care Institute at WWU and professor emerita of Fairhaven College, will talk about our community’s need for expanded palliative care services and programs. According to the PEW Research Center, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years. As our population ages, the complexity of patients seeking care in the emergency department also increases dramatically. In addition to treatment for chronic and terminal diseases, patients increasingly need to negotiate challenges like functional and cognitive decline. Yet for both these patient groups our current medical model often prioritizes treatment over a patient’s quality of life goals. Bring your questions and thoughts about this relatively new modality that helps those who experience a decreased quality of life because of symptoms related to a serious illness or a current treatment plan.
During her more than 40 years of teaching, Prof. Eaton explored themes of Death and Dying, Childhood in America, Food Pathways, Memoir and Memory, and Music with her students.