UUFSMA Newsletter April 13, 2020

The Mission of this Fellowship is to serve the spirit as each individual understands it; to serve the educational and pastoral needs of our own community; and to serve our multicultural community through actions that further social justice.

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce

Advice from your UU COVID-19 Task Force: Emergency Contacts and Talking with your Care Provider

The COVID-19 Task force is composed of medical professionals and Care Team members. We meet via zoom every Saturday afternoon to discuss ways to best prepare during the pandemic.

This week the task force encourages all who identify with UU as their spiritual home (not just pledging members) and who live alone in SMA to provide two emergency contacts. The first, a local person who would also have a key to your house and the second, a person who can make important medical and financial decisions in case that is needed. Sometimes one person can do both. But often people have a trusted individual outside of SMA who they would rely on to make medical and financial decisions on their behalf in case of an emergency. This information will be kept confidential and used on an as-need basis by Tom and the Care Team. The information will be maintained by Denise.

In addition the task force encourages all to talk with their health provider and ask how they
prefer to be contacted should you become very sick. Some doctors may prefer to be called or emailed and then follow up with Zoom or another platform that allows them to see you. It’s a good idea to check that out ahead of time and be prepared.

Finally, the task force recommends people check the COVID-19 SMA Facebook page for
current information. If you do not use Facebook, perhaps a friend can tell you the latest news.

Please send emergency contact information, including, names, phone numbers, and email  addresses, to: denise.uufsma@gmail.com.

Please see the Care Team section or the UUFSMA Facebook page for the recently published Home Care Manual.


Below is a useful chart to follow if you have concerning symptoms:
I would also encourage everyone to read the attached document - Covid-19 Stay Home Planning Toolkit.

Read the whole document ... just about everything has been covered. The information will be updated on a regular basis, so check it out every week.

Click here to open the document

Coffee Chat with Tom on Zoom

Join me for coffee/tea and a chat. We will start at 9:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Hope you will join me and many of your UU friends.

The information for how to connect is below.

Hasta mañana,

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Care Team
The Care Team has recently published a comprehensive Home Care Givers List. Click on this link to view the document - Home Care Givers List

Lee Knox is happy to share that she has had her last chemo treatment. She and Lyn are now relaxing at home!

Recently, the Care Team compiled a list of restaurants that delivered food. We realize that this list is changing constantly, and we are recommending that you go to: 
to find latest additions.

Stay healthy and safe!

If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does please contact Francoise or Joan.

If you are in need of a healthcare professional, you will find a comprehensive listing on DiscoverSMA.com under the Business Directory tab, Medical Services. You can search by specialty and/or name, and read reviews posted by others who have used their care.

For pastoral care, please contact Rev. Tom Rosiello -
415-122-2119,  tomrosiello@gmail.com
Françoise: 415 149 3053, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu 

Calendar of Activities

All are welcome to attend any and all UUFSMA activities. Please join us!

The Tuesday and Thursday discussion groups via Zoom are now full.  However, if you would like to join and be waitlisted, or if you are interested in joining a third group that might be formed, please email jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.


Wednesday Lunch Bunch has been suspended indefinitely.


Saturday Men's breakfast group has been suspended indefinitely.

The Circle Cena has been suspended indefinitely.

Attached is a link to the recording of our Zoom Sunday Service held on April 12, 2020.

https://zoom.us/rec/share/otBpHujhmpJXqPCsUfhUJE4LrjnX6a81SQbqfEOz0tg3FzypU-zCbymUID7snVT (Access Password: H6*4N9U7)

Sunday, April 19, 10:30am


What Plagues Us?
What Liberates Us?

Judith Jenya



This service will be transmitted via Zoom. Those interested in viewing this and future Services should either download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app or go to the zoom.us site and click  https://zoom.us/j/8101921501 and add Password 294513 to join (best to sign in at 10:15-10:25am).  

Judith Jenya, speaker for this Sunday’s service, will reframe the traditional questions of Passover and ask, "What Plagues Us and What Liberates Us”?  Expanding on these timely queries, she will offer an opportunity to reflect on what it means to live with the COVID-19 “plague” and other life-threatening plights. From the shadow engulfing our lives today, she will offer insights for freeing oneself from the scourge it represents. 

Passover celebrates the passage of the Jews to Israel after hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt. This foundational story of the Jewish people, found in the Book of Exodus, is retold every April during the Passover Seder, the ritual meal beginning the Passover celebration. Recounting events some three-thousand years ago, Passover has offered a story of freedom and liberation for not only Jewish people but other oppressed groups as well, including African slaves brought in shackles to the Americas. Today the Passover story continues to raise questions such as “What constricts our lives? What plagues us now? What steps will liberate us?”

In the Haggadah, the traditional telling of the Exodus story, God sends ten plagues, including Darkness, to harass Egyptians and persuade the Pharaoh to free the Israelites. “Today the entire world appears to experience Darkness in widespread lack of information, fears of COVID-19 infection, absence of coherent leadership, and the necessity of self-isolation,” says Ms. Jenya. To dispel it, she proposes enlightenment drawn from the Passover celebration of renewal and rebirth. 

Judith Jenya is a member of the UU Fellowship and the Jewish community of San Miguel. An attorney, psychotherapist and educator, she was named International Humanist of the Year in 2002, nominated for the Nobel Peace prize for work as founder-director of Global Children's Organization and programs for children in the war-torn Balkans and Northern Ireland. She lives with her husband Mark Johaningmeir in San Miguel, writes poetry, paints and is active in community work.

Pianist Paula Peace will perform traditional and modern songs including “Go Down Moses,” “Eli Eli” and “Lean On Me."

To avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the UU Fellowship will offer an online Sunday Service at 10:30 am. To participate in the service, members and visitors are invited to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app through smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at https://zoom.us/download. Join the service at https://zoom.us/j/8101921501. The password is 294513. Sign-in between 10:15-10:25 am. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For additional information, visit www.uufsma.org.



Options for Sending Money to UUFSMA

(including from your IRA fund) in U.S. Dollars


  1. Do a Zelle interbank transfer. This is a free transfer system involving most national banks and many regional banks. Go online to your bank account and find a "send money" tab, or equivalent. Information should indicate that it's part of the Zelle system.  Send the money to uufsma.treasurer@gmail.com.  It will automatically go into our Frost Bank account in Texas.  You don't even need our account number.
  2. Do an electronic transfer to our account at Frost Bank, Account #:  610227587.  The routing number is 114000093.  The name on the account is Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, but UUFSMA should suffice.  There should be no fee for this.
  3. Send a check (paper or electronic bill pay), made out to UUFSMA, to our Frost Bank account as follows:

          Frost Bank
          Bank by Mail Dept.
          P.O. Box 2919
          San Antonio, TX

       * Make sure there's a notation to deposit in Account #610227587. Usually there's a 
         box for the account number if you are using electronic bill pay.


  1. Send money via PayPal to uufsma.treasurer@gmail.com. There is a 2.9% charge for this service.
  2. Put a paper check in the Sunday collection basket. (when we resume services)

If you want to contribute from a charitable trust, that must go through the UUA in Boston.  Please contact uufsma.treasurer@gmail.com for more information.


If you contribute from your IRA, please let our treasurer know, as the information our bank gives us doesn't always include the donor's name.  Please write to uufsma.treasurer@gmail.com



Social Action
The UUFSMA Social Action Committee (SAC) has been in existence since 2002. A large part of its work has involved reviewing and making funding recommendations on grant proposals from local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). These grants help improve the quality of life for Mexicans living in and around San Miguel. In 2019 the UUFSMA provided financial support to 11 NGOs with $45,000 USD in grants, representing about half of the Fellowship’s annual income. In addition, each quarter, the SAC and the Congregation help identify organizations with special, often one-time needs, for which the entire Sunday offering is given. We call these donations our “Blue Plate Specials.”

This year the SAC has expanded its activities in several ways by:

* Providing updates to the Congregation before each Sunday offering, detailing progress
grantees are making on the projects the UUFSMA has helped to fund.
* Acting as a conduit to the Board of Directors with information about local social justice
initiatives such as Climate Strikes and Calls to Action on the Migrant Crisis.
* Partnering with members of the Congregation and local organizations to provide small
group discussions and action steps members can take to address Climate Action – the 13th of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals.

If you are visiting San Miguel or live here part time, we are interested in learning about the
social action/social justice work of your US or Canada-based congregation. Please feel free to take a flyer from the Welcome Table, share it with folks, and act as a bridge between your congregation and us, so that we can learn more about them and possibly find ways to partner with each other. Thank you!

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM and all are welcome. For
more information, please contact Rebecca Langrall (rlangrall22@gmail.com).
Second in a series of talks on water in
the time of coronavirus.

Please click on the link below to read the message.

Non Profit Organizations Supported
by the UUFSMA in 2020
We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times due to the COVID-19.
We acknowledge that there may be a need to be flexible with the grant funding to address emergent needs. We have awarded $55,000 USD in grants in 2020.
Caminos de Agua provides open-source solutions related to water quality and quantity for communities at risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico. Grant will fund a full time Community Outreach and Education specialist.  Grant Amount: $5855 USD. ($112,416 pesos). https://caminosdeagua.org/

Click on this link for Caminos de Agua's Year End 2019 Message - https://mailchi.mp/2d0d6306e560/do-twice-as-much-good-4724697?e=e29714f28e
Caminamos Juntos helps meet the needs of Mexican nationals deported from the US. Grant will fund efforts to expand radio outreach and community assessment efforts. Grant Amount: No new funds. $5,000 USD rollover from 2019. 

Caminamos Juntos Newsletter
CJ Annual Report 2019

Casita Linda builds houses and provides workshops to help improve life for those living in poverty. Grant will fund 62 workshops in life quality enhancement such as self-esteem building, organic gardening, and family communication. Grant Amount: $3,135USD. ($60,192 pesos)

Click on this link for 2019 Year End News  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1?ui=2&ik=918a4a7f08&view=lg&permmsgid=msg-f:1651959914596773209
CEDESA organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas. Grant will fund six promodores to provide workshops on identity building, the construction of dry toilets, rainwater catchment systems, organic gardening, and community leadership. Grant Amount: $8,628 USD. ($165,658 pesos)

Centro Infantil de los Angeles provides high quality childcare (including health and educational needs) to low-income mothers allowing them to earn a living. Grant will fund scholarships for free childcare (infants of three months to four years) for 10 children. Grant Amount: $5,000 USD.  ($96,000 pesos) 

El Charco del Ingenio protects and preserves the territory and ecosystem of El Charco, providing ecological, scenic, educational, and historic value to the region. Grant will contribute to the development of a new Interpretive Center to encourage more visitors, particularly students. Grant Amount: $3,500 USD. ($67,200 pesos) 

Click on this link to read the latest on El Charco del Ingenio https://gem.godaddy.com/p/8d42801?pact=88239-157688863-11196302084-3492e196c2d1273a56e8f97c2e4794d296da1a64

Escuela de Educación Especial offers education to those with hearing impairment aimed at ensuring they become independent, literate, and productive citizens.  Grant would go toward part of the salary of the Academic Director, setting up a new hearing clinic, and training teachers to educate a child who is both deaf and blind. Grant Amount: $3,600 USD. ($69,120 pesos) 

Click on this link to read the latest EEESMA newsletter. https://conta.cc/34pNLDJ

Feed the Hungry offers school meals, family nutrition education, and community development programs. Grant will fund the purchase of food for 13,000 meals for two schools (20 mothers and 30 toddlers). Grant Amount: $2,225 USD. (42,720 pesos) 

Fundación de Apoyo Infantil supports positive lifelong habits through classes for children in environmental education, organic gardening, and recycling. Grant will fund two rainwater catchment systems and 12 ceramic water filters for 12 classrooms in two of SMA’s poorest elementary schools and help to support workshops. Grant Amount: $2,297 USD. ($44,201 pesos) 

Update of activities 2019
Jóvenes Adelante provides university scholarships and support to financially challenged youth.  Grant will fund 4 students for a year.  Length of time in university is 4 – 5 years, depending on their field of study. Grant Amount: $7,735 USD. (148,512 pesos) 

Mujeres en Cambio provides scholarships to girls and young women in rural communities to keep them in school and help them attend college. Grant will fund 13 girls through one more year of junior high school or high school. Grant Amount: $4,000 USD. ($76,800 pesos) 

Ninos Con Autismo Identifies, evaluates, devises treatment plans, and assesses progress for children with autism. As a new organization, the grantee has requested flexibility to direct funds where most needed. Grant amount: $4,790 USD.  ($91,968 pesos)


Patronato Pro Niños provides medical, dental, psychological and nutritional care for children and adolescents from economically deprived families in the municipality of SMA. Grant will fund the Public Health Information Campaign and the funding of a psychologist at the clinic. Grant Amount: $4,000 USD. ($76,800 pesos)

The UUFSMA Newsletter is produced each week for members and friends of the congregation. Information should be submitted by Wednesday each week to denise.uufsma@gmail.com

Contact Us!

Board of Directors 2020-2021 (as of April 1, 2020)

Dan Neuspiel, President, 415-154-5021, dneuspiel@gmail.com
William Dalsimer, 1st VP, 917-991-7841, wrdalsimer@gmail.com
Chris Chase, 2nd VP, 170-4544, Chris.Chase1955@gmail.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 152-8019, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
Joseph Plummer, Secretary, 412-371-0237, wordfisher@gmail.com 
Bonney McDowell, 415-145-7689, miko789@gmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Rebecca Langrall, 415-151-0065, rlangrall22@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 
415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu

Jurgen Ahlers, 
415-167-1203, 1jurgenahlers@gmail.com

If you would like a copy of minutes from a Board of Directors meeting, please contact
Dan Neuspiel,  President.

Affiliate Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, tomrosiello@gmail.com 

                    Committee Chairs and Activity


Pledge Team
Trish Snyder, trishsnyder49@gmail.com
Carolyn Simsarian, 

Finance Committee
Margo Johnson, margoj325@outlook.com

Nominating Committee
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com

Administrator (OOS, website, newsletter, committee & board support)
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com 


Care Team
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Joan Wolf

Children's Program
Chris Chase, chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Circle Cena
Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com

Tuesday Discussion Group
Liz Stone, elmendorf7@aol.com

Sunday Services
Paula Peace, paulapeace@bellsouth.net
Cathy Canepa, ccanepamd@gmail.com

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

Greetings & Name Tags
Jim Harper, smaharper@yahoo.com 

Membership Services
Chris Chase, chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Neighborhood Groups
Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

Order of Service
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com 

Social Action, Outreach and Publicity
Christie McGue, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Rebecca Langrall, rlangrall22@gmail.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico