UUFSMA Newsletter April 15, 2019

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.

Care Team

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
-  Mother Teresa

Your Care Team offered a demonstration of the site where the Medical Resources Directory is now housed:  DiscoverSMA.com.  Ron Lenox, site owner, gave an in-depth review of all the things this wonderful tool can do to assist us in searching for, identifying, mapping, selecting and  reviewing a wide range of health care providers in our region.  If you have not checked it out yet - please do, you will be pleasantly surprised at how complete and helpful it is.  

Jerry Fastrup reported at Service this morning that Gloria is resting comfortably at home after her hip-replacement surgery turned critical, and eager to start walking again.  She is still tired from her ordeal, so folks wanting to visit should wait a few more days before contacting Jerry:  fastrupJ@comcast 

Harriet Finkelstein is recovering from surgery at home, and would appreciate visitors and food - she’s a pescatarian, so fish only, please. She’s still resting a lot, be patient. If you’d like to visit her, contact  Suzbacon@me.com, a friend who is caring for Harriet. 

From May 15-17, San Miguel’s Mitigare Cuidados Paliativos will convene the 1st International Palliative Care Congress, hosting presenters and participants from all over Mexico and as far away as Spain. Their vision is to create capacity in central Mexico for the provision of palliative care and hospice services. Over 300 doctors, nurses, psychologists, thanatologists, caregivers, social workers, pediatrics and oncology specialists, and other health practitioners are expected. The Mitigare team would appreciate our help in spreading the word about this important congress, and is accepting donations toward the scholarship fund for student participants. Conference organizer Carla Cadena can be reached at  mitigare2019@gmail.com or 415-152-3070. Registration is required; sessions will be in Spanish only. 

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

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, 415-120-2119,  tomrosiello@gmail.com
Françoise: 415 149 3053,  francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784,  lydiajafa@yahoo.com

There will be a Celebration of life for David Garrity, husband of Ellie Goodwin, at the Aldea on WEdnesday, April 10th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Rev. Tom Rosiello, Paula Peace, and Malcolm Halliday are planning a lovely service. There will be a casual tea-time reception following the service.

David loved children and reading. Donations in his memory will be accepted with gratitude by Libros Para Todos using this link:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/big-read-for-children-in-rural-mexico/. Look for the Donate in Honor link at the bottom of the page.

Dear friends and family of Roger Hind


Unfortunately we have sad news. We are sorry to say that Roger passed away on 22nd March 2019 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Dad had friends in many places, and to those of you who are learning this for the first time now, we are particularly sorry that we have not reached you through other methods. 


Dad was a loved family member and friend and his intelligence, wit and silliness will be dearly missed. 


We know most of you will be unable to make it due to distance, however we are having a memorial gathering in Sydney on 27 April 2019 in which we'll remember and celebrate Roger's life and you are welcome to come. Please email  kathryn.leigh.hind@gmail.com or  nat_hind@hotmail.com if you would like the details. All who knew and cared for Roger are welcome so please share with any friends or family who may have been missed.


There will be an opportunity to share any thoughts and memories of Roger at the memorial or, if you are unable to make it, feel free to email us photographs and/or a short piece which we will share on the day.


With love

Kathryn and Natalie

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, April 16, 10:15 am,  Nature versus nurture: Are our values guided by our upbringing? Are we predestined for the choices we make? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone.The group meets at the Quinta Loreto restaurant at the sunny end, Loreto 15. 


Wednesday Lunch Bunch, April 17, 1:30pm, Café Buen Dia, Hildago 45.

Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. All women are warmly invited. 

Men meet in the Jardin at 9:30am in front of the Parroquia and decide where to eat. The regular guys would like some new faces to join them!

Circle Cena - The Circle Cena is a social gathering for people who meet at a host's house once a month for either a pot luck of botanas and dessert or a full course dinner. The hosts coordinate the event as to how many guests they can accommodate and who brings what food to share. As the groups change from cena to cena, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know other UUs.

The next Circle Cena is Monday, May 6, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, April 21, 10:30am  

Every Day Is Easter

Rev. Arvid Straube



At this Easter Sunday’s Unitarian Universal Fellowship Service, the Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube tells us we can see a deeper meaning in the season without needing to believe that the traditional Easter story is historically true.

The late mythology scholar Joseph Campbell wrote, "All religions are true but none are literal. Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism, and you know how reliable that is. All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.” If we look, our lives are full of miracles. We can see the ways that new, unexpected life arises from the tombs of our souls to the many forms of “death” in a lifetime.

We can see the resurrection in those who have reconciled at last with long estranged family, and in those who have recovered from trauma and been a source of healing for others. We can find it in the way we can find a whole new life after a devastating loss. It’s there in the way that those who have died in the cause of justice—Gandhi, King, Archbishop Romero—live on in memory to inspire others while their murderers are forgotten. And we find it in the knowledge that the murderers of Jesus could not kill his message of love and forgiveness.  

Rev. Dr. Straube served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 35 years in Washington State, North Carolina and, most recently, as Lead Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. He earned an M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville, where he is now an Affiliate Faculty member. He currently has a ministry of spiritual direction and meditation coaching.

Dr. Straube has been practicing and teaching Buddhist meditation in the Vipassana tradition since 1975. Through his spiritual direction training at Shalem Institute he also has grounding in the contemplative Christian tradition. His scholarly interests include the mystical and contemplative traditions of humanity and Buddhist and biblical studies. His ministry passion has always been to help people grow into most authentic humanity. Dr. Straube lives near San Diego with his wife, Sonya Prestridge.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Children’s Religious Education program, Social Action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org.

Small Group Discussions 

'It’s Always Something'…Change, Loss, & Resilience, Monday, April 15, 2:00-4:00pm.
Most people know that change and loss are inherent to life but being comfortable with that reality can challenge all of us. Let’s talk about adaptations to change or loss that you’ve observed in others or yourself. What does resiliency look like in times of challenge? What are the spiritual characteristics we need to cultivate to get us through difficult times?

This discussion will be led by guest minister, Rev. Claudia Frost, at Sue Edelstein and Bill Spence’s house at Privada San Rafael Norte 3, Col. San Antonio, 

Please Note, date has changed - 'Two Kinds of Happiness', Friday, April 19, 2:00-4:00pm

There is happiness that depends on outer conditions. This kind of happiness is fleeting. The great wisdom traditions claim that there is a happiness that is deeper and not really dependent on outer circumstances. What that happiness is and how we can obtain it will be the topic of our discussion.This discussion will be led by visiting minister Rev. Arvid Straube at Privada San Rafael Norte 3, Col. San Antonio.

Reservations can be made with  epgoodwin@hotmail.com

If you are interested in hosting or leading a small group discussion in your home, please contact Ellie Goodwin at  the email above.

If you are interested in holding a small group discussion in the back room at the Aldea after a Sunday service, please contact the Member Services Committee to schedule the space.  Ellie Goodwin ( epgoodwin@hotmail.com) and Joann Kafarowski ( joannakafarowski@gmail.com).

In May we are going to start up Neighborhood Connections of UUs for social and care taking.  If you are interested in connecting with your UU neighbors, the sign up sheet is on the Welcome Table.

Social Action

The UUFSMA Board of Directors approved twelve grants to local non profits for 2019. The list below shows the organizations, amount of funding and projects that are being funded. 

Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora provides micro-lending, education programs and sustainability projects to rural communities. This year’s funding will support the educational component of the micro lending program. http://apoyo.mx/
Funding: $1,142 USD.


Caminos de Agua provides open-source solutions for communities at-risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico. The funding will pay for a community engagement fellow. https://caminosdeagua.org/
Funding: $3,825 USD.


Caminamos Juntos helps meet the needs of Mexican Nationals deported from the United States.A network service coordinator will be hired to lead a complex effort to provide safe return services to deportees. https://www.cjsma.org/
Funding: $5,000 USD.

Casita Linda builds houses, helps create a sustainable environment, and provides workshops to help improve life for those living in poverty. The grant will pay for workshops to prepare families that are receiving a house on subjects such as community building, recycling, home maintenance and related issues. https://casitalinda.org/
Funding: $3,135 USD.   

CEDESA organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas and will use their grant to support three community development specialists that train and lead communities in building cisterns, recycling, composting, community gardens and more.
Funding: $8,607 USD.

Escuela de Educación Especial is a school for persons with hearing impairment and the grant will partially pay the salary of the Academic Director/Administrator. http://www.eeesma.com/
Funding: $2,390 USD.

Fundación de Apoyo Infantil facilitates learning processes, using participatory methodologies to promote children’s rights and the protection of their environment. The grant will help pay for classroom recycling bins. http://faiguanajuato.org/ 
Funding: $500 USD.

Jóvenes Adelante provides university scholarships and support to financially challenged youth. The grant of $4,845 USD will continue to pay for the scholarship of four university students. A one time grant of $10,000 USD will be used to strengthen the Betse Davies Special Star Fund. http://www.jovenesadelante.org/
Funding: $14,845 USD 

Mujeres en Cambio provides scholarships to girls in rural communities to keep them in school.The grant will pay for five junior high and two high school students’ needs such as uniforms and supplies.  https://www.mujeresencambio.org/
Funding: $2,045 USD.

Patronato Pro Niños provides medical and dental care to area children. This year’s grant will help pay for radio announcements to inform rural communities where the dental clinics will be each day. http://www.patronatoproninos.org/
Funding: $4,000 USD.      

San Miguel Literary Sala, Libros Para Todos promotes reading among children in rural communities. The grant will provide a special book for elementary children to read and then bring the author to town to meet the recipient students. https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/community-projects/
Funding: $500 USD.

Special Collections are also made on four Sundays to support specific NGO projects identified during the year.

Welcome Table

At the Welcome Table we have, for your reading pleasure, the Community Connections brochure. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about the UUFSMA - a bit of history, events, who we are and what we do. Pick one up next Sunday.

Altar Flowers

Flowers are a lovely way to remember or honor someone dear to you. If you wish to have the Sunday flowers dedicated to someone special, please contact Cynthia Sterling at sterlingsilver33@gmail.com.

Electronic Payments

We are set up for electronic funds transfers and electronic bill pay payments for your pledges and other donations. For instructions, please contact jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

And, now we have a link on our website for PayPal under the heading 'donations”.

To use PayPal or a credit card immediately, just click below!


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 2018-2019 (as of April 1, 2018)

John Simsarian, President, 154-4771, jcsimsarian@yahoo.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
Dan Neuspiel, Secretary, 415-154-5021, dneuspiel @gmail.com 
Bonney MeDowell, 415-145-7689, miko789@gmail.com
Eleanor Goodwin, 152-5700, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Joanna Kafarowski, 415 152 6111, joannakafarowski@gmail.com 
Becky Langrall, 503-860-3115, rlangrall22@gmail.com 

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

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

                    Committee Chairs and Activity

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

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com

Nominating Committee
Cynthia Claus, cclaus731@gmail.com

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


Care Team
Lydia Jane Failing, l ydiajane56@gmail.com
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com

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

Circle Cena
Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com

Discussion Group
Liz Stone, elmendorf7@aol.com

Sunday Service Co-Chairs
Paula Peace, paulapeace@bellsouth.net
Diana Ekizian, djekizian@gmail.com

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

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

Neighborhood Groups
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

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

Small Group Discussions
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 


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

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, rcs39@aol.com 
Rebecca Langrall,  rlangrall22@gmail.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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