UUFSMA Newsletter April 22, 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

Harriet Finkelstein is continuing to make progress after her surgery and is working with her physical therapist.  She welcomes visitors, but please contact her before to check her schedule.Email: ohharriet@gmail.com 
Care Team members Karen Woolhouse and David Lewis have completed some thorough research on Audio Books resources for blind or disabled people. Click on this link to read their findings.

If you know someone who could benefit from these resources, please share the information with them.

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

Would you like to make a gift of music to our Fellowship?
We have recently purchased new hymnals and we invite you to sponsor a hymnal! Your US tax-deductible donation of $35 US or $700 pesos will sponsor a new hymnal with your personalized text of dedication…beginning this upcoming Sunday, April 28.

We will have new hymnals ready for your dedication at the Welcome Table after Sunday’s service. Out of town but wish to sponsor some hymnals? No problem. Just email paulapeace@bellsouth.com and we will save some hymnals for you and tell you how to send payment by PayPal. 

This is a beautiful way to honor loved ones with a meaningful gift for our Fellowship!

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, April 23, 10:15 am,  Childhood: Often we idealize our own of long ago. How is childhood different now? Is what we did and believed still relevant to our grown up lives? Have we changed our belief systems? Have we evolved? 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 24, 1:30pm, Dragon Chino, Salida a Celaya 71.

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 28, 10:30am  

Reflecting the Light

Rev. Arvid Straube



At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube asks how we can find hope in these dark times.

When watching or reading the news it is easy to despair. Human history has had dark times before. But in these times of darkness, there are things that we can do to reflect the light of wisdom, compassion, and justice to make a difference, individually and in community.

With varying degrees of accuracy, the news mostly tells us the bad things that are happening. The late Rev. Dr. Forrester Church warned us against the sin of sophisticated resignation when there are always reasons to avoid engagement. But as the Dalai Lama said, “I believe the 21st Century can become the most important century of human history. I think a new reality is emerging. Whether this view is realistic or not, there is no harm in making an effort.”

The songwriter and social activist Carolyn McDade said, “Hope is something we make with our hands.” Some of the most hopeful people are those who have a long history of working for peace and justice. They have had success and failures, learned many lessons, and failed forward by using what they have learned in defeat for the next struggle. Thus they have managed to resist despair and cynicism.

We cannot do it alone, but together we can all reflect the light of hope, justice and peace. Rather than adding to the voices of ill will and outrage, we can speak peace. We can be peace.

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 

For the tie that binds us to the UUF and to each other, we are offering small group discussions and invite you to participate. Some discussions last two hours; some groups will meet over time. All are on subjects of interest and facilitated by inspiring leaders.

Upcoming Short Discussions
An opportunity to ask questions of Medicare expert Eileen Carafiol about Medicare Advantage is offered on May 1 at the home of Ellie Goodwin, Colonia San Antonio, Callejon de la Ballonetta 15, beginning at 2 p.m. The group will be limited to 10 people. If you want to come, please contact Ellie at epgoodwin@hotmail.com.

What is Your Legacy?
Thinking about legacy prompts us to put our life into perspective -- making conscious choices about the kind of life we want to live. Our legacy is the part of ourselves that will be left in the hearts and minds of others we will leave behind. As we learn from our past, go through life in the present and foster our potential future, these experiences create our unique legacy. Our values, the examples we set, the paths we choose, the decisions we make, and the way we conduct our life, create our unique signature in this world. The question is what legacy will you leave? Are we living our lives to reflect the legacy we want to leave behind?

Join us for a meaningful small group discussion facilitated by UUF Board member Joanna Kafarowski at her home in Colonia San Antonio on Friday, May 24, 2-4 p.m.

Space is limited so please reserve your spot by emailing Joanna at joannakafarowski@gmail.com. Joanna will send her address to those who reserve.

Ongoing Small Groups

Women’s Group
Connect and interact with other women as we explore the multiple facets of womanhood. At the first gathering we'll decide when, where, and how often we will meet, group structure, and various topics that may be of interest. The goal is for women to have a place to express ideas, share experiences, reflect on the future and the past, laugh heartily, and, of course, make new friends.

All women who are UUF members or Friends are invited to this initial meeting, so come join us to plan how we will proceed. The first meeting will be hosted by Margo Johnson on Wednesday, May 15, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at her temporary home on Calzada de la Presa 14, Unit 3. Register for this group at margoj325@outlook.com 

This is an opportunity for UUFSMA members and friends to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold to provide an affirming, brave, and fun space for individuals to discuss their needs, challenges, and successes in the continuum of gender identity and expression, or otherwise any non-straight/nonheterosexual identities We will also provide for those questioning,

Join us for conversation, community, fun, and resources! Gather first in the rearmost space (where the Children's class is held) following the UU service on May 5 to discuss meeting plans and naming suggestions.

Bring your coffee or tea and join us! For more information or if you would like to help out, contact Arlene Van Note at aavannot@msn.com or 415-154-8054.

Watch this space for more Small Group Discussions and Ongoing Groups

In the summer we expect to begin an ongoing group of Jewish UUs and Buddhist UUs.

If you have an idea about a new group, please pass your suggestions to Ellie Goodwin,  epgoodwin@hotmail.com or Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@gmail.com, co-chairs of the Member Services Team.

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
Our member Elsmarie Norby lives beyond the train tracks and has occasion to frequently pass there and see migrants and families of migrants traveling. She is offering to collect your donations of clothing, shoes, socks, backpacks, water and food items for travelers…and then share with those in need at the tracks.

Please bring your donations to her this coming Sunday, April 28 at the UUF service. She’ll be receiving your goods at the Welcome Table before and after the service.
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
Chris Kellogg,  christopher_louro@yahoo.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

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 
Joanna Kafarowski,  joannakafarowski@gmail.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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