UUFSMA Newsletter February 4, 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.

Rev. Debra Faulk led the community in a very beautiful and inspiring flower communion yesterday. 

Created by Czechoslovakian Unitarian minister Norbert Capek in the wake of World War I, the Flower Communion is a deep and meaningful annual ritual that celebrates and affirms natural beauty, hope, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. 

The 2019 Pledge/Membership Drive is underway! Your financial support makes you a full-fledged member with voting rights at annual meeting, helping set the course for the year. We have a lot to look forward to with enriched Sunday Services by our affiliate minister, Tom Rosiello, our visiting ministers program, superb music, a growing children's program, and many social opportunities. Your support makes possible our continued contributions to NGOs here in the Mexican community. To become a member, fill out a pledge form at the Fellowship or go to the website, www.uufsma.org.

The UUFSMA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 24 at noon following the Sunday Service. See you there!

Care Team

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. - James Keller

The Care Team has initiated a new "Circle of Life" window here for announcements of special importance and interest to our Fellowship, such as births, marriages, and deaths.  If you have such information you would like to share with the full Fellowship, please send the pertinent details to either Lydia Jane or Francoise for inclusion in our on-going and never-ending Circle of Life. Sharing is a vital thread of our community, keeping us all connected and informed. Your input will be greatly appreciated.

If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does, please contact either Francoise or Lydia Jane.
Françoise: 415 149 3053
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784  

For a copy of the Medical Resource directory, contact either Lydia or Francoise.

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, February 5, 10:15 am, Boundaries, your own and others. Should you have them? How do you know what are the boundaries of other people? 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, February 6, 1:30pm, El Rinconcito, Refugio Norte 7, San Antonio.

The UUFSMA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, February 7th at 1:00pm. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact President, John Simsarian at jcsimsarian@yahoo.com.


Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. As the weather gets cooler, be sure to seek out the group in one of the inside spaces. 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, March 4, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, February 10, 10:30am  


Cats, Birds & Souls

Rev. Andrea Abbott



At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, The Rev. Andrea Abbott, minister of The First Universalist Society of Central Square, takes a look at the practical difficulties of living on a small planet through a reflection on an incident with a neighbor in her small rural town in New York.

Rev. Abbott uses the incident as the basis to explore the variety of ways we all compete for resources as we seek to have our needs met. Whether the resources are physical, such as food or water, or emotional, such as are our need to be wanted, loved, and validated, it seems hard to get our needs filled without impinging on the needs of others.

It is easy to find ourselves being good neighbors to those we don’t know while we grapple with the problems of living next door to each other. It may well be easier to maintain our highest principles, the seven principles that Unitarian-Universalists have agreed to honor, when we do so on an abstract plane. However, in seeking to find a compromise with a neighbor, Rev. Abbott found her principles more difficult to maintain than they were when they were abstract idea.

This is the story of the interaction of principles with mundane life, the place where real growth and change take place. In one small backyard, the drama of life and death plays out and presents us with small-scale contradictions and ambiguities. How do we balance the worth and dignity of every person with a finite earth and competing visions? Can we arrive at solutions for every problem. or are there some that remain beyond our efforts at compromise and peace?

This is the Rev. Abbott’s fifth year to speak in San Miguel de Allende. She is the minister of The First Universalist Society of Central Square, located in a rural area of upstate New York north of Syracuse. She has served the congregation for more than ten years, first as student minister and then as minister. A graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Seminary, Andrea came to the ministry late in life, having previously had careers in human services, teaching, and librarianship. Prior to becoming a minister, she served for twenty years as librarian at Auburn Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum-security prison in Central New York.

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 AM at the Hotel Lla Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org.


Social Action
 Escuela de Educación Especial Upcoming Event - February 6th, 2019
The 2017 Academy Award Winning Short Film,The Silent Child, will have two screenings in San Miguel on February 5th & 6th, 2019. You won’t want to miss experiencing this insightful short story inspired by the real life experiences of a deaf child. Observing one of the loneliest and also avoidable struggles that deaf children face, in Mexico and around the globe, is very moving. Almost 80% of deaf children attend main stream schools with no specialized support in place. This is reflected in the grades of these children as well as their mental health and well being.

Prior to the screening, short remarks will be made by our special guest, Dr. Margaret Finnegan, PhD., Coordinator, Education of the Deaf MA Program and Online Instructor in Deaf Education MA Program at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL. Margaret speaks not only from many years of professional deaf education experience but also from personal experiences, being herself the mother of a deaf child. 

Please come join us and show your encouragement and support for the children and young adults attending Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende. This very special school is a nonprofit association where a bilingual model of Mexican Sign Language and written Spanish is used to provide an education to deaf children from preschool through high school, as well as building dreams and hope for the future.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Publica, SMA
Tickets: MXN$250
Includes a wIne and cheese reception following the 20 minute film and open questions and discussion.

More details to come closer to the date. Please mark your calendar to attend this unique and perception-altering event and send an RSVP to John at  jd98lv@hotmail.com
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
Judith Rosenthal, 1st VP, 154-9659, judithr@mail.fresnostate.edu
Chris Chase, 2nd VP, 170-4544, Chris.Chase1955@gmail.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 152-8019, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
William Dalsimer, Secretary, 917-991-7841, wrdalsimer@gmail.com
Eleanor Goodwin, 152-5700, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Paula Peace, 102-1072, paulapeace@bellsouth.net 
Peter Podesta, 101-0904, parlino27@gmail.com

Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com

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

                    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 

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

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


Social Action, Outreach and Publicity
Christie McGue, 231-342-6960, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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