UUFSMA Newsletter January 28, 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.

Member Profile

Ed Short was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii but spent much of his boyhood surfing at Waikiki Beach. His high school aptitude test results said he should go into Agriculture, but he decided that Forestry would be more interesting and worked for awhile at the Plumas National Forest in California.

Finding forestry too boring and lonely, Ed attended Cal Poly Pamona and received a degree in Landscape Architecture. He also spent 3 years in the Coast Guard and one year traveling through Europe.

Back in Honolulu, Ed settled down and married Vicky and they raised two kids together. Ed opened his own Landscape Architecture firm which he ran for 34 years. They looked for a religious/spiritual community where they would feel at home and ended up at the Unity Church.

In 2011, Ed and Vicky and her 90-year-old father moved to San Miguel de Allende. They met some folks who introduced them to our fellowship and Ed has been coming ever since. We see Ed (usually barefoot!) almost every Sunday morning in our “choir” leading hymns.

Ed and Vicky are building a home in the Guadiana neighborhood. They host a ukulele-playing and singing event every Monday at 3pm at their current home at Umaran 62C. If you don’t have a ukulele, you can borrow one of Ed’s!

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

Seminar: Medical Emergencies in Mexico - How to be Prepared
Presented by Melanie Lansing
Tuesday, January 29th at La Casona Convention Center, salida a Celaya 77
6:00-8:00pm (registration at 5:30)
$150 pesos
RSVP Required - PeaceofMindSMA@gmail.com
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, January 29, 10:15 am, Anger: What is it?  Do we use it, and how?  Do we misuse it?  Is jealousy a form of anger? 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, January 30, 1:30pm, Media Naranja, Calz. de la luz 110, enter from Hidalgo, upstairs.


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 3, 10:30am  


Great Blooming Community

Rev. Debra Faulk



At this week’s service, The Rev. Debra Faulk of the Unitarian Church of Calgary leads a Flower Communion and explores the place and value of ritual in our lives.

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


In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings and places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they're redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought. If you are unable to get a flower or forget to bring one, there will be extra flowers at the door.

Rev. Faulk will relate the rich history of this ceremony and its creator. The primary function of established rituals is to help create a firm sense of group identity, cohesion, and belonging. Humans use rituals to create social bonds and to nourish interpersonal relationships. Social rituals have formed a part of human culture for tens of thousands of years.

In the psychological context, ritual can provide a touchstone for health, well being, and self care. Ritual is a cultural phenomenon that requires attention and sensitivity.

Rev. Faulk holds a BA in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology. She has served as a chaplain at Vancouver General Hospital, Director of Religious Education in Victoria, and as Parish Minister to congregations in British Columbia and Ontario She is now in her ninth year as Minister of the Unitarian Church ofCalgary.

She is a member of the UU Ministers Association’s Collegial Development Team. This past summer she participated in a pilgrimage to Transylvania for the 450th anniversary of the Diet of Torda, said to be the first recorded document of religious freedom. Her greatest passions are inter-faith dialogue and action, building community of all ages and perspectives, addressing issues of equity, and protecting the environment. Her two adult children and five grandchildren were born, raised, and still live on the west coast of Canada.

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 La Aldea or check out our website at www.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 one of its two screenings in San Miguel on February 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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