UUFSMA Newsletter July 2, 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

News from our members:

Diana Ellsworth is making a fast recovery from her hip replacement surgery.  She is staying in an idyllic place by the waters of San Francisco Bay, moves around in her walker, and says that her husband Patric has been “an entire care team for me.”
Diana would be most grateful to read your cheerful messages. You can email her at: bonjourdianae@gmail.com
Linda Sorin continues to make progress after her rotator cuff surgery. She welcomes visitors and calls about possibly picking something up at the store. If you can help, please call her at 415-154-9044.

Art Therapy Group

Sometimes we can’t put the feeling, the hurt, the anger, the grief into words so we draw, paint, dance, sculpt, write a song, a poem or a story. There is a process where we can take the art process and use it to help us understand our thoughts and emotions. We may need some guidance to understand what it all means. Art therapy is a transformative process that creates not only insight and understanding but it can also help us change our behavior so that we can heal ourselves.   

The groups meet in the home of Patricia Scott every Wednesday in July. The charge for the group is $25 per group or $100 for the five groups in July. Individual work can be provided and Patricia is available for house calls.  

To register, or for more information, please call Patricia Scott MSW, at 415-154-1138 or iPhone 512-3176525. Patricia has been an experienced psychotherapist for 25 years in the field of treatment of Trauma, PTSD with an expertise in Child Abuse, especially Child Sexual Abuse, Addictions Treatment focusing on Alcoholism and Codependency, Treatment of Depression and Anxiety, Couple Counseling including Human Sexuality counseling and Expressive Art Therapy.

Caretakers Group meeting every other week
Those of us who are caretakers of physically or mentally disabled partners or relatives 
often experience difficult and stressful situations. I have found attending the Caretakers Meeting every other Tuesday afternoon to be helpful, relaxing and sometimes downright inspiring! 

The sessions are free of charge. For more information you can contact the Group Leader, Dorie Beach, M.S.W., at delaplaya3@yahoo.com
Death Café San Miguel
Monday, July 15, 4:00-6:00pm
The Death Café (www.deathcafe.com http://deathcafe.com/) is an international movement founded in England by Jon Underwood, based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. At a Death Cafe, people—often strangers—gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death with the intention of increasing awareness of mortality and help people make the most of their finite lives. Death Cafés have no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action. 

We meet as equals—as people who are going to die. One conversation at a time, we transform our relationship to loss, aging, mortality, dying and death, so we may transform also the way we live. Death Cafés are run in circle format, and everyone has a chance to share questions, ideas, experiences, concerns. 

Colonia Santa Cecilia, 1km north of Fábrica la Aurora 
Your $150 peso donation covers cost of hosting, water, tea, coffee, cake*, and clean-up 
* Gluten-Free cake available if requested in advance 
Space is limited, so please reserve your place by emailing 

Our meetings are an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely. The Death Café is an opportunity to discuss death without expectations. This is not a group therapy or grief counseling session. 

Your host, Wilka Roig, MTP, MFA, is a transpersonal psychologist, death doula, grief counselor, dreamworker, artist, baker, and mythmaker.


If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does please contact Francoise, Lydia Jane, 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, 415-120-2119,  tomrosiello@gmail.com
Françoise: 415 149 3053, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784,  lydiajane56@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu 

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, July 2, 10:15 am, In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we will discuss: LGBT concerns. Let us reflect on how our opinions have developed over the last 50 years. We are certainly more aware of a large segment of the population that went underserved and undiscussed by most of us. In what ways have we changed? Join 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, July 3, 1:30pm, Ten Ten Pie al Carbon. Stirling Dickinson 5. On right just after Potrero. 

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, August 5, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, July 7, 10:30am  

Liberation Theology vs.
Liberal Theology

Rev. Angela Herrera



At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Angela Herrera examines the differences between Liberation theology and Liberal theology as practiced by Unitarian Universalists.

Liberation theology is a synthesis of Christian theology and Marxist socio-economic analyses that emphasizes social concern for the poor and the political liberation for oppressed peoples. In the 1950s and the 1960s, liberation theology was the political practice of many Latin American theologians, 

Religious liberals like the idea of liberation theology. It’s fearless, systems-oriented, and speaks truth to power. With its focus on ending oppression and transforming our world with justice and equity, liberation theology resonates with our UU social justice values. In a world seemingly obsessed with online click-bait, liberation theology goes deep and challenges the usually tacit, underlying values that have led to our world economy and balance of power.

However, liberal and liberationist theologies are markedly different. Although both Unitarian Universalism and liberation theology share the goal of justice in human relations, and both have roots in the Christian tradition, UU theologian Paul Rasor suggests they are fundamentally incompatible. How can that be? Is he right? Drawing on insights from classical and new liberation theologies, Rev. Herrera delves into Rasor’s critique. 

The Rev. Angela Herrera is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, an 850-member congregation where she has served since 2010. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy from Marylhurst University.

She is committed to creating a big-hearted, open-minded faith community that serves people from many backgrounds and walks of life. Before entering parish ministry, she worked as a birth doula, and then as a student chaplain in a men’s maximum security prison and an inner city hospital. Recently, she and her congregation have taken an active role in welcoming the thousands of asylum seekers who’ve crossed the southern US border and protesting US immigration procedures that include incarcerating children.

Angela is the author of Reaching for the Sun, a collection of meditations published by Skinner House books, and was on the editorial team for  Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition. She served as a member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC from 2014-2016. She currently serves as a Teaching Pastor for Meadville Lombard Theological School.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Sunday morning 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 visit our website at uufsma.org.

Social Action
Caminos de Agua's new water solution – Aguadapt – is a flexible filter platform looking to make a big impact in emergency situations; it is also adaptable to emerging chemical water contaminants like lead, arsenic, and pesticides. 

Dylan Terrell and Aaron Krupp of Caminos de Agua accepting the Innovation Showcase Award in Washington D.C.

Last week, Caminos de Agua (Caminos) was named as one of three winners of the Innovation Showcase Award, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) in Washington D.C. Caminos was recognized for our new modular water filter – Aguadapt. The day started out with Aaron Krupp, our R&D Coordinator, giving a five-minute pitch on the technology to a panel of expert judges. Throughout the rest of the day, Aaron and our Executive Director, Dylan Terrell, worked with the judges in small group sessions and fielded questions in four areas: customers, implementation, manufacturing, and hardware.

The ASME award was presented to the Caminos Team by Jean-Louis Racine, the head of the Climate Technology Program at the World Bank and is accompanied by a USD $10,000 cash prize. In addition, Caminos de Agua will have access to free consulting services with Catapult Design – a design firm that works with socially-driven organizations to build accessible, market-based products and services that give low income and underserved people reliable tools to improve their quality of life.

Small Group Discussions 

Watch this space for information about two Small Group Discussions coming in August.

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.

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 
Rebecca Langrall, 415-151-0065, 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, 

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, lydiajane56@gmail.com
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

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

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

Membership Services
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Joanna Kafarowski, j

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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