UUFSMA Newsletter July 6, 2020

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.

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce

In our recent survey, several respondents asked about the credentials of our Covid-19 Task Force. We are made up of UUFSMA members who are physicians, nurses, social workers and care team members with many years of experience in epidemiology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and previous work with HIV/AIDS and other epidemics. We strive to bring you the most current and evidence-based information.

Covid-19 infections are still increasing in San Miguel and many other areas, yet many businesses are reopening, and many of us are restless to get out, so it’s crucial that we all keep safe physical distancing and wear appropriate masks when outside of our homes, or when necessary workers are in our homes.

The SMA Covid-19 Facebook group is bulk ordering protective masks now at very low prices, so if you don’t already have a stock of them at home for yourselves and necessary in-home staff, now is the time to order them. Masks of three types can still be ordered from the Covid-19 SMA Facebook group, at https://covid19sma.knack.com/covidmasks#start/english/

This site also has explanations of the different mask types, and instructions for using and
maintaining them.  They are also accepting donations which will allow them to provide these excellent masks to hospital workers and anyone in the community who cannot afford them.

If you are concerned that you may have Covid-19 symptoms, you can get free screening from Joey Merrifield, CRNP, at: WhatsApp only 415-114-5009 or Email  jmerrifi@gmail.com.

Here are some helpful recent links on Covid-19:

How health experts deal with Covid-19 risks in their daily lives:

Straight answers from top epidemiologist:

Help! My Loved One Refuses to Practice Social Distancing!

Why You’re Probably Not So Great at Risk Assessment:

Here's how to stop the virus from winning:


If you have any questions, please contact Bonney McDowell, member of the Task Force at miko789@gmail.com.



Coffee Chat with Tom on Zoom

Join me for coffee/tea and a chat. We will start at 9:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Hope you will join me and many of your UU friends.

The information for how to connect is below.

Hasta mañana,

Tom’s Zoom Meeting

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 09:30 AM Mexico City Time

         Every week on Tuesday
        July 14
        July 21
        July 28
        August 4
        August 11
        August 18
        August 25

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar
system. Click here.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 442 374 895
Password: 724450

Care Team

If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does please contact Francoise 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 -
415-122-2119,  tomrosiello@gmail.com
Françoise: 415 149 3053, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu 

Calendar of Activities

All are welcome to attend any and all UUFSMA activities. Please join us!

Tuesday Discussion group, July 7 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
Discussion:  Poetry, race relations and nurturing friendships. Please bring a piece of poetry to share with our group that may have moved you to open your eyes and hearts to the possibility of a new and better world.


Thursday Discussion group, July 9 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Discussion:  How Do We Stay Awake to Fight Social Injustice and Systemic Racism?


If you are interested in joining, please e-mail jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

UUFSMA Buddhist Group, Sangha of the Heart every Friday
All are welcome to participate in a free weekly Zoom sangha with Joan Wolf on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:15 AM. Regular participation is encouraged or drop-in when you want. Here is the link, meeting ID and password:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 5260 6104
Password: 646180

Please email Joan at joanwolf@umich.edu if you would like to be added to the Sangha of the Heart email list and receive the Zoom link in a weekly reminder.


Saturday Discussion Group for people living alone, (11:00am)

This Zoom group is for the mutual support of people living alone in these anxious times. Participants can connect with others similarly situated to share resources, concerns, and tribulations. Helen Rivas-Rose is the moderator. To join this group, please contact Helen, at helycres@icloud.com or jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

Attached is a link to the recording of our Zoom Sunday Service held on
July 5, 2020.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/v8N_DI7d5nhIf43v2H6GAZMbHdXbeaa8gCkW-aFbz0j90ML4fURxgoil7OttXqiM Password: 7n&v79#^ 

And link to Frederick Douglas reading

Sunday, July 12, 10:30am



“Charting a Course
Toward Real Democracy”

Rev. Tom Rosiello 

This past week we celebrated the 244th anniversary of a nation founded on democratic
principles, but which has never yet truly lived up to the promises of those principles.

“This Sunday I will invite participants in the service to explore the religious mandate to
bring about ‘real democracy’,” says Reverend Tom Rosiello, Minister of the lay-led Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende. He notes, “Today in the U.S. and in other countries that declare themselves to be democratic, something is funda-mentally wrong. The ongoing protests around the world highlighting the unquestionable racism of U.S. institutions and growing inequality in society show that voices of many go unheard. In 1850, Unitarian Universalist minister Theodore Parker
described our supposedly democratic system as ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ Today that system now works in ways that are ‘of, by and for’ a privileged society that excludes the unprivileged.” 

“Many who benefit from a broken system do not want it to work for others.” He points to
a litany of breaks. Efforts to suppress votes proliferate. Laws to support wider communities of citizens are blocked. Foreign nations interfere in U.S. elections to benefit politicians who favor the privileged. Billionaires buy elections and legislation that favors expanding wealth and influence.

“The upcoming U.S. presidential election makes democracy’s problems clear,” he
observes. “True democracy is not needed just once every four years and democratic elections are only part of democracy. Democracy rests on the principle that our government must hear the voices of all people -- before and after elections too.” 

In this sermon, Rev. Rosiello invites participants in the service and elsewhere to chart a
new course for the unrealized promise of democracy. According to Rev. Rosiello, “To do so, we must embrace teachings of our faith tradition. This is much more than an issue of political process. It is a moral issue. It requires us to embrace our best values and spiritual fortitude to chart a new course.”

To participate in our online Sunday Service, visit the Fellowship’s website at www.uufsma.org and click on the Zoom Service button displayed on the home page. If
requested, enter password: 294513. Sign-in between 10:15-10:25 am.

Through grants and awards, UUFSMA donates fifty percent of all income it receives to
support nonprofit organizations that provide health, educational, and environmental services for underserved communities in the San Miguel region. Please support this work by clicking on the website home page’s Donate button. Now more than ever, your support is essential.

Due to the arrival of the coronavirus in San Miguel de Allende, UUFSMA has
indefinitely suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. We advise members and friends to follow the advice of reputable public health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control, and to contact our Minister or Care Team for needed assistance. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

If you would like to have a joy, sorrow, or concern shared during the service on Sunday,  please email it to me at tomrosiello@gmail.com and I will share it for you. 

Social Action

The UUFSMA Social Action Committee solicits, reviews, and recommends funding for grant proposals from local Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) aimed at improving the quality of life for Mexicans living in and around San Miguel. In 2020 the UUFSMA provided financial support to 13 NGOs with over $54,000 in grants, representing more than half of the Fellowship’s annual income. In addition, each quarter, the SAC and the Congregation help identify organizations with special, often one-time needs, for which the entire Sunday offering is given. We call these donations our “Blue Plate Specials”.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM and all are welcome. For
additional information, please visit our webpage at http://www.uufsma.org/social-action.html and/or contact Committee Chair, Rebecca Langrall (rlangrall22@gmail.com).

Click on the links below to view the documents.


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 2020-2021 (as of April 1, 2020)

Dan Neuspiel, President, 415-154-5021, dneuspiel@gmail.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
Joseph Plummer, Secretary, 412-371-0237, wordfisher@gmail.com 
Bonney McDowell, 415-145-7689, miko789@gmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Rebecca Langrall, 415-151-0065, rlangrall22@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 
415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu

Jurgen Ahlers, 
415-167-1203, 1jurgenahlers@gmail.com

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

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

                    Committee Chairs and Activity


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

Finance Committee
Margo Johnson, margoj325@outlook.com

Endowment Committee
Steve Singer, stevesingermx@gmail.com

Nominating Committee
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com

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


Care Team
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
Cathy Canepa, ccanepamd@gmail.com

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

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

Membership Services
Chris Chase, chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Neighborhood Groups
Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

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

Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com 

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

Social Action Committee
Rebecca Langrall, rlangrall22@gmail.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico