UUFSMA Newsletter June 15, 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

Nothing about the virus has changed, so we need to think carefully about any changes we might want to make in our precautions. Cases in Guanajuato State and in San Miguel de Allende are rising rapidly right now – and the numbers reported are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Lately we have seen some lists of outside activities, ranked by which are more and less risky. They are not exactly scientific, but they remind us to think about the general principles. Physical distancing of six feet or more is best. Outdoors is best, or at least large, well-ventilated spaces are better than small spaces. Short contacts are much better than longer ones – short, like five minutes.

If you do socialize carefully with people other than members of your household, keep it to the same few people – limit your circle of exposure as much as you can. Recent research suggests that as many as 40% of cases are asymptomatic, which makes it complicated to manage the spread of the virus. I could be infected right now, or you could, and not know it. Please wear your masks! A cloth mask doesn’t really protect you, but that’s not the point, it protects your neighbors, and our wider community.

There is some new information from the World Health Organization about masks, suggesting that those of us 60+ years of age should be using a different, more protective type of mask … we will update you about this soon.

The Facebook site COVID19SMA is still our best resource for current information. Meanwhile, please continue to take good care of yourselves. Wash your hands. Eat well, but not too much – remember, being overweight is one risk factor for more serious illness if you get infected. Get some exercise every day. Stay connected to your friends.

Here is a link to a short video which the Task Force hopes you find helpful. It has some excellent tips and exercises to help manage stress and anxiety in these challenging times.


¡Manténgase seguro y saludable, amigos!


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

Home Care Guide for COVID-19

Active Listening

Weekly Feelings Chart


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,

Topic: Tom’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 09:30 AM Mexico City Time

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Meeting ID: 442 374 895
Password: 724450

Care Team

The next Preparing for a Thoughtful Death workshop will be held Wednesday, June 17 at 10 AM on Zoom. Our speaker, Felicitas, https://sacredwellnessgrove.com is a professional Life Coach who will address how a practice of Mindfulness and Contempla-tion can assist us in preparing for our thoughtful deaths. If you have not registered previously, send an email to info.uufsma@gmail.com and you will be added to the list for the Zoom location.  

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, June 16 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
Discussion:  Have you ever, when hearing someone express prejudice or bias, friend family, or new acquaintance, stopped them and raised the issue/remark with them? How do you approach “confronting prejudice/bias”? Have you ever been called out for your expression of bias? What did you feel? What did you learn?


Thursday Discussion group, June 18 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Let's open our discussion with your personal experience of meeting a person of color for the first time.
Discussion: What do we mean by race? Is it skin color or other physical features? Is it cultural? Is it ancestry? Is it self identity? Is it genetic? What is race?


Although both groups are very popular, there is room for one or two more in each group.  If you are interested in joining, please e-mail jane.wilkinson@gmail.com


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
June 14, 2020.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4vFOcrSp9TxIHLP3y3rFQbERIpnMT6a823Ub-KYEyO1uJ8oCOfZ4XcDIEHsidVo Password: 7D!29!+9 

Sunday, June 21, 10:30am


“Searching for Truth in the Pandemic"

Dr. Daniel Neuspiel



This service will be transmitted via Zoom. Those interested in viewing this and future Services should either download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app or go to the zoom.us site and click  



Or use the Zoom Cloud Meetings app on your smartphone or tablet

The Meeting ID is 414 604 040, PASSWORD 294513

During the current pandemic, the media is filled with scientific claims that are often difficult for the lay public to understand. Established investigators compete with less reputable and self-declared “experts” who spout advice about prevention and treatment of Covid-19. Conspiracy theories about the origins of the pandemic are widespread on social media. When this information bombards us, how do we determine the truth?

In this Sunday’s UUFSMA service, Dr. Dan Neuspiel, President of the UU Fellowship, will draw upon Unitarian Universalism’s 4th Principle – commitment to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning – to help us understand the importance of science today. Defining each term—free, responsible, truth and meaning—he will debunk dangerous pseudoscientific theories about the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Dr. Neuspiel will also address the hazardous antivaccine movement, which allies with armed right-wing militias to oppose sensible social-distancing policies. He urges us to be critical readers of alleged scientific facts and not to accept them at face value. Science, he argues, is a process, not a set of dogmas. The 4th UU Principle provides blocks to build understanding of science and the universe.

Dr. Neuspiel grew up in Newark, NJ, and completed undergraduate and medical school at Rutgers University. He trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship in epidemiology and master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh. He practiced general pediatrics in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina, for 33 years, serving poor and immigrant families. He was on the medical school faculties of Albert Einstein and the University of North Carolina.

In 2016 the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded Dr. Neuspiel a lifetime achievement award for evidence-based pediatrics. Retiring in 2017, he became the first Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Neuspiel is Vice-President of the Latin American Relief Fund and tweets about migrant justice. A Unitarian Universalist since 1997, he lives with his wife Cathy Cánepa in San Miguel de Allende.

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.

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 coronavirus, UUFSMA has suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. 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.

Jóvenes Adelante provides scholarships, mentors, and other material support to San Miguel de Allende honors students seeking higher education.

Find out more about these beautiful drawings and Jóvenes Adelantes' Susie Beere Emergency Fund
and how to purchase:


For more information, check out Jóvenes Adelante's website www.jovenesadelante.org

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

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