UUFSMA Newsletter June 29, 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.

Result of vote on amendments to Bylaws and Endowment Fund

I am pleased to announce that members of UUFSMA voted last week 55-0 to approve our recent Bylaws revision, including our Endowment Policies and Procedures. More information on our Endowment and legacy giving is available in the following section.
Dan Neuspiel, President

Announcing the UUFSMA Endowment Fund

During these uncertain times, many of us are considering our legacy – how we wish to be remembered. We invite you to make a donation today and become a founding member of the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. A donation of cash or other liquid assets to our Seed Campaign now will help jump-start the Fund.

A commitment now to make a bequest as part of your estate will further enhance the health of the Fund in the future. Both types of donations will provide a perpetual source of income to the UUFSMA in support of its long-term mission to:

  • Enhance and expand social action grants to community organizations
  • Support projects that are not part of the Fellowship operational budget
  • Finance future capital expenditures which may arise, and
  • Fund other commitments that enhance the mission of the Fellowship

The Fund is now open and gratefully accepting current and bequeathed donations of any size. We encourage unrestricted gifts of liquid assets such as, cash, marketable securities, annuities, insurance policies, retirement accounts, and property that can be easily liquidated. While it is not possible to anticipate all the types of gifts that may be offered, restricted gifts that are difficult administer or outside the basic purpose of the Fund are discouraged.

Please contact the Endowment Committee to discuss any proposed gifts and to prepare appropriate gifting documentation. Gifts with restrictions that the Committee believes fall within the mandate of the Fund will be recommended to the Fellowship Board of Directors for its final approval.

If you wish to bequeath Mexican assets, please include the following language in your financialdocuments: 

Por la presente legaré los bienes inmuebles que poseo en [dirección] con todos los contenidos en ella, a la "Fraternidad Universalista Unitaria de San Miguel de Allende A.C.” Apdo 798, San Miguel de Allende 37700 Guanajuato, Mexico.

(Which in English means: I hereby bequeath the real estate I own at [address] with all the contents in it, to the Fraternidad Universalista Unitaria de San Miguel de Allende A.C., Apdo 798, San Miguel de Allende 37700 Guanajuato, Mexico).

If the bequest is not real estate, please insert the description of the asset being left to the UUFSMA in your will. If you wish to bequeath U.S. or Canadian assets, please include the following information in your financial documents: 

UUFSMA, 5900 Balcones Dr., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731, EIN: 85-1413347.

Fund Assets will be invested, primarily, through the UUA Common Endowment Fund, professionally managed, and audited.

For more information or to discuss a contribution, please contact: Steve Singer, Chair Endowment Committee, stevesingermx@gmail.com.

Please note that we are cannot offer estate planning, accounting or legal counsel.

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce

The UUFSMA COVID-19 Task Force encourages all our members and friends to attend The Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:30 AM CST. The speaker is Dra. Grace Lim, an internist and critical care specialist, and the director of So Others May Eat (a group UUFSMA supports, which was providing a weekly meal for local elders … until COVID-19 struck).

Meeting ID: 822 6292 4413
Password: 542474

The COVID Impact - Dra. Grace Lim
Every day we’re hearing about the devastating effects the coronavirus pandemic is having on our San Miguel de Allende community. Few people are seeing it from the front lines like this week’s guest speaker, Dra. Grace Lim. First, as a medical doctor, she is very well aware of the danger and realities of COVID 19. And, as the head of SOME (So Others
May Eat) Dra. Grace is dealing with another crisis – hunger.

When the shut down orders came this past March, hundreds of local people, mostly elderly, no longer had access to the once a week free meal provided by SOME . For many, it was the only nutritional meal they would get each week. Dra. Grace will share her story of how COVID impacts these people and how SOME is dealing with it. She will also discuss the coronavirus crisis in San Miguel and what each of us needs to be doing to safely reopen our community.


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

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is now on YouTube.

You can visit the UUFSMA YouTube channel at this link. There you can watch videos of recent UUF Sunday Services and workshops, including the powerful series “Preparing for a Thoughtful Death.”

Take a look, and if you have comments about the channel, send them to info.uufsma@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, June 30, 2020, 09:30 AM Mexico City Time

         Every week on Tuesday
        July 7
        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, June 30 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
Discussion:  How do we re-consider history; how do we honor it new way? 


Thursday Discussion group, July 2 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Discussion:  Unions and the role they currently play in our society. Are their new/other models that could be adopted addressing the issues of Fairness, Power and Decency?


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
June 21, 2020.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4tdOIIP5pj9JQpXNw2TfUbFmJd_gaaa81iJP-PUFmUpNpjdglNujiFENdzntH4CF Password: 1l$$7b08 

Sunday, July 5, 10:30am



“Staying Awake & Engaged
Through the Revolution”

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi


In the UUFSMA’s online Service this Sunday, guest minister and speaker, Rev. Abhi
Janamanchi, returns to a theme of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ware Lecture to the 1966 UUA General Assembly in Hollywood, FL. At that gathering, Dr. King recounted the story of Rip Van Winkle going to sleep during the reign of King George III and waking up twenty years later to find George Washington was President.

Dr. King said, “…the most striking thing about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not merely
that Rip slept twenty years, but that he slept through a revolution. While he was peacefully
snoring up the mountain, a revolution was taking place that would change the course of history- and Rip knew nothing about it. He was asleep… All too many people find themselves living amid great social change and yet fail to develop new attitudes, new mental responses which the new situation demands. There is nothing more tragic...”

Rev. Janamanchi notes a similar slumber at risk today during revival in the United States
of a sacred revolution begun generations ago. In big cities and small towns, hundreds of
thousands of people – black people, people of color, and huge numbers of white people -- are in the streets with non-violent protests, demanding an end to systemic racism, police brutality, and the dismantling of structures that jeopardize Black lives. Worldwide, tens of thousands are demonstrating to support Black Lives Matter and denounce racism in their own countries.

Our speaker hopes to investigate whether Unitarian Universalists are awake or sleeping
through this revolution. And if we are awake, what are we willing to risk and do?

Rev. Janamanchi serves as Senior Minister of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
in Bethesda, MD. Born and raised in Southern India, he moved to the US in 1994. He is a
member of Brahmo Samaj, a Unitarian Hindu reform movement. He graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago. He has also served congregations in Clearwater, Fl, Madison, WI, and Park Forest, IL. Active in international interfaith and multicultural work, he served as President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). His Unitarian Universalist-Hindu faith, Indian heritage, and U.S. citizenship inspire and guide his life and ministry.

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 more than 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).

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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