UUFSMA Newsletter March 11, 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.

Canada and the U.S. returned to Daylight Saving Time this weekend.
Mexico will change on Sunday, April 7th. 
Yesterday at our service, we enjoyed a visit from the Escuela de Educación Especial choir. They have been one of the non profits that the UUF has supported for a number of years. The EEE is a great organization helping children and adults who are hearing impaired live productive and independent lives. 

Member Profile

Lydia Jane Failing was raised in Houston and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. When she graduated, in 1979, she was the first student to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Personal Property and Fine Art Appraising. Right away she headed to New York City to work at Christie’s Auction House for the next five years where she specialized in the fine wine auctions.

Ever the adventurer, Lydia Jane spent the next year traveling around Australia studying the wine industry 

there and working as a “cellar rat”,  the name given to people who work in wine cellars or barrel rooms. Returning to the US, she secured a position with the new Gekkeikan Sake brewery opened in Folsom, California. This was the first operation the company ever had built outside Japan.

After 5 years with Gekkeikan, Lydia Jane and many others were laid off, but were offered the services of a career consultant agency. Lydia Jane was so inspired by their services that she embarked on a new career in that field. She found this work very rewarding; being able to offer help and hope to those whose lives have been shattered by losing their jobs.

Lydia Jane later worked as Human Resources Director for an airport restaurant management company in Washington, D.C. and then became Grant Manager for Goodwill Industries. At the expiration of the federal grant she had secured, Lydia Jane decided to retire.

She had traveled all over Mexico over the years and decided that Puebla was a good place to retire. In 2013, she sold everything and headed there with a stop along the way in San Miguel de Allende to visit friends. She never made it to Puebla.

Joining our fellowship was a no-brainer for Lydia Jane as she had discovered UUism at the Arlington, Virginia congregation when she lived in D.C. She is the Co-Chair of our Care Team which keeps her very busy. She is also the founder of the Succulent Lover’s Group of San Miguel.

Lydia Jane lives in Los Frailes with her dog, Boo, and a feral cat. She encourages any other UUs who live at Los Frailes to join the Facebook page Los Frailes Neighbors as she would love to put together a Circle Cena out there.

The UUFSMA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 24 at noon following the Sunday Service. In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, you must have pledged before March 4.

See you there!

Care Team

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
-  Mother Teresa

Our very best wishes for a prompt and complete recovery to Lee Veal who underwent gall bladder surgery last Saturday at Hospital H+. Lee should be going home soon, and he is looking forward to your visit!  Please email him at:  Leeveal@juno.com.
Ellie Goodwin appreciates all the care and comfort this fellowship has provided to her after the passing of her husband David Garrity. Reverend Tom Rosiello and Ellie are planning a “Celebration of David’s Life” in April.. Date to be announced later.
If you would like to visit Ellie, please contact her at:   epgoodwin@hotmail.com
The Rotary of SMA is presenting: ”I’m dead… So Now What? The 24 hour Association” by Linda Cooper, Executive Director of the Association. The 24-hour Association founded in 1965, provides funeral pre-arrangement services to the expat community.

This  presentation will be on Tuesday March 12 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cafeteria Sanmiguelessen, Stirling Dickinson 28. 
If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does, please contact Francoise, Lydia Jane or Gloria.

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,  lydiajafa@yahoo.com
Gloria Brown: 415-121-0206,  brownglo55@yahoo.com

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, March 12, 10:15 am,  Values: What are they? Do you have a values system, ethical, personal, financial, family? 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, March 13, 1:30pm, Café Rama, Calle Nuevo 7.


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, April 1, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, March 17, 10:30am  


Playing Fair

Rev. Carol Huston



At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Rev. Carol Huston asks how we can be fair in a world that often seems so unfair.

Margaret Fuller, an early feminist writer who was a part of Emerson’s Transcendentalist circle, once said, “I accept the universe,” to which British historian Thomas Carlyle responded, “Egad, she’d better!” We have to accept the universe. We are stuck with creation as delivered.

But are we? Certainly we must accept the laws of nature and biology and physics. No question. Creation is what it is, complete with decay, death, birth, and evolution. In the 19th century when almost every family of every class suffered the loss of children, it was a brave thing to say that you accept the universe, sad though it may be. Another 19th century Unitarian, Theodore Parker, said, “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice” but Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brought that statement to wide attention. It gives us our marching orders to do all we can to make that long slow bending work a little faster.

Actually, Fuller could not have meant that she accepted the unfairness of human society. She was one of the first to draft a feminist manifesto, and she was active in prison reform and education. She went to Italy to observe political revolution firsthand.

Rev. Huston sees herself in line with Fuller, with a theology that values the awe and wonder of the universe, the splendor of the cosmos, and the amazing mystery of evolution. At the same time, she challenges herself and others to take responsibility to remedy the injustice we create in society. She is currently an engaged volunteer in organizations that empower women and seek to alleviate the effects of extreme poverty around the world. Through the International Women’s Convocation, she works with projects that offer leadership training and education for women in developing countries in Asia, South America, and Africa. With a group called RESULTS, she lobbies for government support of global health and basic education.

Following careers in teaching and arts administration, Rev. Huston was ordained as a UU minister and served congregations in Rochester, Michigan, and White Plains, New York. She currently lives in Manhattan.

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 a.m. at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org.

Social Action
Ser Mujer Events
Tuesday, March 13, 5:00pm, Teatro Santa Ana
Film: Dolores
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, but least well known, activists in American history.
Dolores was an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez and her enormous contributions have largely gone unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the Twentieth Century. She continues the fight to this day at age 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this powerful mother of eleven, the film reveals the raw, emotional stakes in committing one’s life to social change.

$100 pesos. Tickets will be available at the Santa Ana box office. 

Saturday, March 16, 3:00pm, El Sindicato Centro Cultural Comunitario
Festival de películas feministas latinas
Ser Mujer is pleased to offer a series of original short films from the first Latina feminist film festival held in Mexico City in December 2018. They are in Spanish. The festival organizers will be in San Miguel to present the films and answer questions.


See our website for more details -  www.sermujersma.com

Celebrate World Water Day With Us!

This year, the UN has declared the theme for World Water Day to be  “Leaving no one behind”. All are welcome to join us in a week-long celebration of water leading up to World Water Day on March 22nd. We will address the water issues in the region, discuss the research and solutions that are being worked on, and honor an essential element of life in a series of five events.

Caminos de Agua Work Hub Open House    BILINGUAL
Calle Federico Montes de Oca 2c, Col. Independencia, 1.00 - 5.00 pm

Tour our laboratory, learn about our research, and get valuable information on the quality of water in our region. 

Women in Water                                             BILINGUAL 
Bellas Artes, Calle Dr. Ignacio Hernández Macías 75, 4.00 - 6.00 pm

Join us in celebrating and recognizing the valuable work women are doing to combat water issues in our region. Simultaneous translation available for English speakers.

Cocktail Reception and Keynote Talk              ENGLISH
6.00 - 8.30 pm  

Listen to Mariana Cárdenas, Harvard researcher and PhD, speak about the implications of water pollution on human health. Enjoy drinks and botanas in a beautiful private home. For tickets and more details on this event go to:

Water & Health: Implications of water
pollution on human health 
Bellas Artes, Calle Dr. Ignacio Hernández Macías 75, 4.00- 6.00 pm    

Listen to Harvard researcher and PhD, Mariana Cárdenas, give a public address to community of San Miguel on her area of expertise.  Simultaneous translation available for English speakers.

¿Qué pasa con el agua?                                   SPANISH
Plaza Cívica, Calle Colegio 11, Centro, 5.30 - 7.00 pm   

Enjoy a theatrical performance about the water problems in the region written by local activist and environmentalist, Diana Hoogesteger. The event is organized by the municipality and a coalition of nonprofits working together towards resolving these issues.
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”.

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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 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.

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

                    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
Gloria Brown,  brownglo55@yahoo.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, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, rcs39@aol.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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