UUFSMA Newsletter March 2, 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.

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00AM Canada and the USA return to Daylight Saving Time. Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night!
The next UUFSMA Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 1:00pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Board President, John Simsarian, at jcsimsarian@yahoo.com
A warm welcome to Sue Abrams, Beth Brehmer, Joe Chaszar, Terry Coleman, Tom Gignoux, Beverly Hill, Diane Smith, Marilyn Westlake, and the MANY other Visitors we welcomed to our service this week. It was a joy having you with us, and we look forward to your next visit.
          Welcome to New Members
          Syndra & Dave McDougall

Q What months do you live in San Miguel?
A Late Oct until mid-April

Q How many years have you been here?
A Twelve years 

Q Where did you live before here?
A We have lived in Ontario most of the time but have also enjoyed living in Farmington, Michigan; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Seoul; Buenos Aires; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Q What was/is your occupation?
A Syndi was a high school teacher and corporate trainer.  Dave was an economist/ marketer.

Q What activities do you enjoy? 
A Bridge, travelling, sailing, reading, the gym, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends.

Q Family?
A We have a daughter and a son…and have been blessed with four lovely grandchildren.
Q UU history?  

A We started here two years ago and have enjoyed meeting new friends and becoming more involved with the UU community.

The Membership Annual Meeting will be held on 
Sunday, March 22 at 12:00 noon 
following the Sunday Service.
This is an important meeting for the Fellowship. 
In order to vote at the meeting, you need to be a  Pledging Member
by today.

Please mark your calendars and attend.
            Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of a few people who are willing to coordinate which individuals pass our collection baskets on rotating Sundays. There are many people who enjoy passing the baskets so it isn't difficult to recruit them. Please email 
chris.chase1955@gmail.com so we can have some new volunteers trained prior to April.  

Care Team
The Care Team is finalizing the details for an all-day workshop planned for Saturday, March 21st. Look for a flyer with detailed information which will be available at the service next Sunday.

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, March 3 10:15 am, Can you lose yourself in an activity; for example a book, watching a movie, hiking alone? How do you do that, and why? Is it helpful to do that? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone. The group meets at the Quinta Loreto restaurant at Loreto 15.


Wednesday Lunch Bunch, March 4, 1:30pm, Ten Ten Pie al Carbon, Stirling Dickinson 5. 


Saturday Men's breakfast group, men meet in the Jardin at 9:30am in front of the Parroquia and decide where to eat. 

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 6 2020. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, March 8, 10:30am


Confessions of a Radical Homemaker


Rev. Laurie Bushbaum



On this International Women’s Day, Rev. Laurie Bushbaum, who has served in the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for more than 30 years, invites us to look again at what it means to be a home-maker. While not everyone is cut-out to be a full-time, stay-at-home, unpaid domestic worker, there is much in the calling that is worthy of our admiration.

As a self-described “radical-homemaker,” who grows food and upcycles waste and unwanted products into higher quality materials, Bushbaum asks what such devotion means and whether there is a theology of home-making. Who are the global-minded, radical homemakers who are doing their part as care-takers, planet-menders, bridge-builders and protectors of the fragile and sacred?

Radical homemaking, she says, touches on every aspect of human endeavor. For example, Sweden is currently building homes that are acutally energy generative. This work matters in terms of how we continue to live on the planet. Why do you think that a Mexican protector of monarch butterflies was recently murdered? Loggers want the land, and he stood in their way by defending the vital territory of another species. Often, she says, radical homemakers stand in the way of human greed.

As a radical homemaker, Rev. Bushbaum also works on climate change and now focuses on the protection of Northern Minnesota tribal lands that have been used for hunting, fishing, and wild rice cultivation for centuries. Those lands now face despoilation from a Canadian oil pipeline.

A flat-lander from the U.S. Midwest, Bushbaum currently lives with her partner in Colorado and serves a congregation there. When not working, she skies, hikes, cycles, and enjoys yoga. Her work as a fiber artist has appeared in many juried exhibits. In June, she will have a piece in a show at the Norway House, in Minneapolis, MN. Her work interprets a Medieval Tapestry found in a Norwegian church in the 19th century. 

Remembering her first visit to SMA about 15 years ago, Rev. Bushbaum enjoys the sunshine of San Miguel, its cobblestones, art, El Charco Del Ingenio, and being awakened by roosters.

Welcoming people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity, the UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15. For information about our Sunday Children’s Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the service and join UUs for coffee afterwards. The fellowship is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at uufsma.org.


Social Action
The UUFSMA Social Action Committee (SAC) has been in existence since 2002. A large part of its work has involved reviewing and making funding recommendations on grant proposals from local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). These grants help improve the quality of life for Mexicans living in and around San Miguel. In 2019 the UUFSMA provided financial support to 11 NGOs with $45,000 USD in grants, representing about 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.”

This year the SAC has expanded its activities in several ways by:

* Providing updates to the Congregation before each Sunday offering, detailing progress
grantees are making on the projects the UUFSMA has helped to fund.
* Acting as a conduit to the Board of Directors with information about local social justice
initiatives such as Climate Strikes and Calls to Action on the Migrant Crisis.
* Partnering with members of the Congregation and local organizations to provide small
group discussions and action steps members can take to address Climate Action – the 13th of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals.

If you are visiting San Miguel or live here part time, we are interested in learning about the
social action/social justice work of your US or Canada-based congregation. Please feel free to take a flyer from the Welcome Table, share it with folks, and act as a bridge between your congregation and us, so that we can learn more about them and possibly find ways to partner with each other. Thank you!

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM and all are welcome. For
more information, please contact Rebecca Langrall (rlangrall22@gmail.com) or Dick Snyder (rcs39@aol.com), Co-Chairs.
The Social Action Committee sponsors an ongoing food and supply drive for the migrants on the train tracks in Comonfort and those sheltered at ABBA House in Celaya.  More and more families are in need of help, especially with these items:

Items Needed:
Multi-use powdered soap, Cloro, Knorr suiza  (chicken bullion), Salt, Sugar, cooking oil
pasta along with can or carton of tomato sauce, Instant coffee, Bandaids, talcum powder, socks (a never ending supply is needed), Sanitary napkins, Underwear (men's and women's).

Medications needed:
Omeprazol (gastrointestinal)
Contac &  Agrifen (cold medications)
Paracetamol (pain & fever)
Ketarolaco (pain, anti-inflammatory) 
Naproxeno (pain, anti-inflammatory) 
Miconazol crema (skin infections)
Vitacilina (anti-bacterial, skin infections)

Members and friends are encouraged to bring what you can each Sunday and drop it into the two large plastic bins near the sign-in table. Stan Allen and Luisa Field will take the items after the service each week to distribute to those in need. Thanks to all for your continued support of ABBA House and the migrants. Together, we can make an important difference in the comfort of these families as they journey toward a better future.
Amistad Canada supports many of the organizations that the UUF also supports - Escuela de Educación Especial, Feed the Hungry, Jóvenes Adelante, Patronato Pro Niños, and So Others May Eat.
Proposed Non Profit Organizations Supported
by the UUFSMA in 2020
Caminos de Agua provides open-source solutions related to water quality and quantity for communities at risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico. Grant will fund a full time Community Outreach and Education specialist.

Click on this link for Caminos de Agua's Year End 2019 Message - https://mailchi.mp/2d0d6306e560/do-twice-as-much-good-4724697?e=e29714f28e
Caminamos Juntos helps meet the needs of Mexican nationals deported from the US. Grant will fund efforts to expand radio outreach and community assessment efforts.

Caminamos Juntos Newsletter
CJ Annual Report 2019

Casita Linda builds houses and provides workshops to help improve life for those living in poverty. Grant will fund 62 workshops in life quality enhancement such as self-esteem building, organic gardening, and family communication.
. https://casitalinda.org/.

Click on this link for 2019 Year End News  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1?ui=2&ik=918a4a7f08&view=lg&permmsgid=msg-f:1651959914596773209
CEDESA  organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas. Grant will fund six promodores to provide workshops on identity building, the construction of dry toilets, rainwater catchment systems, organic gardening, and community leadership.

Centro Infantil de los Angeles provides high quality childcare (including health and educational needs) to low-income mothers allowing them to earn a living. Grant will fund scholarships for free childcare (infants of three months to four years) for seven children.

El Charco del Ingenio protects and preserves the territory and ecosystem of El Charco, providing ecological, scenic, educational, and historic value to the region. Grant will contribute to the development of a new Interpretive Center to encourage more visitors, particularly

Escuela de Educación Especial offers education to those with hearing impairment aimed at ensuring they become independent, literate, and productive citizens. Grant would go toward part of the salary of the Academic Director, setting up a new hearing clinic, and training

teachers to educate a child who is both deaf and blind.


Feed the Hungry offers school meals, family nutrition education, and community development programs. Grant will fund the purchase of food for 13,000 meals for two schools (20 mothers and 30 toddlers).

Fundación de Apoyo Infantil supports positive lifelong habits through classes for children in environmental education, organic gardening, and recycling. Grant will fund two rainwater catchment systems and 12 ceramic water filters for 12 classrooms in two of SMA’s poorest elementary schools.

Update of activities 2019
Jóvenes Adelante provides university scholarships and support to financially challenged youth. Grant will fund four students who will graduate in 4 – 5 years, depending on their field of study, including the cost of credentialing.

Read the latest JA newsletter by clicking on this link - 
Mujeres en Cambio provides scholarships to girls and young women in rural communities to keep them in school and help them attend college. Grant will fund 13 girls through one more year of junior high school or high school.

Ninos Con Autismo identifies, evaluates, devises treatment plans, and assesses progress for children with autism. As a new organization, these funds will assist with startup expenses.

Patronato Pro Niños provides medical, dental, psychological and nutritional care for children and adolescents from economically deprived families in the municipality of SMA. Grant will fund the Public Health Information Campaign and funding of a psychologist at the clinic.

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 2019-2020 (as of April 1, 2019)

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 McDowell, 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
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
Dick Snyder, rcs39@aol.com 
Rebecca Langrall, rlangrall22@gmail.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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