UUFSMA Newsletter May 11, 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.

Dear Members and Friends of the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende,
The Board is happy to announce that our Fellowship has agreed to allocate an additional $5,000 from our cash surplus to provide Matching Funds for donations from UUF Members and Friends to address the continuing food shortage for the neediest within San Miguel during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage those of you who can, to consider donating part or all of your stimulus check as one option for giving. Most people are spending less now, and the peso’s 25% drop in value over the last two months means that your dollars are going much further here in Mexico.
Donations can be made directly through one of the options listed HERE and through the Fellowship's PayPal portal HERE. Please indicate that your donation is for "Food for SMA."  
The Social Action Committee together with the Board determined BASMA, San Miguel's Food Bank, to be the best choice of a recipient for our donations, as it is an integral part of the efforts of groups like the Amigos al 100, the Bomberos through the Red Cross, and Patronato Pro Ninos to distribute food to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Periodic updates on the status of giving will be posted in the newsletter, Google Groups, Facebook, and through direct communication to the membership. Together we can make an important difference during this difficult time for those in greatest need.

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce

Our taskforce is not confident in the official number of cases reported here, nor in the results of tests that are being used. The bottom line is that the infection is spreading widely, so we now need to take the greatest precautions.

For many of us, quarantine fatigue has set in, so it’s even more important to be vigilant in
avoiding risks of infection. Please continue to stay home and avoid all but the most essential contacts with others who are outside of your immediate home.

If you have not yet provided it, please update your trusted emergency contact information with Denise at denise.uufsma@gmail.com.

The Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende is having its May 12 meeting online via Zoom at 9:30 AM with a critically important presentation about COVID-19 with Jessica Frick-Liston, RN and Rebecca Penn, PhD.

You may join the broadcast at:

Meeting ID: 896 9695 0057
Password: 344794

The recent article at the link below gives a useful description of the risks of contracting Covid-19 in various settings: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them.

Please keep up with the SMA COVID-19 Facebook page, since information about the pandemic is constantly changing.


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, May 12, 2020, 09:30 AM Mexico City Time

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system. Click here.

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Meeting ID: 442 374 895
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Care Team

A Simple Act of Kindness: Complete an Emergency Information Form

With a global pandemic keeping us home, most with time on our hands, your Care Team and COVID-19 Task Force would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to complete an Emergency Information Form (EIF).  The EIF was updated this month and the questions are targeted to members of the Fellowship living in SMA.


Having a completed EIF available is a compassionate act. Should one become unable to answer these questions due to accident, illness or death, it will be much easier for the health care workers, family, friends, neighbors, or trusted professionals in your life to handle your affairs, as you would like on your behalf. One part of the form asks for your financial information. You may not want to complete that portion on copies to everyone. But someone should have this information.

Once completed, we recommend you provide copies to a few trusted people, and also keep one posted on your refrigerator or another easy to find location. The UUFSMA will not keep your EIF.  But, if you like, UUFSMA will keep just the names and contact information of the people to whom you have given your EIF. Then if Reverend Tom or anyone else needs to communicate with them, their emails and phone numbers are available. Please send only the names and contact information of your trusted contacts to Denise. Any other information you may send in addition will be discarded. Here is Denise’s email address: denise.uufsma@gmail.com

It’s human nature to put off paperwork like this, we all mean to get to it someday. Let’s make someday now, It’s the right thing to do. Thank you!


Click here for the EIF.


Upcoming Event:

“Preparing for a Thoughtful Death” Workshop Series
First Session: Wednesday, May 27, 10 AM, via Zoom

As you may remember, the Care Team had this group workshop scheduled for March 21 when our “best laid plans” were put asunder by Covid-19. Due to substantial interest in the topic, we have called upon our subject matter experts to join us for a series of Zoom sessions, starting Wednesday, May 27 at 10am for about an hour and a half. There will be one presenter per session for the following several weeks, dates and times to be determined and announced.

These sessions will NOT be related specifically to the Covid situation as our Task Force is
providing us with information on that topic. Our focus will be on the broader consideration of taking a look at how we can indeed 'Prepare for our ownThoughtful Death', with speakers from the local Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, medical doctors with many years working with elderly clients, and highly trained and experienced professionals who specialize in this fascinating field of current practices in preparing to make our final transition.

We will be providing additional information regarding how to register, speakers and their topics, etc. as we move forward, and we hope you will put the first one on your calendar!  If you have questions, please contact Lydia jane Failing, lydiajane56@gmail.com, organizer and moderator of the workshops.

Meanwhile, stay home, stay safe and stay positive, for “This too shall pass” and we’ll all be able to go out and play in our beautiful SMA with all our lovely friends once again!


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!

The Tuesday discussion group that met at Quinta Loreto is now meeting using Zoom.  Liz Stone and Bill Dalsimer are moderators. 

Tuesday Discussion group, May 12 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
The topic will be Mothers: We all have one, and they probably influenced us in many ways. What are some of them? If you had children, are you still trying to influence them? Are they now trying to influence you? 


Thursday Discussion group, May 14 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Check in: During these times, what are we doing to try to stay healthy?

Discussion: During these times, which side of the border do you want to be on?


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


If you'd like to form a third discussion group, perhaps with a different focus, Jane Wilkinson and Diana Amaya can help you. Possible topics are political policy, cinema, sports, religion/spirituality or anything else that interests you and might appeal to a group of other UUers. 

Contact Jane at  jane.wilkinson@gmail.com or Diana at di.diana.amaya@gmail.com.


Attached is a link to the recording of our Zoom Sunday Service held on
May 3, 2020.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4_RwPoDcqX5IaNbA2GCAfJ4KQYTkaaa8g3UYr6JYzkvnyaqCf-Cyj-N8eT26ZvdZ Password: 9W$d^@21 

Sunday, May 17, 10:30am


Money and Me

Rev. David Usher



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

In this Sunday’s online sermon by the UU Fellowship of SMA, visiting speaker Rev. David Usher will turn to a topic touching almost everyone these days. Money, he will tell his audience, is a medium of power and energy. It can turn a person’s life around and upside down in an instant. Every day we deal with it in some way, and some days we worry about it more than others. In recent months, hundreds of millions of people worldwide abruptly felt this to be true.

This is a tumultuous moment for human values, and Rev. Usher will offer a fresh answer to an always compelling question about money. How do people develop a mindset about personal currency that supports healthy thinking and feeling? Every major religious tradition has something to say about a worthy relationship with money. Theologians and philosophers alike teach us that a healthy mindset toward cash flows we control is necessary for a healthy spiritual life. Why then do so many of society's messages about money prove to be profoundly unfavorable to spiritual health? 

A deft turner of social contradictions into insightful sermons, Rev. Usher began his climb into the pulpit from the Australian Outback. After experiencing life as a young “jackaroo,” not unlike a young “buckaroo” in the northern hemisphere, he went to Oxford University as a student. There he prepared for a career as a minister, afterward serving congregations in England, New Hampshire, and California. He is the founding President of the International Council of Unitarians & Universalists and author of two books.  A favorite visiting speaker, he will deliver this second talk this year to the UU Fellowship via Zoom.

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. On the website, click also on the Order of Service for other details.

Through grants and awards to 11 carefully vetted local NGO’s, 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. Moreover, during the pandemic we are dedicating an additional ten percent of our revenues to alleviate the food crisis in Guanajuato State. Please support this work by clicking on the home page’s Donate button at www.uufsma.org. More than ever, your support is essential.

Due to the arrival of the coronavirus in San Miguel de Allende, UUFSMA has indefinitely suspended 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 Affiliate Minister or Care Team for assistance. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


If you would like to have a 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. 

You Are Invited To An On-line Screening of

The Migrant Crisis:
Where Can We Live in Peace?

Sunday, May 17th

Hosted on Zoom by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel De Allende.
Sunday May 17th , 4:00 pm San Miguel time -
2:00 pm Pacific Time, 5:00 pm Eastern Time

You are invited to watch and then discuss The Migrant Crisis: Where Can We Live in Peace?

This 54-minute documentary features the vision - and frustrations - of Pastor Ignacio Martinez Ramirez, founder of the ABBA shelter in Celaya, Mexico. The migrants tell of fleeing violence and poverty in their countries, only to encounter more problems along the way,  

Now, with COVID-19, borders are sealed. They have nowhere to shelter-in-place and are asking 'Where Can We Live In Peace?'

The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Bill Dalsimer. Among the speakers will be: Pastor Ignacio, Stan Allen (who supports ABBA with his GoFundMe page,    Rebecca Eichler (Immigration lawyer and board member of Latin American Relief Fund:

Directed by Judy Jackson, this film is a follow up to last year's 'Walk With Us'.  It is also a
fundraiser for ABBA (through LARF & Stan Allen’s GoFundMe.)

Here is a link to the event on Facebook

If you don't use Facebook, here is a link to the TRAILER

You may also sign on to the presentation through Zoom:
Meeting ID: 835 3529 8670, Password: 142189

  We Invite You to Share Your Feelings!

The UU Fellowship of SMA is building a repository of individuals’ feelings and experiences during this pandemic. Tell us what and how you are doing that would be helpful to others during this difficult time. Submissions and excerpts will be read at the upcoming
Sunday, May 31st service.

We live amid an event that is more stressful than most of us have ever experienced. This straight-from-hell coronavirus landed upon the world seemingly out of nowhere. Being largely confined indoors, we don’t live our lives as usual. To make it worse, every time we turn on the media we see and hear the suffering and sorrow of people everywhere in the world. We all need help and comfort.

Please email your experiences in 250 words or less to mqcarroll@gmail.com before Friday, May 8th. You may include a photograph or illustration. Also, please know your work may be edited and will be shared with the public.

Organized by UUFSMA Sunday Service Committee Members,

Matthew Carroll
Helen Rivas-Rose
Hilary Toyryla

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).

2020 Grants Summary
Blue Plate Specials Criteria

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,  LBoard 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