UUFSMA Newsletter November 9, 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

No matter where you are right now, the news about the Covid-19 pandemic is not very good. As economies open up, cases will increase -- it's inevitable.  We urge you to maintain, or better yet to strengthen your level of caution.


The urge to socialize is strong, but please remember: do it outdoors, keep distance at least 6 feet, keep your mask on, and wash your hands.  
Eating at restaurants?  Not as safe as eating at home.
Visitors or workers in your home? Risky - be extra careful, keep masks on, and ventilate indoor spaces well.
Here is an excellent video about the science of masks and how they protect us:
Please, let's all stay committed to the thoughtful attention which keeps us and everyone else safe!

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

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!

Tom’s Coffee Hour Discussion, Tuesdays (9:30am)

Email Diana Amaya for sign up info: info.uufsma@gmail.com


Tuesday Discussion group, November 10 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.    
Topic: Freedom: What does it mean to be free? What keeps us from being free and feeling free? How close are you to the kind of freedom you want to enjoy? What steps can you take to get you there?
Link: https://zoom.us/j/81997626702


Thursday Discussion group, November 12 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic: In these turbulent times, where do you look for hope? What has given you hope during your lifetime?

Link: https://zoom.us/j/857215447


Please contact jane.wilkinson@gmail.com if you are interested in joining one of these groups. Space is limited!  


Friday Buddhist Group, Sangha of the Heart (10:00am)

Regular participation is encouraged or drop-in when you want. 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.

The recording for the last Sunday service will be available on the UUFSMA Youtube channel within a few days.

Click Here to connect to our Utube site.

Sunday, November 15, 10:30am


“Compassion and Character Cast

in a Vote”


Robert Doupé and Cliff DuRand

During this online Sunday Service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, two members of the Fellowship, Robert Doupé and Cliff DuRand, will reflect on compassion and character as elements of political and social consciousness. Their commentaries follow the U.S. presidential election, in which the character of both major candidates provided a compelling litmus test for tens of millions of voters.


In the election’s broader context, Doupé considers the escalation of brutal and inhumane policies guiding the current administration’s executive decisions. He reminds Unitarians as citizens that they must call upon compassion in judging public policies and their effects on individuals.


Examining the galvanizing character of the chief executive implementing such policies, DuRand reflects on the self-interested, amoral, and asocial impulses of Donald Trump, a model of the neoliberal man, recognized for a complete lack of compassion in formulating public policies. DuRand treats this character-type as an offspring of capitalist markets. He notes that this ideology influences everyone in civic life and challenges his listeners to expel the “Trump within each of us.”     


Born in Seattle, Washington, Doupé devoted his career to public administrative service in the Children’s Services Division of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and state juvenile protective services. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, he holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of British Columbia. He and his wife Dianne Dailey live six months of the year in San Miguel.


DuRand is a retired philosophy professor and a founder of the Center for Global Justice, where he hosts a regular Monday webinar. His work as an author and editor has shaped two books, “Moving Beyond Capitalism” and “Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State.”


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.

Through grants and awards, UUFSMA donates at least fifty percent of its budget 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 Donate button. Now more than ever, your support is essential.

Due to the coronavirus, UUFSMA has suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. A growing collection of previous online services can be found on the UUFSMA’s YouTube channel. Go to https://www.youtube.com/ and enter UUFSMA in the search box. 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 budget. 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.

What’s your legacy?
Please consider making a current donation or a future bequest to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. For more information visit the Fellowship website (UUFSMA.org) or contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair (stevesingermx@gmail.com).
                                                                                …Because you care.

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.

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

                    Committee Chairs and Activity


Pledge Team
Trish Snyder, trishsnyder49@gmail.com
Carolyn Simsarian, jcsimsarian@yahoo.com

Finance Committee
Margo Johnson, margoj325@outlook.com

Endowment Committee
Steve Singer, stevesingermx@gmail.com

Nominating Committee
John Simsarian, jcsimsarian@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 Cánepa, 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