UUFSMA Newsletter October 19, 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.

Mexico returns to Standard Time at 2:00am, Sunday, October 25. Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!


(Part Nine)

Give to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund 

What is your legacy? How do you wish to be remembered? All your life you have worked hard and supported the causes you care about – don’t let that be forgotten. And, please, don’t forget your Fellowship. You may make either a current contribution or a bequest to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. Please remember your Fellowship now and in the future. 

How can you contribute? Let me count the ways…


Current Contributions  
The Endowment Fund gratefully accepts donations of cash (i.e., currency, checks, money orders, credit card payments, electronic transfers, or electronic payments such as PayPal).

Please consider naming the UUFSMA in your will, trust or estate plan. At this time, the primary financial instruments that the Fellowship is able to accept:

  • Cash (i.e., currency, checks, money orders, credit card payments, electronic transfers, or electronic payments such as PayPal).
  • Liquid and Marketable Securities.
  • Personal Property subject to the following criteria: (a) Is the property consistent with the Fellowship’s mission? (b) Are there carrying costs associated with the property?     (c) Is the property marketable?  (d) Are there any undue restrictions on the use or sale of the property?
  • Real Estate subject to the following criteria: (a) Is the property useful for the purposes of the Fellowship? (b) Are there carrying costs (which may include insurance, property taxes, mortgages, notes, etc.) associated with the property? (c) Is the property marketable? (d) Are there any restrictions, reservations, easements or other limitations associated with the property? (e) Will administration of the property be unduly difficult?
  • Life Insurance Policies - These provide for payment of the face value to your designated beneficiary upon your death. A beneficiary may be an individual, a trustee or a charity.
  • Retirement Plan Accounts and Employee Benefits - These include pension or profit-sharing benefits, a 401(k) or Keogh plan, an IRA, group life insurance and stock options. They have written provisions for their disposition upon your disability, retirement or death. Social Security can be another important benefit at such times.

Anyone who makes either a current contribution or a bequest before April 15, 2021 will be enrolled as a Founding Member of the UUFSMA Legacy Circle.

For more information regarding the Endowment Fund, you can go onto the Fellowship’s brand-new web site and click on the Endowment Fund tab.  If you would like to discuss the Fund further, please contact Steve Singer at stevesingermx@gmail.com or any of the other members of the Endowment Committee.


Photo Directory

Members, don't forget to send your photo and answers to the questions we sent you via email.

Please send in your responses and 
photo, if you haven't already done so, to Denise at denise.uufsma@gmail.com. If you didn’t receive the email, contact her.

In the original request we omitted asking for phone 
numbers & the colonia you live in. Please add that information to your response.

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce


Deciding to Go Out During Covid-19


As communities and businesses are opening in San Miguel de Allende, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible.

Here are some tips should you decide to venture 

  • In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
  • Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
    While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Here are some questions to consider:

How many people will you interact with?

  • Interacting with more people raises your risk.
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks increases your risk.
  • Engaging with new people (e.g., those who don’t live with you) also raises your risk.
  • Some people have the virus and don’t have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others.

Can you keep 6 feet or 2 meters of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?

  • The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
  • Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
  • Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.

What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?

  • Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
  • Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.

Activities are safer if

  • You can maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others. COVID-19 spreads easier between people who are within 6 feet of each other.
  • They are held in outdoor spaces. Indoor spaces with less ventilation where it might be harder to keep people apart are more risky.
  • People are wearing masks. Interacting without wearing masks also increases your risk.

Remember: going out does increase your risk of infection, but you can minimize that risk by adhering to the safe practices described above.

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!

Tuesday Coffee Chat with Tom Rosiello (9:30am)

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

Tuesday Discussion group, October 20 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
Topic:  Guilt is a human emotion. We all experience guilt. Has guilt  been a  blessing or a curse in your life? When guilt is a distraction or burden, what are the best antidotes to help you recover equanimity?

Link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81997626702


Thursday Discussion group, October 22 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Topic:   Living and Leaving a legacy. How do you want to remembered? What can we do in our life that leaves the world a better place?
Link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/857215447


If you are interested in joining, please e-mail jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

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, October 25, 10:30am


“Green Faith: Living Hope in the
Face of Chaos”

Rev. Amy Brooks

In this Sunday’s Online Service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, the Reverend Amy Brooks will offer practical advice for finding hope amid difficult situations. At the heart of her practicality is a call for spiritual discipline. Around the world constant shocks to health, politics, and the economy appear to cast deep shadows over everything. Individuals everywhere find themselves too easily feeling overwhelmed, angry, and even afraid. Indeed, this may be the biggest upheaval many of us have experienced in our lifetimes. Worse, global connections make us much more conscious of happenings beyond our own immediate spheres of influence.

As someone who has spent her career exploring the spirituality of crisis management, Rev. Brooks observes that individual responses to chaos and change can become solutions to disturbing situations. And when based on experience and strategy, practical steps can be important. As she reflects on her own experience in responding to the climate crisis, she notes that each of us can cultivate spiritual resilience. 

GreenFaith is a multi-faith climate and environmental justice network that is responding to climate chaos unfurling around the world. The network encourages supple, dynamic, and growth-filled approaches to living with faith and adhering to our dearest values that ground us in times of trouble. In her work with GreenFaith, Rev. Brooks finds that positive steps to address the climate crisis also open productive paths through difficult situations. 

Rev. Brooks began her ministry as a chaplain who engaged people of faith to serve persons living with HIV and AIDS. Then she became the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina. Today she is a community organizer for GreenFaith and encourages people to change how they live on this planet and with each other.

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 is your legacy?  How do you wish to be remembered?  All your life you have worked hard and supported the causes you care about – don’t let that be forgotten. 

If you are thinking about including the UUFSMA in your legacy, contact Steve Singer, Chair of the Endowment Committee, stevesingermx@gmail.com, to discuss the benefits of giving a current or future gift to the Fellowship.

Thank you.


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, 

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