UUFSMA Newsletter October 21, 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.

On Sunday, October 27th, Mexico returns to Standard Time. Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night!

And, remember, that Canada and the US do not change time until November 3rd. 

Care Team

Care Team member Diana Amaya is compiling a list of home care workers. Unlike other medical professionals who can be found listed on the DiscoverSMA website, home care workers seldom advertise their services and often rely on personal recommendations. If you know of a good home care worker you would like to recommend, please contact Joan Wolf with the person’s contact information. Diana will be in touch with them to ask a few relevant questions to make the contact list more complete.  


The Care Team is also starting to reach out to our newly-formed neighborhood connections when we hear of a person in need in a specific part of town. As you may know, the UUF Neighborhood Connections have been forming for the last several months. These connections help fellowship members get to know the UU members who live in their colonia. The gatherings are informal, intimate and in private homes. They are a great way to deepen relationships. Ellie Goodwin and Joan Wolf worked together to create group email lists for each neighborhood connection. The group email address can be used by anyone to make it easy to communicate with your neighbors to set up social gatherings. The Neighborhood Connections are also a wonderful way for the Care Team to let members know when one of their neighbors may be in need. In this way we are widening the circle of our beloved community, to use the theme from Tom’s inspiring talk on Sunday.


The Care Team will not be meeting this month. Our next scheduled meeting will be  Thursday, November 21.


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, October 22, 10:15 am, Do you have faith in what humans may create? Are you comfortable with what some of the new creations may do and/or cause? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about our future? 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, October 23, 1:30pm, La Cocina, Café de Viajero. Pila Seca 1.

Saturday Women's breakfast group is currently on hiatus.

Saturday Men's breakfast group -  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, November 4, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, October 27, 10:30am


Time, Memory and Dia de los Muertos

Rev. Wyman Rousseau



The Reverend Wyman Rousseau shares his reflections on Time, Memory, and the Day of the Dead at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

The 19th century, New England poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, compared “Time” to the walls of a room to which we are confined.


All are architects of fate,

working in these walls of time;

some with massive deeds and great,

some with ornaments of rhyme…


The metaphors of Time are rich and varied. We speak of Time as “flying” or “dragging.” Our sensation of Time is affected by our moods, whether we are eager, anxious, or bored.

The older we get the stronger the cyclical sensation of Time. Things come round again — birthdays, anniversaries, seasons, and the phases of the moon. The overall sensation of Time is linear, but within that linear movement, Time comes at us in cycles.

One of these returning cycles is the Day of the Dead. Part of the message in the animated movie Coco, based on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, is that as long as we keep the person who has died in our Memory, they are in a sense still alive.

Sometimes, like Longfellow, we think of Time as external, as something that existed before we were born or as something that will continue after we are gone. At other times we think of Time as something internal, something very personal. It’s “our time,” not someone else’s, and when we die, our time ceases to exist.

Reflect on the meaning of Time if you want to quickly move from the ordinary to the mysterious It is, in part, through Memory that we achieve our sense of Time. Gather photos of your life from your childhood to now, and notice how your memories of these different stages of your life provide the connections between your past and your present.

Rev. Rousseau has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 50 years, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. His ministry began amidst the upheavals of the civil rights movement and the walk on the moon. 

Wyman is the founder of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC. He also served six years as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, is an active member of the board of advisors of Poetry Cafe Bellas Artes, and leads occasional Haiku Mindfulness Walks in San Miguel’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. 

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Sunday morning 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.

Next Sunday the Fellowship will mark one of the most ancient traditions of Mexico - Day of the Dead. As in years past, we will have an ofrenda (altar). Please bring photos of your recently departed dear ones to put on the altar at next Sunday’s service.

The UUF Neighborhood Connection that includes Colonias Allende, Guadiana, and Ojo de Aqua will meet for the first time at the home of Mike and Marjorie Pope, Las Moras 31A, on October 23, 5 to 7 pm.

This event will be a potluck happy hour. Bring finger food to share and the beverage of your choice. The Popes will furnish water and paper goods.

If you live in one of these Colonias and want to get to know your UUF neighbors and can attend this gathering, please reserve a spot by writing to Ellie Goodwin at epgoodwin@hotmail.com

Neighborhood Connections Gathering in Centro

If you are a UUFSMA member or friend living in Centro, Balcones, or Atascadero, please come to a social happy hour on Sunday, November 10th from 5-7 p.m. to get to know your UUFSMA neighbors. If you have not already received an email invitation, please contact Dan Neuspiel at dneuspiel@gmail.com to RSVP and for information on the location and other details.
           Join us for US Thanksgiving!

Once again we will be hosting a Thanksgiving Comida Buffet for US members and friends at La Frontera Restaurant.

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

La Frontera, Refugio Sur #28, Colonia San Antonio
Tickets: $450 pesos

Sign up at the Welcome Table after the service. Seating is limited, so don't delay!

Small Group Discussions 

A new ongoing UUF Women's Group is getting organized. The first meeting will be on October 28 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The group will be self governing, will choose topics of interest for future meetings, and might choose another day and time to meet in the future. The first Women's Group has chosen to meet every week for two hours in the homes of members with topics selected by the hostess. The hostess also facilitates the meeting.

Spaces will be limited in order to keep the group small enough to provide mutual support.  If you are interested in joining this group or have questions, please contact Ellie by email at epgoodwin@hotmail.com



If you have an idea about a new group, please pass your suggestions to Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com or Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@gmail.com, co-chairs of the Member Services Team.

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 third 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.
Mujeres en Cambio

6th Annual Mujeres en Cambio Fashion Show

Wednesday, October 23rd at 5pm at the Instituto Allende

Art-to-Wear by Alessandro Alviani and Fernando Ando

Appetizers & Drinks $800 MXN tickets at Boleto City in Mercado Sano or at Boletocity.com.

Mujeres en Cambio is supported by the UUFSMA to empower girls in rural Mexico through educational scholarship programs.

A benefit for Albergue ABBA


A benefit for Albergue ABBA, a shelter for migrants on Sunday, October 27th at 3pm. A Conversation with Luis Urrea, award-winning author and Master Storyteller. Event will take place at the Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15.


Sponsored by the Latin American Relief Fund. For details and ticket information go to latinamericanrelieffund.org.

We are starting a new, permanent section of our website to profile the non profit organizations that we support. Below is a short paragraph about what each of these organizations offer the community. Also included is a link to their website and, when available, their current newsletter/update. 
Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora provides micro-lending, education programs and sustainability projects to rural communities. This year’s funding will support the educational component of the micro lending program. http://apoyo.mx/
Caminos de Agua provides open-source solutions for communities at-risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico. The funding will pay for a community engagement fellow. https://caminosdeagua.org/.

Caminamos Juntos helps meet the needs of Mexican Nationals deported from the United States.A network service coordinator will be hired to lead a complex effort to provide safe return services to deportees. https://www.cjsma.org/.


Casita Linda builds houses, helps create a sustainable environment, and provides workshops to help improve life for those living in poverty. The grant will pay for workshops to prepare families that are receiving a house on subjects such as community building, recycling, home maintenance and related issues. https://casitalinda.org/.
CEDESA organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas and will use their grant to support three community development specialists that train and lead communities in building cisterns, recycling, composting, community gardens and more.
Escuela de Educación Especial is a school for persons with hearing impairment. Their  mission is to ensure that all SMA children who are deaf become literate, independent, and productive citizens who set and achieve life goals. The grant will partially pay the salary of the Academic Director/Administrator. http://www.eeesma.com/.
Fundación de Apoyo Infantil facilitates learning processes, using participatory methodologies to promote children’s rights and the protection of their environment. The grant will help pay for classroom recycling bins. http://faiguanajuato.org/ 

Update of activities 2019
Jóvenes Adelante provides university scholarships and support to financially challenged youth. The grant of $4,845 USD will continue to pay for the scholarship of four university students. A one time grant of $10,000 USD will be used to strengthen the Betse Davies Special Star Fund. http://www.jovenesadelante.org/
Mujeres en Cambio provides scholarships to girls in rural communities to keep them in school.The grant will pay for five junior high and two high school students’ needs such as uniforms and suppllies. https://www.mujeresencambio.org/
Patronato Pro Niños provides medical and dental care to area children. This year’s grant will help pay for radio announcements to inform rural communities where the dental clinics will be each day. http://www.patronatoproninos.org/
San Miguel Literary Sala, Libros Para Todos promotes reading among children in rural communities. The grant will provide a special book for elementary children to read and then bring the author to town to meet the recipient students. https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/community-projects/.

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

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

Greetings & Name Tags
Jim Harper, smaharper@yahoo.com 

Membership Services
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Joanna Kafarowski, j

Neighborhood Groups
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

Order of Service
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

Small Group Discussions
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 
Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@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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