UUFSMA Newsletter October 26, 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.

Canada and the USA returns to Standard Time at 2:00am, Sunday, November 1. Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour on Saturday night if you live in those countries!


(Part Ten)

A One Question Quiz

The question: Why should you contribute to the Endowment Fund?

Check all appropriate answers:

_____ Giving makes a difference
_____ Collectively, we have the financial resources to help
_____ I want UUFSMA to continue as a healthy organization
_____ I value the sense of community within the Fellowship
_____ Giving benefits those in need
_____ Poverty and its associated problems can be solved
_____ Giving makes me happier
_____ I am helping to create the world I would want to live in
_____ Giving works
_____ Giving is a question of justice
_____ Giving is in our nature
_____ We each have an obligation to help others
_____ Giving is tax-deductible
_____ For love
_____ For the future
_____ For legacy

Obviously, it was a trick question. But you probably already guessed that.

For more information on the UUFSMA Endowment Fund, contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair, stevesingermx@gmail.com or visit the Endowment section of our website - Click Here.


Call to Action and UU Mixer 

On Oct 22nd our UUFSMA President forwarded us a  UU the Vote email that encouraged us to get involved. In consultation with a few regular attendees of our UU Mixer and Happy Hour, I am inviting all our US congregants to join in with the 2nd suggestion that was made in said email: Sign up now to call voters in Florida the night before Election Day. 
The timing, Monday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm ET, partially overlaps with the usual time of our UU Mixer. This time our Mixer will move forward to start by
5 pm, and it will serve as a support system while we use our phones to make calls to Florida voters. When we are done calling, at 7 pm CT, we will stay on our Zoom meeting and raise our glasses high to an excellent job well done and continue to debrief and celebrate for another hour. 
If you missed the PBS Newshour last Friday, David Brooks said that if he had to gauge the election result on just one state, it would be Florida! Motivation enough for me...and I hope you. 
The Zoom link for our Mixer will be in all the usual places next week. For now please go to:
to sign up to make the calls. If you decide you don't want to join our Mixer simultaneously, it would be great to know you signed up to call. You can just forward me your confirmation. 
Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm to make the final push to make a difference!
Chris Chase,
UUFSMA Chair, Member Services

Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 22

Hello members and friends of the UU Fellowship of SMA!

Call For Your Input

Our Sunday, November 22 the Thanksgiving service will feature “Voices From the Fellowship”, the unique format when input from UUFSMA members will shape the entire service. All are invited to share your thoughts by email on the questions of:

What is your place of  sanctuary

(Where do you go to feel spiritually connected and renew? Where do you go to recover so you can carry on?)

Please share why you chose these places, when you connected with them, and how they have impacted your life and served you. Examples and brief stories are encouraged.

From your input, we will weave a tapestry of words and stories. Your voice is important and will play a part in shaping this service. And your story could be quoted in the service.

Please email your input to me by Saturday, November 7 at 12 noon. paulapeace@bellsouth.net.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Paula Peace
Chair, UUFSMA Sunday Service Committee

Update from your UU COVID-19 Taskforce

 How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. We are still learning about how the virus spreads
and the severity of illness it causes.

How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.

COVID-19 most commonly spreads during close contact

People who are physically near (within 6 feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection. When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets (some
of which are visible) to smaller droplets. Small droplets can also form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream.

Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth.

As the respiratory droplets travel further from the person with COVID-19, the concentration of these droplets decreases. Larger droplets fall out of the air due to gravity. Smaller droplets and particles spread apart in the air. With passing time, the amount of infectious virus in respiratory droplets also

COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission

Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space. This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission and is an important way that infections like tuberculosis, measles, and chicken pox are spread.

There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising.

Under these circumstances, scientists believe that the amount of infectious smaller droplet and particles produced by the people with COVID-19 became concentrated enough to spread the virus to other people. The people who were infected were in the same space during the same time or shortly after the
person with COVID-19 had left.

Available data indicate that it is much more common for the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission.

COVID-19 spreads less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces

Respiratory droplets can also land on surfaces and objects. It is possible that a person could get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads, so it is
not necessary to quarantine or sanitize groceries, mail or packages that enter your home. Just remember to wash your hands frequently.

COVID-19 rarely spreads between people and animals

It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.

Protect yourself and others

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the 

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible. This is very important in preventing
  • the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. This helps reduce the risk of
  • spread both by close contact and by airborne transmission.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand
  • sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing in
  • outdoor air as much as possible. In general, being outdoors and in spaces with good ventilation
  • reduces the risk of exposure to infectious respiratory droplets.
  • Stay home and isolate from others when sick.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Pandemics can be stressful, especially when you are staying away from others. During this time, it’s important to maintain social connections and care for your mental health. So the important thing is to PHYSICALLY distance, NOT socially distance from others.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

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 27 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone. 
Topic:  The Power of Nature in Our Lives: How are you refreshed by nature? Remember a moment in nature that renewed you. Have you given the gift of nature to a child or a friend? Please join us in a conversation of exploration.

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


Thursday Discussion group, October 29 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 

Topic:   With elections right around the corner, what is your prediction of how life will be changed if Trump wins, if Biden wins?
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, November 1, 10:30am


“How They Do Live On”

Rev. Tom Rosiello

This week in San Miguel and throughout Mexico, people will celebrate "El Día de Los Muertos," the Day of the Dead. The celebration is rooted in ancient Aztec culture and then blended over time with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls days, which are celebrated on November 1 and 2. During this syncretic festival, the living pause to remember and reconnect with the dead. This is a unique, rich, and colorful celebration. However, Mexicans are not alone in reserving a special day to honor those who have preceded them in death. Cultures and religions throughout the world celebrate a similar holiday at this or other times of the year.

Humans follow various methods of observance, theologies, and religious reasons for celebrating the deceased. In the worldwide varieties of this tradition, we can learn many things about death and immortality. Yet all of them agree upon one thing. For those of us who continue to live there is a value in setting aside time to remember those no longer with us whose lives have touched ours.

In observing this unique holiday, Sunday’s Online Service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel will celebrate the deceased loved ones of our community. Inspired by Mexican tradition, we have created a virtual “Altar of Remembrance” which will be shown during the service. And music will harmonize the spiritual experience of this meaningful day.

The Reverend Tom Rosiello, Minister of the Fellowship, will lead the worship and invite participants to reflect upon connections to those who have gone before us with a sermon entitled "How They Do Live On!" Reflecting on his own experience, Rev. Rosiello says, "At many times in different situations, I have realized that those who have gone before me still have something to say to me and I to them. People die, but relationships can live on."  Please join us to remember and celebrate the lives of those who live on in your heart.


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, 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