UUFSMA Newsletter October 29, 2018

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.

This weekend Canada and the US gets in sync with Mexico as they change to Standard Time. 

Caminamos Juntos and allied organizations prepare for Honduran refugee caravan

The estimated 7,000 Honduran refugees walking north through Mexico are expected in early November to reach the city of Celaya, some 49 kilometers south of San Miguel de Allende.

Ignacio Martinez Ramirez, founder of ABBA House, the well-known migrant refuge in Celaya, is directing the extensive preparations for the caravan while Caminamos Juntos of San Miguel, the Latin American Relief Fund, the Train Tracks Project, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel and other organizations and individuals are funneling resources to ABBA House to build the inventory of needed supplies to provide the caravan with adequate food, shelter, clothing and other assistance.

Preparing to meet the needs of thousands of people who have been trekking for weeks is an enormous task. Celaya will dedicate its city stadium as an encampment area for the caravan. ABBA House and the team of organizations named above are providing the material, human and financial resources to supply the encampment with bedding, food, bottles of water, walking shoes, light-weight blankets, chap-stick, personal hygiene items, medicine, and other necessities.

You too can lend a hand to ease the suffering and hardship among these courageous people fleeing drug-war related violence, chaos and poverty. You can help most of all by providing money to fund the purchasing of supplies. Caminamos Juntos of San Miguel urges your support through the GoFundMe site Help for the Caravan

Volunteers are also needed and will be trained for the work at the Celaya Stadium, which will include welcoming the caravan and directing people to services and bedding areas, cooking and distributing food, handing out water and other supplies, and providing security. Those wishing to volunteer should send an email with name, availability, and telephone number to cjsma@gmail.com.      

Gary, our wonderful advisory board and I are happy to say the Benefit Concert this last week with Alfredo Muro was a big success. We sold enough tickets and received enough donations to continue paying the rent for Albergue ABBA in Celaya, the shelter we help support with the Refugee Relief Project. We will also cover utilities during this current crisis with an expected arrival of over a thousand refugees from Honduras and El Salvador. Thank you to all the generous people who contributed to the success of our benefit and who support our work helping ABBA and the refugees.
Sher Davidson
Aisha Lopez Franco and her sister, Siena Lopez Franco, were glad our Children's Program also focused on Dia de los Muertos last Sunday. Decorating sugar skull images was a class highlight!
Children's Program volunteers (2) needed NOW to teach curriculum one Sunday each month. Great young kids, never more than 6, and cooperative team. Please contact  chris.chase1955@gmail.com SOON.

Care Team

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better  understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another. 
  - Dalai Lama 

Hello from your UUFSMA Care Team!

Your Care Team is continuing to work hard to improve how we take care of members in need. We are planning several seminars/workshops for the next months on subjects of interest.
if anyone would like to visit those who are currently homebound, please reach out to a Care Team member listed below to learn who is ready to have visitors.
Please let us know if you or someone you know needs help.  The Care Team is here for you!
Meanwhile, take Care!

Francoise: 415 149 3053
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784  

For pastoral care please contact Rev. Wyman Rousseau at    emailforwyman@gmail.com
For a copy of the Medical Resource directory, contact either Lydia or Francoise.

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, October 30, 10:15 am,  Do you plan ahead? Do you ever get trapped with good intentions that just don't work out? Can you handle it when there are necessary changes to what you thought was a great plan? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone. The group will meet at the Quinta Loreto restaurant, Loreto 15.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch, October 31, 1:30pm,  Garambullo, Animas 46.

Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. All women are warmly invited. 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, December 3. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, November 4, 10:30am  

The Mexican Presidential Election

Hector Ulloa

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, political scholar Hector Ulloa offers his views on the recent Mexican presidential election, including what happened before and after the election and what might be expected when Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office on December 1.

Mexico is a complex country, riddled with cases of overt corruption. For decades, this was a topic people only talked about within the safety of the circles of family or close friends or after a few drinks at the local bar. Today, mostly thanks to the immediacy of social networks, it seems to have become a malady hard to hide anymore, even when part of the media is trying hard to do so. How will this all change? Will it change at all? Will it affect the current relationship between Mexico and the United States? Will Mexico regain its once famous status as a peaceful, hospitable place to be? Is it true that Mexico might become “another Venezuela,” whatever that means?

Hector has a longstanding relationship with San Miguel de Allende. He studied ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City and communications at Monterrey Tech before moving here in the mid-1990s. He quickly progressed from a volunteer to assistant editor to the first Mexican editor-in-chief in Atención San Miguel’s history. This gave him an edge when writing editorials, since, being Mexican, he was not limited by law to express his views regarding Mexican politics.

Following his stint at Atención, he was named Press Secretary to then SMA Mayor Jaime Fernández, where he got to know how Mexican politics work from the inside and the dire conditions in which most people live in San Miguel’s rural communities. After that, he was the academic director of the Instituto Allende. Hector moved to the State of Mexico in 2011, where he established Iconofilia ( iconophilia.hectorulloa.com) to teach the art of digital photography.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at uufsma.org.

Get your tickets to this year's US Thanksgiving Comida at the Welcome Table after Sunday's service. It will be at La Frontera, 1:30pm, Thursday, November 22. Tickets $450 pesos.
Join us on Sunday, December 9th for our Third Annual Holiday Bazaar!

It's time to let your creative light shine and take this opportunity to sell your crafts, art, books, etc. If you aren't 'creative' you might look through your closets and donate something for our White Elephant Table.

If you'd like a table at the Bazaar, there will be a sign up sheet at the service this Sunday, or contact co-chair Arlena Lawrence at  lawrencearlena@yahoo.com or call 154-8410.
Welcome Table

At the Welcome Table we have, for your reading pleasure, the Community Connections brochure. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about the UUFSMA - a bit of history, events, who we are and what we do. Pick one up next Sunday.

Altar Flowers

Flowers are a lovely way to remember or honor someone dear to you. If you wish to have the Sunday flowers dedicated to someone special, please contact Cynthia Sterling at sterlingsilver33@gmail.com.

Electronic Payments

We are set up for electronic funds transfers and electronic bill pay payments for your pledges and other donations. For instructions, please contact jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

And, now we have a link on our website for PayPal under the heading 'donations”.

To use PayPal or a credit card immediately, just click below!


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 2018-2019 (as of April 1, 2018)

John Simsarian, President, 154-4771, jcsimsarian@yahoo.com
Judith Rosenthal, 1st VP, 154-9659, judithr@mail.fresnostate.edu
Chris Chase, 2nd VP, 170-4544, Chris.Chase1955@gmail.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 152-8019, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
William Dalsimer, Secretary, 917-991-7841, wrdalsimer@gmail.com
Eleanor Goodwin, 152-5700, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Paula Peace, 102-1072, paulapeace@bellsouth.net 
Peter Podesta, 101-0904, parlino27@gmail.com

Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com

If you would like a copy of minutes from a Board of Directors meeting, please contact John Simsarian, President.

                    Committee Chairs and Activity

Canvass 15 
Trish Snyder, 121-0612, trishsnyder49@gmail.com
Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 154-8504, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
Nominating Committee
Cynthia Claus, cclaus731@gmail.com
Administrator (OOS, website, newsletter, committee & board support)
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com 


Care Team
Lydia Jane Failing, lydiajafa@yahoo.com
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com

Children's Program
Chris Chase, chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Circle Cena
Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com

Discussion Group
Liz Stone, elmendorf7@aol.com

Neighborhood Groups
San Antonio, Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

Sunday Service Co-Chairs
Paula Peace, paulapeace@bellsouth.net
Diana Ekizian, djekizian@gmail.com

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

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

Ministerial Liaison
Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

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


Social Action, Outreach and Publicity
Christie McGue, 231-342-6960, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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