UUFSMA Newsletter October 8, 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.

To all our Canadian UU friends, enjoy your day of Thanksgiving and all the trimmings!

Care Team

Hello from your UUFSMA Care Team!

Our friend Maxine Arnold has been diagnosed with "walking pneumonia" and is recuperating quietly at home.  She would appreciate emails (iamfem@gmail.com)
with your warm best thoughts, but no visits please as she mainly needs to rest. 
The Care Team is looking after her well-being and will let the community know
when she is ready for visitors.  

It was great seeing Steve Singer, Chair of the Minister Search Committee, at
yesterday’s Fellowship service following his surgery last week.

Our best thoughts continue to go out to others who are still recovering: Theo
Billings, Rosalie Gifford and Elaine Smitham.

Poor Roger Hind, we keep making errors with his email addresses. If you want to connect with Roger, please email   rogerhind@hotmail.com.

Four members of the Care Team: Gloria Brown, Chris Chase, Lydia-Jane Failing
and Wyman Rousseau visited Cielito Lindo, the assisted living residence at Rancho
los Labradores. If you have questions or want the contact information for the facility,
please let them know.

This week's Community Health-related Opportunities

Tuesday, Oct 9, Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by Dorie Beach, MSW, at
her home for donation only. Call 154-7605 to register.

Thursday, Oct 11, 10 am – noon, International Insurance Options and
Understanding Local Healthcare by Aldis Barsketis, WeExpats Insurance Solutions,
at El Zaguan Bed and Art ( Zacateros 12, between Umaran and Pila Seca). RSVP
(abarsketis@yahoo.com or call US  435-714-7012, leaving a message if needed) is
a must! Light breakfast will be served.

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 9, 10:15 am, Are we in our own little bubble here in San Miguel? Are we really aware of what is going on around us? The Fellowship reminds us that there is much poverty around us, that we are a Fellowship trying to help. Do we really understand? 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 10, 1:30pm, La Cocina, cafe de viajero, Pila Seca 1, NW corner of Pila Seca and Hernandez Macias.

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, November 5. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 14, 10:30am  

Gender Equity and Reconciliation
Marcia Wolff and Victor Bremson

In a most timely talk, Marcia Wolff and Dr. Victor Bremson discuss the underlying issues that feed gender inequality at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

There is little doubt that the  #Me Too movement is one of the most effective social justice movements in the history of the United States. Powerful men in the entertainment, political, and corporate arenas have been brought down by women coming forward to bear witness to the pain they often held secretly for a lifetime. Women are expressing bold comments about male sexual behavior and harassment in the workplace, which usually went unnoticed.

Men and women of different generations are examining their responses. Is there a difference between a Harvey Weinstein or an Al Franken? And what about less prominent men and women? How can we deal with these abuses of power?

While directing the Domestic Violence Program as an employee of the Santa Fe, New Mexico District Attorney’s office, Marcia often asked herself “what happened to us men and women?” In her private practice, she sought the underlying issues with couples that struggled with challenged communications and those in the domestic violence program whose conflict often turned physical. The need to control and dominate another seemed to be a common thread. But, where did that come from, and why was it playing out in the microcosm of relationships?

She’d never really thought of the concept of patriarchal values until she entered a yearlong training with thirty men and women in “Gender Equity and Reconciliation.” Every issue from pornography to breast implants was explored experientially as they learned about their conditioning as men and women. What happened to that group and what can be done to initiate a shift is the focus of her talk with Dr. Bremson.

Marcia Wolff earned a master’s in counseling psychology at Southwestern College. She has written articles in  Atenciónand will be published monthly in the women’s magazine,  Sybilbeginning January 2019. Her published book of poems titled  Frictions Becoming Pearl: a Slow Awakening and her novel,  The Rarest of Gems, both focus on evolution. A resident of San Miguel, Marcia has a small private practice working with individuals and couples.

Victor Bremson earned a Doctor of Ministry at Wisdom University. Prior to his graduate education, he was a corporate turn-around consultant helping save businesses in financial trouble. He regularly teaches classes on the history of non-violent action.

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.

A Night of Latin Guitar

to Benefit the Refugee Relief Project


On Thursday., October 25, 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Church, the Refugee Relief Project will hold a concert, “A Night of Latin Guitar,” featuring the highly-acclaimed guitarist, Alfredo Muro.


The Refugee Relief Project, under the auspices of the Latin America Relief Fund, a 501(c)3 charity, was established in 2017 by Sher and Gary Davidson to help Albergue ABBA, a shelter in Celaya which serves the many refugees fleeing the violence in Central America.


Sher and Gary are members of the Unitarian Universalist congregation and wish to invite everyone to this wonderful night of Latin guitar music provided by Alfredo Muro. All proceeds will go towards paying the rent of ABBA which benefits refugees, migrants and deportees seeking shelter and safety.


Wine and soft drinks will be sold during intermission with all proceeds going to ABBA. CDs of Alfredo’s music will also be available for sale.  


Tickets will be available to purchase during Coffee Hour following the services on Oct. 14 and 21. They are 300 pesos. Tickets are also available at Tesoros at the biblioteca or at the door.

Sunday Children's Program

October will be our first full month of implementing a curriculum in the Children's Program. Because we mostly have very young children attending regularly, we selected Walking the Rainbow Path: Celebrating All the Colors of Love curriculum. This curriculum was designed as a developmentally appropriate way for children to clearly understand our UU Principles.  It helps children begin to name their own religious/spiritual experiences, gives them stories and language that creates a framework on which to build their own belief system and nurtures their ethical growth.


 It has 28 lessons that use beautiful storybooks that address weekly themes.  Our volunteer teachers rotate weekly, and we continue to employ Lupita Dominguez, who is mostly Spanish-speaking, and whom the children adore, for continuity and support. Our teachers include: Chris Chase (2nd Sundays), Katerina Barron (3rd Sundays), Rebecca Langrall (4th Sundays) and substitutes Daniela Franco and Susan Neulist.  Susan has also done a fabulous job gathering supplies for all of the weekly projects the children create to illustrate the concepts they are learning. 


Yesterday was our 5th lesson and it was about Places of Power. The children constructed sculptures out of various materials to represent places they have actually been to or one within their imagination.  You may have been lucky enough to have seen them or had a discussion about them with one of our children during the Social Hour. 


In upcoming weeks the children are going to be learning practically about social justice by focusing on homelessness and collaborating with Train Tracks to assemble the  hygiene which kits they distribute.  They will also be involved in a hands-on way to honor Day of the Dead. 


In addition to learning familiar UU songs and practices such as chalice lighting, the children contribute coins to our Fellowship’s weekly donation.


We are very excited about having these amazing children fully engaged in our Fellowship and look forward to more joining them as word spreads what an enriching experience we offer.  If you wish to support our program either by helping us to promote it by hanging up a poster within your neighborhood or by offering a Sunday a month to help teach, please contact Chris Chase at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. Two of our team will be leaving San Miguel for brief periods and we could really use your help.

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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