UUFSMA Newsletter September 17, 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.

September 21 is the International Day of Peace
2018 Theme:

“The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The  Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” -- Secretary-General António Guterres

Day of Peace Activities in San Miguel - 

Member Profile

Tom Hammer grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the College of Wooster, a private liberal arts college in Wooster, Ohio. He studied physics and math, mostly because his father was a scientist. 

Tom had an epiphany when he was 13. He wondered “why are we here?” and decided that we are here to make 

the world a better place. So, after college he became a teacher of science and math in elementary and middle school. He eventually became a school counselor which he says is the best job in the world!

When the school where he worked received a wave of Latino immigrant children, Tom decided to learn Spanish. This ultimately led him to come to Mexico off and on to improve his Spanish and he chose San Miguel de Allende to return again and again. After seeing how desperately poor some Mexicans are, he decided to try to help.                                   

Tom now lives here about six months of every year and spends the rest of the time with his wonderful wife, Barbara, in the Philadelphia area. When he is in SMA, Tom lives with a Mexican family in the Guadalupe neighborhood. 

Spending four or five days a week working with the boys at the Casa Hogar Mexiquito orphanage, Tom is helping them to learn personal responsibility and to set personal goals. He also mentors a young woman at Jóvenes Adelante and teaches English at the Biblioteca. 

Not originally a UU, Tom came to our fellowship as a visitor after reading an article in La Atención newspaper, and has been a member ever since.

Welcome to New Member Cynthia Campbell who joined the UUFSMA On September 1!

UUFSMA Represented at UUA General Assembly 2018

Sisters Lee and Lyn Knox represented the UUFSMA congregation as voting delegates at the June 20-24, 2018, Unitarian Universalist Association 57th annual General Assembly (UUA GA) in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  They joined almost 3,000 other participants under UU banners in the high-energy experience of UUA governance and the important social justice work UU congregations are committed to supporting throughout the world.  

On Sunday, August 26, Lee shared with the UUFSMA congregation information about the UUA General Assembly woven into a historical and humorous talk based on her Peace Corps experience in Romania.  For a transcript of Lee’s talk go to http://www.uufsma.org/speakers.html, scroll down to speaker Lee Knox and download the PDF titled “Unitarianism:  From Transylvania to Today”. 

At the September 13 UUFSMA Board meeting, Lyn shared a short written report about GA with the Board, and Lyn and Lee discussed the highlights of what they learned and how UUFSMA and Caminamos Juntos information was disseminated. To read this report go to http://www.uufsma.org/

Future sites for UUA General Assemblies are:

2019 June 19-23   Spokane, WA

2020 June 24-28   Providence, RI

2021 June 23-27   Milwaukee, WI

For more information about the 2018 UUA GA and to see session videos go to www.uua.org.

Care Team

Hello from your UUFSMA Care Team!

Our sincere condolences to Tom Rosiello and  Malcolm Halliday on the passing of Tom’s mother.  Our caring thoughts are with you.
Correction: Last week we posted Roger Hind's daughter's email incorrectly. It is  nat_hind@hotmail.com

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, September 18, 10:15 am, Who am I? What masks do I wear? Which of the masks are really important? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone. The group will meet at the Quinta Loreto restaurant, Loreto 15.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch, September 19, 1:30pm, El Rinconcito, Refugio Norte 7, Colonia San Antonio.
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, October 1. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, September23, 10:30am  

Courage for the Resistance...and the Relationships

Amanda Poppei

Unitarian Universalists everywhere are engaged in social justice work and political action in the attempt to change the recent direction of the United States. At this week’s UU Fellowship Service, the Rev. Amanda Poppei proposes ways to maintain hope and build up our courage for that work.

The sermon explores the tension we experience between fighting for our values, which sometimes means fighting "with" or "against" others, while honoring the worth and dignity of every person. Do we have to choose to not be in a relationship with people we disagree with, or are there ways that we can stay in relationship and also stay true to our Unitarian Universalist principles?

She’ll also talk about courage more generally. What is it? How do we get it? Is it like a muscle that you can exercise and build, or are some people born with it? Amanda draws on words from Bryan Stevenson, the Biblical story of Exodus, and others, as well as looking to penguins for advice.

Rev. Poppei has a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University. She was ordained as a UU minister in 2008 and accepted a call to serve as Senior Leader at the Washington Ethical Society (WES), a humanist congregation in Washington, DC. WES was founded in 1944 as part of the Ethical Culture movement begun in 1876 by Felix Adler to create something new to bring people of different beliefs together for action.

After beginning at WES, she completed a parallel process to become clergy in Ethical Culture (called a "Leader"). She enjoys her "dual affiliation" mirrored by WES itself, which became a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2008. Amanda is also a co-founder of the Humanist Clergy Collaboratory, which brings together clergy serving humanists in many traditions--UU, Ethical Culture, Humanistic Judaism, and more--for fellowship and shared thought. She also currently serves as President of the UU Humanist Association, where she has a particular interest in lifting up the voices of women and people-of-color humanists and expanding our understanding of UU humanism. Rev. Poppei lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, Peter Verchinski, an attorney at the Government Accountability Office, and their daughters Marcella and Joanna.

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.

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”.

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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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