UUFSMA Newsletter September 2, 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.

The next Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, September 12 at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please contact Board President, John Simsarian at jcsimsarian@yahoo.com.
Back to School!

The UUF Sunday Children's program will resume on Sunday, September 8th.

Care Team

Sofy Cares house Warming

We are thrilled to invite you to the House Warming of our second location. It will be held on September 5th from 4-7pm at Privada de Prolongación Aldama #3. Caracol-Ojo de Agua.
Enjoy some appetizers, drinks and good music
We will be honored to have you attend!
Sofia 415-117-7643
Vero 477-145-4628
Or email me at: chofisleon56@icloud.com

PS. Look for the purple ribbons and the valet parking


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, September 3, 10:15 am, Violence: How do we deal with the recent violence in San Miguel? Are you afraid? Should we be taking some action? As

expats, what can we really do? 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, September 4, 1:30pm, Vivali, Hernandez Macias 66..

Saturday Women's breakfast group
meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning.

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, October 7, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, September 8, 10:30am

Never Again is Now


Bruce Neuburger


Race has long been a core issue in the United States with immigration and demographics taking center stage in recent years. The country is in a period of political and moral crisis. At this Sunday’s UUFSMA Service, Bruce Neuburger of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco tells us the time for bold resistance is now.

Under Trump and Pence the clash between an apartheid system ever in need of more cheap labor and a changing population demographic has aroused nativist fears and reached a critical point. Policies to “resolve” this conflict with a violent white supremacist program raise the specter of ethnic cleansing. Fascism is a word ever more heard in public and private conversations.

The revelations of refugee children dying in ICE custody and an expanding system of camps housing immigrants and refugees in wretched and cruel conditions has brought the imagery of past horrors to the forefront.

“Never Again Is Now” has become the rallying cry for a growing movement. Neuburger’s church resolved that it could no longer confine its concerns and outcries within the four walls of the church. On July 21, he and other members of its Human Rights Working Group called on the congregation to “witness” in the streets outside the church with pictures, banners, signs, chants, and songs. They began, what has now been a seven-week series of public actions to amplify the demand that the U.S. immigrant concentration camps be shut down and children reunited with their families.

A native of Southern California, Neuburger was raised in a family of Jewish refugees who fled Germany in the 1930s. During his college years in the ’60s he got involved with the anti-war movement as a military reservist and then as a GI organizer at a West Coast army-training base. Beginning in 1971, he worked for a decade in the fields from Salinas to Calexico in the era of the farm worker movement, where he witnessed the racist apartheid labor system in the fields and the struggles against it. He retired three years ago after 30 years of teaching ESL and other subjects at San Francisco City College. In December, 2018, and March, 2019, he spent several weeks in a refugee center in El Paso with the Annunciation House.

“In those decades,” he says, “I’ve seen how resistance changed the social terrain in California. This perspective allows me to see that while the present social climate in the U.S. is moving in an ominous and dangerous direction, it is far from hopeless.”

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.

Social Action
It is that time of year when the UUFSMA is soliciting grant proposals from qualified agencies. If you are interested in applying or know of a worthy organization that may like to apply, please find and complete the Request for Proposal in the Social Action area of the UUFSMA website - www.uufsma.org. 

Proposals are due on October 31, 2019. 

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:
  • Food:  Beans, rice, granola bars
  • Personal Hygiene: Small soaps, small containers of shampoo, tooth brushes, small tubes of toothpaste
  • Other:  Socks (all sizes), lip balm, ponchos (rainy season)
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.

Where It Gets Hotter – Democratic Debate Watch #3

Democrats Abroad invites all interested parties to join us at the San Miguel Playhouse for the third debate of the presidential race to 2020.

September 12, 2019 at 7pm - 10pm

The San Miguel Playhouse, Independencia #82

Free event, limited seating 

Please RSVP at https://www.democratsabroad.org/hopebradberry/houston_is_where_it_gets_hotter

Or email us at Info-MX-SMA@democratsabroad.org

Global Climate Strike – September 20, 2019

The Global Climate Strike, inspired by Greta Thunberg, is coming to San Miguel de Allende on September 20, 2019. The San Miguel event will be called Climate Action for the Future, and is scheduled to start at noon in the Jardin Principal (Jardin Allende). The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is joining with a dozen other organizations in organizing this event. Our Social Action Committee encourages all members to support this response to our climate emergency.

You can get more information by looking on Facebook. Under “events,” look up Climate Action for the Future (Public Event). You can join the organizers by looking up “Joe Climeo,” the joint name for the organizers. There is also a Facebook group to join at “Climate Action San Miguel de Allende.”

If you’d like to contact the organizers, send an email to the Social Action Committee representative Diana Winer at winerdiana@gmail.com or climate.action.sma@gmail.com.

Small Group Discussions 

The Centro Neighborhood Connection met recently (photos above)  If you live in Balcones, Centro, or Atascadero and did not know about this Neighborhood Connection, contact Ellie Goodwin at epgoodwin@hotmail.com to find out about the next gathering in November.  

Small Group Discussions
In mid-January 2020, we'll start a discussion group about systemic racism and how we, unintentionally, are probably participants. This is an issue for all North Americans - and beyond.

To join this reflective group, we ask you to obtain a copy and read White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo. Phyllis Culp will facilitate the initial discussion of this book, and we will see if and how we want to continue after we discuss it. Group size is limited and all discussion must be confidential to group members.

Sign up now if you are interested by contacting Phyllis at phylculp@mac.com or signing up at the Welcome Table.

As our reflection and discussion warrant, we'll probably want to share our thoughts about other readings. Among them might be former UUA Common Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-blindness by Michelle Alexander, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. We could also watch movies, make individual plans to change our behavior and group plans to take action on this problem, etc. Our potential for growth is unlimited. Hope you can join us. More to come about meeting specifics.


Women's Group, one of the small discussion groups recently launched for UU women, is full and active. Membership to the group has now been closed, and members will continue to meet each week for sharing and supporting one another.


Other UU women’s groups may be formed if more women want to participate. If interested please contact Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com or Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@gmail.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.

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 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


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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