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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 2019 Pledge/Membership Drive is underway! Your financial support makes you a full-fledged member with voting rights at annual meeting, helping set the course for the year. We have a lot to look forward to with enriched Sunday Services by our affiliate minister, Tom Rosiello, our visiting ministers program, superb music, a growing children's program, and many social opportunities. Your support makes possible our continued contributions to NGOs here in the Mexican community. To become a member, fill out a pledge form at the Fellowship or go to the website, www.uufsma.org.
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. - James Keller
Heifer International says that "healthy beehives can double fruit and vegetable yields of small farms."
So far the children have raised approximately 80p.
Tuesday Discussion Group, February 12, 10:15 am, Racism, sexism: Where are we? Where should we be? Should we judge others? 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, February 13, 1:30pm, Fiamma Pizzeria, Salida a Celaya 6.
Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. As the weather gets cooler, be sure to seek out the group in one of the inside spaces. 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, March 4, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,
Sunday, February 17, 10:30am
Filling the Whole
Rev. Andrea Abbott
At this week’s Unitarian Universal Fellowship Service, The Rev. Andrea Abbott, minister of The First Universalist Society of Central Square, examines the plague of the U.S. unchecked opioid/drug crisis through the eyes of one whose impoverished rural community has been hard hit.
Rev. Abbott shapes her talk around a discussion of three books that offer controversial analyses of these devastating social issues--
the True Tale of America’s Opium Epidemic by Sam Quinones, and two works by Johann Hari,
Chasing the Scream:
the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs and
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.
Sam Quinones’ work takes one from Mexico to the U.S. in his search for the humans behind the current opioid crisis while Johann Hari offers a challenge to both the current ‘war on drugs’ and the mental health establishment. Taken together, these books offer some controversial observations on the reasons for the related epidemics of drug use and mental illness. Though many might disagree with the analyses of the problem, these books offer new insights into current culture.
In particular, Johann Hari’s work challenges much of the received wisdom in these areas and provides a radical new vision of the solution for both the epidemic of drug addiction and mental illness. His vision is at odds with the widely accepted ideas of the mental health establishment and one that puts our way of life on trial, rather than the mentally ill or the addicted. As a minister of a small church in an impoverished rural area, and as one who has worked in a number of human service settings, Rev. Abbott found these works a refreshing answer to the question we all ask—Why is there so much human misery in such an affluent society?
This is the Rev. Abbott’s fifth year to speak in San Miguel de Allende. She is the minister of The First Universalist Society of Central Square, located in a rural area of upstate New York north of Syracuse. She has served the congregation for more than ten years, first as student minister and then as minister. A graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Seminary, Andrea came to the ministry late in life, with previous careers in human services, teaching, and librarianship. Prior to becoming a minister, she served for twenty years as librarian at Auburn Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum-security prison in Central New York.
For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Children’s Religious Education program, Social Action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30 AM at the
Hotel Lla Aldea or check out our website at
Tuesday February 19th at 6.00 pm.
Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca.
Documentary film: “Walk With Us”
back by popular demand
The migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya,
“It’s not about us - it’s about the dignity of our brother ‘travellers”.
It started when Ignacio heard Central American migrants were waiting at the tracks to jump trains . He and his family took them food, but soon discovered their huge needs .Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash or sleep. So he founded ABBA, where they can rest, receive food and medical and psychological help .
The film shows the gap between President Trump calling migrants “rapists and criminals” - and the sad reality. Most are escaping abject poverty and gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala . Their governments - backed by the US for decades, - are enmeshed in endemic corruption The migrants’ dreams of a better life in the USA have been met by tear gas at the border.
They are part of a worldwide crisis - 68 million migrants are on the move. The ravages of climate change will create millions more. Yet nations refuse them. Britains’ Brexit aims to ban them. Many Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis languish in sordid camps in Greece, or are beaten from the borders of Croatia, Hungary and Poland. The irony is that many countries have aging populations and declining birthrates. So immigrants – who do the work that no one wants – are needed.
In this world of nationalism and xenophobia, Ignacio’s work is vitally important
“They are people like us, with rights and dreams of a better life, and hoping to create opportunities for their children.”
ABBA is supported by Caminamos Juntos, The Latin American Relief Project, the traintracks Migrant Relief Project and Stan Allens’ ‘shoes for migrants”
The directors will be present:
Judy Jackson’s life was threatened many times as she made films documenting dictatorship, torture, disappearance,.
Dennis Lanson’s work has appeared on PBS and at many festivals. He is making a film about a dying Newfoundland town.
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Board of Directors 2018-2019 (as of April 1, 2018)
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Affiliate Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello,
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