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Compassionate Medicine

By Robin Loving Rowland

Is there anyone who would not like to experience compassion from their caregiver(s) when they are not feeling well? But, that’s not always what we get. Dr. Pepe Valencia, gerontologist and thanatologist, says that compassionate medicine begins with us but doesn’t end there. Hear his presentation, “Compassionate Medicine,” Sunday, May 25, at 10:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Hotel Posada de la Aldea at Ancha de San Antonio 15.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Presentation
Compassionate Medicine
Sun, May 25, 10:30am
Hotel Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Valencia, who seems to have a perpetual gleam in his eye, a huge smile on his face and an eager hug to give all comers, treats patients aged 65 and older and those who are facing death. “I treat human beings who have special needs, not clinical cases,” says bilingual Valencia, who was trained in Mexico and the US and calls his methods integrative and holistic, meaning he treats the mind, body and spirit with traditional and complementary therapies.

Valencia is the author of 11 books and co-author of 25 others. He is president of Hospice San Miguel, AC, and says, “My deepest, most genuine purpose is to improve the quality of people’s lives.”

Unitarian Universalists value the individual spiritual journey. There is perhaps no faith community that affirms more completely the power and potential of people to find and/or create meaning. What brings UUs together is a commitment to community. UUs know that differences need not divide us. UU presentations emphasize the values of community, spirituality, and social justice.

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende 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.

UUFSMA is a faith of deeds rather than creeds. The organizations that the UUs have pledged to support with specific gifts of funds include: Apoyo a Gente Aprendedora for high school counseling, CEDESA for rural sustainability projects, Escuela de Educación Especial for assistance to individuals who are deaf, Jóvenes Adelante for university scholarships, Libros Sin Fronteras for books for rural children, Mujeres en Cambio, for scholarships for girls, Patronato Pro Niños for medical and dental care and the UU Service Committee for international human rights.

People of all ages and stages of life are welcomed at the UU Fellowship. If you would like to visit, join, provide special music or present to the UUs in San Miguel, please contact President Arlene Van Note at


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