Giving Back to the Community

By Jon Sievert

Social action is a primary driving force for Unitarian Universalists everywhere. At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFSMA) service, John Simsarian discusses the important role that NGOs play in the San Miguel community and how the Fellowship partners with some of these organizations to provide support and gain further understanding of the Mexican community.

UU Service
With John Simsarian
“Giving Back to the Community”
Sun, Jan 24, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

More than 50 percent of the funds it raises through pledges and collections helps the works of not-for-profit (NGO) organizations in the San Miguel Municipality. This is part of the Fellowship’s emphasis on compassion and justice. Through awarding grants, the Fellowship is involved with solutions to help create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. It is consistent with many of the Unitarian Universalist principles, including the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. The grants strive to promote self-sufficiency, empowerment for self-advocacy, community generated ideas, and health and education focused on the residents of the municipality of San Miguel de Allende. Simsarian will be assisted in his presentation by a Jovenes Adelante scholarship student.

John has a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and had an extensive career in mental health and substance-abuse program administration with the Federal Government and State Governments in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is a full-time resident of San Miguel de Allende. Special music is provided by Salvador Ramírez Jacinto, a long-time San Miguel musician who specializes in Música Romántica.

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. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.

 

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