Our mission 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.

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, December 5, 2021


10:30am Central Standard Time


“Ode to Joy”


Words & Readings by:

Lee Knox & Frank Thoms



Lee Knox & Frank Thoms, Speakers

Gary Belkin, Research

Hilary Toyryla, Joys & Concerns

Dan Neuspiel, Covid Task Force Report

Betse Davies, Offering Introduction

Almitri Tzigane, Guest Musician

Paula Peace, Pianist

Diego Vargas, Lead Audio/Visual Technician

Miguel Angel Espinosa, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Technician & Zoom Host

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications


About Today’s Speakers

Frank Thoms is a former teacher and now a writer who has published five books and has lived in San Miguel with his wife, artist Kathleen Cammarata, for nearly ten years.


Lee Knox is a retired writer and watercolor artist from Kansas City who has lived here full time for five years


About Today’s Guest Musician

Almitri Tzigane is a local guitarist who specializes in “Gypsy Jazz”. It is beyond wonderful to welcome Almitri back for his first live performance at the Hotel Aldea since Nov 2019! Fortunately we enjoyed several of his videos during our months of Zoom-only virtual Sunday services. You can support Almitri here: www.paypal.me/almitritzigane

Thank you to Chris Chase for providing today's flowers and for delivering them to Reyna Yañez.
If you'd like to arrange flowers for an upcoming service or deliver them afterwards to someone of the Care Team's choosing, please email chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Singing Bowl



Coquette, by Johnny Green and Carmen Lombardo

Almitri Tzigane, Guitar


Welcome & Announcements


Message from Ministry Task Force


Continuation of Announcements


COVID Task Force Update


Opening Words


Hymn   #361 Enter, Rejoice and Come In, by Louise Ruspini

Paula Peace Piano


Story  Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff



We respect the interdependent web of life and work for a just and peaceful world. We encourage the search for truth and meaning, strive for compassion in our relationships and seek values that will benefit our lives and the lives of others.  This is our covenant.

Respetamos todos los estilos de vida dentro de su red interdependiente y trabajamos por un mundo justo y pacifico. Alentamos la búsqueda de la verdad y la comprensión total. Nos esforzamos por mantener compasión en nuestras relaciones y buscamos valores que beneficien nuestras vidas y las vidas de los demás. 
Este es nuestro convenio.


Responsive Reading


Hymn #245 Joy to the World


Reading, by Rumi


Joys and Concerns


Musical Meditation

Meditation from “Thais”, by Jules Massenet, arr. DerDave

Paula Peace, Piano


Story Sharing Joy, author unknown


Offering Introduction


Offering Music

Joy to the World, arr. Dave Brubeck

Paula Peace, Piano


Hymn #325 Deck the Halls


Writing Difference Between Joy and Happiness


Closing Words


Postlude “Ode to Joy” theme, from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Finale

Flash Mob Video, Orquestra Sinfonica del Valles with Coral Bellas Artes de Sabadell



Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Cánepa at ccanepamd@gmail.com
Coming Up Next

December 12, 2021

“Our Lady of Guadalupe Updated”

Speaker: Reverend Tania Yadira Martínez Tadeo

With its compelling synthesis of Aztecan aesthetics and sixteenth-century Spanish-Catholic missionary zeal, the painted figure of the Virgin of Guadelupe remains the oldest, most iconic totem of Mexico’s unique form of Catholicism. For nearly 500 years, the faith of the conquistadores has evolved here within the legend of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe’s appearance to the converted Aztec Juan Diego fewer than two decades after Hernando Cortez arrived in Mexico. The Reverend Tania Yadira Martínez Tadeo, Guest Minister for this Sunday’s UUFSMA Sunday Service, knows the story well and will reflect upon her own reencounter with Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Unitarian Universalist minister.


 “It is said that while a Mexican may not be Catholic, he or she is definitely a Guadalupano,” Rev. Tania says. “I’ve often denied that truism. However, I’ve come to new conclusions about the influence of the storied apparition of the virgin to Juan Diego and want to update that message with newer insight about the meaning of this religious symbol.”


Rev. Tania currently serves as Resident Chaplain at a San Diego hospital. She is a spiritual care educator for the project “Trauma-Responsive Congregations” with the University of Boston's School of Theology. She previously served as Assistant Minister of the First UU Church of San Diego. She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School and has a background in Latin American Literature. Reverend Tania is both an immigrant and a fronteriza and these parts of her identity greatly influence her ministry and her way of seeing the world. 


She believes in the healing power of community, ritual, and embodied spiritual practices. Her ministry incorporates cultural elements of her Mexican background as well as Latin American literature and education. She also discovers beauty in international cinema, good books, her teenage daughters, ocean vistas, and her many opportunities to inspire an awareness of community.

Please consider donating to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund.


Would you like to honor or memorialize a loved one, friend, respected elder from our Fellowship or beyond?  Would you like to demonstrate that you care about an important cause? 


A bequest to the Fund as part of your estate can be a tax-effective way to maximize its value while demonstrating your values and love.  


For more information, visit the Fellowship website (UUFSMA.org) or contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair (stevesingermx@gmail.com). 

                                                                                  ...Because you care.

Tom’s Coffee Hour Discussion, Tuesdays (9:30am)

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Tuesday Discussion group, December 7,  (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks


Topic: FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE - What is your favorite (December) holiday movie? Have you seen it many times? Why do you like it so much? Do you always try to watch it with certain friends or family members, or alone? Do you have a "viewing tradition"?


Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81997626702


Friday Buddhist Group, Sangha of the Heart (10:00am)

Regular participation is encouraged or drop-in when you want. Please email Joan at joanwolf@umich.edu if you would like to be added to the Sangha of the Heart email list and receive the Zoom link in a weekly reminder.

San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico