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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, February 21, 2021


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


“The Gospel of Love: Universalism at 250”

Member Recognition Sunday


Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister


Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister

Paula Peace, Coordinator

Gary Belkin, Service Leader

Hugh Tomlinson, New Member Affirmation

Carolyn Simsarian, Pledge Team

Nory Contractor, Patronato Pro Niños

Chris Chase, Membership Chair

Dan Neuspiel, Covid-19 Task Force Update

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Administrator

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

Denise Galipeau, Sunday Service Support

About Today’s Music

Our Gathering Song was sent to Tom & Malcolm as "a different kind of Valentine." It was just composed and recorded by Malcolm's sister, acclaimed folk singer Marion Halliday. We are grateful to Marion for again allowing us to use her music in our services. Please check out more of her wonderful music on her website or at or on her youtube channel


Today is a musical first for us. For the very first time we will sing a hymn from Our UU Spanish Language hymnal "Las Voces del Camino." The hymn "Gracias por el Amor" (Thanks for Love) is a simple reflective tune with easy to follow Spanish lyrics.  


With our Opening Hymn video "Standing on the SIde of Love"  by Jason Sheldon and published our UU Hymnal supplement, we are reminded of our role as leaders in the marriage equality movement and our ongoing commitment to welcoming and supporting the LGBTQ community.


For our Offering, we draw on musical theater to enjoy a wonderful recording of "If We only Had Love" from "Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living In Paris."


Our closing hymn is a beautiful traditional English melody, the text of which is from I Corinthians 13:1-3 and is one of the greatest texts about love ever written.


We conclude our service with local San Miguel musician Almitri Tzigane treating us to "Amar y Vivir".






COVID Task Force Update


Gathering Song Hate That Kinda Love, Marion Halliday


Opening Thoughts & Chalice Lighting


Hymn #1014, Standing on the Side of Love (LGBTQ focus)


New Member Recognition


Introduction of New Members


New Member Affirmation

We join this Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as an affirmation of our willingness to participate in and support a religious organization whose members are dedicated to the quest for truth, freedom, and justice. We seek to understand and fulfill our potential by leading lives of integrity and service to others. We willingly join you in the continuing creation of this "Beloved Community."


Charge to New Members



Our community is blessed by your presence. May it be for you and for all a cradle for new dreams, a workshop of our common endeavor, and a home for spiritual growth and human understanding.



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.


Joys and Concerns


Sung Mediation

Gracias por el Amor – Hymn #3, “Las Voces de Camino” hymnal

UU Miami


Pledge Update


Pledge Testimony




Anthem If We Only Have Love, Erato Ensemble


Sermon  The Gospel of Love: Universalism at 250


Hymn #34,  Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire


Benediction & Extinguishing the Chalice   Words by the Founder of Universalism John Murray


Amar y Vivir, Almitri Tzigane


Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Cánepa at


Coming Up Next

Sunday, February 28, 2021

“Justice and Also Joy: The Inner Work of Making Outward Change”

Reverend Mary Margaret Earl


Social Justice is a foundational value for Unitarian Universalists and one of its most successful champions today will highlight this Sunday’s UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende online service. In her sermon, the Reverend Mary Margaret Earl will reflect on the work of the UU Urban Ministry of Boston, Massachusetts, where she is Senior Minister and Executive Director. Her talk this Sunday promises to illustrate many measures for proactive and successful programs that build the benefits of social justice in disenfranchised communities.


Few non-governmental organizations have such deep roots in this ministerial domain as the UUUM, which is the oldest social justice agency in the United States. From its headquarters in Boston’s inner-city Roxbury neighborhood, the Urban Ministry is known for its programs that serve not only the community at large, especially young people, but also its operation of one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the United States.


Her thoughts about the agency’s hands-on work for social justice will resonate for a long while with members of the UUFSMA, which donates half of its annual budget to non-profit organizations focused on social action. As well, the UU Fellowship seeks to develop direct-action programs in coming years, such as a Social Action Residency to provide hands-on support for volunteer work at NGOs in San Miguel.  


Prior to her work making stronger bonds with the Roxbury neighborhood where the UUUM operates, Rev. Earl worked for 10 years at a faith-based nonprofit in Rhode Island, providing guidance and support for homeless people. She is past president of the Board of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, recipient of the Heroes of Faith Award from the Rhode Island State Council of Churches for her interfaith work, and is a longtime vegan committed to standing up for nonhuman animals.

Are you the type that likes to wait until the last inning before you make a homerun? Then this is your week. We have just one week to go before we wrap up the 2021 Pledge Drive. Our President, Dan Neuspiel, will announce our total to date at the February 28 service. Don't worry about putting us over the top of our $90,000 goal. The budget for next year includes using $6,000 from our reserves. Every peso over the goal means that our reserve can stay intact. Here's the link to make your 2021 pledge and complete the membership form -
What’s your legacy?
Please consider making a current donation or a future bequest to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. For more information visit the Fellowship website ( or contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair (
                                                                                  ...Because you care.

Save The Date for the

March 1st Mixer, 5:00-7:00 pm SMA time.  


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

Email Diana Amaya for sign up info:


Tuesday Discussion group, February 23 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Topic: "In a democracy should elected representatives vote their conscience and what they know to be right or should they vote based on what they believe the majority of the voters who elected them believe (and want)? Have you ever acted in ways that you know were not the right way? Why did you abandon the “path of right”?”



Thursday Discussion group, February 25 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic: tba



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

Regular participation is encouraged or drop-in when you want. Please email Joan at 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