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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, January 10, 2021


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


“Inside Another Culture: Insights, Delights, & Revelations”

Frank Thoms, Guest Speaker



Frank Thoms, Guest Speaker

Bill Dalsimer, Service Leader

Paula Peace, Coordinator

Rev. Mark Johaningsmeir, Joys & Concerns

Dr. Dan Neuspiel, UUFSMA President, COVID19 Task Force, Covenant

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Administrator

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

Denise Galipeau, Order of Service

Paula Peace, Pianist

About Today’s Speaker
Guest speaker Frank Thoms was a teacher for nearly forty years in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Worcester, Massachusetts, and he also worked for twelve years as an educational consultant. Frank’s talk will draw upon his eight trips to the former Soviet Union and one to the new Russia while teaching English for a year at four schools in three cities - Leningrad, Moscow, and Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. His book “Behind the Red Veil: An American inside Gorbachev’s Russia” (SparkPress 2020) presents his understanding of Russians––and himself. Frank and his wife, artist Kathleen Cammarata, moved to San Miguel nine years ago, after which Frank became a member of the UUFSMA.


About Today’s Music
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Russian Soviet composer and pianist and is acclaimed as one of the most prolific and original composers of the first half of the 20th century. After the 1917 Revolution, he spent time in the USA and France but later returned to his homeland, where his music fell out of favor with the authorities and eight major works were banned from public performances. After his death, his reputation grew worldwide. Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, Opus 22, were composed 1915-1917 and comprise 20 piano miniatures of wide-ranging emotions.


Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is beloved as the last composer of the Russian Romanticism tradition and one of the greatest piano virtuosi who ever lived. Following the 1917 Revolution, Sergei and his aristocratic family fled to New York City. His Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini was composed in 1934 for piano and orchestra and this 18th Variation is the most famous section of the 24 variations.




Visions Fugitives, Opus 22, no. 14: Feroce, by Sergei Prokofiev

Welcome, Call to Worship & Chalice Lighting

COVID-19 Task Force Report

#134, Our World is One World      

Lakeshore UU Fellowship Manitowoc

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, Sorrows and Concerns

Musical Meditation   

Visions Fugitives, Opus 22, no. 1: Lentamente, by Sergei Prokofiev

A Time for Generosity

(spotlight on Feed The Hungry)

Offering Music
18th Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff



Talk "Inside Another Culture: Insights, Delights, & Revelations
with Frank Thoms

#318, We Would Be One   

Performed by UU Santa Monica, arr. by Saunder Choi

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice


What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong / Playing For Change

Performed by Grandpa Elliott with children’s choirs from around the globe…



Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Cánepa at


Coming Up Next

Sunday, January 17, 2021

“Billie’s Blues”

Speaker: Dr. Anthony Stringer


On the eve of the U.S. national celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this Sunday’s UUFSMA service explores the tectonic voice of the nightingale who awakened the soul of the American Civil Rights Movement, Billie Holiday. A gifted singer of blues whose concerts from 1939 onward always ended with the harrowing prosody of “Strange Fruit,” Holiday’s performative affect radiates from the reflections of guest speaker Dr. Anthony Stringer and the music of guest singers Shawna Floyd and ShaRon Glass.


The result is an unforgettable testament to the tragedy of a great artist who dispelled the sweet Magnolia smell of the American South to expose the stink from its culture of extrajudicial torture and murder of Black citizens--for which she suffered the hounding of government, addiction, imprisonment, and loss of career and life. While her signature finale cost her so much, its relentless performance planted the singular song of Jewish schoolteacher, activist, and amateur poet Abel Meerapol in the nation’s consciousness of Jim-Crow injustice, where it still resonates.  


Dr. Anthony Y. Stringer is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Professor in the Emory University School of Medicine.  He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching and has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stringer currently serves as a lay minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA). 


Shawna Floyd is a poet and writer who has also discovered her voice in song. She is a member of UUCA, where her musical talent has flourished alongside her sense of justice, spirituality, and her heart-felt sense of community. ShaRon T. Glass (They/Them) is a life-long lover of music and self-taught acoustic guitarist since age 11. A UUCA member, over the last 40-plus years, Glass learned to play more than a dozen instruments, including tenor saxophone, electric guitar and bass, mandolin, keyboard, and percussion. Join this gifted trio for an outstanding demonstration of the power of music in transforming moral consciousness.

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

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Tuesday Discussion group, January 12 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Topic: Please join us as we share our thoughts in lively discussion of emerging leadership and “feminine attributes”. In a society seemingly dominated by capitalist instincts of individualism and income inequality, social conditions of racism and intolerance, and physical conditions of inadequate public mental and physical health, many find hope in the emergence of feminine attributes and values in such leaders as New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern. We'll discuss what those feminine qualities are, the role models we see (among both women and men) living these values, and what we can do to encourage their infusion into society, beginning with our own communities and networks.



Thursday Discussion group, January 14 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic: What is your New Year's resolutions? Getting together in our small group on Thursdays at 11:30 is something I look forward to each week and I invite you to join our diverse group  from San Miguel, Massachusetts to California. We've had the chance to get to know each other better and process the events of the previous week. Thank goodness!  Newcomers welcome.  Contact Diana Amaya at to be added to receive a notice.



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.

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