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, January 9, 2022


10:30am Central Standard Time


This I Believe


Bill Dalsimer, Betse Davies, Eleanor Goodwin



Bill Dalsimer, Betse Davies, Eleanor Goodwin, Guest Speakers

Rev. Mark Johaningsmeir and Bill Dalsimer, Service Leaders

Cathy Cánepa, Coordinator & Offering Introduction

Karen Kelly, Pianist

Dan Neuspiel, Host, Covid Update

Rev. Mark Johaningsmeir, Joys & Concerns, Covenant

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

A lifelong Unitarian, William Dalsimer grew up believing humans could make things better and maybe change the world. After college, he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in West Africa. After law school he worked as a legal services attorney representing clients in under-served neighborhoods in the South Bronx and Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He believes that “with steadfast help, the arc of history bends towards justice, but it bends too damn slowly.”


Eleanor Goodwin moved from Bethesda, MD. To San Miguel fulltime in 2010 and has been very involved in the UUFSMA since then. She has served on the UUF Board and most committees. Her primary interest at the UUF is providing the support to members that leads to a welcoming, compassionate, and fulfilling community both at the Fellowship and within our host country.


Betse Davies, longtime SMA resident and well-known supporter of San Miguel’s nonprofit community is a  retired teacher. She was brought up Episcopalian and in the 1970s converted  and became a UU.

In 2001 she made San Miguel her permanent home, led Historical Walking tours to benefit Patronato Pro Ninos and soon became Coordinator for the tours.


In 2001 Betse took part in the group that formed Jovenes Adelante and a key supporter ever since. Ten years ago, Farley Wheelwright officiated at the Commitment service between Betse and Jim Harper.


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



Prelude Serenade,  by Franz Schubert

Karen Kelly, Piano




COVID Task Force Update


Opening Words / Chalice Lighting



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.


Intro to Ellie Goodwin


Reflection Eleanor Goodwin


Joys and Concerns


Musical Meditation Berceuse (Lullaby) Op 109 #7, Johann Burmuller

Karen Kelly, Piano


Introduction to Betse


Reflection Betse Davies.




Offering Music The Brook, Op 45, No 1 by Stephen Heller

Karen Kelly, Piano  


Introduction of Bill


Responsive Reading # 657 It Matters What We Believe, by Sophia Lyons Fahs


Reflection Bill Dalsimer


Hymn  #175  We Celebrate the Web of Life                                       



Benediction and Extinguishing the Chalice



"Bouree" from Lute Suite No 1 in F Minor, Johann Sebastian Bach

Karen Kelly, Piano

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

January 16, 2022

“A White Mother of Biracial Children Divests of Whiteness”

Speaker: Katerina Barron

Racism is rampant in the United States and the world, and no one acknowledging this truth can deny significant change must be made. Growing numbers of white people share the outrage of people of color over this fact and want to fight for racial justice. Katerina Barron, Sunday’s Guest Speaker for the UUFSMA Sunday Service, lives with this reality daily as a white mother of biracial children and asks this question, “What is the part of white folk in dealing with this injustice?”


Marching and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement is an obvious priority as is supporting victims of racism. But is it enough? To do one’s part, white folk must acknowledge that racism is not the entire problem but a symptom of a bigger problem, white supremacy. White supremacists intend to protect whiteness and its powerful hold on society.

Intellectually white folk know this. We acknowledge the privilege whiteness provides and without a doubt are the main beneficiaries of a supremacist system. Yet how does the group most benefitting from supremacy fight for racial justice?


White power will continue to harm people of color until we relinquish it in certain spaces while wielding it with integrity in others. Progressives call this process divesting from whiteness. It is not an easy undertaking and cannot be intellectualized. It requires discomfort and deconditioning oneself of a whitewashed history and upbringing.


Barron shares a personal look into her journey of divesting herself of whiteness and the first steps other white folk can take to do so. As the mother of biracial children, Barron recognizes that her unprocessed whiteness risks harm to those she loves most. She is dedicated to this work and determined that whiteness will not establish norms within her multiracial, multicultural family. A former elementary school teacher, Barron now works as a trauma-informed life coach. She lives in San Miguel de Allende with her husband and three children.

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, January 11, 2022 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks


Our discussion topic will be "LOVE" this week, and our facilitator will be Lou Marines. Please join us.
What do we mean when we say 'I love you/them/it?' What conditions, situations and/or experiences give rise to our loving ... and to feeling loved? How is our definition of love situational, depending on who and what we are embracing? How do we sustain our embrace of love and is feelings?

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