Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, July 12, 2020 


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom

“Charting a Course Toward Real Democracy"

Rev. Tom Rosiello 


The Rev. Tom Rosiello, UUFSMA Minister

Dr. Bonney McDowell, UUFSMA Board Member &

COVID19 Task Force
Dan Neuspiel and Cathy Cánepa, Covenants

Malcolm Halliday, Organist
Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician


About Today’s Music

In today's service the prelude, meditation, and postlude are being performed on the historic 1910 organ built by James Cole. The instrument is located in an historic New England Meeting House in Princeton MA where Malcolm serves as the summer organist. The organ is built with traditional mechanical action just as the organs of Bach and Mendelsohn' time were. Both Bach and Mendelssohn are among the most notable and prolific composers for the organ. The prelude and postlude both are fugues in which each voice moves independently, is  equally important and works together to make a beautiful whole. In this service, the fugue form is used as a metaphor for how true democracy works. 

Prelude     Fugue in G minor BWV 578, J.S. Bach


Welcome, Call to Worship, and Chalice Lighting


Hymn    #123, Spirit of Life

Directed by Jen Hayman, congregants of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC join voices in a virtual choir to sing Carolyn McDade's "Spirit of Life."


  ~  Fuente d’amor  ~
Fuente de amor

 Ven hacia mí

 Y al corazón

 Cántale tu compasión


Sopla al valor

 Sube en la mar

 Hasta moldear

 La justicia de la vida

Arraigame, liberame

 Fuente de amor

 Ven a mí, ven a mí.


   ~  Spirit of Life  ~

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion,
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free:
Spirit of life, come to me, come to me.


A Time for Community      



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      Organ Sonata #1, Adagio, Felix Mendelssohn 


A Time For Generosity     


Anthem     This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie
                   performed by The Oakland Symphony 
Reading       Democracy, Langston Hughes  
Song      Democracy, Leonard Cohen  
Sermon      Charting a Course Toward Real Democracy
Musical Reflection      We Shall be Known, Karisha Longaker
                                     as presented in the UU the Vote Campaign  
Postlude      Organ Sonata # 2, Fugue, Felix Mendelssohn 


Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Canepa at ccanepamd@gmail.com


Coming Up Next

Sunday, July 19

“What Sustains Me? Beauty, Art and Connectedness”
Paula Peace and Cathy Cánepa


In this era of social distancing, we cling to family and close friends for support. How else can one be sustained? In this Sunday’s online service, fellowship members Paula Peace and Cathy Cánepa share their personal sources of sustenance and remind us of resources we can all access. In music, dance, and meditation, the service will speak to our hearts.

The arts provide a sturdy bridge to the magic and mystery of the universe, rewarding any consumer or participant. Written poetry and prose, creations in visual media, bodies dancing through space, and sounds in time creating music all offer resources to sustain and connect us.

“What sustains me is the art of music,” Paula Peace says. “Through beautiful music, I feel connected to others’ pathos, ecstasy, and passion - an entire range of human emotion. A great composer can connect my heart to all human hearts, the energy of the universe, and, one could say, to the divine love of one’s god or goddess.”

Pianist Paula Peace performed for almost four decades with the Atlanta Chamber Players, in hundreds of concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational programs in more than 150 cities in the US, Europe, and Mexico. In 2016 the State of Georgia granted her the Governor’s Award in the Arts.

“Among the things that sustain me,” says Cathy Cánepa, “are dance, science and the vision of a solidaristic human community. My mother, a dancer, and my father, a painter, were deeply spiritual atheists, raising me with reverence for nature and beauty, the arts, and commitment to an egalitarian society.      These values sustain my life.”

A retired psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Dr. Cathy Cánepa trained and worked with underserved populations in NYC, working on Jacobi Hospital’s Monolingual Hispanic Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and later as Director of the
St. Vincent’s Partial Hospital Program.

Joan Wolf, a Buddhist in the Thich Nhat Hahn tradition, will also offer a guided

Chilean musician Yaya Fuentes will share mesmerizing music performed on the hang, an instrumental cousin to the steel drum.

Tom’s Coffee Hour Discussion, Tuesdays at 9:30 am. 
Email Diana Amaya for sign up info: info.uufsma@gmail.com

Tuesday Discussion group, July 14 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.  
Discussion:  Let's celebrate the importance of animals in our lives.


Share favorite memories of childhood pets, farm animals, service animals, zoo memories or perhaps current pets helping you during the Covid-19 isolation lockdown.

Thursday Discussion group, July 16 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Discussion:  How has NAFTA impacted Mexico, Canada and the US? What are the positives and negatives?


Please contact jane.wilkinson@gmail.com if you are interested in joining one of these groups. Space is limited!



Buddhist Group, Sangha of the Heart with Joan Wolf each Friday, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. 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.


Saturday Discussion Group for people living alone, every Saturday, (11:30am)

This Zoom group is for the mutual support of people living alone in these anxious times. Participants can connect with others similarly situated to share resources, concerns, and tribulations. Helen Rivas-Rose is the moderator. To join this group, please contact Helen, at helycres@icloud.com or jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

SMA Community Volunteer Opportunities
(click on the name of the NGO to learn more about the organization)

Caminamos JuntosVolunteers needed to help make connections in the private sector of education and possibly fundraise for individual children to be able to attend a school that will meet their needs.  Contact Cathy Canepa at ccanpamd@gmail.com.

Caminos de Agua – Volunteers interested in offering translation support should contact Director Dylan Terrell at dylan@caminosdeagua.org.  Volunteers interested in providing technical support (chemists, engineers, and other scientists) should contact Director of Technology, Allie Reiling at alexandra@caminosdeagua.org. Volunteers interested in providing fund-raising and event coordination/planning should contact Associate Director Paco Guajuardo at paco@caminosdeagua.org.


Centro Infantil de Los Angeles – Help with the day-to-day operations of children’s daycare.  Contact Skylar to set up the short training at skylar@centroinfantil.org , +1-205-873-4038.


El Charco del Ingenio– Volunteers needed to work with plants in the botanical collection; propagate plants in the nursery; prune native vegetation; assist at the Visitor Center; guide visits; help with the environmental education program; engage in library and office work; support publicity, marketing and fundraising; assist with membership; help with workshops and events; and more.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Naomi Zerriffi at nzerriffi@yahoo.com. Click HERE to download the form for volunteers to complete and send to Naomi.


Escuela de Educacion Especial – Volunteers needed to help staff the school store.  Contact Director John Doherty at jd98lv@hotmail.com.


Feed the Hungry – Post-pandemic, volunteers are needed to pack and deliver food. Contact Jonna Stratton at jonnainmex@gmail.com.


Fundación de Apoyo Infantil – Volunteers are needed to work directly with students on lessons related to environmental education.  Two-day training, two-week commitment, Spanish required.  Contact Fabiola Berenice Morales Llamas at beleo2d@yahoo.com.mx


Jovenes Adelante – Volunteers needed to mentor a student.  2 – 5 year commitment. Click HERE for more information.  If interested, please contact Nora Weaver at noraweaver@jovenesadelante.org.


Libros Para Todos - Volunteers who speak Spanish are needed to accompany leaders on school visits to read to children and help them with their reading, usually one-on-one or in a small group. 3-hour commitment during a weekday morning.  Transportation not required though sometimes helpful because the truck only fits 2 people. Other volunteering includes help planning author events, ushering at concerts, evaluating submissions for a summer writing contest, and helping out at workshops. Contact Daniela Franco, danielaelenafranco@gmail.com.


Mujeres En Cambio – Volunteers needed to distribute scholarships (becas), some in the campo.  Contact Rhea Calkins at rheabcalkins@yahoo.com, 152-0858.


Ninos Con Autismo - Volunteers needed to help identify possible children needing services and assist with event planning. Contact Joyce Grenis at joyce.grenis@gmail.com.


Patronato Pro Ninos – Volunteers needed to deliver/pick up supplies/materials each 4th of July; deliver flyers each Feb. and Nov regarding oral health campaigns; seasonal needs based on existing programs; writers/creatives; calling campaigns; help with this year's 5th Anniversary celebrations; help with the database; committee work by non-board members. Contact Claudia Briones at wawis18@hotmail.com , 415-152-7796. 


San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico