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 26, 2020 


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom

“A Robust Public Health System: Cuba"

Dr. Cliff DuRand



Dr. Cliff DuRand, Speaker

Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister

Cathy Cánepa, Service Leader

Dr. Dan Neuspiel, UUFSMA President & Member COVID19 Task Force

Dr. Bonney McDowell, UUFSMA Board and COVID19 Task Force Member

Paula Peace, Pianist

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician


About Today’s Speaker
Dr. Cliff DuRand has traveled annually to Cuba for 30 years, leading hundreds of people on educational trips. He is a co-founder of the Center for Global Justice in San Miguel de Allende and a former Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University. He and his wife Julie DuRand have lived in SMA since 2004. 


About Today’s Music
All of today’s piano works were composed by Cuban pianist Ignacio Cervántes, who is known as a pioneer of native Cuban music. He was born in Havana in 1847 and died there in 1905 and studied with celebrated American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk and also at the Paris Conservatory. These short, charming pieces come from his Danzas Cubanas (1899), which utilize Cuban rhythms in the salon style. Cervántes also wrote several orchestral works and three operas.

About Today's Guatanamera Video
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. "Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World."

Welcoming Music     Picotazos by Ignacio Cervántes


Welcome, Opening Words, and Chalice Lighting


A Time for Community and COVID-19 Task Force Report     



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.


Hymn      Blood and Roses Video


Joys, Sorrows and Concerns          


Reading      #662 Strange and Foolish Walls

The years of all of us are short, our lives precarious.

               Our days and nights go hurrying

               on and there is scarcely time to

               do the little that we might.

Yet we find time for bitterness, for

petty treason and evasion.

               What can we do to stretch our

               hearts enough to lose their littleness?

Here we are - all of us - all upon

this planet, bound together in a common destiny,

               Living our lives between the briefness of the daylight and the dark.

Kindred in this, each lighted by the same precarious, flickering flame of life,

how does it happen that we are not indeed in all things else?

               How strange and foolish are these walls of separation that divide us!


A Time For Generosity      Almendares by Ignacio Cervántes        


Video Part One     “Guantanamera”  

                                Playing For Change/Song Around The World                                                      https://youtu.be/blUSVALW_Z4


Talk     “A Robust Public System for Health: Cuba”

Video Part Two     “Guantanamera” 
                                Playing For Change/Song Around The World                                                     


Closing Words   


Extinguishing the Chalice 


Postlude      Gran Señora by Ignacio Cervántes



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


Coming Up Next

Sunday, August 2

“Finding the Blessing”
Rev. Tom Rosiello


Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote that “the voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes.” In this Sunday’s online service, Rev. Tom Rosiello pulls on that thread of wisdom to remind us that these days may not be the time to venture to discover new vistas, yet this is a time to have new eyes. “Now is the time to see things differently and find in difficult times and personal struggles that blessings wait for us there,” he says.  

Recalling the story from Genesis, chapter 32, of Jacob wrestling with an angel and other stories from his life and the lives of others he admires, Rev. Rosiello will guide his online audience on the journey of finding blessings in difficult times – even blessings big enough to fundamentally change us. He will share stories of struggles with the loss of loved ones, being gay, and facing serious illness, plus how people in those struggles found a profound blessing. 

As sociologist Robert Lynd said, “I can hardly recognize a blessing in disguise except when it is bestowed upon someone else.” Rev. Rosiello will delve deeper into “disguised blessings” that on the surface do not appear to be blessings at all.

 “We must talk about more than turning lemons into lemonade,” he says. “We can come to terms with things as they are. However, after a difficult time, we must find the blessing in the struggle before we can move on with our lives.” 
As always, the UU service will be full of memorable music, hymns, gospel songs and even bell ringing. Organist Malcolm Halliday will perform on the impressive 81-stop Aeolian Skinner organ at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester MA.

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

Tuesday Discussion group, July 28 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Discussion:  Share a favorite travel memory. Especially in this time of isolation, what wonderful travel memory can sustain you? What did you really FEEL or experience that has profoundly stayed with you from that trip? How are those memories still helpful to you whenever you recall them?


Thursday Discussion group, July 30 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Discussion:  In no more than 8 words: What's something you've been meaning to say to someone, but haven't yet? No need to name the person or situation. Just, in no more than 8 words, what it is you've been meaning to say.


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 (10:00am)

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.

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