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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, November 21, 2021


10:30am Central Standard Time


Circle Round for Human Rights


Speaker: Reverend Ned Wight



The Rev. Ned Wight, UUSC Board Chair, Guest Minister

The Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister of the UUFSMA, Worship Leader

Malcolm Halliday & Marion Halliday, Musicians

Paula Peace, Coordinator

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 Service and Guest Minister 

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has been working to advance human rights in troubled places around the globe for over 75 years. It grew out of the heroic efforts of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who left their comfortable Unitarian parish and children in Wellesley, MA, to help refugees escape from Nazi occupation in Europe. Its history is steeped in taking note of threats to human life and dignity, partnering with others to counter those threats, and advocating for government action that will protect and further advance rights for all people. Defending human rights can seem like abstract, distant and remote business. UUSC Board Chair, The Rev. Ned Wight joins us to remind us why it’s anything but abstract, distant or remote.  


The Rev. Ned Wight retired in August 2019 from his position as Interim Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. Prior to that, he served for a decade as Executive Director of the same congregation’s UU Veatch Program, which makes grants to social change organizations around the country. He has also served UU congregations in California and Massachusetts and holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School, Boston University and Stanford University. He currently chairs the board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, partnering with grassroots organizations to champion human rights at home and abroad, and serves as Vice President for the UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association. He lives in William Cullen Bryant’s historic home, Cedarmere, in Roslyn, NY, on the north shore of Long Island. 

Thank you to Janet Freed and Bill Dalsimer for today's flowers in honor of the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The flowers are to be given to Stan Allen upon the conclusion of our service in celebration of his UUA recognition for bringing so much to those at ABBA House.
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




We Gather Together, arr Calvin Taylor

Malcolm Halliday, Piano


Words of Welcome




Call To Worship, by William F. Schultz


Chalice Lighting "The Shores of Hope" by Daniel Kanter   


Hymn # 155 Circle Round for Freedom



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


Musical Meditation  If Statues Could Speak, by Marion Halliday

Lenape Statue at Wissahickon Park


A Time for Generosity


Video Presentation


Intro Blue Plate Special: ABBA House


Offering Music

Just Love in the End, by Marion Halliday


Responsive Reading

#464 And Then, Judy Chicago


Sermon “Circle Round for Human Rights”, The Rev. Ned Wight


Hymn #131 Love Will Guide Us

Malcolm Halliday, Piano


Benediction and Extinguishing the Chalice


Closing Words


Postlude Dignity, by Joseph Martin

Malcolm Halliday, Piano


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

November 28, 2021

“Esperanza: Hope and Expectation”

Speakers: Judith Jenya, Mark Johaningsmeir, Rev. Tom Rosiello

This year Advent and Hanukah begin on the same day, November 28, and both observances reflect on expectation and hope in different traditions and through very different stories.


Hanukah occurs during the darkest time of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere) and, for eight days, invites families and communities around the world to celebrate light, hope, dedication, and miracles. In this UUFSMA Sunday Service, fellowship member Judith Jenya will reflect on hope illustrated in Jewish tradition by the Hanukah story.


Her spouse the Reverend Mark Johaningsmeir will speak about the season of Advent in the Christian tradition. "In many Christian churches, Advent has been celebrated with two very different goals,” Reverend Johaningsmeir, a retired Methodist minister, says. “On the one hand, it is a busy run-up to the Christmas holiday - with rehearsals for special musical performances and Christmas pageants with children, decorating Christmas trees and church worship areas, and organizing Christmas carolers to bring cheer to people confined to their homes.” 


Another focus in many parts of the Christian world has been contemplative and introspective, he notes. In the northern hemisphere, Advent reflects the season when daylight is shortened, temperatures drop, and little in the natural world appears to be stirring with life. 


Though people hope for Spring, our senses detect few signs that support such hope. Even so, hope is an inclination toward a better future. Sometimes it is specific. Sometimes it creates a general sense of a better world. These days hope is a rare commodity. 


Judith Jenya is a member of the UU Fellowship and the Jewish community of San Miguel. Attorney, psychotherapist, and educator, she was International Humanist of the Year in 2002, nominated for the Nobel Peace prize for work as founder-director of Global Children's Organization and children’s programs in the war-torn Balkans and Northern Ireland. She lives with her husband in San Miguel, writes poetry, paints, and is active in community work. 


Reverend Johaningsmeir led congregations in Minnesota and Colorado. He has just celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with Jenya and is full of gratitude for his life with her in San Miguel since 2011 and his participation in the UUFSMA.

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, Novenber 23,  (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks


Topic: GRATITUDE - During this week celebrating "American Thanksgiving", share how you have developed a sense of gratitude in your daily life. Were you taught as a child? Can we be thankful and not take things for granted? Do you "give back to others" out of love, joy and appreciation, kindness or obligation? What is the connection between gratitude and humility?


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.

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