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“Sometimes we go out into the world in a physical sense and we take action.

But there are times when we lean back and we rest in the arms of someone we trust, a community, or a place we feel safe …And there you grab the courage and strength and hope…  for what comes next.” 

Carrie Newcomer, from her friend Parker Palmer

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, November 22, 2020 


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


Voices from the Fellowship: “What is your Place of Sanctuary?”

Paula Peace



Paula Peace, presenting Voices from the Fellowship

Paula Peace, Coordinator

Linda Sorin, Service Leader

Rev. Jurgen Ahlers, Joys & Concerns

Bonney McDowell, Time for Community & COVID Task Force

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Engineer

Diana Amaya, Back-up Administrator

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications


Musical Welcome      


#163 For the Earth Forever Turning

Words and Music - Kim Oler

Piano - Brian Kenny; Vocals - Alena Hemingway and Mike Menefee

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bremerton WA,





A Time for Community/ COVID                                                                     


Opening Words and Chalice Lighting




Sanctuary by Carrie Newcomer



“You can rest here in brown chapel

Or with a circle of friends,

A quiet grove of trees,

Or between two bookends…”

Carrie Newcomer's music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. Author Barbara Kingsolver wrote, "She's a poet, storyteller, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace."


Part One

Voices from the Fellowship – Sanctuary through Nature and Home   



Silence My Soul – by Francisco Feliciano, arr. Saunder Choi



Joys & Concerns                                                                                                   

Musical Meditation       

Mendelssohn Song Without Words in E Major, Opus 19b, no. 1

Performed on an 1846 Streicher piano by pianist Malcolm Halliday

at the Frederick Historic Piano Collection in Ashburnham, MA



Part Two

Voices from the Fellowship – Sanctuary through Others



And So It Goes by Billy Joel, arr. by Bob Chilcott

Performed by the Stay At Home Choir of 732 people from 52 countries,

with The King’s Singers



“In every heart there is a room, a sanctuary safe and strong

To heal the wounds from lovers past

Until a new one comes along.”



Blue Plate Special, donations go to Masks4U
(click here to donate)


Offering Music                           

Abide by Carrie Newcomer and Parker J. Palmer



“Stay awake with me and we’ll listen more intently

To something wordless and remaining,

Sure and everchanging.”


Part Three

Voices from the Fellowship – Sanctuary through Art and Spiritual Practice



Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis

Philharmonia Orchestra, London; John Wilson, conductor


Vaughan Williams’s rhapsodic masterpiece is well suited to socially-distanced performance – he divides his forces into two mini-orchestras and a string quartet and asks for them to be placed as far apart as possible, to weave a web of luminous sound around the listener.



Closing Words by Maria Sabina                                                                 


Extinguishing the Chalice                                                                                 



Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin) Playing For Change




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


Coming Up Next

Sunday, November 29

“Diwali: Let There Be Light!”

Speaker: Reverend Abhi Janamanchi


In this Sunday’s online service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, the Reverend Abhi Janamanchi celebrates Diwali (or, in Sanskrit, Deepavali, meaning “rows of lamps”), one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. Known for the lighting of brilliant and colorful lamps in Hindu homes, businesses, temples, and streets, Diwali likewise illuminates this time of year for Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists around the world. And, for many Hindus, the five-day festival marks the beginning of a New Year.  


This service is also the first of six UUFSMA Sunday services continuing into January that will celebrate The Seasons of Light, the spiritual holidays of religions around the world as nature’s longest nights turn toward the light of lengthening days during Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Epiphany.


Truly welcomed at the end of this year of worldwide pandemic, Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil, life over death, and wisdom over ignorance, as it celebrates awareness of and awakening to the Inner Light and marks a new beginning in all aspects of life, especially relationships with family and friends. The festive occasion is a time for community, family, and the celebration of togetherness, sharing resources, good food, and heartfelt gifts.


The Rev. Abhi Janamanchi serves as Senior Minister of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. Born and raised in southern India, he moved to the US in 1994.  He is a third-generation member of the Brahmo Samaj, a Unitarian Hindu reform movement with ties to Unitarian Universalism.


He graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago in 1998. Before being called to Cedar Lane, he served congregations in Clearwater, Florida; Madison, Wisconsin; and Park Forest, Illinois. He has been active in international interfaith and multicultural work for over two decades, including service as President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). His Unitarian Universalist-Hindu faith, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship inspire and guide him in life and ministry.

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 (UUFSMA.org) or contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair (stevesingermx@gmail.com).
                                                                                  ...Because you care.

A dear friend of Paula Peace’s has chosen to observe Paula’s birthday this week with a generous gift to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. The gift was accompanied by these words of tribute:


“Paula Peace has worked with devotion and diligence for the UUF in many ways.  The most noticeable is her production of Sunday services that requires many talents, skills, and much time.  We are so fortunate to have her in our beloved community.”

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

Email Diana Amaya for sign up info: info.uufsma@gmail.com


Tuesday Discussion group, November 24 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Topic: Let’s talk about security. Where did you find your security? A rag-doll, a blankie, a mother’s breast? We all began somewhere. But NOW? When you begin to feel insecure, and we all do sometime, where do you go? How do you find your place of security? Please join us for these confidential discussions.
Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81997626702


Thursday Discussion group, November 26 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we will begin our Thursday chat by sharing something for which we are grateful and then proceed to discuss Luisa Fields' suggestion of What are the difficult decisions we have had to make in our lives. If you are not on the list for the meeting notice, please contact Diana Amaya to be added to the list.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/857215447


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