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, October 18, 2020 


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


“Taking the Long View”

Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister


with the


UUFSMA Endowment Committee


And reflections shared by:


Dave McDougal, Margo Johnson, Bill Dalsimer




Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister

Steve Singer, Chair, UUFSMA Endowment Committee

Paula Peace & Cathy Cánepa, Coordinators

Dr. Dan Neuspiel, Community & COVID19 Task Force

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Engineer

Diana Amaya, Administrator

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

Paula Peace, Pianist

About Today’s Music

“The Promise of Living” is the inspiring finale chorus from American composer Aaron Copland’s 1954 opera, The Tender Land. The chorus evokes the dignity of labor and the blessings of a rich harvest.


The 1954 operetta Candide was composed by American composer Leonard Bernstein, based on the work by Voltaire. The inspiring finale – “Make Our Garden Grow” – sings of the flowering of mankind, when likened to a garden.

And let us try,
Before we die,
To make some sense of life.
We're neither pure, nor wise, nor good
We'll do the best we know.
We'll build our house and chop our wood
And make our garden grow...



Prelude      Sonata in E Major, K. 380 by Alessandro Scarlatti


Welcome and Introduction of Endowment Concept                                                                                              

A Time for Community / COVID Update


Opening Words & Chalice Lighting                                                                     


Unison Chalice Lighting Words (adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

In a house which becomes a home,

one hands down and another takes the heritage of mind and heart,

laughter and tears, musings and deeds.

Love like a carefully loaded ship,

crosses the gulf between the generations.

We light this chalice for all those who will come after and for whom we prepare the way


This Little Light of Mine

Rainbow Connection Virtual Choir




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                                                                     


Meditation Hymn
#402: From You I Receive

Church of the Larger Fellowship



A Time for Generosity   with Steve Singer, Chair,
                                         UUFSMA Endowment Committee                                                                                                                                                  

To Donate    www.uufsma.org


Offering Music          
A Promise of Living (from The Tender Land) by Aaron Copland


Berkeley Opera production, April 2010.

Sung by Paul Cheak, Lee Steward, Amy Foote, Malin Fritz, Paul Murray.

Conducted by Philip Kuttner, Directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer.


Reflections about Legacy and Endowment                                                  

Dave McDougal 

Margo Johnson 

Bill Dalsimer


Hymn #86, Blessed Spirit of My Life



Sermon    “Taking the Long View”


How to Contribute to the Endowment  with Steve Singer                          


Benediction & Extinguishing the Chalice                                                     

Let them say of me

I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I have received...


Postlude – Music Video

Make Our Garden Grow (from “Candide”) by Leonard Bernstein


Paul Groves/Kristin Chenoweth/LuPone/Allen/Blumenkrantz/LaManna

Westminister Symphonic Choir

New York Philarmonic

Conductor: Marin Alsop



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


Coming Up Next

Sunday, October 25

“Green Faith: Living Hope in the Face of Chaos”
Reverend Amy Brooks


In this Sunday’s Online Service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, the Reverend Amy Brooks will offer practical advice for finding hope amid difficult situations. At the heart of her practicality is a call for spiritual discipline. Around the world constant shocks to health, politics, and the economy appear to cast deep shadows over everything. Individuals everywhere find themselves too easily feeling overwhelmed, angry, and even afraid. Indeed, this may be the biggest upheaval many of us have experienced in our lifetimes. Worse, global connections make us much more conscious of happenings beyond our own immediate spheres of influence.

As someone who has spent her career exploring the spirituality of crisis management, Rev. Brooks observes that individual responses to chaos and change can become solutions to disturbing situations. And when based on experience and strategy, practical steps can be important. As she reflects on her own experience in responding to the climate crisis, she notes
that each of us can cultivate spiritual resilience. GreenFaith is a multi-faith climate and environmental justice network that is responding to climate chaos unfurling around the world. The network encourages supple, dynamic, and
growth-filled approaches to living with faith and adhering to our dearest values that ground us in times of trouble. In her work with GreenFaith, Rev. Brooks finds that positive steps to address the climate crisis also open productive paths through difficult situations. 

Rev. Brooks began her ministry as a chaplain who engaged people of faith to serve persons living with HIV and AIDS. Then she became the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina.  Today she is a community organizer for GreenFaith and encourages people to change how they live on this planet and with each other.

(Part Nine)

Give to the

UUFSMA Endowment Fund


What is your legacy? How do you wish to be remembered? All your life you have worked hard and supported the causes you care about – don’t let that be forgotten. And, please, don’t forget your Fellowship. You may make either a current contribution or a bequest to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund. Please remember your Fellowship now and in the future. 

How can you contribute? Let me count the ways…


Current Contributions  
The Endowment Fund gratefully accepts donations of cash 
(i.e., currency, checks, money orders, credit card payments, electronic transfers, or electronic payments such as PayPal).

Please consider naming the UUFSMA in your will, trust or estate plan. At this time, the primary financial instruments that the Fellowship is able to accept:

  • Cash (i.e., currency, checks, money orders, credit card payments, electronic transfers, or electronic payments such as PayPal).
  • Liquid and Marketable Securities.
  • Personal Property subject to the following criteria: (a) Is the property consistent with the Fellowship’s mission? (b) Are there carrying costs associated with the property?     (c) Is the property marketable?  (d) Are there any undue restrictions on the use or sale of the property?
  • Real Estate subject to the following criteria: (a) Is the property useful for the purposes of the Fellowship? (b) Are there carrying costs (which may include insurance, property taxes, mortgages, notes, etc.) associated with the property? (c) Is the property marketable? (d) Are there any restrictions, reservations, easements or other limitations associated with the property? (e) Will administration of the property be unduly difficult?
  • Life Insurance Policies - These provide for payment of the face value to your designated beneficiary upon your death. A beneficiary may be an individual, a trustee or a charity.
  • Retirement Plan Accounts and Employee Benefits - These include pension or profit-sharing benefits, a 401(k) or Keogh plan, an IRA, group life insurance and stock options. They have written provisions for their disposition upon your disability, retirement or death. Social Security can be another important benefit at such times.

Anyone who makes either a current contribution or a bequest before April 15, 2021 will be enrolled as a Founding Member of the UUFSMA Legacy Circle.

For more information regarding the Endowment Fund, you can go onto the Fellowship’s brand-new web site and click on the Endowment Fund tab.  If you would like to discuss the Fund further, please contact Steve Singer at stevesingermx@gmail.com or any of the other members of the Endowment Committee.

Mexico changes to Standard time on Sunday, October 25th, 2:00am.
Please make a note!

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

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

Tuesday Discussion group, October 20 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Topic:  Guilt is a human emotion. We all experience guilt. Has guilt  been a  blessing or a curse in your life? When guilt is a distraction or burden, what are the best antidotes to help you recover equanimity?
Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81997626702


Thursday Discussion group, October 22 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic:  Living and Leaving a legacy. How do you want to remembered? What can we do in our life that leaves the world a better place?
Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/857215447


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


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