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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, October 25, 2020 


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


"GreenFaith: Living Hope in the Face of Chaos"

Rev. Amy Brooks, Guest Minister




Rev. Amy Brooks, Guest Minister
Rev. Tom Rosiello, UUFSMA Minister
Dan Neuspiel, Service Leader
Gary Belkin, Coordinator
Paula Peace, Pianist
Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Engineer
Diana Amaya, Administrator & Back-up
Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

About Today’s Speaker
Rev. Amy 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.

About Today’s Music
Duke Ellington and Harry James, with others, co-wrote the jazz 
standard “I’m Beginning to See the Light” in 1944 and the tune gives a bouncy upbeat start to today’s service. “Over the Rainbow” was initially deleted by Louis B. Mayer from the 1939 “Wizard of Oz” film! Mayer thought it “slowed down the picture,” but Judy’s vocal coach fought to have the song reinserted and eventually won. In 2017 the Recording Industry Association of America ranked the song #1 on their Songs of the Century list.

About Today’s Music Videos
Singer-songwriter Lissa Schneckenburger created two 
of today’s music videos. Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her
parent’s interest in folk music. In 2001 she graduated from the New England
Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the world ever since.

Musical Welcome                  
I’m Beginning to See the Light by
Duke Ellington, Don George,

Johnny Hodges, and Harry James

Welcome, Time for Community, COVID Task Force                                                     

Opening Words & Lighting the Chalice                                            


#347, Gather the Spirit     


Our Spoken Covenant/ Nuestro convenio

A Time for Generosity

To donate:    www.uufsma.org   

Offering  Music          
Over the Rainbow, by Arlen & Harburg                                   

Aunt Em tells Dorothy to "find yourself a place where you won't get into any trouble". This prompts her to walk off by herself, musing to Toto, "Some place where there isn't any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain...", at which point she begins singing…


Sharing of Joys, Sorrows and Concerns  

Meditation, Reflection & Prayer                                                                                               

Music Video

Labor On, by Lissa Schneckenburger



When the darkness overtakes you and you shiver in the cold

When disparity wakes you, and you know you must be bold

When you put your body on the line don’t hesitate in fear

We know the train it is coming, it is near

Labor on my children, labor on my friend

Labor on my children, we will not let this be the end

When they dig the earth and turn it into dollars to be made

You can’t help but try to save her, for her sake don’t be afraid

While the fire it rages onward, burning everything it sees

And destruction consumes our decency

Labor on my children, labor on my friend

Labor on my children, we will not let this be the end

When the powerful corrupt us and complacency sets in

They’ll distract you, they’ll placate you, but we cannot let them win

With each step we take together, we are stronger by the hour

And we are rising, we are shining, we have the power

Labor on my children, labor on my friend

Labor on my children, we will not let this be the end.


Reading      Beginners by Denise Levertov


Sermon      GreenFaith: Living Hope in the Face of Chaos


Responsive Reading from the U.N Environmental Sabbath,
Earth Day 1990      

Response     We join with the earth and with each other…


#346,  Come, Sing a Song with Me   


Composer: Myrna Cohen

Musical Director: Nancy Holland

Editor: Nick Pierone


Closing Words & Extinguishing the Chalice



Hope Lingers On by Lissa Schneckenburger



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


Coming Up Next

Sunday, November 1

“How They Do Live On”
Reverend Tom Rosiello


This week in San Miguel and throughout Mexico, people will celebrate "El Día de Los Muertos," the Day of the Dead. The celebration is rooted in ancient Aztec culture and then blended over time with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls days, which are celebrated on November 1 and 2. During this syncretic festival, the living pause to remember and reconnect with the dead. This is a unique, rich, and colorful celebration. However, Mexicans are not alone in reserving a special day to honor those who have preceded them in death. Cultures and religions throughout the world celebrate a similar holiday at this or other times of the year.

Humans follow various methods of observance, theologies, and religious reasons for celebrating the deceased. In the worldwide varieties of this tradition, we can learn many things about death and immortality. Yet all of them agree upon one thing. For those of us who continue to live there is a value in setting aside time to remember those no longer with us whose lives have touched ours.

In observing this unique holiday, Sunday’s Online Service of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel will celebrate the deceased loved ones of our community. Inspired by Mexican tradition, we have created a virtual “Altar of Remembrance” which will be shown during the service. And music will harmonize the spiritual experience of this meaningful day.  

The Reverend Tom Rosiello, Minister of the Fellowship, will lead the worship and invite participants to reflect upon connections to those who have gone before us with a sermon entitled "How They Do Live On!" Reflecting on his own experience, Rev. Rosiello says, "At many times in different situations, I have realized that those who have gone before me still have something to say to me and I to them. People die, but relationships can live on."  Please join us to remember and celebrate the lives of those who live on in your heart.

(Part Ten)

A One Question Quiz


The question: Why should you contribute to the Endowment Fund?

Check all appropriate answers:

_____ Giving makes a difference
_____ Collectively, we have the financial resources to help
_____ I want UUFSMA to continue as a healthy organization
_____ I value the sense of community within the Fellowship
_____ Giving benefits those in need
_____ Poverty and its associated problems can be solved
_____ Giving makes me happier
_____ I am helping to create the world I would want to live in
_____ Giving works
_____ Giving is a question of justice
_____ Giving is in our nature
_____ We each have an obligation to help others
_____ Giving is tax-deductible
_____ For love
_____ For the future
_____ For legacy

Obviously, it was a trick question. But you probably already guessed that.

For more information on the UUFSMA Endowment Fund, contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair, stevesingermx@gmail.com or visit the Endowment section of our website - Click Here.

Canada and the USA changes to Standard time on Sunday, November 1 at 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 27 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Bill Dalsimer and Liz Stone.   
Topic:  The Power of Nature in Our Lives: How are you refreshed by nature? Remember a moment in nature that renewed you. Have you given the gift of nature to a child or a friend? Please join us in a conversation of exploration.
Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81997626702


Thursday Discussion group, October 29 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic:  With elections right around the corner, what is your prediction of how life will be changed if Trump wins, if Biden wins?. 
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