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to serve the educational and pastoral needs of our own community,
and to serve our multicultural community through actions that further social justice.

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, September 12, 2021


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


20th Anniversary of 9/11

Bill Dalsimer, Cliff DuRand, Karen Woolhouse


Reflection on Yom Kippur with Judith Jenya



Bill Dalsimer, Cliff DuRand, Karen Woolhouse – Speakers

Denise Galipeau, Coordinator

Judith Jenya & Mark Johaningsmeir, Service Leaders

Dr. Andrea Kaufman, Covid-19 Task Force Update

Gary Belkin, Offering Introduction

Dan Neuspiel, Host

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Technician

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications


About Today’s Speaker

Karen Woolhouse grew up in Canada and spent her working years in the US as a permanent resident.   Now retired, she is a member of UU congregations in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Lake County, Florida.    She spent three winters in San Miguel where she was a member of UUFSMA and served on the Endowment Committee.


Cliff DuRand is a former Philosophy Professor at Morgan State University. On that fateful day in 2001 he was living in Baltimore MD. and was hosting five visiting Cuban academics. They hastily returned home. after they saw the towers fall. He now lives in San Miguel where he is a co-founder of the Center for Global Justice. 


Bill Dalsimer is a lifelong Unitarian who became a real New Yorker when he moved to New York in 1964 after returning from the Ivory Coast, West Africa having served two years as a Peace Corp Volunteer. He has lived in the Big Apple ever since, first attending NY University School of Law, then working as a legal services attorney in the South Bronx and the Lower East Side. He opened his own office in lower Manhattan where he became familiar, but not intimate, with the World Trade Center. He raised his three children in Brooklyn. He is in love with New York and San Miguel.


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




The Sound of Silence, by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkle

Performed by Pentatonix


Simply, Art Garfunkel said himself that it is about a world not willing to love each other - they no longer even know how - and the lack of communication on an emotional level. Yes, we speak, but we say nothing of value, nothing worth sharing. He helped write it when he was merely 21, so it is also a song of youthful angst and want for meaning and communication between all




COVID Task Force Update


Opening Words & Chalice Lighting



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.


Reflection, by Karen Woolhouse


Joys and Concerns


Introduction to Avinu Malkeinu

Avinu Malkeinu, hear our voices.

We have strayed from  our values .

Have compassion on us and our children.

Rid us of disease, war, and hunger.

Rid us of every oppressor and adversary.

Avinu Malkeinu, inscribe us for good in the Book of Life.

Avinu Malkeinu, make this a good new year for us.

Avinu Malkeinu, hear our voices.


Musical Meditation

Avinu Malkeinu, by Max Janowski, arr. Raymond Goldstein 

Park Ave. Synagogue Cantors:

Cantors Azi Schwartz, Shira Lissek and Rachel Brook



Reflection on Yom Kippur, by Judith Jenya


Offering Introduction


Offering Music              

O Magnum Mysterium, by Morten Lauridsen

Atlanta Master Chorale, directed by Eric Nelson


Lauridsen set the text of "O magnum mysterium", a Gregorian chant for Christmas, in 1994. The composition, performed and recorded often, made him famous. It was described as expressive ethereal sounds in imperturbable calmness.


Reflection, by Cliff DuRand


Music Spared, poem written by Wendy Cope, music by Howard Goodall



The poem by Cope expresses great sadness, but it is also triumphant; the conclusion of the poet’s musings is that “love is all, is all there is”. Faced with inhuman acts of violence, we cannot help but feel our sense of love reinforced, because it is our natural reaction to such happenings to feel compassion, and the think about our own loved ones.


Howard Goodall was in New York on September 11, 2001, walking toward Washington Square when the horrific events unfolded before his eyes. It wasn’t until 2005, when the intensity of emotion had faded, that he could approach the subject. After reading Cope’s poem, he immediately felt an affinity with its heart-breaking message and felt he needed to put it to music.


Reflection, by Bill Dalsimer


Extinguishing the Chalice & Closing Words



New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel & New York, New York, by John Kander & Fred Ebb

Paula Peace, Piano

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

September 19, 2021

“Building Bridges: Connecting the Three Dimensions of our Lives and Ministry”

Speaker: Reverend Tom Rosiello

One of the more unusual Bible passages is an account in the Book of Revelations, the most mystifying of all biblical books, of a dream that John the Evangelist is reported to have had while imprisoned on Patmos. Its 25th chapter describes a perfect community, "the New Jerusalem,” as one equal in three dimensions. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached from that passage several times during his campaign for justice, reminding people that social justice, spiritual depth, and beloved community were of equal importance, sustaining everyone’s striving toward individual achievement and the advancement of justice. Dr. King described "the Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” -- its length, breadth, and height -- as interconnected, each supporting and strengthening the other two.


In this UUFSMA online Sunday Service, the Reverend Tom Rosiello, Fellowship Minister, examines this virtuous trio and their support for the others in the lives of individuals and a congregation. He explains, "Dr. King’s idea is very applicable to Unitarian Universalists as individuals and within our congregations.” He applies this metaphor in this way. A complete life and a healthy congregation must have spiritual depth, the breadth of a beloved community, and the height of aspiration for justice and service to the needy. He adds, “These dimensions need to share equal proportions. Each dimension offers great opportunity for lay and professional ministry. Some may feel called to one dimension more than others. Each dimension is important alone. Yet building bridges among those drawn to grow a beloved community, others nurturing spiritual depth, and those working for justice magnifies and enriches every dimension profoundly.”  


This Sunday service also marks a milestone. The Fellowship’s audio-visual team, minister, and pianist will broadcast the service live from the Hotel Aldea for the first time since March 2020. This first step begins a transition back to in-person services. The next planned step is to gather a small group of congregants to live services later in the fall and then to invite the entire congregation to in-person services when it is safe to do so. UUFSMA will continue to broadcast services via Zoom after the return to in-person services so that members beyond San Miguel can still participate virtually.

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, September 14 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks

Topic: TBA


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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