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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, July 18, 2021


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


Reintegration and Community


Samantha Silva, Executive Director,

Caminamos Juntos


Samantha Silva, Guest Speaker

Cathy Cánepa & Denise Galipeau, Coordinators

Cathy Cánepa, Service Leader

Adero, Sedona, Ellington and Katerina Barrón, Chalice Lighting

Francoise Yohalem, Joys & Concerns

Katerina Barrón, Offering Introduction

Bonney McDowell, Covid-19 Task Force Update

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Technician

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

About Today’s Speaker

Born in Acapulco, Samantha Silva has lived in San Miguel for ten years. She is Executive Director of Caminamos Juntos where she promotes interdependence, mutual responsibility, and a collective consciousness that makes reintegration possible for people affected by deportation. In addition to her work at Caminamos Juntos, she has volunteered with Ser Mujer and Colectivo 41 and advocates for the LGBTQ community. Working in these different settings, she has discovered a community that feels like a supportive ­human family offering access to resources that should be available for all.


About the poem read by our speaker
“Home” by Warsan Shire. Warsan Shire was born in Kenya to Somali parents and lives in London. She is a poet, writer, editor and teacher. In 2013-2014, she was the Young Poet Laureate for London. Shire wrote “Conversations about home (at a deportation centre)” in 2009, a piece inspired by a visit she made to the abandoned Somali Embassy in Rome which some young refugees had turned into their home. In an interview, she told the reporter that “The night before she visited, a young Somali had jumped to his death off the roof.” The encounter, she says, opened her eyes to the harsh reality of living as an undocumented refugee in Europe: “I wrote the poem for them, for my family and for anyone who has experienced or lived around grief and trauma in that way.”


About Today’s Music

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.


The true measure of any movement is what it gives back to the people. They created the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.




Room at the Table by Carrie Newcomer list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=6




COVID Task Force Update


Chalice Lighting


Opening Words


Hymn   #305 De Colores  2:50


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


Meditation and Aspiration


Offering Introduction



From You I Receive…


Offering Music Prelude in D, played by Almitri Tzigane                                2:50


Reading: #464 And Then by Judy Chicago


Intoduction of Samantha Silva


Talk  Reintegration and Community with Samantha Silva


Hymn  #134 Our World is One World


Closing Words / Extinguishing the Chalice


Postlude Lean on Me by Playing For Change
Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Cánepa at
Coming Up Next

July 25, 2021


Speaker: Rev. Tania Marquez

For this weekend’s UUFSMA online Sunday Service, Guest Minister the Reverend Tania Yadira Marquez Tadeo draws her theme from the song “Cantares,” which was composed by the Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat. Drawing upon the poetry of the twentieth century poet Antonio Machado, “Cantares” reflects a tradition of contemplative thought made into song. It has become an evocative hymn for many Spanish speakers, echoing the experiences of loss, forced migration, exile, and love that inspired Machado’s poetry.


Rev. Marquez will explore two ideas that spring from its verses, impermanence and forging one’s own path. “Everything passes and everything remains,” she says, “but our human fate is to pass.” Her message centers on the fleetingness of humans being travelers through life. Drawing from Mexican philosophical thought, music, and poetry, she explores the inherent human quality of being wanderers.


Rev. Marquez is a fronteriza who has lived in the United States close to the border for over 25 years, where she experienced life as a Xicana, a Mexican American pressured to assimilate to Anglo culture. Originally from Jalisco, México, she grew up in Tijuana and then migrated to the U.S. after high school. The complexity of the border region and its liminal space between two cultures informs her ministry.


She believes in the healing power of community, ritual, and embodied spiritual practices. Her ministry incorporates cultural elements of her Mexican background as well as Latin American literature and education. She also discovers beauty in international cinema, good books, her teenage daughters, ocean vistas, and her many opportunities to inspire an awareness of community.

You are invited to attend the second of our Zoom webinars on Charitable Giving.
This seminar will provide practical estate planning information and tax-saving techniques for people at all income and wealth levels.
July 21, 1 PM, How to Make Charitable Contributions of Mexican Property
Presenter: Ian Clement, Attorney
Attendance is free. However, donations to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund are appreciated.
To register, please send your name and contact address to Diana Amaya at
To sign-in:
Jul 21, 2021 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 971 8023 7327
Passcode: 722047

What’s your legacy?


PLEASE give the matter your thoughtful consideration. Then, if appropriate, take the steps necessary to remember your loved ones and the causes you care about.  For more information about making a current donation or a future bequest to the UUFSMA Endowment Fund, visit the Fellowship website ( or contact Steve Singer, Endowment Committee Chair ( 


                                                                                  ...Because you care.

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

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Meeting ID: 442 374 895
Passcode: 724450


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

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks
Topic: PETS -

Think about all the pets you have owned or loved in your lifetime. Of course, some pets really own us. What is the most unusual or exotic pet you have ever had? What pet has given you the most joy or happiness, the most trouble, the most responsibility, the best friendship? Do you have pets today? Share why you may have had a favorite pet of all time?



Thursday Discussion group

Attendance has been dropping off over the last weeks and the facilitator, Trish Snyder, has been out of town dealing with COVID delayed medical checkups.  The group has decided to take a break for a few weeks and put the Thursday discussion group on hold.


Friday Buddhist Group, Sangha of the Heart (10:00am)

Regular participation is encouraged or drop-in when you want. Please email Joan at 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