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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende

Order of Service for Sunday, May 9, 2021


10:30am SMA Time, Virtual Service by Zoom


Voices from the Fellowship


Speaker: Phyllis Culp


Phyllis Culp, Guest Speaker

Paula Peace, Coordinator & Pianist

Jurgen Ahlers, Service Leader

Françoise Yohalem, Joys & Concerns

Kate Greenaway, Covid-19 Task Force Update

Betse Davies, Offering Introduction

Diego Vargas, Audio/Visual Technician

Diana Amaya, Back-up Technician

Joseph Plummer, Video Editor & Communications

Denise Galipeau, Sunday Service Manager

About Today’s Speaker

Phyllis Culp and her husband King have been Unitarian Universalists for 50 years and members of the UUFSMA for over 15 years. With two daughters in their 50s, nurturing in the Culp family has been multi-dimensional for many decades.




Sanctuary, by Carrie Newcomer




COVID Task Force Update


Opening Words / Chalice Lighting


Musical Anthem

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Words & music by Paul Simon, arr. Kirby Shaw

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez



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


Musical Meditation

Take Me In/ Llevame Adentro

Snatam Kaur


Offering Introduction



From You I Receive…

Performed by Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt

Church of the Larger Fellowship


Offering Music

Stand By You – Voices of Hope Children’s Choir (Virtual Choir).   2:35


'Hands, put your empty hands in mine

And scars, show me all the scars you hide

And hey, if your wings are broken

Please take mine so yours can open too'

Cause I'm gonna stand by you

And tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes

And hurt, I know you're hurting, but so am I

And love, if your wings are broken,

Borrow mine so yours can open too

'Cause I'm gonna stand by you

Even if we're breaking down

We can find a way to break through

Even if we can't find heaven

I'll walk through fire with you

Love, you're not alone Cause

I'm gonna stand by you!'


Introduction to Talk Voices from the Fellowship, with Phyllis Culp


Story, Jurgen Ahlers


More Stories



Wind Beneath My Wings

By Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley, arr. --- Coates

Paula Peace, pianist


Closing Words / Extinguishing the Chalice



Standing on the Shoulders, by Joyce Rouse (aka Earth Mama) 

Feedback about today’s service: Email
Cathy Cánepa at
Coming Up Next
Sunday, May 16, 2021

“On Sacred Ground"

Speaker: Reverend Tania Yadira Márquez

What happens when our hearts and minds connect with the mystery of life?

Exploring a central belief of her ministry, the Reverend Tania Márquez, Guest Speaker for this weekend’s online UUFSMA Sunday Service, describes this connection as La Belleza, the beauty found everywhere in everyday life, not just in exceptional places. Offering this message, she invites others to discover a deeper connection with the land.


“My first assignment in seminary was to walk around my neighborhood, collect objects found during my walk, and take pictures,” she says. “I have incorporated this practice into my life. I call it wandering in beauty.”

In her experience, wandering implies curiosity and openness that the word “walking” does not convey. Wherever she goes she explores her connection with the land and the environment. Rev. Márquez says the way to know a place is to explore it with full attention while opening oneself to what the land offers to share.


The Rev. Márquez is a fronteriza, living close to the border in the United States 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 United States after high school. The complexity of the border region and its liminal space between two cultures informs her ministry.


She currently serves as Assistant Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and leads its South Bay bilingual, multicultural campus. 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 La Belleza in international cinema, good books, her teenage daughters, ocean vistas, and her many opportunities to inspire an awareness of community.

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
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Tuesday Discussion group, May 11 (11:00am)

The Tuesday Zoom discussion group is led by Donna Shubrooks
Topic:  "The What Ifs? How do all the "What ifs?" in our minds affect or even control our lives? Are pessimists plagued by negative "what ifs?" stopping their plans? Do optimists usually see the "what ifs?" as positive and productive possibilities Does "what if?" thinking protect us, inspire us, encourage us, or intimidate our potential How did we first learn to use them?



Thursday Discussion group, May 13 (11:30am)
The Thursday Zoom discussion group is led by Trish Snyder. 
Topic: tba



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