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Learn about the ancient cultures of San Miguel

By Robin Loving Rowland

Daily, artifacts are found that could give us glimpses into the ancient cultures of San Miguel, but the thrill of the find does not explain the significance of the found. For that, one needs an anthropologist, and one of the premier experts in the field is Albert Coffee, who will present The Ancient Cultures of San Miguel at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Hotel Posada la Aldea at Ancha de San Antonio 15 in Centro.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende
Ancient Cultures of San Miguel
Sun, May 11, 10:30am
Hotel Posada la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Who comprised San Miguel’s ancient civilizations? What was their spirituality? In his popular style Coffee will separate fact from fiction.

Coffee is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where his professors were leaders in Mesoamerican research. After leaving LSU, he went to work in contract archaeology throughout the southeastern U.S. for several years before moving to Mexico to pursue his dream of exploring the lands and sites of ancient Mesoamerica. By invitation, he worked on the excavation of the Toltec-Chichimec-Otomi site of Canada de la Virgen.

Previously, he worked in Oaxaca, immersing himself in indigenous culture and catalyzing the preservation of an important archeological site there.

Unitarian Universalists value the individual spiritual journey. There is perhaps no faith community that affirms more completely the power and potential of people to find and/or create meaning. What brings UUs together is a commitment to community. UUs know that differences need not divide us. UU presentations emphasize the values of community, spirituality, and social justice.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende is a faith of deeds rather than creeds. The organizations that the UUs have pledged to support with specific gifts of funds include: Apoyo a Gente Aprendedora for high school counseling, CEDESA for rural sustainability projects, Escuela de Educacion Especial for assistance to individuals who are deaf, Jovenes Adelante for university scholarships, Libros Sin Fronteras for books for rural children, Mujeres en Cambio, for scholarships for girls, Patronato Pro Ninos for medical and dental care, and the UU Service Committee for international human rights.

The mission of UUFSMA is to serve the spirit as each individual understands it, to serve the educational and pastoral needs of our own community and to serve our multicultural community through actions that further social justice.

Overheard at UUs recently from a Fulbright scholar visiting from Mexico City was, “I am thinking about coming back next week just to enjoy your service again.”

The UUs meet Sundays at 10:30am at Hotel La Aldea at Ancha de San Antonio 15 in Centro. People of all ages and stages of life are welcomed. If you would like to visit, join, provide special music to or present to the UUs in San Miguel, please contact President Arlene Van Note at


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