A Celebration of Earth Day

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Tom Rosiello marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with a look at our current relationship with the planet at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service. Since this holiday was first observed in 1970, accumulated scientific evidence unquestionably demonstrates that our planet is in trouble and that human beings are the cause. Even with the facts in hand, we seem to lack the moral impulse to address the problem on a meaningful scale. Selfish interests and archaic world views are holding us back. If science is not enough to motivate us to change, perhaps religious principles and teaching can provide a moral mandate. Among their seven core principles, Unitarian Universalists affirm respect for the interdependent web of existence, and many other faith traditions are finding an ecological mandate within their traditions. Could the principles and the teaching of world religions come together to save the planet? Together we will explore the possibility.

UU Service
Rev. Tom Rosiello
Sun, Apr 19, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The Rev. Tom Rosiello is minister of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA, and a frequent guest minister here in San Miguel. Music will be provided by pianist Malcolm Halliday, and will include reflections on Earth’s beauty and living a more simple and sustainable life. Halliday will perform movements from the 20th century American composer Leo Sowerby’s suites From the Northlands and the Florida Suite, as well as a stunning arrangement of the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.” The congregation will be invited to join in singing songs of the earth, including the beautiful hymn “For the Earth For Ever Turning” from Missa Gaia. Please join us to celebrate the earth and renew our commitment to care for her.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.


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