New Thoughts on UU, Belonging, and Aging

By Jon Sievert

Gerontologist Tony DiNuzzo, a former President of the Board of the UU Fellowship of Galveston County (TX), discusses his thoughts on UU, belonging, and aging at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
Tony DiNuzzo
Sun, May 17, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

In a recent survey of the Galveston Fellowship, members were asked what is the most important requirement to feel connected to your community and church. The overwhelming response was having a sense of belonging. It is critical to belong to others, to family and friends, to your community, to anything that is dear to you. “As a newcomer to San Miguel and to this UU community, on the verge of retirement and coming face-to-face with my own aging, there are feelings of excitement, adventure, and fear,” he says. Where do we start when the need is strong to make a difference, to fit into a country where we don’t know the language very well, yet are captivated by its people, beauty, and wonder? The service will explore these questions and many others as we examine our own way of belonging, aging, and how we make it work.

Tony was born in the Bronx, New York, and moved to Texas to attend graduate school at Texas A&M and the University of Texas. After a 14-year career in microbiology research, he discovered the joy of the fields of gerontology and geriatrics at the University of  Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He has been successfully funded in aging research and education for more than 20 years. As he plans his retirement for this June, he looks forward to spending much free time with his wife, Bunny, in their San Miguel Viejo home, to playing more music together, and becoming a part of the SMA community.

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


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