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What About Prayer?

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Tom Rosiello discusses the concept and meaning of prayer in the context of liberal religion at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meeting.

UU Service
Reverend Thomas Rosiello
“What About Prayer?”
Sun, Jul 19, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Prayer does not have to be the intercessory petitioning of a personal god. Emerson called prayer “the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.” Tennyson wrote, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” There is certainly truth to this statement but perhaps not in the sense that traditional religion would suggest. Yet, religious liberals, among them Unitarian Universalists, often struggle with or dismiss the idea of prayer, perhaps because they take too narrow a view of the practice. Rev. Rosiello will explore what prayer might be in a liberal religious sense and asks the question, “Do religious liberals, particularly Unitarian Universalist, pray?”

Rev. Rosiello is minister of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA, and a frequent guest minister here in San Miguel. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Suffolk University Law School, he has been active in a variety of social justice causes ranging from AIDS and gay rights to poverty and prison reform. He has also taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and presently helps train new ministers as part of Harvard Divinity School’s field education program. Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Rosiello was a trial lawyer for nearly 20 years.

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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