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Fear and What It Does to Us

By Jon Sievert

Guest minister Rev. Tom Rosiello returns this week to address the timely topic of fear and the effect it has on us at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Fear and What It Does to Us”
By Rev. Tom Rosiello
Sun, Jan 10, 10:30am
Hotel La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

With recent terrorist attacks and the rise of ISIS on the world stage, many of us are experiencing a heightened sense of fear. According to French philosopher Dominique Moisi, “There has been a tremendous shift in the culture of the west to a culture of fear.” We will take a look at all our fears, the role they play in our personal lives, in the life of our nation, and the world. We will focus on the options available to address those fears and what our religious traditions teach us is an appropriate response and possible antidotes to fear.

The Rev. Tom Rosiello is a frequent guest preacher here in San Miguel de Allende. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and serves as the minster of The First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts, as well as on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

The service also includes a variety of music for piano and violin performed by highly acclaimed musicians Myron Nelson and Malcolm Halliday. Violinist Myron Nelson graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in music with distinction in 1969. After college he played in the New Orleans Symphony and the Florida Philharmonic. He has been a resident of San Miguel for 10 years.

Malcolm Halliday is a concert pianist, organist, and choral conductor. For nearly thirty years he has been Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, Mass. He can be heard on commercial recordings as solo pianist, vocal accompanist, and conductor, including three recordings of American music on the Albany Records Label.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 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 afterward. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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