Finding Yourself in Community
By Jon Sievert
At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Tom Rosiello focuses on the importance of community in our lives and its place in liberal religion.
“Finding Yourself in Community”
By Rev. Tom Rosiello
Sun, Jul 31, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
The poet Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote: “What have we learned from living since we started except to find in others what we are?” Historically, Unitarians and other liberal faith traditions have emphasized self-reliance and the perfection of the individual. But there is also a theology of interdependence that runs through ours and many other traditions. It says it is community that makes us who we are and that our dependence upon community may far exceed what we realize. We can find this message in sources as varied as Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and the African concept of “Ubuntu,” which Bishop Desmond Tutu explains as “the essence of being human.” According to Tutu, “Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness.”
Rev. Rosiello is the minister of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts and a frequent guest preacher here in San Miguel de Allende. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and has served as an adjunct faculty member there, mentoring aspiring ministers during their internship. He also has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Unitarian Universalists Urban Ministry and Partakers (an interfaith prison ministry that assists inmates with earning a college degree while incarcerated), and has been active in numerous other social justice causes.
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. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.