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“The Burden and the Blessing of Mortality”

By Jon Sievert

In recognition and celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the Rev. Wyman Rousseau conducts a service of remembrance for loved ones who have passed during this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“The Burden and the Blessing of Mortality”
By Rev. Wyman Rousseau
Sun, Oct 30, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

“The cicadas may not know that they die, but the poet knows they will,” he says. “And Basho is also aware of his own inevitable death. In the song of the cicadas and the haiku of the poet there is no sense of a terror of dying. Consciousness of our own mortality does not always bring us comfort or satisfaction, so we look for consolations. We seek to make sense of death. Indeed, a major preoccupation of theologians, philosophers, and poets has been making sense of death.”

Rev. Rousseau will also share poems by the contemporary poet Billy Collins, who loves to play with the theme of mortality in his poetry. Collins will be in San Miguel de Allende in February for the 2017 San Miguel Writers Conference.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of family members or friends who have died in the past few years for display on an altar table.

Wyman Rousseau is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and has been a UU minister for 48 years, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. Special music for this program is provided by Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro, an international concert guitarist, interpreter, composer, arranger, and improviser.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am. at La Posada de 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


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