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UU Service

Tom Rosiello Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Reverend Tom Rosiello, a former Assistant District Attorney and criminal defense lawyer, discusses the dilemma between the demand for justice and the need for forgiveness.

“Often forgiveness does not come easy,” he says. “At times it conflicts with our desire for justice. We feel, both at the personal level and the level of world affairs, that fairness demands that we punish rather than show mercy and forgive. But there are real consequences to us as individuals and to our society when we fail to forgive.”

As Jews all around the world prepare to observe Yom Kippur, he will look at the meaning and practices of this holiest of days on the Jewish calendar and what teachings about forgiveness we might draw from them. As part of the service, Tom will be joined by some friends and the congregation (including any children present) in presenting the Biblical story of Jonah and the Ninevites as a short skit. Looking at Jonah’s classic struggle with forgiveness will open the door to examining our own.

Music for the service is provided by pianist Malcolm Halliday and includes a musical meditation on the famous “Kol Nidre” and arrangements of other Jewish tunes, as well as works of Bach and Mendelssohn.

Rev. Rosiello is the Minister Emeritus of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts, and now makes his home here in San Miguel. Before graduating from Harvard Divinity School and becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister, Tom was a trial lawyer. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney and later was a criminal defense lawyer. During his time as a minister, he continued to be involved with many issues of fairness and justice. He served as president of an Interfaith Prison Ministry, which worked to provide a college education to those in prison, and served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at 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


UU Service

“The Demand for Justice and Need for Forgiveness”

By Reverend Tom Rosiello

Sun, Sep 24, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15





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