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By Jon Sievert

This week in San Miguel and throughout the country, the Mexican people celebrate el Dia de Muertos, the Day of the Dead, to honor and remember their deceased loved ones. In recognition of this special day, this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service provides an opportunity for all to remember our loved ones with an altar of remembrance.

Now a national holiday, el Dia de Muertos has it roots in ancient Aztec culture that over time blended with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls Day (November 1 and 2). It is a time of celebration when folks pause to remember and reconnect with those who have died. Although a uniquely rich and colorful celebration here, Mexicans are certainly not alone in having a special day to honor the dead. Many cultures and religions throughout the world celebrate a similar holiday either at this time or other times of the year. The methods of observance, theologies, and religious reason for celebrating the events vary. These traditions may all teach different things about death and immortality, but all seem to agree that there is a value for those of us who live on to take time to remember those individuals who have touched our lives with theirs but are no longer with us.

This Sunday’s service will remember our deceased loved ones. Inspired by Mexican tradition, we will create our own “Beautiful Altar of Remembrance.” To do so, we need everyone’s help. Please bring a photo or memento of one or more deceased loved ones to place on the altar at the service. The Rev. Tom Rosiello leads the worship, inviting us to reflect upon our connection to those who have gone before. Speaking on his own experience, Rev. Rosiello says,At many different times and in many different situations, I have come to realize that those who have gone before me still have something to say to me and I, to them. People die, but relationships can live on.” Come to remember and celebrate the lives of those who live on in your heart.

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.

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 orientations, and gender identities. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

How Do They Live On? A Day of the Dead Celebration

By The Rev. Tom Rosiello

Sun, Oct. 29, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15




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