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By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister Emeritus of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts, will lead worship and deliver an Easter message entitled “New Life in Dead Places.” Also featured will be a mega cast of acclaimed performers from the San Miguel musical community to celebrate the awe and beauty of the season.

According to Rev. Rosiello, “the biblical description of what happened 2000 years ago may not commend itself to the modern mind, but the Easter experience of new life coming from dead places is universally valid regardless of your beliefs.” Quoting from Max Coots, Rev Rosiello explained, “In each of us are written the new version of the old story of Easter, the empty tomb, the renewal.” The late Farley Wheelwright, longtime San Miguel resident and UU Humanist, put it this way. “Easter serves as a reminder that if we will it, life can begin anew. It is no easy task… but it can be done.”

Non-denominational readings on the Easter season will focus on our common values of rebirth, the opportunities of spring, and rejoicing. Cherished music favorites – from spirituals “Were You There” and “My Lord, What A Morning” to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” for piano duo– have been selected to celebrate the diversity of our UU Fellowship and San Miguel community.

Pianist Ken Bichel is an Emmy-award winning composer, producer, and performer for television and numerous Hollywood feature films. His eclectic approach to the piano is an amalgam of multi-national styles and influences.

Malcolm Halliday, highly acclaimed pianist, organist and conductor, performs frequently in the US, Mexico and Europe as a solo recitalist and in collaboration with singers and other instrumentalists. He served as director of music at one of the largest UCC churches in the US for 28 years before retiring to SMA last year.

Countertenor Don Krim’s unique and hauntingly expressive voice switches between the classical and popular repertoire. An actor by training, he has performed solo concerts and with orchestras internationally in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, Turkey and Mexico.

Nationally recognized as a pioneer among chamber musicians, Paula Peace was the pianist and founding Artistic Director of the acclaimed Atlanta Chamber Players for almost 40 seasons before retiring to San Miguel in 2014.

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

By Rev. Tom Rosiello: New Life In Dead Places

With Ken Bichel, Malcolm Halliday, Don Krim, and Paula Peace

Sun, Apr 1, 10:30am

Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15




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