UU Service

Tom Rosiello Atencion

By Jon Sievert

This Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, led by the Rev Tom Rosiello, observes US Independence Day with a service that explores many of the conflicting ideas about what America is, both as an idea and in reality.

In his sermon, Rev Rosiello looks at what is happening in the US today through the lens of liberal religion. He will explore how the country’s evolution is closely tied to that of our liberal religion and how our religious forebears were deeply involved in the events that are commemorated on this day.

Just a short time ago, the US Attorney General quoted a passage of Christian Scripture as a warrant for the idea that elected public officials are ordained by God and that obedience to the letter of the law is a religious duty. Our president has branded as “unpatriotic” those football players who chose to kneel for the national anthem as a way of protesting the police killings of young black men. We are now living in a time when the very idea of a liberal democratic process is under attack, a time when the most basic of human rights are being challenged by a “me first” populist attitude often supported by the conservative religious right.

Liberal religion has a very different idea about both the democratic process and patriotism. Please join us to examine the crisis of liberal democracy in the US and the insights that liberal religion provides.

Rev Rosiello is Minister Emeritus of the First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts and frequent guest preacher here in San Miguel de Allende, where he now makes his home. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and has served as an adjunct faculty member there, mentoring aspiring ministers during their internships. Music for the service will be provided by highly acclaimed pianist Malcolm Halliday and will include patriotic, protest, and other American music.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am. at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsama.org.

 

UU Service

“America: Democracy, Patriotism, and Liberal Religion”

By Rev Tom Rosiello

Sun, Jul 1, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

 

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