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Unitarian Service to Discuss Exploring Our Place in the Universe

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Reverend Wyman Rousseau examines our place in the abiding mystery of the universe as

Wyman Rousseau

a key to our desire for belonging, acceptance, and hope.

Rousseau’s address explores the place within each of us that seeks communion with that which we hold most sacred. This is, of course, an individual choice supported by our birthright as one with nature, one with the earth, and one with the universe. In our so-called modern and civilized world, this birthright is often suppressed but always at the ready to be expressed.

With a nod to philosophy and poetry, Wyman leads us on an interior journey of exploration and discovery to reveal the simplicity within the complexity of the age-old questions: “What is our role, our relevance, our place? How do we determine, find, and grow to accept it?”

One of his inspirations is a poem by Pattiann Rogers titled The Greatest Grandeur, where the poet asks herself one day, “What is the grandest gift we receive?”

…Others, for grandeur, choose the terror

Of lightning peals on prairies or the tall

Collapsing cathedrals of stormy seas,

Because there they feel dwarfed

And appropriately helpless; others select

The serenity of that ceiling/cellar

Of stars they see at night on placid lakes

Because there they feel assured

And universally magnanimous…

Rousseau has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 50 years, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. His ministry began amidst the upheavals of the civil rights movement and the walk on the moon. He is the founder of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC, and served six years as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. He is also an active member of the board of advisors of Poetry Cafe Bellas Artes and leads occasional haiku mindfulness walks in El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel’s botanical garden.

Our guest musicians this week are Michael Moore, principal tuba of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Paula Peace, formerly of the Atlanta Chamber Players.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel de La Aldea or visit our website at Our Sunday morning children’s religious education program is on summer break until September.


UU Service

“Our Place in the Abiding Mystery”

Rev Wyman Rousseau

Sun, Aug 11, 10:30am

Hotel de La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro



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