• Joseph Plummer
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Zoom Virtual Service
    “Charting a Course Toward Real Democracy”
    Speaker: The Rev. Tom Rosiello, Minister

    Sunday, July 12, 2020
    10:30 am
    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/414604040
    Password: 294513

    By Joseph Plummer
    UUF Secretary

    This past week we celebrated the 244th anniversary of a nation founded on democratic principles, but which has never yet truly lived up to the promises of those principles.

    “This Sunday I will invite participants in the service to explore the religious mandate to bring about ‘real democracy’,” says Reverend Tom Rosiello, Minister of the lay-led Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende.

    He notes, “Today in the U.S. and in other countries that declare themselves to be democratic, something is fundamentally wrong. The ongoing protests around the world highlighting the unquestionable racism of U.S. institutions and growing inequality in society show that voices of many go unheard. In 1850, Unitarian Universalist minister Theodore Parker described our supposedly democratic system as ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ Today that system now works in ways that are ‘of, by and for’ a privileged society that excludes the unprivileged.”

    “Many who benefit from a broken system do not want it to work for others.” He points to a litany of breaks. Efforts to suppress votes proliferate. Laws to support wider communities of citizens are blocked. Foreign nations interfere in U.S. elections to benefit politicians who favor the privileged. Billionaires buy elections and legislation that favors expanding wealth and influence.

    “The upcoming U.S. presidential election makes democracy’s problems clear,” he observes. “True democracy is not needed just once every four years and democratic elections are only part of democracy. Democracy rests on the principle that our government must hear the voices of all people -- before and after elections too.”

    In this sermon, Rev. Rosiello invites participants in the service and elsewhere to chart a new course for the unrealized promise of democracy. According to Rev. Rosiello, “To do so, we must embrace teachings of our faith tradition. This is much more than an issue of political process. It is a moral issue. It requires us to embrace our best values and spiritual fortitude to chart a new course.”

    To participate in our online Sunday Service, visit the Fellowship’s website at www.uufsma.org and click on the Zoom Service button displayed on the home page. If requested, enter password: 294513. Sign-in between 10:15-10:25 am.

    Through grants and awards, UUFSMA donates fifty percent of all income it receives to support nonprofit organizations that provide health, educational, and environmental services for underserved communities in the San Miguel region. Please support this work by clicking on the website home page’s Donate button. Now more than ever, your support is essential.

    Due to the arrival of the coronavirus in San Miguel de Allende, UUFSMA has indefinitely suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. We advise members and friends to follow the advice of reputable public health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control, and to contact our Minister or Care Team for needed assistance. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
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