Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Online Service
“Hearing Mom’s Voice”
Speaker: Rev. Tom Rosiello
Sun, May 10, 10:30am
Zoom link: zoom.us/j/414604040
By Joseph Plummer
Contrary to popular notions, Mother’s Day was not created by the Hallmark Company to sell greeting cards. Women committed to social justice established this Sunday to honor mothers around the world and motivate them to rise for peace. After writing the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe went on to create the holiday and, since then, it has become an annual celebration of the esteem in which mothers deserve to be held for their love and sacrifice in bearing each new generation of humans. However, Howe did not make this observance happen alone. Her Methodist predecessor, Anna Jarvis, worked to raise awareness of the poor state of public health conditions in her Appalachian community. She too believed mothers could become the most successful advocates for many social causes.
As Rev. Tom Rosiello, the Fellowship’s Affiliate Minister, will emphasize, for these pioneering feminists, Mother’s Day became a day when women’s voices would not be ignored, even in the celebration’s early years before women could vote. In her Mother’s Day Proclamation, Julia Ward Howe called on women to: “Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts… Say firmly: We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.”
Besides exploring these historic Unitarian roots, Rev. Rosiello will also reflect on the feelings of daughters and sons toward their mothers and consider the tireless struggle of mothers providing for and raising children in Mexico and throughout a patriarchal world where their work remains widely unrecognized.
The service will also include the voices of women in the proclamations and pacifist hymns of Julia Ward Howe and the Hispano-Anglo poetry of Rev. Theresa Soto. Pianist and vocalist Malcolm Halliday will perform Mother’s Day musical selections and lead the UUFSMA online fellowship in singing hymns.
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Due to the arrival of the coronavirus in San Miguel de Allende, UUFSMA has indefinitely suspended 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 Affiliate Minister or Care Team for needed assistance. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.