Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Online Service
“Living in a Pandemic”
Speakers: Matthew Carroll and Helen Rivas-Rose
Sun., May 31, 10:30am
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/414604040
By Joseph Plummer
This Sunday’s online UUFSMA Service will present ways that residents of San Miguel de Allende and others are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew Carroll and Helen Rivas-Rose, this week’s guest speakers, base their presentation upon brief narratives from individuals in self-quarantine, which they solicited from Atención readers, members of the UU Fellowship, and other sources.
With wit and words from many sources, the two members of the Fellowship will present what others are saying about their pandemic experience. The audience joining Carroll and Rivas-Rose online will hear how others in self-quarantine nurture resilience and vanquish feelings of isolation. These times call for inventive approaches to personal maintenance. Hearing what others say about pandemic life, service participants will learn that the experience of self-quarantine can reinvigorate one’s perspective on self-reliance, inner strength, and a shared human experience.
As a master of resilience, himself, Carroll began his career as a partner in the Wall Street firm of Steiner, Rouse, Inc., executing orders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He then became an educator as a teacher in a one-room school in Vermont. He was later principal of elementary and middle schools in Vermont and Connecticut and represented the Nutmeg State during the nationwide transformation of middle school education, known as Turning Points. A resident of San Miguel since 2006, Carroll is the author of “Who Quinn Became,” a memoir.
Known for her adaptability, Rivas-Rose has taught English, Spanish, and Bridge, prepared income tax returns, directed a working space for alternative artists, and owned and operated a medicinal herb shop. One of the earliest members of UUFSMA, she has lived in San Miguel off and on for nearly three decades. Her memoir, “Brave: A Painfully Shy Life,” earned sparkling reviews and several literary awards. More recently, she created www.socialisolation.org as an online community for socially isolated and lonely people.
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 10:15–10:25am.
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Due to the arrival of the coronavirus in San Miguel, 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 Affiliate Minister or Care Team for needed assistance. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.