By Joseph Plummer
In this Sunday’s UUFSMA Online Service, the Reverend Tom Rosiello discusses why it is important to take the long view and look beyond today. Most, if not all, public and private organizations go through regular reviews of their past year’s performance. They assess potential opportunities and constraints and then prioritize future objectives. Nonetheless, this exercise can overlook significant questions. Why does the organization exist? Does anyone care about its work? Will it have necessary resources? So too must the UUFSMA evaluate its mission. This Sunday, Rev. Rosiello invites participants to consider what we can do to help sustain the Fellowship into the future.
Almost 200 current members of the Fellowship and many former members over the last 33 years have developed the UUFSMA into an active, creative partner in the community life of San Miguel de Allende. The Fellowship now asks its members questions about the future. What will work today and in coming years to remain relevant and vital to the future of the Fellowship and the community of San Miguel? We are the legacy of those who came before us. We are stewards for those who come after us. Will that future be haphazard or purposeful? What can the Fellowship do to shape its future purpose? What do we wish to say to members of the Fellowship and the San Miguel community who follow us? What do we wish that community in the future to say about us? Join in this Sunday’s reflection on legacy and stewardship and its accompanying music and words to underscore the need for such insights.
Rev. Rosiello has been minister of the lay-led UUFSMA since January 2019. Previously, he was minister of the First Parish of Stow and Acton, Massachusetts, where he is now minister emeritus. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Suffolk University Law School, Rev. Rosiello is active in many causes for social justice, including AIDS, gay rights, poverty, and prison reform. He taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Before entering the ministry, Rev. Rosiello was a trial lawyer for nearly 20 years.
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Due to the coronavirus, UUFSMA has suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. Previous online services can be found on UUFSMA’s YouTube channel. Go to www.youtube.com and enter UUFSMA in the search box. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.