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Our mission is to reach out to those who seek a spiritual home.  

Our ongoing work is to build and sustain an open, caring, and accepting community for all ages
... so together we may explore and experience diverse beliefs, grow spiritually, and promote a society that affirms these aspirations.
Attending Church Services in Person

We welcome people back to the church building.

We will not require social distancing, but there will be space
in the rear of the sanctuary for those who want to observe it.
Please use your best judgment as to your health needs.

Masks will be available.  Hand sanitizer will also be available.
Please use your best judgment as to your health needs.

You will be asked to fill out our Covid Protocols Form (one time) and sign
in (each time),  prior to entry. This will assist us for contact tracing if it
becomes necessary.

Social distancing is not required. Please use your best judgment as to
your health needs as you socialize with attendees.

***These protocols are subject to change based on the aforementioned
infection rates, vaccination rates, Covid variants and CDC guidelines.

We look forward to seeing more people in church.

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

A Month of Sundays
We have returned to in-person services for those who feel comfortable
attending.  We will also continue to Zoom services for those who are
unable to attend.  Please be patient as we work out our tech issues.  It
is a learning process for all.

August 7th

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D
"Our Children and Our Youth: A Deeper Understanding
of Poverty and Homelessness"
Service Leader: Kathi Smith

August 14th

"What It Means to Be UU"
Our church is a place where you can bring your whole self:
your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. 
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed.
Our shared covenant (our Seven Principles) supports “the free
and responsible search for truth and meaning.”  We are
Unitarian Universalist and: Atheist/Agnostic, Buddhist,
Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim,
Pagan, and more. In a video presentation we'll learn
our history; and  what being a UU looks like today and what
it might look like tomorrow? We'll end our service with 

 one member's  journey to becoming and living UU.

Service Leader: Kathi Smith

August 21st 
Steve Baker
"Overcoming Negativity (& Tragic News Cycles)
with Positive Thinking"

August 28th

  Joe WolfArth
 "Tu'er Shen: Ancient Chinese Rabbit God"

 Check the calendar on our website for the most up
to date information on services.


President's Column
Greetings, Friends!

SUMMERTIME! Hot and Fun Times Await! Don't They?!

Unfortunately, I - and many others - have been the targets of a new wave of COVID - the "BA" Variants! (I joked to my Cousin Rhondda, "Well, I DO have a Bachelor of Arts degree - so I predict this new form of COVID will Find Me!" And IT DID!)
I felt the first symptom - a "scratchy" sore throat - at Bedtime after our July Full Moon Drum Circle at New Smyrna Beach on the 12fth; I would soon test "Positive" and be directed to Quarantine for at least 5 Days, then go out only as needed, fully masked, and keep 6 feet of distance between myself and others, standard Distancing protocol. I have done these things, and now I am back to work, but I have been very grateful for the opportunity to participate in our church services via ZOOM! My friend Hope, an investigative Journalist, sent me articles about the Paxlovid medication now available Free of charge to U.S. citizens - you can get it from a pharmacy without a Doctor's Rx, and it's recommended for persons who are 65 and over or considered "high-risk." I chose not to  request this medication after reading up on it, since I felt my body was already in the process of waging war against the virus, creating a solid immune response. Paxlovid seems to have been proven to be Most Effective when taken by older people (studies have been made already), and a regimen should be started within the first days of symptoms appearing. As I type this, President Biden has also tested Positive and is taking Paxlovid. Like me, he had been vaccinated and twice-boosted... this is why they are describing the "BA Variants" as "Vaccination Evasive" - many people are in the same boat with us now...

When I come back to church, I intend to wear a mask indoors and do my part to try to keep transmission rates as low as possible.

As an Astrologer, I think of the Summer months as the custodians of the signs whose Energies they Re-Introduce to humanity each year, as the Cycles of Nature Repeat: Gemini [All About Communication], Cancer [All About Love, Joy, Empathy, & Family] and then Leo [All About Mastering Self-Expression and being True to One's Best Self]; I see this as a time for new beginnings, Manifestation and Living Our Dreams. The positive side of the work we do to achieve our objectives is that it usually Pays Off Brilliantly... As I look back at the ways that I have spent my time, I recognize that the countless hours volunteering, in one capacity or another, for  CUUC have never been "wasted" moments; instead they have all helped me access Spiritual Growth!

In fact, Volunteer Labor is what has kept CUUC going for over 25 years!

How Blessed We Have Been!

AND: Our Beloved Dana Jacobsen is going to be moving to the Carolinas! Dana will be a Grandma soon and she doesn't want to Miss Out on the Joys of Grandparenting! We are struggling to find the words to express how much she will be Missed, but absolutely nobody can begrudge her for going! 

What this means for our church: the Biggest challenge is a simple one: WHO will create This Newsletter?!?
I am sorry to say, folks, it isn't going to be ME! (Too Much on my plate Already!)
Soon we will know whether we'll need to join other U.U. Congregations in the status of being "Newsletter Free!"
Dana's 1000 years of volunteer service to CUUC [OK, I exaggerate perhaps a TINY BIT - But NOT BY MUCH!!!] has been one of our church's Greatest Blessings. We LOVE You, Dana! And we THANK YOU for 1000 "Jobs Well Done!"

I reflect on fond memories of the Unitarian Fellowship of South Florida, where I was made so very very Welcome in the years 2000-2002.  That wee Congregation met in a converted single-family home in Hollywood, Florida, just a few steps away from US Highway 1 (colloquially known as "Federal Highway" or "Dixie Highway" in that area); every aspect of the "Life" of the Fellowship - from Sunday Morning Speakers to Board Meetings to Landscaping Tasks to Building Maintenance - yes, virtually EVERY Aspect - was performed by the members themselves as Volunteer Efforts! And it was a group of about the same size as CUUC is Today (in our current Post-COVID-Crisis/Trauma State of existence)... 

How I Admired - Adored, even - my friends there who "Made It Happen" week after week, month after month, year after year!
What an Inspiring and Awesome Group of Human Beings they were! And Likewise, how I have benefitted from the Life Lessons that period of my own existence taught me - and how the Blessing of the Inspiration that I received THERE has Informed and Guided my Volunteer Efforts as a member of CUUC in the years since!
Amen. Blessed Be. Aho.


Joe WolfArth

A  deadly combination of climate change and pollution killed over 1,100 manatees in 2021.  320 have died in 2022.  Over 800 tons of sea life, including sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays are dead.

Florida has a right to clean water!

Nine million acres of irreplaceable Florida Wetlands are gone.

Florida's Everglades are nearing extinction caused by pollution and rampant real estate development. 
Our water systems are contaminated.  Climate change is denied.

Our government, our elected, failed to protect Florida, to protect us.

It's time for the voters of Florida to step in.  It's time for the voters to amend the Constitution of the State of Florida.

The amendment to our Constitution will create a fundamental right to clean and healthy waters, clarify prohibited actions and inactions that harm (or threaten to harm) waters.  It also allows Floridians to enforce this right through the ability to sue state executive agencies that violate this right, empowering courts to look at the science and truth (and not politics) of what's going on before awarding equitable relief tot he situation.

To get on the 2024 ballot, Florida Right To Clean Water must collect 892,000 valid voter registered signatures by the end of November 2023 and receive the Florida Supreme Court's approval of the wording.

For copies of the ballot petition and do donate/volunteer, go to

Upcoming Events
August 8th
Worship Committee Meeting
403 West St.

August 16th
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders
of the upcoming meetings.

August 18th
Book Club
3:30 p.m.
Lost Lagoon Wings and Grill
Invitation to members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

Board of Trustees Meeting 
will meet again in September

August 30th
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders of the upcoming meetings.

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
have been suspended 

until cooler weather. 

August Birthdays
8/6 Emily Moehring
8/15 Pat Cullison
8/17 Audrey Barcelo * Her 90th!
8/18 Kathi Smith
8/24 Marcia Kallenberger

September Birthdays
9/7 Michael McGraw
9/14 Laurie Dunham



Singing Bowl Sangha at Community Unitarian Universalist Church 

At 8:45 AM on Sunday morning there is a group that meets in our sanctuary to meditate.  They are called the Singing Bowl Sangha.  You might know some of the members, as a few of them stick around to attend our service.  If you are interested in meditating with a group, this is an open invitation to our members and friends to join the Sangha.  For more information, please call Margret Anglin                    407 252-5726


Whale of a Sale

We are planning a fall rummage sale to be held October 7 and 8.  Please save your cleaned out goodies for this event.  Last year we had some excellent donations and we did ok, but due to bad weather and our signs being pulled up , it could have been much better.  This year with better planning I believe it will. Due to limited storage space we ask you to store your items in your space until two weeks before the sale.  From after church on Sept. 25 until October 4 we can accept your items to be dropped off at the church.  Let's make this a super fundraiser  and a "Whale of a Sale" so we can add some improvements to our church.
Thank you.
Barbara Mars
Board Trustee

Different Observances for the Month of  August

August 7 TISH’A B’AV • Jewish: Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

August 8 ASHURA • Islamic:  A day of fasting observed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram to celebrate Moses’ exodus from Egypt. For Shi’a Muslims, it also marks the climax of the ten-day Remembrance of Muharram, which mourns the martyrdom of Hussein at the Battle of Kerbala.

August 9 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:  Celebrates the richness of indigenous cultures and recognizes the challenges indigenous peoples face today, ranging from poverty and disease to dispossession, discrimination and denial of basic human rights.

August 11 RAKSHA BANDHAN • Hindu:  Also called Rakhi, this festival celebrates the protective relationship between brothers and their sisters.

August 12 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: Celebrates young people and the integral role they play in helping to create a world fit for children.

August 19 KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Also known as JAYANTI) • Hindu: Celebrates Krishna’s birthday, Vishnu’s eighth incarnation on earth.

August 21 SENIOR CITIZEN DAY: Recognizes the many contributions older adults make in communities across the United States.

August 23 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION Memorializes the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, coinciding with the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated its abolition.

August 26 WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY: Commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

August 31 GANESH CHATURTHI • Hindu: Celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-deity.

Spotlight on New Member

Tim Wixted

How I Became a UU

I had somehow managed to avoid hearing about Unitarian Universalism for over 43 years. How that was possible I can’t say exactly but it’s the truth and the story I’m about to tell you about how I wound up becoming a Unitarian is also the truth, every bit of it.


I grew up in a small Connecticut town, the middle child of seven, with a stay-at-home mom and a Realtor dad. There were a lot of Wixteds in Danbury and when people would ask “Which Wixted are you?”, they weren’t asking my name, they just wanted to know who my father was. It did have its perks. I never had to spell it and everyone knew how to pronounce it and there’s even a Wixted Avenue.

Our big old Colonial was within walking distance of St. Peters School with the rectory on one side and the convent on the other. The church was a short walk across Main Street and sometimes, (when my mother wasn’t with us), dad would take us upstairs where the huge pipe organ sat and we’d stay up there for mass. Up we went, the narrow, winding staircase  hardly wide enough for one. There were 4 or 5 rows of benches on either side, for the overflow crowds at Christmas and Easter. And one time I even watched the organist sneak a smoke much to my astonishment. I can picture him even now standing there behind the organ, the wisps of smoke spiraling upwards and I remember vividly that feeling of being absolutely gobsmacked that someone would smoke in church. I mean, it’s church, who does that?!

Once freed from parental oversight, my church attendance dwindled. I’m sure I might have attended here and there but a good Catholic I was not. In fact, depending on how one defines a “good Catholic”, it is possible that I never was one. A lot of it seemed like nonsense back then and I certainly am even less inclined to buy any of it today.

But marriage and the birth of my only child Morgan in 1995 brought me back to the Church but that dalliance (and that marriage) didn’t last. Morgan has been wonderful, a hard-working nose to the grindstone type (she didn’t get it from me, that’s for sure). After graduating from the University of Florida, she recently completed her Master’s degree in Germany. She’s interesting to talk to with stories about popping over to France for coffee between classes (she lived very close to the border), fighting with German bureaucracy over her student visa, work permits etc.,  flying over to Spain for a conference (Ryannair, 25 euros) and running into some protests and being unsure of getting to the airport for her return flight,  (But honey, it’s history in the making and you’re right in the middle of it, I told her by phone. She was nonplussed.) She’s a self-described nerd who works with Artificial Intelligence so she’ll do just fine. 

So it was in February, 2005 that I became a UU. I was talking to my first girlfriend for the first time in 20 years (we had recently reconnected by email) and she told me she was a Unitarian Universalist. (That’s a long way from her Greek Orthodox upbringing)  I had to admit I had never heard of such a thing. So she emailed some UU jokes and one of them was “How many Unitarian Universalists does it take to change a light bulb?” And the answer was 

 “We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey, you have found that a light bulb works for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your personal relationship with your light bulb and present it next month at our annual Light Bulb Sunday service where we explore a number of light bulb traditions including incandescent, fluorescent, tinted, three-way and long-life, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.” 

And I said to myself “ Yep, that’s it. That’s me.”  And the understanding I had in that moment, that this is where I should be, has never left. 

Just for Fun
August Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Aug 1    Monday    National Girlfriend Day
Aug 2    Tuesday    Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Aug 3    Wednesday    Watermelon Day
Aug 4    Thursday    Single Working Women's Day
Aug 5    Friday    Work Like a Dog Day
Aug 5    Friday    International Beer Day
Aug 6    Saturday    Fresh Breath Day
Aug 7    Sunday    Sisters' Day
Aug 7    Sunday    Lighthouse Day
Aug 8    Monday    Happiness Happens Day
Aug 9    Tuesday    Book Lovers Day
Aug 10    Wednesday    Lazy Day
Aug 11    Thursday    Son and Daughter Day
Aug 12    Friday    Middle Child Day
Aug 13    Saturday    Left-Handers Day
Aug 14    Sunday    Creamsicle Day
Aug 15    Monday    Relaxation Day
Aug 16    Tuesday    Tell a Joke Day
Aug 17    Wednesday    Thrift Shop Day
Aug 18    Thursday    Mail Order Catalog Day
Aug 19    Friday    World Photo Day
Aug 20    Saturday    Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Aug 21    Sunday    Spumoni Day
Aug 22    Monday    Be An Angel Day
Aug 23    Tuesday    Ride Like the Wind Day
Aug 24    Wednesday    Pluto Demoted Day
Aug 25    Thursday    Kiss and Make up Day
Aug 26    Friday    Dog Appreciation Day
Aug 27    Saturday    The Duchess Who Wasn't Day
Aug 28    Sunday    Bow Tie Day
Aug 29    Monday    According to Hoyle Day
Aug 30    Tuesday    Frankenstein Day
Aug 31    Wednesday    Eat Outside Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a prolific writer, lecturer, and reformer. She wrote many books of poetry with strong anti-slavery themes, as well as a novel about African American life during Reconstruction republished by Beacon Press. A writer for the African Methodist Episcopal church and member of the Unitarian church, Watkins once refused to give up her seat on a Philadelphia streetcar. When the conductor refused to take her money at the end of her ride, she threw it on the floor and left. She was undoubtedly a courageous and powerful voice for justice.

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Book Club Picks for Remainder of 2022

August 18th
Note: Book Change!

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels 
by Jon Meacham 2019

September  15th

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
 by Stephanie Land 2019

At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. 

October 20th

Cloud Cockoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal, and  New York Times bestseller!

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.


November   17th

Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen  2020. 
Hiaasen dedicated the novel to his younger brother, Rob, who was killed during the Capital Gazette shooting on June 28, 2018. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list

Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .


December 15th

21 Lessons for the 21st Century 
by Yuval  Noah Harari 2018

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.


The descriptions and pictures were taken from GoodReads website.

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