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August 2019

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
A Month of Sundays
August 4th

Steve Baker
"The Power of Now: Twenty Years Later" 
Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" is a remarkably poignant and
challenging spiritual guide written in 1999.  The book has been
translated into 33 languages and was highly acclaimed by Oprah
Winfrey.  As of 2009, it was estimated that three-million copies had been
sold in North America alone.  It was followed successfully by "New
Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose"
(2005), another #1 bestseller
from Tolle.  Steve will explore the basic principles in the book followed
with questions and answers.
Service Leader: Kathi Smith
Special Offering:  Building Fund Sunday

August 11th

Laura Chilkott
"Revisiting the Digerre Doo"
Join us for a Youtube interview of Phil Jones, internationally known musician, healer, and didgeridoo artist.  Phil will explain how this ancient instrument can be an accelerator of spiritual growth as it produces sounds that change brain waves to the theta level.  Throughout the program there will be opportunities to meditate while listening to this instrument.  Phil, by the way, presented in person at CUUC about 20 years ago.   Laura Chilkott will speak briefly before the video and will have her Didgeridoo for people to try after the service.  
Service Leader: Debbi Zill
Special Offering: Scholarship Sunday

August 18th

Mark Barcelo
"Climate Change"

Climate change is a topic that has received a lot of attention over 
the past several years and as such, it is important we have a general
understanding of the basic concepts being discussed and different courses of
action that have been proposed. This talk will provide an overview of key
technical issues related to climate change; review the principal conclusions
of the 2014 report prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC); and, discuss important uncertainties that have been
identified and potential courses of action.

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo
Special Offering: HUM Sunday

August 25th
Dan Gribbin
"Huck Finn and Our Racial Divide"

Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth
Special Offering- Accessible Bathroom Project

Services Sundays @ 10:30
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
403 West Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL  32168


Looking Ahead to September 2019

September 1st

Mark Spivey
September 8th
Homecoming Water Ceremony

September 15th

Dana Jacobsen
"Fanny Farmer: 19th Century Unitarian Kitchen Revolutionary"
September 22nd

Nancy McCormick
"The History of Our Hymns"

September 29th
Ann Lewis
"Attainment of Personal Peace"

Upcoming Events
August 7th
"The Lilac Girls"  Historical Fiction
Book Club
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

***For the most up to date information on events, please check the calendar on
our webpage- or

Upcoming Birthdays
August 8th Emily Moehring

August 13th Bud Cullison 
August 15th Pat Cullison 
August 17th Audrey Barcelo
August 18th Kathi Smith

September 14th Laurie Dunham
President's Message
If you know me, you probably know that I see the Personal as a
microcosm of the Greater; looking at the larger view we can see how
much we share with Others.

I Love Me Some NPR (National Public Radio) - because in listening, I am
often reminded of this truth: Human Beings Are Far More Alike
than we are Different. I hear stories of World News and I am
aware that we struggle with similar things all around the planet.
Climate change worries folks on every continent, especially when they watch
sea level rise create bigger storm surges that imperil every stretch of
coastline. People everywhere are concerned about how the Political machinery
that governs their nation will impact their personal lives. And all around the world
we are learning more about our DNA and our shared human history. 

Our earliest ancestors were migrants who sought opportunity in whichever direction
they traveled; as a result, Homo Sapiens became resilient, adept at finding
solutions for living in very diverse conditions, discovering sources for food
and shelter and comfort (clothing and gear) everywhere. We continue to do this,
and because we do, we survive in a changing world. 

Today we also have technology to assist us. I checked out an Amazing DVD
from the Public Library, a documentary about tuberculosis called
"The Forgotten Plague," which revealed that this disease had so long
cast an inescapable shadow over humanity that it had become our
deadly companion everywhere. Now I am reading a memoir, "Make It
Messy (My Perfectly Imperfect Life)" by World Famous Chef Marcus
Samuelsson which reveals that his own mother - a single mom in
Ethiopia in 1972 - succumbed to an epidemic of this terrible illness - but
it didn't destroy her lungs before she walked 75 miles from her rural
village home with tiny tot Marcus (whose name was Kassahun then)
strapped to her back, to seek medical care in Addis Ababa for herself
and her children (Marcus' older sister Fantaye had held their mama's
hand for most of those 75 miles). The children would be adopted by a
couple thousands of miles away in Goteborg, Sweden; having no
biological offspring, the Samuelssons had already adopted one daughter,
Anna, who was half Swedish and half Jamaican. Anna was now getting a
little sister AND brother all the way from Africa. Little Kassahun
became Marcus, and grew up in a world where most people looked
nothing like him, but the Love shown to him by his Swedish family and
friends helped him grow into a man brave enough to seek new
adventures, traveling with his soccer team to New York City as a teen (&
realizing that Dreams Do Come True for Immigrants in such a place!),
envisioning for himself a future where he would possess the skills to see
the world (though in fact he ended up doing this not as a champion
athlete but as a Chef in fine restaurants). Marcus Samuelsson would
become a famous TV Chef, winning the Food Network's Chopped All-
Stars Competition and opening his own restaurant - the Red Rooster
Harlem, in the same city that had beguiled and enchanted his teenage self. 

As an American with some Swedish ancestry (my beloved grandmother
was born here in Florida to Swedish immigrant parents in 1905!) and a
self-described "World Citizen" (a term I learned from a reggae song of
the same name written by a Minnesotan who had also experienced a
Spiritual Awakening) I have found keys to our commonality through
these things I hear, read and watch. I am more and more aware of how
SMALL our World can feel when we learn to treat each other like the
Brothers and Sisters we Really Are. I hope you will stick around with
our church and be a part of our growth as we share in this experience.
Every time we've move forward - creating a Butterfly Garden, planting a
Tree (our dear little MYRTLE is IN FULL BLOOM NOW!!!), or
renovating a room - (we are creating a CUUC Library to house Books
which can be a Valuable Resource for All - check out how Beautiful it is
with a Fresh Coat of Paint! And we'll soon have an Accessible Bathroom
which will provide Accommodation for a wheelchair or scooter user -
Hurrah!!!) - Every Time we Recognize the Potential in Others And In
Ourselves - we receive a "Gift from Spirit" (an expression used often by
Spiritualists and Pentecostal Christians among others - a kind of
Shorthand for "the Holy Spirit" - that which Unites Us!)... many - over
many centuries - have called it "OneNess"... Yoga practitioners simply
say, "OM" (meaning, "I am ONE with ALL THAT IS!")

Many years ago, as a newcomer to the Unitarian Fellowship of South
Florida (I had just moved to Hollywood Florida, a migrant myself) I
learned the meaning of the Hindu-Origin word, "Namaste" - translated,
"The Divine Spark In Me Recognizes/Celebrates the Divine Spark In
You" (how many syllables was THAT?! "Namaste" says All of this in
just Three!)

I believe that our little church is capable of helping us to bridge the gap
between ourselves and others, to bring forward that in ourselves which
makes us a reflection of "The Divine." I Invite You to Share This Belief!


Joe Wolfarth

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Pssssstttt!!! Hey, YOU! (Inner Child!!! YES, we can See You There! This
one is for YOU! Leave all the OTHER Reading and Discussing of
IMPORTANT THINGS to the Adult Selves! THIS article is JUST FOR

- Have you had any FUN Lately?! Have you come out to PLAY?!
Here's Your Chance ! 
You can Dress Up (it's Perfectly Fine if it's BORROWED! We'll Play
Gently!) in Finery - wear Baubles and Pearls - a Wig or a Hat - even a
COSTUME! You can Practice using Fun Voices - or Singing Along in one -
even Bust Out a Dance Move! 
Just Tell Your Adult Self that You Saw THIS AD and had an Irresistible
Urge - to Frolic like Little Orphan Annie!
Here's Your Chance, Kid! The CUUC Worship Committee (everubody say,
"Ooooohhhh!") is putting a call out for "service leaders" (that's like Peter
Pan after TinkerBell sprinkles him with Faerie Dust and he teaches the
Darling Children to FLY! It's called "Following the Leader" - funny walks
Optional!) Here's the BEST PART: you don't have to be a Writer (like J.M.
Barrie or A.A. Milne) At All! You just Slap a bit of Faerie Dust on and Read
From the Script that Joe and Debbi give you (They Won't make you Cry
like that mean old Director did Shirley Temple! Debbi has been working
with the Little Theater in New Smyrna Beach for decades and she
Promises NOT to break your Toys to "motivate" you like a Bad Old
Hollywood Director!!) So... - Come On, Kid! "Whatdya Say???!" You can
even Yell like Tarzan (if Johnny Weismuller and Carol Burnett can DO IT,
then BABY, So Can YOU!) Here's Lookin' At YOU, Kid!!! 
So How 'Bout It???
- The Worship Faeries
Spotlight on a New Member

Hi, my name is Donna Frank and I am a recent resident of New Smyrna Beach. 
Originally from Massachusetts, I moved to Orlando Florida.  I have a Masters in Art
Education and taught High School Art for twenty years and am now retired. 
I became interested in studying different religions as a youth and settled on
Buddhism as a main philosophy for life.  Today I realize that All religions
have gems of truth scattered within them.  If understanding this properly,
religions become inclusive versus exclusive.  This is a main reason why
I joined the Community Unitarian Universalist Church with the
emphasis on education, justice, equality, and acceptance for each
and every individual.  It is a church I can support.   -Donna Frank

When I spoke with Donna, I learned a few things about her.
  She has traveled throughout Europe.  She is currently a member
of our Book Club because, as she says,
she enjoys reading all types of books. -Dana
Famous Unitarian Universalists


Joanne Woodward
(1930-     )

Actor; producer; director; social activist; earned Academy Award for
'Three Faces of Eve' 1957 and three other nominations; two Emmys;
artistic director of the Westport (CT) Country Playhouse; national trustee
Nature Conservancy; member Westport Unitarian Universalist Church;
and wife of Paul Newman.

To learn more about the career and achievements of
Joanne Woodward please use this link to the Wikipedia site.


Different Observances for the Month of August

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 TISHA B’AV • Jewish
Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE
and 70 CE.

Celebrates young people and the integral role they play in helping to create a world fit for

August 12–15 EID AL-ADHA • Islamic
Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command
from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

August 15 RAKSHA BANDHAN • Hindu
Also called Rakhi, this festival celebrates the protective relationship between brothers and
their sisters.

August 15 ULLAMBANA (also known as Obon) • Buddhist
Ullambana, a Sanskrit term that means “hanging upside down and suffering,” honors the
spirits of past ancestors and strives to relieve aching souls from suffering. It lasts about half
of the month of August. Obon, the Japanese transliteration of Ullambana, is only three days
and varies from region to region—July in the eastern region and August in the western

Recognizes the many contributions older adults make in communities across the United


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

August 24 KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Also known as JAYANTI) • Hindu
Celebrates Krishna’s birthday, Vishnu’s eighth incarnation on earth.

Commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting
women the right to vote.

August 31 MUHARRAM • Islamic
The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year. This first day, alHijra, remembers the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622
CE. It also marks the beginning of the ten-day Shīʿite Remembrance of Muharram, a period of
intense grief and martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad.

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.
as well as Religious Holidays from Religious Life Princeton University

Our next Book Club Meeting is August 7th at 6 p.m.  
*  I have already read the book and loved it.  Dana

This blurb is taken from the "Goodreads" website:
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
Book Club books for the next six months are:
August-  Lilac Girls-Martha Hall Kelly
September- Art of Racing in the Rain- Garth Stein
October- The Dollhouse- Ibsen
November-Beneath the Ruthless Sun-Gilbert King
December- In Pieces- Sally Field
January-Shortest Way Home- Pete Buttigieg

This way you can plan ahead as some of the books are very popular.
Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to her at with the subject lin "for Cuuc newsletter".

We are now on Ebay

We have sold over $1,400.00 in donated items.  Share our items for sale with friends.  New items added daily.

We are still accepting donations.  
Bring them to church or drop off at Sharon's home.

Items should not be too large.  See Sharon for details.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
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