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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.
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President's Message
Hello to All in our Beloved Community!

So many of the things that bind us together are important to our leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston Massachusetts that I am still "digesting" the messages from our Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in late June  - held via ZOOM Program on the Internet as the first ever All-Online GA. 

I was moved by the opening ceremony and its inclusion of indigenous people from the tribes who inherited the lands of this continent long before Europeans came to conquer and colonize. 

I was reminded during the Ware Lecture that these "first peoples" were true stewards of the lands they inhabited, using controlled burns to shape the landscapes and make them more useful for crop cultivation and sustaining animal habitats - particularly of animals the tribes hunted for food, skins and more  - these original 'North Americans' knew and loved the lands that make up most of our nation today, and we can still learn so much from their wisdom and reference for nature's bounty. 

The abuse of natural resources  - water, minerals, timber and more - that has taken place in this continent [as in others] since the advent of European Colonization has put strains on this planet that might have been impossible for people living in such harmony with nature to imagine. And the natural reaction of such people to our current troubles - including global warming, rising sea levels, disappearing polar ice caps, extinction of native species, and the failure of political and social networks to protect invaluable treasures such as clean water supplies - has to be a sad shaking of the head at the foolishness of our 'Civilization' and its shortsighted Leadership. 
When Greta Thunberg cries, "The time for making changes is NOW!" The earth's indigenous people are nodding and responding, "Yes! Listen to your Children!"

The Good News is that we have the benefit of Scientific Research and Discovery to help us work to Improve the Situation - and the resources necessary to do so... the question remains, however, whether the people who see what needs to be done - and done Immediately - will get the opportunity to Act, or continue to be hampered, hamstrung and silenced by a monopoly of rulers intent on stuffing their own pockets with spoils obtained through exploitation and political gain - the continuance of systemic abuse of this continent, its human and natural resources,  which is now a 400-year legacy... 

WE have the power to Make Change Happen  - which is why our 2020 General Assembly was the place where the "UU The Vote" program was unveiled; GA Participants were encouraged to get involved with this program and start making phone calls to the general public in the areas where our Congregations exist - in order to encourage people in our communities to be proactive about making their voice heard at the ballot-box, getting enthused about listening to the voice of conscience, and putting their vote to use... and I confess that I hung my head in shame as I listened; I am embarassed by the way so many in our local communities seem to have bought into delusional thinking, endorsing candidates who deny global warming and its dangers, investing their hopes in a future marked by a deeper and deeper commitment to profit-making systems that fail to support the common good and leave an ever-widening gap between the "haves" and those who have less and less and less... 

From my position (I was only out of work for a few weeks, I live surrounded by the beauty of nature, I have loving friends and family members) it would be so EASY to simply wade into the waters of delusion and 'magical optimism' and ignore the all-too-real threats to our shared existence, our prospective futures and even our civil rights and this nation's Constitution presented by the kind of politicians who seem to be - even Now - strangely beloved by many residents in the communities I know and love... but I believe that many of these elected "Leaders" are actually wearing a mask of contempt for the public that they pretend to Serve... and it motivates me to seek out the Truth behind the claims of others, to find out where a 'Hoax' is genuine or simply the product of 'Spin' and 'Gossip' - to see beyond the 'Stories' to the backstories which give context and clarity.
My friend Hope - an indefatigable investigative journalist - has always advised, "Consider the SOURCE" - and her words ring true again and again in these trying times.

I am torn between the desire to follow the recommendation of our wise and loving UU Leaders at General Assembly 2020 - to call people in the local community and encourage them to vote their conscience  - and a very real fear that doing so would encourage folks to vote for more bad leadership, coming from a place of fear, listening to the voices of hatred and delusion, throwing their votes to Chaos and Harm. Many might do so with full confidence that their voting records reflect their "Christian" faith, and this saddens me greatly. The Bible is full of warnings against practicing hypocrisy and willfully harming others; I am reading a book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks entitled, "Not In God's Name" (Another Amazing $1 Store Find!) which examines the ways that human beings commit acts of violence against others they view as "heathens" and contrasts this behavior with lessons in compassion that equate to an 'Old Testament' [aka 'Hebrew Bible'] that teaches - again and again- the values of compassion, forgiveness and 'brotherly love' as well as what we UUs and so many others are happy to call "Radical Hospitality." 

Radical Hospitality. Can I ask my fellow citizens to vote for the candidates who best embody a willingness to Live Out their faith by practicing this?
Can I say to them, "My heart is in your hands. Please don't break it!"


Joe WolfArth 

Joe WolfArth

A Month of Sundays

September 6th

Joe Wolfarth
Opportunities in Crises: How Global Warming & the Pandemic
Can Lead to a More Sustainable Future"
 "Naomi Klein's Message: a recap of the 2020 UUGA Ware Lecture" 
nspired by the 2020 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly Ware Lecture Speaker,
Naomi Klein, author of several books on the need to address climate change as a global crisis 
- and more recently the need to recognize the Pandemic of COVID-19 as an opportunity
to meet the changing needs of our society in better ways that will provide more
esources for citizens rather than merely continuing to enrich the people and corporations that
are already dominating world affairs at the expense of taxpayers like you and me. UUA
President Susan Frederick-Gray felt that Naomi Klein's message was important enough
to share with all the attendees of our Virtual GA in late June, and I want to share it
with our congregation.

September 13th

Cliff Jackson
  "Cognitive Dissonance, Black Lives Matter and the Pandemic". 

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

September 20th

Kandy Queen Sutherland

Service Leader: Kathi Smith

September 27th 

Elaine Silver "Faerie Elaine"
A Music Inspired Message on the UU 7th Principle-
The Interconnected Web

Service Leader, Joe Wolfarth

Our May-August services were presented over Zoom Meeting
on the Internet. We will continue with this format until we can
join each other in worship. Since we are unsure of all our  presenters
and their comfort level with this program, we will be sending out
the weekly invite with the topic for the week. 

  If you haven't been following our emails, here are some simple
directions for downloading Zoom.and using it.

Setting up the Zoom App- do this as soon as possible !!!!!!!
Go to Zoom website
In the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click “sign up, it’s free”
Enter a valid email to be associated with your Zoom account. Follow
the steps to finalize the account. 

Now you will be ready when we send the email invitation to join a
Zoom meeting of the Worship service.  Please note that you can only
join the meeting 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start.  This is also
advisable as others can help you with technical problems.
There are several ways to join a meeting. You can join a meeting by
the meeting id (with password), using the link provided in the email, or
by dialing in on your phone via the New York number provided in the
email.  The easiest method is the link but you must be patient as it
takes a little while before it joins.

Kudos to all who worked to make our services happen live.  Kudos to
our service leaders who are learning to use Zoom and thank you to
our speakers who have either videotaped their talk or our planning to
join the Zoom live on Sundays.
Looking Ahead to October's Services

October 4th: Dr. Philip Lucas
October 11th- Dr. Chris  Bell
October 18th-Rick DeYampert
October 25th- Linda & Mike McGraw

Upcoming Events
Check the weekly invite to see if our other church groups
begin using Zoom to meet online.

Wednesday September 2nd
Discussion of "Heretics Daughter"
Location: TBA
Invitation to members to follow via email

Monday  September 14th
via Zoom
5:30 p.m.
All are welcome 
Contact Joe Wolfarth for link

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Black Lives Matter Rally

at the Corner of Rt. 44 & Mission Road,
NSB  32168
4:00 to 5:00 PM
Wear yellow
Contact Steve Baker for information

Email church email for more information on how to join

*****OF NOTE*****

The Board of Trustees recently voted to donate $200 to the food pantry of the First United Methodist Church of NSB. One in eight people in the United States is “food insecure,” unsure of where their next meals are coming from.  CUUC, with your help, continues to reach out to the needy in our community. 

Along those lines, if you wish to help the Methodist church with their Hot Meals program, contact me at

Connie Baker

Upcoming Birthdays
September 14th- Laurie Dunham

October 2nd-Dan Herr
October 4th-Charlotte St. John
October 6th-David Herr
October 13th-Terry Butts


Making Pledge payments or donations
during these extraordinary times.

                Continuity is crucial to the life and maintenance of our church. 
We know that even though we are not physically meeting in the church each
Sunday for a while, you want to continue your Pledge payments or donations. 
You can do so by sending a check or money order to the CUUC PO Box.  If you
are unsure about how much is still outstanding on your pledge, you can contact
me by phone, email or text. 
Community Unitarian Universalist Church 
PO Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123-8289     
Thank you,

Rosa Jeanne Lake
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Famous Unitarian Universalist 

 born: Cherilyn Sarkisian
May 20, 1946 (age 74)
American television personality,
singer, actress
The following Information was taken from:

Cher,(born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television personality. Commonly referred to by the media as the "Goddess of Pop", she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Cher is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances throughout her six-decade-long career.

Her Philanthropy
Cher's primary philanthropic endeavors have included support of health research and patients' quality of life, anti-poverty initiatives, veterans rights, and vulnerable children.[326] The Cher Charitable Foundation supports international projects such as the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Helmet, and the Children's Craniofacial Association.

Beginning in 1990, Cher served as a donor and as the National Chairperson and Honorary Spokesperson for the Children's Craniofacial Association, whose mission is to "empower and give hope to facially disfigured children and their families". The annual Cher's Family Retreat is held each June to provide craniofacial patients, their siblings and parents an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences. She supports and promotes Get A-Head Charitable Trust, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with head and neck diseases.

Cher is a donor, fundraiser, and international spokesperson for Keep a Child Alive, an organization that seeks to accelerate action to combat the AIDS pandemic, including the provision of antiretroviral medicine to children and their families with HIV/AIDS. In 1996, she hosted the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Benefit alongside Elizabeth Taylor at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, she received the amfAR Award of Inspiration for "her willingness and ability to use her fame for the greater good" and for being "one of the great champions in the fight against AIDS".

Cher has been a vocal supporter of American soldiers and returning veterans. She has contributed resources to Operation Helmet, an organization that provides free helmet upgrade kits to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has contributed to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which serves military personnel who have been disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those severely injured in other operations.[32 In 1993, she participated in a humanitarian effort in Armenia, taking food and medical supplies to the war-torn region.

Cher has engaged in the construction of houses with Habitat for Humanity and served as the Honorary National Chair of a Habitat's elimination of poverty housing initiative "Raise the Roof", an effort to engage artists in the organization's work while on tour.

In 2007, Cher became the primary supporter of the Peace Village School (PVS) in Ukunda, Kenya, which "provides nutritious food, medical care, education and extracurricular activities for more than 300 orphans and vulnerable children, ages 2 to 13 years."Her support enabled the school to acquire land and build permanent housing and school facilities, and in partnership with Malaria No More and other organizations, she piloted an effort to eliminate malaria mortality and morbidity for the children, their caregivers and the surrounding community.

In 2016, after the discovery of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, Cher donated more than 180,000 bottles of water to the city as part of a partnership with Icelandic Glacial.The next year, Cher weighed in on the need to protect elder rights as she executive produced Edith+Eddie, a documentary about a nonagenarian interracial couple. It received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, Cher launched the CherCares Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative (CCPRRI) alongside Dr. Irwin Redlener, the head of Columbia University's Pandemic Resource and Response Center. The charity's initial plan is to distribute $1 million to "chronically neglected and forgotten people" during the pandemic through the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Cher told Billboard, "There are rural areas where people of color and Latinos and Native Americans were getting no services. It's not a lot of money — $1 million goes in the blink of an eyelash! — so now I'm trying to get my friends to make it a lot more so we can do something that will really meet people's needs. A friend once told me, 'When people walk in your path, then you know what you have to do.'"

Cher's older child, Chaz Bono (born Chastity Bono), first came out as a lesbian at age 17, which reportedly caused Cher to feel "guilt, fear and pain". However, she soon came to accept Chaz's sexual orientation, and came to the conclusion that LGBT people "didn't have the same rights as everyone else, [and she] thought that was unfair".[333] She was the keynote speaker for the 1997 national Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) convention, and has since become one of the LGBT community's most vocal advocates. In May 1998, she received the GLAAD Vanguard Award for having "made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for lesbians and gay men". On June 11, 2009, Chaz came out as a transgender man, and his transition from female to male was legally finalized on May 6, 2010.
Different Observances for the Month of September

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.
You can also visit : Religious Holidays from Religious Life Princeton University 

“If the majority knew of the evil, then the road to its cure would not be long.”  Albert Einstein

Isabel Wilkerson, an African American Pulitzer prize winning reporter for the New York Times, lives “the evil”.  In her book “Caste,” Wilkerson tells us what the evil is - our society’s deeply entrenched, but largely unacknowledged caste system.  Einstein optimistically hoped that if the majority knew, it would shorten the “long road” toward “its cure”.  Reading this book is one small step along that road. 

First a warning, this book is not a comfortable read; especially for white people.  “Caste” is a historical record; it is a dissection of what enables and perpetuates a caste system, it is a description of the derogation people of color experience.  This book is a proclamation of how, in our very real caste system, those at the top (white people) benefit while repressing those at the bottom (people of color).  It is a necessary education for white people; people of color are all too familiar with what the book has to say.  They live it every day. 

I had heard about India’s caste system and the inhuman treatment of those born “untouchables”.  I was shocked to learn from reading “Caste”, however, that the Nazi’s had modeled Jewish separation laws on Southern segregation laws.  Born a white Southerner during segregation; I did not realize the society I grew up in was in reality - immoral, shameful, inexcusable, indefensible.  Those from other parts of our country need not fool themselves into thinking this was/is solely a Southern problem.  No matter the demographics this is universally a white man’s blame/guilt.  No white person is exempt because we have always and continue to be the beneficiaries of our caste system.  Today’s social and political turmoil is the struggle to maintain control of that supremacy as the white population is projected to become a minority by the year 2045. 
I will not try to unpack “Caste”, I’d rather you read the book yourself.  This moment in history demands we all become better educated about racial justice, and I guarantee this book will do that, plus provide much needed empathy.  I’ll end with this – I recently read a HuffPost article titled “Can a Book Club Fight Racism?”  The article was a critique for the effectiveness of these now popular, largely white attended, anti-racist book clubs that have sprung up since the brutal killing of George Floyd.  The article concluded that these well-meaning groups, without engaging in subsequent action, are not a fix.  But I found the concluding sentence in the article both encouraging and compelling - “Books are a great way to begin a journey. They should not be the end goal.”  We can at least begin that journey.  Read “Caste”. 

Kathi Smith
Book Club books for the Remainder of the Year are:

Since You are Home Social Distancing Yourself and the library is offering digital loans
perhaps you might want to check these titles out.

September 2nd

The Heretic's Daughter
by Kathleen Kent
(Historical Fiction)

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

October 7th

 A Land Remembered" 
by Patrick Smith

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. 

November 4th

The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
(Satirical Novel)

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the
South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his
rusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard
the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a
new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain,
is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet
Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an
absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to
university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist
cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and
a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds
and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars
we fight today. 

December 2nd

by Lauren Groff
(Florida Short Stories)

In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks.

In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical
world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of
the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries
are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be
derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those
navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely
boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman;
and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even
centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind
—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a
place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a
crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about
loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy
and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind
human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments
that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent

Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey shared this image during her presentation which I thought we'd include in the newsletter for those who heard her talk.   Dana
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