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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.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
A Month of Sundays
February 2nd

Jim Scott
A Musical Program
Gaia, Mother Earth and The Oneness of  Everything 
Jim Scott, a UU Musician, has written several hymns found in our
UU hymnal.We will celebrate the earth with Jim's original songs and
readings along with his personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth
or "Gaia" being one living organism. Our "spiritual response" in word
and action is so timely now, as "the spirit of life on earth is in crisis."
Jim's uplifting songs provide the balance to the wake up call,
leaving us a vision and inspiration to take the healing into our own hands.
From his work with the Paul Winter Consort, where he was
co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass" Jim has
long been an activist for peace and the earth with his music.
Former Co Chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped
create the "Green Sanctuary" program. His "Earth and Spirit Songbook,"
supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism,
has been widely acclaimed by UU congregations.
Service Leader: Nancy McCormick
Special Offering:  Building Fund Sunday

February 9th

Dr. Lucas
"Tantric Hinduism: Using the Body and the World
as a pathway to Spiritual Liberation"
Service Leader: Kathi Smith
Special Offering: Scholarship Sunday

February 16th 

Sheila Csagoly
"Music of the Heart"
Hungarian Opera Singer will be singing "Love Songs"
to celebrate the Valentine's Day weekend.

Service Leader: Debbi Zill
Special Offering: HUM Sunday

February 23rd 
Jenny Nazak
"Personal and Planetary Benefits of Low-Footprint Living"

Service Leader: Rosa Lake
Special Offering: Special Projects

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


Looking Ahead to March 2020

March 1st

Kalen Fristad
"Reincarnation Means Never Having to Say
You're Dead"
Beyond believing in the existence of God and in life after death, 
what is one spiritual belief that has historically had more adherents than any of the major
religious faiths, and which has permeated virtually all cultures and
religions throughout recorded history, and does so yeet today?"  Surprise!!
It is reincarnation.

March 8th

Laura Chilkott
"International Women's Day"

March 15th

Rabbi Merrell Shapiro
"Separation of Church and State"
March 22nd

Rev. Richard ( Bud) Murphy

March 29th

Carmen Rivera


Upcoming Events
February 4th
Dream Circle

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 5th
Book Club
"Cell" by Stephen King
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 7th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

February 9th
Drum Circle

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

(Percussion Instruments available to borrow)

February 10th
CUUC Board Meeting
All are welcome
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 14th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

February 16th
Chess Club
All are welcome
3:00-when finished
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 17th
Worship committee
All are welcome
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 18th
Dream Circle

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

February 19th
Chalice Circle 1


Closed Group
New Group will be starting in September

February 21st
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

February 28th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

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

Upcoming Birthdays

February 5th-Chris Kaplan
February 10th- Laura Chilkott
February 12th- Nancy McCormick
February 15th-David Lang
February 21st-Al Fregin

March 1st- Sue Westerlund
March 3rd- Sharon Herr
March 6th-  Amber Smith
March 8th-  Pat Gadbaw
March 9th-  Kathy Dolan-Baker
March 11th-  Dana Jacobsen
March 13th- Donna Frank
March 19th- Laurel Moehring
March 26th- Ginny Fregin

President's Message

Greetings to All! 

As Unitarian Universalists, we hold that certain Truths are - Ahem-
Unimpeachable  - and that among these are the Absolute Rights of our fellow
human beings to: Access to Clean Water... Access to Health Care... Access
to the Means to Provide for one's most Essential Needs for Survival...
Access to Hospitality/Assistance in Times of Crisis and Transition from Tragedy.
To willfully or Purposely Deny another human being such Access is as
close to a Sin as we believe a person can Possibly Come... and Doing
So will Absolutely come with Consequences.

"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere." I type these words
of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the wake of Dana Jacobsen's
moving tribute to this spiritual leader's legacy on January 19th, in which
she brought us back to Dr. King's 'Letter From a Birmingham Jail' and
revealed how relevant his words, penned in 1963, remain Today. In a
simple Sunday morning message, Dana showed the commitment to
Truth and Justice at the root of Dr. King's decision-making and Activism,
which has continued to inspire countless others around the world to take
action, take to the streets, and take a stand for what they believe. Believing
in a better future that we have the power to shape with our actions is a factor
that motivates Dana, our tireless Newsletter publisher and Secretary of our
CUUC Board of Trustees, and me, to give freely of our time and resources to
this church. As we call for volunteers to help us make a Difference in the
community around us and in the larger world, we share the knowledge that
one person, one voice, one idea CAN make a difference that changes everything
  - we've seen the proof of this all our lives. As Dr. King so eloquently stated,
"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single
garment of destiny. Whatever Affects one Directly, Affects All Indirectly."

As Unitarian Universalists, we reject the rule of Bullies, and we reject
the attempts of others to force us to play the role of the Bullied and Oppressed.
The History of our churches and of our Nation is filled with the stories of leaders
who have blazed vivid trails for us to follow. We honor their memory and
ourselves by stepping into the path and speaking out on behalf of any who
are Oppressed, whose humanity is diminished by the reckless acts of
would-be tyrants. We sing the praises of Love and Understanding while
remaining Strong Advocates of the most abused individuals, those who
have had their voices silenced.

We stand with those who have been harmed by the effects of greed,
and wrath, and pride, and every other 'Deadly Sin' decried by our ancestors
in their efforts to build a more just, loving, and stable world to sustain
the generations to come.

And we stand with our people in Unitarian Universalist Congregation
s everywhere who refuse to accept the corrupt practices of 'Business
as Usual' which have thrown the very foundations of human society into
peril. The stakes could not be higher. If our species, and those with whom
we share this planet, are to Survive, Radical Changes Must Occur. The time
to act is NOW. The time to make our voices heard is NOW. The Earth and
her creatures depend upon it.

As your siblings, Dana and I depend upon it.
We invite you to answer the Call. 

Joe WolfArth 
President, Board of Trustees 

Scenes from CUUC

Kudos to Sonia Kling for working in our Butterfly Garden on Christmas Day!

Our musicians Eli & Bill Perras who provided a musical service on January 5th.

Book Club Participants(minus our photographer Kathi S.) who came to discuss Pete Buttigieg's "Shortest Way Home"

Climate Action Group meets every Friday at the Burger King Corner in NSB.

Cellist  Bryce Custer provided beautiful, live cello music on Sunday January 12th.

Talk Back  with somen of the congregation following Dr. Ann Lewis' presentation

Kathy Griffin displays the mat she wove out of plastic bags; she will donate this mat for use by a homeless individual..

Michael McGraw working to fix our Picnic Tables!

Cleaning up our Church property.  Thank you everyone who helped!
Spotlight on a Member
Nancy McCormick

 I grew up in Akron, Ohio and was active in the Methodist Church,
serving as Worship Chair for the N.E .Ohio District Methodist Youth Fellowship.
 I participated in speech work both at church and at my high school. 

 I was married at 16, had my first child at 17, and was divorced at 18.
 During this time, I finished high school.  I remarried at 18 and had five
children by the time I was 23.  At 28, when my youngest entered kindergarten,
I entered college.  Eight years later, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
in Education with a major in English Comprehensive and a minor in
Remedial Reading.  During this time, I also served as Vice President
of the P.T.A. at my children's elementary school and was the leader
of three different age level Girl Scout troops.

Upon graduation, I began substitute teaching and then secured
a position teaching Remedial Reading at a local high school.  In Akron, I also worked
for 1 year as a waitress, and in 1979 started work at a 24 Hour Drug Crisis Center as an
Emergency Services Counselor and eventually began developing
their volunteer training program.  .  At the same time, I was working
as a home Instructor for the school system.

My second marriage ended about this time and in the early 1980's
my mother, who had moved to Florida upon retiring from teaching,
became ill and I moved here to take care of her.

I had become a UU in 1980 and upon arriving in Florida found
my way to the Ormond Beach UU Fellowship, where
I remained until becoming a Founding Member of CUUC.

In Florida, I worked for United Way as head of
their volunteer hotline,  followed by being the Volunteer Coordinator
for a Crisis Center for young mothers at risk for child abuse.  I, also, worked
as Religious Education Director for a short time at the
OB UU Fellowship.  I finished my work years with 15 years
with the State of Florida, first helping people who were trying
to place loved ones in nursing homes.  Then, I qualified people
for Food Stamps, Medicaid, and cash assistance.  I retired in 2005.

My interests include reading, theater, and genealogy.

I have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
and family is important to me.

I believe it is important to be kind, to always continue
to learn, and to persist against wrong. 

Famous Unitarian Universalists

John L. Cashin Jr.
 American dentist, civil rights campaigner, and
politician. He was the founder and leader of the National
Democratic Party of Alabama.

The following is taken from the UUA website found at this link

One day in Alabama, in 1968, as farmers worked in their fields,
a small airplane swooped into view. The farmers looked up wonderingly
as papers fluttered out of the plane, into the sky and came swirling
down to earth all around them. The papers were flyers about the
upcoming elections—flyers with a picture of an eagle and the names
of the candidates the pilot of the airplane liked the best.

That pilot was John L. Cashin. He hoped those farmers would vote
for the candidates of the National Democratic Party, a political party
he founded to help African Americans run in Alabama's elections. He
wanted the farmers, and everyone else, to know that these
candidates, if elected, would use their positions in government to
make life better and more fair for the farmers, their families, and all
their neighbors.

John Cashin was not only a pilot, he was a dentist, too, and a
husband, and a father of three children. He himself had run for mayor
in his town, Hunstville, Alabama. He did not win. Later in his life, he
would run for governor of the state of Alabama. He didn't win that
election, either, but then again, he had not expected to win.

In those days in Alabama, African Americans had little chance of
winning public office. Even though about one third of Alabama's
people were Black, the Alabama state government had no elected
officials who were African American. Very few Blacks ran for election.
Very few Blacks could even vote in elections. They were kept away
by unfair laws—sometimes called "Jim Crow" laws—and by threats
of violence by white people who did not want their black neighbors to

So, with so little chance to win, why did John L. Cashin run for mayor,
and then for governor? Well, John was an activist who understood
the power of public witness. And he had made a promise when he
was 11 years old, to do whatever he could to get Blacks involved in
the political process and to speak out against the injustices that kept
them away. Every time John Cashin put his name on a ballot and his
picture on election posters and flyers, he caught the dreams of other
African Americans in Alabama. Campaign speeches gave him a
chance to make some noise for justice, and speak out against laws
that were not fair to African Americans.

When John Cashin formed the National Democratic Party, he chose
as its symbol, an eagle—the well-known symbol of American
freedom. With eagles printed all over their flyers and signs and
posters, the National Democratic Party made sure even blacks who
could not read could vote for justice-loving candidates, the ones with
the eagles by their names. Soon, African Americans in Alabama
were running for sheriff, city councils, and judgeships—and the
National Democratic Party helped get many get elected.

Cashin did not have to witness alone. His family, his Unitarian
Universalist congregation in Huntsville, Alabama, and many other
UUs and friends joined him. They came to his rallies, made their own
speeches to support him, and helped him raise money to run for
elections. Like John, they believed that to witness against the wrongs
committed against African Americans was an important way to show
their faith.

Over time in Alabama, more African Americans voted. More African
Americans ran for public office, and won. As more African Americans
became part of the Democratic and Republican parties, John
Cashin's National Democratic Party was less important for public
witness, and it was dissolved.

John Cashin died in 2011. We can be a new generation witnessing
for justice. Every time we speak up against a wrong or support
people to speak up for themselves, we are part of John Cashin's
legacy. He witnessed for the justice he wanted to see in his
community and in our nation—an America where everyone's vote is

Different Observances for the Month of February

February Full Month BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrates Black History and African American culture in the United States.

February 1- NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY:  Commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.

February 10- TU B’SHVAT • Jewish New Year's Day for Trees, and traditionally the first of the year for tithing fruit of trees. Now a day for environmental awareness and action, such as tree planting.

February 14- VALENTINE’S DAY: Celebrates the idea of romantic love.

February 15- NIRVANA DAY • Buddhist: Celebrates the day when the historical Buddha achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. Sometimes celebrated on February 8.

February 15- SUSAN B. ANTHONY DAY: A commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) and women's suffrage in the United States.

February 17- PRESIDENTS’ DAY: Honors all past presidents of the United States of America.'s_Birthday

February 20- WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: U.N. day to recognize efforts to achieve fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

February 22- MAHA SHIVARATRI • Hindu: Also called Shiva Ratri, the Great Night of Shiva, is a festival in reverence of the god Shiva. The festival is celebrated at the 13th night or 14th day of the waning moon in the Hindu calendar (month of February or March of the English calendar).

February 25 SHROVE TUESDAY • Western Christian: A day of penitence as well as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Carnival Day as this day is observed in many ways worldwide.

February 26- ASH WEDNESDAY • Western Christian: The first day of Lent for Western Christian churches, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter, not counting Sundays.

February 26–29- AYYÁM-I-HA OR INTERCALARY DAYS • Bahá’í :The Ayyám-i-ha, or “Days of Ha” are devoted to spiritual preparation for the fast, celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days, five in leap year, before the last month of the Bahá’í year by inserting days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar.

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

Book Club books for the Remainder of the Year are:
(Note there were two changes-see September & October)

February 5th

by Stephen King

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that
brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes.
Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell
victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

March 4th

by Michelle Obama

Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama
published in 2018.  Described by the author as a deeply personal experience,
the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her
time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother

April 1st

Ali in Wonderland: and Other Tall Tales
by Ali Wentworth

Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of
Tina Fey, and you get Ali in Wonderland, the uproarious, revealing,
and heartfelt memoir from acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth.
Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing
(and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her Seinfeld
“Schmoopie” days and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show
The View, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or baring the details
of starting a family alongside husband George Stephanopoulos, one
thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born
storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes
scandalous Ali in Wonderland.

May 6th

A God That could be Real
by Nancy Ellen Abrams 
(Spiritual & Science)

Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them:
too easily it can perpetuate conflict, vilify science, and undermine reason.
Nancy Abrams, a philosopher of science, lawyer, and lifelong atheist, is
among them. And yet, when she turned to the recovery community to face
a personal struggle, she found that imagining a higher power gave her a new
freedom. Intellectually, this was quite surprising.
June 3rd

Clara and Mr. Tiffany
by Susan Vreeland
(Historical Fiction)

Against the unforgettable backdrop of New York near the turn of the
twentieth century, from the Gilded Age world of formal balls and opera
to the immigrant poverty of the Lower East Side, bestselling author
Susan Vreeland again breathes life into a work of art in this extraordinary
novel, which brings a woman once lost in the shadows into vivid color.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
(Science Fiction)

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a
galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his
friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
 who, for the last fifteen years,
has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided
by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the
most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have")
and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.

August 5th

by Isabella Tree
(Non Fiction)

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed
Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with
the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical.
hey would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming
animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring
nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the
manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is
considered an affront?

In the face of considerable opposition the couple persisted with their
experiment and soon witnessed an extraordinary change. New life flooded
into Knepp, now a breeding hotspot for rare and threatened species like turtle
doves, peregrine falcons, and purple emperor butterflies.

The fabled English nightingale sings again.

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

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
her at with the subject lin "for Cuuc newsletter".
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