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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
President's Message
Greetings Friends!

Thoughts again turn to the dead English legend Charles Dickens, whose immortal words continue to stir me:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness... it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity... it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair... we had nothing before us... we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the Other Way..."

Dickens used the words above to open his novel, "A Tale of Two Cities" - a "potboiler" about the French Revolution. His intent appears to have been to display the ways that difficult and challenging situations draw out the best - and the worst - in people. If you are keeping up with the news, the parallels to our life today seem inescapable. Humans are being called out to show up as their Best Selves - I want to be remembered as having succeeded in this aim - don't you?

Many of us are finding it possible to "push the ReSet Button" in our lives, and separate ourselves from others and the world at large by Self-Isolating, while others are venturing out into the world to be of service as necessary agents - "essential workers" - CEOs and Administrators are sitting at home while truck drivers, grocery store employees, pharmacy staff, and perhaps most importantly, health care facility staff - doctors, nurses, technicians and support professionals - including - yes, those "Disinfecting Angels" on the HouseKeeping Services Teams of hospitals and clinics everywhere - are suited up each day to head out to the "front lines" - the places where COVID-19 and its deadly effects are being witnessed firsthand every day. 

"May God bless us, every one." This wee prayer from the lips of Tiny Tim - Dickens' metaphor, perhaps, for the child inside each of us - still resonates. May God bless us and keep us. May God Bless and Keep YOU.

How many have found comfort and joy in the simple act of communication - reaching out to family and friends - some far away - some separated by time more than distance? When you hear the voice of a person again after months or years of separation, does it not thrill you, too?
Are you at points overwhelmed by the fact that someone who had seemed to be 'Lost to the Sands of Time' has reached out to YOU? Taken time to contact you in spite of everything that is going on - or perhaps Because of Everything!

My boss, Judy, called me to see how I was getting by. She asked me, "Are there alot of people taking advantage of the [newly renovated] park across the street from your home?" I answered, "Yes. People are outside walking and bicycling and exercising, and the boat ramp is very busy these days." She said, "Well, gas is cheap now, and I guess you can't fit too many people in the average boat - just the ones you really want should suffice!" 
And I replied, "Yes, and I suspect that this is one of those things - people who have been telling themselves, 'One Day, I am going to get that boat out on the water' - are realizing that 'One Day' is NOW. Now is what we HAVE. This Moment." And we both fell silent for a minute because we have often shared this thought with our customers in the Metaphysical store.

I have discovered that even the most mundane communications - for example, just talking for a moment with the cashier in the grocery store - apparently 'Safe' behind mask, gloves and a plexiglass shield - can be meaningful interactions. 

The connections we share with others enliven and enlighten our days - whether we are putting away groceries or "Spring Cleaning" our homes, or planting a garden, washing the car, raking up leaves... or Working, performing those "essential tasks" that our society depends upon.

Friends reach out to inquire, "How you holding up? How is your life treating you? How is your family doing in the swirl of these days?" And in doing so, we Share the Responsibility for meeting the challenges that life is presenting us with. It is, perhaps, the simplest form of Communion, recognizing our covenant of choice, to stand strong Together, protecting and healing one another, interdependently, as a microcosm of the web of life that surrounds us all.

The World Health Organization is now recommending that we switch over to using the term, "Physical Distancing" instead of "Social Distancing" - because humans are a species - like our cousins in the primate group - that feel a distinct Need for social interaction... and if we are too isolated our tolerance for change and our resources for adaptation become worn thin. 
However, humans can more easily today fulfill our need for Social Interaction with technology's assistance. 

Please Call the church phone number - (386) 308-8080 - and ask for assistance - if we can help you figure out how to get "Connected" with us for a Sunday Morning OnLine Worship Service! 
We can "walk you through the steps!"
Or feel free to call for any other reason.
I am carrying our church's cell phone - and I DO Return Calls!
Our church community is Living Proof that we Can "Socialize" remotely while we maintain the Physical Distance that will keep us "Safe!"

I remember when the news reports about "the novel Coronavirus" began to occur with regularity - in March - at work, Judy warned me, "People who know you, Joe, will want to Hug you - you know this is True! And you are going to have to stand firm and say, 'I'm sorry but that's not allowed right now. Please don't ask me this. I value my job, don't make me risk it!' - Can you manage that, Joe? It's for all of us - for our own Good!" And I stared at her for a minute, and then I burst out laughing. "Judy, of course I can do this! Don't worry - I've got this!" But I know that she sees a trait in me - a desire to comfort others - that made her feel this conversation was necessary. And she is right - I DO Feel Pulled to Comfort and Reassure those around me. I think it's in my DNA - and for this I am Grateful!

The other day, a good friend sent me a "Virtual Hug" in a comment to a FaceBook Post. I Savored that Virtual Hug - knowing that - for now - it's as close as I can get to a "real" - physical - hug... but as the experts know, we create our own reality In Our Minds - so these Virtual Hugs ARE "REAL" - as Real as we Allow them to Be.
I can send them out to folks around the world. Will you join me?

Every day I pray for Healing, Serenity and Peace in all the corners of the globe. 
Feel free to Join Me in This, Too - in whatever way or form you find acceptable!


Joe WolfArth

A Month of Sundays

Our March & April services were presented live 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 May and June service 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.

May 3rd

June Litowitz and Candace Uyttewaal
"Yoga and Spirituality"

May 10th

Attorney Richard Graham speaking about "Beneath a Ruthless Sun"  by Gilbert King

"Beneath a Ruthless Sun" is a true story of violence, racism and injustice in Florida's Lake County, where Sheriff Willis McCall ruled from 1944 to 1972.  As a young attorney, Richard Graham played a significant role is seeing that justice was done.
Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

May 17th

Dana Jacobsen
"The Social and Political Writings of Dr. Seuss-
a Man who is not without Controversy"

May 24th

Laurel Moehring
"Sacred Geometry" 

We'll learn about a variety of sacred geometry symbols and look
at ways we can use them in our spiritual practice.
Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth

May 31st

 Gaia and Kurtland Davies
Questions and lessons from The Great Confinement
In a recent Zoom gathering of UU Soul Matters leaders, someone used the term
“The Great Confinement.”  We liked the idea of using a name for this moment in
time that might give it greater meaning, and perhaps a more positive slant.  We
remember that one meaning of confinement is the time to get ready to give birth. 
We have found that while we have been less social, we have been more
introspective.  Sure, some days we have just been lazy, or even downhearted.  But
some days, new and different perspectives have bubbled up and seem to be
moving us a little farther along that great, wandering, hilly road to enlightenment. 
We would like to share with you a few of the interesting ideas and questions that
now intrigue us.  Please come prepared to share yours.  
Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo
Looking Ahead to June's Services

June 7th - Dr. Jim Shoopman
June 14th- Mark Winwood
June 21st- Dr. Sanghi- Animal Spirit Guides & Totems
June 28th- Gay Pride Program

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

Wednesday May 6th
via Zoom
Invitation to members to follow via email

 BookTopic: A God That Could be Real
Nancy Ellen Abrams


Upcoming Birthdays
May 5th-Terry Bishop
May 6th- Suzanne Ronneau
May 18th- Faith Madore
May 21st- Michele Moen

June 7th-Debbi Zill
June 22nd- Julia Zakrewsky


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
203 641-2608      
In Memory

Dr. Harold L. “Hal” Shoemaker died Monday, April 6, after a lengthy illness complicated by pneumonia.   He was born in Pennsylvania in 1941, and he and Janina had become year round resident s of Titusville in 2016.  He crossed the bridge in Hospice.

Hal had a varied career, in business, management, and as an 18-wheeler cross country driver. However he loved learning and began his college education at community college, and concluded his Ph.D at The University  of Tennessee, (Knoxville) in 1998, and immediately began teaching Human Resource Management .  Dr. Shoemaker was an online adjunct professor for Colorado State University, Global Campus.

The Shoemakers met while members of First Unitarian Church of Orlando and combined their families in Binghamton, NY.  Hal co-founded  (with Janina) Gretna Little Theatre in Virginia, played lower brass in community bands, a skill learned as a bandsman in the Army.  His character came from a life-long interest in motorcycling, and he rode his Harley as recently as February. A member of the American Legion, he was chaplain for a time with the Motorcycle Club of Titusville, Post 1. He is survived by two sons, and a daughter, and three step-daughters.

Due to the Corona pandemic, a memorial will be planned for summer, and his ashes will be placed in Canaveral Veteran Cemetery near Scottsmoor.



How are you doing in your isolation?  How’s your mental health?  Does solitude put you above the fray like Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, meditative/contemplative; or do you equate more to a rat confined to a cage, trapped/alone; or perhaps at differing times, you feel like both?  Isn’t it funny as socially polarized as we were before the pandemic, now we yearn to get back to “normal”. 


In this dark time in our history, I’ve observed some bright spots which I want to share with you: 

Happily the earth is having a critically needed, though too brief, respite from man-made assault!

We have wisely realigned our value system.  A gift of toilet paper is now perceived more generous than tickets to the opera.  A once thought humble grocery delivery job is now considered a vital link in the food chain.  Healthcare workers are our heroes because whatever their job - emptying the trash bin or the bed pan or performing brain surgery - they risk their lives by just going to work! 

At this moment in history, how lucky we are to be able to stay in touch.  Though we crave human contact and ZOOM, Facetime, etc. are poor substitutes, how more alone we’d be without that wonder technology!

We’ve have time to consciously be more empathetic, generous, and kind.  I’m sure you’ve heard numerous times this statement - “We’re all in this together”.  Whether it’s maintaining social distancing, hosting a virtual cocktail party, making contact with family, friends or acquaintances, or offering to help; most of us have shown the better side of ourselves! 

We’ve had time to consider our priorities.  Whether it’s an increased love and appreciation for family, friends, church, pets, or whatever else might be important in your life, this pandemic has allowed time to treasure those important things even more! 

As for our church, I think we can all agree on what is most important.  It’s not just about being together in a building; it’s caring about the people that come through the door.  People are the heart of our church.  So in this time of isolation and beyond, let’s reach out to each other.  Let’s care about each other even more than we did before.  You have the time now to make a telephone call or send an email or write a letter.  Whatever you do to stay connected, remember it’s the reaching out that’s most important.  It’s a guaranteed remedy for feelings of isolation! 

Kathi Smith


Famous Unitarian Universalists


Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882
American Essayist , Lecturer, Philosopher, Poet

The following Information was taken from:

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803-April 27, 1882) began his career as a Unitarian minister but went on, as an independent man of letters, to become the preeminent lecturer, essayist and philosopher of 19th century America. Emerson was a key figure in the "New England Renaissance," as an author and also through association with the Transcendental Club, the Dial and the many writers—notably Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and Margaret Fuller—who gathered around him at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. Late in life his home was a kind of shrine students and aspiring writers visited, as on a pilgrimage. He and other Transcendentalists did much to open Unitarians and the liberally religious to science, Eastern religions and a naturalistic mysticism.

 Additional link:
Different Observances for the Month of May

May- Full Month -ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Recognizes the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievements of American Jews.

May 1- Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan: It is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.

May 1- INTERNATIONAL WORKER’S DAY:    Also known as May Day, it celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers worldwide. The day commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, in which police and protesters clashed following a workers’ strike for an eight-hour work day.'_Day


Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

May 5 -CINCO DE MAYO:  In 1862 Mexican forces defeated French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla.

May 7 -VISAKHA PUJA • BuddhistAlso known as Vesak or Buddha Day, it marks the birth, spiritual awakening and death (nirvana) of the historical Buddha. (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

May 10- MOTHER’S DAY: 
Children of all ages show appreciation for their mothers and mother figures.

May 12- LAG B’OMER • Jewish:
 Celebrates the end of a divine-sent plague and/or Roman occupation during Rabbi Akiva’s lifetime (died c. 135 CE).

May 19- LAILA AL-QADR • Islamic:   
Commemorates the night that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “Night of Power.” Often set on the 27th day of Ramadan, Sunnis may observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th and Shīʿite (Shiite) observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd day of Ramadan.

May 21- ASCENSION DAY • Christian: Celebrated 40 days after Easter/Pascha, it commemorates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.

May 21- NOWRÚZ • Zoroastrian: A traditional ancient Iranian festival celebrating the first day of Spring and the Iranian New Year. Also celebrated as New Year’s Day in Baha’i tradition (Naw-Ruz). (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

May 21- WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable society based on mutual respect.

May 23- DECLARATION OF THE BÁB • Bahá’íCommemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith, announced in Shíráz, Persia, that he was the herald of a new messenger of God.

May 24- EID AL-FITR • Islamic:   The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

May 25- MEMORIAL DAY: A federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

bservance of the anniversary of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

May 29–30- SHAVUOT • Jewish  The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

May 31- PENTECOST • Christian:  Also known as Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter/Pascha commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus. Marks the birth of the Christian Church.

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:

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

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

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