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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 are respectfully
requesting you wear a mask.
The Delta Variant of Covid has experts
concerned. 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.

 We will not offer food or drink at this time. You may bring your own
beverages but please refrain from drinking in the sanctuary. 
Please save your drinks for outside later.

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
as we return to church services in our
church building. 

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

 Email:   or
President's Message
Hello, Friends!

If you know me well you must know that I am a cinephile - I like movies. Last year (or the year before it?) I read the autobiography of Roger Ebert, the famous film critic; this summer I read the last book in a series he'd written entitled "100 Great Films..." In the foreword he pointed out that these books were Not Titled, "The 100 Greatest Films" - they were collections of his essays on films that he felt contained "greatness" - an ability to Move the audience and touch the souls of viewers in some way. These books were each intended to contain his essays on 100 movies.  Unfortunately the final installment is shorter because Roger Ebert didn't live long enough for him to complete an additional 100 essays (they're Not reviews in the strict sense...)

I got these books from the local Public Library, and I frequently check out movies there, too. Like Ebert, I have no problems with reading subtitles; foreign-language films often make me feel that I am immersed in another culture (this can happen even if the film is shot in an English-Speaking country like the U.S., but the principles are not speaking English in the film)... This summer I watched an Ingmar Bergman film entitled, "The Virgin Spring" in which a family deals with grief and loss.
Recently I watched a Norwegian film entitled, "Troubled Water" with an updated look at the same theme. 

In one scene two women who have just met end up sharing their deepest and most painful feelings and the experiences from which they arose - and continue to arise.
I was watching this with the full knowledge that in Scandinavian culture - famous for its close-lipped individuals - this kind of open revelation is generally considered "Taboo" - you just don't reveal your deepest pain to a "stranger" - feelings are supposed to be kept private - but one of the women is failing to do this - her emotions simply WILL NOT BE SUPPRESSED - and the other woman is willing to acknowledge this, and even to commiserate. I was kind of thrilled, honestly, thinking, 'I could be watching a Hollywood Blockbuster with chase scenes and unlikely scenarios - but instead I am watching a film with Real Drama, in which characters realistically expose their true emotions OnScreen. YES!' I felt Grateful.

Afterwards I reflected that my involvement with our church has enabled me to be a part of similar conversations - in which Real People have expressed their most Raw Emotions in confidence as a part of a group in which those feelings will be honored, and that expression will be supported; many times I have witnessed or participated in this. I Bless our church for allowing us to "Be Real" with one another in this way. I feel Grateful.

Recently I was sitting in the McDonald's nearest to our church, enjoying a Coffee Drink, when I overheard a conversation between two men which absolutely riveted me to my seat. A man in his 30s - maybe older - had entered, in the company of a girl who appeared to be 9 or 10 years old. He was a tall man, wiry and muscular, with facial hair and a beautiful head of dreadlocks (they were both African American); she had pretty beads woven into her platted hair, and wore a mask. They ordered and received food and sat down to eat. Then a younger man, also African American, entered and ordered food. He greeted the first guy, and it was evident that the two men knew one another by the friendly banter which ensued. Their conversation seemed quite banal, barely registering in my ears (I was seated with my back to both and not Trying to eavesdrop - but their voices were loud and clear) until I heard the older man asking the younger whether he still worked at a particular eatery (he didn't)... I might have tuned them out completely except for what I overheard Next. They were speaking about a very young man - still a teenager - who'd also worked at this eatery - who had contracted the COVID-19 Virus - becoming gravely ill, requiring hospitalization and oxygen... and had died as a result of contracting the virus. This raised my eyebrows. THEN the two men listed others that each had known who had died from COVID-19. I shook my head sadly. I know people who have contracted it, and most of the Members of our congregation could name at least one person if not several people who have been hospitalized with this virus; but I personally am unaware of anybody that I know who has lost their life to it... these two individuals each could name several.

The Next thing I overheard absolutely floored me. The younger man asked the older one, "Have you had 'the Shot?'" [I interpreted this as a Vaccination] and the older man answered, "Naw... man, I'm Scared of that!" He hesitated very briefly before asking, "You?!" And the younger man replied, "I'm scared of it, too!"I thought, 'I better not turn around right now because I am probably white as a sheet - from shock!' 

Things I could SAY began to pass through my mind; every time I thought of something, I considered the stories in the news about the "Ken and Karen" people - who interject their unasked and unwanted opinions onto others in a public place - and how abhorrent I typically find such behavior. 'Who am I,' I wondered, 'to think I have a right to admonish grown adults in public about their Healthcare Decisions?' Yet I was scandalized by what I had overheard.

Recently an acquaintance described a conversation with a relative who has become decidedly "Anti-Vaxx" - she said, "We both knew, going into the conversation, that neither of us was likely to change the other's mind on this subject. I just really wanted to Understand how she had come to hold her opinion. On that count I received some satisfaction, although I am genuinely concerned for her health and safety. This virus is not going anywhere. Those of us who have been vaccinated have at least got a much better chance of surviving it, if you ask me."

I could not have conceived a way to ask those two men how they had arrived at their decisions to avoid a potentially life-saving vaccine. But I know that there are many people out there in the world who share their perspectives. I also believe that there are many millions in other nations who would very much like to have a Vaccination as soon as possible. The old dinner-time chastisement, "Eat your supper, kids - there are children elsewhere who are starving!" comes to mind now [and the smart-alecks who replied, "Give it to THEM, Then!"] - maybe our nation needs to increase our Giving - of Vaccines, too...

I pray that we will be able to look back at the present time in history one day as members of a species which Survived its own worst possibilities... but the actions we take Today will be of Critical Importance if we are ever going to arrive at such a future!


Joe WolfArth
President, Board of Trustees
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
New Smyrna Beach, FL


October 11th

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.

October 3rd

Sarah E. Krejci, Ph.D
Bethune Cookman University
"Climate Change"
Service Leader: Steve Baker


October 10th

Rev. Mark Spivey
Title: "How to Remain CALM in the Storms of Life" 
The talk examines the true nature of our planet and our lives: change.
While few like it when things change, our lives depend upon it! This
presentation offers tips on how to enjoy both the expected and
unexpected changes in our lives in this world. 

Service Leader::Audrey Barcelo

Octobber 17th

Abdullah Smith
Islamic Center of Daytona Beach
 “Showing Gratitude To Our Lord”

In this presentation, we will cover the following points:
• Our Creator is our Lord
• Why gratitude is necessary 
• The connection between gratitude and worship
Service Leader: Rosa Lake

October 24th

Jack Koppelman, Esq.

"Our Life in Mexico"
Jack will talk about his personal experiences living and traveling in Mexico
beginning in 1982 with a weeks visit to La Paz, Baja California, living in
San Miguel de Allende with his wife and children for 5 months in 1999
 and in Ajijic -Chapala, Mexico for 6 years 2004 - 2010.  

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

October 31st

Joe WolfArth
Recent Speakers in the CUUC pulpit have addressed the inevitability
of Death. CUUC Board of Trustees President, Joe WolfArth asks the question
"How Much Power Can We Really Have Over Our Own Demise/"  Join us for exploration 
and discussion of this topic!

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


Looking Ahead to November's Services ***
November 7th- Tret Fure-Musical Program
November 14th-William P. Lazarus
November 21st-Rev. Mark Spivey
November 28th-Carmen Rivera
***Please check the calendar for the most up-to-date service information.

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

October 6th
Book Club
Discussion of  "Love in the Time of Cholera"

Lost Lagoon Restaurant, NSB
Social Distancing Observed/ Bring your Mask
5:00 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

October 11th
Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00  p.m
CUUC Church
403 West St.

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

   Field Trip!

As you all probably know, the recently completed statue
of Mary McCloud Bethune, destined for our nation’s Capitol,
will be spending over three months here in Daytona 
I am organizing a field trip to visit it at the News Journal Center
on Beach Street in October.  
Additionally, I’m hoping we can go locally to eat soul food. 
I’ve found a restaurant I’d like to try, Soul Foods, 456 S. MLK Blvd. 
Three choices: 
1.  You’d like to go on the field trip, but just to the NJ Center 
2.  You’d like to see the statue and go to dinner afterward. 
3.  You’d like to go with me to check out the restaurant.
 Please let me know your interest via email:

Connie Baker

October Birthdays
10/2 Dan Herr
10/4 Charlotte St. John
10/6 David Herr
10/13 Terry Butts
November Birthdays
11/5 Linda McGraw
11/22 Anna Grainger
11/23 Libby Hildebrandt

November 6th Garage Sale

The CUUC Yard Sale is officially scheduled for Saturday, November
6 to be held on the grounds at the church. We are ready to accept
donations so we can have a successful fundraiser. 

We will need a lot of "stuff" as things sell really cheap at a sale like this. I
already have some nice donations and have begun to organize things by
category. You can bring your things to Sunday service and take them to
the back room after the service.

We also have some storage space in the shed for items that can be boxed
and small furniture,  Large items we can post online before the sale.  For
information or pick up call me, Barbara Mars 407-353-9444. 
I will need volunteers before and on the day of sale.  I will have a list
posted at the back of the church, or call me.
Barbara Mars
Spotlight on New Members

Kathy Parker

I was born in Atlanta 70 years ago and lived in 5 southern states since my father worked for Coca-Cola and was regularly transferred. I grew up as a Southern Baptist, transitioned to United Methodist and had a brief stint with a Unity Church but continued to question, listen, learn & search and now find Unitarian Universalism the right place to continue that process. Thankfully, my husband, Michael, and I share this journey.
I attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, and transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill where I graduated with a degree in Art Education. I taught at High Schools in Cary & Durham, NC for 10 years. I met Michael teaching at Cary High School. We married in 1976 & have 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild with another due in December. We moved to the coast of NC in 1988 and lived there until the summer of 2020. We were ‘snowbirds’ in Edgewater for 11 years until our permanent move here last summer. I don’t recommend relocating during a pandemic! We’re happy to be here, though.
I’ve continued to be involved in the visual arts, concentrating on various forms of painting and photography. I do mixed media acrylic painting presently and have my work displayed at The Hub on Canal. I’m also involved with The Artists’ Workshop. I’m thrilled to be in an area with such great arts organizations.
Some of my favorite things are reading (Louise Penny is a favorite); walking, biking and yoga; British tv; facetiming with grandkids; our community Book Club; Open Minds discussion group at Coronado Methodist Church; & most of all spending time with my best friend/husband.
I’m thrilled to be a part of a church community that respects and loves all people rather than judging and deciding who’s worthy and who’s not. I have a lot to learn about CUUC but I’m excited to be able to do that. I’ve also recently gotten interested in F.A.I.T.H. and I hope to be able to contribute in some way there.

Mike Parker

I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After high school, I attended NC State University where I received my BS and MS degrees. I worked for the State of NC as a teacher in high school, technical school, and the university for thirteen years. I later held both administrative and engineering positions in plant operations and management at the university and in the public schools for remainder of my service before retiring in 1994. 


Coastal living is in my blood as I enjoy fishing as my primary sport. My other activities include reading, riding my motorcycle, and traveling. Both fishing and motorcycling provide me with my time of peace and meditation. Traveling is primarily used for our time of visitation for our three children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren spread over 5 states.


In 2009, my wife(Kathy) and I bought a winter retreat in Edgewater after spending seven winters in the Keys and loved it here. We decided in 2018 that we wanted to move permanently and so in the spring of 2020 we did. For me, it was changing my home state (NC) for the first time in 76 years.


I came from a Methodist background but switched to Baptist and then back to Methodist when my wife and I were married. Over time, and with much study and examination, we became disillusioned with mainstream christianity and later found a Unity church to our liking that met both our needs. When we moved to Florida, we attended two different Unity congregations but neither seemed to fit. Last year, we attended CUUC twice before the pandemic shut down services and were impressed. During the shutdown, we watched the services on the YouTube and continued our personal spiritual studies including books on UU and decided that UU philosophy actually fit our own. Thus we have not missed a service since the July 2021 resumption of services and are very happy to be a part of the membership.



Twenty million acres of Florida’s wetlands are gone.
Nine hundred manatees have starved to death in seven months.
Our waters are poisoned. The registered voters of Florida
can save our remaining wetlands from destruction,
guarantee clean water as a human right, preserve iconic
species and their habitat, stop the construction of toll roads
through our conservation lands, and prohibit captive wildlife
hunting. is a non-partisan effort seeking to put five
conservation amendments on our 2022 ballot.
must achieve 900,000 Florida registered voter signatures
for each petition  by November 30, 2021.  If the five ballot
amendments pass, our Constitution will be amended to
establish a foundation for all laws to follow; the protection
of our waters and wildlife.

We can be our own hero’s. Please go go
  Print off five petitions.  Fill them out with your name,
address and birth date. Sign, date and mail them in.
Tell everyone you know. Save Florida.

Michele Moen
Different Observances for the Month of October

A campaign to unite communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying 
Recognizes the contributions of workers with disabilities. 

October- Full Month: LGBT HISTORY MONTH
Marks and celebrates the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender
people in the United States.

Marked on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement
and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, a U.N commemoration
promoting the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace,
tolerance and understanding.

Held annually to commemorate teacher organizations worldwide.'_Day

October 6–14- NAVARATRI • Hindu:
Nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It worships God in the form of
the universal mother commonly referred to as Durga, Devi or Shakti, and marks the start of

October 11 -COMING OUT DAY:
Encourages honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Commemorates October 11, 1987, when 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, for
gay and lesbian equality.

October 11- INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY (Native American Day):
Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.
[The second Monday of October is also marked as a U.S. federal holiday, Columbus Day.
Many people are opposed to the celebration of a man who led and committed atrocities
against Indigenous people. Some states and cities in the U.S. have officially changed the
day to Indigenous People’s Day. Similarly, it is celebrated as Día de la Raza, “Day of the
Race”, in Spanish-speaking countries and communities.]'_Day

October 15- DUSSEHRA/DASSERA • Hindu:
Anniversary of the day when Rama killed the evil demon Ravana. Also known as Durga
Puja, which celebrates the goddess Durga.

Call to action for the eradication of poverty and destitution worldwide.
October 18 MAWLID AL-NABI (Also known as MILAD AL-NABI) • Islamic (Sunni)
The observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, which is celebrated
in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Shi’a Muslims celebrate it five
days later than Sunni Muslims.

October 23- MAWLID AL-NABI (Also known as MILAD AL-NABI) • Islamic (Shi’a):
The observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, which is celebrated
in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Sunni Muslims celebrate it five
days earlier than Shi’a Muslims.

Commemorates the founding of the world organization in 1945.

October 31- HALLOWEEN:
The eve of All Saints’ Day.
October 31- REFORMATION DAY • Christian:
Commemorates the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

This list was taken from the Anti-Defamation League found at this link:

Free Little Library
Coming in 2022

Or something similar.  We plan to install a curbside weather
proof box with free books as a community outreach.  We also
plan to revive our own library for our use and also as additional 
outreach.  The books can cover a wide range of subjects such as spirituality, social justice,
environmental issues and the natural world, history and historical novels,
self help and inspirational type books, science and philosophy.  Also magazines
such as Spirituality Today, Mother Earth News, The Sun, Recycle, Spirituality
and Health, Lion's Roar, Smithsonian, National Geographic
and other worthwhile publications.

Contact Barbara Mars at 407 353 9444.
Just for Fun

October Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Oct 1    Friday    International Coffee Day
Oct 1    Friday    Balloons Around the World Day
Oct 1    Friday    World Smile Day
Oct 2    Saturday    Card Making Day
Oct 2    Saturday    Phileas Fogg Wager Day
Oct 4    Monday    Taco Day
Oct 5    Tuesday    Chic Spy Day
Oct 6    Wednesday    Mad Hatter Day
Oct 7    Thursday    Frappé Day
Oct 8    Friday    Pierogi Day
Oct 9    Saturday    Astronomy Day
Oct 9    Saturday    Curious Events Day
Oct 10    Sunday    Handbag Day
Oct 11    Monday    It's My Party Day
Oct 12    Tuesday    Old Farmers Day
Oct 12    Tuesday    Ada Lovelace Day
Oct 13    Wednesday    International Skeptics Day
Oct 15    Friday    I Love Lucy Day
Oct 16    Saturday    Sweetest Day
Oct 16    Saturday    Dictionary Day
Oct 17    Sunday    Wear Something Gaudy Day
Oct 18    Monday    Chocolate Cupcake Day
Oct 18    Monday    National Clean Out Your Virtual Desktop Day
Oct 20    Wednesday    International Sloth Day
Oct 21    Thursday    Count your Buttons Day
Oct 22    Friday    Caps Lock Day
Oct 23    Saturday    Mole Day
Oct 24    Sunday    Bologna Day
Oct 25    Monday    Sourest Day
Oct 26    Tuesday    Howl at the Moon Day and Night
Oct 27    Wednesday    American Beer Day
Oct 28    Thursday    International Animation Day
Oct 29    Friday    Internet Day
Oct 30    Saturday    Candy Corn Day
Oct 31    Sunday    Magic Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

William Howard Taft
President, Chief Justice
September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930

 William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for reelection by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice, a position he held until a month before his death.

Please read this entry, from which this  was copied.
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Remaining Book Club Picks for 2021

October 6th
Love in the Time of Cholera -
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When
Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is
heartbroken, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away
the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at
last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four
days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

November 3rd 
 Good Morning Midnight
by Lily Brooks Dalton (science fiction)

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has
lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At
his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event
arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to
abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a
mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight
from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space,
and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a
marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control
falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever
get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful
landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected
conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important
questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our
December 1st
by Isabel Wilkerson - (non fiction/civil liberties/rights)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines
the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today
are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

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