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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!

As I type this it's a little after 3 in the morning and it's raining softly outside of my kitchen windows. It seems a very appropriate time to reflect upon the lessons that the COVID-19 Pandemic seems to be teaching us.

I am saddened by news of all those who have died, whose shining lights have been extinguished, whose stories must now be told by those who remain and who will remember. 

I am significantly less saddened by the 'golden opportunities' that had appeared to be waiting just around the corner for us which have now ceased to excite human minds; as a 'realist,' I aim to live in the present moment. What had appeared as a shimmering possibility in our PRE-COVID World may never have been more than a mirage, smoke and mirrors in a soft, unclouded sky.

By contrast, my heart sings in exultation for all those who have seized the very real opportunities to make things better for others (& by extension, for themselves) through acts of compassion, generosity and Goodwill in these troubled times. The saying, "Charity Begins at Home" has never been more true for Me. Thanks to the kindness of 2 of our "church ladies" - Dana Jacobsen and Karen Guthrie-Bigham - I was outfitted with enough hand-sewn cloth masks (and filters!) to return to my workplace [our Bosses reOpened the store on May 7th] feeling much better prepared for the experience of being a "vulnerable adult" potentially exposed to a lethal viral threat, as I simply performed the necessary tasks pertaining to my Retail Sales Job in the midst of this Pandemic... in a state whose governor reportedly wanted coroners to hide the death count related to the spread of COVID-19 (in what history may judge to be a misguided attempt to strengthen Florida's economy)... 
I am saddened to note that after just a few days back in my workplace I was already observing that only about 20% of our customers were masked. 
Taking into account that I work in a Metaphysical Store (and that my boss himself, despite his age and health concerns, refused to wear a mask, saying, "If I catch it, I catch it; if I survive it, I survive it") I  must acknowledge that for many people, "Reality" consists of what they believe is true and little else. Therefore I know that my being masked must have aroused unwelcome thoughts and feelings in some. But at the end of the day, I am not responsible for the thoughts or feelings of anyone but myself.

Our esteemed UUA President - the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray - has informed the leaders of UU Congregations that [particularly in the absence of an as-yet-undeveloped Vaccine or effective known treatment(s) for COVID-19], our UU Congregations should prepare for what may turn out to be another 12 months of "Virtual Church Services" - since meeting face-to-face 'in community' with one another may well be a Life-Threatening Proposition for some congregants. 

In my own case, I don't know whether the "cold" I had in March was Really a "cold" or a case of COVID-19 with relatively mild symptoms; furthermore, I don't know whether I could transmit the virus to someone else (even at this point in time) or whether the presence of Antibodies - IF Accurately Detected - would in fact represent any immunity from catching COVID-19 "Again" Even IF I Had It Before! 
I don't know about ANY of the Above because NOBODY KNOWS - and while some of the best scientific minds in the world are still working to unravel these mysteries, I believe that the "best" thing I can do for now is to keep wearing a mask in public (especially at work), maintain physical distance from others, and continue to Pray for Healing, Serenity, Peace and Love to guide us all ("through the hard night" - as it says in one of my favorite hymns in our UU Hymnal, "Love Will Guide Us.")

I could wish no better for anyone that I Love - including my "Church Family" from CUUC as well as the growing list of Other Unitarian Universalists who have been helping me keep the Magic alive in my own life & keep my eyes open to the Beauty that Continues to Astound Me - every day that I Live and Breathe. May we All Know as Much Joy as Our Hearts Can Hold and the Days Can Provide. How I Wish I could send a Virtual Hug to Everyone Who Reads This! I Hold You in my Heart.

For CUUC, the days become somewhat Less Anxious as our leadership adapts to "life in the time of COVID" - our Board of Trustees has hired an "I.T. Specialist," Ms. Melissa Rosenquist Ulakovic, who is now putting together our Sunday Morning Worship Service PowerPoint Presentation Programs for us [a job that Primordial Volunteer Debbi Zill was only too grateful to "let go" of after Months of work - and with no end in plain sight!]; our BOT is "pleased as punch" to welcome Melissa aboard and to affirm, "Rest assured, Melissa's expertise will greatly aid us in the months to come." She will be worth every penny that her services will cost us. Which brings me to the point of requesting that everyone Please Remember that your Pledges and Contributions KEEP CUUC GOING - whether OnLine OR 'in-person' (Whenever That Can Happen Again Safely) - so please remember to Send Them To: P.O. Box 238063, Port Orange FL 32123-8063 And Help Our CHURCH Survive this Pandemic!

ALSO Due to the changing expectations for the near future, it is of Vital Importance to our Worship Committee that we locate and train [the training will be much easier than anticipated, for most - especially with Melissa Around] OnLine Service Leaders AND Sunday Service Monitors (who will be "Co-Hosts" for the Service - Public Speaking NOT Required!) to help us continue to successfully "Roll Out" each week's OnLine Program. Since "Tireless Debbi" has given up the position of Worship Committee Chair [Surprise! She was Exhausted!] the NEED for Your Help has Grown! Please Call [or Text-Message!] Me - JOE - at  (386) 308-8080 to discuss Volunteer opportunities! I'd Love to Hear From You!

Our Board of Trustees has also delayed the Annual Meeting (Regularly Scheduled for each May at CUUC) due to the COVID-19 Pandemic... Obviously we will need to figure out a way to hold it OnLine... but I can tell you right now that we Absolutely Need a Treasurer and a Vice President for this church's BOT... These Roles are of Critical Importance to the ongoing success of our organization and the positions Must Be Filled! [SIGH... Between you and me  - "Gentle Reader" (as Judith Martin - aka "Miss Manners" - used to say) - part of the reason I agreed to run for BOT President was that I Know I'd be a Terrible Treasurer! LoL! Every member of our lovely congregation has Unique Gifts. Won't you agree to use some of Yours to Better Our Church?]

As current public health situations continue to reshape the ways our church operates - and the ways in which it can fulfill its mission by helping people who seek a "Spiritual Home" - a place of Sanctuary, Serenity, Peace and Connection - it feels like Now - more than ever before  - I need to remember Often to take a deep breath and Center Myself. To Steal Another Inspirational Quote from our Hymnal: 
I am only ONE, but I am SomeOne. I shall endeavor to Do the SomeThing that I can DO.

Be Well.

Joe WolfArth

Joe WolfArth

A Month of Sundays

Our May 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  June and July 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.

June 7th

Dr. Jim Shoopman, Professor at ERAU
“The Problem of Forgiveness and Justice” 
Dr. Jim Shoopman will be leading us in a meditation on the problem
of our two competing impulses – the need for forgiveness, to get it and
receive it, alongside our hunger for justice in dangerously imperfect world.

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

June 14th

Mark Winwood, Buddhist
"What's in a Word, Karma"

Service Leader:Rosa Lake

June 21st

Dr. Don Zanghi
"How To Find Your Animal Spirit Guides and Totems"

Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth

June 28th

 Connie Baker
 Streaming of  UUA General Assembly 
More information to follow

Looking Ahead to July's Services

July 5th - Steve Baker
July 12th- Joe Wolfarth "What is Your Version of Utopia"
July 19th- Dr. Tom Cook
July 26th- Rev. Kathy Tew-Rickey
Worship News

  There is a Great need for "Monitors" for the Sunday Zoom Services.  This is not hard to do, it requires you to be present for the Zoom Sunday Service from start to finish.
   Duties are:  After you have logged into the service you will be made a Co-Host. You then will click on the "Participant" Icon to bring up the list to see the people that are on at that time.

  Right before the service starts you will "check" the box below the list that says "Mute All".  During the service you will leave this box on your screen to make sure no one "unmutes" them selves because it disrupts the service. If you hear background noise, you will check the list to see if someone "unmuted" them selves.  If they did, you just "mute" them again. When the service has ended you unmute everyone and your part is done. 

   Right now there is only 1 person doing this job every week, with two others when then can. If anyone gets sick or can not attend a service we won't be able to run it.  I am not asking for you do this every week, but the more that help the less anyone has to do. 
  If you are enjoying the services presented at this time of uncertainty then PLEASE Step Up and help so we can continue to bring the services to you and others. It should not be expected for only a few to do this every week.
  Contact Debbi at or Sharon at and we will work with you on a date for you to be the Monitor. 

Thank You,

Debbi Zill
Worship Chair & VP

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

Wednesday June 3rd
via Zoom
Invitation to members to follow via email

 BookTopic: Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Susan Vreeland
(Historical Fiction)

Movie and Discussion

Email church email for more information on how to join


Hot Meal Program

The First United Methodist Church, 310 Douglas St. in downtown NSB, off of Canal
Street - Has the following schedule for offering hot /meals to those affected by Covid-19
and/or the homeless.

I am providing this information to our CUUC community -as a notice to anyone who
might be interested in helping by volunteering.

They serve (outside pick up) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays  at
11:30 to 12/45 am.

They serve (outside pick up ) on Sundays  at 4:00-5:00 pm

They also need volunteers to help prepare the meals - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday  at 9:00 am, and on Sundays at 2:00 pm.  Stringent cleaning and
sanitizing protocols are in effect.

Anyone interested in adding your name to their volunteer list, please respond with your
email and phone number to :  LU Giammatteo 860-681-9226

There is also a BIG need for small plastic bags (ie. Winn Dixie, or Publix)…as they
distribute the meals in plastic bags and use up to 100 or more each day.

We will have a box in front of the Church porch where members can drop off their
unused bags….I will be happy to pick them up and bring them to the Methodist

Thank you for your consideration in helping OUR Community.

LU Giammatteo

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

July 3rd- Steve Baker


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

Walter L. Dobbins Jr.
Friend of CUUC

Walter L. Dobbins Jr. 79, of Ormond Beach passed away
peacefully April 16, 2020. Son of the late Walter L. and Laura
Kelley Dobbins, Walter grew up on the Lenox Avenue beach
approach and graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1958.
He received a degree in mathematics from Guilford College
where he met his wife Dorothy Raines Dobbins. After retiring
from the City of Holly Hill Water Department, Walter pursued
his many interests, including gardening, astronomy, electronics,
and religions. He was very active in Tibetan Buddhist groups in
Florida and other states, and was a member of the
UU Congregation of Ormond Beach.

Welcome Melissa Rosenquist to the CUUC family. 
Melissa is now the person responsible for coordinating with the guest speaker(s)
and service leader each week to produce the Sunday Order of Service presentation.  
She will also oversee our website and assists with updates and posts on Facebook. 
We are very fortunate to have someone with Melissa’s expertise to do those jobs. 

Melissa is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota
with a BA in Graphic & Interactive Communications and a minor in Photography.
  She has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years working for associations,
non-profits and small- to medium-sized corporations creating a wide range of
business collateral such as magazines, newsletters, brochures, annual reports
and more.  Melissa lived and worked in Chicago for 15 years.  Of the past nine
years she has worked for a distribution firm located in the Chicagoland area, five
years of which have been worked remotely from New Smyrna Beach.

When she is not working, Melissa enjoys being creative, listening to music
, and reading.  She also enjoys spending time with her Mom and Dad,
who live nearby, and with her husband and 6 year old son, plus their
olde English bulldoggie, Rufus.

Please join me in extending a warm CUUC WELCOME to Melissa!
Kathi Smith
Spotlight on New Member

Judith Rosko
 Almost my whole life, I have been a seeker. Born into a
Jewish family and having an Orthodox grandmother made
me think a lot about God. My grandmother lived 94 years
following her beliefs, and I knew I could not follow her way.
My parents were not religious, so a void was created in my life.
I have attended and joined many churches- Methodist, Baptist,
Born Again. New Age, and recently became a Buddhist.  All
were part of my journey!  It was over a year ago, that I saw on
Facebook the CUUC church in New Smryna was having a
program honoring those killed at Pulse nightclub. My oldest
grandson is gay and knew friends that died there. I had
no idea what a "CUUC " church was , but my husband and
I went to the service to honor our Grandson. The service
was so beautiful and touching and we signed the guest book
before we left. Next day, there was a message on Facebook.
It said, "Bob married Ann, Mike married Olga. Their son Mike
married Judy, but that couldn't be you, right??"  Yes, it was. The
person who wrote that was Chris Kaplan, my husband's first cousin,
who he hadn't seen in many years. She had put on the program!!
  It felt like the hand of God had led us there. I have been attending
for over a year and know this is where I belong. I feel so at home
in this place!!!
Famous Unitarian Universalists


Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee
June 8, 1955-
Engineer, Computer Scientist, Inventor

The following Information was taken from:

Sir Berners-Lee also known as TimBL, is an English engineer and computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He is a Professorial Fellow of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Berners-Lee was raised as an Anglican, but he turned away from religion in his youth. After he became a parent, he became a Unitarian Universalist (UU). When asked whether he believes in God, he stated: "Not in the sense of most people, I'm atheist and Unitarian Universalist".

Please read the Wikipedia entry for specifics on Sir Berners-Lee as well as the following website
Different Observances for the Month of June

June Full Month LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

June 5 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED) :The United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

June 7th  Pentecost - Orthodox Christian;  Trinity Sunday - Christian : celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three persons of God

June 12 ANNE FRANK DAY: Birthday of young Jewish girl whose diary describes her family’s experiences hiding from the Nazis through assistance of Gentile friends.

June 12 LOVING DAY : Observes the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states barring interracial marriage.

June 14 RACE UNITY DAY • Bahá’í : Observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity.

June 14 ALL SAINTS’ DAY • Eastern Christian In Orthodox churches observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost, it commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

June 14 FLAG DAY Anniversary of the adoption of the Unites States flag by Congress in 1777.

June 16 Guru Arjan Martyrdom: was the first of the two Gurus martyred in the Sikh faith and the fifth of the ten total Sikh Gurus. He compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth, which later expanded into the Guru Granth Sahib.

June 19 JUNETEENTH Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, it is now celebrated throughout the U.S. to honor African-American freedom and achievement.

June 20 WORLD REFUGEE DAY Raises awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

June 20 SUMMER SOLSTICE- Litha/Yule Day Wicca/Pagan: Marks the first day of the season of summer. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the longest of the year with the sun shining the farthest from the Southern Hemisphere and the closest to the Northern Hemisphere.

June 21 FATHER’S DAY Children of all ages show appreciation for their fathers and father figures. 

June 26 ANNIVERSARY OF LEGALIZATION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN THE U.S. On June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

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 


The May read for the CUUC Book Club was “A God That Could Be Real” - a spiritual/scientific book by Nancy Ellen Abrams.  The book made an impact on me when I first read it several years ago.  Later when Reverend Kathy Rickey (Ormond Beach Congregation) spoke at our church about the book, I felt validated - it is a worthy read.  I continue to recommend the book to seekers/agnostics who, like me, might consider a scientific understanding of God.  This book looks at religion with a scientific perspective and perhaps is not an easy read, but I found it well-worth the effort.  I want to share some the book’s takeaways. 

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science lawyer.  She is married to Joel Primack, a famed astrophysicist who created a new theory of the universe based on dark matter and dark energy.  Together they have co-authored several books with science/social/political context.  Ms. Abrams, who long considered herself an atheist, now concludes God can scientifically exist. 

In “A God That Could Be Real” the author presents an overview of religious beliefs from ancient times.  In the beginning religions were based on man’s concept of nature, there was no separation between the spiritual and physical worlds.  Over time civilizations have worshiped hundreds of gods.  Stories and myths (oral histories) were recorded years later and turned into scared texts.  Religions have had to adapt those stories with the revelations made through scientific discoveries.  When science proved there was no physical heaven or hell, deities became supernatural; they needed no physical space and were disassociated from the physical world. 

Ms. Abrams talks about man’s size in the universe (Midgard) as being our destiny.  Our size allows us to think and gives us our unique perspective.  The thing that separates human beings from other animals is aspirations.  Heaven is an aspiration and hell is mind control.  To be human is to aspire to something more than survival, more than instincts. 
From the book here are some thoughts about God:  God is not an entity that demands worship; brings meaning to our lives; limits our ability to embrace science, emotions, and the story of ourselves.  God is not omniscient, omnipotent.  God did not create the universe and does not know the future.  God is not universal, but planetary.  Humans were not made by God.  God emerged from some aspect of us.  God exists through our desire to understand the universe and what it means to us.  God transcends us, but the universe transcends God.  God emerged from humanity collectively and god’s influence is in our behavior and potential.  God exists to satisfy our needs and exists only because of us.  Prayers allow us to verbalize our aspirations and to make a connection with our aspirations.  An emergent God has made it possible to see the whole. 

An emergent God is the central idea of the modern science concept of having a god that can be real.  What is emergence?  My simple explanation of an example given in the book - emergency results from collective behavior.  Think about it this way - individual components have traits, and combined traits create goals.  A complex ant hill thrives because of the individual effort of each ant.  God is emerging from infinite interaction of human aspirations.   

We are destined to become ancestors but whether we’re ever immortal depends on whether or not our species survives.  To help ensure human survival we need to reject religious literalism and look to science as a way to grow freely, coherent with reality.  We need to create morals on a planetary scale. 

Well, that’s some of what I learned from reading “A God That Could Be Real”.  I certainly do not have benefit of the author’s education and life experiences so I’m sure my interpretation is very much my own.  But I’m in agreement with what I think the author is getting at - God exists because of man and as long as the human race survives there will be a God.  It’s just up to us human beings to decide what that God believes!  
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.

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 line "for CUUC  newsletter".
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to a non-profit of your choice.  Go to and designate
Community Unitarian Universalist Church and we'll see monetary rewards
trickle in!

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ANYTHING here, and the vendors will send us a portion of the price
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Connie Baker

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

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

Items should not be too large.  See Sharon for details.
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