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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:

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President's Message

Those who know me well know that I have a job to do five days a week when I am not in church... I work in a Metaphysical Store where we sell crystals and sage and aromatherapy products like incense and candles and offer numerous other aids for healing body, mind and spirit. I am able to offer my services there as an Astrologer and Tarot Card Reader as well. 

Many people who are not particularly familiar with the Tarot may see it as a nebulous thing  - a window into fantasy used by "Fortune Tellers" to predict magical futures (that may not Happen) for the amusement of a gullible population.  While I understand how this perception occurs (I too used to see ads without number for "Miss Cleo" on television, back in the day), for me there is a practical reason to turn to the cards. 

I view myself as a fairly well-grounded Capricorn seeking to live the best life possible in the present moment, so often the best advice I can give when reading the cards for someone is, "Be Here Now!" 
They may reply, "What exactly does THAT MEAN?" and I may answer with specifics such as, "Are there Challenges affecting your LOVE relationship? Do you have issues with Communication? And there is a Strong need to reexamine whether you have enough resources at your disposal to meet your needs in terms of practical, material and financial circumstances right now?" [And they may answer, "Yes. All of that in a nutshell tells the story of my Life Right Now!"] 

This happens (in my humble opinion) because I firmly believe in the existence of Angels, Spirit Guides and Ancestors who wish to offer guidance to the living from the Other Side of the veil [what is commonly called "the Spirit Realm"] and to me, this is not 'mystical' so much as a Natural part of connecting to "the Web of Life..." Life, Death and Spirit are bound together in this universe, as I see it.

Recently my boss asked me to cover a work shift at his second location, the Cassadaga Psychic Shop (I normally work in Old Downtown Daytona). Locals know that Cassadaga is a wee village on the West side of Volusia County which has been peopled with Spiritualists since its founding in the 1890s. If you wish to understand Spiritualism better, I recommend a book by one of my favorite authors, Christine Wicker, entitled, "Lilydale: The True Story of the Town that Talks To the Dead" which focuses on Cassadaga's "sister village" - Lilydale, New York - also a Spiritualist community... the author writes eloquently from a first-person perspective, acknowledging her own personal doubts and skepticism, which endears me to her, since I tell people for whom I Read Tarot or do Starchart Analysis, "Skepticism is Healthy - in my opinion  - it's part of how we Protect Ourselves from being exploited by unscrupulous people. And as a Capricorn myself, I'll be the first to warn you that this world is Full of Unscrupulous People!" I got my hands on a copy of Christine Wicker's book at the Volusia County Public Library a few years ago, and devoured it, since I immediately saw the link between Lilydale  - in upstate New York  - and  Cassadaga (originally the "winter home" of many mediums from Lilydale who - like so many others  - became "Snowbirds.")
In Cassadaga recently I found myself working beside a young psychic named Sade [Yes! Her parents named her after the incomparable singer, Sade Adu! One of my own favorite musical artists] and I was not at all surprised when she asked me, "What's your take on all this Coronavirus Stuff? Have you asked the Tarot? Consulted the Angels?" I said, "Ha! I KNEW I would be asked that question today... but honestly, I kind of wasn't ready to ask it before... I'll ask NOW!"  I then drew three cards, using a classic three-card Tarot spread revealing information about the recent past, the current situation, and the near future.

Here's what I got: the card representing the recent past was the 10 of Cups, which refers to Completion [10] connected with affairs of the heart [Cups] and fulfillment of the roles that we must play as individuals in order to "be who we were Born to become" and "make the lifeblood Pump in our veins to fill the vessel inside - the heart..." 
The card representing the present: The World  - the last card in the "major arcana" portion of a Tarot deck, which relates to Archetypal Truths. This card, in some of the oldest Tarot decks known, shows a female figure dancing above the earth, while 4 heads look on from the corners of the image. The female figure represents "Sophia" - the embodiment of Wisdom [friends know that my mother's name was Sofia, after her grandmother, who was the 1st "matriarch" of our family in Holly Hill,  Florida... circa 1900]... the 4 heads may be viewed as a reference to "the Ends of the Earth," the 4 Cardinal Directions, or the book of Revelation in the bible, which focuses on "Judgment Day;" many Tarot decks feature an image of an Ouroboros on this card, which is a depiction of a snake eating its tail, representing the cycle of life on earth, one phase ending as a new phase begins.  I saw this card as recognizing that this virus is shaking up human civilization as it snakes its way around the globe, but also indicating that all things become possible if we remember to simply plug Head into Heart, because intelligence plus passion combine to form Wisdom.  

We all know now that life for us is changing, since we need to protect the most vulnerable among us from the affront of the virus. 

The card representing the near future: the Ace of Wands... this made me laugh out loud, since Aces represent Manifestation and new beginnings, and Wands is the suit that represents Destiny or Fate (things over which we have No Control). 
I said to Sade, "this is why our boss looked us calmly in the eyes and said, 'I figure, if I'm going to get this virus, then I'm going to get it. If I'm going to survive it, then I'm going to survive it. Why stress out about it in the meantime? What good will that do? Using universal precautions will do a lot of good, but giving in to fear and anxiety will be of little use!' He is saying, 'Be Wise!' He's exhorting us to Be Present and keep doing what we can to be a part of the solution rather than the problem." 

The next day I was working in my usual workplace in Downtown Daytona when our boss informed us that Sade and her coworkers had asked him to shut down the Cassadaga Psychic Shop  - for now, anyway - since it's a small building and within its interior spaces the staff felt that keeping 6 feet apart from any customers who might enter the store would be a real challenge. In our workplace in Daytona there is much more room to keep 'social distance' - but we may end up being made to close up shop, if regulations regarding "non-essential retail establishments" get put in place where we work, as they have been elsewhere.

CUUC has already stepped into the future that awaits us; we on the Board of Trustees felt we had fulfilled our obligations to the community at large by deciding to suspend "Live! In-Person" Worship Services and other events at our building on West Street in Hopes of "flattening the curve" of the virus (preventing a faster spread of it however possible...) - And now we have learned how to hold meetings online using the ZOOM Program to connect in real time (which our BOT has been working diligently to "master") - AND we just produced CUUC's 1st-Ever Online Worship Service on Sunday morning (March 22nd)  - which we Recorded as well  - so you'll be able to watch it as a YouTube Video if you weren't able to "stream" it! What's more - we'll have the ability to send the link to family & friends far and wide! (Let's show The World Why we LOVE our Church!)

In the 21st century we have confirmed that Nobody Lives in a Vacuum... we are all connected... (not to say that you Shouldn't consider going 'Off the Grid' for awhile - if you CAN - to Further Help humanity in its efforts to "Flatten the Curve" of the COVID-19 viral threat)... 

THANK YOU for being a part of this Church.
THANK YOU for Being Present - in Spirit, in Consciousness, in Mind and 'Mindfulness' - Together we HEAL! And together we shall Build a New Future!

Keep Coming Back to our church  - via our FaceBook Page, our Website, our YouTube 
Videos, and our ZOOM Links... Stay Safe - and please Stay Connected using these tools - as well as through our emails!
We will get through the difficult times ahead of us TOGETHER!

Blessings To All!

Joe WolfArth

P.S.  - Due to Concerns for the Public Health, my Boss has now closed Both of his stores until it becomes safe to ReOpen them.

A stirring poem penned by a Capuchin Franciscan brother in Ireland is giving
respite to millions of people worldwide who are in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Hendrick, a friar in the Roman Catholic order, shared the poem on Facebook
 on March 13, as Ireland announced stringent new measures to combat the spread of the virus.
It acknowledges the “fear” and “isolation” of the global public health crisis that has now killed
more than 10,000 people.

It goes on to remind readers, however, that there “does not have to be hate” or “loneliness.”


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

March 13th 2020

A Month of Sundays

Our March 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 the April and May 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.

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.
A message from our UUA President,
Rev. Susan Frederick Gray

This was sent as an email by the UUA. 
 In case you did not get the email, here is a link to her video message.


KEEP THIS IN MIND For when we have ended Isolation.  Let Kathy Quick 
know if you are interested. She might be starting her own online group.

An ongoing monthly Bhagavad Gita study group
begin at CUUC, NSB. as soon as 5 or more people are
interested and willing to purchase the text: The Holy Geeta
with commentary
by Swami ChinmayanandaThe day and
time will be determined by the majority.  Contact Kathryn
Girija Quick, Interfaith Minister for specific details
at: or call/text: 845-649-1394.

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


Upcoming Birthdays
April 5th- Connie Baker
April 6th- Jack Koppelman
April 7th- Lu Giammatteo
April 7th-  Marcia Buckingham
April 13th-  Lloyd Dunham
April 21st-  Martha Swanson

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


Please return your pledge envelopes

It's that time of year again, when we reach into our pockets
and pledge what we can to help our beloved CUUC operate
and expand in the next fiscal year.  We have seen what can
only be called miracles since we moved into our building in
2017.  We paid off the mortgage, converted one bathroom to
fully accessible, remodeled the second bathroom and
painted and installed new flooring in the vestibule and office.  Wow!

It's through your generosity that we have been able to do
this, and we have great plans going forward to continue to
upgrade our physical space, to bring in new interesting
speakers, provide children a way to participate in our
services and expand our personal growth opportunities and
social justice work.  We­ have a lot of enthusiasm going, and
that has resulted in folks stepping up to set up the Book
Club, a Drum Circle, a Dream Circle, a Chalice Circle, an
expansive Library, a Chess Club, a certified Butterfly
Garden­ and weekly demonstrations (as we used to
do) for climate awareness.  Who would have thought this
could happen in less than three years?  Our growth as a
congregation is nothing less than amazing, and there
is no doubt it will continue.

Our pledge drive event has been cancelled but the need to develop
a budget for next year still stands.  Please look into your heart
and be prepared to fill out a pledge form that day, or soon
thereafter, with the amount you can manage to help us
continue to grow.  Please try to increase last year's pledge,
if that is possible.


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      
Scenes from CUUC

March's book was Michelle Obama's Becoming.

Discovering Your Authentic Self

Is the person the world sees really who you are? How real are you being in your life? Sometimes it feels difficult to show up in our life, no matter the circumstances, in an authentic way. We tend to behave as we think we need to be or should be. We stop ourselves from saying what we feel or think for fear of not being liked or accepted.

Being authentic requires courage. The courage to act consistently with what is true for us even in the face of fear or uncertainty. It is connecting with the core of who we are, our values and beliefs. When we are authentic, our inner world of thoughts matches our outer world of actions.

Authenticity requires us to break away from old patterns of behaviors that prevent us from being our true selves. Authenticity is about embracing our strengths and values to create meaning and purpose in our lives.

Discovering our authentic self requires us to look deeper into ourselves and take action. Here are six ways to explore your authenticity and three action steps.

Ways to explore your authentic self

1.           Know your values. What is important to you? If you know what you value, you can behave in ways that honor those values.

2.           Know your passions. What are you doing when you feel most alive? Look at the strengths and the gifts in your life and pursue what you are good at. Follow what brings you joy and fulfillment.

3.           Know your needs. Is there a dream you’ve pushed aside or put on hold? Take care of yourself. If you’re unhappy, it will show up in your attitude and behavior.

4.           Know your purpose. What is your life’s mission? What kind of life do you want to live?  By knowing your life’s purpose you are better prepared to make choices that are true to who you are and to stand up for those choices.

5.           Dwell in gratitude. Develop an interconnected sense of being. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, look around and discover what you are grateful for.

6.           Empty your cup. If we let our minds be filled with other people’s opinions and ideas, how can we be true to who we are? We cannot pour something into a vessel that is already full.


Action Steps

1.           Quiet your your mind. Hear the longing that is often drowned out by your own busyness and worry.

•      Meditate

•      Enjoy the moment

•      Slow down

2.           Appreciate your uniqueness. Identify the skills and abilities that define you at your core.

•      Believe in yourself

•      Let go of self-doubt

•      Celebrate small successes

3.           Master the fear. Identify your fear and find the root.

•      Face your fear

•      Climb out of your comfort zone

•      Take a small step in spite of it

Discover who you truly are. It is your life. Live it authentically.

Carmen Rivera

Happy Easter!
Famous Unitarian Universalists


Martha & Waitstill Sharp 

 May 1, 1902–  February 25, 1983
Unitarian Minister, Humanitarian

April 25, 1905 – December 6, 1999
Social Worker, Humanitarian


The following Information was taken from:

Other links:

The Sharps helped hundreds of Jews to escape Nazi persecution, through relocation and other efforts. Sharp and her husband (alongside many American Unitarians) felt that something must be done to give assistance to the victims of persecution. The American Unitarian Association (AUA) raised funds, allowing the Sharps to travel to Prague on 4 February 1939 as representatives of the Commission for service. In the same period, Robert Dexter, head of the Department of Social Relations for the Executive Committee of the AUA, traveled to Europe with Quaker representative Richard Wood to make contacts in Geneva, London, and Paris, and thus to create a network of relief workers and sympathetic politicians across Europe. They sent back a report in November 1938, stating that over 20,000 people would need immediate emigration assistance. Under Dexter's leadership, a temporary committee was formed to help endangered refugees, and in May 1940 the organization was officially founded as the Unitarian Service Committee.

Martha and Waitstill Sharp were recruited to work in Czechoslovakia, where a large community of Unitarians were present under the leadership of Norbert Capek.[3] Later Martha and Waitstill recalled grave misgivings about leaving their children of seven and two, but they were convinced they would be well taken care of living with family friends inside the parsonage. Their church would be headed by Everett Baker in their absence.[2]

On 14 March 1939, the Nazis were quickly advancing on Prague, but the Sharps decided to remain and continue their program, which was the most significant private American effort on behalf of endangered refugees in Czechoslovakia. In Prague, the Sharps worked closely with members of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) to advance refugees' visa applications to Great Britain and elsewhere.

Read through the Wikipedia entry and the other links to learn more about the Sharps.

 In 2005, Sharp and his wife Martha were named by Yad Vashem as Righteous among the Nations, the second and third of five Americans to receive this honor. This was for their work 


“chag Pesach samech.”
Wishing you a Kosher and Joyous Passover

Different Observances for the Month of April

A month that marks important anniversaries for past and contemporary genocides.
Throughout the month, individuals, communities and organizations join together to
remember and honor victims and survivors of mass atrocities.

Students take a day-long vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students and their straight allies
due to bias and harassment.

April 2 • Hindu-Celebrates the birthday of Rama, king of ancient India,
hero of the epic Ramayana, and seventh incarnation of Vishnu.

April 3  Laylat al Miraj - Islam- Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the
Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to the ‘Farthest Mosque’ in Jerusalem
where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray
five times daily.

April 5 PALM SUNDAY • Christian-Observed the Sunday before Easter/Pascha
to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

April 7–9 THERAVADA NEW YEAR • Buddhist-In Theravada countries the New Year
is celebrated on the first full moon day in April.

April 9–16 PASSOVER/PESACH • Jewish-The eight-day “Feast of Unleavened Bread”
celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

April 9 HOLY THURSDAY • Christian-Also known as Maundy Thursday, it is celebrated
on the Thursday before Easter commemorating the Last Supper, at which Jesus and the
Apostles were together for the last time before the Crucifixion.

April 9 Mahavir Jayanti Jain- Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday in Jainism;
it celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last
Tirthankara (great sages).

April 10 GOOD FRIDAY • Christian-Known as Holy Friday in Eastern Christianity,
it commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter/Pascha.

April 12 EASTER • Christian- Known as Pascha in Eastern Christianity, it
celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

April 14 VAISAKHI (also spelled Baisakhi) • Sikh- The festival which celebrates
the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated). On
this day, Sikhs gather and celebrate Vaisakhi at their local Gurdwaras (Sikh house
of worship) by remembering this day as the birth of the Khalsa.

April 20–May 1 FESTIVAL OF RIDVÁN • Bahá’í- Annual festival commemorating
the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith, resided in
a garden called Ridván (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed his mission as God’s
messenger for this age. The first (April 20), ninth (April 28), and twelfth
(May 1) days are celebrated as holy days when Baha’is suspend work.

April 21 YOM HASHOAH • Jewish- “Holocaust Remembrance Day”
memorializes the heroic martyrdom of six million Jews who perished in
the Nazi Holocaust.

April 24 ARMENIAN MARTYRS’ DAY -Memorializes the genocide of approximately
1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.

April 24–May 23 RAMADAN • Islamic- Observed by Muslims worldwide as a
month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur'an to the
Prophet Muhammad.

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.

All branches of the Volusia County Public Library will be closed to the public starting Sunday, March 22, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. The following services will be available starting Monday, March 23, 2020: Download books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music Please take advantage of the library's extensive collections of downloadable booksaudiobooksmagazinesmovies, and music.  All blocks preventing checking out items from e-content providers OverDrive, Hoopla, Axis 360, Freading, Freegal and Flipster Magazines have been temporarily removed for Volusia County residents.

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

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Connie Baker

We are now on Ebay

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.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
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Want to know who our guest speaker will be? Like us on Facebook.  
Our president, sends a weekly invite that contains upcoming
service information. Please take the time to write a
Facebook review.  Let others know how great our
congregation is! 


Smile Program at Amazon

Click below to get started each time you shop at Amazon and the church will then receive
a portion of each purchase you make at  Please share with friends and family.  
There is no cost to the shopper.  This is a great way to help the church accomplish goals
and help others.  

Or link below


Deadline for the May Newsletter

is April 20th.


Click on and select the
date of this newsletter for a printable version .  That PDF file has
been modified to be viewed in print format. If your newsletter
goes to your promotion folder in Gmail, you can manually move
it to the primary folder.


Community Unitarian Universalist Church
403 West Street
New Smyrna Beach, 32168

(386) 308-8080

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123

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