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Service Leader: Debbi Zill
Special Offering: Building Fund Sunday
Professor of Philosophy Rollins College
"The Epicureans: Wise Devotees of Pleasure"
Epicurus founded a very influential school of philosophy that advocated the pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain as the first rule of life. Since he and his followers -- male and female -- lived together in a walled garden, outsiders often assumed that the garden was the site of orgiastic sensual excess. But the master's conception of pleasure was not that of unbridled sensual indulgence, and his beliefs about the Gods and about death suggest a different diagnosis of the sources of our pain.
Service Leader: Debbi Zill
Special Offering: Scholarship Sunday
Service Leader: Rosa Lake
Special Offering: HUM Sunday
"History of Our Hymns"
Special Offering- Accessible Bathroom Project
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Community Unitarian Universalist Church 403 West Street New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Looking Ahead to August 2019
"The Power of Now, Twenty Years Later"
August 11th TBA
"Huck Finn and Our Racial Divide"
Upcoming Events July 3rd Book Club
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB
***For the most up to date information on events, please check the calendar on our webpage- www.nsbcuuc.org or www.dbcuuc.org
July July 3rd Steve Baker
August August 8th Emily Moehring August 13th Bud Cullison
August 15th Pat Cullison
August 17th Audrey Barcelo
President's Message Hello All!
I am truly honored to have been elected President of CUUC's 2019-2020 Board of Trustees, and I promise to do my very best to live up to the Opportunity this position offers. I think our church can grow and change (in a Good Way!) in the next year, and I hope it will bloom like a rose!
It seems impossible for me to write unless it comes from the heart; though my writing style has drawn attention, it hasn't always been positive. Some have commented that my tendency of using Capitalization Liberally (against the accepted rules of standard english grammar) seems Extreme (Intense and perhaps UnSettling!)... in my own defense I wish to quote from the 1st Day of class in a Composition 101 Course I took at Daytona Beach Community College over 30 years ago. Our instructor was Kathleen Lazarus, whose husband, author Bill Lazarus, has spoken at CUUC numerous times in the past; they belong to the Ormond Beach UU Congregation. She advised, "We live in an era of ever-shrinking attention spans. When someone starts to read a piece you have written, you'll need to 'hook' their attention within 10-30 seconds, or your writing will be ignored! So please feel free to take a lesson from Madison Avenue, and pep it up!" When I left DBBC to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I decided to permit myself "artistic license" with regard to Capitalization as a way to emphasize ideas ("Pep It Up!") - taking further cues from American artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein, who blurred the lines between "high art" and "pop culture" as they incorporated colorful idioms and syncopation from Advertising into their creative output. In the years since my youth, I fear, the average American's attention span has only continued to shrink. I would argue that Today a writer has perhaps 5-15 seconds to 'hook' the reader! Sigh... Many factors have contributed to this. Among them are the loss of opportunities for journalists to publish in-depth reporting; consumers want news and information in small, manageable "bites" rather than in-depth analyses of relevant subjects. In "pandering" to this desire to "pick and choose" among information offerings, media outlets have encouraged a swelling of "tabloid journalism" in which opinions frequently outweigh factual data and reporters increasingly report on other reporters reporting on reports (thus, the direct "lineage" of data shared, its "provenance" - if you will - is minimized; consequently it becomes harder and harder to "fact-check.")
I have noted my love of $1 Stores. Last year I picked up a book in such a place entitled, "The Loudest Voice In The Room" which turned out to be an exhaustively well-researched biography of Roger Ailes, a "spin doctor" & media consultant who turned Rupert Murdoch's fledgling Fox Telecommunications Network into a "star player" in the era of satellite television. Initially fascinated, I deliberately put the book back on the shelf, fearing that reading it might depress me. Mere days later, I heard the book's author (Gabriel Sherman) interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" program. His insight and knowledge inspired me to return to the $1 Store to purchase the book. I read about how Mr. Ailes' career path mirrored the changes in the "entertainment industry" that have enabled politicians to make "tongue-in-cheek" jibes about "fake news." Sigh... [Newsflash! Since I Began Writing This Column, I have learned that the Showtime Cable television network has created a TV Drama Miniseries - with Sherman as a producer - of the same name - starring Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes! The series is just being aired Now... Amazing Synchronicity!]
Like virtually every Unitarian Universalist I know, I very much believe in the value of our nation's political system, including - very specifically - its commitment to safeguard the Separation of Church and State. Therefore, when UUs speak of encouraging members of our congregations to make their individual voices heard in political arenas, I feel encouraged too. We don't need to Agree about "what should be done" or how to do it best in order to agree that Everyone should have a Right To Speak Freely. I find the times in which we live alarming, yet remain optomistic that once the causes for alarm have been identified, some solid rectification will be possible.
Together we can Live by the Golden Rule.
Charley Barcelo used to say: "Two Wolves Await, Outside the Door. Each offers a Powerful Lesson. One is called 'Hate,' the other is 'Love.'
Your Choice is Simply This: Which One Are You Going to Feed?"
- Joe Wolfarth
THIS PAST YEAR & THE FUTURE
It has been my privilege to be your co-president for the past year. Thank you for the experience and the opportunity to serve. I found it very rewarding, at times very trying, and always very challenging. Many thanks to those of you who gave me support, encouragement, and assistance along the way. Working together we accomplished a lot, but there is so much more to do. I plan to continue to help and encourage you to do the same. Let’s give the new Board our full support. Remember these are the people who stepped up; they are the ones who volunteered.
How many people come to this church because they want to serve on a committee or to be a committee chair or serve on the Board? Do you come to be informed, educated, or entertained? Well there’s nothing wrong with that, but a reminder - we are a lay lead congregation and without volunteers we would not be able to open our doors. Everyone should want to contribute their time and talents and not just assume someone other than themselves is always going to do the job.
As a congregation, we need to start making those who do volunteer feel more appreciated. This is the best way to retain them in their jobs and keep the congregation moving forward. Please give those who volunteer not only your support and cooperation, but occasionally a verbal tribute. A pat on the back helps out at trying times and will make them feel more appreciated. Also let’s implement a program to occasionally give our volunteers recognition and/or symbolic rewards. Let’s always make newcomers feel welcome, not only to our congregation, but as participants on our committees. We need to continually nurture new friendships, new growth.
To sum-up - thanks for letting me serve this past year; you become a volunteer too, and let’s support Joe, Debbi and the new Board. Working together let’s keep this church’s message of inclusion and kindness alive and well. It’s worth doing.
Photos from our KittyHawk Concert
The Fundraiser Concert was a huge success!, raising $600+. Thank you to KittyHawk
and all who worked to make it a success.
On behalf of the members of KittyHawk we want to say THANKS
to all of our family & friends who came out to support us last
night at the UU Church of NSB fundraiser.
It was a very special night for us - folks actually came to hear us play
our music, as opposed to being the background music for some other
sort of event.
We had a great time up there on the stage entertaining ya'all and we
trust that you enjoyed it as well.
It was very rewarding to see such a full house and to know that it was
indeed a successful event for the church.
Thanks again to Board of Directors for giving us the opportunity to
strut our stuff !!!
Ya'all keep on rockin - ya hear !!!
Special Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members and Welcome to Our New Board Members.
Thank you to Kathi and Connie who served as Co- Presidents this past year and are now serving as Trustees.
Thank you to Anna Grainger and Victor Brisebois, both who served as Trustees for several years.
Welcome and Thank You to the Current Board Members.
President: Joe Wolfarth- Finishing the 2nd year of Connie & Kathi's term as president
Vice President: Debbi Zill, starting her second year of 1st term
Treasurer: Rosa Lake, starting her second year of her 2nd term
Secretary: Dana Jacobsen, starting her second year of her 1st term
Trustee: Audrey Barcelo, starting her second year of her 1st term
Trustee: Bud Cullison, starting his second year of his 2nd term
Trustee: Kathi Smith, starting her first year of her 1st term
Trustee: Connie Baker, starting her first year of her 1st term
In Remembrance of Tom Zane
Those of us who knew him were saddened by the recent passing of Tom Zane, a member of CUUC from 2000 to 2014. He and his wife Sena hosted many of our Potlucks with a Purpose at their beautiful home in Daytona’s Pelican Bay. At these events we were surrounded by the Zanes’ striking collection of art and antiques. (When they moved to Draper, Utah, they donated enough art to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences to have a room there named after them.) We admired Tom’s more than 60 bonsai plants, some of them hundreds of years old, and orchids that seemed to be always in bloom. And Tom was always ready to flip the switch for us on his large model train layout. He enjoyed life, and he shared his enjoyment with others. Although he formed strong and well-founded opinions through his extensive travels and reading, he seldom expressed them unless asked. Then his wisdom and kindness immediately became apparent. Tom was what the Japanese might have called a “living national treasure”. The memories he has left us are still a treasure here at CUUC.
Famous Unitarian Universalists
Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014
Folk Singer, Social Activist Pete Seeger was a voice for a justice and equity through-out the 20th century. He was also affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Community Church on 35th Street, in New York. Seeger sang about progressive issues and animated protest movements with his music continuously from the 1940's, and he continued to record, perform and speak out against on injustice until the end of his life. His music is so closely associated with values of fairness and equality that many people, focusing on the message of his music, don't realize that songs like "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," or "If I Had a Hammer," were written by anyone in particular. Pete Seeger was the folksinger most responsible for popularizing the spiritual "We Shall Overcome", which became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, changing the lyric "we will overcome" to "we shall overcome."(2) If there is such a thing as a national canon of folk protest music, Peter Seeger's might be it.
Our next Book Club Meeting is July 3rd at 6 p.m. This is a rescheduled book club meeting after the June date was cancelled.
I have already read the book and love, love, love it. Dana
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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Community Unitarian Universalist Church
403 West Street
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