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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 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.

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 in church.

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080


June 19th
President's Message

Hello, Friends!!!

I have been writing this column in my mind for days, and it just got bigger and bigger - hopefully I will be able to keep it Succinct for the CUUC Newsletter!

My focus of late has been 'Gratitude!'
I am looking at the Life I have led, and I see so Many Blessings! I am Grateful for my Family of Origin, the many wonderful human beings who have shared experiences with me in different times and places, my ever-evolving Circle of Friends, the jobs and coworkers who have taught me So Much - And YOU - my "Church Family!" And I include those who have Crossed Over and have joined the Angels!
And I Also include folks who have Moved On in Other Ways, yet Remain 'at large' in the Physical World still - shining their lights wherever they are, making a difference for some other Soul(s) - as they Did for Me/Us!

I have been learning to see the beauty in "Tragedy" - something that comes up Again and Again is that in this world the things that challenge us Most often are the things that provide us with the most Opportunities for Growth! It's harder to feel a sense of Gratitude for the Thorns than for the Roses, but they're each playing a critical part in the story.

I myself - within the past 15 years - have been unemployed with Zero income (from work or Any Source!) - on the brink of Homelessness... I have been almost entirely dependent on "the kindness of strangers" - my favorite line by Tennessee Williams - uttered by his heroine, Blanche DuBois, in "A Streetcar Named Desire" - like Blanche, I suffered a mental health crisis brought on by stress and anxiety about the future... 
In time I regained employment and housing opportunities which became increasingly better, and Then... I rolled my car seven times in a Crash that easily could have taken my life, only to recover with minimal scars (under my hair - from the plastic surgery on my head required after the accident...) - through these experiences I retained the connection to and support of my CUUC "Family" and I knew that I would be welcome in Unitarian Universalist congregations wherever they might exist.

No one was there to "rescue" me or to "fix" my life, but I was aware that I would never be 'Alone' as long as I could find a U.U. Congregation on a Sunday Morning.

Today I look back at the time when I felt as though I was "hitting bottom" in my life, and I remember the Joy that I experienced even THEN, and my Gratitude for "Little Things" - the penny I found when I was moving out of an old trailer in which my trusted friend Lorrie let me stay with her (preventing me from actually becoming Homeless) - I looked for the Date it was minted, and it read, "1988" - and I knew, since that was the year my grandmother died, that the penny was a message from her, indicating that she was looking out for me from the Other Side as a Guardian Angel. 
As I moved into my own tiny apartment then, I remember sweeping the floor, and holding that discovered penny in my hand, and thinking my grandma was like a little bird sitting on my shoulder as I swept, singing, "Isn't it Nice to have Your Own Space, Just For You?!"

Lately my Cousin Rhondda has been seeking housing, and as I write this she is living in a small RV behind her niece's house; she has electricity, but no A/C or running water there... Yesterday she said to me, "Still, I feel So Much Better, because I am On My Own, not under someone else's roof, feeling the pressure of having that relationship hanging over my head. Do you understand what I mean?" And I DO, because I was holding that penny again in my mind, and thanking my grandma for her undying Love!

I have noted (which is sort of my purview, as an Astrologer!) that the recent Lunar Eclipse (during a Mercury Retrograde period!) Seemed to coincide with a certain "Shaking Up" of things in people's lives; expectations being denied, situations altering, sometimes quite unexpectedly... 
To me this comes as a reminder from the Universe that as hard as we might try to "manage" the situations in our lives, circumstances really Do depend on so many other factors that are truly Beyond our Control! 

I have come to see the existence of our "Little Church That Could" as a good practical example of this; All of the things we Do as a Congregation, as a Community, rest on the merits of Volunteer Power and our ability, however weak or strong, as individuals and in groups, to Follow the "Golden Rule" and treat each other as We Wish To Be Treated... every Sunday I see the Blessings that come from Collaboration and Cooperation - the time we spend together literally represents the "Fruits of Our Labors" in my mind.

I am Proud of our Church - and I am Proud of Our Congregation - for making a Difference in the lives of people in Volusia County (and YES! I will gladly cite my own story as an example!)

And it is Most Appropriate to say it NOW, since June is "Pride Month" - Please Invite a friend who is (or May Be?) LGBTQIA to come and check out our church! Let them know that we are a "Welcoming Congregation" - comitted to the work of creating a Safe Haven for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender Persons, those who self-identify as "Queer" or "Questioning," Intersex Persons, AND Allies of these folks!

There are So Many People in this world who have been wondering, 'Where can I Go to find a place where I can be Accepted - just as I am - in whatever condition or state I - or my life - may be in? Who will Accept me as I Am?'

Remembering that our CUUC Mission Statement calls us to offer a "Spiritual Home" to those who Seek one, may we learn to look past the differences that separate us and see the shared quest for Acceptance and Encouragement to Growth that draws us together?

This is My Prayer for our Beloved Community as we move forward!
THANK YOU for being a Part of CUUC; and to All the folks whose Volunteer Hours have Made our church - and our Congregation - a Safe Place for Me - A THOUSAND BLESSINGS!!!

 Joe WolfArth
President, CUUC Board of Trustees 

June 4th
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.

June 5th

Stephen Baker
"Tales from Zen: Self Discovery through the Ages"

June 12th

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro
"Original Sin"

Service Leader: Tim Wixted

June 19th

Valen Shankar-Brown
"Screen Time and Mental Health"

Service Leader: Barbara Mars

June 26th

Rita Scheeler
Ormond Beach UU
"Don't Say Gay"

 Service Leader: Joe WolfArth


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


Announcement of Elections at General Assembly

At this year’s General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, delegates will be given the opportunity to vote on candidates to serve on the UUA Board of Trustees. We, Rebecca Mattis and Beverly Seese, petitioned to be placed on the ballot providing delegates a choice on who will serve as future UU leaders.

Please visit our personal campaign websites, and to learn about our backgrounds and campaign platforms.

We have arranged to hold three Meet the Candidates Townhall meetings on May 25 and June 2.  Details can be found on our campaign websites.

Delegate voting opens June 1.  We encourage you to become informed voters and live into our Fifth Principle, the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
Looking Ahead to July's Services ***

July 3rd: Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D "Environmental Racism and Climate Change"

July 10th: League of Women voters "Civics and Critical Thinking"

July 17th: Libby Lavette: Chair of the Environmental and Climate Justice Committee for West Volusia Wildlife Corridor

July 24th: Nancy Lohman, president of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Fund discusses Statuary Hall


***Please check the calendar for the most up-to-date service information.

June 14th

Upcoming Events
June 1st
Book Club
Discussion of "Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod"
by Gary Paulson
5:00 p.m.
Dana's Condo
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

June 7th
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders
of the upcoming meetings.

June 13th
Board of Trustees Meeting
1:30  p.m
CUUC Church and via Zoom
403 West St.
All are welcome!
Contact Joe  WolfArth for details on how to attend

June 14th
Full Moon Drum Circle
Strawberry Supermoon
6:00 p.m.
403 West St., NSB
Bring your percussion instruments, a chair and bug spray

June 21st
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders of the upcoming meetings.

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Corner of Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

June Birthdays
6/7 Debbi Zill

July Birthday
7/1 Jan Stauffer
7/3 Steve Baker



Singing Bowl Sangha at Community Unitarian Universalist Church 

At 8:45 AM on Sunday morning there is a group that meets in our sanctuary to meditate.  They are called the Singing Bowl Sangha.  You might know some of the members, as a few of them stick around to attend our service.  If you are interested in meditating with a group, this is an open invitation to our members and friends to join the Sangha.  For more information, please call Margret Anglin                    407 252-5726



Please Join Us on Sunday, June 14th, 2022
At 6 PM
At our church building on West Street in New Smyrna
BRING: Drums, Percussion Instruments (Or you can use something from Our Collection!)
A Comfortable Chair (Or you can use one of Our chairs!)
A Beverage and/or Snack (Or we'll see what we have got On Hand!)
- ALL the Rhythm You Can Muster (Or a Willingness to Give It A TRY! LoL)

June 19th
Whale of a Sale

We are planning a fall rummage sale to be held October 7 and 8.  Please save your cleaned out goodies for this event.  Last year we had some excellent donations and we did ok, but due to bad weather and our signs being pulled up , it could have been much better.  This year with better planning I believe it will. Due to limited storage space we ask you to store your items in your space until two weeks before the sale.  From after church on Sept. 25 until October 4 we can accept your items to be dropped off at the church.  Let's make this a super fundraiser  and a "Whale of a Sale" so we can add some improvements to our church.
Thank you.
Barbara Mars
Board Trustee


June 21st
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 PENTECOST • Christian: Also known as Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter/Pascha commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus. Marks the birth of the Christian Church.

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 5–6 SHAVUOT • Jewish :The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

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. J

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

June 12 RACE UNITY DAY • Bahá’í :Observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity. 

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

June 19 FATHER’S DAY: Children of all ages show appreciation for their fathers and father figures. 

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 21 SUMMER SOLSTICE: 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.

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.

PRIDE DAY June 28th
Just for Fun
May Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Jun 1    Wednesday    Say Something Nice Day
Jun 2    Thursday    Leave the Office Early Day
Jun 3    Friday    Repeat Day
Jun 3    Friday    National Doughnut Day
Jun 4    Saturday    Hug Your Cat Day
Jun 6    Monday    Drive-In Movie Day
Jun 7    Tuesday    VCR Day
Jun 8    Wednesday    Best Friends Day
Jun 9    Thursday    Donald Duck Day
Jun 10    Friday    Iced Tea Day
Jun 11    Saturday    Corn on the Cob Day
Jun 12    Sunday    Red Rose Day
Jun 13    Monday    Sewing Machine Day
Jun 14    Tuesday    Bourbon Day
Jun 15    Wednesday    Nature Photography Day
Jun 16    Thursday    Bloomsday
Jun 17    Friday    Eat Your Vegetables Day
Jun 18    Saturday    World Juggling Day
Jun 18    Saturday    International Picnic Day
Jun 18    Saturday    International Panic Day
Jun 19    Sunday    Sauntering Day
Jun 21    Tuesday    Daylight Appreciation Day
Jun 22    Wednesday    Onion Ring Day
Jun 23    Thursday    Typewriter Day
Jun 24    Friday    Take Your Dog to Work Day
Jun 24    Friday    Swim a Lap Day
Jun 25    Saturday    Please Take my Children to Work Day
Jun 26    Sunday    Chocolate Pudding Day
Jun 27    Monday    Helen Keller Day
Jun 28    Tuesday    Tau Day
Jun 29    Wednesday    Camera Day
Jun 30    Thursday    Meteor Watch Day
Scenes from CUUC
The following images were taken in the previous months.  Read the captions to understand the event.

Laurie Dunham visiting with her daughter, to check on Lloyd Dunham's Memorial tree


End of Pledge Drive Picnic Celebration

Raging Grannies singing at our service

Tim Wixted made an honorary appearance with the Raging Grannies


Mother's Day Performance with Kathy Finn, violinist, Steve Gosney on string bass and Bailey Santiago on viola.

New Members' Ceremony : Tim Wixted and Jan Stauffer make it official!


Book Club Picks for Remainder of 2022

June 1st

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen  1994

Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.


July 6th

UNBroken:A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand 2010

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.


August 3rd

His Very Best, Jimmy Carter, A life
by Jonathan Alter 2020

From one of America’s most-respected journalists and modern historians comes the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize–winning humanitarian.

September  7th

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
 by Stephanie Land 2019

At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. 

October 5th

Cloud Cockoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal, and  New York Times bestseller!

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.


November   2nd

Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen  2020. 
Hiaasen dedicated the novel to his younger brother, Rob, who was killed during the Capital Gazette shooting on June 28, 2018. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list

Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .


December 7th

21 Lessons for the 21st Century 
by Yuval  Noah Harari 2018

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.


The descriptions and pictures were taken from GoodReads website.

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