Please do not mark our newsletter as spam.  You're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Community Unitarian Universalist Church. We never add names to our list without permission.  Please add to your address book so our emails go to your inbox!  


January 2020

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
The Semi Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday,
January 19th, 2020,  following the morning service.  Please plan
to attend.  Only members of the church will be allowed to vote on
church business. An agenda will be sent out in early January.
A Month of Sundays
January 5th

Bill & Eli Perras
A Musical Program
"Times of Transition"
"Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth
Special Offering:  Building Fund Sunday

January 12th

Dr. Ann Lewis
" How Does Spirituality Compliment Our Humanity"
Service Leader: 
Special Offering: Scholarship Sunday

January 19th

Dana Jacobsen
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Rereading the famous letter today shows how relevant it is to today.

Special Offering: HUM Sunday

January 26th
Michelle Sullivan
"Suicide Stigma, Facts and Myths"
Rev. Michelle Jouyo Sullivan will talk candidly suicide and suicide prevention, pulling back the curtain on a lot of myths and false beliefs, and how to remove the stigma associated with suicide. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. Michelle Jouyo, a member of the American Association of Suicidology, has worked in crisis and suicide prevention for several years. 

Service Leader: Debbi Zill
Special Offering: Special Projects

Services Sundays @ 10:30
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
403 West Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL  32168


Looking Ahead to February 2020

February 2nd

Jim Scott 
A Musical UU Program
February 9th

Dr. Lucas

February 16th

Sheila Csagoly
"Music of the Heart"
February 23rd 

Jenny Nazak


Upcoming Events
January 7th
Dream Circle

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 8th
Book Club
"The Shortest Way Home" by Pete Buttigieg
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 10th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

January 13th
CUUC Board Meeting
All are welcome
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 17th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

January 19th
Semi Annual Congregational Meeting
All are welcome
Following the Morning Service 
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 19th
Chess Club
All are welcome
3:00-when finished
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 21st
Dream Circle

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 24th
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

January 25th

Andrew McKnight Concert

7:00 p.m-9:30 p.m..
Tickets $15 per person or $25 per couple
On sale now or at the door
Refreshments available
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

January 31st
Fridays for the Future

Volusia Climate Action
Meet at the corner of 44 & Wallace 
(affectionately known as Walt's corner)
New Smyrna Beach

***For the most up to date information on events, please check the calendar on
our webpage- or

Upcoming Birthdays

 January 8th- Nicholai Zakrewsky 
January 11th- Carmen Rivera 
January 17th- Loretta Clemente 
January 18th- Joe Wolfarth 

February 5th-Chris Kaplan
February 10th- Laura Chilkott
February 12th- Nancy McCormick
February 15th-David Lang
February 21st-Al Fregin

President's Message

Greetings to All! 

All Eyes were turned towards the Island Nation of New Zealand
recently after the sudden and unexpected explosion of an active
volcano there on a little offshore island of its own making known as
"White Island" (the Maoris - New Zealand's indigenous people - call it
"Whakaari"); a Royal Caribbean cruise ship had been anchored in
the waters beside the island on December 9th, and dozens of tourists
were onshore, when the volcano suddenly began erupting  - people
on the ship took video with their phones as others shook their heads
in horror saying, "No no no no" because they understood that lives
were going to be lost as the captain directed the ship's crew to get as
far as possible from danger to protect those on board... after the
eruption the story made international news reports as nearly every
person who'd been ashore during the incident was killed or injured,
47 in all... 13 died immediately due to the blast, and more than 2
dozen would be hospitalized in burn units in New Zealand and
Australia. Some victims received fairly minor attention before their
release. Others, badly burned in some cases, have been stabilized
but continue to be monitored. The death toll would grow to 19.
As word got out about the tragedy, international interest in the situation grew. 

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Ms. Jacinda Ardern, held a news
conference a day or two after the eruption, fighting back emotions as
she thanked the rescue workers who had [despite the immediate
threat of a second eruption] been bravely seeking to reclaim the body
of every possible victim in order to offer family members as much
'closure' as possible in the wake of this tragedy (two victims' bodies
have not been found; it's believed they were in the water because if
they had been on land their remains would have been located)...

Story after story about this incident has fascinated me; since Florida
has no volcanic activity, I experienced a morbid fascination about it,
followed by terrible sadness as I read about the families whose loved
ones perished after taking an exciting adventure, hiking with their
dear ones on an active volcano. Family and friends describe the joy
they felt at sharing such happy times together. Pictures have
surfaced including selfies proudly taken on the island and shared via
social media just before the blast occurred. One of the unrecoverable
dead is a handsome tour guide who lived his dreams by showing off
the beauty of his homeland's natural wonders to tourists... 

The local Maori natives opened their Meeting House to the family
members of victims who rushed to the scene where their loved ones
died or were injured or lost, and news reports showed the "radical
hospitality" that we UUs praise as those who came for this purpose
were greeted, hugged and supported in their moments of need.
The stories about this tragedy brought my attention to other stories
about the Maori culture, reminding me of a favorite movie, "Whale
Rider," which swept the world over 15 years ago. Then I saw an
article about a Maori man who has turned his New Zealand
barbershop into a sort of 'Support Group Meeting House' for men
, printing T-Shirts that read, "She Is Not Your Rehab" for all the guys
who are learning to trust the wise advice they can get from each
other rather than expect some "perfect" relationship to cure all of their
problems [Huge Thanks to Molly Hunt for sharing this story on
FaceBook!]; my coworker Deb tells me that she remembers seeing a
poster bearing that slogan - "She Is Not Your Rehab" - in the
Counseling Office at Daytona Beach Community College in the
1970s (Deb and I were each Peer Counselors there as students, a
decade or so apart!)...

Finally, I watched a video about the Maori concept of "Whanau" -
which has been loosely translated as "Extended Family" but really
means a way of viewing one's entire clan as a support network where
the older generations all take part in mentoring the young... according
to the video, the term, "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child!" is a good
approximation of the ways Maori culture links individuals into "family"
units... in their language the sound of the double-consonant "Wh" is
pronounced like an "F" - so it is pronounced phonetically as
something like "Fan-Oh..."

Although I am not a Maori myself, I sensed a reflection of my own life
in these descriptions of the Maori traditions  - largely because of the
way that being "The Baby" in a big "blended family" had provided me
with just the kind of "mentors" of multiple generations that Maori
children find in their culture! From my great-grandmother to my
nephews and nieces, our family has appeared to me as a Circle of
Love with the power to offer guidance and a sense of belonging and
comfort to each generation that comes along. As typical North
Americans often are, we are scattered across the continent. Yet I see
an unbroken thread of Loving Connection. 

I know that many in our nation today find this kind of Connection
through the churches to which they belong; that is why I point out the
UU Concept of "radical hospitality" as being central to our faith. Molly
expressed a sense that she knows her 5 children feel this connection
when they come to our West Street Street Sanctuary on a Sunday
morning, and members 'old and new' feel it as well. The world
continues to present news that shocks, startles and "rattles" us - but
Together we are Strong, Together we Grieve when Tragedy Strikes,
Together we HEAL.

Let's Make 2020 a Year for Healing. Let's Make it a Year to Begin
Again In LOVE.

Thank You - for Sharing this Journey!


Joe WolfArth 
President, Board of Trustees 



There is a long tradition in UU churches of covenant groups or small group
ministry groups. They are described by the UUA as Groups of 10-12 people who meet
regularly, to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.

Small groups are great places to get to know other people and to get
to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another,
with the congregation, and with the sacred.

I am starting such a group, which now are often called Chalice Circles,
for our newer members.  Nine people have been invited, and as of this
moment, five have agreed to join.  We will begin in mid-January,
and will meet monthly through June.

Whether the topic is “good and evil,” “mindful living,” "dealing
with conflict," or “letting go,” the conversation is respectful
and caring and leads to greater understanding. In each session all participants
have the opportunity to share their perspectives without interruption,
tell their stories, and listen deeply. The time together is structured:
Groups begin and end with centering readings and often include times for
quiet reflection as well as sharing.  Many small groups also put their faith
into action through service projects. Groups close after getting started,
so that the membership is static. We pledge to keep what is said in the group
just in the group.

Knowing UUs as I do, I also see a brief social period afterward!

If there is interest, we can plan future groups.

Connie Baker

Scenes from CUUC

Donations to HUM For Thanksgiving

Book Club Participants(minus our photographers) who came to discuss Sally Field's memoir "In Pieces."

Dinner for Eleven at Kathi Smith's House  Good Food! Good Company!

Book Club Field Trip to Lillian Place for a Victorian Tea

Special Thanks to David Herr and Steve Baker in their help replacing
our Lamppost.
Spotlight on a Member
Jack Koppelman

  I grew up in northern New Jersey and my childhood heroes were 
Duke Snyder and the Brooklyn Dodgers.  After college
and law school in Washington, D.C., I settled into a near 40 year
legal career while marrying (proposal accepted 3 months
after our first date) and the marriage lasted a lifetime.

Somehow in that time my family and I managed to leave
Washington and moved to Colorado where I practiced law
for 6 years and then moved to Mexico in 2004 before
returning to the USA and Orlando in 2010 and NSB in 2014.
 I have two children and they are my joy.  You can
often find me playing shuffleboard on Flagler Avenue,
surf fishing, or walking the beach most mornings at or before sunrise.
 In the end love is all that matters - that is my takeaway on life.

Famous Unitarians

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
 Author, Poet, Abolitionist, and Women's Rights Advocate

 (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) was an abolitionist, suffragist,
poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer, one of the first African American
women to be published in the United States.

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, she had a long and prolific
career, publishing her first book of poetry at the age of 20. At 67,
she published her novel Iola Leroy (1892), which was widely praised.
As a young woman in 1850, she taught sewing at Union Seminary
in Columbus, Ohio, a school affiliated with the AME Church.
In 1851, alongside William Still, chairman of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society,
she helped refugee slaves make their way along the
Underground Railroad on their way to Canada. In 1853 she began
her career as a public speaker and political activist afte
r joining the American Anti-Slavery Society.

Her collection Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (1854) became
her biggest commercial success. Her short story "Two Offers" was published
in the Anglo-African in 1859, making literary history as the first short story
published by a black woman.

Harper founded, supported, and held high office in several national
progressive organizations. In 1883 she became superintendent of the
Colored Section of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Women's
Christian Temperance Union. In 1894 she helped found the
National Association of Colored Women and served as its
vice president. Harper died aged 85 on February 22, 1911, nine years
before women gained the right to vote.Her funeral service
was held at the Unitarian Church on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

The above information was copied from the following
Wikipedia link onn Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. 
There is so much more information on her there, please read and learn more.
Different Observances for the Month of January

Different Religious Observances for the Month of January

January 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, commonly used for civil dating purposes.

January 1- Gantan-sai (New Years) ShintoGantan-sai is the Shinto celebration of the new year (oshogatsu). This day is one of the most popular for shrine visits, and many pray for inner renewal, health, and prosperity. 

January 3-Vasant Panchami-Hindu -festival to prepare for the arrival of spring

January 5 GURU GOBIND SINGH JI’S BIRTHDAY • Sikh Guru Gobindh Singh was the 10th Sikh guru of Nanak and founder of the Khalsa.

January 6 EPIPHANY • Christian Known as Theophany in Eastern Christianity, it celebrates the manifestation of Jesus as Christ. In addition, the Western Church associates Epiphany with the journey of the Magi to the infant Jesus, and the Eastern Church with the baptism of Jesus by John.

January 6 CHRISTMAS • Armenian Orthodox Christian Armenian Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany, except for Armenians living in Israel, who celebrate Christmas on January 19th.

January 7 CHRISTMAS • Eastern Christian/ Feast of the Nativity  Most Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches based on their use of the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar.

January 10-12 MAHAYANA NEW YEAR • Buddhist In Mahayana countries the New Year starts on the first full moon day in January.

January 15 MAKAR SANKRANTI • Hindu
Seasonal celebration marking turning of the sun toward the north.

January 19 WORLD RELIGION DAY • Bahá’í Observance to proclaim the oneness of religion and the belief that world religion will unify the peoples of the earth.

January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Day-The birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is on January 15th but it is observed on the third Monday in January.

January 20 – January 24 NO NAME-CALLING WEEK Annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling and bullying of all kinds.

January 25 LUNAR NEW YEAR • Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist Also known as the Spring Festival, an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

January 27 UN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY Annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust coinciding with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.

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 Year are:


Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for
America's Future by Pete Buttigieg

Once described by the Washington Post as “the most interesting
mayor you’ve never heard of,” Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old
mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the
nation’s most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that
celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home
 narrates the heroic transformation of a “dying city” (Newsweek)
into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention.

February 5th

by Stephen King

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that
brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes.
Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell
victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

March 4th

by Michelle Obama

Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama
published in 2018.  Described by the author as a deeply personal experience,
the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her
time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother

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)

or 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

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte

Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, 
Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and
his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw.

Published in 1847, the year before Emily Bronte’s death at the age of thirty, 
Wuthering Heights has proved to be one of the nineteenth century’s most
popular yet disturbing masterpieces. The windswept moors are the
unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff
and his wealthy benefactor’s daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine’s betrayal
of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the
next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many
genres—from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory—and
transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful
our de force.

October 7th

Leadership: In Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from?
How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the
leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has
studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,
Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—
to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves
and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their
first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths
were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.

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 lin "for Cuuc newsletter".
Small Ways to Help CUUC!
If you shop at, a portion of your expenditure can go
to a non-profit of your choice.  Go to and designate
Community Unitarian Universalist Church and we'll see monetary rewards
trickle in!

Also, at, our church is listed.  This is a fabulous new
compendium of hundreds, if not more, of online vendors.  You can get
ANYTHING here, and the vendors will send us a portion of the price
you pay.  If we get two more orders in the next 5-6 weeks, they'll give
us $50 for joining!   Sign in as, password cuuc1234.

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
Check out our Facebook page!
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 February Newsletter

is January 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

Copyright © 2015 Community Unitarian Universalist church, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Copyright © 2015, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P. O. Box 238063
Port Orange, FL  32123 

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp