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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 are requiring that you wear a mask. 
The Delta Variant and Omicron Variant  of Covid has experts
concerned. 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.

 We will not offer food or drink at this time. You may bring your own
beverages but please refrain from drinking in the sanctuary. 
Please save your drinks for outside later.

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
as we return to church services in our
church building. 

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

President's Message
Greetings, Friends!

A New Year Dawns, and New Opportunities arrive!

May the Year 2022 Bring Joy to You and Those You Love!

I was stunned and saddened to see 2021 come to a close accompanied by yet Another Variant of COVID-19. The advent of the Omicron Variant, and news that it's arrival had brought public health officials around the globe to consider further lockdowns and quarantine declarations, brought me to an understanding of the words "COVID Fatigue" that I had been rejecting in my mind and heart for such a long time prior... I thought, 'This Time, I have Really Had Enough!' And when Good-Hearted People have told me that they're now suspicious of the "Entire Thing" and they wonder whether this whole Pandemic wasn't somehow "engineered" to bring the World's population down (presumably so that the survivors could live through climate change and sea-level rise and attendant food shortages, etc.) I can't really say, "That's Crazy" anymore, because I am ready to admit that we've been living in Crazy Times. But when people say they don't "believe" that this Pandemic is "Real" or that Vaccination will Help anyone to survive it, then I have to curb my reaction so I don't exclaim loudly; the Deaths, I know, have been Real.

When the Reverend Mark Spivey came to our Pulpit in November and told us that he has personally attended the bedside of around 2,000 people who have died from the COVID-19 Virus here in Volusia County, Florida since this Pandemic began, I knew he was telling the truth. Mark Spivey does not lie about Death. He has made a career of being a Hospice Chaplain, and he has spent too much time in the company of what folks used to call "The Angel of Death" to sugar-coat anything - and that includes the fact that Death does in fact bring Relief to many who suffer from agonizing pain (like my mother, whose strong spirit led her to fight the cancer that riddled her body until she finally "gave up the ghost" after 9 months of Hospice Care in 1998) - and Death brings calm to those (like my brother Ned) whose hearts Break as they witness those we Love suffering.

My prayer for Humanity is that a new Variant of COVID-19 [perhaps Omicron] will have gentler effects on the persons who catch it, and that its spread could result in a 'Silver Lining' of More ACTUAL "Herd Immunity" being achieved for our species, and LESS Suffering and Death. This thought has coursed through my mind as I have listened to journalists and TV Personalities plaintively asking medical experts for any "good news" about the new variants. I have seen the Humanity of the persons involved in these conversations, and I remember that they, too, have families and loved ones that have been on their minds and in their hearts as our globalized human culture has faced these challenging years of pestilence.

I LOVE History, and in my spare time I love to watch documentaries about times and people(s) past, as archeologists and historians continue to unveil the secrets of the ancient world and its cultures, an ongoing revelation that results in constantly shifting perspectives as the human knowledge base grows and theories are differentiated from facts.

I have written in this column about my admiration for the intelligence and wisdom of ancient forebears who worked to better understand the world around them and apply the knowledge they acquired for the betterment of their societies and humanity.

I recently viewed a documentary about the Antikythera Device, considered the world's first "Analog Computer" - designed by Astronomers between 60-200 BCE and carefully crafted in bronze, it contained dozens of gears and moving parts; turning a crank set the complex system of gears into motion. The device was used to track the positions of heavenly bodies (the moon and the 5 known planets [at that point in time] in our solar system) - it could be used to predict events such as lunar and solar eclipses, the movement of the planets, and even proved capable of tracking ancient events which repeated at regular intervals, such as the Olympic Games and other pan-hellenic festivals and activities. Careful analysis of the device has revealed that it was even mathematically capable of accounting for the irregularities of the orbit of our Earth's Moon. And this was created by people who lacked virtually every "Modern Convenience" taken for granted by the average member of our current society.It literally brings me to tears, realizing how amazingly intelligent human beings can be.We (well, Some of Us - LoL!) are truly capable of genuinely Miraculous discoveries and understanding - and I am Proud of This!

It appears to me (as I study the long and still evolving course of human history) that the Lessons offered to our human societies by this Pandemic are not entirely new; in the past, also, human beings have been made aware of our need to find new ways of healing and caring for our Societies when presented with challenges brought by Disease, a changing climate and environment, competition for needed resources, and other factors that altered the course of our ancestors' lives forever. 

The way Forward, now as it was Then, requires adaptability, flexibility, and Concern for others - a message underscored by the Wisdom wrought into the traditions and values associated with the Winter Holidays we've been celebrating over the last couple of months. Cultures which could Adapt became the cultures whose individuals Survived; and successful Adaptation requires adoption of the concept behind the African word, "Ubuntu" - which can be loosely translated to "I AM Because WE ARE..." This concept is a good reminder that none of us lives in a vacuum; we NEED One Another to Survive and to Thrive. What is Given is to be SHARED. And cultures in which the Sharing becomes the Guiding Principle are cultures which learn to Adapt and to Thrive.

Now to focus, briefly, on our own "Beloved Community" at CUUC: Connie Baker - a longtime member of our Congregation who has made invaluable contributions to our church and our Board of Trustees, leading programs on developing independent theological beliefs, promoting Social Justice Work and reaching out to the larger community via advertising and promotion of CUUC, has sold her Port Orange home and resigned from our BOT; Connie is moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. We are greatly saddened at her departure, but wishing her Every Joy that her New Life can bring.

Also, Dana Jacobsen, who has edited and published the CUUC Newsletter that you are reading NOW, has resigned from our CUUC Board of Trustees.  The position of Secretary is a critical one, and we are beside ourselves trying to think of ways to Thank Dana for her years of Volunteer Service, as we are with Connie!

Love - for our church, our Board of Trustees, and our Congregation - has motivated these two individuals to share their Amazing Gifts of Time, Talent and Care; CUUC is So Grateful for it!

They are Leaving Big Spaces to be filled, especially on our Board of Trustees.

Please Consider stepping up to Serve. YOU Can Make A Difference! In the words of the UU Hymn, "Love Will Guide Us," You Can Change the World  - With Your LOVE!"


NOTICE OF THE CUUC Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting:

OUR Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting is traditionally held in January, and we'll be holding it After the Worship Service on Sunday, January 16th, 2022.

[We will make the Meeting Accessible via ZOOM for those whose health or other concerns will prevent attending this Meeting Live! In-Person!]

We are pleased to offer you the chance to be a part of what "keeps the gears running" at CUUC by volunteering to serve on our BOT, or to assist us as a Service Leader, Greeter, Offering Collector/Counter, or by serving as a Volunteer in some other way - PLEASE Share your Own Gifts and Talents with our Congregation!

I Honor Connie and Dana for the countless hours of Dedicated Service they've each given to our community, and I THANK Dana for being willing to continue to publish This Newsletter!!!

Hoping to See You on January 16th!


Joe WolfArth 😃

Joe WolfArth
President, Board of Trustees
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.

January 2nd

Marcia Buckingham
Musical Program

Service Leader: Steve Baker


January 9th

Dan Gribbin
 “The Daring of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” 

As a young German theologian, he challenged the prevailing Lutheran
orthodoxy.  Then, when Hitler demanded fealty from the church, Bonhoeffer
refused to cave in to the Nazi party condemnation of Jews.  He paid for his
principled stance with his life.

Service Leader  Joe WolfArth

January 16th

Rev. Kalen Fristad
UU Retired Minister

Semi Annual Congregational Meeting 
Following the service.

Service Leader: Rosa Lake

January 23rd

Carmen Palmer, PhD
Stetson University

National Bible Sunday

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

January 30th

\Leslie Kemp Poole
Author, Historian, Professor
"The Marjories of Florida"

The role of women in the state's Environmental

Service Leader: Linda McGraw

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


Looking Ahead to February's Services ***

February 6th:  Dan Gribbin, "Florida in My Soul", Musical Program

February 13th: Rick deYampert, "a program in which  live music is played with  recitations of the love poetry of the mystic ancient Persian poet Rumi, William Butler Yeats and others"

February 20th: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey Religion and the environment, the UU Perspective

February 27th: To Be Announced



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

Upcoming Events

January 5th
Book Club
Discussion of "The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times"
by Jane Goodall

Lost Lagoon Restaurant, NSB
Social Distancing Observed/ Bring your Mask
5:00 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

January 6th
Candlelight Vigil for Peace
at CUUC Church
403 West Street

January 10th
Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00  p.m
CUUC Church
403 West St.
All are welcome!
Contact Joe  WolfArth for details on how to attend

January 16th
Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
at CUUC Church
403 West Street
approximately 11:45 
following the service
Zoom link will be included with agenda email

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

January Birthdays
Carmen Rivera 1/11
Kathy Parker 1/15
Loretta Clemente 1/17
Joe Wolfarth 1/18
John Hildebrandt 1/28

February Birthdays
2/5 Chris Kaplan
2/10 Laura Chilkott
2/12 Nancy McCormick
2/19 Gayle Porster
2/21 Al Fregin

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


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

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 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 7 CHRISTMAS • Eastern Christian 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 14 MAKAR SANKRANTI • Hindu Seasonal celebration marking turning of the sun toward the north.

January 16 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 17 DR. 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 17 TU B’SHVAT • Jewish New Year's Day for Trees, and traditionally the first of the year for tithing fruit of trees. Now a day for environmental awareness and action, such as tree planting.

January 17–21 NO NAME-CALLING WEEK Annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling and bullying of all kinds.

January 18 MAHAYANA NEW YEAR • Buddhist In Mahayana countries the New Year starts on the first full moon day in January.

January 27 U.N. 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 was taken from the Anti-Defamation League found at this link:

Just for Fun

January Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Jan 1    Friday    Polar Bear Plunge Day
Jan 2    Saturday    Buffet Day
Jan 2    Saturday    Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day
Jan 2    Saturday    Science Fiction Day
Jan 3    Sunday    Fruitcake Toss Day
Jan 3    Sunday    Festival of Sleep Day
Jan 4    Monday    Trivia Day
Jan 5    Tuesday    Bird Day
Jan 6    Wednesday    Bean Day
Jan 7    Thursday    Old Rock Day
Jan 8    Friday    Earth's Rotation Day
Jan 9    Saturday    Static Electricity Day
Jan 9    Saturday    Word Nerd Day
Jan 10    Sunday    Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Jan 11    Monday    Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
Jan 11    Monday    Clean Off Your Desk Day
Jan 12    Tuesday    Marzipan Day
Jan 13    Wednesday    Make Your Dreams Come True Day
Jan 14    Thursday    Organize Your Home Day
Jan 15    Friday    Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Jan 15    Friday    Bagel and Lox Day
Jan 16    Saturday    Nothing Day
Jan 16    Saturday    Soup Swap Day
Jan 17    Sunday    Benjamin Franklin Day
Jan 17    Sunday    Kid Inventors' Day
Jan 17    Sunday    Ditch New Year's Resolution Day
Jan 18    Monday    Thesaurus Day
Jan 19    Tuesday    Tin Can Day
Jan 19    Tuesday    Popcorn Day
Jan 20    Wednesday    Penguin Awareness Day
Jan 21    Thursday    Squirrel Appreciation Day
Jan 22    Friday    Hot Sauce Day
Jan 22    Friday    Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
Jan 23    Saturday    Handwriting Day
Jan 24    Sunday    Compliment Day
Jan 24    Sunday    Macintosh Computer Day
Jan 25    Monday    Opposite Day
Jan 26    Tuesday    Spouse's Day
Jan 27    Wednesday    Chocolate Cake Day
Jan 27    Wednesday    e-Day
Jan 28    Thursday    Data Privacy Day
Jan 28    Thursday    Fun at Work Day
Jan 29    Friday    Puzzle Day
Jan 30    Saturday    Croissant Day
Jan 31    Sunday    Backwards Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Maria Mitchell
August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889
Astronomer, Librarian, Naturalist, Educator
Mitchell was the first internationally known woman to work as both a professional astronomer and a professor of astronomy after accepting a position at Vassar College in 1865. She was also the first woman elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 1847, she discovered a comet named 1847 VI (modern designation C/1847 T1) that was later known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in her honor. She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Christian VIII of Denmark in 1848. She became quite the celebrity for her time.

For more interesting facts about Maria Mitchell, please read the following Wikipedia link from which this info was gathered.

Book Club Picks for 2022

January 5 

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times

by Jane Goodall
Nonfiction environment
In this urgent bookJane Goodall shares her Four Reasons for Hope for a better future. How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless?


February 2nd


by Octavia Butler 1979

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. 


March 2nd 

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak 2005
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

April 6th

Everything I Never Told you
by Celeste Ng 2014

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

May 4th

Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver 1998

The Poisonwood Bible
 is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.


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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