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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

President's Message
Hello, Friends.

I have been thinking of how much has changed since I last wrote this column.I am sad to report that I have had a heavy heart - as no doubt Most - if not ALL - of You have - because of the War in Europe.

When Russian dictator Vladimir Putin attacked the neighboring nation of Ukraine, I like probably Most United States citizens, was shocked and unsettled. Outrage followed. Some weeks later, I have realized that I have been experiencing the Stages of Grief (as defined by psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross) in reacting to this situation overseas. The five stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
I have recognized that the fact of War - the most large-scale display of human Aggression against others - is more than "a use of force to achieve political aims" (as described for me and my classmates at Daytona Beach Community College nearly 35 years ago on the first day of the 'International Relations' course I had signed up for... our instructor, a veteran of WWII, was quick to point out that our class time and reading assignments would engage with this thoroughly - he said, "If you expected something Else, you're in the wrong class! I encourage you to change out of this one..." on the occasion of our first meeting in the classroom) - I Now see Warfare as a Moral Outrage against the Principles and Traditions that guide Unitarian Universalists in our daily lives.

Unfortunately, humanity seems to fall into the trap of making War (NOT Love!) a regular behavior for masses to engage in... one which produces negative consequences each and every time it occurs. The human and environmental costs of warfare are unbearable. Yet it continues.
So my Grief is a natural reaction.

Knowing this has made the Sweetness of my everyday life look suspect. For I cannot evade thoughts of the suffering of others, or the potential for far greater suffering yet to come. These thoughts cannot, Will not be Waved Away. They are constant reminders of the ugly horror of this time. And nothing is going to stop them until the hostilities end. Sigh.

Yet our lives go on, and we try to be optimists and seek opportunities to keep making this world Better each day.

I am Grateful for the CUUC, for our church provides me with a true community of kindred spirits who meet and worship together as friends; we don't all need to agree about everything in order to keep setting our sights on the goals written into our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Traditions, which outline the "moral compass" that helps me stay focused (one which I feel is sadly lacking in many parts of this world today)...
I am Grateful for Unitarian Universalists everywhere who join us in a prayer for Peace, Dignity and Respect for All the peoples of this world. 

And I am again made aware of the things that individuals who Care are Doing to improve the lives of others (& - reflexively, Themselves - because kindness "begins at home" - often, showing kindness and compassion to ourselves leads us to feel greater empathy with others)...

A point of Pride, for me, lies in the fact that despite our small Congregation, CUUC Members Show our Support for others in need - through special collections for folks in communities ravaged by Disasters (usually natural disasters, but wartime creates man-made disasters as well...) plus our efforts to help improve the lives of folks in our own area, by collecting food and monetary assistance for the Halifax Urban Ministries Food Banks, which, along with the program known as "God's BathHouse" are helping people at the lowest rungs of the SocioEconomic Ladder survive in times of need and trouble.

People DO call our church number asking for assistance with finding ways to Connect with organizations like these who can provide assistance - for themselves and/or for the chance to Volunteer or to Donate.
As I pointed out in a recent CUUC Board of Trustees Meeting, I have referred persons in need to the United Way "1st Call For Help" Line - All one need Do is to dial "211" and get a menu that directs the caller to press "1" for Tax Preparation Assistance, "2" for Veterans' Services, or "3" for help getting in touch with Social Services Agencies in the area (this service - 3 digits, like dialing "911" for medical/health emergencies - didn't yet exist in Volusia County when I was last employed in the Social Service field myself!)

In our own congregation, the work of many many volunteers has made CUUC what it is today.  Recently, members have expressed interest in making improvements to our building and grounds - which inspires me!
I see our 'campus' littered with leaves and think, 'We Need To Organize a Raking Party!' I look at our Butterfly Garden and I think, 'These Plants Need TLC!' I pick up sticks lying on the ground and I think, 'We'll need to hold another Drum Circle and build a fire so these sticks can get used!'
Good News: recently several folks who are attending Sunday Services at CUUC have proven to have interests, abilities and skills which are valuable! Mike Parker pressure-washed our building! Tim Wixted has volunteered to assist with landscaping and gardening (though he does Not like Ferns! FYI)... and many others who attended our most recent Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting expressed interest in making improvements to our building (new paint, even solar panels for hot water!) and grounds (planting more podocarpus along the Eastern Fence, renovating/repairing the Picket Fence and the sign that faces West Street) - though honestly I think these things Don't Need to be "Long-Range" plans at all... and Trustee Kathi Smith shared with our CUUC Board of Trustees an idea that the Unitarian Universalist Association has put forth to help congregations which have experienced a loss of members/volunteers in the past couple of years - that we can Break Projects into more Manageable Sizes by creating a "Task Force" assigned to an individual Objective (for example, "Restore/Repair the Picket Fence" and then simply recruit folks for the task force... ironically, We Have Been Doing This ALREADY - Ever since our church took ownership of our building on West Street! We can call the gentlemen who undertook the task of making our Picnic Tables Functional and Safe - Steve Baker, Michael McGraw and Anthony ("Tony") Crispino - a "Task Force!" [Thanks Again, Gentlemen, for the Labor and Passion you put into this project!] Also, Barbara and Charley Mars became a "Task Force of 2!" Who Painted Both our Picket Fence AND kitchen cabinets [Plus, the new cabinet hardware is Gorgeous! Hurray!]
"Many Hands Make The Task Go Faster!"

THANK YOU 😊 - To ALL Whose Volunteer Efforts have contributed to the Beauty and Serenity of our Church! YOU Make CUUC the "Beloved Community" that it IS Today!

- Joe WolfArth
President, CUUC 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.

April 3rd

Dru Ann Welch

"Singing Bowls"

Service Leader: Joe WolfArth

April 10th

The Fabulous Raging Grannies 

Service Leader  Barbara Mars

April 17th

 Meditative Poetry

Service Leader: Michele Moen

April 24th

Musicians and Spirituality

 Service Leader: Rosa Lake



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


Looking Ahead to April's Services ***

 May 1st: Professor Mayhill Fowler Associate Professor Stetson's Program 
                  in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 

May 8th: MOTHERS' DAY! Music celebrating moms with
                 Mothers' day cupcakes

May 15th:  LANCE WALKER, The Florida Highwaymen 
Renowned for their resourcefulness, speed and creativity, a group of 26
                   black Florida artists known as the Highwaymen employed a unique
                  painting style as a way to assert their economic independence and
                  agency during the segregation era.

May 22nd:  Rev. Lou Gates, Psychic Medium

MAY 29th:   Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D. “Artivism” for Human Rights and
 Blending poetry, visual arts, and music, Dr. Rajni Shankar-
                 Brown will discuss the spiritual interweaving and radiant promise of
                 artivism (arts and activism) to promote human rights and advance justice
                 around the globe.


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

Earth Day- April 22nd, 2022

Pledge Drive Picnic

WHO:  CUUC members and friends

WHEN:  April 10, 2022, following the service

WHERE:  CUUC grounds

WHY: A thank you to all who pledge for the next fiscal year


Upcoming Events
April 6th
Book Club
Discussion of "Everything I Never Told You"
by Celeste Ng 
5:00 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

April 10th
Pledge Day Picnic
CUUC Church following worship service

April 11th
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

April 12th
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.

April 17th
Easter Sunday's Evening Drum Circle -
A joyful celebration of Life's Renewal
FREE of Charge! ALL are WELCOME!
5:30 p.m
403 West St.
Bring: a Beverage of your choice, and Drums (if you Have Any - If NOT - NO WORRIES - you can borrow from the CUUC's Collection of Drums/Percussion Items)
For more information, contact:
(386) 308-8080 or 

April 26th
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

April Birthdays
4/5 Connie Baker
4/6 Jack Koppelman
4/7 Lu Giammatteo
4/7 Marcia Buckingham
4/21 Martha Swanson

May Birthdays
5/6 Suzanne Ronneau
5/21 Michele Moen

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



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

Different Observances for the Month of April

Full Month: ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH:  Celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans.

 GENOCIDE AWARENESS MONTH: 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.

 NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: Introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. 

April DAY OF SILENCE: 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 3–May 2 RAMADAN • Islamic: Observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad.

April 10 PALM SUNDAY • Christian: Observed the Sunday before Easter/Pascha to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

April 10 RAMA NAVAMI • Hindu: Celebrates the birthday of Rama, king of ancient India, hero of the epic Ramayana, and seventh incarnation of Vishnu.

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 14 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 15 GOOD FRIDAY • Christian: Known as Holy Friday in Eastern Christianity, it commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter/Pascha.

April 16 THERAVADA NEW YEAR • Buddhist: In Theravada countries the New Year is celebrated on the first full moon day in April.

April 16–23 PASSOVER/PESACH • Jewish: The eight-day “Feast of Unleavened Bread” celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

April 17 EASTER • Christian: Known as Pascha in Eastern Christianity, it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

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

April 27 LAILAT AL-QADR • Islamic: Commemorates the night that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “Night of Power.” Often set on the 27th day of Ramadan, Sunnis may observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th and Shīʿite (Shiite) observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd day of Ramadan.

April 28 YOM HASHOAH • Jewish: “Holocaust Remembrance Day” memorializes the heroic martyrdom of six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust.

This list was taken from the Anti-Defamation League found at this link:

Just for Fun
April Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Apr 1    Friday    Fun at Work Day
Apr 1    Friday    Walk to Work Day
Apr 3    Sunday    World Party Day
Apr 4    Monday    Tell a Lie Day
Apr 5    Tuesday    Read a Road Map Day
Apr 5    Tuesday    First Contact Day
Apr 6    Wednesday    Sorry Charlie Day
Apr 10    Sunday    Siblings Day
Apr 11    Monday    Submarine Day
Apr 11    Monday    Barbershop Quartet Day
Apr 12    Tuesday    Be Kind to Lawyers Day
Apr 12    Tuesday    Grilled Cheese Day
Apr 12    Tuesday    Yuri's Night
Apr 13    Wednesday    Scrabble Day
Apr 14    Thursday    International Moment of Laughter Day
Apr 14    Thursday    Reach as High as You Can Day
Apr 14    Thursday    Look up the Sky Day
Apr 16    Saturday    Eggs Benedict Day
Apr 16    Saturday    Wear Pajamas to Work Day
Apr 17    Sunday    Haiku Poetry Day
Apr 18    Monday    Columnist Day
Apr 20    Wednesday    Look Alike Day
Apr 22    Friday    Jelly Bean Day
Apr 23    Saturday    Take a Chance Day
Apr 23    Saturday    Impossible Astronaut Day
Apr 23    Saturday    Lover's Day
Apr 24    Sunday    World Pinhole Photography Day
Apr 25    Monday    DNA Day
Apr 26    Tuesday    Pretzel Day
Apr 26    Tuesday    Richter Scale Day
Apr 28    Thursday    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Apr 29    Friday    Zipper Day
Apr 30    Saturday    Honesty Day

Famous Unitarian Universalists

Alyson Schafer
born 1960
Author, International Speaker, Counselor

Alyson Schafer is one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She promotes a firm but friendly “democratic parenting” style and offers practical solutions backed by extensive evidence based research.

Alyson is an Adlerian family counsellor, author and internationally acclaimed expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising co-operative and resilient kids. Armed with years of research, clinical and field experience, Alyson can provide a new, positive understanding of your current family dynamic with actionable solutions that will give you the hope and confidence needed to transform your family.

Whether you are looking for a bite size tip to see you through a melt down or you’d like to delve further to transform your family life, Alyson can help. Her style is fast, witty, warm and encouraging. Alyson delivers her deep insights in ways that today’s busy parents can easily understand and apply immediately.

This information was taken from the entry found at this link:

Book Club Picks for 2022

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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