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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.
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President's Message

Beloved Peeps,

The past year has seen unprecedented challenges to our church and our nation - as the population of our beloved planet Earth has been affected by an adversary which, though not unknown to our species, had been no more than a looming threat: a deadly virus capable of crossing borders and boundaries. 

When news broke of the COVID-19 Viral threat about a year ago, many of us hoped it would be contained in the corner of the globe where it was first detected. But by the time our Board of Trustees met on March 9th of 2020 we learned that the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston, Massachusetts, headed by the remarkably wise responsiveness of the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, had advised UU Congregations to put our principles in action and suspend face-to-face operations and Live Sunday Morning Worship Services indefinitely - until such time as the viral threat could be contained or otherwise dealt with. 

I am Proud of our denomination and of "Rev. Susan" (as she is affectionately known  - we learned this from a member of her former congregation in Arizona who visited CUUC while we were still meeting in Dudley's Memorial Chapel - before the purchase of our very own building on West Street in New Smyrna) for taking this early and strong stand to protect the Health and Safety of our people. 

Other churches, and other denominations, failed to act swiftly and lost members, some of whom died from the virus, as a result.

Our congregation "lost" one single Sunday Morning Worship Service due to the unplanned closure of our building (& the circumstances which brought it to reality); 
I have been so Proud to share the story of our Resilience in the face of the Pandemic, as we swiftly adapted to the need to create alternative Worship Services OnLine (a Big Shout-Out to Debbi Zill and Sharon Herr for getting our ZOOM Program in place and helping us transition into this new mode of Connection) - and I shall be forever grateful to Rev. Bud Murphy (formerly of the Ormond Beach UU Congregation) for "making it look easy" to welcome an OnLine Speaker for that 1st ZOOM "Broadcast!"
Amazingly [to Me!] we have been able to Persevere in this manner since that date, nearly a year ago, and have been meeting each Sunday morning via ZOOM ever since!

I Believe that our World NEEDS Unitarian Universalists, and our community needs us - Without Question! I believe that we are a group that gets wiser through our interactions and shares that wisdom with those around us - whether in private conversations with the people we know or by standing at the roadside demonstrating our concern for the climate crisis facing Mother Earth, the desperate need for compassion and fairness in a society plagued as much by systemic racism as by a deadly disease stalking the most compromised among us... (a Big Shout-Out here to Steve Baker for Leading the charge!)

Our congregation traditionally holds an Annual Meeting every May and reviews the events that have taken place within our church in the year that has passed; during this meeting we elect new Members and Officers to our CUUC Board of Trustees (depending on which are reaching the end of their terms - term limits are noted in our church's ByLaws); in addition, our congregation Votes to Approve the church's Budget for the Fiscal Year to come [July 1st through the following June 30th]... this allows for Full Transparency with regard to keeping our members "in the know" as to our church's Leadership and Resources.
Additionally, each January we have traditionally held a Semi-Annual Meeting - a "check-in," if you will - to keep our membership informed as to what the BOT anticipates will be Focal Points for the year to come.

CUUC Followed the schedule above by holding Annual and Semi-Annual Meetings "religiously" (in keeping with our ByLaws) from its inception in 1997... until the COVID-19 Pandemic arrived.

The Pandemic changed the nature of the ways we interact with each other so radically that our BOT has literally been "flustered" by the challenges to our traditional mode of hosting Congregational business meetings.

Now we have Missed 2 of them, since No Annual Meeting occurred at all in 2020 and we held No Semi-Annual Meeting in January of 2021.

Our BOT Now has multiple members/officers whose terms of service Should be Ending - and not all may be able to continue to serve in the positions for which they were elected (with a nod to term limits specified in the CUUC ByLaws), Even Should they Wish To Do So.

Our Board discussed whether to continue postponing a Congregational Meeting until a majority of our membership felt comfortable with meeting in person OR to host a Congregational Meeting via ZOOM - perhaps offering members the chance to vote by Proxy - through email, for example.

We Also asked if members would volunteer to join us on a Temporary basis in order to fill empty Board seats - and in January of 2021 our Board welcomed Ms. Barbara Mars as a Trustee in this capacity (she's filling the seat left vacant after the passing away of Trustee Bud Cullison) - And we are Grateful for her Input! She has Already won the Admiration of our BOT with her Energy and Ideas!

We have sought a temporary fill-in for the Vice-President position that was vacated by the resignation of Debbi Zill...

I know quite well that BOT Members become exhausted after multiple years of service, answering the call to serve Again and Again and Again. New Members - even temporary ones - help our BOT to Thrive and Grow as we move forward.

Another Important Reason for Congregational Meetings is that they provide an Open Forum for our Members to share Ideas and Opinions; I cannot Imagine how we would have ever succeeded in the search for a Building of Our Own - or the Quest to "Grow Our Building Fund" sufficiently to make the purchase of one a Real Possibility [Huge Thanks to Mrs. Audrey Barcelo for her Tireless Volunteerism with Directing our Fundraising Efforts!] - if we had Not been able to Discuss this matter Together and allow for the Sharing of perspectives that took place!

Recently, our CUUC BOT activated a committee to revise our church ByLaws in order to provide accommodation for the kind of situation that has unfolded over the past 11 months. The Pandemic "caught us off guard" since nobody had foreseen the kind of year that this has been. Our church's ByLaws should provide us with clear guidelines on how to cope with any situations that prevent meeting In-Person.

We plan to host a Congregational Meeting via ZOOM to get members' approval of a Budget for the Fiscal Year of July 2021 through June 2022, and elect New Officers and Trustees. 

If you only know our church through our Sunday Morning Worship Services, this peek "behind the scenes" may give you a better appreciation for the Work that our CUUC BOT and other volunteers do to keep our church running smoothly.

I would be greatly remiss if I didn't give thanks here to our Worship Committee, which has made those Sunday Morning Services so Richly rewarding - with the beautiful and moving words and music contributed by Service Leaders like Nancy McCormick, Debbi Zill, Kathi Smith, Rosa Jeanne Lake, new WC Members Linda and Michael McGraw and Barbara Mars, and Audrey Barcelo (who recently handed the baton of "Bookie" - the person who schedules our Sunday Morning Speakers and Musical Guests - to Michele Moen - who's been leading our CUUC Book Club group for some time now)... 

I have said it before and it bears repeating - Volunteer Power is the HeartBeat of our church! We are rolling forward into a Bright Future - Thanks to these Labors of Love!



Joe WolfArth
President, Board of Trustees
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
New Smyrna Beach, FL

A Month of Sundays

March 7th

Speaker & Musicians:
Marcia Buckingham, Susan Fitzgerald-Smith, Alan Schroepfer
"Soul Therapy and life Lessons Through Music"
Engaging in or listening to music can be "Soul therapy". 
What it conveys emotionally to the listener can reach deep within us. 
Writing music can be "personal sould SURGERY".  Often in the 
writing process, we are changed by releasing and/or sharing our
emotional  journey.
Our songs can be thought provoking or joyful, dark or lighthearted. 
With music we can sooth our spirits, inspire hope and maybe even
share some practical advice.

Service Leader: Debbi Zill

March 14th

Carmen Rivera
  "Boundaries: The Way Out of Anger and Resentment" 
In this presentation, I will talk about how we can take charge of our lives instead of allowing others to determine our priorities.  Our sense of what it is to be nice and helpful can sometimes lead us to overcommit.  When we can't deliver on our commitments, we end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  Boundary setting goes a long way to helping us stay centered while still being available for others.

Service Leader: Kathi Smith

March 21st
Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey
 "Beloved Community in Aspiration and Practice"
In the Unitarian Universalist world, we often speak
of Beloved Community as an ideal of how to be together in our
congregations and in our larger faith tradition. What does it mean
to be a people of beloved community? Does it have relevance
for your own church community?

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

March 28th

Rev. Marion Visel
"The Divine Trickster" 
has been afoot in our lives when things are turned
upside down, generally to our dismay and bewilderment.  The 
Trickster, The Fool, The Joker, is an archetype, a universal 
pattern of energy, appearing in every culture across time, yet
known by many names.  The Trickster requires us to see our situation
from afar rather than to be swept away by  the drama,
to open us to life's deeper layers of insight, when last becomes
first and simple becomes wise.

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo
Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date information on services.
Our May-February services were presented over Zoom Meeting
on the Internet. We will continue with this format until we can
join each other in worship.
Looking Ahead to April's Services
April 4 TH.   Kurtland & Gaia Davies    Service Leader: Debbi Zill

April 11TH.  Mark Windward   Service Leader: Linda & Mike McGraw

April 18th .   Bud Murphy  Service Leader: Kathi Smith

April 25 th:   Jenny Nazak    Service Leader:  Barbara Mars

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

Upcoming Events
Check the weekly invite to see if our other church groups
begin using Zoom to meet online.

Book Club
Discussion of "The Girl with the Louding Voice"
Lost Lagoon Restaurant, NSB
Social Distancing Observed/ Bring your Mask
3:30 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

March 8th
Board of Trustees Meeting
2 p.m.

via Zoom
All are invited to attend virtually. Please contact
Joe WolfArth for Zoom link

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
Corner of SR-.44 and Mission Rdm New Smyrna Beach
4 p.m.
Email church email for more information on how to join

March Birthdays
3/1 Donna Frank
3/1 Sue Westerlund
3/3 Sharon Herr
3/3 Barbara Mars
3/8 Pat Gadbaw
3/8 Judith Rosko
3/9 Kathy Dolan-Baker
3/11 Dana Jacobsen
3/13 Donna Frank
3/19 Laurel Moehring
3/26 Ginny Fregin

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

Daylight Savings Time

March 14th

Vernal Equinox

March 20, 2021

Happy Florida Spring-Happy Pledge Drive
Why so happy?  Because your past
pledge helped CUUC survive
"2020".  As as we face the spring,
the beginning of our new normal, we
are counting on our members and
friends to keep our community alive.
Pledge packages are in the mail.
  Put the "You in UU", please pledge
to invest in our future.

Different Observances for the Month of March

March Full Month- NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Honors women as significant agents of historical change.'s_History_Month

March 1–19 NINETEEN-DAY FAST • Bahá’í: Baha'is between 15 and 70 years of age do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset and set aside time for prayer and meditation.

March 8 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:  Celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide.

March 11 MAHA SHIVARATRI • Hindu:  Also called Shiva Ratri, the Great Night of Shiva, is a festival in reverence of the god Shiva.
The festival is celebrated at the 13th night or 14th day of the waning moon in the Hindu calendar (month of February or March of the English calendar).

March 14th: Spring Forward the clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

March 15 CLEAN MONDAY • Eastern Christian:  The beginning of Great Lent for Eastern Christian churches, which starts 40 days before Orthodox Easter (Pascha), counting Sundays.

March 17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY • Christian:  Feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. In the U.S., a secular version is celebrated by
people of all faiths through appreciation of all things Irish.'s_Day

March 20 VERNAL EQUINOX:  Marks the first day of the season of spring. The sun shines nearly equally on both
hemispheres when it’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously fall in the Southern Hemisphere.

March 21 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION:  Call to action to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination worldwide.

March 21 NOWRÚZ • Zoroastrian:  
A traditional ancient Iranian festival celebrating the first day of Spring and the Iranian New
Year. Also celebrated as New Year’s Day in Baha’i tradition (Naw-Ruz). (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

March 28 KHORDAD SAL • Zoroastrian:  
The Zoroastrian celebration of the birth of Zoroaster, the founder of the Zoroastrianism religion. The holiday is specifically celebrated in India and Iran, immediately following the
Persian new year, Nowrúz.

March 28 • Buddhist:  Also known as Sangha Day, it commemorates the spontaneous assembly of 1,250
disciples, completely enlightened monks, in the historical Buddha's presence.

March 28 PALM SUNDAY • Christian: 
Observed the Sunday before Easter/Pascha to commemorate the entry of Jesus into

March 28–April 4 PASSOVER/PESACH • Jewish:  The eight-day “Feast of Unleavened Bread” celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

March 29 HOLA MOHALLA • Sikh:  An annual event which is a martial arts parade historically coinciding with Holi, the Hindu
festival of colors. Celebrations related to Holla Mohalla may be held in various locations over several weekends preceding the actual date of the holiday.

March 29 HOLI • Hindu:  A spring festival in India and Nepal dedicated to the god of pleasure, also known as the
festival of colours or the festival of sharing love
March 31 CESAR CHAVEZ DAY::  Honors Mexican American farm worker, labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez (1927–
1993) who was a nationally respected voice for social justice.

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Atheist, Humanist, Freethinker
Writer of 14 novels, three short story collections,
five plays, and five nonfiction works
including Slaughterhouse Five

The following blurb is taken from the Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography.  Please use this link for the full article.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (November 11, 1922-April 11, 2007) was an American novelist also known for short stories, essays, and plays. His writing often displays a darkly comic and satirical style revealing serious moral commentary, sometimes through the medium of science fiction. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he came from a line of cultured German immigrant skeptics, including a great grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut, a freethinker who wrote a book called Instruction in Morals and translated Robert G. Ingersoll's essay on Thomas Paine into German. Another ancestor arrived in America with six hundred books.

Vonnegut’s father, Kurt Vonnegut Sr., like his father before him, was a prominent Indianapolis architect; his mother, Edith (born Lieber), came from a family of wealthy brewers. The Vonneguts were members of All Souls Unitarian in Indianapolis, and Kurt Sr. had designed the congregation’s first building. Unitarian minister Francis Scott Corey Wicks married them, and the family attended church twice a year and prayed at meals. Vonnegut Jr. wrote later that he “had learned from them that ..racial prejudices are stupid and cruel.

Also please read his Wikipedia entry, which is fascinating. Click here for the entry:
Book Club Picks for 2021

March  3rd

The Girl with the Louding Voice
by Abi Dare (novel/women/civil liberties)

  powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. ,,,

April 7th
The Lost City of the Monkey God
by Douglas Preston (non fiction/adventure)
Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization. ...

May 3rd
Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood (dystopian/civil liberties/classic)


In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive.

June 2
by Charlotte McConaghy (novel/suspense/environment)

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore and safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool—a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime—it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny's dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?

July 7
The Mighty and Almighty 
by Madeline Albright (political)


Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?

Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world. Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own deepest beliefs about morality, the United States, and the present state of world affairs, a woman noted for plain speaking offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time.

August 4th
The Creek
by J.T. Glisson (Florida non fiction)

Jake (J.T.) Glisson is a natural-born storyteller. His love of Florida nature is apparent as you read through “The Creek” or peruse his screen play, “Sigsbee.” He grew-up in the backwoods of Florida. Glisson considered Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings his friend and confidante. In addition to being an author and screenwriter, Glisson is an accomplished artist, illustrating all the pictures in “The Creek.”’ Discover more about the wild and wonderful world of Cross Creek and North Central Florida by delving into the tales found in his works.

September 1st
 War of the Worldviews:Where Science and Spirituality Meet
by Deepak Chopra  and Leonard Mlodinow   (spiritual/science)

October 6th
Love in the Time of Cholera -
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is heartbroken, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

November 3rd 
 Good Morning Midnight
by Lily Brooks Dalton (science fiction)

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?
December 1st
by Isabel Wilkerson - (non fiction/civil liberties/rights)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

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