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Community
News

December
2020

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Email: cuucnsbfl@gmail.com

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.
 
Join CUUC's Steve Baker and other members as they rally on Sundays at the corner of 
Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  32168
4:00 to 5:00 PM

Contact Steve Baker for more information through the church email.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080


 Email: info@dbcuuc.org or cuucnsbfl@gmail.com
President's Message
GREETINGS!

I Greet you with Great Joy! And PRIDE!

I have been filled with Pride in our Nation  - which continues to embrace Democracy over Tyranny - if only its founders were alive to see that our values (as embodied in our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Traditions) carried the day in an election season riddled with cruel and unjust accusations underwritten by Corporate Greed and a twisted vision of a possible Dogmatic Theocracy!
 
In his inspiring book, "God and Other Famous Liberals" [published in 1991] U.U. Reverend Forrest Church described the chaos that reigned in our 13 once-British colonies prior to the creation of these 'United States' with a Federal Government to mediate between them. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend this exploration of why "Separation of Church and State" became a critical part of the blueprint for our fledgling nation's political system.

Thomas Jefferson himself warned of the dangers of Corporate Greed should they become manifest in a government enthralled with money and power to the extent that individual liberties become "expendable..."

I am proud of my fellow citizens who made their votes count this year.

I am proud of the Unitarian Universalist Association and its leader, Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, who created the "UU the Vote!" Program, and encouraged UUs to join in the effort to mobilize potential voters nationwide.

I am proud of the members of our church who have been protesting the efforts of government and big business to close off avenues of change  - in terms of the unfair treatment of females in our society, in terms of fomenting wise responses to global warming, in terms of making the shift from a "police state" mentality to one of community responsiveness and reprioritization of resources [the movement labeled, "DeFund the Police"  - a label which has, admittedly,  caused confusion and consternation for many, especially older generations], in terms of a long-overdue review of how our police departments and government agencies actually WORK in this nation... Some members of CUUC have been protesting for YEARS to demand effective, positive Change [a Shout-Out to Steve Baker here: Greta Thunberg would be So Proud of you, Dude!!!]... I am very proud of our church's membership, for recognizing the Value of these movements and supporting them [a Special Shout-Out to our fabulous CUUC Board of Trustees  - for "hanging in there" during a year in which a Global Pandemic disrupted Everything  - including our scheduled Annual Meeting which typically results in the election of New Officers and Trustees to our Board  - we regretfully had to choose to postpone this event until we can figure out how to do it Safely - now - ironically - the U.S. Election is perhaps giving us Inspiration as to 'How to Proceed' (Mail-In Ballots PLUS an Online Meeting, Perhaps???) - And I also want to Shout-Out to the folks who have recently been willing to 'Step Up' as Service Leaders for our Sunday Morning Services - You Are Worth Your Weight In GOLD! Sending BIG BIG VIRTUAL HUGS to You ALL!]

I am proud - on a Personal Level - to be the product of a family whose members - historically speaking - were proud citizens of this nation, from our immigrant ancestors who came to this continent in search of a better life and more opportunities for their children... to my late father and uncle (my mom's brother) who both served in the Pacific during WWII and proudly believed in our nation's responsibility to fight against Fascism in All of Its Forms... Both proud Republican Voters for Life, what would these two kind and logical men have thought of Fascist groups like the "Proud Boys" coveting the support of a Republican President in the 21st Century? I think they might well have been Shocked and Horrified... as I feel ALL of our citizens should be! I am proud of the example set by my late sister Sally, who chose a career in the law because she believed strongly in the pursuits of both Justice and Happiness (as enshrined in the Bill of Rights in our nation's Constitution)... Now my sister may have been one of the spirits standing Ready to Welcome our late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she crossed to the 'Other Side' - if not for Justice Ginsburg and other strong, empowered women before her, the dreams of my late sister and my wonderful cousin Christine Williams to pursue careers in the Law would surely never have amounted to reality! Sally would undoubtedly be very pleased to see Kamala Harris rise to the position of Vice-President Elect, breaking yet another 'glass ceiling' that - as Justice Ginsburg herself so eloquently opined, actually represented a barrier which harmed Men as Well as Women, since rigid gender-conformity rules hamper a society's effectiveness when it is confronted by the Need for Adaptation and Positive Change. I am So Proud of ALL of these brilliant women and their accomplishments. And when I consider the women of CUUC [a Shout-Out Here to Ms. Pat Gadbaw and her many years of volunteer service - Both to our church and to the League of Women Voters here in Volusia County! You ROCK, Pat!!!] - I am Prouder STILL!

THANK YOU - CUUC (I Write these words as the annual Thanksgiving Holiday - our National Day of Gratitude - when we traditionally 'Count Our Blessings' - draws near) - I am Grateful to YOU - Our Church Community - for giving me the opportunity to serve you with Thanks and Praise! (Which - as one of our most beloved U.U. Hymns states - allows us to "make our own days glad!")

Please keep yourselves SAFE from harm this Holiday Season as the growing threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic looms over our traditions of spreading holiday "joy" - let's NOT Take Part in any activities that would also spread GERMS - Potentially Deadly Ones!

Wishing You Joy, Love and Light,

Joe WolfArth 
Current President of CUUC's Board of Trustees 

P.S.  - a note about my SurName - in answer to questions that have arisen lately - my Dad's German Ancestors probably couldn't read or write when they immigrated; when I meet German people they sometimes tell me that my name appears to be a composite of two German words - "Wohl" (meaning "Well") and "Fahrt" (meaning "Going" - or "Travelling" - or "Driving" - or - more loosely - "Being") - a member of the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago once told me, when I was an Art Student in that city - "You can translate your Surname as 'Well-Being!" Isn't that Marvelous!" (I believe that man was himself a German immigrant; I remember him as a kind and gentle man)... my Dad chose to pronounce our Surname "Wool-furth" but my siblings and I prefer to pronounce the "a" in the second syllable like the "a" in "cart" or "part" - thus the Surname rhymes with "Bull Parts" - some years ago I began to Capitalize the "a" in a deliberate attempt to enable people to pronounce the Surname "Correctly" - and while I have been wanting to legally change my name ever since - and "officially" get that Capitalization - lack of funds has deterred this process (I learned that it typically costs hundreds of dollars - and I didn't have this to spare!)... However, NOW would be a very good time to Re-examine the matter, since I must renew my Driver's License soon, and the state of Florida now requires "Proof of Citizenship" to do so - including a Birth Certificate - my coworker Deb recently spent 3 hours in the DMV Office fulfilling these new requirements - "3 Hours that Felt Like YEARS!" - She Says!
I honestly would rather simply give the money to our church... but if conforming to the letter of social mores is at issue...? 
I would welcome your suggestions! Feel free to email them to cuucnsbfl@gmail.com 
- Thanks!
Namaste!

Joe WolfArth

 
A Month of Sundays
 

December 6th

Jim Scott
"A Healing for the World"
Jim mixes songs and stories in a message of peace
and reconciliation for a wounded world and our struggling society. 
Amid wars, cataclysmic weather events, pandemic and an economic
collapse, any long term visions of sustainability have lately
been obscured if not abandoned.  In this season of optimism
and renewal of spirit for the work we have before us, our charge
is nothing less than a job of healing, the earth and ourselves.

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

December 13th

Rev. Mark Spivey

" COVID Creations: a look at the top three BIG
lessons learned from a SMALL virus."

The presentation examines the positive impact of
COVID-19, with special attention to the "top 3
lessons" for living a better life. 

Service Leader:Nancy McCormick

 
December 20th

Rev. Pat Ray
"Long Walk Part of Gift"

Service Leader: Rosa Lake

December 27th

Dr. Donald Musser

Service Leader: Joe WolfArth
 




Our May-November services were presented over Zoom Meeting
on the Internet. We will continue with this format until we can
join each other in worship. Since we are unsure of all our  presenters
and their comfort level with this program, we will be sending out
the weekly invite with the topic for the week. 

  If you haven't been following our emails, here are some simple
directions for downloading Zoom.and using it.

Setting up the Zoom App- do this as soon as possible !!!!!!!
Go to Zoom website Https:zoom.us/
In the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click “sign up, it’s free”
Enter a valid email to be associated with your Zoom account. Follow
the steps to finalize the account. 

Now you will be ready when we send the email invitation to join a
Zoom meeting of the Worship service.  Please note that you can only
join the meeting 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start.  This is also
advisable as others can help you with technical problems.
 
There are several ways to join a meeting. You can join a meeting by
the meeting id (with password), using the link provided in the email, or
by dialing in on your phone via the New York number provided in the
email.  The easiest method is the link but you must be patient as it
takes a little while before it joins.

Kudos to all who worked to make our services happen live.  Kudos to
our service leaders who are learning to use Zoom and thank you to
our speakers who have either videotaped their talk or our planning to
join the Zoom live on Sundays.
 
Looking Ahead to January's Services

January 3rd- Dr. Donald Musser  
January 10th- Steve Baker
January 17th- "Holocaust Remembrance Sunday"  Nancy McCormick & Judith Roscoe
January 24th- The Raging Grannies "Fighting Social Justice Through Song"
January 31st-Rabbi Merrill Shapiro

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

Thank you for the Church Yard Cleanup

 
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to clean up our flower beds and our church yard!  
Your time, talent and help was most appreciated.

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


December 7th
Board of Trustees Meeting
2p.m.

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


December 9th
Book Club
Discussion of "Florida"
Location to be Announced
Social Distancing Observed
5 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.


Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

Zoom
links in the Weekly Invite


Email church email for more information on how to join
dbcuuc@dbcuuc.org

December Birthdays
12/1 Kermit Hunnicutt
12/6     Victor Brisebois
12/7       Shawn Capers
12/20       Charlie Mars
12/21  Mark Moehring
12/29   Rosa Jeanne Lake


January Birthdays
1/11 Carmen Rivera
1/17 Loretta Clemente
1/18 Joe WolfArth
1/28 John Hildebrand

 

 
          End of Year Giving   
  
Coronavirus bill has a $300 tax break for charitable giving
 
In prior years, taxpayers who have not itemized deductions received no tax benefit as a result of charitable giving. Now, taxpayers who do not itemize can take advantage of a new, above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for amounts contributed to charity in 2020.
Please look for this new deduction when preparing your 2020 tax return.  Please consider donating to CUUC if you are able.
Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-bill-has-a-300-tax-break-for-charitable-giving.html#:~:text=A%20measure%20in%20the%20federal,write%2Doff%20for%20charitable%20donations.

Community Unitarian Universalist Church 
PO Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123-8289     
 
Thank you,


Rosa Jeanne Lake
Treasurer
203 641-2608      
 
In Remembrance

Barbara Morgan Burke
1934-2019
Former Minister of Community Unitarian Universalist Church (1998-2000)
died in October 2019.

Barbara was born on January 7, 1934 in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, following which she earned her Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington in 1985. She then served the Edmonds Unitarian Church, WA as a student minister (1988) and the Unitarian Church, Rockford, IL as a summer minister (1988). Later in 1989, Barbara received her Master of Divinity from Northwest Theological Union, WA.

Rev. Burke was ordained on January 24, 1991, by the Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA where she carried out her parish ministry for eight years (1990-1998). In 1998, she accepted a call from the Community UU Church, Daytona Beach, FL and served there until 2000 as a New Congregation Minister. Rev. Burke then served Horizon UU Church, Carrollton, TX as a Program Minister from 2000 until 2003, and simultaneously as an Adult Religious Educator from 2002 to 2003. Later, on November 30, 2003, she retired from her active ministry.
 
The full obituary can be viewed at the following link:  
https://www.uuma.org/blogpost/569858/336605/In-Loving-Memory-of-Barbara-Burke-1934-2019
as well as (page 3)
https://www.uua.org/files/pdf/m/mfd_memorial_book_2020.pdf
 
.
Famous  Unitarian Universalist 

Christopher Reeve
1952-2004 
Actor, Activist 

In 1952, Christopher Reeve was born in New York, N.Y.
His acting career had an early start at the McCarter
Theatre in New Jersey when he was 9. Reeve graduated
from Cornell University with a degree in music theory and
English, and later attended the Juilliard School of
Performing Arts. Reeve became a prolific theater actor,
most notably performing in the Broadway play, "A Matter of
Gravity" (1976), along with Katharine Hepburn. Although
Reeve acted in about 150 plays, he is most famous for his
films — especially the immensely popular "Superman"
(1978) and its three sequels, in which Reeve played the
title role. His other films include “Somewhere in Time”
(1980), “The Aviator” (1985) and “Village of the Damned”
(1995).

Reeve appeared in numerous television shows such as
“Smallville” and “Sesame Street” and he directed the film
“In the Gloaming” (1997). He married Dana Morosini in
1992 and they had one son, William, born in 1992. Reeve
also had two children with Gae Exton: Matthew, born in
1979, and Alexandra, born in 1983.

In 1995, Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after a
horseback riding accident that injured his spinal cord.
Following his paralysis, he became a disability activist who
narrated the documentary "Without Pity: A Film About
Abilities" (1996). Reeve was appointed Chairman of the
American Paralysis Association in 1996, the same year
that he and his wife founded the Christopher and Dana
Reeve Foundation, which funds spinal cord research.

“It’s frightening to me, the organized religion,” Reeve told
Charlie Rose in a 2002 interview when he spoke about his
childhood fear of church and its images of a violent god.
Reeve added, “My father was not religious at all, so I really
did not bother with questions of faith and spirituality.” He became a Unitarian Universalist after his accident. He died
in 2004 at age 52 after an antibiotic for an infection sent
him into cardiac arrest and a coma.



This brief biography was taken from the Freedom From Religion Foundation at the following link :  https://ffrf.org/news/day/dayitems/item/14870-christopher-reeve
Different Observances for the Month of  December

December 1 WORLD AIDS DAY International day of action on HIV and AIDS.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day

December 3 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Raises awareness about persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations'_International_Day_of_Persons_with_Disabilities

December 8 BODHI DAY • Buddhist Also known as Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_Day

December 10 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Day

December 11–18 CHANUKAH • Jewish Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the Temple to the service of God in 164 BCE. Commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek King, Antiochus, who sought to suppress freedom of worship.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah

December 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE • Christian Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe

December 15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY Commemorates the signing into law of the ten original amendments of the United States Constitution in 1791.
https://constitutioncenter.org/learn/civic-calendar/bill-of-rights-day

December 21 WINTER SOLSTICE Marks the first day of the season of winter. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the shortest of the year with the sun shining closest to the Southern Hemisphere and the farthest from the Northern Hemisphere.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE • Christian Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Eve

December 25 CHRISTMAS • Western Christian Commemorates the birth of Jesus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

December 26 2020– January 1, 2021 KWANZAA A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

December 29 WOUNDED KNEE DAY On December 29, 1890 more than 200 Lakota Sioux were massacred by U.S. troops at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/63this-day-in-history-december-29-1890-wounded-knee-massacre

December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink. etc.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year's_Eve


This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League. https://www.adl.org/search?keys=religious+observances+2020

Last Book for the 2019 Book Club
New Books are being decided November 30 and will be listed in the January newsletter.

Since You are Home Social Distancing Yourself and the library is
offering digital loans perhaps you might want to check these titles out.


December 9th @ 5 p.m.

Florida
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
mother.

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
achievement.

Books are being selected now for next year!  We can't wait for the selections.  It has been an awesome reading year.

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
her at sguard@bellsouth.net with the subject line "for CUUC  newsletter".
Small Ways to Help CUUC!
 
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to a non-profit of your choice.  Go to smile.amazon.com and designate
Community Unitarian Universalist Church and we'll see monetary rewards
trickle in!

Also, at iGive.com, 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 info@dbcuuc.org, 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.

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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.
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403 West Street
New Smyrna Beach, 32168

(386) 308-8080 
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www.nsbcuuc.org

 
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123

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