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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.
CUUC's phone number is:

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President's Message
HELLO, My Friends!

Recently I was asked to present a "Message" on a Sunday morning about our 7 UU Principles, and since the person asking was none other than Mrs. Audrey Barcelo, I found I couldn't refuse!

Speaking on this subject made me look back on the 20+years since I first stepped foot into a UU Sanctuary... it happened here in Daytona Beach, as I was preparing to move to Southeast Florida in the year 2000.

I would become a "member" of CUUC in 2002 when I signed the guest book, requesting information about membership... at that time the church was scheduling an "Orientation Class" for newcomers to help us get acquainted with CUUC and with Unitarian Universalism as a whole. I had previously been a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of South Florida, located in Hollywood, Florida (from late 2000 until 2002) and had attended a similar "new kids" class at the Fellowship... 

CUUC's program was led by longtime member Pat Gadbaw, who had run Sunday School programming in CUUC's early years, when numerous members had young children, and I vividly recall her warmth and humor. Another member of the "new kids class" was the late Mrs. Dru Synal, whose daughter, DruAnn Welch, a longtime Pagan and a close friend of CUUC's Administrative Assistant, Wiccan Priestess Barbara Jean Smith, had told her, "Mom, you may not know it, but you Really Think Like a UU! I can assure you that if you get to know some, you will find that these are Your People!" Born under the sign of Aquarius and interested in putting this idea to the test, Dru came to CUUC and ended up becoming fast friends with me in the "new kids class." We would later serve on the Board of Trustees together, and she would present our BOT with the idea of creating an annual scholarship for an 'At Risk' student graduating from New Smyrna Beach's High School (with assistance from the 'Cudas UnHooked Program) to help the recipient move on to college studies. Dru had a lifelong love of learning and had truly enjoyed her own college years (despite a mother who questioned the 'Usefulness' of college study for girls!) and her subsequent career experiences at least as much as she enjoyed being a wife and mother. 
Dru would tell us that she had always challenged the Dogma of any Faith Tradition ("How Do You Know That? WHO Can Speak for God?!") - whether it was her grandparents' Calvinist doctrine, the Dutch Reformed Church (whose services she attended in college) or the Catholic hierarchy ("I married a Catholic man, and I promised to join the Catholic faith and have our children properly Christened. I am Widowed Now, but I still have the Rosary Beads I was given hanging on my bedroom wall!" - And she proudly showed them if you visited her at her home)... Dru and I soon realized that we were "kindred spirits" - open to exploring different Faith Paths, but very selective when it came to identifying exactly what the threads of each might be that would "resonate" for ourselves, personally. We each found the Freedom of the non-creedal Unitarian Universalist Faith Path quite liberating!

When other members of CUUC's Scholarship Committee asked who might be interested in representing us at the NSB High School 2021 Awards Ceremony, I admitted that I do get real pleasure from  the opportunity to stand in Dru's place and from wishing the recipient of our Dru Synal Memorial Scholarship joy as they embark upon their college career. I hope this year's recipient, Miss Cynthia Harris, finds the strength and will to keep reaching for the stars her whole life long, as our friend Dru did!

Dru Synal is only one of the fine people who have affected the course of my own life since I started coming to CUUC. Pat Gadbaw, Dana Jacobsen, Nancy McCormick, Debbi Zill, the late Joan Estrada, Laurel and Mark Moehring, Audrey and Charley Barcelo, Lloyd and Laurie Dunham, Tom and Sena Zane, Bud and Pat Cullison, and Ginny and Al Fregin have been "Heroes" to me for over 15 years now, and I Know so many people who've told me that these folks inspired THEM as well!

 When I think about how these 'Heroes' have made good on the commitment to bring our UU Principles to life through their Actions and Choices, I realize that I've been inspired by the People I have known in UU Circles as much as I have been inspired by the IDEAS behind the Denomination itself.

It's not just WHAT You Believe In, but also how you SHOW It as you Live Your Life that matters...  

It makes me Sad when I think of folks in the public eye whose life stories show that they "believe in" obtaining as much fame, money and power as they can possibly accrue - and perhaps nothing else!

But THEN I look at my UU "Heroes" who have spent years of their lives building a Community Inspired to spread Love and Goodwill in the world through Caring and Spirituality... I honor the folks named above and others - like Barbara Jean Smith and Connie Baker - who have also taught me that even as a Single Person I can make my Voice heard and be a part of this community-building experience. I see that JOY in my Heart is the Greatest Gift I can possibly receive from the Universe!

I also wish to honor "newer" members of CUUC who have been tireless volunteers - like David and Sharon Herr, Rosa Jeanne Lake, Kathi Smith, Laura Chilkott, Martha Swanson, Anna Grainger, Vic Brisebois, Barbara Mars, Linda and Michael McGraw, Michele Moen, Jane Field, DJ Chris Kaplan, Amber Smith, Julia Zakrewsky, Sonia Kling, Lu Giammatteo, Steve Baker, and Tony Crispino... just to name A Few - whose names I can Recall! I find as I am growing older, that I am sometimes plagued with "partial recall"  - for instance I vividly remember "Becky and her Violin" being a wonderful part of so many Sunday Morning Services... but for the life of me I cannot remember her surname!

If you are interested in Volunteering for CUUC and thus becoming a part of this group of Heroes, PLEASE DO IT!

VOLUNTEER POWER is what has Always made our "church family" Strong!

So - if you read your name Above - Hats Off to You!!! You ROCK!

And if not, please consider joining this select Group!

FYI - We Also need Volunteers to Represent CUUC at the annual Unitarian Universalist General Assembly - to be held again as an OnLine event - June 23-27, 2021... and CUUC can assist with the cost of registration for any interested person(s)... please contact me at if you have any questions about this! Thank You!


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

A Month of Sundays

June 6th

Nancy McCormick

"Sacred Places/Sacred Spaces"  
Let's explore just what sacred means.  Can we create a sacred space? 
This presentation will include a short guided meditation to help you
remember a place that is sacred to you.


June 13th

David Roth
"'Rising in Love' love manifest in many ways - self,
relationship, community, in the service of others and globally"

David's songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations
and NASA's Space Shuttle " Atlantis",  Peter, Paul and Mary and Kingston Trio CDs
and many more countless venues in this and other countries as well as the
UUA's SUUSI ..... which is our Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute. 
He is a Chicago native now living on Cape cod.  T

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

June 20th

Rev. Mark Spivey
"Father's Day"

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

June 28th
Connie Baker
LGBTQ Celebration


Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date information on services.
Our May-April 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 July's Services ***
July 4th Laurel Moehring  "Grand Re-opening and Cleansing Service"
                                            Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

July 11th  Amy Carol Webb    Service Leader; Audrey Barcelo

July 18th Will Davis  Service Leader: Barbara Mars

July 25th Steve Baker "Celebrating Beethoven's International Anthem of Hope and Joy"

***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.

June 2nd
Book Club
Discussion of "Migrations"
by Charlotte McConaghy
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.

June 8th
Board of Trustees Meeting
9:30 a.m.

Church Yard, Socially Distanced
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
 Have been temporarily  suspended due to the
hot weather in June.  

Celebration of Life- Rev. Lloyd Dunham
 L. to R. David Herr, Audrey Barcelo, Steve Baker and Connie Baker
There will be a Celebration of Life for our old friend, Charter Member Rev Lloyd Dunham on July 2.  It will be at the United Church of Christ, 203 Washington St., New Smyrna Beach (since our church has limited seating), at 3:00.  Lloyd left us suddenly in mid-December, and is greatly missed.  From the outpouring of donations in his name, the family asked us to plant a tree in his honor, which was done on May 13 (see picture below).  It’s a beautiful Magnolia which is already starting to bloom.  The tree will be dedicated on July 2, also, at 12:30.  All are invited.  If anyone is coming from out of town, please contact Connie Baker,

June Birthdays
6/3 Chip Grefski
6/7 Debbi Zill
6/22 Julia Zakrewsky

July Birthdays
7/3 Steve Baker

June 14, 2021

Worship News
The Worship Committee is in need of accommodations for Elain Silver (Faerie Elaine) and her husband on Saturday evening, August 7th.  If you have room for them to stay overnight, please contact Michele Moen by July 25th and let her know,  Faerie Elaine will be presenting Sunday morning.

Please try to sign in on Zoom by 10:25 a.m. at the latest, so the service is not being delayed and the monitor doesn't miss you in the waiting room.

The Worship Committee is in GREAT need for service leaders.  As you have seen, you do not have to be seen and can prerecord the service.  Please contact Michele Moen,, if you are interested in giving it a try.  Or contact any  service leader of your interest.  I'm not available at this time as I'm out of town until the Fall.

Thank you,
Debbi Zill
Worship Committee Chair
Spotlight on New Member

Chip Grefski


Chip was born and raised in rural New Jersey before moving to Georgia for service with
the US Army. After a four-year enlistment, Chip served for 19 years as a police officer
for the Savannah Police Department and the Savannah-Chatham County Public
Schools Police, eventually becoming the school district emergency manager. Chip has
a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University. In 2016,
Chip relocated to Florida, eventually finding a new career in waste water.

Outside of his professional life, Chip is a fiction writer and poet with his first book series
due for publication this year. He is a photographer, chef, reader, music lover, nature
lover, art lover, hiker, traveler, tea addict, and an all-around nice guy. His son Chad, 17,
and his mom Sharon live in Savannah where he frequently visits.

2021 CUUC Dru Synal Memorial  Scholarship Recipient
CUUC's Joe WolfArth with Cynthia Harris,  who received the 2021 Dru Synal Memorial Scholarship from CUUC [$600]... Ms. Harris has stated that she intends to study Music Production Technology at Daytona State College... Hopefully the scholarships that she has now received (a full handful, including one from our church!) will help defray the costs of her continuing studies!
Different Observances for the Month of June

June Full Month -LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

June 5 -WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED):The United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

June 12 -ANNE FRANK DAY: Birthday of young Jewish girl whose diary describes her family’s experiences hiding from the Nazis through assistance of Gentile friends.

June 12- LOVING DAY: Observes the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states barring interracial marriage.

June 13- RACE UNITY DAY • Bahá’í Observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity.

June 14- FLAG DAY: Anniversary of the adoption of the Unites States flag by Congress in 1777.

June 19- JUNETEENTH: Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, it is now celebrated throughout the U.S. to honor African-American freedom and achievement.

June 20- FATHER’S DAY: Children of all ages show appreciation for their fathers and father figures.'s_Day

June 20- SUMMER SOLSTICE: Marks the first day of the season of summer. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the longest of the year with the sun shining the farthest from the Southern Hemisphere and the closest to the Northern Hemisphere.

June 20- WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Raises awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

June 26 -ANNIVERSARY OF LEGALIZATION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN THE U.S.: On June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

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

Famous Unitarian Universalists

Greta Gerwig
 writer, director, and actress 
born August 4, 1983

Greta Celeste Gerwig ,born August 4, 1983, is an American actress and filmmaker. She first garnered attention after working on and appearing in several mumblecore films. Between 2006 and 2009, she appeared in a number of films by Joe Swanberg, some of which she co-wrote or co-directed, including Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) and Nights and Weekends (2008).

Since the early 2010s, Gerwig has collaborated with her partner Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and Mistress America (2015). She also appeared in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress (2011), Woody Allen's To Rome with Love (2012), Rebecca Miller's Maggie's Plan (2015), Pablo Larraín's Jackie (2016), Mike Mills' 20th Century Women (2016), and Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs (2018).

Gerwig has had two solo directorial ventures, the coming-of-age films Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019), both of which earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture. For the former, she received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay,[ and for the latter, she was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Gerwig was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2018.


Please read her full  Wikipedia entry, from which this section was copied. Click here for the entry:

Also read the UU World entry about Greta Gerwig, who grew up in Sacremento, CA and attended the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento church.  Click here for the link:
Book Club Picks for 2021
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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