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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.
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President's Message
As I write this I am enjoying an unusually cool Spring morning. I LOVE Cool weather and I have some windows open to catch the breeze and no need for fans or AC... Lovely!

I'm not silly enough to want to fool myself into thinking that Global Warming is not real; there's a growing amount of evidence that it's having negative effects on our planet every day which impact the future of our species and many, if not most, of those with whom we share this Earth.

I Believe In "Reduce, Re-Use, & Recycle!" as a way of Life. Twenty years ago I was ready for an All-Electric vehicle! I knew that one could be created which would be embraced by those who understood the importance of reducing human dependence on fossil fuels. I'd voted for Al Gore and I was upset about the results of the 2000 U.S. election cycle because I knew that a Republican Administration (with ties to 'Big Oil & Coal') in the White House was bad news for the environment and bad news for Conservationists (I asked myself, "Why Don't 'Conservatives' want to 'Conserve' the Earth's Flora and Fauna so that All of us - and the generations to follow - can Continue to Experience and Enjoy the Natural Riches of this Planet?")... 

I knew that access to Clean Water was vital for life forms of All Kinds - including Humans - and that sea levels rising was a specific danger being experienced globally.
I also knew that most human societies tend to react to problems After they become difficult (if not insurmountable) rather than take precautionary or pro-active stances. This is one reason there are so many interesting Ruins around the world for archeologists to discover. Recently I have been reading articles about ruins whose inhabitants left their surroundings in neat, organized conditions - no doubt expecting to return from wherever they were going as soon as it became feasible... yet obviously that was a vision of a future that never materialized. This happened on more than one continent. 

More than a year into the COVID-19 Pandemic, our species is becoming increasingly aware that we Can dispense with stiff, unyielding thinking - that we can stop ourselves from expecting things to go on indefinitely "as they always have" - and certain proof is to be seen in the way that U.S. citizens have been able to access Vaccines for protection against this virus (before you read this column, I shall receive my 2nd dose of the Moderna Vaccine!)

Unfortunately the story of Access to Vaccines is one of Privilege, as citizens of Other Nations around the world are still waiting for a chance to get Vaccinated, and death rates in other countries (like India) are currently very high as new waves of infection continue to ravage UnVaccinated Populations. My Awareness of this truth - and simultaneously watching "my fellow Americans" walking around maskless  - rankles me! I ask myself, "How many more will die before Vaccination gets recognized as a Human Right?"

Meanwhile, our Board of Trustees has been holding meetings about Re-Opening our building this Summer, as we prepare to hold our church's Annual Meeting with the assistance of technology - via ZOOM (which has enabled us to continue holding Sunday Services - OnLine - for over a year now.)

One conversation holding a place in my mind Centers on how best to Honor deceased members of CUUC for their invaluable contributions. As I present Community Unitarian Universalist Church's Dru Synal Memorial Scholarship to our 2021 recipient on May 20th, I'll be remembering our beloved friend Dru, whose Vision and Heart made this scholarship a reality.

Every time I have spoken from the CUUC Pulpit, I have thought of others, like Lloyd Dunham, who graced it with their presence So Many Times over so Many, Many Years. How well I recall Lloyd and our late Wiccan Priestess, Barbara Jean Smith, delivering their Joint Christmas/Yule Services, with a message from each uniting the Christians and Pagans in our congregation. It became a CUUC Tradition.

Also I remember Barbara Jean speaking on behalf of Mother Earth. Her insights were stunning!

Lloyd presented the stories of so many Unitarian and Universalist forebears on numerous occasions - bringing our tradition's rich history Alive as he took on the persona of each.

CUUC has been Blessed by So Much Lovely Talent since its inception in 1996-97! Our little Church is really something of which we can be Proud!

Lovely People, I look forward to seeing you all at our Virtual Annual Meeting!


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

A Month of Sundays

May 2nd

Suzanne Garrison

"The Mystery of Modern Leadership"
How leaders lead, the scarcity of those who want to lead,
and the confusion about what leadership looks like is considered
in her presentation entitled “The Mystery of Modern Leadership.”
Like all kinds of organizations, Unitarian Universalists are facing
membership declines and aging congregational leadership. 
Leaders are facing rapid change and are confronting intense
cultural issues.   As we emerge from the pandemic, what will we
be facing, are we prepared, and will we be able to meet these
challenges?  She does not promise answers but wishes to
explore insights. 

Service Leader: Debbi Zill

May 9th

Rev. Mark Spivey
 "A Mother's Love"
  Can a mother love her child "too much" or in the "wrong way"?
This presentation examines healthy and not-as-healthy
expressions of a mother's love and the potential
impact upon the child

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

May 16th

Joe WolfArth
""UUism & Principles"

May 23rd
Ronald Melvin
“A Personal Trail of Tears”

Experiences and discussion of being a black male in America. If you woke
up tomorrow as an African American male, would you be accepted by your
friends and family? Would you be filled with anger, hatred, frustration,
stress, and starving for respect and understanding? 

Service Leader: Michael & Linda McGraw

May 30th

Rev. Faerie Elaine Silver
Musical Ministry
"Scientific Prayer- A Method for Manifestation"

Service Leader: Joe WolfArth
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 June's Services ***
June 6th  Nancy McCormick "UU Women Ministers"

June 13th David Roth Musician   Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

June 20th Rev. Mark Spivey "Father's Day" Service Leader: Nancy McCormick  

June 28th Connie Baker  LGBTQ celebration

***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.

May 5th
Book Club
Discussion of "The Handmaid's Tale"
by Margaret Atwood
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.

May 10th
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 Rd New Smyrna Beach
4 p.m.
Email church email for more information on how to join

May Birthdays
 5/5 Terry Bishop
5/6 Suzanne Ronneau
5/18 Faith Madore
5/21 Michele Moen

June Birthdays
6/7 Debbi Zill
6/22 Julia Zakrewsky

Spotlight on Member

Charlotte St. Johns


At the church, with vacuum donated by Loretta Clemente.

Christmas with my Five Grandkids
and a "Charlie Brown Leaning Tower of Pisa Christmas Tree"!

Working the Polls.

In my son's backyard with one of five pets; 
this one is ""Boomer.
Different Observances for the Month of  May

Recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Recognizes the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievements of American Jews.

Also known as May Day, it celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers worldwide. The day commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, in which police and protesters clashed following a workers’ strike for an eight-hour work day.

Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

In 1862 Mexican forces defeated French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla.

May 8- LAILA 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.

Children of all ages show appreciation for their mothers and mother figures.

May 13 -ASCENSION DAY • Christian:
Also known as Holy Thursday, celebrated 40 days after Easter/Pascha, it commemorates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.

May 13- EID AL-FITR • Islamic:
The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

May 17–18- SHAVUOT • Jewish:
The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable society based on mutual respect.

Commemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith, announced in Shíráz, Persia, that he was the herald of a new messenger of God.

May 23- PENTECOST • Christian:
Also known as Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter/Pascha commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus. Marks the birth of the Christian Church.

May 26- VISAKHA PUJA • Buddhist:
Also known as Vesak or Buddha Day, it marks the birth, spiritual awakening and death (nirvana) of the historical Buddha. (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

Observance of the anniversary of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

May 30 -ALL SAINTS’ DAY • Eastern Christian:
In Orthodox churches observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost, it commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

A federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

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

Famous Unitarian Universalists

Béla Bartók
Composer, Pianist
March 25, 1881 –  September 26, 1945
Béla was a Hungarian composer, pianist,
and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important
composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as
Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical
 study of folk music, he was one of the founders of
comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.  

He was raised as a Catholic, but by his early adulthood Bartók had
become an atheist. He later became attracted to Unitarianism and
publicly converted to the Unitarian faith in 1916. Although Bartók was
not conventionally religious, according to his son Béla Bartók III, "he
was a nature lover: he always mentioned the miraculous order of nature
with great reverence." As an adult, Béla III later became lay president of
the Hungarian Unitarian Church.


Please read his full  Wikipedia entry, from which this section was copied. Click here for the entry:
Book Club Picks for 2021

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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