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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.
Reopening the Church Protocols***

The Board has been meeting and planning for our Church Reopening and it is finally here! July 4th will be our "Reopening and Cleansing Ceremony" led by Laurel Moehring. Over the months, the status of the pandemic has changed as have the infection rates, vaccination rates and CDC recommended guidelines.  Accordingly, the Board members have changed the protocols they felt were needed to safely reopen.  We wanted to reopen but still respect the people who cannot join us for health concerns or distance. As a result, we have leap into the 21st century and now have Internet at the church.  This means we can continue to Zoom our services for those who wish to join our services virtually.  Please bear with us as we learn this new way of presenting our services -"in person" and "streaming on Zoom.".  

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.

 We will not offer food or drink at this time. You may bring your own beverages but please refrain from drinking in the sanctuary.  Please save your drinks for outside later.

Masks will be optional and 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,  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 as we return to church services in our church building. 
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

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Behind the Scenes
Getting Ready for Reopening
with Some Sprucing Up

Our Picket Fence Restores are: (left to right) Barbara Mars, Charlie Mars and Kathi Smith
Barbara Mars has also painted our kitchen cabinets. 

Dana Jacobsen and David Herr trimming tree branches!

Steve Baker caring for our new tree!

Special Thanks to these Volunteers! 

Our newsletter editor apologizes for anyone's name she has omitted.   
President's Message
Hello, Beloved "PEEPS!" 

A Story about Healing after Trauma:
Several Years Ago I was contemplating returning to school to get a Master's Degree - in "Divinity" - so I could become a UU Minister. At that time I phoned the recruitment number of the Starr-King School for Ministry in the San Francisco Bay area. My call was answered by a young ministerial candidate - a student worker named Sunshine Wolfe. "I LOVE your Name!" I exclaimed. "Why?!" They asked. "Because" I began, "Forgive me for 'Dating Myself' - but I grew up in the 1970s, and at school I met kids named 'Rain,' 'River' other things inspired by nature's grandeur - so I am imagining Your Parents, at the moment you were born, saying, 'Look - Sunshine!' And also your last name; my own is WolfArth - it's German in origin, and begins with 'Wolf' - and I have a deck of Native American Totem Animal 'Medicine Cards' - and when I drew the 'Wolf' card, I learned that this Animal is associated with the concept of 'the Teacher' - and it blew my mind a little bit - because Both my father and his older sister - my Aunt Helen - had careers as Educators! Names can be Blessings!"

Today, Sunshine Wolfe is a Unitarian Universalist Minister, and last year - during a year marked by a global Pandemic - at a certain point - I included them as I sent FaceBook friend requests to a number of UUs that I have either never met in person or had only come to know through our Unitarian Universalist General Assembly - the gathering of thousands of our fellow UUs that happens each summer - traditionally in a different city in the U.S., but Last Year and This Year as an OnLine event [I have participated 7 times - 6 "LIVE! In-Person!" I've represented CUUC as a Voting Delegate on 6 of those occasions; in New Orleans, in 2017, CUUC Members Sharon Herr and Marcia Kallenberger were our delegates while I volunteered for the 'Accessibility Services' Group.] 

Reverend Sunshine Wolfe has shared some wisdom via the internet, speaking about the unique stress factors that accompany transitions from one way of existence to another - something that many UU Congregations - like CUUC - are doing as we return to "LIVE! IN-PERSON!" Sunday Morning Worship Services after so many many months of COVID-19 'Seclusion' and ZOOM Program meetings. Rev. Wolfe cautions that we cannot expect to simply 'return to the way that we always did things before' without expecting some fallout - especially emotional fallout - on the part of members of a congregation which has experienced Trauma [the Pandemic and its trials, tribulations and effects] Both Individually And Collectively! People 'snap!' - becoming Angry, Irrational, and/or Depressed - as a result of the stress they have absorbed. Some will 'come out of their Seclusion' only to withdraw again - because meeting in a larger group after a time of Seclusion brings its Own stress factors!

Rev. Wolfe cautions us NOT to expect 'too much' of ourselves and others, or to expect everything to 'be Perfect' when we begin to meet face-to-face again 'in community' as a Congregation. As CUUC prepares to start gathering in our building again [beginning on July 4th!] I received Rev. Wolfe's Message like a 'Balm for the Soul!' "Don't Expect Too Much! It's OK to allow Change to happen Slowly!" - I Needed to Hear This!!!

One of the reasons I have been Happy to receive the gift of attending our Denomination's Annual General Assembly so many times is that it never fails to Move Me to Tears; there has always been a moment when Something - the sheer Joy of gathering with Thousands of 'My People,' or the Beauty and Inspiration of hearing the Powerful Stories presented, or some magical alchemy of the time and place and Other People around me - simply "Gels" - and my spirit Opens like a Blossom, compelling me to Weep. I Know at that moment that I am taking part in something Sacred... like the moment when you are finishing the job of planting a Tree, and a butterfly lands on it before your eyes to confer Nature's Blessing.

When Our Congregation comes back into our building on July 4th, Members, Friends and Guests will be greeted by the sight of a magnificent Magnolia Tree, planted within the protective confines of our White Picket Fence, opposite CUUC's Butterfly Garden. This tree (with a Plaque to proclaim it!) has been planted in memory of a late, much loved member, the Reverend Lloyd Dunham, who was a True Friend and Mentor for so many years, to so many people in our Congregation and elsewhere (Lloyd had a great gift for encouraging the Best in Others!)

Lloyd's widow, Laurie Dunham (who Chaired CUUC's Worship Committee for many years and also scheduled many many amazing Speakers) and their family look forward to the Dedication Ceremony for this lovely tree, to be held on Friday, July 2nd, at 12:30 PM at CUUC. The family has reserved the Sanctuary of New Smyrna's United Church of Christ (at Washington & Faulkner Streets; our own congregation rented Sunday Meeting space there between 2006-2010) - in hopes that the larger building there will accommodate all who wish to attend - for Lloyd's Memorial Service [3 PM Start Time].
I look forward to honoring the memory of this very special man!

I informed the Dunham family that I believe our new arrival - "Magnolia Dunham" - will mean as much to our congregation as "Myrtle Herr" - the wee little Crepe Myrtle we planted in honor of the valiant Volunteer efforts of David Herr (who served as our BOT President during the time when our congregation purchased our building on West Street) and his lovely wife, Sharon Herr - whose technical abilities enabled us to begin recording Sunday Speakers several years ago, and have been crucial to our church as we have moved from 'Low-Tech' to 'High-Tech' in the ways that we 'produce' our Sunday Morning Worship Services.
I dubbed the little tree "Myrtle Herr" [Sharon quipped, "The Daughter I Always Wanted!"]; Little Myrtle has proven herself to be quite a Survivor [Like her 'Mother!'] - at one point she was even run over by a pickup truck (driven by a newcomer to CUUC who evidently didn't even See the little green creature in the CCUUC "churchyard" as he pulled out to drive away - and I know this because the Cullisons witnessed the incident!) - this is the reason markers were installed to alert folks Parking in the churchyard to the little tree's Presence!

One of the highlights of this year's UU General Assembly promises to be the appearance of Georgian Stacey Abrams, who has made waves fighting voter suppression in that state, and a longtime activist who recalls protesting in 1992 (as a college freshman) against the symbolism of Georgia's state flag (altered in 1956 to include the Confederate Battle Flag, due to the demands of dedicated Segregationists opposed to the Civil Rights Movement; the flag wouldn't be redesigned - Minus Confederate Symbols - until 2003!) Abrams has made a name for herself both as an elected official and, more recently, as a public figure and speaker.

"UU the VOTE" - a campaign for increasing Voter Turnout - was a big part of our UU General Assembly a year ago, as a critical election season was "just around the corner." No Doubt fighting Voter Suppression in our nation will feature prominently in this year's GA. 

One topic I'm certain will be featured at GA is: Tyranny does not equal Unity [despite the fact that a Tyrant's Realm May Appear Unified due to the suppression of Dissent and the Silencing of any Vocal Opposition to the Tyrant's Will]... 
Oligarchies can be nearly, perhaps even equally, Tyrannical, but in these the 'powers that be' are simply made up of multiple parts (like a Dragon with Many Heads!)... 
What these systems of government share is a lack of respect for the rights of the citizens whose obligation and privilege the government has to SERVE [Leaders and Government Exist to Serve US - Not the other way around!]

I spoke about this from CUUC's "Virtual Pulpit" on May 16th when I addressed one of the greatest lessons that CUUC's Founding and Long-Serving Members has taught me: that we don't need to Agree about everything in order to Move Forward in a Positive Way (with respect for others' opinions, their human dignity, and the Democratic Process that guides us) as a Congregation. We only need to agree to respect this Process Itself, and abide by the guidelines that frame it.

Our Nation is currently struggling with this same issue. Challenges to Free and Fair Elections continue. Though a majority of citizens in our nation have agreed that the election of last autumn was conducted both fairly and without incident (as documented by the press AND by certified election officials from BOTH political Parties), state governments around this country have been enacting Voter Suppression Laws under the False Pretense of stopping "voter fraud." This unjust legislation causes great alarm to Unitarian Universalists and others who value the ideas presented in the United States Constitution AND clarified through our subsequent history (remember that, originally, Only Male Caucasian Property Owners were granted Voting Rights... but we have - as a Nation - expanded this to include a larger and larger percentage of the population!)

Gerrymandering, Filibustering, and even the persistence of the "Electoral College" system have consequences with regards to assisting the political party in power to thwart opposition from others, regardless of whatever merit such opposition may possess. 

The past several years have seen Many wise "Elders" in our society voice concerns about the threats these ways of "shaping government" pose to the Democratic Process in the United States.

Our federal government appears to have evolved into one in which "Majority Rule" equals - more and more often - the Silencing of "minority" opinions and voices, as well as a disregard for minority populations, and an increasing risk of the lowest levels of wage and income earners being "sucked under" into a vortex of suffering caused by economic insecurity. 
"Money Talks," as they say, but it has been used to silence those who have less of it to expend, far too often and much too consistently. 
I do not wish to live in a Plutocracy - where the wealthiest few display a blatant disregard for those deemed their economic "inferiors," and I am fairly certain that YOU feel the same [as the vast majority of UUs DO!]

These are Challenging Times, but I am so very Proud - of CUUC AND of our UU Denomination - for managing to Meet the Challenges - Again and Again!
We CAN Change things For The Better - And We MUST!

Wishing You Joy, Peace, and Love!
[And Don't Forget to Do Something FUN This Summer!]


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

A Month of Sundays
We are returning to in-person services for those who feel comfortable
attending.  We will also continue to Zoom services for those who are
unable to attend.

July 4th

Laurel Moehring

"Grand Re-opening and Cleansing Service"  
Service Leader: Connie Baker


July 11th

Dana Jacobsen
 Mary Mcleod Bethune

July 18th

Will Davis

Service Leader: Barbara Mars

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


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

Looking Ahead to August's Services ***

August 1st- Jenny Nazak Service Leader: Barbara Mars
August 8th-Rev. Faerie Elaine Silver- Service Leader: Joe WolfArth
August 15th-Sgt. Todd Raible "De-Escalation Techniques" 
August 22nd- Dr. Richard Thripp
August 29th-Dr. James Shoopman

***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.

July 7th
Book Club
Discussion of Madeline Albright's
"The Mighty and Almighty"
Lost Lagoon Restaurant, NSB
Social Distancing Observed/ Bring your Mask
5:00 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

July 12th
Board of Trustees Meeting
6 p.m.

 At the Church 
All are invited to attend  Please contact
Joe WolfArth for Zoom link if interested

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
 Have been temporarily  suspended due to the
hot weather in the summer months  

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,

July Birthdays
7/3 Steve Baker

August Birthdays
8/6 Emily Moehring
8/15 Pat Cullison
8/17 Audrey Barcelo
8/18 Kathi Smith
8/24 Marcia Kallenberger

Spotlight on  Member

Anna Grainger

I am a long time resident of Florida, moving here in 1977. I moved with my
first husband, Ron, who was a Lockheed Martin engineer.   I lived in
Seminole County and raised two girls there, Kristin and Karen. They
continue to be an inspiration to me , as we all continue to learn and grow.
My career began as an insurance sales person, and then an adjuster for
AIG Insurance.  I left the insurance industry for the real estate industry in
1988.   I have been working in this field ever since. I now concentrate in
New Smyrna and surrounding areas.
Fast forward , I am a realtor working in several areas of Central Florida,
but mostly New Smyrna and Port Orange.
My first introduction to the Unitarian Church was through my daughter
Kristin, and her husband Jonathan Springer.
I began to attend the Unitarian Church in Ormond beach, and really loved
the service and the people.  Pastor Bud Murphy was there then, and he
married Kristin and Jonathan in 2007, and Dale and I in 2008.
  When the church began to meet at Dudley’s Funeral Home we switched
over to NSB.  Dale and I both feel at home in the UU church.
I am happy to be a part of this church and had a hand in setting up
residency on West Street as the realtor who facilitated the purchase of the
church.  It has turned into a warm , loving congregation.

Different Observances for the Month of July 

July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.

July 9 MARTYRDOM OF THE BÁB • Bahá’í Observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad in Tabríz, Persia, of the 30-year-old Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad, the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

July 13–15 ULLAMBANA (also known as Obon) • Buddhist Ullambana, a Sanskrit term that means “hanging upside down and suffering,” honors the spirits of past ancestors and strives to relieve aching souls from suffering. It lasts about half of the month of July. Obon, the Japanese transliteration of Ullambana, is only three days and varies from region to region—July in the eastern region and August in the western region.

July 18 TISHA B’AV • Jewish Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

July 20 EID AL-ADHA • Islamic Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

July 24 DHARMA DAY • Buddhist Also known as Asalha Puja, it commemorates the historical Buddha's first discourse following his spiritual awakening.

July 26 AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) DAY Commemorates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Just for Fun
July Daily Holidays and Observances

July 1: International Joke Day, American Zoo Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, National Postal Worker Day

July 2: National I Forgot Day, World UFO Day

July 3: Disobedience Day, International Plastic Bag Free Day, National Stay Out of the Sun Day, National Eat Beans Day

July 4: Independence Day

July 5: National Bikini Day, National Graham Cracker Day

July 6: International Kissing Day, National Fried Chicken Day

July 7: Tell the Truth Day, National Strawberry Sundae Day, World Chocolate Day

July 8: National Video Game Day, Math 2.0 Day, Liberty Bell Day (rang to signal reading of Declaration of Independence), National SCUD Day (also known as National Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day)

July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day

July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic Day, National Kitten Day, National Piña Colada Day, Don't Step On a Bee Day

July 11: Cheer Up the Lonely Day, Marine Corps Creation Day, National Clerihew Day, World Population Day

July 12: Simplicity Day, Etch a Sketch Day, National Eat Your Jello Day

July 13: Embrace Your Geekness Day, National French Fry Day

July 14: Bastille Day, Shark Awareness Day, Cow Appreciation Day, National Mac and Cheese Day, Pandemonium Day

July 15: Be a Dork Day, Gummi Worm Day, National Give Something Away Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: World Snake Day, National Corn Fritter Day

July 17: Wrong Way Day, World Emoji Day, National Lottery Day

July 18: World Listening Day, Nelson Mandela International Day, National Caviar Day

July 19: National Daiquiri Day, National Ice Cream Day* (third Sunday)

July 20: National Moon Day, Space Exploration Day, International Chess Day, National Lollipop Day

July 21: National Junk Food Day

July 22: Spoonerism Day, National Hammock Day

July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day, National Hot Dog Day

July 24: Tell An Old Joke Day, National Cousins Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day

July 25: National Thread the Needle Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, National Wine and Cheese Day

July 26: National All Or Nothing Day, National Aunt and Uncle Day, National Parents Day* (fourth Sunday)

July 27: National Creme Brûlée Day, National Scotch Day, Bagpipe Appreciation Day

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day, National Hamburger Day (one of three celebratory days in the year)

July 29: Rain Day, National Chicken Wing Day, National Lasagna Day, National Lipstick Day

July 30: National Support Public Education Day, National Cheesecake Day, International Day of Friendship, National Chili Dog Day, National Father-in-Law Day

July 31: Talk In An Elevator Day, Harry Potter's Birthday Day, National Avocado Day, National Mutt Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Charles Bullfinch
 Architect of the US Capitol Building

Charles Bulfinch (August 8, 1763 – April 15, 1844) was an
early American architect, and has been regarded by many as
the first native-born American to practice architecture as a

Bulfinch split his career between his native Boston,
Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., where he served as
Commissioner of Public Building and built the intermediate
United States Capitol rotunda and dome. His works are
notable for their simplicity, balance, and good taste, and as
the origin of a distinctive Federal style of classical domes,
columns, and ornament that dominated early 19th-century
American architecture.  He built many churches some of
them Unitarian, including the First Church of Christ in
Lancaster, MA which is also known as the Bullfinch Church


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

Book Club Picks for 2021
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.

Idella: Marjorie Rawling's Perfect Maid
by Idella Parker
Idella Parker's recollections of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
are as intimate and frank as their ten years together.

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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