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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.
Attending Church Services in Person

We welcome people back to the church building. We are respectfully
requesting you wear a mask.
  The Delta Variant of Covid has experts
concerned. 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 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 (one time) and sign
in (each time),  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

 Email:   or
President's Message
Hello, Friends!


I sometimes wonder how I would feel about the changing seasons if I lived in the Southern Hemisphere [like in Australia!] - where THEY experience MidWinter temperatures as WE experience MidSummer...
Having passed this point, Their nights will now become shorter as ours lengthen, and the daylight hours will become shorter for us as their days grow Longer... 

Since I have known many people who were born under the sign of Virgo, I celebrate the advent of this birth sign each year... here in the Northern Hemisphere it's traditionally the time of the first harvests of the Autumn season, a time of gentle wisdom.

I - like many Astrologers - see the time ruled by a Virgoan sun as one when introspection and attention to detail becomes more important to folks, and I like to 'Ride the Energy' of this sign by using its properties to help me become more Organized and Tidy, tying up loose ends and straightening out plans for achieving goals. Some of the most industrious people on the planet are natives of this sun sign, and I want to be Inspired by their Example!

Recently, on a Sunday after church, I was looking at the beautiful plants in the Charley Barcelo Memorial Butterfly Garden, beside the entry portico at CUUC, when I noticed a plant that had a long dry stalk sticking out of it which was bereft of any leaves or flowers of any kind. I thought, 'someone should really cut off that dead stem!'

What happened Next Amazed me. As I continued to look at the 'dead' stalk, a large dragonfly alighted on it and perched quite happily atop it. "Well, look at You!" I then exclaimed (to the dragonfly!) "You've found yourself a Perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by!"

I am now thinking about the example that this Animal set for me ("Remember to Enjoy Life!" The dragonfly might have been saying to me! "Sometimes you really just need to 'sit for a spell' and open your eyes to the beautiful world around you!")

Also, consider the fact that the entire incident pointed out just how Useful that dead-looking stalk turned out to be - not for me, but for my dragonfly friend!

The day after that, I found myself at West Street for a meeting of our Worship Committee Team, now headed by the indefatigable Michele Moen (who's been serving in the role of the 'Bookie' - scheduling our Sunday Morning Speakers - for some time now); we discussed the need for more Service Leaders - the "brave souls" willing to "Climb Into the Pulpit" and lead our congregation in Worship on Sunday mornings, introducing the Speaker or Musical Guest in the Pulpit, commencing the Offertory Ritual, and bringing us back "Down to Earth" after the edification of the Message from our Speaker/Musical Guest (one guest speaker told me that he'd spoken in numerous old-fashioned churches that had old-fashioned pulpits - poised above the crowd below like crows' nests, and reached by a small winding staircase! So when I'd used the expression "Climb Into the Pulpit" he'd laughed out loud!) 

- Dear Members, if reading this makes YOU want to bravely offer yourself up as a Service Leader - PLEASE DO!! We need All the Help We Can Get!

Later that same day, I found myself seated outside at a lovely restaurant in old downtown New Smyrna while others ("church ladies" from CUUC) joined the gathering to celebrate the birthday of our dear Audrey Barcelo. When our Server approached us, she said to me, "You're Joe from the Metaphysical Store in old downtown Daytona - one of my favorite places to shop!" (I was impressed - especially because I was wearing a mask and everything!) And I told her, "One of my relatives used to work here - I haven't been here in years, so I can only wonder whether she Still Does!?!" Upon hearing the young lady's name ("Kelly") the server responded, "Oh, yes, she DID Work here - up until just about 6 months ago!"

Here's the really Amazing part: within 10 minutes, I saw a young woman standing inside the building and I stopped to stare... she saw me, waved, and came over to hug me and say hello - and it was Kelly Herself!  I said, "Honey, I just asked our Server if you Still Worked Here - and she told me that you had moved on - about 6 months ago! So I can't believe my eyes!" 

Kelly, who informed me that she had found a new job in Ormond, replied that she had come in for dinner/drinks and could hardly believe her Own eyes - since she had last seen ME right there at the restaurant as well!So I told her, "It's Fate! Here I am to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Audrey, who's turning 89!" 
And she said, "Wow! 89! Showing us all how it's done?!" And I said, "YES! That's Audrey!" And I smiled so big I felt mask stretching!

The bottom line, for me, is that I believe Life is a Magical Experience - and Everyone has a Right to Experience some Magic - if only we will Open our Hearts to It! 
We are All Far More "Connected" to our fellow human beings than we Think we are! Each of us needs only to seek a chance to be a part of something Greater than Ourselves... Add a little prayer [in whatever fashion you choose to "Pray!"] 
And then Get Out of the Way, so the Universe can Operate! 
The Reverend Faerie Elaine Silver (a recent Musical Guest in the Pulpit - our First to appear "LIVE! IN-PERSON!" Since we Reopened the building!) And Numerous Others who have shared their wisdom from the CUUC Pulpit - have stated this concept before - but it bears Repeating!

May we enter September joyfully - embracing - IN SPIRIT if Not Physically - All Those With Whom we Share The Journey called "LIFE" - whether In Person OR via ZOOM - just as we share the joy of Sunday Morning Worship Services... in our building on West Street... AND via the internet [With Profoundest GRATITUDE for EVERYONE who has helped to keep our church going - at any time, but especially since this Pandemic Began!!!
You are ALL AMAZING!!!

Wishing You - EVERY ONE OF YOU - Joy, Serenity and Good Health.


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

A Month of Sundays
We have returned to in-person services for those who feel comfortable
attending.  We will also continue to Zoom services for those who are
unable to attend.  Please be patient as we work out our tech issues.  It
is a learning process for all.

September 5th

Dr. L. Ronald Durham
Radio Personality, Revivalist, Author, Lecturer, Bible Expositor

 “African Americans and Voting Rights” He will be
discussing the historical challenges African Americans have faced,
as well the reprisal of old systems of disenfranchisement.
The talk will also touch on recent Supreme Court decisions
that have gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 Reverend Dr. L. Ronald Durham is President of the
Volusia County Black Caucus and pastor of the Greater
Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.  

Service Leader: :Rosa Lake


September 12th

Professor Tom Cook
Rollins College

"Reflections on Immortality"
Professor Cook will talk about immortality-
about the various ways in which people seek it, 
and the different ways we envision it and 
whether this is a good thing.

Service Leader::Audrey Barcelo

September 19th

Dr. Chris Bell
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Stetson University
"Hinduism and the Hindu Gods"

Service Leader: Barbara Mars

September 26th

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro
"Booths and Tabernacles, Harvests, Sukkot and Jonathan Chapman!"  
"With the full moon following the start of autumn, Jews the world over are
gathering to celebrate another harvest, another rainy season and the forces of nature
that sustain us all.  No one appreciated and lived these forces the way Jonathan Chapman
did during the early days of Ohio statehood.  What can we learn from his life?"  

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo


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

Looking Ahead to October's Services ***

October 3rd- Sarah E. Krejci, Ph.D Bethune Cookman University "Climate Change"  Service Leader: Steve Baker
October 10th- Rev. Mark Spivey  Service Leader: Audrey Barecelo
October 17th- Abdullah Smith Islamic Center of Daytona Beach  Service Leader: Rosa Lake
October 24th-Jack Koppelman, Esq.   Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo
October 31st- Joe Wolfarth
***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.

August 30th
Worship Committee Meeting
CUUC Church
403 West St.

September 1st
Book Club
Discussion of  Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
"War of he Worldviews: Science and Spirituality Meet"

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.

September  13th
Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00  p.m
CUUC Church
403 West St.

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  

   Field Trip!

As you all probably know, the recently completed statue
of Mary McCloud Bethune, destined for our nation’s Capitol,
will be spending over three months here in Daytona 
I am organizing a field trip to visit it at the News Journal Center
on Beach Street in either late September or late October. 
Additionally, I’m hoping we can go locally to eat soul food. 
I’ve found a restaurant I’d like to try, Soul Foods, 456 S. MLK Blvd. 
Three choices: 
1.  You’d like to go on the field trip, but just to the NJ Center 
2.  You’d like to see the statue and go to dinner afterward. 
3.  You’d like to go with me to check out the restaurant.
 Please let me know your interest via email:

Connie Baker

September Birthdays
9/7 Michael McGraw
9/14 Laurie Dunham

October Birthdays
10/2 Dan Herr
10/4 Charlotte St. John
10/6 David Herr
10/13 Terry Butts


Twenty million acres of Florida’s wetlands are gone.
Nine hundred manatees have starved to death in seven months.
Our waters are poisoned. The registered voters of Florida
can save our remaining wetlands from destruction,
guarantee clean water as a human right, preserve iconic
species and their habitat, stop the construction of toll roads
through our conservation lands, and prohibit captive wildlife
hunting. is a non-partisan effort seeking to put five
conservation amendments on our 2022 ballot.
must achieve 900,000 Florida registered voter signatures
for each petition  by November 30, 2021.  If the five ballot
amendments pass, our Constitution will be amended to
establish a foundation for all laws to follow; the protection
of our waters and wildlife.

We can be our own hero’s. Please go go
  Print off five petitions.  Fill them out with your name,
address and birth date. Sign, date and mail them in.
Tell everyone you know. Save Florida.

Michele Moen
Upcoming Garage Sale

The board has decided to hold a yard sale as a fundraiser to be
scheduled in November. We will start collecting donations now. 
We have limited space. It would be helpful if you could store your
items until the week before the sale.  We do have some storage in
the back room.  We will accept items packed in boxes with lids so
they can be stacked. We will also need volunteers to help the week
before and day of the sale.

To participate Contact Barbara Mars at 407-353-9444.
Different Observances for the Month of September

September 1 -GUR-GADDI GURU GRANTH SAHIB • Sikh: Since 1708, Sikhs have accepted Sri Guru Granth Sahib as their eternal Guru that holds the spirit of all Ten Gurus of the Sikhs. They consider Guru Granth Sahib to be a spiritual guide not only for Sikhs but for all of mankind; it plays a central role in guiding the Sikhs' way of life.

September 5- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY: Recognizes the role of charity in alleviating human suffering, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa.

September 6- LABOR DAY:  Celebrated the first Monday in September in recognition of U.S. workers.

September 7–8- ROSH HASHANAH • Jewish : Beginning of the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holy Days, which marks the beginning of a ten-day period of penitence and spiritual renewal.

September 8- INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY: Call to action for universal literacy.

September 10 -GANESH CHATURTHI • Hindu: Celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-deity.

September 15– October 15- Full Month NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

September 16 YOM KIPPUR • Jewish: The “Day of Atonement” marks the end of the Ten Days of Penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah.

September 17- CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY: Commemorates the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787. Also honors all who have become U.S. citizens.

September 21– 27 -SUKKOT • Jewish: The week-long “Feast of Booths” commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in the desert on the way to the Promised Land.

September 22- AUTUMNAL EQUINOX: Marks the first day of the season of fall. The sun shines nearly equally on both hemispheres when it’s fall in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

September 23- BI VISIBILITY DAY: Seeks to draw attention to public policy concerns and foster respect for bi+ individuals and communities.

September 28 -SHEMINI ATZERET • Jewish: “The Eighth (Day) of Assembly” is observed on the day immediately following Sukkot.

September 29 -SIMCHAT TORAH • Jewish: “Rejoicing in the Torah” celebrates the conclusion of the public reading of the Pentateuch and its beginning anew.

This list was taken from the Anti-Defamation League found at this link:

Free Little Library

Or something similar.  We plan to install a curbside weather
proof box with free books as a community outreach.  We also
plan to revive our own library for our use and also as additional 
outreach.  The books can cover a wide range of subjects such as spirituality, social justice,
environmental issues and the natural world, history and historical novels,
self help and inspirational type books, science and philosophy.  Also magazines
such as Spirituality Today, Mother Earth News, The Sun, Recycle, Spirituality
and Health, Lion's Roar, Smithsonian, National Geographic
and other worthwhile publications.

Contact Barbara Mars at 407 353 9444.
Just for Fun

September Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Sep 1    Wednesday    Emma Nutt Day
Sep 1    Wednesday    No Rhyme or Reason Day
Sep 2    Thursday    Bison Ten Yell Day
Sep 3    Friday    Skyscraper Day
Sep 4    Saturday    Eat an Extra Dessert Day
Sep 5    Sunday    Be Late for Something Day
Sep 5    Sunday    Cheese Pizza Day
Sep 6    Monday    Fight Procrastination Day
Sep 6    Monday    Read a Book Day
Sep 7    Tuesday    Salami Day
Sep 8    Wednesday    Pardon Day
Sep 9    Thursday    Teddy Bear Day
Sep 10    Friday    Swap Ideas Day
Sep 11    Saturday    Make Your Bed Day
Sep 12    Sunday    Chocolate Milkshake Day
Sep 13    Monday    Positive Thinking Day
Sep 13    Monday    Roald Dahl Day
Sep 14    Tuesday    Hug Your Hound Day
Sep 15    Wednesday    Make a Hat Day
Sep 16    Thursday    Collect Rocks Day
Sep 16    Thursday    Guacamole Day
Sep 17    Friday    International Country Music Day
Sep 18    Saturday    National CleanUp Day
Sep 18    Saturday    Rice Krispie Treat Day
Sep 19    Sunday    National Gymnastics Day
Sep 19    Sunday    International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 20    Monday    Punch Day
Sep 21    Tuesday    Miniature Golf Day
Sep 22    Wednesday    Hobbit Day
Sep 23    Thursday    Checkers Day
Sep 24    Friday    Punctuation Day
Sep 25    Saturday    Comic Book Day
Sep 26    Sunday    Love Note Day
Sep 27    Monday    Crush a Can Day
Sep 28    Tuesday    Ask a Stupid Question Day
Sep 28    Tuesday    Good Neighbor Day
Sep 30    Thursday    Hot Mulled Cider Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Naomi King
Daughter of Author Stephen King

Unitarian Universalist teacher, justice-seeker,
wheelchair user, yoga teacher, Queer and
Genderqueer, and lover of life!

(taken from her Twitter account)
b. June 1, 1970

Reverend Naomi Rachel King (b. June 1, 1970) is the daughter of Tabitha and
Stephen King. She is a minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of River of Grass,
in Plantation, Florida. Prior to becoming involved in the ministry, she had been in the
restaurant business and is also a gay activist.

Naomi pursued graduate religious studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School in
Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 2005. Prior to the commencement of the graduate
program, King met Rev. Dr. Thandeka, a professor at the school. They fell in love and
their partnership was solemnized in a Unitarian Universalist ceremony.

Naomi won the 2005 Stewardship Sermon Award for her sermon "Stand By This

Naomi was born with a chronic deficit of the hormone adrenaline, and her ongoing
health problems have made a full-time ministry impossible. She now works as a self-
styled "Business Monkey" for Pietree Orchard, a shop and property near her parents in
Sweden, Maine, that the Kings purchased in 2007 rather than see converted to

Please read this entry, from which this  was copied.
Click here for the entry:

Twitter handle revnaomi@twitter and rev.naomi on Instagram
Remaining Book Club Picks for 2021

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
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.

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
her at with the subject line "for CUUC  newsletter".
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