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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 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.

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 in church.

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080


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.

July 3rd

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D
"Environmental Racism and Climate Change"
Service Leader: Kathi Smith

July 10th


Speakers :Dr. NIcki Junkins & Richard Denton
"Civics and Critical Thinking"
is an interesting presentation with audience interaction.
It covers how federal, state, and local governments work;  rights
and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship; critical thinking and how 
to evaluate the credibility of information
sources in this technological age.

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

July 17th 

Libby Lavette
Chair of the Environmental and Climate
Committee for West Volusia
Volusia Wildlife corridor

Service Leader: Steve Baker


Nancy Lohman
President of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
Statuary Fund
"Statuary Hall"

 Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

July 31st

Mark Spivey

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



A  deadly combination of climate change and pollution killed over 1,100 manatees in 2021.  320 have died in 2022.  Over 800 tons of sea life, including sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays are dead.

Florida has a right to clean water!

Nine million acres of irreplaceable Florida Wetlands are gone.

Florida's Everglades are nearing extinction caused by pollution and rampant real estate development. 
Our water systems are contaminated.  Climate change is denied.

Our government, our elected, failed to protect Florida, to protect us.

It's time for the voters of Florida to step in.  It's time for the voters to amend the Constitution of the State of Florida.

The amendment to our Constitution will create a fundamental right to clean and healthy waters, clarify prohibited actions and inactions that harm (or threaten to harm) waters.  It also allows Floridians to enforce this right through the ability to sue state executive agencies that violate this right, empowering courts to look at the science and truth (and not politics) of what's going on before awarding equitable relief tot he situation.

To get on the 2024 ballot, Florida Right To Clean Water must collect 892,000 valid voter registered signatures by the end of November 2023 and receive the Florida Supreme Court's approval of the wording.

For copies of the ballot petition and do donate/volunteer, go to

Upcoming Events
July 21st  (New day and week)
Book Club
Discussion of  Unbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand
3:30 p.m.
Lost Lagoon Wings and Grill
Invitation to members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

July 5th
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders
of the upcoming meetings.

July 11th
Board of Trustees Meeting
1:30  p.m
CUUC Church and via Zoom
403 West St.
All are welcome!
Contact Joe  WolfArth for details on how to attend

July  13th
Full Moon Drum Circle
"Super Buck Moon"
6:00 p.m.
403 West St., NSB
Bring your percussion instruments, a chair and bug spray

July 19th 
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders of the upcoming meetings.

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Corner of Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

July Birthdays
7/1 Jan Stauffer
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



Singing Bowl Sangha at Community Unitarian Universalist Church 

At 8:45 AM on Sunday morning there is a group that meets in our sanctuary to meditate.  They are called the Singing Bowl Sangha.  You might know some of the members, as a few of them stick around to attend our service.  If you are interested in meditating with a group, this is an open invitation to our members and friends to join the Sangha.  For more information, please call Margret Anglin                    407 252-5726


Whale of a Sale

We are planning a fall rummage sale to be held October 7 and 8.  Please save your cleaned out goodies for this event.  Last year we had some excellent donations and we did ok, but due to bad weather and our signs being pulled up , it could have been much better.  This year with better planning I believe it will. Due to limited storage space we ask you to store your items in your space until two weeks before the sale.  From after church on Sept. 25 until October 4 we can accept your items to be dropped off at the church.  Let's make this a super fundraiser  and a "Whale of a Sale" so we can add some improvements to our church.
Thank you.
Barbara Mars
Board Trustee

Different Observances for the Month of July

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

July 9 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 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 DHARMA DAY • Buddhist: Also known as Asalha Puja, it commemorates the historical Buddha's first discourse following his spiritual awakening.

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 August. 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 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.

July 30 MUHARRAM • Islamic: The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year. This first day, al-Hijra, remembers the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE. It also marks the beginning of the ten-day Shīʿite Remembrance of Muharram, a period of intense grief and martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad

Spotlight on New Member

Jan Stauffer
Jan Stauffer lives here in New Smyrna Beach.  She is retired from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where she was an Academic Advisor and English Instructor as well as ESL _English as a Second Language Instructor.  She is a widow with three children: one son, who is a Daytona Beach Police Officer, Siggi Schlieper; one son, who is retired from the US Navy who has given her two grandson, Brandok Schlieper; and a daughter, who is living in Germany, Heidi Schlieper.  Jan’s mother is still living in Indiana at age 95 and Jan is looking forward to visiting her this summer. Jan grew up in Indiana but she has traveled widely.  She has lived in Saudi Arabia and Libya as well.  Jan’s first husband was German and her second husband was Dutch.  She enjoyed her time living abroad.

Jan first attended a Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta Ohio.   She was a member of the UU Church in Ormond before she joined CUUC. She has lived in New Smyrna Beach for the past twenty years but has lived in Florida for thirty years. She loves sewing, cooking, traveling and doing anything outdoors including canoeing and kayaking.  Her perfect day would include reading, walking outside and eating quality, healthy, interesting food. 

When you see Jan, stop to say hello and ask about her life experiences. She’s had quite a few!
Just for Fun
July Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Jul 1    Friday    International Joke Day
Jul 2    Saturday    I Forgot Day
Jul 2    Saturday    World UFO Day
Jul 3    Sunday    Compliment Your Mirror Day
Jul 3    Sunday    International Plastic Bag Free Day
Jul 4    Monday    Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
Jul 5    Tuesday    Workaholics Day
Jul 6    Wednesday    World Kissing Day
Jul 7    Thursday    Tell the Truth Day
Jul 8    Friday    Video Games Day
Jul 8    Friday    Math 2.0 Day
Jul 9    Saturday    Sugar Cookie Day
Jul 10    Sunday    Teddy Bears' Picnic Day
Jul 10    Sunday    Clerihew Day
Jul 11    Monday    Cheer Up the Lonely Day
Jul 12    Tuesday    Simplicity Day
Jul 13    Wednesday    Embrace Your Geekness Day
Jul 14    Thursday    Pandemonium Day
Jul 15    Friday    Gummi Worm Day
Jul 16    Saturday    Corn Fritters Day
Jul 17    Sunday    Yellow Pig Day
Jul 17    Sunday    Emoji Day
Jul 17    Sunday    Ice Cream Day
Jul 18    Monday    Insurance Nerd Day
Jul 18    Monday    Caviar Day
Jul 19    Tuesday    Stick Out Your Tongue Day
Jul 20    Wednesday    Space Exploration Day
Jul 21    Thursday    Junk Food Day
Jul 22    Friday    Pi Approximation Day
Jul 23    Saturday    Vanilla Ice Cream Day
Jul 24    Sunday    Cousins Day
Jul 25    Monday    Culinarians Day
Jul 26    Tuesday    Uncle and Aunt Day
Jul 27    Wednesday    Take your Pants for a Walk Day
Jul 28    Thursday    Milk Chocolate Day
Jul 29    Friday    Lasagna Day
Jul 30    Saturday    National Cheesecake Day
Jul 31    Sunday    Uncommon Musical Instrument Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Conrad Aiden
August 5, 1889-August 17, 1973
Writer and Poet
Pulitzer Prize Winner
United States Poet Laureate 1950-1952

The following snippet was copied from : 
Please go there for the full article or visit the Wikipedia entry linked here:

Conrad Aiken was born in Savannah, Georgia. In his childhood Aiken experienced a considerable trauma when he found the bodies of his parents after his physician father had killed his mother and committed suicide. He was brought up in Massachusetts from the age of eleven by a great-great-aunt.

Before entering Harvard Aiken was educated at private schools and at Middlesex School, Concord. In Harvard he shared a class with T.S. Eliot, with whom he edited the Advocate and whose poetry was to influence his own. Aiken graduated in 1912, in the same era as Eliot, Walter Lippman, Van Wyck Brooks, and E.E. Cummings. After working as a reporter, Aiken devoted himself entirely to writing, having also a small private income. Of the many influences Aiken acknowledged, the writings of Freud, Havelock Ellis, William James, Edgar Allan Poe, and the French Symbolists are evident in his work. Freud considered Aiken's GREAT CIRCLE a masterpiece of analytical introspection.

One of his poems is here:

                           Music I Heard

Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

Your hands once touched this table and this silver,
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass.
These things do not remember you, beloved,
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

For it was in my heart that you moved among them,
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;
And in my heart they will remember always,
—They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

Book Club Picks for Remainder of 2022

July 21st

UNBroken:A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand 2010

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.


August 18th

His Very Best, Jimmy Carter, A life
by Jonathan Alter 2020

From one of America’s most-respected journalists and modern historians comes the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize–winning humanitarian.

September  15th

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
 by Stephanie Land 2019

At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. 

October 20th

Cloud Cockoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal, and  New York Times bestseller!

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.


November   17th

Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen  2020. 
Hiaasen dedicated the novel to his younger brother, Rob, who was killed during the Capital Gazette shooting on June 28, 2018. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list

Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .


December 15th

21 Lessons for the 21st Century 
by Yuval  Noah Harari 2018

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.


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