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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 My Friends!

What a Tumultuous Ride it has been for our nation, and the World, since the COVID-19 Pandemic began about 18 months ago!
Who could have predicted the events that have unfolded since?
I wish I could write these words without wanting to reference "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" from the biblical Book of Revelation - they represent Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, and I think the people who were suffering in the time of bubonic plague were probably thinking about this a great deal as their own societies struggled with the unrest brought on by the difficult times they themselves were facing... Sigh. 
These people were our Ancestors, and they, too, lived in fearful and devastating circumstances.

Our own times have brought plenty of fearful events, as political unrest, violent acts of sedition, and the shocking effects of undeniable global warming have piled on top of a Pandemic which has found new strength in surging among the Unvaccinated populations in our country and elsewhere.

I would be lying if I pretended that this doesn't cause me too to become afraid, stressed, and depressed at times. 
But I recall my grandmother - whose lifetime bore witness to 2 World Wars and whose kindness, grace and gentle, peaceful soul deeply affected me as a child and young adult - and I take succor in knowing that, like her, I can do what I am capable of doing to improve the lot of our Human Race, and seek sustenanance in a faith rooted in something Greater than myself.
My grandma was a nurse, so she was physically involved in helping sick and injured people obtain healing; I can only imagine what went through her mind as her only son was deployed to the Pacific Theatre of War during WWII and she continued to devote her days to her profession as he was marching across the Philippines in a deadly conflict. Here she was in "Sunny Florida" waiting for a letter from him that would (hopefully) prove that he was alive and well overseas. Did the worry in her heart make her a more compassionate caregiver? Did the love she felt for her son make her pray a little harder for the safe return and well-being of every other soldier at war? I meditate on this, and I let it Move Me. May we Each find More Compassion in our hearts as the suffering of others grows around us.

As I light a candle in honor of Peace, Love and Serenity each day at my kitchen window, I think of Kwan Yin - Bodhisattva of Compassion - also known as the "Iron Goddess of Mercy" - whose strength lies in remaining Serene as she hears the cries of a Suffering World... I ask her to share the blessing of a Calm Heart in the midst of Chaos.

The times we live in call for a return to awareness of the Art of Compromise. For some, the greatest gift that can be received is the ability to connect and share experiences again with others, face to face. For some, the greatest gift is the ability to keep sequestered in safety, apart from harm or its potential to occur. 

Our CUUC Board of Trustees has sought to provide the sense of community and connection that each type of member desires, by fashioning a "Hybrid Worship Service" - holding Sunday Morning Services in the building on West Street while still offering them via ZOOM to any who wish to "tune in" remotely. This compromise is the best way we could find to try to keep our community strong. At the 2021 All-Virtual General Assembly this summer, many churches affirmed that they were hosting such "Hybrid" Services - or they were Planning to start Hosting them... so, once again, our little congregation is in the Vanguard! Did You Realize that We were so Progressive?!? I am very proud of what our dedicated volunteers have accomplished (with relatively few hands - which reminds me - Please Volunteer if You would Like to Help - our Worship Committee Team could Surely Use the Assistance!) 

Once upon a time... I spoke from the CUUC Pulpit and I likened our church to "The Little Engine That COULD!" - Because Against All Odds, we Keep Coming Back against Adversity! Hurray! I see this as the natural result of Faith, Determination and Grit, and the Work of the "Dedicated Volunteers" mentioned Above (& if this Number INCLUDES YOU - THANK YOU 😊 THANK YOU 😊 THANK YOU 😊... YOU ROCK!)
There is no doubt that we can Persevere if We Put Our Minds To It!!!

I wish you Blessings and Joy, Health and Serenity - Despite the Swirling Winds of Chaos that Surround Us at this moment in History... may we make it through the Storm, Unscathed.
So May It Be.


- Joe WolfArth 

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.

August 1st

Jenny Nazak

"Climate Fire and Brimstone"  
Service Leader: :Barbara Mars


August 8th

Rev. Faerie Elaine Silver
"Musical Ministry"

Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth

August 15th

"De-Escalation Techniques"
Sgt. Todd Raible
Volusia Sheriff's Office

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

August 22nd

Dr. Richard Thripp, PhD
Past Chairman of the Volusia County Democratic Party

Service Leader: Steve Baker

August 29th

Dr. James Shoopman
"Living a Meaningful Life"

Can movies and great drama reveal something about "the
meaning of life?"  How do we strive to give our lives meaning
and purpose?  Dr. Shoopman contrasts two well-known
dramas:  Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, and It's a
Wonderful Life
, directed by Frank Capra to contrast two
different avenues toward a struggle for meaning. 

Service Leader: Kathi Smith

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

Looking Ahead to September's Services ***

September 5th-Dr. L. Ronald Durham- Volusia County Democratic Black Caucas -"Social Justice Voting Rights"  Service Leader: Rosa Lake
September 12th- Professor Tom Cook
September 19th- Dr. Christopher Bell
September 26th- Rabbi Merrill Shapiro  Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

***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 2nd
Worship Committee Meeting
CUUC Church
403 West St.

August 4th
Book Club
Discussion of J.T. Glisson's 
"The Creek" 
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.

No Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board is taking one month off from meeting.

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

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

Celebration of Life-
Rev. Lloyd Dunham

There was a Celebration of Life for longtime CUUC member, Lloyd Dunham. 
Prior to the Service, the family and CUUC friends of Lloyd's who were able to
attend, said a few words as Lloyd's memorial tree was dedicated at CUUC. 
These are a few pictures of longtime member, Laurie Dunham, Lloyd's wife,
and his extended family. 

Laurie Dunham

Lloyd and Laurie's Family

Some of Lloyd and Laurie's CUUC friends

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

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

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.
 Follow up to
Gay Pride Presentation

On June 27, we zoomed in a talk by Salvatore Vieira
of Equality Florida.  There were more questions afterward
than we had time for, so I asked Salvatore for some resources
to share. 

Here they are; I think they’re generally about pronouns,
trans and non-binary folks:,
There is plenty of info on the internet these days,
as more and more people “come out” and are recognized by
the medical professions and politicians.

Connie Baker
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.
Different Observances for the Month of August

Celebrates the richness of indigenous cultures and recognizes the challenges indigenous
peoples face today, ranging from poverty and disease to dispossession, discrimination and
denial of basic human rights.

August 9 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.

August 12 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: Celebrates young people and the integral role they play in helping to create a world fit for children.

August 18 ASHURA • Islamic: A day of fasting observed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram to celebrate Moses’ exodus from Egypt. For Shi’a Muslims, it also marks the climax of the ten-day Remembrance of Muharram, which mourns the martyrdom of Hussein at the Battle of Kerbala.

August 21 SENIOR CITIZEN DAY: Recognizes the many contributions older adults make in communities across the United States.'s_Day

August 22 RAKSHA BANDHAN • Hindu: Also called Rakhi, this festival celebrates the protective relationship between brothers and their sisters.

August 23 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION:  Memorializes the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, coinciding with the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated its abolition.

August 26 WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY :  Commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.'s_Equality_Day

August 30 KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Also known as JAYANTI) • Hindu:
Celebrates Krishna’s birthday, Vishnu’s eighth incarnation on earth

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

Just for Fun
August Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird

Aug 1    Sunday    National Girlfriend Day
Aug 1    Sunday    Sisters' Day
Aug 2    Monday    Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Aug 3    Tuesday    Watermelon Day
Aug 4    Wednesday    Single Working Women's Day
Aug 5    Thursday    Work Like a Dog Day
Aug 6    Friday    Fresh Breath Day
Aug 6    Friday    International Beer Day
Aug 7    Saturday    Lighthouse Day
Aug 8    Sunday    Happiness Happens Day
Aug 9    Monday    Book Lovers Day
Aug 10    Tuesday    Lazy Day
Aug 11    Wednesday    Son and Daughter Day
Aug 12    Thursday    Middle Child Day
Aug 13    Friday    Left-Handers Day
Aug 14    Saturday    Creamsicle Day
Aug 15    Sunday    Relaxation Day
Aug 16    Monday    Tell a Joke Day
Aug 17    Tuesday    Thrift Shop Day
Aug 18    Wednesday    Mail Order Catalog Day
Aug 19    Thursday    World Photo Day
Aug 20    Friday    Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Aug 21    Saturday    Spumoni Day
Aug 22    Sunday    Be An Angel Day
Aug 23    Monday    Ride Like the Wind Day
Aug 24    Tuesday    Pluto Demoted Day
Aug 25    Wednesday    Kiss and Make up Day
Aug 26    Thursday    Dog Appreciation Day
Aug 27    Friday    The Duchess Who Wasn't Day
Aug 28    Saturday    Bow Tie Day
Aug 29    Sunday    According to Hoyle Day
Aug 30    Monday    Frankenstein Day
Aug 31    Tuesday    Eat Outside Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Sara Josephine Baker
Physician and Public Health Worker
November 15, 1873 – February 22, 1945

Sara Josephine Baker was an American physician notable
for making contributions to public health, especially in the
immigrant communities of New York City. Her fight against
the damage that widespread urban poverty and ignorance
caused to children, especially newborns, is perhaps her
most lasting legacy. In 1917, she noted that babies born in
the United States faced a higher mortality rate than soldiers
fighting in World War I, drawing a great deal of attention to
her cause. She also is known for (twice) tracking down Mary
Mallon, the infamous index case known as Typhoid Mary. (Her father and brother both died of typhoid).

Please read his full  Wikipedia entry, from which this section was copied.
Click here for the entry:
Another link to information on Sara Josephine Baker is:
Remaining Book Club Picks for 2021
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
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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