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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.
Join CUUC's Steve Baker and other members as they rally on Sundays at the corner of 
Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  32168
4:00 to 5:00 PM

Contact Steve Baker for more information through the church email.
CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

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President's Message
Hello, Lovely People!

Thank you for your continuing support of CUUC as we endure this Year of Pandemic!
As the world struggles to cope, may we continue to strengthen and embolden one another in a covenant bound by Love! 

I am proud to say that I was able to represent CUUC as our delegate to June's Unitarian Universalist General Assembly... this was the first ever All-Online GA, since the Unitarian Universalist Association has decided to suspend face-to-face operations until 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
One question that was put to the folks in 'Virtual' attendance at this year's GA was, "How is your congregation handling the challenges of staying 'Connected' in a world where Physical Distancing has become the norm?" Another was, "Have you experienced any positive impacts from the Pandemic or only negative impacts?" I was able to share my Pride in the way that CUUC's Worship Committee met the challenges of adapting to a ZOOM format in order to provide Sunday Morning Worship Services... We only missed a Single Sunday!!! Then our Services were OnLine - and we have held them via ZOOM every single Sunday Morning since! This REALLY IS Something to be Proud of, in my opinion - and I was confirmed of it by the words of other attendees at the Virtual GA! Some Congregations have not held a Sunday Service since March... and are focusing their attention on other things (like Pandemic Response efforts) Instead.
While our congregation is a small one, and we have been challenged in terms of manpower for volunteering, certain members and friends of CUUC have been actively participating in volunteer activities in Volusia County, and if you are one of them, I commend you for your efforts... every person that volunteers makes a huge difference to the outcome. Bless You!!!

Some people (including me) who were representing their home Congregations at our Virtual GA admitted to faring pretty well in these times of Physical Distancing due to viewing ourselves as 'Introverts' who can be left alone quite comfortably... one Minister with whom I spoke admitted that she felt her congregation might have been happier with a more 'Extroverted' leader and had even questioned whether she was a good 'fit' there - until the Pandemic came along and her technical experience and skills enabled them to make a smooth transition from Live! In-Person! to remotely viewed Sunday Morning Worship Services. She then revealed that her teenage daughter was quite unhappy with 'Virtual GA' because in the past the opportunity to meet other UU Youths face-to-face and get to know them had been a highlight of the year - "just seeing someone on-screen doesn't make the cut!" I encouraged her daughter to "ZOOM-Bomb" us by appearing in the background (she happily complied!) Then I told her, "If you ever appear in New Smyrna Beach at our church  - after this Pandemic Ends - you're Assured of getting lots of attention from our congregation, which includes numerous Retirees who are quite used to Only seeing youths  - typically Grandchildren - OnScreen! So we Treasure the appearance of anyone under 30!"

I work in a retail establishment (which was closed only temporarily - from March 26th through May 7th) and I am happy to say that most of our customers are now coming in with masks on their faces. Wearing of masks while indoors has now been mandated by the City of Daytona Beach ; my bosses supplied us with a couple of boxes of masks that we can dispense to those who don't have one already.  My coworker Deb and I are only frustrated now by the people who wear their mask "as a Chin-Strap" (in Deb's words); a friend told me that she heard this saying recently: "Wearing a mask on your Chin is like putting a condom on the testicles." I recently heard a physician - Dr. Ghandi - on National Public Radio - describe the benefits of wearing a mask based on epidemiologists' analysis of data, focusing on people who were exposed to an outbreak of COVID-19 in groups - for example, workers in factory settings, meat-packing-houses, etc. - In cases where they were wearing masks and still became infected, the average person suffered far less from the effects of COVID-19 - despite testing positive for the virus - than the average person who tested positive as a result of being exposed in a place where mask-wearing was NOT Mandatory. Those individuals were much more likely to require hospitalization and treatment - like going on a respirator - than people who were infected while wearing a mask. The conclusion drawn from this: the more of the virus a person is exposed to, the greater the risk of serious illness as a result of a higher viral load in their system. Therefore it appears that wearing a mask can help prevent the worst-case scenario, even if the wearer becomes infected. 
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I made a mental note to Share this information with anyone I can - 'Knowledge is Power,' after all, and 'Forewarned is Fore-Armed!'

Also - at least a month ago  - I read an article stating bluntly that the kind of face-masks which contain little circular vents to ease exhalation should be outlawed (in some places - notably San Francisco - they already have been) because they don't filter the wearer's exhalation At All  - therefore if the mask is worn by someone with an active case of COVID-19, the mask only protects the wearer - NOT Anybody in the vicinity of the wearer's exhalations - from infection. I see people wearing this kind of mask every day now in my workplace. Since my boss and his wife haven't asked us to do anything more than offer a mask to anyone who is NOT wearing one, I haven't raised the alarm on this issue. Though I will speak to my boss' wife about it, who can say what her response will be? I don't own or manage the store where I work. However, two of my coworkers are currently 'Out Sick' as I write this (and awaiting COVID-19 test results)... my best advice to anyone: Keep your Shopping to a Minimum. Who knows when or where you may be exposed to the contagion (which has turned our beloved Florida into a HotSpot?)...

Also, in my workplace, we have a used bookstore that draws folks seeking unusual or out-of-print books. Recently a young woman told me, "I came in last year and I purchased a copy of 'The Plague' by Albert Camus - which turned out to be kind of prophetic since now we are dealing with COVID-19 - I really never would have imagined that we would be going through all this... I just kind of picked up that book and knew I had to read it!"

My friend Hope - an investigative journalist by trade - sent me the link to the following article after I told her that Dr. Tom Cook of Rollins College had spoken to our congregation about Camus' book and Ingmar Bergman's film, The Seventh Seal, and the Decameron by Boccaccio, which also focuses on people living through a time of Pandemic.
Hope said that she wondered whether Dr. Cook had seen the same article. I told her that many people have been asking the same questions lately, regarding how a society can best cope with the challenges of deadly disease altering the course of history... Our vested interest dictates that we look after ourselves AND our society by making the kind of choices that will lead to a sustainable future. May It Be SO!


Joe WolfArth 

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A Month of Sundays

August 2nd

Grey Ghosthawk
"Full Moon Release Ritual"
Learn about how the Native Americans Walked in Balance
on the Earth in their Traditions of living their Spirituality on a
daily basis and allowing Spirit to guide them on their life walk. 
An overview of the belief systems and way of life as well a look
at some of the Ceremonies and Rituals from North, Central,
and South American Native Cultures.  Start your Walk In Balance
the Native American way.

Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

August 9th

Kathi Smith
"Atheist and Agnostics"

Kathi Smith is a CUUC member and an agnostic.
Atheists and Agnostics make up an increasingly large percentage
of the population, yet professing to be either a seeker or faithless is a
society taboo.  As the world becomes increasingly diverse,
seekers/non-believers need to be on an equal footing with the religious.
  This presentation will define the differences (Atheists and Agnostics),
hear one person's journey to self-determination, and explore morality
without religion and the effects on society.    

August 16th

Kathryn Quick
"Bhagavad Gita"

Service Leader: Joe Wolfarth

August 23rd

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro
"The State of Religious Freedom in Florida and the U.S."
 Rabbi Merrill Shapiro will talk about recent encroachments of
our religious freedoms, including coercion through taxation, support
of religious institutions and religious symbols on public property,
prayer at public meetings, etc.  Rabbi Merrill Shapiro is the Immediate
Past President of the National Board of Trustees of Americans
United for Separation of Church and State. 

Service Leader, Kathi Smith

August 30th

Rev. Mark Spivey
Title: "The Way we Were: lessons from loss for living a meaningful life"
The presentation explores how we can use the changes in
our social climate to construct a more meaningful, fulfilling life.

Service Leader: Audrey Barecelo

Our May-July services were presented over Zoom Meeting
on the Internet. We will continue with this format until we can
join each other in worship. Since we are unsure of all our  presenters
and their comfort level with this program, we will be sending out
the weekly invite with the topic for the week. 

  If you haven't been following our emails, here are some simple
directions for downloading Zoom.and using it.

Setting up the Zoom App- do this as soon as possible !!!!!!!
Go to Zoom website
In the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click “sign up, it’s free”
Enter a valid email to be associated with your Zoom account. Follow
the steps to finalize the account. 

Now you will be ready when we send the email invitation to join a
Zoom meeting of the Worship service.  Please note that you can only
join the meeting 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start.  This is also
advisable as others can help you with technical problems.
There are several ways to join a meeting. You can join a meeting by
the meeting id (with password), using the link provided in the email, or
by dialing in on your phone via the New York number provided in the
email.  The easiest method is the link but you must be patient as it
takes a little while before it joins.

Kudos to all who worked to make our services happen live.  Kudos to
our service leaders who are learning to use Zoom and thank you to
our speakers who have either videotaped their talk or our planning to
join the Zoom live on Sundays.
Looking Ahead to September's Services

September 6th- Joe Wolfarth -Discussion "Starving for Attention"
September 13th-Water Ceremony
September 20th Kandy Queen Sutherland
September 27th- Faerie Elaine Silver

Upcoming Events
Check the weekly invite to see if our other church groups
begin using Zoom to meet online.

Wednesday August 5th
Discussion of "Wilding"
via Zoom
Invitation to members to follow via email

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Email church email for more information on how to join


Upcoming Birthdays
August 6th- Emily Moehring
August 13th- Bud Cullison
August 15th- Pat Cullison
August 17th-  Audrey Barcelo
August 17th-  Karen Bigham
August 18th-  Kathi Smith
August 24th-  Marcia Kallenberger

September 14th- Laurie Dunham


Making Pledge payments or donations
during these extraordinary times.

                Continuity is crucial to the life and maintenance of our church. 
We know that even though we are not physically meeting in the church each
Sunday for a while, you want to continue your Pledge payments or donations. 
You can do so by sending a check or money order to the CUUC PO Box.  If you
are unsure about how much is still outstanding on your pledge, you can contact
me by phone, email or text. 
Community Unitarian Universalist Church 
PO Box 238063
Port Orange, FL 32123-8289     
Thank you,

Rosa Jeanne Lake
203 641-2608      
Spotlight on a Member

Sharon Herr

Sharon grew up in upstate NY.  At 16 she left her family home to escape an abusive situation.  The following year she was homeless and bounced from one friend’s house to another, until finally moving in with her grandmother.  After graduating from high school Sharon worked for a bank, for New York State, as a real estate salesperson, a waitress at Pizza Hut, post office, a sunday school teacher, a WIC dietitian and a planning board member for the Village of Nassau.  She became a registered dietitian 20 years ago.  Sharon has written a book on “Herb-Drug Interactions” that sold over 10,000 copies.  She owned and operated a bead store for 10 years and still has way too many beads.

She married David, her second husband, in 1992.  Between them they have 3 children, Adam, Joshua and Aaron.  David and Sharon moved to Port Orange, Florida 7 ½ years ago and they enjoy the warmer weather.  She loves animals, currently having 3 pugs and 3 chickens, and she has recently signed up for the feral trap and release program in Port Orange.  She has dealt with several health issues, included relapsing polychondritis.

A new RV arrived in her life a year ago and the bucket list is ready for trips to all over the US when the Coronavirus is under control.  First on her bucket list will be a journey to NY, MA, VT and Canada to see family and work on genealogy.  The following year she would like to make a trip out west to California to see her brother and up the coast to Portland.

Genealogy is current pastime, as well as glass fusing and water color painting.

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Famous Unitarian Universalist Friend


Steve Allen

December 26, 1921-October 30, 2000
American television personality,
radio personality, musician,
composer, actor, comedian,

The following Information was taken from:

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and an advocate of scientific skepticism. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late night television talk show.

Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his extensive network television career. He gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. After he hosted The Tonight Show, he went on to host numerous game and variety shows, including his own The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, and The New Steve Allen Show. He was a regular panel member on CBS's What's My Line?, and from 1977 until 1981 wrote, produced, and hosted the award-winning public broadcasting show Meeting of Minds, a series of historical dramas presented in a talk format.

Allen was a pianist and a prolific composer. By his own estimate, he wrote more than 8,500 songs, some of which were recorded by numerous leading singers. Working as a lyricist, Allen won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. He also wrote more than 50 books, including novels, children's books, and books of opinions, including his final book, Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio (2001).

Although Allen had received a Roman Catholic upbringing, he later became a secular humanist and Humanist Laureate for the Academy of Humanism, a member of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry of Claims Of the Paranormal and the Council for Secular Humanism.  His second wife was Jayne Meadows, sister of the actress Audrey Meadows.
Different Observances for the Month of August

August 1 - Lammas - Christian; Lughnassad - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan;Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian:     Lammas Day, also known as Loaf Mass Day, is a Christian holiday celebrated in some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere on 1 August. It is a festival to mark the annual wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year.  Lughnasadh or Lughnasa is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. In Modern Irish it is called Lúnasa, in Scottish Gaelic: Lùnastal, and in Manx: Luanistyn.  Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus: In the opening 14 days of August, Orthodox Christians look ahead to the August 15 Great Feast of the Dormition (or the “falling asleep” or death) of the Theotokos. The title Theotokos refers to Jesus’s mother and is Greek for “birth-giver” or “bearer of God.”

August 3- RAKSHA BANDHAN • Hindu Also called Rakhi, this festival celebrates the protective relationship between brothers and their sisters.

August 9- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES :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.

Aug 10- Waqf al Arafa - Islam-This day is also known as the day of repentance; hence, those who did not go to Hajj, or are unable to go, can spend their day fasting to repent their sins. The Minister of Awqaf, Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, said that the Day of Arafat is a day of God's mercy on the pilgrims and all believers.

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

August 12- KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Also known as JAYANTI) • Hindu Celebrates Krishna’s birthday, Vishnu’s eighth incarnation on earth.

August 13-15-Obon (Ulambana)  - Buddhist/Shinto:  Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon Odori.

August 20- 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 21- SENIOR CITIZEN DAY: Recognizes the many contributions older adults make in communities across the United States.

August 22- GANESH CHATURTHI • Hindu Celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-deity.

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.

August 29- 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 29-Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian
The day commemorates the martyrdom by beheading of Saint John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his step-daughter Salome and her mother Herodias.

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.
as well as Religious Holidays from Religious Life Princeton University 

Book Club books for the Remainder of the Year are:

Since You are Home Social Distancing Yourself and the library is offering digital loans
perhaps you might want to check these titles out.

August 5th

by Isabella Tree
(Non Fiction)

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed
Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with
the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical.
hey would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming
animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring
nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the
manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is
considered an affront?

In the face of considerable opposition the couple persisted with their
experiment and soon witnessed an extraordinary change. New life flooded
into Knepp, now a breeding hotspot for rare and threatened species like turtle
doves, peregrine falcons, and purple emperor butterflies.

The fabled English nightingale sings again.

September 2nd

The Heretic's Daughter
by Kathleen Kent
(Historical Fiction)

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

October 7th

 A Land Remembered" 
by Patrick Smith

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. 

November 4th

The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
(Satirical Novel)

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the
South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his
rusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard
the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a
new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain,
is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet
Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an
absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to
university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist
cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and
a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds
and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars
we fight today. 

December 2nd

by Lauren Groff
(Florida Short Stories)

In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks.

In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical
world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of
the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries
are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be
derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those
navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely
boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman;
and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even
centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind
—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a
place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a
crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about
loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy
and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind
human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments
that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
her at with the subject line "for CUUC  newsletter".
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Bring them to church or drop off at Sharon's home.

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Port Orange, FL 32123

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