A Month of Sundays – July 2018


July Speakers

July 1, 2018

Joe Wetzel


Once a university professor, he spent later life in the business world. Retired in 2000. He has very eclectic tastes, and since 2000 he has been mostly a student. When he learns something new and interesting that seems under-appreciated he likes to talk and write about it. He has written dozens of essays and talks, has one book published–Our Unique Heritage—Lest We Forget—with another one in progress.

Topic: Our Declaration of Independence: A Glorious Story

I want to share some of the surprising facts I have discovered in studying the detailed history of our Declaration of Independence. How it was created and how it relates to the forming of our nation is really an exciting and ongoing saga, with some anomalies, mysteries, and interesting developments as to who we are and what we stand for. We’ll be hearing ideas from historians and from our Founders, of course. We’ll then travel briefly in time, stop to visit Abraham Lincoln, and even pay homage to Kentucky along the way. My months of preparation have certainly uplifted my spirits, and I hope to lift yours as well. I am more proud than ever to say that ours is a truly unique and inspiring adventure. I invite you warmly to join me in reliving it.


July 8, 2018

Doug Worthington


Since 2008 Doug Worthington has been an active member of the former UU Fellowship of Marion County, now known as the Tri-County Unitarian Universalists. He chairs the Sunday Service Committee and is the coordinator for the communications team. After the death of his first wife, he remarried Lynn Worthington, who has been instrumental with stewardship and doing the Weekly Timetable. He first joined a Unitarian Universalist Church in Asheville, NC in 1974. He has a daughter in the United Kingdom and a son in Sarasota who will be married May 2018. Doug enjoys spinning classes and duplicate bridge as well as cycling and golfing on executive golf courses only.

Topic:: Search for Meaning, Not Happiness

Exploring ways to find happiness and pleasure can be superficial and short-term. Our speaker will suggest more meaningful pursuits can lead to happiness that is true and lasting.


June 17, 2018

Bill Howat


Bill and his wife Valerie Hawkes-Howat have joined NCUU within the last year and have been very active members. Bill’s technical background has been beyond helpful on our Building Maintenance department and his culinary skills, enthusiasm, and dedication have made him a wonderful asset to our Social Activities Committee. Bill did a marvelous job moderating and participating in our Fathers’ Day Sunday Service.

Topic:: Buddhism

Bill will share his understanding of its basic tenets and its impact on his life.


July 22, 2018

Rev. Carole Yorke


Rev Carole Yorke has been a Unitarian Universalist minister in Florida since 1998. She has served the Spirit of Life UUs, the UU Church in Stuart, and First UU Congregation of the Palm Beaches, but is now retired in Port St Lucie where she lives with her five beautiful Pomeranians. She also loves to travel. In the past couple of years, she went on an Alaskan cruise and, more recently, a Holland American cruise to Holland. Rev. Yorke enjoys reads better than She loves also.


Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things.


July 29, 2018

Cathy DeWitt


Cathy is the senior musician in residence for UF Health/Shands Arts in Medicine program, where she has provided musical respite for patients of all kinds and ages since 1995. She has also assisted Citrus County Arts Alliance with its program of bringing the arts to people with memory disorders, at the new Y. She is an international award-winning songwriter and performer, sharing her music throughout the U.S. as well as in the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Europe, and, most recently, Greece! In addition to solo work at hospitals, churches, and in the Posi movement, she is leader of the jazz band MoonDancer (which Sally has joined on occasion!) and the all-female folk and bluegrass group Patchwork.

Let the Mystery Be

Songs and stories celebrating the mystery of the unknown, incorporating gratitude, forgiveness, synchronicity, and faith.

This is some original music I put to the words of the Hawaiian Forgiveness Chant, a powerful process that can bring release, relief, and an amazing sense of spiritual cleansing.

Ho Opono Pono


All Sunday Services begin at 10:30 AM.

Please join us after the service for coffee and refreshments followed by
a “Q&A Session” with our speaker.