Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, April 21 2019
What is UU Salvation?
With Rev. Kevin Lawson
Join with us this special holiday morning as we recognize Easter, one of the High Holy Days for Christianity. Rev. Kevin will share reflections upon UU Salvation, resurrection, just want do some UU's believe. The Beacon Choir sings.  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Wholeness / Salvation  ~ 
~ Religious Exploration ~
Happy Easter!

Join us at 10:00 AM in Worship for All ages for Easter! Check the RE blog for information about what is happening this coming Sunday.  Join us at 11:00 AM for a special egg hunt  and treats. 

What were the numbers last week? Total = 30!

This pie chart represents all interactions related to Religious Education from 4/8 - 4/14.

Coming up :

Sunday April 28 at 10:00 AM Youth Breakfast for grades 6-12.
              Topic for discussion: Summer movie you are most looking forward to seeing.
Saturday, May 4 at 5:00 PM Coming of Age Celebration Dinner
Sunday, May 5 at 10 AM Youth led service and COA participants present their credos.
                 at 11:00 AM First Sunday Fun day
Sunday May 12 at 10 AM Child Dedications and Summer Camp registration.

More info about Chalice Camp coming soon on the RE blog. Check back!

Director of Religious Exploration 
~ Somos America Donation Drive at Beacon this (Easter) Sunday, April 21 ~
What Humanitarian Aid groups do:

The greatest need at this time is for these specific (individually packaged travel-size) FOOD items, i.e. no toiletries:
  • Boxed tuna or chicken salad with crackers
  • Peanuts in SMALL bags
  • Small packets Ritz crackers or similar
  • Granola bars - hard or soft
  • Applesauce cups or fruit cups
You can get more for your money at discount stores: Dollar Tree has the best prices locally for these items; Sam's Club and other discount stores also have them. Supplies are used up quickly!
Somos America works in tandem with Arizona volunteers who offer direct assistance to asylum seekers. Somos coordinates donation drives for travel-size food items to disburse to volunteers to give to mother/child or father/child on their bus travels to family in United States to continue the immigration process.
Somos America is a Phoenix area 509a2 (Charity Tax Status), not-for-profit activist organization.
~ News from the Committee on Shared Ministry ~
All members of Beacon will have received a message by separate email from the Committee on Shared Ministry which includes a live link that will connect you to the questionnaire that we have created and posted on Survey Monkey. We want to hear from you so we can include your impressions and comments about Rev. Kevin's work at Beacon this church year (July 2018 to June 2019). The survey will close next Sunday, April 21, so please complete it as soon as possible . We will summarize the information and examples that you provide in the report that we are preparing for the Unitarian-Universalists' Fellowshipping committee as part of Rev. Kevin's final credentialing process. We will also summarize this information in our brief annual report to Beacon's Board of Trustees and to the congregation in June 2019. 

Last year, some of you asked why CoSM was requesting that you sign your names to this questionnaire; Sarah Millspaugh, our advisor from the UUA Pacific Region, encourages all UU congregations to avoid anonymous questionnaires for this type of review. We know that your responses may include private personal experiences and comments, and we promise to respect your privacy. Knowing your name will allow us to contact you to answer any questions you raise. We will summarize the impressions, examples, and concerns that you express, but we will not disclose your names to our minister or anyone else at Beacon. We are committed to follow the suggestions we presented in "The Anatomy of Trust" workshops that we offered last year and in the listening circles; as we see it, asking you to sign your name after presenting your comments about our minister's work is one way to practice trust. Last year over 60% of our members responded to the Survey Monkey questionnaire; we hope to hear from all of you this year. We thank you in advance for your time and thoughtful consideration.  

If you have questions, please contact Collin Weller, Maryann van Drielen, Nancy Paxton, Mark James, or Beacon's office manager, April Yax during Beacon's office hours, at 928-779-4492.
~ Circle Suppers ~

SIGN UP Time for Circle Suppers at Beacon
Break bread with a few other Beaconites

How it works:

  • Any Member or Friend of Beacon signs up (with your partner and family, if you wish) by Tuesday April 30. You are signing up to participate in 3-5 potluck Suppers (or brunches or whatever) during May-September. Each Supper is held in the home of one member of the Circle; nobody hosts more than 1 Supper. Hosting is not required, so you can sign up even if your home too small to host 8 people.
  • Paul Beier assembles participants into "Circles" of ~6-8 adults (plus kids in kid-tolerant groups), notifies you of the Circle to which you have been assigned, and assigns one person to be the Ringleader of each Circle.
  • The Ringleader of each Circle works with Circle to set the date for the first Supper at the Ringleader's home. At each Supper, the Circle selects a date & host for the next Supper. Continue until all hosts have held events.
"A Beacon tradition for 30 years"

What to do:
By Tuesday, April 30 , use this online form to provide your name, email, phone number, and the names of other adults and names & ages of kids who will participate with you. The form will also ask if your home can accommodate babies (<36 months) and kids (3 years and older), and will allow you to provide other information, such as "my house is too small for me to host" or "I will be gone all of September" or "please put me in a circle with Barack" or "please don't put me in a circle with Paul."
Find the clipboard (carried by Paul or Maryann or Dora or Carleton) at a Sunday service during April and fill out the information by hand.
If you can't remember if you already signed up for Circle Suppers, just sign up - I will find the duplicates.
~ Winter Chalice Circles ~

Touchstones Chalice Circles are designed to meet our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy) by building friendships and providing opportunities to ponder life's questions, small and large, with others who share the common values of our UU Principles. 
The Chalice Circle Schedule Will Continue with New Circles in January
4th Sundays, January to April, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Starting January 27 
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Starting January 29
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.

(507) 990-3888
~  Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

One of SJA's goals this fiscal year is to explore ways to engage millennials and youth in social justice efforts. Before they moved away last year, Sami Austin and Ari Tyler suggested young adults might find opportunities for direct service (such as serving at the Family Food C)()enter) attractive. In our most recent meeting we considered how we might connect with people in these age groups, through personal/family contacts at NAU and perhaps in a partnering relationship with the League of Women Voters, currently under construction. We welcome ideas for sources for contacts from Beacon members, friends and visitors.
Flagstaff's Repeal Coalition's proposed City ordinance to Keep Families Free and Together (KFFT) Last year, the Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution in opposition to the County Sheriff's Office's practice of cooperating with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) vis a vis "ICE detainers". I t is primarily Flagstaff Police Department officers who arrest immigrants, who are then placed in the County jail to serve their respective sentences, the length of which depends on the offense. Upon their release-by direction of the County Sheriff-undocumented immigrants are held while ICE is contacted. These immigrants are then picked up by ICE, with deportation of the offender the typical next step.
Update:  Consideration of the KFFT Ordinance as a potential agenda item has been postponed due to a new procedural rule. Repeal Flagstaff and Flagstaff Together (KFT) are currently working with Council members to place it on a future agenda.
An AZ Daily Sun article on April 17 reported that:
  • An ACLA lawyer is working with this activist coalition;
  • Police Chief Dan Musselman's view is that the proposed KFFT Ordinance is not necessary, and that passing it may lead to lawsuits against the City:
  • That the Council has discussed creating a group to further study the proposed ordinance.
  In the meantime-as part of Beacon's commitment to support families of undocumented immigrants -SJA encourages Beacon members and friends to contact our Mayor and City Council members, urging them to (at the least) place the proposed KFFT (Keep Families Free and Together) Ordinance on the agenda in the near future. For contact information, google:
             Flagstaff City Council, then
                        Mayor and Council, then
                                    "Speak to your City Council" (for email contact information).
We will continue to supply updated information as we receive it.
 Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ REI Building Project Update ~

So much has happened this week! After many ups and downs, we have finally signed contracts with Mike Loven (contractor) and Steve Dorsett (architect). We will be meeting with them next week for pre-construction planning and scheduling. The official start date is May 1, with a tentative construction start of May 6.

If you happen to look out back, the backyard looks very different now. Thanks to a hard-working team of hardy individuals, the playground, fence, and patio have been dismantled and moved to the side yard (with apologies to the garden gnomes and trampled plants). We hope to reuse these materials for our new playground and landscaping in the fall.

Thank you so much to Anne Wittke, Dennis Spurlin, Skip Brimlow, Barry Malpas, Adam Oliphant, and Bill Owen for their hard work on Tuesday.

And a special thanks to Anne and Dennis for working with me on Monday to get ready for the playground move, which involved a lot of moving of bricks, digging, and dismantling the fence. We are all tired but happy with what was accomplished!

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Committee Moments ~

Beacon Committees perform critical functions to support Beacon and provide valuable outreach that serves our community.  During January, February, March, and April, some committee representatives will take a few moments during Sunday Service announcements to briefly describe their committee.  

You can look forward to hearing from Caring Circle on April 28.
Dennis Spurlin
~ Volunteers Needed ~

Food Center Meal Service:  4th Wednesday of each month, contact Sue Strobel for more information.

Event Coordinator for PRIDE in the Pines: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - contact Rev. Kevin for additional details

~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lynda O. - Used to be Methodist clergy, sharing concern and sympathy over recently revealed conflict with United Methodist denomination.
Cynthia S. - Sharing a sorrow and concern over the return of a friend's cancer.
Collin W. - Sharing his struggle in living apart from his wife and glad to be able to count on Beacon.
Greg O. - Happy to get together with family.
Holly T. - Sharing support of Carl, working on Beacon construction contract.
Roseanne F. - Sharing gratitude for the week's sermon.
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

Beacon's community partner for April 2019 is the Hozhoni Foundation. The Hozhoni Foundation is a leading provider of services and advocacy for people with disabilities. Residential, Vocational and Educational services are provided to assist individuals in achieving their maximum potential. Ultimately every person with emotional, physical, or developmental disabilities has not only the opportunity but the right to experience life to its fullest.
~ Save the Date ~

Friday, April 26-28 -  PSW District Assembly. 
Worship opportunities a 
long with music, keynoters, workshops, social justice field trips, and plenty of chances to visit with old and new friends.

May 3, 2019 -  Senior Vocal Recital for Gabriel Hernandez (Beacon Music Director)
time and location to follow (NAU Campus).

Sunday, May 19 - Budget Town Hall, (Discuss draft budget with members of the Board and the Finance Committee)

Sunday, June 9 - Rev. Kevin's last Sunday in the Pulpit with Beacon.

Sunday, June 9 - Community Potluck (finger foods, please!) Bring some small bites, brunch or snack items for community sharing as we say goodbye to Rev. Kevin.

Sunday, June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Saturday, June 22 - PRIDE in the Pines (**if event coordinator found).

Wednesday, June 19-23 - UUA General Assembly.  General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend .

** Event and Volunteer Coordinator needed for Pride in the Pines 2019.
Are you looking for a small(ish) role to help support Beacon's community outreach?  We are recruiting for this years Event / Volunteer Coordinator to organize, recruit and support Beacon's participation in PRIDE in the Pines 2019. Please contact Rev. Kevin if you'd would like to serve in this role. We'll need an event coordinator prior to our purchasing booth rental space.
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Practice
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Qi Gong
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Folk Project
Friday, April 19, 2019
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 21, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Family Food Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 21, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

If you would like to submit a calendar event, send an email to . With all requests, please indicate the following: proposed start and end time of the event, the space/room preferred, and a rough group size. On the occasion of a cancellation or rescheduling of an event, please let the office know in a timely fashion to ensure that your event is correctly represented in the newsletter and order of service. Thank you!
Beacon Office Hours  ~
Rev. Kevin  Lawson 

Tues: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
April Yax

Tues: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment
Office Phone (928) 779-4492
~ Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles ~

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from  sources  as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.  Learn more at!

~ Beacon Google Group ~

If  you are not on Beacon's exclusive Google group, you are missing out on an important communications link within our congregation. It is useful for spreading information about something going on in Flagstaff, informing others of social action activities, offering an item for sale or to give away, sharing enthusiasm about a book or movie, requesting information or recommendations -- and more! It's simple to sign up! Email our Office Manager, at
~ Beacon Website Tour ~
May 16, 2019 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Learn what the Beacon website can do for you.  Look behind the website to see how much it is being used, how access is controlled, and who has what access.  Ask questions about what more it can do for you.  This forum is open to all Beacon members, friends, and visitors.  Bring your own device or not.  Please RSVP to .