Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, April 22 ~ 
"Covenantal Community"
Guest Speaker Karla Brockie

As UU's, we are bound not by creed, but by covenant.  How can we live 
fully  into covenantal community? Please join us for special guest 
Rev. Karla Brockie, Granite Peak UU Congregation, Prescott.

~ Touchstone Theme: Transformation ~ 
~ Committee on Shared Ministry (CoSM) ~

We Want to Hear from You!

First, heartfelt thanks to all members and friends of Beacon who have already completed the questionnaire that COSM shared concerning Rev. Kevin's work at Beacon this year. We want to include the views of all of you. The questionnaire should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It will be available here until Monday, April 23.

On Sunday, April 29th, following the service, COSM invites you to participate in a "Listening Circle," an interactive forum to share your thoughts, aspirations, and concerns regarding all aspects of congregational life at Beacon so that we may build a stronger, healthier community. Following the  Sunday service, we will organize small groups of 8-10 members with a facilitator. These small group sessions are planned to run from  11:15 to 1:00. We will provide snacks. 

All sharing will remain confidential. COSM will then summarize your thoughtful comments and concerns, without mentioning your names, in our committee report about shared ministry at Beacon to be presented at the congregational meeting in June. 

This is the first time we have offered this type of event, so please see Nancy Paxton, Dru Monroe, Collin Weller or Mark James to sign up. Alternatively, you can simply reply to this newsletter before Friday , April 27  to  RSVP. 

Thank you for your feedback,
Nancy Paxton
CoSM Chair
~ Repair, Expand, & improve Campaign (REI) ~

REI and Stewardship Campaign Update
The campaigns are still ongoing until the end of April. The Visiting Stewards have pretty much contacted all of the pledging units, but there are still some pledge forms that have not been turned in. Please turn in your forms if you have not yet done so, or contact your Visiting Steward for assistance.

We are still lagging behind our goal for both campaigns, but we are especially concerned about Stewardship. We have had several members move away this year, plus some with changes in employment, and a couple of other reductions for other reasons. Several pledging units have increased their pledges to try to make up for this, which has helped but we have a way to go. If you have already pledged, and would like to increase your pledge, please contact your Rich Clark or Steve Zeldes.

Thank you for your generosity!
Theresa deBoer
~ Building Expansion Team ~

Building Expansion Project Update
We have received our initial cost estimate from the contractor! This week the Building Expansion Team leadership will be meeting to talk about the estimate. We will try to get the cost down as far as possible, and then request a final estimate from the contractor. This estimate and the final changes will be presented for discussion at the Town Hall on May 13. We will also have the results of our capital campaign (REI) at that time.  Hopefully those numbers will be pretty close!

With thanks,
The Building Expansion Team
~ Special Video Presentation ~

Sharp's War Documentary and Conversation
Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm in the Purple Room

This is the powerful story of the founders of our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. A remarkable piece of our UU history, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, is a documentary from Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky about two amazing activists who helped European Jews and Romani escape the Nazis. Jourkowsky is a grandson to the Sharps. The Sharps founded the UUSC, which began using the symbol of the flaming chalice to label aid boxes during the war. The flaming chalice still represents Unitarian Universalism today. 

~ Religious Exploration ~

PreK-Grade 4 -  We were unable to do our planned curriculum last week, so, if you think you missed it, no worries...we will do it this coming Sunday! Staying with our April theme, Transformation, we will talk about  Decomposition . The story, "And It Is Good," shows the important role decomposition plays in the cycle of life. 

Please check out the preparation activities in our  Google Group for grades 3 & 4  if you would like! These are some suggestions of things you can do this week to get ready for our lesson on Sunday.  Activities are appropriate for younger children as well.

Grades 5-8 - We have had a wonderful time so far with our  Building Bridges curriculum and look forward to many more visitations in the next couple of months. Please join us! Email me at if you have any questions. 

April 22
Epiphany Episcopal

May 27 Labyrinth! No Beacon Service
April 27 Visit with Lev Shalom June 3 Curriculum on Five New Religions
April 29 Curriculum on Christanity

June 8 Visiting Baha'i Faith
May 6 Special Youth Sunday Service led by HS Group June 10 Visiting Mormon Faith
May 13 Visit with Evangelical Christian Church June 17 Curriculum on Paganism
May 20 Curriculum on Evangelical Christianity June 24 Solstice Celebration

We are looking forward to:

Movie Night: A Plastic Ocean (PG, 1:42), Wednesday, April 25, 4:45-7;00 pm
Beacon kids Grade 5 and up and friends are welcome to join a fun and friendly night of popcorn and a movie with follow up discussion based on the monthly theme of Transformation. Bring a friend!


High School Youth Group Meeting, Sunday, April 22 at noon in the Beacon kitchen. 

Hope to see you soon,
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Congregational Vitality Team (CVT) ~

The  CVT  is encouraging newcomers, long-time members, and members with children to consider joining our cause. We work on welcoming visitors, helping new members get connected at Beacon and other engaging activities as team members are inspired! If you like meeting new people or want to get to know others at Beacon better, our Team is the perfect volunteer spot for you! We are seeing a lot of new faces coming through the doors of Beacon these days and want to do a good job of getting to know them better!  We are always looking for greeters for Sunday morning. This is a fun job for a family:  you can get the kids involved in helping set up and in welcoming other kids to Beacon! 

If you are interested in greeting on Sunday morning, send an email to Marty Manning at If you are interested in joining the CVT, please call,
(928) 856-1365, or email Dru Monroe,

Thanks for your consideration!
Dru Monroe
Congregational Vitality Team Chair
~ Congregational Vitality Team (CVT) ~

Source: Jake Bacon, AZ Daily Sun
Report on Citizens' Petition for  consideration  of a City Council resolution Regarding Coconino County Detention Center Policy

What is this resolution about? Current practice of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office is to hold immigrants for questioning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for up to 48 hours beyond their release date from the county jail.

Why is this a problem?   These ICE detainers are not judicial warrants, i.e. they are not required by law. They are simply requests by ICE. This is a City issue because all people arrested in the City (about 70% of the total number arrested) as well as the County are sent to the local jail where this "ICE detainer" practice is being applied.

What's the legal basis here? This can be considered
  • "...unreasonable search and seizure" (Fourth Amendment);
  • "...even aliens shall not be held...(or) deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law (Fifth and Sixth Amendment);
  • Due process "...applies to all aliens in the United States whose presence may be.unlawful, involuntary or transitory" (A Supreme Court decision of 2001).
What happened at the meeting? Dozens of white-shirted supporters of this resolution representing Keep Flagstaff Together, NAIC, family and friends of Frankie Madrid (who committed suicide after he was deported) and Beacon UU began to gather in Council chambers at 6:00 pm. No one spoke in opposition.
What did the Council decide April 17?   Following a public comment period, five Council members indicated support for allowing the resolution to move forward for further action at a future meeting. This decision was made about 10:30 pm!
Where can I find more information?  A remarkably complete article appeared on the front page of the AZ Daily Sun Wednesday morning, April 18. At the mic was Dulce Bojorquez, Frankie Madrid's sister, who visited Beacon multiple times with Frankie.

In community and gratitude,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Art Committee: Lynda Dorweiler ~

Since I earned my sewing badge in Girl Scouts many years ago, I have pursued several sewing styles ending now in creating quilts. Making clothes for myself and my children, I branched out into tailoring. I made my nursing uniforms and tailored two suits for my husband over the years.  When in administration, I made suits for myself.

Today, I concentrate on quilts and relish the colors that can be combined to make bed quilts, to table toppers, to wall hangings.  A person once visiting my home said, "Everywhere you look, there is another quilt," which is true. I do rotate them and have sold some.

I have done quilts on commission for a hospital,  nursing home and a physicians's home . Others have asked me to quilt pieces that they have made.  A quilt is defined as two pieces of fabric with an inner batting that forms a sandwich. Stitching on the top creates a different element to the design beyond the fabrics that are used.  

The mandala quilt, hanging over the fireplace in the church, is  one I use for meditating. The two sister quilts hanging on the east wall are complementary leading from light to dark and dark to light.  Others are inspired by a fabric panel which I embellish with different piecing styles. Most of my quilts today are machine quilted, although I have hand quilted in the past.  The quilt on the far east wall features a fabric picture by Catherine Sickafoose in which I have added two machine embroidered pieces.

Quilting has become a Zen experience for me.  I hope you enjoy,
Lynda L. Dorweiler

~ ~ ~
For April and May we are featuring the fabric art of member Lynda Dorweiler. Some pieces are from her personal collection and others are for sale. Contact Lynda if you are interested in one.

Marsha Owen
Art Committee Chair
~ Circle Suppers Sign Up ~

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 Sunday April 22. 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. If your home is too small to host, sign up anyway - it will work out! 

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 sets up the date for the first Supper at the Ringleader's home. At each Supper, the Circle selects a date and host for the next Supper. Continue until everyone has had hosted. 

"A Beacon Tradition for 30 Years" 

Before Sunday, April 22, fill out this short form (link). Alternatively, you can find the clipboard at Sunday Serviecs (April 8, 15, or 22) and fill out the information by hand. Worried you've already signed up? Don't! I will find the duplicates.

Paul Beier
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 19
7:00 pm
Touchstones Chalice Circle
Tuesday, April 24
7:00 pm
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Friday, April 20
11:30 am at Subway Sandwiches
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, April 25
3:30 pm at Family Food Center
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, April 20
7:15 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, April 25
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 22
10:00 am
Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 25
7:00 pm
Touchstones Chalice Circle
Sunday, April 22
11:30 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 26
11:30 am
Humanists of Northern Arizona
Sunday, April 22
3:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 29
10:00 am
Film: "Defying the Nazis"
Monday, April 23
7:00 pm
CoSM Listening Circles
Sunday, April 29
11:30 am
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, April 24
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, May 1
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 24
6:30 pm
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, May 1
11:30 am at My Pita Wrap

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

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wed:  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  Office Manager, 
Caleb Alexander

Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Office Phone (928) 779-4492