Spiritually Open, Intentionally Inclusive since 1958
510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-779-4492
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, May 3, 2020


Virtual Service  
"Truly, Madly Deeply: Why Do We Work?"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
 with music from Gabriel Hernandez and Rebecca Prizznick

Whether it's for a paycheck, to pursue a passion, or to fulfill one's highest purpose, work consumes enormous swathes of our time, energy, and focus. It can make us feel alive, put food in our bellies, and it can wear us down to a nub. In this May Day sermon honoring our labors, from gritty, sweat-inducing toil to white-collared high-tech, we'll explore the question: "Why Do We Work?," especially in a societal context that applauds us for skipping out on hundreds of thousands of paid vacation days per year. How has our perception of work been altered and impacted by the coronavirus lockdown and loss of employment or workplace interaction? Come and ask yourself: "Why (and How) Do I (or Did I) Work?" 

Tune into the Service via the "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.
For the May 3rd service Lyrics and Unison readings will be visible in the service recording.

~ Please join us after the service ~

Virtual Social Hour on Zoom at 11:00 am
click this link to join:  https://zoom.us/j/675489291
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter  Meeting ID: 675 489 291
  
Joys and Concerns

While Beacon maintains our Social Distance, please email Reverend Robin if you would like any Joys and Concerns shared with the congregation.  Please submit the Joys and Concerns to minister@beaconuu.com by Thursday at 12:00 pm for inclusion in that Sunday's worship.

Supporting Beacon Financially

Beacon has adopted an online giving program called Vanco used by thousands of congregations across the US.  It is very easy to use either for one-time or recurring donations using either a credit/debit card or you can even connect your bank account.  One does not need to set up an account with Vanco to give, however if you would like receipts, to make recurring donations, or to track your donations you will need to create an account.  

Please take a moment to follow think link below and give to Beacon today or after our Sunday Service:

Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  



Religious Exploration for Children
 ~ Beacon At Home ~

"Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss" 
May 3, 2020 - "In A People House"

Click here to go to our website for full lesson details including links to videos and fun activities for the whole family.  



Religious Exploration for Adults

LUNCH WITH THE TRANSCENDENTALISTS....and Rev. Robin 
"We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men (sic)  will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Let's have lunch with the Transcendentalists! This series of brown bag virtual ZOOM gatherings with Rev Robin will offer the opportunity to get acquainted with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, through the Skinner House "Spiritual Guides" series by Rev. Barry Andrews.  Handouts of all readings and reflective questions will be provided in advance in the weekly e-news, beginning April 8. Attend any or all; drop ins welcome.  

Wednesdays, 12 noon - 1:15 p.m. (come early and leave late, as desired) 
(April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20) 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 733 037 2039  Password:  968647

Discussion Theme for April 29 and May 6: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Beacon website has handouts, resources and activities listed for adults here.


"OUR WHOLE LIVES"  at BEACON UU CONGREGATION 
Real World Sexuality Education for Young People 

OWL has been postponed until in person meetings are once again possible.  For attendees of the 2020 OWL Program, please keep an eye on your email box for updates from the coordinators.
Life at a Distance
for Middle/High School Youth

Feeling bored, lonely, flooded with online schoolwork? Need a break from making Tik Toks and staring at a  wall? We know this is a tough time for kids and families and are here to support. Andy Hogg and Grace Ditsworth have provided a discussion for middle and high school age youth about keeping yourself and your family safe  during the Coronavirus. We'll talk through how you're feeling and what can make the best of the time that we have, together and apart.

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Our Caring Connections

Please complete this Survey to let Beacon know how we can help and/or what you can offer to members of our community during this difficult time.

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Beacon Stewardship

There are members of our congregation especially impacted by this coronavirus pandemic.  While we wait to see if we're touched by the virus, other health concerns are put at risk.  Some of us have lost income, and others are providing financial support to family members and others who have lost income.   A stewardship campaign to solicit pledges for next year's Beacon budget may not register high on a list of priorities for some of us.  


However, Beacon will likely be adjusting to a new normal during FY 2020-21, to meet the needs of the Beacon congregation and the Flagstaff community.  Beacon has a long history of support for our community on a meager budget.  It has and will survive hard times as long as we remain a connected community - connected with Flagstaff and each other.  

Your Beacon leadership will be preparing a budget based in part on the results of the stewardship campaign.  If you wish to make a pledge, please download the form at https://www.beaconuu.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PledgeForm2020.pdf and send it to:

Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
510 N. Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

OR


In the meantime, stay connected.  Reach out to other members of the congregation to see how they are doing.  This Beacon Newsletter and our website at https://beaconuu.com can provide ways to stay connected.  Links to the weekly sermons and to Zoom coffee hours are what we can do, until we can meet again in our home on Leroux.

Thank you all so much for supporting our Beacon community.

Dennis Spurlin
Stewardship Co-chair

You can now donate online to Beacon here:   Donate Online

~ Beacon Connections ~

Spotlight this Week!

 First ever 100% Virtual General Assembly
Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 

PLUS:  Beacon has funds for 3 registration fees!

We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world.  Featuring Naomi Klein, 2020 Ware Lecturer.

As of early April, the UUA General Assembly has been moved entirely online.  Virtual registrants will still be able to participate in the full array of events, including voting for delegates.  The silver lining in all of this is that with great online accessibility, this could be the largest GA in UUA history.  More information about the new virtual format is available on the registration page.  Linked below.

Beacon would love to be fully represented at GA this year!  Rev. Robin has funds designated to pay the full registration fee ($150) for 3 Beacon Delegates! Speak to Rev. Robin if you are interested in serving!

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Sabbath ~


~If you enjoy the Touchstones Journal, here's a virtual event you may wish to attend~

Touchstone Vespers at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY
Every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST (4-5 PM Arizona time)
Details and Zoom links at:

Other ongoing UU small spiritual exploration groups that will be meeting virtually are listed on the www.communitynowuu.org website, such as: 
  • Sanctuary Boston small group gatherings on Mondays 3:30-5:30 PM (Arizona time) 
  • UU Wellspring online - two hour sessions meeting every other week, beginning April 7. 4-6 PM (Arizona time) 
Chalice Circles

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Zoom meeting link to be posted the week before.

All are welcome!   The theme for April is God/The Divine. This month's Touchstones journal link can be found here.

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.  All are welcome.

Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism,  Touchstones.   To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

Rev. Robin will lead the May Touchstones discussion group.
Beacon's Stories Project


Our First Featured Beacon Story!  

This week's story is by Holly Taylor.  Please follow the link to read it.  May the stories ease your isolation, provide some entertainment and help you feel more connected to other Beacon members during this time of social distancing!  We plan to provide one each week.  

If you would like to contribute to this project, send your 1000 word or less story to Dru Monroe at  edrumonroe@gmail.com or write to ask for more information! 

Social Justice Allies

Last Sunday afternoon, Social Justice Allies (SJA) gathered (virtually, of course) to (1) check-in personally, (2) update each other about our respective social justice priorities and the current status of each issue and (3) share resources. While the litany of issues was familiar-education, gun violence, immigration, climate change, affordable housing-consensus on the most immediate, over-arching challenge began to emerge quickly and was re-stated often. That is, that our strongest hope for progress in mitigating any-or-all of these problems depends on getting out the vote and electing people who hold our UU values.

With the election barely 6 months away, the nine SJA participants* shared the following resources:
  • League of Women Voters
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • "Canvass from Your Couch"
  • Mission for Arizona
  • Resistbot
  • UUtheVote (in collaboration with UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network
*Many thanks to Rev. Robin Zucker, Connie Bullis, Kay Johnson, Dorothy Rissel, Sue Strobel, Roseanne Fulcher, Margie Goulden, and Rich Clark for opening their minds and hearts. 

And speaking of UUtheVote, consider this:

Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm AZ time

What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression?  
How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections?

  Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020! 

In community,
Roz Clark, Interim Chair, SJA


Getting Out the Vote During A Pandemic - Some resources

 ~ Wider Community ~

UU Justice Arizona Network

UUJAZ has several ongoing campaigns that we would encourage members to look into and contribute to.

May 1st Day of Action for a People's Bailout

Now, more than ever, we need to fight for our voting rights! Partners like Mijente, Sunrise Movement, and UUSC have been pushing for a #PeoplesBailout in which the fifth principle demands protections of our democratic process. Join UUJAZ on social media May 1st for a day of online action. Learn more at  thepeoplesbailout.org


Join UUJAZ and Puente Human Rights Movement for a 'car'avan protest 

Let's send a message to the governor and the Department of Corrections that we want migrants released from detention before it's too late... as confirmed Covid-19 cases make them tinder boxes waiting to explode. Join us in your cars, with signs or writing on the windows, on Fridays 4/17 (at the DOC) 4/24 (at Florence) 5/1 (at Lewis) at 4pm. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/freedomcaravanaz  . If you can't join us in your car, don't forget to sign the petition, and send to five friends!  https://bit.ly/decarcerateaz  


Join UU the Vote for "How We Thrive!" a LIVE virtual event

Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm AZ time


What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections? 

Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020!

~ This Week at Beacon  ~


Virtual Worship
Sunday, May 3, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Social Hour
Sunday, May 3, 2020
11:00 am
Lunch with the Transcendentalists
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Worship Associates Meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
5:30 pm
Zoom invite will be emailed by Rev. Robin
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:30 pm


 
If you would like to submit a calendar event, send an email to  office@beaconuu.com . 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!
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Everyday Ways to Support Beacon UU 

1.  When you go to  Fry's  grocery store, use the Beacon phone number ( 928 779 4492 ) as the Alternate ID when it asks for it at the beginning of checkout, and you will get shopping discounts for Fry's members, as well as donating a percentage of your expenditure to Beacon. You can also sign up for an individual account if you prefer that, or want to take advantage of the gasoline discounts. You have to pick Beacon as your beneficiary when you set up your own account.

2.  If you shop on Amazon, please use "Amazon Smile"  and choose Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) as your recipient. We will receive a 0.5%  for every purchase and that can add up!  Remember that you have to start each shopping session at  smile.amazon.com  for us to receive the donation. 

3. Another online fundraiser is   igive.comOnce again, create your own account with a user name and password, then select settings, my cause, and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) . Then you can order from any of the hundreds of organizations listed under igive.  There are also coupons listed online you can use when ordering from some organizations.

4.  Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of  what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon.  Ask Anne Wittke for further information.

Have other ideas for our income incubator? leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Rev. Robin. 
Beacon Office Hours & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Minister,
Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment:
978-505-7245 - talk and text (confidential line) 
Get to know Rev. Robin at  www.uurobinzucker.com
Director of RE 


Our engaging programs for all ages continue while  we search for a new Religious Exploration Director.

Rev. Robin can answer your RE questions.
  Office Manager,
Ben Jefferies
 
Mon: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


 

~ 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 beaconuu.com!



The Beacon website has gotten more of the right kind of attention lately. A slight increase in registrations by NAU and Flagstaff folks is perhaps the result of our increased presence on YouTube.  We also have an increase in the number of registrations from scammers and spammers. I am thankful for the online services available for identifying hacker IPs so they may be removed from our site.  I am also thankful for new content on our website provided by Rev. Robin and Ben Jefferies. Beaconuu.com is a happening place. Check it out and register if you have not already.

Dennis Spurlin
~ 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  office@beaconuu.com or Visit:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag
Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News

Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to  office@beaconuu.com  in order to be included in the newsletter.