Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, August 04, 2019
"Higher Education and the Environmental Crisis" by Marcus Ford. It is widely assumed that more education is part of the solution to the environmental crisis. But what if the "solution" is part of the problem? The modern university is a complex institution, and parts of it, tiny parts of it, are committed to addressing the great existential problem known as the environmental crisis. Unfortunately, most of the university is pulling in the opposite direction. The world is being destroyed by highly educated people.
Presented by Worship Associate Mark James.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Prayer and Meditation  ~ 
~ Recognition ~

The Beacon UU Board wishes to recognize the excellent work of the Worship Associates' Committee for providing thoughtful sermons and music during the past two months and all year.  The congregation has been blessed with their dedication to this role.

  ~ Ice Cream Social ~

Bring some ice cream or toppings to share plus your favorite board game or card game.  If you can please bring a reusable bowl and spoon as well.

All Ages Back to School Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 4th from 4:00 to 6:00

~ 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. 

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism, Touchstones.  One can download pages for reading prior to our meeting by accessing the website in the weekly e-newsletter. 

To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at
~ Beacon Group-Volunteer Event ~

Food Center Meal Service. Last Wednesday of each month. 
Contact for more information.
~ REI Building Project Update ~

Construction is continuing between the monsoon storms! This week the builders are working on the walls and trusses, and if we stay on schedule the roof will be up in the next couple of weeks. The front door work has been delayed again while we wait for some hardware to come in, which can be any time. So it will probably be at least one more week of the plywood front doorway for Sunday service.

If you need to schedule a meeting or use of the building during the next couple of months, please check with Carl Taylor or myself to be sure that the construction won't interfere with your plans. If you need a key to the side door, see Dennis Spurlin.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at
~ Religious Exploration ~

Join us at 10:00 AM in Worship for All ages! Check the RE blog for information about what is happening this coming Sunday.

Coming up:

Sunday, August 4  at 11:00 AM First Sunday Fun Day, at 4:00 PM Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 11 this is the first day of RE for the new academic calendar! We will celebrate with a backpack blessing then break out into classes. Be sure to check in with Amy if you cannot make it on Sunday morning. There are so many new options this year for ALL ages! Email Amy at
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

For your calendar
Sunday, August 11, after the service (about 11:15): The next SJA meeting. Agenda items will include:
  • Finalizing plans for supporting students, teachers as schools are getting underway again
  • Last-minute logistics re: "Votes for Women" suffrage anniversary celebration August 18 (please see August 18 calendar item below).
  • Review of Beacon's Policies and Procedures for Political Activity, approved by the Beacon Board of Trustees last summer (please see PaPfPA, below).
Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome!
Sunday, August 18, noon-4:00pm at Heritage Square, downtown: Celebration of the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Sponsored by the Flagstaff League of Women Voters. There will be music, re-enactments, food trucks and speakers for local and national issues.
Policies and Procedures for Political Activity at Beacon
Did you know that last summer-with leadership from SJA-Beacon's Board of Trustees approved a document providing:
  1. An explanation of the legal boundaries for political activity at Beacon, i.e. what we can and cannot do, and
  2. A description of Beacon's process for engaging in the legally allowable political activity.
With election season clearly upon us, the Board's-and SJA's-intent is to support advocacy for or against issues (guided by our mission and principles) and not directed for or against specific candidates or political parties.
The approved process (aka "procedures") aims for presentation of information and an opportunity to sign petitions respectfully and without pressure.
Stay tuned: we will soon share the approved document and offer clarification.
In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist

To reach Social Justice Allies, email:
~ Pledge Reminder ~

Please remember to use separate checks for payments of annual fund pledges and capital campaign pledges. Please direct questions to
~ Joys and Concerns ~
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Joanne P. - Shared sorrow for the death of her father, and her thanks for support from Kevin.
Andy G. - Expressed sorrow for the Museum fire.
Dorothy - Asked that we keep Gus Miller in our thoughts, and partner Douglas who is not doing well. 
Marianne - Shared sorrow and concern for potential flooding in the neighborhood where her daughter lives.
Marty M. - Sorrow that good friend and artist Anita Steele died recently.
Preston - Still having trouble with balance after heart surgery on April Fools day and stumble a few weeks later due to medication. 
Daryl - Shared joy over his anniversary and three year old daughter. 
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For July, Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Flagstaff Family Food Center. Serving around 63,000 daily meals per year in their location on N. Second Street, the Center also provides a children's reading room,
delivers to the Flagstaff Shelter Services an evening meal for those who might be staying the night, and provides Back Door and Mobile Sack Lunches. They have a food rescue program from local grocery stores and distribute food no longer good for human consumption to local farms and ranches, so there is zero waste.

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder.
CAC members are Joanne Parkes, Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Sue Strobel and Lynda L. Dorweiler.  Please contact the office for questions:
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 4, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 4, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Sunday Funday
Sunday, August 4, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Worship Associates Meeting
Sunday, August 7, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 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* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Rev. Robin Zucker

Hours  t o be announced
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 12:00 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


Beacon board, committee, and staff email addresses can be found here: 
~ 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!

~ Website Updates ~
Videos (and transcripts, when available) of the Sunday Sermons will now be available for public view on the Beacon website

-- Simply go to
-- Look for the tab for "What do we do?" 
-- Click "Sermons
-- Click the image for the sermon you want. 

Information about each Sunday service is posted by April Yax, Office Manager, on the front page of the website. April provides many members services as an administrator on the website. Also be sure to checkout Amy Huntereece's, Director of Religious Exploration, Religious Exploration Blog to read about her trip to  General Assembly . And don't forget to stay up to date on the REI Building Project   under the "What's new?" tab. Theresa deBoer will be posting more videos of the construction of our addition.  The website is a team effort . Members interested in helping with the website, please contact .
Dennis Spurlin
Reach me 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