510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-779-4492
Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to office@beaconuu.com 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, August 18, 2019
"Justice as a Spiritual Practice"
As Unitarian Universalists, we see our justice work as living out our values into the world. We covenant that "service is our prayer." What might it look like to create a Spiritual Practice of justice work? Meet Janine Gelsinger, our new Executive Director of UUJAZ (Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network). As she shares about her life and the path that led her to this role, and builds relationships in our congregation, she'll invite us to consider our relationship with social activism, as well as spiritual practice, and suggest a way to have the two meet in a daily ritual.
  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Prayer and Meditation  ~ 
~ From the Minister ~


Thank you for the warm welcome and delicious potluck on August 11.  I'd love to get to know you better, so please reach out to schedule a chat over coffee, tea or some other beverage, a walk in a forested place, or a sit down on your patio or in your kitchen, or at the church. 

Rev. Robin
978-505-7245 (talk or text) 

~ From the President ~

Construction on the addition is progressing rapidly with some impacts to office operations. You may have noticed that office hours have been flexible due to the noise. So far, we have been successful at continuing power and communication services through the week. However, we will lose phone and internet service by the end of this week for a period of days possibly as long as a week or more. Offsite work will be necessary for online access to continue working. However, the Beacon phone number will not be available until the cable is reconnected.
 
Please schedule your events to accommodate construction impacts. The schedule provided by Loven Contracting is posted here for planning purposes. Committee chairs should remember to update the Beacon calendar by emailing the office at office@beaconuu.com with any changes to scheduled events.   Notifications may also be announced in the Beacon newsletter if sent to the office before the Thursday prior to the event. Newspaper announcements need to be sent to the office before the Wednesday prior to the event.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely
Dennis
President of the Board of Trustees
 
Link to schedule:
 
~ 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 ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
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~ Beacon Group-Volunteer Event ~

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

With the break in the monsoon rains, the builders are moving right along.  At this point we can start to see how the building will look when completed.  We're hoping the roof will be covered before the next big rain.
 


The project is in pretty good shape and we are starting to make plans for our post-construction projects, to be completed by members in the fall. We'll be painting the interior, remodeling the downstairs office areas, and landscaping the backyard. We have run a little over the projected funds because of some unexpected change orders, and are working with the Board and Finance committee to make sure we are covered. We are planning to hold a Congregational Meeting soon to update the membership on the project and probably hold a vote to request funds from our savings. The meeting announcement will be coming out very soon.

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:  https://www.beaconuu.com/category/rei-building-project/
 
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at bgcommittee@beaconuu.com
~ Religious Exploration ~

We kicked off the year with 12 kids in attendance on Sunday!  It is going to be a great new year with lots of fun and interesting lessons in the works!   Read more about what is in store for the upcoming year in Religious Education at Beacon here!

Check the RE blog for information about what is happening  this coming Sunday.

What were the numbers last week?  Total =85!


This pie chart represents all child and family interactions related to Religious Education from 8/5 - 8/11

Coming up:
● August 18:  10:00-11:00: Youth breakfast for 6th - 12th grade.  Elizabeth the First has a lion to represent England and a dragon to represent Wales on her Coat of Arms.  What would yours have on it?  Heraldry is the use of pictures, symbols, and words to show personal beliefs, mottos, and achievements. Come join us for youth breakfast where will be using heraldry to design our own personal coat of arms.  
● August 19:  5:30-7:30: RE committee meeting, in Amy's office
● August 25:  6:00-8:00: High School Youth group first meeting
● August 25:  6:00-8:00:  Parents of Teens support group
 
More details about upcoming programming, resources for UU parents, and curriculum related ideas for you to connect with your children will be posted regularly on the  RE blog.

Email Amy at  re@beaconuu.com
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

This Sunday, August 18, will be a busy day!
In the service , special guest Janine Gelsinger, the new executive director of UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network will present a sermon titled "Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice." See page one for sermon description.
 
Following the service (about 11:15)  Janine will meet with SJA. In addition to a conversation with her, the agenda will include:
  • Finalizing plans for supporting students, teachers as schools are once again underway.
  • Last-minute logistics re: "Votes for Women" suffrage anniversary celebration August 18 (please see August 18 calendar item below).
  • A possible way forward in our quest to collaborate with NAU students in our social justice work.
  • Review of Beacon's Policies and Procedures for Political Activity, approved by the Beacon Board of Trustees last summer (please see PaPfPA, below).
Sunday afternoon, 12:00-4:00pm at Heritage Square, downtown: Celebration of the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th (Women's Suffrage) Amendment. Sponsored by the Flagstaff League of Women Voters, there will be music, re-enactments, a food truck and speakers for local and national issues.  See link   

Policies and Procedures for Political Activity at Beacon
Last summer, our Beacon Board of Trustees, in collaboration with SJA, approved a document that provides:
  1. 1.    An explanation of the legal boundaries for political activity at Beacon, i.e. what we can and cannot do, and
  2. 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. See link

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
 
To reach Social Justice Allies, email:  SJA@beaconuu.com
~ Joys and Concerns ~
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Grace - Shared joy for visiting Adrianne and Dave in Utah for Adrianne's birthday.
Holly & Carl - Expressed thanks to Worship Associates for all they have done between ministers.
Sue - Expressed sorrow for El Paso and more. 'We are all in this together'.
Nash - Expressed thanks to everyone. Sadly, there is a lot of homelessness & poverty in Flagstaff.
Dick - Shared joy that Nancy & Dick got married!
Ivana - Shared joy for starting to teach and spending time with her dad.
Dennis - Shared sorrow for the coming one year anniversary of his grandson's suicide.
Paul - Expressed joy that when his daughter was 4 they began hiking and have been hiking and backpacking every year since.
~ Beacon Picnic in the Park ~

Sunday, September 1, 2019
Bushmaster Park
Community Ramada
3150 N. Alta Vista
10:00 am

"End of summer," has a particular aura, doesn't it? 

Both a nostalgia and an anticipation are evoked, as the air subtly changes. There are changes in our time commitments with children and school, with getting back to serious productivity.  We, now, welcome a change in weather and a relief from heat that a few months ago we so expectantly awaited. Again, the best season arrives, as it does every three months, much to our glee. 

We will gather our Beacon community and friends, at Bushmaster Park, to celebrate endings and beginnings, to celebrate being outside in the greenery of Flagstaff, Arizona.

We encourage you to bring some food to share and your own utensils and dishes, but not necessary. Bring your voices to sing. And, especially, bring a spirit of celebration for a new season.

To get to the Community Ramada at Bushmaster Park enter the park from E Lockett Rd catty corner across from the John Q Thomas Elementary School at the corner of N Thomas Dr. and E Lockett Rd.
This Month's Share the Plate Partner ~

For August, 2019,  Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Sage Home.  The mission of Sage Home is to foster healthy family attachments in the midst of walking through the difficulties that inevitably come with substance abuse.  Families will be given a space to engage with the community and with each other as they are empowered and move forward toward a meaningful, sober, and connected future.  Their purpose intends to be a Recovery Oriented System of Care, alternative to child removal, where families can address substance abuse issues while living together rather than apart. 
Undesignated contributions in August's offerings above $350 will be presented to Sage Home.  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: Office@Beaconuu.com

~ Events in the Community ~ 

Stop the Bleed Class

Unfortunately, we all are aware of recent domestic terrorism and are rightly concerned. Will this terrorism come to Flagstaff ? We all pray not! But, lets get prepared just in case! 

I and SOC are sponsoring a series of free classes on how to save lives by learning how to stop bleeding quickly and effectively.  Flagstaff Medical Center Outreach and Education has volunteered to teach these classes for free and sell emergency medical kits at a minimal cost. There are class size limits due to the nature of the instruction, Registration is required to ensure proper class sizes, a wait list will be maintained . Murdock Center and the Hal Jensen Recreation Center have graciously offered their locations for these classes.

Current Class dates, times, locations:

August 17, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm Hal Jensen Rec Ctr, 2403 Izabel St, Flagstaff, Upstairs room
August 26, Monday, 6pm to 8pm, Murdock Ctr, 203 E Brannen Ave, Flagstaff
Additional dates will be announced later.

Please contact me for Free registration:
Mark Alexander,  mtalexander@yahoo.com, 928 6995456, voice or text

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Celebration of the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment
(Women's Suffrage) 
Sunday, August 18, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm  
Heritage Square, downtown: . 
Sponsored by the Flagstaff League of Women Voters


~ Beacon Calendar  ~


Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 18, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
SJA Community Event
Votes for Women @ Heritage Square
Sunday, August 18, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Youth Breakfast Grades 6-12
Sunday, August 18, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

RE Meeting
Monday, August 19, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

SJA Meeting
Sunday, August 18, 2019
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
CLC Meeting
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 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!
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) 
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
2nd & 4th Sun: 5:30 pm - 8 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

*PLEASE NOTE CONSTRUCTION & VACATIONS MAY ALTER THESE HOURS UNTIL FALL.

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 beaconuu.com!


~ Website Updates ~
 
Dear Members and Friends,
 
Public users of the Beacon website see only the public facing information.  There are many pages of additional information available to those who have registered and are assigned the role of "Member" or "Friend" by the webmaster.  To get started click register.   


Be sure to record your username and password somewhere safe. If you are listed in the Beacon directory send an email to webmaster@beaconuu.com to set your role for access to information about what the leadership is up to, minutes of meetings, decisions of the Board, projects planned by the Core Leadership Council, as well as contact information for members and committee chairs. Your Beacon website is the place to go for copies of the bylaws, policies, and other documents that establish the business of Beacon.

Webmaster@beaconuu.com
~ 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