Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, August 19 ~ 
"Annual Poetry Service: On Inspiration & Resilience"
With Worship Associates Nancy Paxton and Jack Doggett

At the service on  Aug. 19 , Jack Doggett and Nancy Paxton will present Beacon's annual summer celebration of poetry.    This year, we will offer some thoughts and poems about inspiration and resilience. We will read a wide range of poems from
Walt Whitman to Derek Walcott, from Maya Angelou to Lisel Mueller, from the familiar to some very recent poems you might not know. We hope you will join us. 

~ Touchstone Theme: Unity & Diversity ~ 
~ Capital Campaign Updates ~

Please be sure to write separate checks for each of your pledge types! We are trying to keep the finances of the building project separate from the rest of the church finances. In order to do this, we have set up a separate account in a different bank for the capital
campaign funds. We'd like to ask for everyone's help in keeping things straight.

Also, early payment on capital campaign pledges reduces what we will have to do on credit. We will hold off as long as possible before starting a line of credit, using the campaign pledges until they run out. 

Please remember to write "Capital Campaign" on the memo line of your check..

Theresa deBoer
On Behalf of the Capital Campaign
~ Building Project Update ~

We are entering into the next phase of the project! The Building Expansion Team has met and set up some new teams to plan the clearing out the cottage and attic, move playground equipment, manage finances, and provide aesthetic advice. We will be meeting with city staff right away for an initial review. We've met with the architect and are working out the details of an Architectural/Engineering contract. Because it will take two to four months to complete construction drawings, receive permits, and do the
cottage demolition, the actual construction is expected to start in January or February of 2019.

If you would like to help out in any aspect of the project, and/or join one of our teams,
please contact Theresa deBoer.

Theresa deBoer
Building & Grounds Chairperson
~ Religious Exploration ~

I am pleased to announce the new Religious Exploration blog  that is now available to you at!

Details about upcoming programming, resources for UU parents, and curriculum related ideas for you to connect with your children will be posted regularly. Check out what's in store for this coming Sunday!
The children are happy to learn about the Hebrew Scriptures with our multigenerational curriculum entitled  Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures . Some have been told to children in Sunday school classes and Hebrew school for generations, others will be unknown even to some adults. Some of those narratives fit well with contemporary Unitarian Universalist values and others are more challenging in both the theology and the values expressed. All of these stories offer wisdom that can help people of all ages growth in spiritual depth and understanding. 
On Sunday, August 19 we will hear Manna in the Wilderness. This story is of the Hebrews after their exodus from slavery in Egypt, during the forty year period when the people wandered in the desert wilderness before entering the Promised Land. Read about some  Exodus Background Information  and learn how it relates to our beliefs.
Coming up:
  • Flagstaff Peace Pole Walking TourAfter service on Sunday August 26, meet in front of Beacon at 11:30 am.
  • OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class Coming this Fall 
    This curriculum for the K-1st or 5 to 7 year old class provides developmentally appropriate information to support parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies, relationships and families. Some of the goals of this class are to strengthen and support each child's sense of self and self-esteem, to help children appreciate their bodies as good and beautiful, private and special, and to help children gain understanding and accurate information about human sexuality, reproduction, and gender identification. If you are interested, contact Mary Poore at or (928) 699-8266.
Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Upcoming Website Update: August 15, 2018 ~

Beginning mid-August, all public and logged in users will see changes to the tabs and lists of menu items. Recent security updates now allow for grouping of public and protected menu items in the same tab. Improvements to navigation are intended to be more intuitive and better accommodate the different devices like phones and notepads. Since March 1st of this year, the Beacon newsletter has included a weekly request for members and friends to register on the Beacon website. At the end of April, it was announced in the newsletter that access was changed to require registration to see the directory and protected documents. On June 30th, emails were sent to unregistered members and friends to request that they register. Now that everyone has had an opportunity to register, it is time to update the content, add functionality, and improve navigation for the website to take advantage of the added security. Please contact if you have any questions or need assistance.

Dennis Spurlin
Vice President, Beacon Board of Trustees
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Beacon was well-represented at the last Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC) meeting hosted by
Beacon SJA on Thursday, August 9.

Representatives of NAIC's member institutions--Beacon, Federated Community Church, Lev
Shalom, St. Francisco de Asis, Living Christ Lutheran Church, and others--gathered at Beacon
for (1) updates on NAIC's work on education, immigration, and affordable housing; and (2)
planning for fall accountability sessions with candidates for City Council and the State
Legislature to learn their positions on these NAIC priorities.

Whether you participated out of curiosity, to gain a fuller sense of NAIC's social justice work, or because a certain little old lady urged you to come, thank you Sue Strobel, Connie Bullis, Faith Moore, Terry White, Dee Wegwert, and Paul Beier for showing up!

Next Regular SJA Meeting
This Sunday, August 19, following the service at about 11:15
The agenda will include (1) Beacon's new Policies and Procedures for Political Activity, (2) clarification of the status of efforts to change the County Sheriff's office's practice of holding immigrants (at the conclusion of their jail sentences) for ICE, and (3) planning for NAIC's accountability sessions with City Council candidates (Monday, Sept. 17) and State Legislature candidates (Monday, Oct. 1).

Snacks will be provided. Members, friends, and visitors are welcome!

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist
~ Volunteer Opportunity ~

Image Credit: KNAU
Flagstaff Family Food Kitchen Service Day
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 3:30 pm
1903 North 2nd Street

We're seeking Beaconites and friends to lend a hand at the Flagstaff Family Food Kitchen in Sunnyside for our monthly service day. Please contact me if you are interested. Thank you!

Sue Strobel,

~ Building & Grounds Committee ~

Mark Your Calendars: Next B&G Workday
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
~ Community Action Committee ~
Beacon's community partner for August 2018 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.

Undesignated contributions to this month's Sunday service offerings above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) will be presented to Hozhoni Foundation.

Lynda Dorweiler
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Upcoming Events ~
Service and Potluck Luncheon in the Park  
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Labor Day Weekend
All Members and Friends are invited to this annual gathering for Food, Fun and Fellowship. This year the Worship Associates and the Board of Trustees have selected to gather during Labor Day weekend. We have reserved the Community Ramada at Bushmaster Park, where we have gathered the past two years.  See you in the Park! 
~ Joys & Concerns ~
Andy G. shared a story from The Crown television series concerning coronation preparation for Queen Elizabeth. Her coronation crown was a heavy, unsteady item. If a crown isn't yours, Andy asked, then whose is it? He added that Adrianne is wearing her crown today and told us all to remember to get your crown out. 

Theresa shared concern and support for Barry Malpas's upcoming surgery. 

Donna shared joy for daughter Astrid and Astrid's husband who dipped bicycle tires in the Pacific. She was proud to be there. Donna continued that the service in Portland when Adrianne was there was ten fold what she had expected and that she herself was on a high for days! 

Ruth shared that her first week in her full-time job with the Hozhoni Foundation was a joyful transition. Ruth was able to see the first day of independence for her client. Both she and her client never would have guessed the level at which they were hired and are both doing very well.

Laura shared joy for the rare Sunday on which she comes with her teenage girls. She encouraged people to come to UU such as th e Ochi Family who have just moved to Flagstaff and are now Beacon members! She added love and support to all of those who are raising teenagers.

Dick P. shared joy for the 22nd anniversary of his marriage to Nancy. 

Carl T. offered up a trip to standing stones.

Char T. shared the joy of her grandson's 2nd birthday!
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, August 16
7:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, August 22
6:30 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, August 17
7:15 pm
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 22
7:00 pm
Eckankar Information Session
Saturday, August 18
9:00 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, August 23
7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 19
10:00 am
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, August 26
8:30 am
Social Justice Allies Meeting
Sunday, August 19
11:15 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 26
10:00 am
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, August 21
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 28
6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21
6:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, August 28
7:00 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 ~
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: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tues:  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  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
~ Beacon Political Activity: Policies and Procedures ~
On June 27, 2018, Beacon's Board of Trustees unanimously approved (1) Policies for Political Activity and (2) Procedures for Political Activity for Beacon UU Congregation. Policies are adapted from the UUA publication,  The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS Guidelines on Advocacy, Lobbying and Election If you wish to read any of the content, the document is available in full,  simply click here.
~ Beacon Google Group ~

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 Caleb, our Office Manager, at