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- This Sunday at Beacon -
August 23th, 2020

Virtual Service

"Happyish: The Upside of Negative Emotions"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching with Pia Driessen-Knittle as Worship Associate, and with music from Roomie Wood and Rebecca Prizznick.

At a time when we are under extraordinary duress, "putting on a happy face" seems almost suspicious, and yet, social media keeps churning out perky family BBQ snapshots and "think positive" pep talks. Subscribing to the "positive psychology" gospel these days requires us to reject our so-called "negative emotions" when they might naturally arise. In fact, we force faux happiness so much in our culture that it breeds unhappiness and curated contentment. In this sermon, we'll explore the upside of the shadow side and how these darker emotions can help us navigate over life's sometimes bumpy terrain.

Tune into the Service via the  "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.

~ 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

Looking ahead to Sunday, August 30th
Hike Change of Venue and time to Buffalo Park at 9 AM
Please note that our forest bathing hike on Sunday, August 30 will take place at BUFFALO PARK, not Thorpe Park. We'll meet at 9 AM in the parking area and take a low-key hike in the Park. Bring a mask and water.

Gabe's send-off!!

Those who feel comfortable doing so, may gather briefly in the Beacon backyard to say goodbye to Gabriel Hernandez, our much-loved former Music Director. We have a gift for Gabe, too. Masks will be required. 12:00 PM on August 30th
Splash! We're having a Drive-By Water Communion!

Creating ritual in the virtual realm is a challenge, but we're giving it a go with a Drive-By Water Communion. Rev. Robin and Linda Ochi will be masked and outside at Beacon on Sunday, September 6, from 9:30-11:00 AM and on Tuesday, September 8, from 5:30-7. Please drive by with a small container of water that represents a place that is sacred to you, whether it's your garden hose or the Colorado River. Please bring an index card or a piece of paper with your name and a brief  description about the water's symbolism. We'll be taking pictures and videos and including the write-ups in our September 13th recorded service.
Chime In!!

Starting in the August 23 service, Rev. Robin will include short Zoom- recorded snippets with congregants, "chiming in" on a centering question, such as "What sustains you?" "Where do you find hope?" "What brightens your day during this murky time?" Joys and Sorrows welcome, too! Let Rev. Robin know you'd like to "chime in" and she'll schedule a short zoom session with you.
Porch Visits with Rev. Robin
Who is that masked minister in her "Soul" mobile? It's Rev. Robin! - ready to come by for a socially-distanced visit on your porch, patio, or deck. Trailhead meet-ups and easy hikes, we could even meet at a park, or walk in your neighborhood. You decideJust give a shout-minister@beaconuu.com or 978-505-7245
We have a new Music Director!
Our new Music Director, Roomie Wood, makes her debut in the service on August 9. Roomie grew up in Tempe and is currently a Senior at NAU, studying choral music education. Roomie plays the piano and loves to sing. She has a warm spirit and playful sense of humor. Roomie is looking forward to being part of the Beacon team and making music with the choir...virtually! Here is a little more about her, in her own words. 
Hi I'm Roomie Wood, I'm currently a senior Choral Education Major at NAU, with the long term goal of teaching at a public high school. I have sung in choir for ten years but has most notably been a part of the Shrine of the Ages Choir at NAU for two years. In the past, I have accompanied the Men's Chorus at NAU and various vocalists, and have taught piano lessons to kids ages ranging from 4-14. I'm really excited to start working with the choir and preparing music for services! Reach out at music@beaconuu.com
We have a new Office Manager!
Hi, my name is Yeximar Cramer but I go by Yexi
(pronounced Jexi). I am a wife and a mother to 4 wonderful children. I was born in Caracas-Venezuela so my first language is Spanish. I have been doing office and managerial work for 6+ years, and I'm very excited to get to know all of the congregation at Beacon UU.

Spotlight this Week!
Caring and Connected Team Calling!

We have created a "Caring and Connected" Team to keep us in touch during this time of virtual church and physical distancing. Members and friends of Beacon will be receiving a phone call and/or an email from one of our team leaders to chat about how you've been these past months and share some news about upcoming plans and activities in the "Zoom Room" at Beacon. As always, Rev. Robin is here to talk with you, come by for a masked porch visit, and help you with pastoral or practical needs. minister@beaconuu.com 

Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  

Religious Exploration for Children
~Beacon at Home~

August 2020- You, the Creator

We'll be taking a break from structured RE lessons online until September 13, when we'll be launching an exciting collaboration for our elementary and middle school youth with the Granite Peak UU Church in Prescott, AZ.
More details to come!
In the meantime, be a creator in whatever forms inspire you - painting, cooking, building, knitting, writing, music, gardening, movement....you name it! There are many creative ideas in the lessons we have archived on our website from the Dr. Seuss and Wonder World programs. Dip in on your own schedule to any of these lessons which include videos, discussion ideas, and hands-on projects.
Click Here to find them.

Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth

In light of the cancellation of our spring in person OWL classes, Beacon's OWL facilitators are offering "Parents as Sexuality Educators" classes to interested parents. "This
program is up and running, so let us know you're interested in joining us at 

Religious Exploration for Adults

Have you checked out the website: communitynowuu.org ?
It is overflowing with opportunities to connect with UUs all over the country in virtual gatherings- worship, discussion groups, social events, adult and children's religious exploration.
Gathering of the Week: August 21st Multi-generational Dinner Church (Longmont UU Presence)
Location and Time: UU Congregation of Montclair, NJ/4:45pm-6:00pm AZ time
The LUUP dinner church is an opportunity for a multi-generational community to share a meal and meaning-making rituals. Each time we gather, we explore questions and do an activity around a theme. The experience is interactive and accessible to people of many ages.
Let's fill our bowls, light a candle and gather around the table for a meal and spiritual nourishment. More Details Here

Also happening:
A novel for our time: Community discussion of The Plague by Albert Camus
The Plague was published by Albert Camus in 1947 and tells the story from the point of view of an unknown narrator of a plague sweeping the fictionalized city of Oran (a French-Algerian town). Camus used as source material the cholera epidemic that killed a large proportion of Oran's population in 1849, but situated the novel in the 1940s.
The Martin-Springer Institute at NAU is hosting a book group, featuring the reading of Albert Camus' The Plague.  This would be a one-time event this Fall September 24th Register here. Beacon UU has been specifically asked to participate, along with other faith communities in Flagstaff. The discussion will  be moderated and led by Gioia Woods (NAU Professor of Humanities) and Bjorn Krondorfer (Director of Martin-Springer Institute and Professor of Religious Studies). If you wish to participate, please read this classic and be prepared for some rich discovery and dialogue.

The Touchstone Chalice Circles We celebrated when man first stepped on the moon. But the view back to earth brought a vision that showed what an incredible planet we live on. We call this Mother Earth. In August we can explore the Creation of this planet and our relationship to it. Creation requires imagination, intention, compassion, courage, discipline and power. Join in the Chalice Circle discussion on August 23 at 12:00 noon or August 25 at 6:30 PM by Zoom. Zoom links below.

~ Beacon Connections ~

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Creation ~
Touchstone Chalice Circles 
Sunday, August 23th at 12:00pm
Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30pm
Zoom links Below!

"Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature.  This is not just a dream, but a necessity."   - Dalai Lama XIV
Come and share your ideas of how we can make this necessity a reality and not just a dream.

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. 

Links to August's Touchstone Chalice Circles
Sunday, August 23th at 12:00pm -Zoom Link - password: 217994
or call 669 900 6833, enter meeting ID: 853 3213 3207 and password

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30pm - Zoom Link - password: 327238
or call 669 900 6833, enter meeting ID: 827 5007 7573 and password
Social Justice Allies

Call to Join Beacon's Activate Teams

Beacon's mission and our UU faith call us to work together towards the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.  In order to keep our Beacon community on that track, we are seeking motivated volunteers to join two Beacon teams with a social justice orientation:
  • Activate Team for Electoral Issues (3 or more people)
  • Activate for BIPOC Allyship Team: (3 or more people)
Teams work together to decide their agenda's.  If you are interested in joining either of these teams, please contact Rev. Robin within the next week.

Anti-Harassment Training

Hollaback is a nonprofit on a mission to end harassment - in all its forms.  They provide free trainings throughout the year to give people the resources to respond to, prevent and intervene in instances of harassement.  If you are interested in participating in a training or learning more, please visit the following link:


In the face of voter suppression efforts, especially recent attacks on the US Postal
System, it is important for all of us to educate ourselves on our options for
voting.  The following is information that will be useful:

       Monday       Wednesday        Friday            Friday             Tuesday
           5                   7                   23                  30                   3
    Last day to         Early           Last day to       Last day to     Election Day   
      register           voting          request early     vote early           VOTE
       to vote           begins         ballot by mail     in person         6am-7pm
Because of mailing delays, if you have not yet registered to vote, please contact
the Coconino County Elections Office immediately to get a form or you can find all
the information you need and register on-line at
(https://www.coconino.az.gov/195/Elections). Phone: 928-679-7860.

UU The Vote Arizona seeks Beacon UU Liaison

Casey Clowes from UU The Vote Arizona has reached out to connect Beacon UU to the statewide effort. Interested in being our liaison for this important push for electing candidates aligned with our principles? If so, please contact 
Upcoming UU the Vote Events:
A Special Message from Rev. Robin about BIPOC Allyship
Dear Beloved Community,

America is on fire with rage, weary from a pandemic, and aching with despair. Along with the rest of our country, we've read and heard so many devastating accounts over the past week, the most heart-rending from people of color coping with another case of murderous systemic racism in our country. I do not need to (nor, am I entitled to) add anything to their experiences or parse what they have to say about racism. They live it. 

...To read the full message on our website, please click here
Lifespan Religious Exploration Resources for Learning About and Responding to Racism

This painful moment in time calls us to focus our learning and reflection on allyship to people of color, understanding white privilege, and reflecting on how we can part of a systemic sea change and solution in our society. 

Beacon has provided resources for all ages addressing how we as individuals and as communities can learn about and respond to racism.  For the full list of resources, activities and community meetings, visit Beacon's Religious Exploration pages.

 ~ Wider Community ~

Big Brother Big Sister Flagstaff

Is looking for New Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Virtual Big Brother or Sister, please email their Relations Specialist Austin Laster at austin@flagstaffbigs.com or follow the link below to their page for more information.
Flagstaff Food Center Seeks Volunteer Office Assistant
If you are interested in doing administrative volunteer work, our "Office
Assistant" positions may be the right fit for you. Office Assistant duties:
volunteers answer phones, schedule food box deliveries, and perform other
duties that allow the Food Center to share food with more people. We ask
that our volunteers wear masks or cloth face coverings and maintain a
distance of 6 feet between themselves and others whenever possible.
If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities, you can
visit hotfood.org, or call (928) 526-2211.
Camp De Benneville Pines Fundraiser

De Benneville Pines has captured the hearts of thousands of campers for nearly 60 years. it is a place of kindness, friendship, and beauty. Now they need your help to keep their doors open because of Covid-19 pandemic.To donate click Here 
~ This Week at Beacon ~

Sunday, August 16th, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
"On Human Worth"
Virtual Social Hour
Sunday, August 16th, 2020
11:00 am
Touchstones Chalice Circles
Sunday, August 23th
12:00 pm
Zoom Link - password: 217994
Touchstones Chalice Circles
Tuesday, August 25th
06:30 pm
Zoom Link - password: 327238

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!
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

Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 10:00 am - 3:00 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,
Yeximar L Cramer
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!

You no longer need to forward your spam emails to spam@uce.gov, because the Federal Trade Commission is now collecting spam through a honeypot, which is an online trap. This change makes it more efficient for the FTC to collect spam that is deceptive or violates the CAN-SPAM Act. This change saves tax dollars, your time, and helps the FTC collect deceptive and illegal spam.  If you lost money to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint. There, you can also report spam you receive.  Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail

~ 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.