510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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 25, 2019
The Voice of Deep Down Things: Considering 'Prayer'
 Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker 
Some pundits quip that UUs either address their prayers "to whom it may concern," or pray at most to one carefully curated God whom we consider on-call. I believe these self-effacing jokes and overly harsh critiques sell us UUs far short of who we are (historically and currently) and what we yearn for in our spiritual lives. This morning, we will explore the practice of "prayer" and how engaging in some form of this practice (whether it be spoken, silent meditation, Kirtan chanting, forest bathing, or sung Taize) requires us (like everything else about being a UU) to define our terms and explore the personal truth and meaning we might derive from it. Does prayer improve our health, as some researchers argue? How might "prayer" support us individually and communally? Come answer a hearty "Amen" to the possibilities.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Prayer and Meditation  ~ 
~ 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.
 ~ Auction Team ~

First Auction Planning Meeting

Have you been wondering how to volunteer at Beacon but you're not sure how? Consider joining the auction planning team! We will hold our first meeting on Thursday, August 29th from 5: 30 to 6: 30 at Katy Grant's house, 6661 E. Anazazi Dr. Anyone interested in getting involved with this year's auction should attend! There are many ways to help out ( some jobs are only on the night of the auction, 11/2), we''ll hold 3 or 4 meetings total, and your commitment is only through early November.  Email Katy for more info at auction@beaconuu.com
~ Chalice Circles ~
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

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
~ Beacon Group-Volunteer Event ~
Wednesday, August 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

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

We're right on schedule with the construction, and a little ahead of schedule with the electrical wiring, which is being installed this week. Although I would normally prefer to have some monsoon rains to water my garden, I am happy that the construction is not being slowed down by the weather!

The Beacon BET will be starting some of our own interior work soon, to prepare the current kitchen and purple room to become the new offices. In the next week or so, we'll paint these two rooms and remove cabinets. We'll be recruiting members to help with this painting, and also with painting the two new rooms and the sanctuary ceiling in September. If you are interested in helping, be sure to contact Dennis Spurlin (the Painting Team Chair) or Theresa deBoer.

More of the construction will be moving inside in the beginning of September, so please check with Carl Taylor or myself if you need to use the building. If you need a key to the side door, see the office manager.

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 ~

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

What were the numbers last week?  Total =73!

This pie chart represents all child and family interactions related to Religious Education from 8/12 - 8/18

Coming up:
   ●  August  25 10:00-11:00: Youth breakfast for 6th - 12th grade.  Discussion on Immigration
Have you ever wondered why so many people are migrating from Central America?  We will discuss the causes of the migration including the way past U.S. policies have contributed to it and what we can do to help our neighbors to the south.
   ●  August 25 6:00-8:00: High School Youth group first meeting
   ●  August 25 6:00-8:00:  Parents of Teens support group kickoff

Adult RE:
  • Chalice circles are back!  We will start up again in September,
    • o   4th Sundays @ 11:30 AM and 4th Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM. 
  • Also...Rev. Robin will be offering new workshops!  Stay tuned for more details soon.
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) ~

Kudus to the League of Women Voters (LWV) planning committee for last Sunday's successful 99th Anniversary Celebration of Passage of the 19th Amendment (Women's Suffrage)! This 2 ½ generation team-Beacon's indomitable Sue Strobel, LWV Chair Jennifer Lefere and the wise-beyond-her-years Lyric Peate-arranged for a plethora of "tablers", costumed re-enactments ("Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and (yes!) Frederick Douglass"), music, and even a food truck.
And, BTW, did you know that Arizona is one of 13 states that has NOT ratified the Equal Rights Amendment?! Hmmm...
In case you missed Beacon's service last Sunday, our guest speaker was UUJAZ's (UU Justice Arizona) network's new Executive Director Janine Gelsinger, who focused her remarks on "Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice". Janine met with SJA after the service and participating in the group's conversations about supporting Flagstaff educators and students, then joined us at Heritage Square for the Women's Suffrage 99th Anniversary Celebration (see above).
(Thank you, Amy Huntereece for hosting Janine Saturday overnight!)
For your calendar
  • Sunday, September 22: The next SJA meeting, following the service.
  • Saturday, October 26: UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network's annual Issues and Action Day. All day at the UU Church of Surprise, Arizona. As that date approaches, we'll make carpooling arrangements.

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
To reach Social Justice Allies, email:  SJA@beaconuu.com
~ Joys and Concerns ~
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Susan P. Shared that she is getting her permanent hip replacement this week.
Carol H. Shared that she volunteered to lead a group - 150 showed up. 1 in 5 were affiliated with Beacon.
Jodi. Happy to be visiting after a 3 year absence; she worked at beacon for 5 years.
Pia N. Shared joy that she is now a us citizen.
Donna R. Shared that she and her husband are back from a trip to GA for family member's memorial service.
Elise shared that she is back from UU camp where she had a great time.
Paul shared this is the 400th anniversary of first slave sales. NYT 1619 Project is a great read.
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 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
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 25, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Adult RE Book Club (offsite)
Monday, August 26, 2019
6:45pm - 8 pm

Youth Breakfast
Sunday, August 25, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chalice Circle (offsite)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

High School Youth Group
Sunday, August 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Family Food Center (offsite)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Parents of Teens Support Group
Sunday, August 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Painting (Purple Room)
Monday, August 26, 2019

Auction Team Meeting (offsite)
Thursday, August 29, 2019
5:30 pm - 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!
Beacon Office Hours* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

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


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.

~ 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