Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
There will be no newsletter December 27. The next newsletter will be released January 3.
~ Sunday Service, December 23 ~ 
"Holiday Pageant"
With  Rev. Kevin Lawson
And Director of Religious Exploration, Amy Huntereece

This morning our service will be for all ages, with a special children's pageant for the story of the season. Rev. Kevin and Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, Amy Huntereece will lead this worship for all ages service. Childcare for preschool ages will still be available."

~ Sunday Service, December 30~ 
" New Year's Burning Bowl Service"
With  Rev. Kevin Lawson
And Worship Associate Char Tarashanti

Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. 
The act of watching something literally go up in flames and be transformed into ash can be very cleansing. Please make plans to join with us for this special service, 
as we prepare for and set intentions for the New Year, and to acknowledge 
and release any pains and hurts of the closing year. Rev. Kevin and 
worship associate Char Tarashanti will lead our service.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Peace ~ 
~ Happy Holidays from the Board ~

Happy Holidays to all and to all goodwill - towards all in our family, our congregation, our community, our state, nationwide and worldwide.  May it be as simple as being loving and respectful of anyone we meet who is in need.  And get some rest.

The Beacon Board of Trustees, Dora Harrison, Dennis Spurlin, Diana Roy, Kevin Parkes, Lynda Dorweiler, Char Tarashanti, and Barry Brenneman.
~ REI Building Project Update ~

We are currently waiting for the city to finish reviewing our permit application and
construction drawings for the addition. They should have some comments for us by
mid-January. In the meantime, we hope to have the gas line relocated. Unisource has
come out and marked the new location, which hopefully means they will soon start
digging a trench!
Originally we were also planning to move the APS line that runs across the backyard.
But it turned out to be far enough away from the new foundation so it could be left in
place. We are really cutting it close on the budget, so we are happy to save in any way
we can!

Theresa deBoer
REI Project Manager
~ Social Justice Allies ~

Highlights of December 16 SJA meeting
  • A new record for attendance: 13 people, including 3 new-ish folks!
  • Consideration of revision of priorities? Maintaining immigration and non-violence; adding education?
  • Possible collaboration to present viewing/panel discussion of film "Teaching in Arizona?
  • Church safety: Planning to schedule/view online modules; aiming for a daytime and evening viewing/discussion for each module.
  • Opportunities to lower state tax liability by contributing to eligible non-profit organization-in addition to schools and organizations serving "working poor": For more information, see
  For your calendar
Sunday, January 13, following the service: Next SJA meeting
Thursday, January 24, 6:30p: NAIC (No. AZ Interfaith Council) meeting; location TBD
Sunday, February 10, following the service: SJA meeting
Monday, February 18 (Presidents' Day): UU Day at the Legislature
As we bid a fond farewell to our very special Caleb Alexander (officially, Beacon office manager and custodian), I can't resist thanking you publicly, Caleb, for all the ways you have demonstrated your talents, generosity, helpfulness, and flexibility-especially impressive given the other jobs you have also held. For example, you have (1) dug out collaborating organizations' logos and other clever graphics to bring to life our SJA postings to the Weekly E- news, as well as (2) creating links to more in-depth information sources. These are just two (of many) steps you have taken to make the newsletter increasingly attractive and engaging-without being cumbersome and daunting to read. Add to that all the ways you supported SJA as we hosted the public engagement film series last winter/spring...
As I wrote to you last week, I think Coconino County search personal is very smart to have selected you for a position in the housing section, even though I-WE-will miss you mightily!

In community and service,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Religious Exploration ~

Find out more details about what is happening on Sundays  in December in the Religious Exploration blog .
Do you have simple pageant costumes/props we could borrow on December 23?  We need shepherds, cows, ducks, horses, angels and an inn keeper.  Headband ears or noses with an elastic band is perfect.  Please email Amy if you do!
Coming up:
  • December 23: Holiday Pageant during service.  We need you... to come to church on that day.  No rehearsal necessary! 
  • December 24: Two Christmas Eve Services! Remember that there are two services on Christmas Eve, one at 4:00 pm and another at 6:00 pm, both at Beacon this year!
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration 
~ Peace and Joy Holiday Yoga ~
December 21 and 22, 9:30 am to noon at Beacon

In the midst of the holiday season, with its ups and downs, quiet and hectic moments, give yourself the gift of yoga to help you stay balanced, flexible, strong, open hearted, and true to yourself.

What: Peace and Joy Yoga mini-retreat, Beginning 
And intermediate yoga practice
WhenPEACE on Friday, Dec. 21 and JOY 
On Saturday, Dec 22.  9:30 am to Noon - Attend one or both days
Where: Beacon Sanctuary
With: Cassie Dakan
Why: Self care and celebration!
Cost: By donation 

Each day includes mindful meditation and gentle postures. No yoga experience necessary. A yoga mat is suggested. Open to you, your friends, and the community. Share and spread the spirit and light of yoga! 

~ Community Action Committee ~

Sun Sounds of Flagstaff is a not-for-profit organization that provides audio access information to people who cannot read print because of a disability. By making creative use of technology and talent, Sun Sounds ensures that every person with a disability has the opportunity to access the current and local information necessary for a self-directed, productive life. Volunteers read aloud from over 200 current local and national newspapers, even grocery ads. This helps establish that the inability to read print will no longer be a disabling condition.  The Flagstaff affiliate has about 400 listeners. 

Congregational members can nominate an organization to be a community partner by picking up a form from the CAC folder at the bottom of the stairs or contact a member of the committee and provide supporting documentation for your nomination. Members of CAC are Joanne Parkes, Sue Strobel, Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Winter 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. The final 2018 Circles will be Sunday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 18.

The Chalice Circle Schedule Will Continue with New Circles in January
4th Sundays, January to April, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Starting January 27 
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Starting January 29
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.
(507) 990-3888
~ Upcoming Events ~

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24, at Beacon at both 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Join us at Beacon for one of two Christmas Eve services! We will not be at Coconino Center for the Arts, this year. Mark your calendars now!

~ Beacon has a new Fry's rewards number! ~

Fry's grocery store has recently upgraded their system, and as a result our Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number.   NEW NUMBER IS FE392     Please reference the new number when contacting Fry's for assistance. The previous number will continue to be associated with Beacon, however, it will not be visible when enrolling. 

We encourage you to link your Fry's rewards  card to Beacon if you would like. Or you can just use the Beacon phone number as the alt-ID when checking out at the Fry's grocery store. That will also give you access to posted sales prices. Community Rewards is easy to understand and easy to explain! The more we use it, the more we earn!

~ Joys & Concerns ~
As recorded December 16, 2018 

Bob P. - Put in a stone of gratitude for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's work on the poem used for the song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." He pointed out that the poem is actually a protest of the Civil War. He read two verses of the poem not often heard in the familiar Christmas Holiday Carol.

Dorothy R. - Placed a stone of gratitude for the Flagstaff health care system. She let us know that Roseanne F is recovering well from a partial hip replacement at the new Flagstaff Rehabilitation Hospital up on McMillan Mesa. Roseanne is expected to be discharged to home next Friday Dec 21.

Grace D. - Expressed a joy for her upcoming trip to Seattle, her first vacation since moving to Flagstaff, she will get to meet and visit with her namesake, a new baby cousin. She is filled with joy and looking forward to lot's a baby love and hugs.

Nancy P - Placed stones of gratitude and sadness that our choir directory Adrianne A will be moving from the area, as she and Dave will shortly be relocating to Cedar City, UT. Joy for all the beautiful music Adrianne brought to our community and best wishes for the upcoming move.

Preston C. - Shared gratitude for a gift from his mom of a timeshare opportunity in San Diego, CA, he and Fern will travel over next week for the holiday and have made plans to take the train, splurging for a sleeper compartment for the journey (a real joy).

Roz C. - Shared her thanks for Sue S. and Rev. Kevin and their participation in the Friday evening remembrance of the six-year anniversary of Sandy Hook, CT elementary school shooting. The event was held at the Murdoch Center - It was an inspiring event.

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Healing Circle
Thursday, December 20
5:30 pm
Healing Circle
Thursday, December 27
5:30 pm
Choir Practice 
Thursday, December 20
7:00 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, December 27
7:00 pm
Yoga Peace & Joy Mini-Retreat
Friday, Dec 21 & Saturday, Dec 22
9:30 am each day
Worship & Religious Exploration 
Sunday, December 30
10:00 am
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, December 21
7:15 pm
Happy New Year!
Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday Jan. 1
No Beacon Events
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, December 23
10:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, January 2
5:30 pm
Christmas Eve Worship
Monday, December 24
4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, December 27
7:00 pm
Christmas Day Holiday
Tuesday, December 25
No Beacon Events
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 6 
10:00 am
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, December 26
3:30 pm
OWL K/1 Parent Meeting
Sunday, January 6
3:00 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: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 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
~ 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!

~ 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