Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, February 18 ~ 
"Love Lives On"
Guest Speaker: Char Tarashanti

Stories and readings to remind us that the greatest legacy we can leave on this earth is the love that we share while still living in the here and now. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, you can create your pathway to immortality through everyday acts of caring and kindness, by being the Love that you are.

 From the Minister's Desk 

This past Sunday Beacon celebrated its 60th Anniversary. As a part of the sermon and sharing of our Beacon History, I invited those in attendance to share, memories / past, love / present, hope / future thoughts of Beacon. Here are responses shared back and spoken during our time together on February 11, 2018, 60 years from founding charter Feb 12, 1958. 

May we honor these memories, uphold present needs, and support and grow into our shared future. 

Blessed Be, Grateful to be on the journey with you, 
Rev. Kevin 

Memories / Past 
"Music has been one of the threads that keeps me connected to UU throughout my life..." 
"My dedication with Audrey, I truly felt like I was a part of one gigantic family" "Wendy Williams quoting Mark Nepo and Parker Palmer, great mix of head and heart"

Love / Present 
Special notes from children present in RE class this day: Liam age 1½; Reli age 1½, Aspen age 3; "I like to draw here;" Ziah age 7 "I like it when they bring muffins;" Jonah age 3 "coming to church is happy because my mom bring me to church all day, and I like the scissors when I am coloring;" Inara age 10 I like it when I am in the older group with Sami" 

Hope / Future 
"Continue to expand and welcome great people" 
"My hope for Beacon is that our faith becomes synonymous with Social Justice" 
"A strong congregation for generations to come"
 Repair, Expand and Improvement Campaign

A Leadership Donor Event is in the planning stages, to kick off our Repair, Expand & Improve capital campaign. This type of early kick-off event is a good practice in capital campaigns. It helps to establish the foundation of giving and gets the campaign rolling by having the Leadership Donors pledge early. 

So to inaugurate the Repair, Expand & Improve capital campaign, Beacon is hosting a party for prospective Leadership Donors on March 7! Be among the first to make your pledge and with your support we'll have a rousing start to this campaign!

If this describes you and you haven't received a personal invitation, please contact Rich Clark at
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

ALERT! February 18 - SJA Meeting Cancelled
The next meeting will be on Sunday, March 4 rather than later in the month.

Sunday, February 18 
Last chance to donate items for PRP
SJA is collaborating with the Phoenix Restoration Project  by collecting specific items for immigrant families released from ICE detention centers. Beacon folks traveling to the capitol for UU Day at the Legislature will deliver contributions on February 19. 

Please consider donating the below items:
  • Protein : Tuna or chicken in  small  flip-top cans or foil bags; nuts in  small  bags or flip-top tins; protein bars, snack bars, cheese & crackers in  cups ; and applesauce or fruit in  small  cups or foil packages.
  • Hygiene : Wash cloths or  small  packages of wipes, toothbrushes & toothpaste in  small  boxes; women's feminine hygiene items (no tampons); chapstick; combs; and small lap blankets. 
  • Please, all items travel size only. 
Collaboration with the Phoenix Restoration Project is just one of the ways Beacon has assisted immigrant families since we voted to make this our first primary issue of concern four years ago. Our Beacon congregation continues to be committed to supporting families of undocumented immigrants.  

Monday, March 5 - Film Series Launch:  Democracy & Public Engagement 
Co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies and the Flagstaff Reading Group
At 7:00 pm at Beacon, we will present our first film,  Bringing Down a Dictator . This is the inspiring story of a group of young students who spearheaded the non-violent overthrow of brutal Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. Using humor, music, public art and more, they became a force for democratic reform and a model of non-violent political change. A facilitated discussion will follow the presentation. Discuss what you can do to strengthen democracy in our times and talk with others about how ordinary people can make and have made a difference in public life!
Additional films will be presented on April 9, May 7 and June 4 at Beacon.
For further information, contact me by  email  or phone,  (928) 380-6502 .
In community and service, 
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Religious Exploration ~

Looking forward to seeing you for RE on Sunday February 18
We will need to combine all children in the Purple Room for the next several weeks, however, we will do our best to honor their developmental stages and offer age appropriate lessons. 
  • PreK-Grade 4 children will hear the story of "The Talking Stick". We will emphasize the fifth principle, which says we are free to search for what is true and right. 
  • Grades 5-8 will prepare for our visitation to Congregation Lev Shalom and will explore Judaism and the Birth of the Abrahamic Tradition.

Amy Huntereece

Director of Religious Exploration
~ Save the Date! ~

Rejuvenation - Body, Mind and Spirit: 
Youth and Adult Retreat Day

Saturday, February 24, 9:30 - 3:30 at Beacon

Developed by Rev. Kevin and Char Tarashanti with m ore information coming soon!
~ Our Whole Life (OWL) ~

Holistic Sexuality Education 
Few adults - of any age - experience insightful forums that discuss healthy sexuality holistically and frankly. Are you ready and interested? Join our college-age young adults on four Saturday afternoons for inclusive sexuality education. March 3, 10, 31, and April 7 from 1-4 pm at Beacon.

$20 for four workshops, healthy snacks provided, space is limited. Email to reserve a space. Visit for more information on OWL and the curriculum. 

~ Ed Dunn, Local Photographer ~

The work of Local Photographer Ed Dunn will adorn our sanctuary for the months of February and March. 

Ed Dunn - Sunset Crater with Coreopsis
"My work is to communicate the value of this mountain, this town, this region, or any of the other incredible places I have traveled. Photography is the medium I have found that works for me to inform you of this idea of beauty, of the soul of nature, the city and its people. As a musician, I want to illustrate rhythm, pattern and balance. As a photographer, I continue to learn to find ways to sharpen or soften an image to show the texture and color of a place.  My work is rooted in my environmentalism." 

Ed Dunn
Flagstaff Photographer
~ Community Action Committee ~

Beacon's community partner for February is  The Literacy Center  (formerly Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County). 

The mission of The Literacy Center is to increase the basic English language and literacy skills of adults, teens, and families in order to improve the quality of personal, economic and community life for all. Professionally trained volunteers carry out our mission at The Literacy Center and in the community. 
Thanks to Beacon's commitment to Share the Plate with approved community partners, for February, undesignated Sunday morning offering money beyond $300 will be presented to The Literacy Center.

Beacon members are encouraged to nominate an organization to be a community partner, pick up an application in the CAC folder at the bottom of the office stairs. Information and instructions for Share the Plate partners are described on that form. The CAC will meet in mid-February to select community partners for the few months, so submit an application ASAP!

The CAC is comprised of Joanne Parkes, Sue Strobel, Lynda Dorweiler, Rev. Kevin Lawson and Rich Clark. 

With thanks for Beacon's generosity and especially for CAC members' thoughtful, persistent efforts toward living our UU Principles,
Rich Clark
CAC Chair
~ In Community ~

Barry Brenneman shared the joy of a cousin visiting here from the Midwest. Her UU church has also been engaged in a building campaign.

Anne Wittke share the joy of visiting Tucson and browsing the annual gem and mineral show. 

lore dickey sang "If Anyone Ever Told You" and was softly joined by others as an expression of his gratitude for our Beacon community during his absence. 

Jan Nelson shared sadness that she will soon be moving to Portland, Oregon to be closer to family. Fortunately, there's a UU church near her there.
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Building Expansion Team Meeting
Thursday, February 15
5:30 pm
Rejuvenation: Body, Mind, Spirit
Saturday, February 24
9:30 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 15
7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 25
11:00 am
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Friday, February 16
11:30 am at Jitters Lunchbox
Touchstones Chalice Circle
Sunday, February 25
11:30 am
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, February 16
7:15 pm
Tuesday, February 27
11am & 5pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 18
11:00 am 
Touchstone Chalice Circle
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 20
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Flagstaff Family Food Center Day
Wednesday, February 28
3:30 pm at FFFC
Core Leadership Council
Wednesday, February 21
5:15 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 22
7:00 pm
Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 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

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wed:  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  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
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on ? You can get the password over the phone (928-779-4492) during regular office hours, or by requesting it from a board member after Sunday Services. We will not be providing it by email. 

Call or email Caleb ( with any questions!
~ Fundraising the Easy Way! ~

Looking for easy ways to give back to Beacon? Fry's, Basha's, iGive, and Amazon Smile are all great ways to show your support with your everyday purchases!
  • Fry's: At checkout, enter Beacon's phone number, (928) 779-4492, and Fry's will donate a portion of your purchase back to Beacon through their Community Rewards program.
  • Basha's: If you hold or purchase a Beacon fundraising Basha's gift card, as you use and reload it Beacon receives a portion of your total. Want to purchase one? Contact Dorothy Rissel,, for more info! Have one? Be sure to keep it loaded!
  • iGive: Check out Beacon at iGive (just click) for online shopping with retailers you already know.
  • Set Beacon as your Amazon Smile charity so your Amazon purchases chip in!
Do you know of other passive fundraising methods? Reply to this newsletter and let us know!
 ~ 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 Caleb, our Office Manager, at