Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, February 25 ~ 
"Cultivating Kindness"
Rev. Kevin Lawson

Rev. Kevin shares reflections looking at how we might view and understand kindness.

~ Join Us for a Beacon Retreat Day! ~

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Rejuvenation - Body, Mind and Spirit 
Free Youth and Adult Retreat Day
Saturday, February 24, 9:30 - 3:30 at Beacon
Brown Bag Luncheon

Email Char Tarashanti  or Rev. Kevin  for additional information
9:30 am Gathering
10:00 am Large Group Activity: Movement & Music
With Music Director Adrianne Anning
10:30 am Small Group Breakouts:
A) Body: Yoga with Cassie in the Sanctuary
B) Mind: Enneagram with Taylors in the Purple Room
C) Spirit: Soul Collage with Char in the Kitchen
12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch & Open Time
1:00 pm Large Group Activity: Myth & Story
With Director of Religious Exploration Amy Huntereece
1:30 pm Break
1:45 Small Group Breakouts:
A) Body: Practice with Char in the Sanctuary
B) Mind: Anatomy of Trust in the Purple Room
C) Spirit: Everyday Spiritual Practice with Rev. Kevin
3:15 Large Group Activity: Gathered in the Sanctuary for Closing
 Repair, Expand and Improvement Campaign
 ~

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
Regarding the Building Expansion
Based on Comments at the Open House Feb 11, 2018

Question/Comment:  Drainage off property in rear.

Answer: This was a really useful comment that we had not previously thought about. The back of our property appears to drain towards the back corner by the garden shed, into the neighbor's yard. We will need to do some work to redirect the flow, maybe to the swale in the alley. Some rainwater detention may be required. We will be asking the engineer and architect to advise on this.


~ Music Box ~

Pop-Up Choir on March 4th 

Everyone who has been dreaming about singing with the choir but has been unable to rehearse with us on Thursdays is invited to participate on Sunday, March 4th. All you need to commit to is meeting together at Beacon, March 4, at 9:00 am for one rehearsal, then sing with us during the service. 

We are singing two pieces. I Allow, I Surrender is a meditative chant comprised of three easy parts, with very comfortable easy ranges, layered together.  The anthem is a coupling of two familiar folk hymns, ' Tis a Gift to Be Simple and Going Home . The choral arrangement, The Journey, was inspired by Dvorak's Symphony in E minor "The New World Symphony."

Adrianne Anning
Music Director
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Calendar Alert: Our next SJA meeting will be Sunday, March 4 following service.
 
Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm: Film Series Launch
Democracy & Public Engagement
Co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies and the Flagstaff Reading Group

On March 5, we will present our first film,  Bringing Down a Dictator . This is the inspiring story of a group of 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. Following the viewing, there will be a facilitated discussion about how we can strengthen democracy in our times and talk with others about how ordinary people can and have made a difference in public life!
 
Additional films will be presented on the Mondays of April 9, May 7 and June 4 at Beacon.  For further information, contact me by email or phone, (928) 380-6502.
 
Report on UU Day at the Legislature (DATL)
Thank you, Beacon members and friends, for your generous contributions to the Phoenix Restoration Project! Your donations accounted for at least half the total volume of items delivered by UU congregations around the state to PRP volunteers at the capital on Presidents' Day. The  immigrant moms (and dads, we learned) and their children deposited at the Phoenix bus station following release from detention will depend on these donations during their 1-4 day bus trips across the country to be with family prepared to receive them.
 
The five of us who made the trip to Phoenix (Kay Johnson, Rich Clark, Margie Goulden, Susan Immel and Roz Clark) were able to meet with Sen. Sylvia Allen and Rep. Bob Thorpe! Split into two smaller groups, we thanked each legislator for having recently traveled to Flagstaff to meet with constituents, listened to their legislative priorities, then shared our own. Our overall impression was that we had some perspectives in common with these legislators, as well as others with which we differ.

Rev. Kevin drove down Sunday and joined in several workshops, and those of us who had not already done so signed up for Request to Speak, which will be another way to express our priorities to our legislators.
 
In community and service, 
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Religious Exploration ~

Looking forward to seeing you for RE on Sunday February 25! 
 
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 "Many Paths to God.The theme of this session is: "Our search for beliefs comes from sources of love." Children learn that Unitarian Universalists have the freedom to build our own theology; we affirm our UU Principles, yet we are not required to believe any one thing.
  • Grades 5-8 will prepare for our visitation to Congregation Lev Shalom, we will continue to explore Judaism and learn the core Jewish biblical story of Moses' receiving the Ten Commandments and examine the role of prophets in Jewish thought and history. 
Coming Up: Popcorn Theology
  • Who: Beacon kids Grade 5 and up  and friends
  • What:  Collateral Beauty  (2016, PG-13, 1h 37m)  with p opcorn, Directed by David Frankel,  based on the monthly theme: LOVE, with discussion following. 
  • When: Wednesday, February 28 4:45 PM -7:00 PM
Youth Group Meeting
  • All high school youth are invited to a pizza lunch on February 25 at noon. Come learn about upcoming events and share your ideas.
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ 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

~ 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 cassiedakan@gmail.com to reserve a space. Visit www.uua.org/re/owl 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
~ My Song ~

This song of mine will wind its music around you, like the fond arms of love.
This song of mine will touch your forehead, like a kiss of blessing.
When you are alone, it will sit by your side and whisper in your ear.
When you are in the crowd, it will fence you in with aloofness.
My song will be like a pair of wings to your dreams;
It will transport your heart to the verge of the unknown.
It will be like a faithful star overhead when dark night is over your road.
My song will sit in the pupils of your eyes, and will carry your sight into the heart of things.
And when my voice is silent in death, my song will speak in your living heart.
 
Rabindranoth Tagore

Char Tarashanti read this poem after the service on Sunday, February 18. She received many requests to share it in the newsletter and we are happy to accommodate. 
~ In Community ~

Susan shared that the shootings in Parkland, Florida upset her greatly, however the students' speaking out against gun violence gives her hope. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 22
7:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 pm
Rejuvenation: Body, Mind, Spirit
Saturday, February 24
9:30 am
Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 28
7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 25
11:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 1
7:00 pm
Touchstones Chalice Circle
Sunday, February 25
11:30 am
OWL Young Adult
Saturday, March 3
11am & 5pm
Youth Group Pizza Party
Sunday, February 25
12:00 pm 
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, March 4
8:30 am
Yoga
Tuesday, February 27
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 4
11:00 am
Touchstone Chalice Circle
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 pm
Social Justice Allies Meeting
Sunday, March 4
11:15 am
Flagstaff Family Food Center Day
Wednesday, February 28
3:30 pm at FFFC
Newcomer Orientation
Sunday, March 4
11:30 am

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 ~
Minister, 
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  BeaconUU.com ? 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 (office@beaconuu.com) with any questions!
 ~ 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  office@beaconuu.com.