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510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, February 9, 2020

"The Path #2 - Keeping to the Path, or How to Steer Clear of Spiritual Bypassing
A Sermon with Zen Tales"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
Char Tarashanti, Worship Associate

In the early 1980s, psychologist John Welwood coined the term "spiritual bypassing" to refer to the use of practices and beliefs to avoid confronting uncomfortable feelings, unresolved wounds, and fundamental emotional and psychological needs. In the years that have followed, many well-meaning seekers have fallen under the thrall of bogus "gurus" who have reinforced these ideas and have supported the "bypassing" of the challenging experiences that venerable Zen masters have stressed that we humans need most to develop wisdom and self awareness. We'll explore how we might keep to an authentic path in this sermon with Zen tales interspersed throughout.

After the Service
Valentines Day Potluck at 11:15 am

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Generosity ~ 
Spotlight this Week!

Valentine's Day Potluck 
and Valentine's Day Themed Games
Sunday, February 9th at 11:15 a.m. at Beacon

Please come join us for an intergenerational potluck to celebrate Valentine's Day.  After the potluck we will play some fun Valentine's Day themed games for all ages.
Please bring a dish to share and your own reusable place setting if you can to cut down on paper waste.  We would love for you to join us, hope you can make it!

To volunteer to help with this event or if you have questions, 
contact  Linda Ochi at  lindaochi31@gmail.com.

~ Community Connections ~
Beacon Stewardship Events
Save the Dates

"20/20 Visions - Seeing is Believing"

Beacon is launching our annual stewardship pledge campaign again soon.  Stewardship and fundraising supports everything that a faith community does and calls us into deeper connection with each other. Stewardship is more than just planning our congregation's annual finances and budget.  It is rooted in our faith principles and inspires our generous support of Unitarian Universalism, as well as our commitment to Beacon as our congregational home and the place where we seek our vision of a welcoming and loving community.  Be sure to mark your calendars.

  • Leap Day Family Breakfast on Saturday, February 29th - 9:00 am
  • Wine and Beer Tasting party on Saturday, March 7th  - 7:00 pm
  • High Tea on Sunday, March 22nd - 3:00pm
  • Celebration Potluck on Sunday, April 5th after the service

Members should plan to participate in the event of their choice to share their 20/20 Visions with the Beacon community and to complete their annual pledge forms. For more information you can check the Beacon calendar, the UUA Congregational Stewardship Q&A, the UUA Fair Share Giving Guidelines, and the Beacon Stewardship website.

Dennis Spurlin
Stewardship Co-chair
Community Events

Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm
Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
882 Sunset, Prescott

Rev. Patty Willis and Dr. Stefan Sommer will present the current issues being brought by Climate Change and our spiritual and human responsibilities in the face of this global crisis.  Sponsored by the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance.

The full invitation and flier for the event is available here.
Songs to Open Our Hearts
~Flagstaff Threshold Choir~
Monday, February 17th at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
423 N. Beaver St. Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Threshold Choir which performed at last Sunday's service will be performing again just down the road from Beacon.  In case you missed it, the Threshold Choir is one of 200 worldwide that perform a cappella music of primarily women's voices.

  Click here for full event flyer
 Social Justice Allies (SJA) 
Activate at Beacon for Progressive Candidates
Date Coming Soon

Along with our Social Justice Allies, Rev. Robin will host a presentation (and share the UU The Vote  toolkit) along with representatives of other local groups invested in the Elections of 2020. The intention for the event "Activate for Progressive Candidates in 2020" is that it bring together Beacon UU, Indivisible, Swing Left, LWV, Together We Will (Northern AZ), Vote Forward, and other like-minded groups to merge our resources and energy in this crucial election year. Date, time and details to follow. If you are a member of one of the groups mentioned or wish to be part of this effort, please be in touch with me at minister@beaconuu.com

Religious Exploration

February 9, 2020 ~ "If I Ran the Zoo"
"If I Ran the Zoo" - What if you ran a zoo - what changes would you make for the animals? How does this relate to our 7th principle about the interdependent web?

February 16th, 2020 ~ "The Sneetches"
We'll talk about inequality and judging others. We'll write a poem together about fairness, Watch the 12 minute Sneetches video and Make Self Portraits! 

February 23rd, 2020 ~ "The Lorax"
We'll explore why we need to protect the Earth. We'll work together to make Truffula Trees Mural and join in a "How I Can Help the Earth" Activity 

Religious Exploration for Middle Schoolers - Building Bridges

Join us as we explore and learn about the world religions and then visit different houses of worship in the Flagstaff area.
  • February 9th - Lesson on Islam at Beacon.  
  • Further details for the month are pending.
Real World Sexuality Education for Young People 

OWL is a widely acclaimed lifespan sexuality education curriculum, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)  and the United Church of Christ (UCC). OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information for all ages about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. The course does not adopt a specific religious perspective Classes are facilitated by dedicated Beacon UU members who have received training and certification through the UUA.  You can learn more about our program at Beacon here: https://www.beaconuu.com/our-whole-lives-owl/ and read all about OWL on the UUA website,    www.uua.org/re/owl .

All 7 th and 8 th graders in Flagstaff are invited to participate in the program. Regular attendance is expected. Because of the nature of the program materials, a parent orientation is a requirement for ALL participants.

Attendance at one Parent Orientation is  REQUIRED 
  • Sunday, February 23, 12 noon - 2 PM., OR
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6:00-8:00 PM 
Our OWL program for 7 th and 8 th graders will be held from 1:00 - 5:30 PM on 
  • Saturday March 7 th
  • Saturday March 28 th
  • Saturday April 4 th
  • Saturday April 18 th  
  • (Saturday April 25 th - make-up date if needed)
All meetings will be held at Beacon UU Congregation, 510 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff, Az 86001

Requested sliding scale donation for the 7 th /8 th grade class materials
    $75-$125 (Beacon members), $100-$150 (non-members)

Questions or additional information? Contact OWLFlagstaff@gmail.com

~ Volunteering for Beacon's Religious Exploration Program ~

The RE program for children ages 0 to 12 is up and running for the new year.  We have a few very dedicated volunteers already signed up to assist us in the classroom on Sunday mornings. We could still use a few more to complete our schedule through May, 2020.  The only requirement is that you show up and offer to supervise as a responsible adult in the room. Very little teaching is required of you as we have a regular teacher in the classroom to lead the lesson.  You may be asked to hold or read to a child or help them with a task.  

If you haven't already done so, you will be asked to give information to us so that we can do a simple background check on you.  Otherwise,  all you need to do is pick a date or two and, if you don't mind, fill out our volunteer form which you can download from a link here and return it to Rev. Robin, Linda Ochi, or Kay Johnson.  Or send us an email regarding your willingness to help out.  Thank You.
Chalice Circles
Sunday, February 23 11:30am - 1:00pm
Tuesday, February  25 7:00pm - 8:00pm

All are welcome!   The theme for February is Generosity. This month's Touchstones journal link can be found here.

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.

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Sunday & Tuesday of each month. 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. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at  ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. 

Early Bird registration by Feb 29. We have funds designated to help send Beacon congregants to GA! Speak to Rev. Robin.  For more information visit  https://www.uua.org/ga.

Pacific Western District Assembly
San Luis Obispo, CA. April 24-26, 2020. 
"The Climate of Justice"

We have funds to help defray the cost of registrations for both Assemblies. Contact Rev. Robin,  minister@beaconuu.com

Joys and Concerns
February 2, 2020

We send a speedy recovery to Rev. Glenn Farley, who had unexpected surgery last week
"Let us remember that everyone is fighting their own private battle. We don't always know what it is, but because we're human we know it to be true. May we be kind, compassionate, flexible and forgiving with one another." - Rev. Robin

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. 
      Febr uary Share the Plate Partner
Beacon's community partner for February is Sun Sounds of Flagstaff. Sun Sounds of Flagstaff is a not-for-profit organization that provides audio access information to people who cannot read print because of a restricting disability, making creative use of technology and talent to ensure that every disabled person has the opportunity to access the current and local information necessary to a self-directed, productive life. The Flagstaff affiliate has about 400 listeners. Congregational members can nominate an organization to be a community partner.  Please pick up a form from the CAC folder in the Beacon administrative office or contact a member of the committee and provide supporting documentation for your nomination. Members of CAC are Joanne Parkes, Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.  
Contact:  Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Volunteer Opportunity

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments are recruiting Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) to help  support a number of activities at Walnut Canyon National Monument during our busy spring break season. Volunteer activities include helping young visitors become Junior Rangers, helping to manage overflow parking, and serving as Ro ving Rangers on the trails. 

Dates : Our immediate need is March 7th - April 26th. However, once you have been trained VIPs can volunteer year-round.

Hours: Our times of greatest need are typically during the middle of the day - especially Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We are hoping to find volunteers that can commit to durations of 2-4 hours.

Training: We will provide on-site training to volunteers. These volunteer training sessions will be set up at the convenience of the volunteer, and potentially in small groups depending on the number of interested participants.

Interested parties should contact the Walnut Canyon
lead park ranger Ryan Carpenter at 
(928) 526-3367  or at  ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov .
Ryan is in the office Tuesday - Saturday.

~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Soul Collage
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Worship, RE  & Child Care
Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Valentine's Day Potluck
Sunday, February 9, 2020
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Stewardship Meeting
Monday, February 10, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 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) 
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,
Ben Jefferies
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!

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
Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to office@beaconuu.com  in order to be included in the newsletter.