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

This Sunday we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our Beacon UU Congregation! Beacon was originally chartered February 12, 1958 as a Unitarian Fellowship with the American Unitarian Association, that merged with the Universalist Church of America in 1961. Today as we reflect and celebrate, we also look ahead to our exciting future ahead, love and legacy indeed!

Beacon's 60th Birthday Party!!!  ~

Join us next Sunday, February 11, after the service.
Please bring a dip or something to dip!
There will be cake!

We will also have the latest architectural drawings, and the architect himself will be there to answer any questions. The Building Expansion Team (BET) wants your comments. There will be a large pad on an easel for you to write your comments and ideas. The deadline for comments to the BET is Feb 28.
~ Board President's Desk ~

This Sunday, February 11th we will celebrate Beacon's 60th year at 510 Leroux Street. Thinking of those who were here in 1958, all of the families who have come and gone since, and those who returned. How many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people have walked through the doors, sat in the sanctuary, and listened to words that made them feel at home? Beacon is more than just a place, it is a community of people exploring their spiritual and social connection to each other and the world. 

Today the congregation of this church enjoys a legacy of love and support made possible by all those who preceded us and a few who remain with us still. That legacy is one of religious exploration, youth activities, community action, social justice, and fellowship in a home that has been cared for by the congregation for six decades. Our home has been repaired, remodeled, and expanded to meet the needs of the congregation. 

On Sunday the 11th of February, there will a potluck of finger foods, coordinated by Carol Hixson and Carleton Sheppard. Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvre, dip, or something to dip. This will be one of the few times that food and drink will be welcomed into the sanctuary. This is a special occasion that you really don't want to miss. Because there will also be an open house led by the Building Expansion Team (BET) to present the latest architectural drawings and gather your final suggestions for what should be done to repair, remodel, and expand our home. All suggestions need to be submitted to the BET prior to February 28, 2018. 

Don't forget to bring items for immigrant families released from detention on February 11th.

Dennis Spurlin
Board President
~ From the Beacon Board ~

Special thanks to  Laura Lyn, Sophie Grant, Katie Grant and Eric Burns for volunteering with the Flagstaff Family Food Center on January 31. We served 275 people! Beacon will be working at the Center again on February 28. Join us! You'll be glad that you did!  

Sue Strobel
~ 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
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~
A busy social justice season is coming right up!

Sunday, February 11 - Phoenix Restoration Project 
SJA is collaborating with The Phoenix Restoration Project (click for more info) by collecting specific items for immigrant families released from ICE detention centers. Beacon folks traveling for DATL will deliver contributions on Feb. 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.  

February 18 - SJA Meeting Cancelled 
The next meeting will be on Sunday, March 4 rather than waiting until later in that month.

Monday, February 19 - Register for UU Day at the Legislature
All Beacon members and friends are invited to participate in the UU Day at the Legislature (DATL), an all-day gathering at the capitol in Phoenix. It's both a statewide UU rally and an opportunity to exchange priorities in small groups with our respective legislators.  Our good friend Carolyn Kavanagh will also help by making appointments with Sen. Sylvia Allen and Rep. Bob Thorpe.  There is no fee, but please start the RSVP process by contacting me at which also provides a schedule for the day. Pack a lunch for the day or enjoy the food trucks! This  will be a full day, leaving Flagstaff at 7:30 and arriving back here about 5:00. So far, we have one carload going and are hoping for another!

Monday, March 5 - Community Film Series on Democracy & Public Engagement 
Co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies and the Flagstaff Reading Group
At 7:00pm 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 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 11
  • PreK-Grade 2 children will hear the story of "Nathaniel Takes a Ride." We will emphasize the richness of our liberal religious heritage and discover that the basic beliefs of our religion were established hundreds of years ago. 
  • Grades 3 & 4 We will explore the first Unitarian Universalist Source, in child-friendly words, "The sense of wonder we all share." We will hear the story "We Got Here Together." It is a meditation on how we are part of the natural evolution of life. 
  • Grades 5-8 This is the last week discussing the important awareness of justice work with Side with Love!'s (formerly Standing on the side of love) 30 Days of Love program. This week we will look at where am I empty and what do I need to fill my communities' collective cup? How do I make sure we have what we most need? We honor our ancestor Fannie Barrier Williams and recommend you check out the podcast Reflection on Belonging.
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
~ 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!
~ In Community ~

Becky Hipsher shared her joy that her son Jared got tickets for the Elton John "Retirement Tour" concert.

Jack and Jan Roberts shared their joy that their son returned from the United Arab Emirates and has a new job based in Denver flying private jets.

Laura Lyn shared concern for two friends who are experiencing personal difficulties. She acknowledged missing lore d, who couldn't attend today. She also shared joy that Sophie and Elise (two teenagers) actually got up and came with her to join in worship today!
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 8
7:00 pm
Building Expansion Team Meeting
Thursday, February 15
5:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 11
10:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 15
7:00 pm
Beacon 60th & Community Potluck
Sunday, February 11
11:30 am
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Friday, February 16
11:30 am at Jitters Lunchbox
BET Finance Subcommittee Meeting
Sunday, February 11
2:00 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, February 16
7:15 pm
Tuesday, February 13
11:00 am & 5:00 pm 
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 18
10:00 am
Community Action Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
5:15 pm
Tuesday, February 13
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 13
6:30 pm
Core Leadership
Wednesday, February 14
5:15 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teaching
Wednesday, February 14
6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, Februaery 22
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