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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, January 19, 2020

"Failure to Quit: Rallying Our Consciences"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
Years ago, at an anti-war protest rally, educator/activist Howard Zinn was arrested and charged with "failure to quit." He wore that charge like a badge of honor and remarked in the book he wrote of the same name that "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience." This morning, in the spirit of Zinn and Martin Luther King, we will explore these questions in the current societal context: "How do we act, how will we act, even if we are weary and fearful, as we enter this crucial election cycle? How can we "UU the Vote" locally and nationally, by activating for progressive candidates who reflect our values?"

Religious Exploration
"Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons From Dr. Seuss"
Grades K-5,  beginning in January, 2020.  Join in anytime.
Although they were written to young children, Dr. Seuss' books contain powerful messages and important themes. In this creative, interactive program, we'll explore life lessons such as protecting the planet with "The Lorax," honoring differences with "The Sneetches," generosity and greed with "Gertrude McFuzz," cooperation with "Yertle The Turtle," and regret/apologizing with Bartholomew and the Oobleck." Children will hear stories, watch videos, engage in art projects and reflective conversations about each story.

"Building Bridges" 
Religious Exploration for Middle Schoolers - Building Bridges continues. Join us as we explore and learn about the world religions and then visit different houses of worship in the Flagstaff area.  Our Building Bridges group will attend a church service  this Sunday from 9-10am and meet at IHOP afterwards. 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  
4165 S Lake Mary Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005   


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Authority and Leadership ~ 
Spotlight this Week!

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Presented by: Congregation Lev Shalom
2609 N Patterson Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Sunday, January 19th from 1pm - 3pm

Please join us for a conversation about environment, conservation and the effect of climate change and the necessary steps we must take to combat them.  We are pleased to have Charlie McCallie and Ari Coffey from Citizens' Climate Lobby present these issues. Learn more about these critical issues that you might want to consider supporting for your family and organizations with which you are affiliated.

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan activist group who is empowering citizens to use the power of democracy to affect real change in our government's policy about climate change. The presentation will address the Lobby's mission and their work with our current bills in Congress that we are lobbying to get passed.  Join us to find out how we all can help in this effort.
~ Community Connections ~
 Social Justice Allies (SJA) 

Activate at Beacon for Progressive Candidates

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

January 19 and 26
Children go directly to Religious Exploration in the Multipurpose Room, 10:00 am
Dr. Seuss takes off at Beacon!
Our new program, Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss got off to a great start on January 12 with "Yertle the Turtle." The affirmations from this story about listening and sharing are; " Everyone is important."  "We have a say in things that are important to us."  
Upcoming Seussian life lessons (with reading, discussion, activities, and craft projects) will be:
Jan 19th  - "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" - Has there been a time when you did something you were sorry for? Is it hard to admit when you make a mistake?
Jan 26th  - "McElligot's Pool"-   How often do you use your imagination? To create something? To solve a problem?
Feb 2ndChildcare Only for children 5 and under; all other children remain the Sanctuary for Worship for all ages.
Feb 9th  - "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?

Religious Exploration for Middle Schoolers - Building Bridges continues. Join us as we explore and learn about the world religions and then visit different houses of worship in the Flagstaff area.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) IS COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL for our 7th and 8th graders. Stay tuned for details about the parent information session and scheduling for the program (4 Saturdays from 12:30-5 p.m.) OWL is a widely- acclaimed sexuality education curriculum, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL provides accurate, developmentally- appropriate information for youth. Topics include self-respect, relationships, gender identity,  sexual orientation, healthy sexuality, consent, and cultural influences on sexuality. Classes are facilitated by dedicated Beacon members who have received training and certification through the UUA. Parents are the primary sexuality educators for their children, and this is a way our faith community supports parents in that effort, serving as a catalyst for healthy conversations at home. OWL is open to the broader Flagstaff community (parents are required to attend an information session. Although developed  by two progressive religious organizations, Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine.
Questions? Contact Rev. Robin at  minister@beaconuu.com
Chalice Circles
January 26 & 28

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. 

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
"20/20 Visions - Seeing is Believing"

Coming soon!  The annual stewardship campaign is shaping up to be a fun community building experience.  Energetic Beacon members met this week to brainstorm ideas.  There will be events you won't want to miss.  Stay tuned for more details next week.
Dennis Spurlin, Co-Chair
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

Building Update

The new interior doors will receive varnish on Monday, Jan 20 & 27, and Feb 3. Please limit your time in the building to avoid the odor. 

Joys and Concerns
January 12, 2020

Holly T. noted that the new space is spectacular.
Dave R. shared that his wife's mother passed away this week
Laura C. is off to Kenya Tuesday and will be back the end of March.
Norma stood and said she was glad to be visiting her friend Donna K.
Alex shared that he is meeting lovely people at Beacon and around Flagstaff.
"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. 
      January Share the Plate Partner

Beacon's community partner for January 2020 is The Literacy Center. The Center aims 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. Programs offer one-to-one tutoring, drop-in tutoring, classes at the center and in the community, and Partnership for Literacy Rehabilitation (jail program). The Center serves 250-300 adults, teens, and families.
Beacon's Share the Plate presents undesignated Sunday morning offering money beyond $350 to the approved community partners.
Members are encouraged to nominate an organization and can pick up an application form in the CAC folder located in the office.
The Community Action Committee (CAC) is composed of Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, Joanne Parkes and Lynda 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
Beacon is Hiring
Please share with your community

There are two positions currently available:   
  • Office Manager, 15 hours per week
Volunteer Opportunity

The Flagstaff Sustainability Leaders Program is a ten-week training course that will meet once a week on Thursday evenings, where participants can learn about climate change, climate justice, and behavior change!  Applications are open at  flgsustainabilityleaders.org

~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 19, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, January 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 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,
April Yax

 No office hours at this time, but happy to hear from you at:


~ 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.