Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, Jan. 7 ~ 
"Justice - It's Hard Work."
Rev. Kevin Lawson

 "For just as the body without the spirit is dead, faith without works is also dead." James 2:26.  Rev. Kevin shares a message of the work of Justice, is there ever an end in sight? What is our part in helping to bend the arc of universe towards hope and justice?

~ Touchstone Theme: Justice ~ 

~ Building Expansion Team ~  

Special Beacon Congregational Meeting
Important Votes Regarding the Capital Campaign 
Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:30 am

ATTENTION: Please note that this is the correct date; ignore the date cited on mailed post cards.

Childcare will be provided. 

The Congregation will vote: 
  1. To authorize a building-expansion capital campaign in spring 2018, which will determine the congregation's financial commitment for a building expansion. 
  2. To authorize the withdrawal of up to $11,000 from the Building Reserve Fund to advance the building design from the current 10% level of completion to a more detailed 25-30% level. 
The Building Reserve Fund exists for just such purposes as #2. This money is not taken from our operating budget. The $11,000 would permit the architect to develop a more detailed building design than we currently have, which would, in turn, allow the contractor to provide a more accurate construction-cost estimate. Any withdrawal from the Building Reserve Fund must be agreed upon by a vote of the congregation. 

The Building Expansion Team understand the concerns expressed in the December 3rd Town Hall meeting about the amount of any required loan. The more detailed building design will provide a better idea of the loan amount needed to cover the difference between what is raised by the Capital Campaign and the total cost of the project. 

If you cannot attend on January 7, please ask someone to vote for you by proxy, and notify Board Secretary Diana Roy by email ( no later than Saturday, January 6 at noon. A member may represent no more than one proxy.
~ Community Action Committee ~

Logo of Figure Reading a Book: Return to the home page for Sun Sounds
Beacon's community partner for January will be the Flagstaff affiliate of Sun Sounds of Arizona.

Thanks to Beacon's commitment to Share the Plate with approved community partners! For January's undesignated Sunday morning offering money beyond $300 will be presented to Sun Sounds of Flagstaff.

If you would like to nominate an organization to be a community partner, pick up the 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 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
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~
Sunday, January 21: Regular 3rd Sunday SJA meeting following the service (about 11:15) in the Purple Room. Following that SJA meeting: UUJAZ Executive Director Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings will facilitate a Zoom electronic training session in preparation for Day at the Legislature (see below). Because We don't yet have the exact time of the training session, but we're promoting a 1:00pm start time.

Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day):
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 meet in small groups with our respective legislators. Long-term Beacon member (now living in Sedona and active in their UU Fellowship) Carolyn Kavanagh has been asked to be the Team Captain for Northern Arizona.
Emergency Plan for Beacon
With congregations of all stripes feeling especially vulnerable these days to serious unexpected disruption--or worse--SJA agree that it's prudent to develop clear systems for protecting people participating in our activities at Beacon. While a Beacon policy on Disruptive Behavior (Section 200.8) was approved in 2015, attention to highly dangerous emergencies is scant. Our aim is to present a proposal to the CLC and the Board of Trustees at their January meetings the 17 th and the 24 th respectively.
SJA chair Terry White's choice of our December meeting's chalice lighting quote:
"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment."
      Robert Hutchinson

Happy New Year!
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist

Plan to join attendees from 185 PWR congregations as the four districts of the Pacific Western Region convene in Portland, Oregon,  April 27-29, for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Three dynamic speakers will address the theme,  Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance, and Resilience. The Rev. Dr. William Barber, a national figure in civil rights activism, will be in the pulpit for Sunday's worship service. Saturday's keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to U.S. Congress. Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, will speak at Friday evening's opening ceremony. Frederick-Gray will share her emerging vision for the future of the UUA and the wider movement.
~ Religious Exploration ~

Looking forward to seeing you for RE on Sunday January 7! 
  • Pre-K to Grade 2 children are introduced to their own conscience as an inner voice that can guide them to make choices that effect goodness and justice. 
  • Grades 3 & 4 are encouraged to join a very special Google Group created just for them. (Let me know if your child is in that age group and you did not receive an invitation.) Here they will find fun family activities that will prepare them for the lesson on Sunday. This week we will talk about the courageous leader, Harriet Tubman. 
  • Grades 5 to 8 we will begin our new curriculum titled "Building Bridges: A World Religions Program." We will start our journey this week right at home and learn about Lydia Maria Child, a famous radical and reformer. 
We are looking forward to our 
  • MUUGS Sleepover, January 12-13 (Middle School) 
  • Middle School Movie Night, Wednesday January 24, 4:30-7:00 pm.
~ Board of Trustees ~

We would like to express our gratitude to these members of our congregation: 
  • To Cynthia Seelhammer for accepting the position of chair of the new Personnel Committee; 
  • To the Building Expansion Team for supporting Kaye Crider, her feasibility study, and December's Town Hall meeting; 
  • And to Roz Clark for facilitating the Town Hall meeting.
~ Holly Near Concert: Last Chance for Tickets! ~

This Friday is your last day to get special, set-aside to Beacon tickets for the Holly Near Concert that is also a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of North of Arizona! The concert is Sunday, January 14 with a special reception at 5:30 and the concert at 7:00 pm. Click here to get your tickets before they become available to the general public!
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Religious Exploration Meeting 
Thursday, January 4
3:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 11
7:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 4
7:00 pm
MUUGS Mini-Convention
Friday & Saturday, January 12-13
5:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 7
10:00 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 14
10:00 am
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 7
11:30 am
Holly Near Concert
Sunday, January 14
5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Concert
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, January 8
5:15 pm
Tuesday, January 16
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Qi Gong
Tuesday, January 9
6:15 pm
Qi Gong
Tuesday, January 16
6:15 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, January 10
6:30 pm
Core Leadership Council
Wednesday, January 17
5:15 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!
 ~ 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