Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, July 14, 2019
"The Spirituality of Being (an Atheist)"
Unitarian-Universalists welcome all people interested in the search for truth. Join us for an exploration of religion and spirituality from one atheist's point of view.
Presented by Guest Speaker Tom Begush

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Freedom  ~ 
~ Religious Exploration ~

Religious Education at Beacon will look a bit different this summer.  Check the  summer 2019 blog for details and more information.

We will continue to work on our  activity booklets related to Freedom and Responsibility.   Check here for weekly updates on activities and resources for both YOU and the kids!

Let me know if I can be supportive to you in any other way!  I am here for you.
All my best with blessings,
~ REI Building Project Update ~

Construction is finally moving right along, with the masons building the concrete block stem wall foundation in the back, and the contractor re-building the wall and door frame in the front.  We're hoping we will have a front door next week! In the meantime, we have prepared the front door opening to be used as an emergency exit during Sunday service this week.

I hope we hear the sound of hammers next week; it will be music to my ears!  Once the foundation is complete (this week) then the carpenters will be able to start framing the walls.  Progress!

If you need to schedule a meeting or use of the building during the next couple of months, please check with Carl Taylor or myself to be sure that the construction won't interfere with your plans. If you need a key to the side door, see Dennis Spurlin.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA)~

This week's social justice-related activities-in calendar order:

Friday, July 12: All about the vigil at City Hall to end human detention camps (please 
see article under Community Events in this issue)

  • 11:30-1:30 at Beacon: Sign-making session and/or an opportunity to  pick up postcards to write and send to our legislators
  • 7:00-8:30 at City Hall: Lights for Liberty Vigil (tea lights will be available)

Sunday, July 14, following the service (about 11:15): SJA meeting. Agenda items will include:

  • Organizing to encouraging Beacon folks to help with challenges facing teachers and education in Flagstaff;
  • Ideas for tapping NAU students' energy for social justice work;
  • Re-introducing Beacon's Policies and Practices for political activity;
  • Promos for up-coming social justice-related events/projects, e.g. Women and the Vote, Sunday, August 18. Bring copies of your flyer!

Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome! Snacks provided.

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Chalice Circle ~

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 Tuesday of each month.  Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism, Touchstones.  One can download pages for reading prior to our meeting by accessing the website in the weekly e-newsletter. 

To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at
~ Community Events ~

SJA would like to invite you   to attend: 

Lights For Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps

Friday July 12th
Sign-making event at Beacon: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Vigil at City Hall:  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Have a community event to share? Email:
~ Volunteer Opportunity ~

Food Center Meal Service. 
Last Wednesday of each month. 
Wednesday, July 31, 3:30 pm.
Contact for more information.

This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For July, Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Flagstaff Family Food Center. Serving around 63,000 daily meals per year in their location on N. Second Street, the Center also provides a children's reading room,
delivers to the Flagstaff Shelter Services an evening meal for those who might be staying the night, and provides Back Door and Mobile Sack Lunches. They have a food rescue program from local grocery stores and distribute food no longer good for human consumption to local farms and ranches, so there is zero waste.

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder.
CAC members are Joanne Parkes, Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Sue Strobel and Lynda L. Dorweiler.  Please contact the office for questions:
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Community Sign Making
Friday, July 12, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

SJA Meeting
Sunday, July 14, 2019
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Soul Collage
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

CLC Meeting
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
5:15 - 7:15 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 14, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 Contacts ~

Beacon board, committee, and staff email addresses can be found here: 

Beacon Office Hours*  ~

Hours  t o be announced
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
April Yax

Tues: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment


Office Phone (928) 779-4492
~ 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!

~ Website Updates ~
Videos of the Sunday Sermons will now be available for public view on the Beacon website. Simply go to and under the tab for "What do we do?" click "Sermons" and then click the image for the sermon you want.  Information about each Sunday service is posted by April Yax, Office Manager, on the front page of the website. Also be sure to checkout Amy Huntereece's, Director of Religious Exploration, Religious Exploration Blog to read about her trip to  General Assembly . And don't forget to stay up to date on the REI Building Project   under the "What's new?" tab. Theresa deBoer will be posting more videos of the construction of our addition.  The website is a team effort . Members interested in helping with the website, please contact .
Dennis Spurlin
Reach me at:
~ 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