Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, July 22 ~ 
"Singing Our Living Tradition"
With Rev. Kellie Walker-Hart

Kellie Walker-Hart is the Minister of Music at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chandler, Arizona, where she has led music ministry programs for over 25 years. Besides having an adult and a children's choir, for over 10 years she has led a vocal ensemble of women who sing at bedside for those recovering from illness or surgery and for those in hospice care. Come experience with Kellie and Adrianne how certain kinds of group singing can especially open up the heart, connect us to others and to what some call the Holy, and can even accompany us during 
l ife's biggest transitions. By lifting up the power of our group voice, 
we keep this "living tradition" of song alive.

~ Touchstone Theme: Liberty ~ 
~ A Message from the President of the Board ~

On Sunday, July 9th, I asked you to answer two questions: "On Sunday mornings what do you want, need, expect, and also dislike about Beacon? And, in our time away from the Sunday Service, what would you like?" 

Nineteen of you responded with very encouraging and positive notes. And many of you provided suggestions for the future. I shared your comments and suggestions with our Board, the Congregation Leadership Council (committee chairs) and Rev. Kevin at our retreat last Saturday, and have attached them to this document. Thank you for taking time to respond. I was very inspired by your comments. 

Click here to see responses.

Thank you,
Dora Harrison
President of the Board of Trustees
~ Mark Your Calendars! ~

Info Meeting: The Beacon Building Project
Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 11:30 am, Beacon Sanctuary
Learn the latest on the Building Project from the Building Expansion Team Sunday, July 22 after service.

Special Congregational Meeting: 
Vote on the Building Project Revision
Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 11:30 am, Beacon Sanctuary
Cast your vote on July 29 in regards to the building plan revisions.
~ Volunteer Opportunity ~

Flagstaff Family Food Kitchen Service Day
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 3:30 pm, 1903 North 2nd Street
We're seeking six Beaconites and friends to lend a hand at the Family Food Kitchen in Sunnyside for our monthly service day. Please contact me if you are interested. 

Thank you,
Sue Strobel
~ Beacon Political Activity: Policies and Procedures ~
On June 27, 2018, Beacon's Board of Trustees unanimously approved (1) Policies for Political Activity and (2) Procedures for Political Activity for Beacon UU Congregation. Policies (Section 1 below) are adapted from the UUA publication,  The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS Guidelines on Advocacy, Lobbying and Election , (updated October 2016). Procedures for Collecting Petitions Signatures(Section 2) are based on discussions within the ad hoc Political Activity Committee (PAC) in consultation with Beacon Social Justice Allies (SJA) in May and June 2018.

Roz Clark, Dora Harrison, Terry White, Rev. Kevin Lawson, and Dennis Spurlin,
Ad hoc Political Activity Committee (PAC)

Continued from Last Week...

Section 1 Policies for Beacon Political Activity
The Three-Point System: A Summary 
Adapted from The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS Guidelines 
On Advocacy, Lobbying and  Elections. page 4

Congregations and their representatives may engage in issue advocacy through activities such as educating and mobilizing congregants and the general public.  Example: Encouraging the public to show concern for climate change by reducing carbon emissions.  Note: Issue advocacy is only acceptable if it does  not  involve "Political Campaign Intervention" (see item 3, below).

Lobbying is defined by the IRS as  advocating for or against specific pieces of legislation Lobbying by congregations and their representative is acceptable as long as it represents an "unsubstantial" portion of an organization's total activities. ("Total activities" includes the  total  amount of money, staff, and volunteer time that goes into running the organization. So far, "unsubstantial" is considered by courts and the IRS to be 5% or less of an organization's total activities.)  Example: encouraging a city council, state legislature, and/or Congress to pass a particular law to reduce carbon emissions.

Congregations and their representatives  can do nothing that advocates (directly or indirectly) for or against candidates for public office or political parties. This includes  activities on behalf of a candidate such as:
  • Collecting signatures to place a candidate's name on the ballot;
  • Donating space;
  • Fundraising.
However, non-partisan activities that are free of bias such as the following are acceptable, i.e., they are not campaign "interventions":
  • Public forums;
  • Voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives.
For further details, including multiple examples in each category, see  The Real Rules

Note: The restrictions on lobbying and political campaign intervention described here apply only to a congregation as a legal entity, or to a person or group speaking in the name of the congregation. A minister or congregation member may freely engage in these activities as an individual. However, if the person(s) are identified by or likely to be associated with the congregation, it (would) be helpful to clearly state that they are speaking as individuals.

~ Beacon Summer Retreat Day ~

Beacon Summer Day Retreat with Char Tarashanti & Rev. Kevin
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, No Fee
Brown Bag Luncheon

9:00 am - 9:30 am Gathering
9:30 am - 11:00 am Small Group Breakouts:
~ QiGong with Kayla Smith in the Sanctuary
~ Nature with Paula Beier, Location TBD
~ Rock'n'Soul with Char Tarashanti in the Kitchen
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch / Open Time
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Large Group Activity with Amy Huntereece in the Sanctuary
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Small Group Breakouts:
~ Brain Gym with Christina Boyd in the Sanctuary
~ Stories & Meaning with Rev. Kevin in the Purple Room
~ Games & More with Caleb Alexander in the Kitchen
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Group Closing & Ice Cream Social!
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Highlights of July 15 meeting
  • Facilitated by SJA Chair Terry White: Brainstorming suggestions of simple acts of introducing, listening, chatting-i.e. taking responsibility for welcoming Beacon newcomers;
  • From Faith Moore: Summary of current and future NAIC (No. AZ Interfaith Council) actions, focusing on education, immigration, and affordable housing-as well as accountability initiatives for City and State officials;
  • Collaboration with a new Beacon friend: Initiating plans to host a fall forum on four City Council-initiated propositions due to appear on the ballot;
  • Next steps for rolling out implementation of Policies and Procedures for Political Activity ,  recently approved unanimously by the Beacon Board of Trustees (see "Beacon Political Activity" below ) ;
  • With Sue Strobel's leadership and in collaboration with Mel Brewster, Flagstaff Police Department Chaplain: Designation of a September date as Safety Sunday, focusing on procedures (drills, evacuation in case of an active shooter situation).
Next SJA meeting: Sunday, August 19, following the service.

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist

PS I have it on good authority that an impressively effective SJA Shuttle Service delivered all participants safely to their vehicles in the midst of Sunday's "hundred-year flood"(AZ Daily Sun, July 17). Nice work, folks: at least four of our UU Principles in action!
~ Community Action Committee ~
Beacon's community partner for July 2018 is Flagstaff Shelter Services (FSS). Established in 2006 by concerned citizens, business owners, and faith-based organizations, FSS provides critical shelter, food, and access to resources for Flagstaff's most vulnerable people. Regardless of faith, mental health or sobriety, the shelter serves any adult experiencing homelessness. In 2014, FSS became a year-round shelter serving those in need every night of the year, providing personal and behavioral crisis response, and helping clients move from crisis toward self-sufficiency.

Lynda Dorweiler
Community Action Committee
~ Special Thanks: Yoga Immersion Week ~
Blessings and gratitude to the many people who practiced yoga at Beacon last week. It's wonderful to have a room full of good souls breathing and moving in our sanctuary space adding to the already positive vibe. Most people came all week - all five sessions - a true expression of perseverance, friendliness, focus, patience, and dedication. 

It's a joy for me to share yoga - not only the postures, but its philosophy and deeper purpose. I can't say for sure, but I envision sparks of self awareness and transformation flickering out there - benefits of the practice - that will inspire people to keep exploring yoga. If that's true, come to ongoing Beacon yoga Tuesdays at  11 am or  5 pm, and tell others. I'll be teaching. (No classes  July 24 or  August 28).

Special thanks to Rev. Kevin, Caleb, and the Beacon community for making Yoga Week possible.

Namaste - Cassie
~ Upcoming Events ~
Humanist Discovery with Rev. Scott Deasy
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm
We continue our series with an interview with Reverend Scott Deasy, Deacon of Epiphany Episcopal Church. This is part of our effort to grow in our understanding of different faith traditions and how those traditions live within those around us and how (and where) they drive and motivate people. The Episcopal Church has a strong history of being on the forefront of social change in the ecclesiastical sphere. Please join us for this fascinating conversation. Bring an open mind and probing questions.

Service and Potluck Luncheon in the Park  
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Labor Day Weekend
All Members and Friends are invited to this annual gathering for Food, Fun and Fellowship. This year the Worship Associates and the Board of Trustees have selected to gather during Labor Day weekend. We have reserved the Community Ramada at Bushmaster Park, where we have gathered the past two years.  See you in the Park! 

~ Joys & Concerns ~
Sam and Ariana shared the sorrow of Sunday being their last day here. 

Dora shared love and consideration for Florence Karlstrom, whose close friend Ed passed away recently. 

Gus shared concern for his sister who had a stroke. She's in hospice care at home now while she recuperates at home. 

Dennis and Theresa shared the joy that friend Jamie is undergoing gender reassignment surgery, though with the added concern for her lengthy recovery. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Building Expansion Team Meeting
Thursday, July 19
5:30 pm
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, July 25
3:30 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, July 20
7:15 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, July 25
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 21
10:00 am
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 25
7:00 pm
Info Meeting: Building Project
Sunday, July 21
11:30 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 29

10:00 am
Humanist Discovery: Rev. Scott Deasy
Sunday, July 21
4:30 pm
Congregational Meeting: Building Plan
Sunday, July 29
11:30 am
Tuesday, July 24
6:30 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, July 31
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, July 24
7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 31
6:30 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
Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tues:  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  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 most up-to-date directory and board documents?  Register on the website by clicking here!  Once  you've done so, the "Members" menu item will appear on the website navigation bar, Directory and Board Minutes will be among the options there.   Email Caleb ( ) with any questions !
~ Beacon Google Group ~

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