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- This Sunday at Beacon -
July 5th, 2020

Virtual Service  

"An Atheist for President?"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, with Worship Associate Nancy Paxton 
and music from Gabriel Hernandez and Rebecca Prizznick

When Thomas Jefferson debated his landmark Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786, could he have foreseen the troubling state of rampant official "Godliness" in our current political system?  On this 4 th  of July weekend, 5 months shy of the next Presidential election, we'll explore how the President's religious behavior has taken on new and surreal meaning in a White House rife with endorsed evangelical hubris. Rev. Robin will reflect on the progress of secular politics in a society where the "Godless" are often still demonized as candidates without a prayer. And yet, in an age when more and more people are unaffiliated or claim to be "spiritual and not religious," we'll ponder whether an atheist (or humanist) President isn't a pipe dream.

Tune into the Service via the  "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.
Lyrics and Unison readings will be visible in the service recording.

~ Please join us after the service ~

Virtual Social Hour on Zoom at 11:00 am
click this link to join:   https://zoom.us/j/675489291
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter  Meeting ID: 675 489 291

Joys and Concerns

While Beacon maintains our Social Distance, please email Reverend Robin if you would like any Joys and Concerns shared with the congregation.  Please submit the Joys and Concerns to minister@beaconuu.com by Thursday at 12:00 pm for inclusion in that Sunday's worship.

Spotlight this Week!

Touchstone Chalice Circles
A great way to go deeper at Beacon

Beacon UU is entering a new fiscal year facing the continued challenges of social distancing and maintaining our Beloved Community becomes even more vital for our well-being.  

Monthly Chalice Circles enrich our connections by exploring topics that allow us to think and listen deeply.  July introduces the topic of Harmony (Balance, Tranquility, Equilibrium.)  These topics seem almost foreign now with the constant divisive rhetoric we hear daily.  Download the July journal.

Do you feel that your life is out of balance?  Do you feel harmony with nature?  Let's explore these and other questions together.

Join a Chalice Circle discussion group on the 4 th Sunday at noon or 4th Tuesday at 6:30pm of each month.  Times and connections are listed below in the newsletter.  These meetings are conducted through Zoom so your location, whether out-of-state or out-of-Flagstaff does not preclude joining.

Let's stay connected.
Lynda L. Dorweiler and Char Tarashanti ~ Chalice Circle Facilitators
Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  

Religious Exploration for Children
~Beacon at Home~

"Wonder World: Nature, Science and the Web"  
Science and Nature are two strands in the interdependent web that holds our Universe together and helps us explain how and why things exist and happen. Both are part of our "wonder world." Summer is a time to get outside and to explore our environment. And we can still do that, even with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.  Each week, we'll offer an activity that gets you outside and gets your hands dirty, and one that explores science from a UUKids perspective. 

Click here to visit our website for the full lesson details.

Religious Exploration for Adults

"Word for Word: Writing for Self Discovery and Spiritual Renewal"
In this six session program (regular attendance assumed), we will explore our personal and spiritual odysseys with a series of short "free-write" exercises as well as longer assignments.  Begins July 8th and is limited to 8 participants.

Classes are over 6 Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm on Zoom with Rev. Robin
Dates: July 8, 15, 22; August 12, 19; September 2
Limited to 8 participants; regular attendance assumed (please  email minister@beaconuu.com to register and receive zoom link)

~ Beacon Connections ~

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Harmony ~
Touchstone Chalice Circles  
Sunday, July 26th at 12:00pm
Tuesday, July 28th at 6:30pm
Zoom Links to be released mid-July

All are welcome!   The theme for July is Harmony. This month's Touchstones journal link can be found here.

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.  All are welcome.

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. 
Social Justice Allies

July 4th Blackout Silent Protest
Flagstaff City Hall, 4 - 8 PM

A peaceful protest. Please wear all black (with black masks or bandanas, as possible).
Instead of chants, we'll instead blast the sound of revolutionary speeches by thinkers such as Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, and Leonard Peltier. Power to the People.

Book GroUUp - How To Be An Anti-Racist 
July 17, noon 

Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network, UUJAZ 
Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. 

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi, is a bracingly original approach to understanding and up-rooting racism and inequality.

Call to Join Beacon's Activate Teams

Beacon's mission and our UU faith call us to work together towards the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.  In order to keep our Beacon community on that track, we are seeking motivated volunteers to join two Beacon teams with a social justice orientation:
  • Activate Team for Electoral Issues (3 or more people)
  • Activate for BIPOC Allyship Team: (3 or more people)
Teams work together to decide their agenda's.  If you are interested in joining either of these teams, please contact Rev. Robin within the next week.
UU the Vote with Bryan 
Tuesdays at 6:00pm starting June 30th
Each Tuesday, Join UUJAZ's UU the Vote Coordinator Bryan for an hour of engagement. Each week will rotate through education on the issues, visits from guest partners, training on deep canvassing conversations, and phone/text banking "action hours."

Register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
UU Justice Arizona Network

You may be thinking that the national conversation happening around police violence will have an effect on upcoming elections... and you are right! From County Attorney to Sheriff, City Council to State Senate, we have an opportunity this election cycle to push candidates to commit to issues we value. Join UUJAZ for the following events:

Building Resilience as White Folks for Uncomfortable Conversations
Saturday, July 11th 2-3:30pm

Join UUJAZ's Janine Gelsinger in discussing the panel she contributed to at 2020 General Assembly, addressing how individuals and congregations can stay connected while in the discomfort of conversations about race and oppression.

Night at the MUUvies
Saturday  July 11th 6:00pm movie screening, 7:45 discussion
Join with UUs across Arizona for a virtual gathering to watch a film then participate in discussion, hosted by Emrys Staton.

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center-on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse 'prison break,' things don't go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, THE INFILTRATORS tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language.

A Special Message from Rev. Robin  about BIPOC Allyship
Dear Beloved Community,

America is on fire with rage, weary from a pandemic, and aching with despair. Along with the rest of our country, we've read and heard so many devastating accounts over the past week, the most heart-rending from people of color coping with another case of murderous systemic racism in our country. I do not need to (nor, am I entitled to) add anything to their experiences or parse what they have to say about racism. They live it. 

...To read the full message on our website, please click here
Lifespan Religious Exploration Resources for Learning About and Responding to Racism
~ For Children and Adults ~

This painful moment in time calls us to focus our learning and reflection on allyship to people of color, understanding white privilege, and reflecting on how we can part of a systemic sea change and solution in our society. 

Beacon has provided resources for all ages addressing how we as individuals and as communities can learn about and respond to racism.  For the full list of resources, activities and community meetings, visit Beacon's Religious Exploration pages.
Beacon's Stories Project

We don't have a Beacon Story to showcase this week, but new stories are welcome anytime.  We will publish stories as they come in.  Just send your 1000 words or less document to  edrumonroe@gmail.com  and we will submit your story the following week in the Newsletter.  Thanks again to the writer's who contributed to this project.  I have just loved learning more about all of your lives.  

If you missed any of the Beacon stories published these past months, you can find an archive here.

Sincerely, Dru Monroe

 ~ Wider Community ~

Volunteer Opportunities for 4th of July
Shifts available from 10am until 6pm in 2 hour increments.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had the National Guard helping us  at  our warehouse and kitchen. We are very grateful for their help, but we miss  our wonderful volunteers!
We are beginning to open our doors once again to volunteers, but we are  doing so with caution. We ask that all of our volunteers wear a mask, wash  their hands thoroughly and often, maintain a distance of 6 feet between  themselves and others whenever possible, and follow all other CDC  guidelines for personal behavior aimed at preventing the spread of the
If you feel comfortable volunteering, we would love to have you. We  especially need volunteers on the 4th of July. The National Guard will be  off for the holiday, and we need coverage for four separate volunteer  events at our kitchen.
Sign up for 4th of July priority shifts: https://hotfood.volunteerhub.com/events
Beacon is Hiring
Please share with your community!
  • Office Manager, 15 hours/week.  Starting August 1st.  Full job description and details here
~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Sunday, July 5, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Social Hour
Sunday, July 5, 2020
11:30 am
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
6:30 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!
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. 
Beacon Office Hours & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 10:00 am - 3:00 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,
Ben Jefferies
Mon: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


~ 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!

You no longer need to forward your spam emails to spam@uce.gov , because the Federal Trade Commission is now collecting spam through a honeypot, which is an online trap. This change makes it more efficient for the FTC to collect spam that is deceptive or violates the CAN-SPAM Act. This change saves tax dollars, your time, and helps the FTC collect deceptive and illegal spam.  If you lost money to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint . There, you can also report spam you receive.  Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail

~ 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
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