Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, July 29 ~ 
"To All Get Free Together"
With Rev. Kevin Lawson

Rev. Kevin is our speaker this morning, and shares reflection upon the work of noted author, social justice activist and leader Chris Crass and others in exploring how we go about liberty and diversity in Unitarian Universalism today. Chris Crass asks, "How can we make a prolonged, spiritually-rooted, engaged commitment to uprooting white supremacy within our community and take ongoing collective action to challenge it in society?" This is our work today as people of liberal religious faith.

~ Touchstone Theme: Liberty ~ 
~ One Last Reminder! ~

Congregational Meeting 
To Vote on Building Expansion Option
Sunday, August 29, 2018, 11:30 am 

If you cannot attend, please select a member to be your proxy and notify Diana Roy ( by 11:30 am on Saturday, July 28. A member can carry only one proxy. 

Late breaking news! At the last congregational meeting on June 3, the Building Expansion Team (BET) and the Board were asked to recommend an option. The BET has recommended Option B. At its meeting last night, the Board considered the BET recommendation and also voted to support Option B. 

All options will be presented for the congregation's consideration at the meeting on Sunday. 

Looking forward to a great meeting,
Dora Harrison 
President, Beacon Board of Trustees

~ Repair Expand Improve Building Project ~

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Building Expansion Team (BET) recently sent out to the congregation some PDFs that explain the three options we are considering for our project. But if you need more information, or have more questions, you may find the answers to your questions on our website. Please go to our BET FAQ page for more
~ Listening Circle: Building Project Resources ~

In June and July, three Listening Circles were held in response to concerns expressed at the June 03, 2018 Congregational meeting.   The Board is very appreciative of the input of the twelve people who attended.   The participants' concerns reflect the seven principles that UU promotes.   As we go forward with the building project, these principles need to stay in the foreground of our community.   This link lists a summary of what was said at the listening circles.

Lynda Dorweiler
On Behalf of the Beacon Board of Trustees
~ Religious Exploration ~

On Sunday we will finish our Gather in Spirit curriculum. There will be an opportunity to learn for all ages in the Purple Room. This is a multi-generational program about being good water stewards. 

We are looking forward to: 
  • Backpack Blessing, August 5: School starts for many in less than a month! Be sure to bring your school backpack to church on Sunday August 5 for a special blessing to kick off the new school year. 
  • In August, we will begin our next exploration in multi-generational learning, including Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures
  • OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class coming this fall: This curriculum for the K-1st graders (five- to seven-year olds). This class provides developmentally appropriate information to support parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies, relationships and families. Some of the goals of this class are to strengthen and support each child's sense of self and self-esteem, to help children appreciate their bodies as good and beautiful, private and special, and to help children gain understanding and accurate information about human sexuality, reproduction, and gender identification.

    If you are interested, contact Mary Poore at (928) 699-8266 or For more information check out the OWL Program on the Beacon Website

If you have any great ideas that would help support our Religious Exploration program, please do not hesitate to let us know! 


Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 

Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,

~ 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
~ Time in Nature with Paul Beier*
~ 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!

* Regarding Time in Nature activity: Please wear appropriate clothing for being outdoors in the expected weather, including sturdy shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Optional items: drinking water, small folding chair, or small item to lay on while you sit alone in the woods for 30 minutes. 
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Question: What is Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC) up to these days?
Answer: Plenty!

On Thursday, August 9, at 6:30 pm, Beacon members, friends and visitors will have a convenient opportunity to learn more about NAIC efforts. How and where? Beacon will host the "cluster" meeting of member institutions, including Beacon UU Congregation.

SJA member Faith Moore participated in NAIC's recent "cluster" meeting earlier this month. Focusing on education, immigration, and housing, a sampling of current efforts includes (1) door-to-door walks in the Sunnyside neighborhood, talking with people about their needs, and (2) planning for accountability sessions with candidates for City Council and the State Legislature to learn their positions on these priorities.

All are welcome to learn more about NAIC's work and Beacon's involvement!

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist
~ 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)

Over the past three weeks we've run sections of this document. If you have questions or wish to reread any of the content, the document is available in full. To read about Policies for Beacon Political Activity and Procedures for Collecting Petition Signatures, simply click here.

~ Share the Plate: Fifth Sunday ~

Share the Plate donations on July 29 will go to support Beacon's own Youth Activity Fund! We're seeking support to attend scholarships for the UUA General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, Washington. 

For more information on General Assembly 2019, see the UUA website.
~ Upcoming Events ~
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 ~
lore shared the joy that Ariana and Sami arrived safely in Denver.

Char shared joys that she is the new chaplain for the Flagstaff extension with Hospice in the Pines allowing her to increase her contributions to the Beacon community!

Anne shared concern for Barry's surgery, scheduled for late August, and a new "shadow" in his scans.

Ed shared his joy of being back in Flagstaff. He also shared concern for a medication he is on that has side effects and withdrawal. He is feeling okay now and is glad for that. (Editor's Note: Apologies for any change of tone on this item, some content was unclear.)

Caroline shared that she formerly attended Beacon and has also found the Chandler UU Church an inspiration.

Bob shared sorrow for Ed Kurtz's passing away and recalled watching track together.

Grace shared concern for her mother's health scare. Her mother is okay, but Grace is worried for the future. 

Jack underwent oral surgery ten days ago; thankfully his voice is better and he is recovering well.

Theresa and Dennis shared the joy of their 30th anniversary!

~ ~ ~

The office received word this week that former member and friend to the community Grace Bain died on June 21, 2018 here in Flagstaff. Grace was active in the community in the late 1970's prior to having moved from the area. It is understood she was back and living with family in her final years. We honor her memory and time shared with the community here in Flagstaff. We hold her family and loved ones in our thoughts and meditations. 

Rev. Margret A. O'Neal, Interim Minister with UU Church of Phoenix, shared this with us via email this week:
Rev. Arnold Thaw, PhD. died on July 15, 2018. Rev. Dr. Thaw spoke regularly for the UU Fellowship of Flagstaff in 1975 and 1976. We honor his memory and time shared with the community here in Flagstaff. We hold his family and loved ones in our thoughts and meditations.


~ Beacon Calendar ~
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 29
10:00 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, August 5
10:00 am
Congregational Meeting:
Building Plan Vote

Sunday, July 29 at 11:30 am
Newcomers' Orientation
Sunday, August 5

11:30 am
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, July 31
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, August 7

11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 31
6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 7
6:30 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday, August 1

5:30 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, August 8
6:30 pm
Beacon Retreat Day
Saturday, August 4

9:00 am
NAIC Meeting
Thursday, August 9

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