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- This Sunday at Beacon -
August 2nd, 2020

Virtual Service

"On Human Worth"
Rev. Glenn Farley preaching, hosted by Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker,  with music from Gabriel Hernandez, Rebecca Prizznick and Kim Angelo.

Why are you valuable? Because of what you do, or who you are? Who gets to decide? Rev. Glenn will reflect on a social media post and the response to it; and how it all relates to Universalist heritage and societal oppression that dehumanize and devalue us.
Featuring a special Touchstone Tale on Creation (the August theme), entitled "The Dot."

Tune into the Service via the   "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.

~ 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

We welcome Roomie Wood as our Music Director! Roomie is a Music student at NAU and we're thrilled to have her on board.  More about Roomie (and a photo, too)  in the next newsletter.  Please submit the Joys and Concerns to minister@beaconuu.com by Thursday at 12:00 pm for inclusion in that Sunday's worship.

REI Bulding Proyect Update

On Saturday, August 1, we will meet at Beacon at 9 am to do some work on the backyard.  Anne Wittke, Barry Malpas, Dennis Spurlin, Theresa deBoer, Mary Poore, Mark James, and Carl Taylor have signed up to be there.  Others are welcome! We hope to finish the retaining wall, dig the holes for the fence posts and install the two posts on either end of the fence to determine the fence line height.  Barry Brenneman will be there working on the electrical line to the podium, and will help in digging postholes with the auger.  Another task that probably needs to be done is gutter cleaning, so if we have enough people we may set someone or two to do that as well.
If you come to help, please bring your mask, gloves, hat, snacks, and plenty of water or liquids!
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at bgcommittee@beaconuu.com

Porch Visits with Rev. Robin
Who is that masked minister in her "Soul" mobile? It's Rev. Robin! - ready to come by for a socially-distanced visit on your porch, patio, or deck. Trailhead meet-ups and easy hikes, we could even meet at a park, or walk in your neighborhood. You decide !
Just give a shout -  minister@beaconuu.com or 
We have a new Office Manager!

Hi, my name is Yeximar Cramer but I go by Yexi
(pronounced Jexi). I am a wife and a mother to 4 wonderful children. I was born in Caracas-Venezuela so my first language is Spanish. I have been doing office and managerial work for 6+ years, and I'm very excited to get to know all of the congregation at Beacon UU. 

Spotlight this Week!
UUJAZ upcoming Programs
  • Tuesdays 6-7pm: Join UUJAZ's UU the Vote Coordinator Casey Clowes 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."
    Sign up here for your Zoom link. 
  • Fridays 10-11am: Join UUJAZ Executive Director Janine Gelsinger any Friday morning for a casual "office hours" on Zoom. Get your zoom link here. 
  • Friday evenings: Join Puente Human Rights Movement each Friday, at detention centers and prisons across the state as we protest from our cars for our community members who are currently incarcerated. There are now almost 600 positive Covid19 cases, and 14 deaths at the hands of ADOC. Governor Ducey and the Department of Corrections have the power to free our loved ones and protect our families from COVID-19. We must put pressure on them to ensure that happens. Sign up here for locations and uptades. 
  • 3rd Fridays 12-1:30pm: 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.Book GroUUp is free to all our monthly sustaining donors. If you wish to join but aren't a donor, you can contribute a suggested donation of $10 Donate here. If you aren't financially able to donate, join us anyway! 
  • 2nd Saturdays 6pm: Join our UUJAZ host Emrys Staton to watch a film, and then discuss how the justice issues presented intersect with our UU values.You'll be given access to watch a film either on your own, or on the evening of the screening, you can join a watch party. Then everyone will be invited to participate in a Zoom call to discuss the film, moderated by Emrys Staton.
  • AnytimeRemember way back in 2019 when Janine, our Executive Director, first visited your congregation and preached about her daily justice spiritual practice? We'd like to share those with you! Join us on facebook to learn more.
  • Available now: UUJAZ is thrilled to provide access to this online course on transformational culture shift and radical welcoming for all AZ UUs, thanks to a generous grant from the UU Funding panel. Sign up  for your free login code to work through the six sessions from home, and join us for discussion groups forming with UUs across the state.
  • July, 29 - September,23: "It starts with Faith:Summer organizing school"is for social justice leaders with all levels of organizing experience. Sign up at.
  • Aug 6th - September 10th, Thursday 7-8pmWhat does it look like for UU's to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive within our own congregation? Join Janine and UUJAZ to read the Commission on Institutional Change's report "Widening the Circle of Concern".Want to learn more? Sign up here for your Zoom link.
  • Saturday August 8: Movie: Sunset Story may make you laugh and cry--and may change your mind about age and aging. You probably won't find two more fascinating camera subjects, two livelier conversationalists or two richer, more rewarding, more engaging and inspiring companions in any movie, fiction or non-fiction, this year."-Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune. A $15 donation from those who are able is received with gratitude, to cover the cost of the film rights and compensate our discussion host. Donate here, and Sign up here for your Zoom link.
  • Wednesdays 5:30-7pm Aug 19, 26, and Sept 2UUJAZ invites you to join a multi-part discussion about the BREATHE Act and its proposals, including a nationwide defunding of police. Sign up here for your Zoom link.
  • Friday August 21For anyone committed to inter-sectional activism and social justice, The Stonewall Generation provides a much-needed resource for empowerment, education, and renewal. to learn more Sign up here for your Zoom link.
  • Registration begins Sept 1, beginning in OctoberBeloved Conversations curriculum developers at Meadville Lombard Theological School have responded to the needs to learn how race and ethnicity shape our personal and collective lives and practices, in a virtual format.UUJAZ has partnered with Meadville to offer discussion groups for AZ participants, and scholarships for UU's in AZ who enroll. More details are emerging in the next month. Fill out this interest form to learn more.
Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  

Religious Exploration for Children
~Beacon at Home~

August 2020- You, the Creator

We'll be taking a break from structured RE lessons online until September 14, when we'll be launching an exciting collaboration for our elementary and middle school youth with the Granite Peak UU Church in Prescott, AZ.
More details to come!
In the meantime, be a creator in whatever forms inspire you - painting, cooking, building, knitting, writing, music, gardening, movement....you name it! There are many creative ideas in the lessons we have archived on our website from the Dr. Seuss and Wonder World programs. Dip in on your own schedule to any of these lessons which include videos, discussion ideas, and hands-on projects.
Click Here to find them.

Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth

In light of the cancellation of our spring in person OWL classes, Beacon's OWL facilitators are offering "Parents as Sexuality Educators" classes to interested parents.  Dates are not yet set, but if you are interested  sign up at  OWLFlagstaff@gmail.com  

Religious Exploration for Adults

The  Touchstone Chalice Circles group will meet virtually on Sunday, August 23th and Tuesday August 25th.  Deepen your connection to the Beacon and ponder the question of "Harmony".  Full details about Chalice Circles is available below .

~ Beacon Connections ~

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Harmony ~
Touchstone Chalice Circles  
Sunday, August 23th at 12:00pm
Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30pm
Zoom links Below!

"Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature.  This is not just a dream, but a necessity."   - Dalai Lama XIV
Come and share your ideas of how we can make this necessity a reality and not just a dream.

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. 

Links to August's Touchstone Chalice Circles
Sunday, August 23th at 12:00pm -Zoom Link - password: 217994
or call 669 900 6833, enter meeting ID: 853 3213 3207 and password

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30pm - Zoom Link - password: 327238
or call 669 900 6833, enter meeting ID:  827 5007 7573 and password
Social Justice Allies

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.

Anti-Harassment Training

Hollaback is a nonprofit on a mission to end harassment - in all its forms.  They provide free trainings throughout the year to give people the resources to respond to, prevent and intervene in instances of harassement.  If you are interested in participating in a training or learning more, please visit the following link:

Upcoming UU the Vote Events:
Important Primary Election Dates:
  • Election day: August 4
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

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.

 ~ Wider Community ~

Camp De Benneville Pines Fundraiser

De Benneville Pines has captured the hearts of thousands of campers for ne arly 60 years. it is a place of kindness, friendship, and beauty. Now they need your help to keep their doors open because  of Covid-19 pandemic.To donate click Here  
~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Sunday, August 6th, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
"On Human Worth"
Virtual Social Hour
Sunday, August 6th, 2020
11:00 am
Touchstones Chalice Circles
Sunday, August 23th
12:00 pm
Zoom Link  - password: 217994
Touchstones Chalice Circles
Tuesday, August 25th
06:30 pm
Zoom Link - password: 327238

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,
Yeximar L Cramer
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
Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News

Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to  office@beaconuu.com  in order to be included in the newsletter.