Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, June 09, 2019
Worship Associate Carleton Sheppard will introduce our new Interim Minister, The Rev. Robin Zucker. With the theme of "Welcoming," we will look to the future, as well as dwell on how to make our congregation welcoming to everyone in our community.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Transcendence  ~ 
~ Congressional Meeting ~

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 at 11:30AM

If you cannot come, please select someone to be your proxy and notify  Secretary Diana (  )by 11:30 Saturday, June 8. Only one proxy per person.  The bylaws and budget have been emailed. If you can, please copy and bring with you.  

And guess what?  Our honored guest will be none other than Rev. Robin Zucker, our new 
Interim Minister!  Hopefully she will have had a successful   weekend of house hunting. Be sure to say hello. She is looking forward to meeting  as many of you as possible. Please bring finger food to share.
~ Farewell to Rev Kevin ~
Dear Congregation: 

Just a final update on Rev. Kevin.  

As of Friday, May 31, Rev. Kevin's tenure with Beacon will have ended.  Dennis and I met with him last Friday.  He seemed in good spirits.  We had a good discussion and ended our meeting very amicably.  Again, please join me in me in wishing him well.  Also, please bring letters, cards, and/or pictures for his Memory Book. I am sure Kevin would enjoy knowing what made a positive difference to you during his ministry,  and remembrance of the good times we had.  Lynda Dorweiler and Char Tarashanti will be  accepting cards and letters at the service on Sunday, as well as Sunday, June 9 and Sunday, June 16 .  Peace to him and to all of us.  Dora 
  ~ Well Wishes ~

Please join us in wishing Beacon's Music Director, Gabriel Hernandez, a quick recovery after he was recently involved in an automobile accident. We're so very glad he walked away only bumped and bruised. 
~ New Custodian ~

If you happen to spot Beacon's new custodian - Charles "Davin" Gray - please be sure to thank him for all his hard work keeping our space tidy the past few months, especially while we're under construction.

We all look forward to this annual event as a major fundraiser for Beacon.  Bring your family and friends! It's FUN!

Since we can't even get into our back yard because of the construction of our BUILDING EXPANSION!, our president Dora Harrison has graciously offered the use of her garage and driveway for the sale.  It's just around the corner at 5 E. Fine.

Great items already available:  Kenmore gas dryer, 9x12 rug, food processors, furniture, tools, books, climbing gear... you will never know all the precious items offered, until you come!

Set up:  4:00 - 7:00 pm this Friday. Come help set items out, sort, price, and enjoy a pizza party!
Sale starts 7:00 am Saturday. Come and help until sale ends at noon.  

Contact leader Bill Owen if you need help delivering items or if you want to help anytime during the event:  526-0087. 

Beacon is counting on everyone to participate, whether by donating, helping with the sale, or by BUYING!
~ Goodbye Celebration ~

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th, at 11:30AM

Plan to attend Kay and Jack Doggett's,"So long, Farewell" party!
~ REI Building Project Update ~

The big event happening this week is the work on the front door. We didn't expect this to happen this soon, but we have the side door entrance (off the alley) ready to go. The contractor has told us it will take about two weeks to finish the front door. They will have to remove the concrete and put in a footing under the new door, to fix the issue we have every year with the doors sagging and not closing properly (there is no footing under the front door).

We are still having Sunday services, the Congregational meeting, and potluck during this disruption! The side door will serve as our front door, and the back door can still be used as an emergency exit.

If you need to check out a key to the building, please see Dennis Spurlin this Sunday at church, or call the April at the office to check-out a key: 928-779-4492

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.

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Religious Exploration ~

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

Unfortunately, Chalice camp was cancelled for next week. For more information, check the  update on the blog.

What were the numbers last week? 34
This pie chart represents all interactions related to religious education May 27- June 2.

Check what's happening  this coming Sunday and get more information and resources!

Director of Religious Exploration 
Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

On Thursday, June 13 at 6:30pm, at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Beacon SJA and NAIC (Northern Arizona Interfaith Council) are co-sponsoring a program about Somos America.  Sharon Kopina, a Somos America leader will (1) share current developments at the border, and (2) explain how this humanitarian aid program helps asylum-seekers with travel food and diapers for multi-day bus trips from Phoenix to stay with sponsors across the country during their respective immigration processes.
There will be a Q and A opportunity following Sharon's presentation.

If you donated to Somos America when we did a very successful collection in April, we don't expect you to do so again. However, if you missed that chance, you will have another opportunity at this June 13 gathering to contribute the specific items these immigrant mothers, fathers and young children need for their arduous journey. Items needed (and suggestions for local stores with the best bargains) are also listed on the flyer. This is a concrete way we can help these desperate asylum seekers.
We are very grateful to Epiphany for allowing us to use their Parish Hall (at no cost!) for this event. (Beacon's sanctuary is not available during the week for the next couple months due to construction of our long-planned-for building expansion.)
Summary of last week's SJA conversation with Beacon's top education "consultants" Walt Halaberda (Flagstaff High School) and Carol Hixon (Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy).
Both teachers stated that their greatest frustrations are with the unwillingness of our state legislature to even come close to making up the one billion dollars in funding cuts since 2008.* This has resulted in a local-and state-wide-teacher shortage, with some teachers having to teach students during their officially designated prep periods. Further, teachers continue to purchase their students' day-to-day supplies (e.g. pencils, folders, markers). Each school district's governing board decides (within certain limitations) how to distribute the funds allocated by the state; for example, FUSD has chosen to direct some of this year's allocation to classified (non-teaching) staff.
When we asked for ideas about how we might be able to support Flagstaff educators-in addition to relentlessly urging our legislators to provide realistic funding for public education-Carol and Walt had pragmatic suggestions, e.g. contacting specific schools to learn what they need, such as supplies or healthy snacks for kids.

SJA intends to dig into possibilities for concrete ways we can support teachers and learners in Flagstaff, developing a plan for doing so to propose to our congregation. Stay tuned...
THANK YOU, Carol and Walt, for sharing your thoughts with us, and for the crucial work you're doing!
*Interestingly, Arizona's "rainy day fund" is expected to reach about a billion dollars this fiscal year! Hmm...

  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
~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, June 02, 2019 

Dora H.- Sad that Jack & Kay are leaving. Happy we are going to have a party for them.
Grace.  -  Shared sorrow that her dog of 15 years was not doing so well and probably would not make it.  She also shared joys that her partner moved safely to Berlin, and that she won 2nd place in the Start up  Competition.  Wish grace well as she looks at jobs going forward. She also asks for gook luck to her partner/her in long distance relationship.
Kevin P . - Shared joy that tennis spectators are polite, that his wife is playing in a tennis match & won yesterday!
Theresa -  Shared joy for Mark James who came in 1st place in Sacred Mountain run yesterday!
Carol H. - She is happy about saying goodbyes to her students for the summer; precious Beacon children who graduated. 
Dick S. - Shared sorrow over saying goodbye to his brother who is 11 years younger and has cancer
Jan R .- Shared joy they got through the Denver airport; the wedding was great and they met lots of wonderful young people there.
Terry W.  - Shared a concern that Gus and his partner are sick. Hold them in our hearts.
Anne W. - Shared a concern that her college roommate is going into the hospital for heart surgery. Also concerned that Barry saw a shadow on his PET scan and so needs a biopsy; not sure what is next. 
Jack - Placed a stone for those alive & dead in Virginia Beach.
~ Lend a Hand ~

Food Center Meal Service: 4th Wednesday of each month, contact Sue Strobel for more information.
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For June, Beacon will share the plate with Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona and Sharon Manor. This organization helps homeless victims of violence and their children on their journey out of violence and poverty and into economic independence, safety, health, and self-sufficiency.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children in the United States. Local shelters play a critical role in helping families in crisis, but they are short-term in nature.

Sharon Manor is transitional housing for homeless victims of domestic violence and their children. Beyond temporary, emergency shelter, Sharon Manor provides up to 2 years of comprehensive one-on-one case management, group trainings, and safe and affordable housing for residents as they work to rebuild their lives. Since opening, Sharon Manor has helped more than 1,140 victims and their children transition to self-reliance through its holistic program.

Undesignated contributions to this month's Sunday service offerings above $300 will be presented to Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona and Sharon Manor. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder.
CAC members are Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Susan Strobel, Joanne Parkes, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.
~ UUA Events ~

Sunday, June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Wednesday, June 19-23 - UUA General Assembly.  General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend .
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Yard Sale Setup
Friday, June 07, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 09, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Beacon Yard Sale
Saturday, June 08, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
5 E. Fine Ave
Sunday FunDay
Sunday, June 09, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Soul Collage
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 09, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 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*  ~

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!

~ 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