Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, June 23, 2019
The Labors of Sisyphus
Sisyphus must push his boulder up the unforgiving hill daily, only to see it roll back down again. His journey repeats itself without end, but the ritual can reveal its own rewards. We unravel the story. Sermon by Rev.Gary James; delivered by Mark James

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Transcendence  ~ 
~ Reminder ~

Coming up Wednesday, June 26, 2019!

Food Center Meal Service : 4th Wednesday of each month, contact for more information.
~ Religious Exploration ~

  No Blog this week.

I am at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Spokane, WA this week.

Check here if you are interested in learning more about GA or attending some sessions online.

Please enjoy the  UU World summer edition of Families  for children's resources this week.

Let me know if I can be supportive to you in any other way!  I am here for you.

All my best with blessings,
Director of Religious Exploration 
~ REI Building Project Update ~

Things are still proceeding, although a little slower than we had hoped. We avoided an additional $5,000 cost by getting a waiver from the city to move our electrical line overhead, instead of having to dig a new trench across the alley. And we got the Suddenlink line moved for free! Actually, Dennis and I did the work of running the new cables, which Suddenlink provided for free, and the Suddenlink tech came out and hooked us up for no charge.

The contractor began doing some grading and excavating this week, a little sooner than what's on the latest schedule. We may have a bit of an issue with the layers of sand and clay that make up our backyard, but this should be able to be resolved with some engineering magic.
They will hopefully be digging and pouring the footing for the front door next week.

Need a key to the side door? Please see Dennis Spurlin this Sunday at church, or stop by the office Tuesday through Thursday 10 to 3.

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.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:

Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager

[Please take a moment to thank Theresa & Dennis for the 8+ hours they spent at Beacon on Saturday going up and down ladders to run those new cables for us! Thank you!]
Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

Last week's Somos America program and travel-item collection for asylum seekers, held at Epiphany Episcopal Church, was gratifyingly successful!

In terms of outcomes, the healthy turnout was a pleasant surprise (Rich counted 43).Represented faith communities were Epiphany, UCC (United Church of Christ), Federated, Living Christ Lutheran and, of course, Beacon), not-to-mention numerous other people I had never met. And the donations--WOW! There was so much that it created a bit of a [wonderful) challenge to arrange the logistics for transporting it all to its Phoenix destination. Thank you, Roseanne Fulcher, Dorothy Rissel, Rich Clark and Terry White for making that happen.

In terms of process, Sharon's experience, passion, and understanding of the issues surrounding the border situation were compelling, eliciting numerous questions from the audience. Furthermore, NAIC's organizer Roxana Cardiel and Sharon committed to collaborate on continuing support for Somos America.
Special thanks to Dorothy and Roseanne for generating the idea for this event (and generating effective flyers) and to Rich Clark and Faith Moore for helping at Epiphany that evening. The Epiphany people who supported us--office manager Lori, tech guy Ryan, and that evening's point person Lynne were-without exception-generously helpful.
For your calendar
The next SJA meeting will be after the service (about 1:15) Sunday, July 14.
We will pick where we left off when local teachers (and Beacon members) Walt Halaberda and Carol Hixon shared their thoughts in our June meeting about how Beacon might help support local education. Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome to meet with us, of course.
The newly re-forming Flagstaff League of Women Voters (LWV) will meet Thursday morning, June 27 from 8 - 9:00a at Single Speed Coffee Cafe, 2 S Beaver St, Suite 170 (entrance on Phoenix Ave) .  We've been alerted that we'll "talk politics" so bring your concerns and questions. (At the last morning LWV gathering, more than half the participants in the small group were Beacon women!)
(I apologize, dear readers, for having to postpone a summary of Anne Schneider's wrap-up about the goodnews/bad news for education legislation in the recent extended session.)

In community,
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 at
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. Please contact the office for questions:
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 23, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Family Food Center
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 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*  ~

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