Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, July 1 ~ 
"Receiving Counsel from a Sensitive Plant"
With Mark James

Mark James will share his observation and belief; that we are born of the Earth, of Nature; that we remain one with Nature. We communicate with Nature and Nature communicates with us. This intimate relationship allows us to access a higher manifestation of ourselves. Experiences with the sensitivity of plants and Earth
are woven into this unexpected story.

~ Touchstone Theme: Wisdom ~ 
~ Listening Circles ~

Repair, Expand and Improve (REI) Listening Circles 
There is still a chance to join a listening circle. The Board and the Building Team seek to know your concerns regarding the building project. Two listening circles are scheduled for July 09 from 4:00-5:30 pm and July 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm. 

The following questions will be addressed. What is your vision for Beacon as a whole and you personally? What would that vision look like from a building or facility perspective? What are your specific concerns regarding the proposed REI project? 

Contact me, Lynda, if you are interested: (712) 790-0423 or

Childcare is available, please notify me  to make arrangements and RSVP as needed.

Lynda Dorweiler
~ From the Minister's Desk ~

As we welcome our next month's ministry theme of Liberty, I invite all who wish to help Beacon celebrate the ideals upon which our country was founded to join with me, our DRE Amy and our communications/outreach lead Carleton Sheppard as we participate in the Flagstaff Community 4th of July Parade. 

Please come out next Wednesday morning and support our Beacon float entry in the Flagstaff Community Parade. This direct action outreach is a key opportunity to show the larger Flagstaff community that Beacon is here and open for all to join with us. Liberty and patriotism should not be a partisan issue, we need to show up and represent our liberal religious views, values and beliefs. We need to let folks know we are here and not just to be a "best kept secret." We have spots for walkers (candy passers) and places for folks to ride on the trailer (no candy tossing). Please wear your Beacon tee-shirts, or Beacon colors, white, blue and yellow, "Standing on the Side of Love" (now "Side with Love" tee-shirts are also great!) Please wear comfortable shoes, and bring sun block if you need. We'll have some bottled waters in ice chest, and the candy to hand out, but bring your own other food or drink items as needed. 

The parade starts at 9:00 am with airplane flyovers of downtown, and is expected to be over 100 plus entries, this is a great opportunity for Beacon to be seen out and about in Flagstaff. Make plans to meet up with the Beacon float entry no later than 8:30 am Wednesday July 4th. We are entry number #79, our position is the south side of the street, middle of the block on Hunt, between Leroux and San Francisco. The back yard, blacktop area will be open for parking that morning, because the streets will be full, but you better come early if you wish to park in back, as the streets will get closed by 8:00 am or earlier. 

Our decorating team will be in place at 7:00 am on Hunt Street. If you have desire to help with decorating, please be in touch with Carleton Sheppard ( directly, or notify Rev. Kevin ( so we will know to watch for you, next Wednesday morning.

Grateful to be on the journey with you,
Rev. Kevin
~ Reminder from the Beacon Treasurer ~

Please complete payment of your FY '18 pledge by July 2, 2018. For bookkeeping, consider dating your check in June even if it is written in July. Thank you very much!

Holly Taylor
Board Treasurer
~ Special Event: Fourth of July Parade! ~

Flagstaff 4th of July Parade & the Beacon Float! 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018  
We Need You! Please see or contact Carleton Sheppard,, our communications team lead, to sign up for our parade team! Participants can ride on the float or walk with us and pass out candy. This is a great opportunity to share Beacon with the Flagstaff community and to welcome newcomers to learn more about Beacon. Staging begins at 8:00 am with the parade at 9:00 am. Join with us for this fun community celebration and outreach opportunity! Even if you aren't able to join our float, celebrate the Flagstaff community, wear Beacon colors, and join the fun!

Nuts & Bolts Details:  We are entry #79 and will stage on Hunt Street between Leroux Street and San Francisco Street on the south of the street. See you there!
~ Social Justice Allies ~

Report on delivery of travel items for immigrants
We did it! Last Friday, June 22, we delivered a truckload of items donated by Beacon folks and others in Flagstaff (on very short notice) to Sharon K. at her home in Chandler. Sharon, her daughter, Rich Clark, his sister, and another volunteer transferred the supplies indoors, where the next step was sorting them for distribution to the undocumented immigrants needing them.

Who are these immigrants? They are adults, some with young children, released from detention in Eloy and transported by ICE to the Phoenix bus station where they take off on trips of up to four days to stay with family in other parts of the U.S. (This has been a several-year practice, initiated long before the recent separation of children from their parents, mainly Central Americans, at the border. That is yet another inhumane story.) These folks arrive at the bus station with no supplies for such an extended bus trip, which is why our contributions are so crucial.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your donations!

Political Activity Policy Update: Late-breaking News 
In their meeting last night (June 27), Beacon's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Political Activity Policy. This addition includes clarification of IRS rules (i.e. legal parameters) as well as a process for collecting petition signatures that encourages democratic activity and public engagement while preserving, especially with our current indoor space limitations, reasonable comfort and freedom of movement of congregants and/or program participants before, during, and after Beacon services and other events. Participants in this collaborative effort include the ad hoc Political Activity Committee (Dora Harrison, Dennis Spurlin, Rev. Kevin Lawson, Terry White, and Roz Clark) as well as Social Justice Allies. 

Watch for the new policy in next week's Weekly E-News and Google Groups.

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Repair, Expand, Improve Campaign News ~
1) No estimator. None available.
2) Competitive bidding. Our architect advises that given the current (very busy) construction situation there would be no cost savings.
3) Keep in mind our goal: To present to the congregation building improvement options that (1) meet our needs and (2) we can afford!

Sometimes even I forget...  Why are we doing all this?  Our beloved 510 N. Leroux needs help, so while we're at it, let's  improve our capacity to "do church well!"

Let's talk building options (check out the display under the arch in the foyer):
Option A
  • Original Plan A: It's really good, but can we afford it? 
  • Option A-1: Almost like Plan A, with office moved downstairs for accessibility.
  • Adjustments: Restrooms stay where they are, with needed improvements and multi-purpose (perhaps unfinished) space is added to east end of building.
Option B
  • Restrooms remain where they are, with needed improvements; 
  • Office moved downstairs for easier accessibility; and
  • Multi-purpose space (including some kitchen features) added behind sanctuary.
Both Options A-1 and B could probably be built with our current capital funds.

More next week from the  Beacon Town Crier, 
Rich Clark
~ Religious Exploration ~
On Sunday things will shift a bit and we will kickoff Gather in Spirit. This is a multi-generational program so anyone is welcome to join! This is also the theme for our Summer camp that starts the next day on July 2! It's not too late to sign up and only costs $25/day! Bring a friend from school or the neighborhood. We will sing, craft, play games, and go on field trips. 

Be sure to let us know you want to join in the fun. Please email Amy Huntereece to request registration form or with any questions.

Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Community Action Committee ~
Beacon's community partner for July 2018 is Flagstaff Shelter Services (FSS). Established in 2006 by concerned citizens, business owners, and faith-based organizations, FSS provides critical shelter, food, and access to resources for Flagstaff's most vulnerable people. Regardless of faith, mental health or sobriety, the shelter serves any adult experiencing homelessness. In 2014, FSS became a year-round shelter serving those in need every night of the year, providing personal and behavioral crisis response, and helping clients move from crisis toward self-sufficiency.

Lynda Dorweiler
Community Action Committee
~ Special Event: Yoga Immersion, Week of July 9th ~

Five Day Yoga Immersion
At Beacon and begins July 9

When I began weekly yoga at Beacon two summers ago it launched with a week of yoga immersion. I'm happy to report that this series returns in a few weeks. The sessions are geared toward beginners, with intermediate moments and options. Even if you are a more advanced yogi, it's gratifying to return to the basics of yoga to improve your practice overall. All are welcome. Donations are requested for the days you attend, with half of proceeds supporting Beacon. Participants will need to sign a health waiver/release, if you  have not done so already. Please plan to add this to your summer!

The details:
  • Week of July 9-13 - Monday through Friday, 10am - Noon
  • Come as many days as you wish, 2-3 days are a suggested minimum
  • Beginning yoga, with options offered for intermediate level practice
  • Alignment cues throughout
  • Includes yoga philosophy based on the 8 Limbs of Classical yoga
  • 90 mins of postures: reclined, seated, kneeling, standing
  • 30 mins of meditation, discussion
  • Make new yoga friends!
The daily sessions were well attended when previously offered. A full room! The wider Beacon congregation is encouraged to attend, and feel free to invite your friends. I am the primary instructor, but others may be invited for portions of classes, because there are many great yoga teachers to learn from in our town. Children ages 10 and up are also welcome, if accompanied by a parent.

I look forward to seeing you! Any questions? Please email me.  

Peace and Namaste 
Cassie Dakan 
~ Upcoming Events ~
Beacon Summer Day Retreat
Save the Date: Saturday August 4, 2018
Stayed tuned for upcoming information on Beacon Day Camp for all ages (our summer day retreat is  August 4, 2018). This event is being developed by Rev. Kevin and Char Tarashanti and will be a summer followup to our exciting Winter Retreat Day. 

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 ~
I want to extend a heartfelt word of thanks to all who contributed to the supply drive for the Somos America Coalition. I spoke to the Phoenix Coordinator, Sharon Kopina, who told me there are about 40 immigrant families per day coming through the Phoenix bus station. Thanks to your generosity, they will be given provisions to help them get through their long bus rides.


Thank you to everyone who served as volunteers for the recent Beacon Booth at Flagstaff PRIDE; Gary Burnett, lore dickey, Maryalee Roazen, Ruth Roazen, Sue Strobel, Donna Engleson, Ariana Tyler (and friends), Grace Ditsworth, Katy Grant, Kat Wiltsee, and Kelsey Vaughn. It was a good day of outreach, visibility and communication for Beacon to be seen in the larger Flagstaff community. 

Thanks again to these volunteers, and looking forward to next June 2019,
Rev. Kevin
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 1
10:00 am
SoulCollage with Char
Saturday, July 7
9:00 am
Newcomer Orientation
Sunday, July 1
11:30 am
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, July 8
8:30 am
Chalice Camp Week!
Monday to Friday, July 2 - 6
9:00 am Daily
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 8
10:00 am
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, July 3
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Immersion Week with Cassie
Monday to Friday, July 9 - 13
10:00 am Daily
Tuesday, July 3
6:30 pm
REI Listening Circle
Monday, July 9
4:00 pm
4th of July Parade! 
Wednesday, July 4
8:00 am Staging, 9:00 am Parade
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, July 9
5:15 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

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Mon: 1:00 pm - 5:00 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