Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, June 10 ~ 
"Building Resilience"
With Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings

As Unitarian Universalists we love to recall our leadership in reaching moral victories such as abolition, women's suffrage, equal marriage. However since the election, policy changes affecting race relations, climate change, income inequality, immigration, and more assault us continually. How can we sustain ourselves
as we resist divisiveness and hate? How can we stay strong for the fight?
How can we remain resilient?

~ Touchstone Theme: Wisdom ~ 
~ Beacon Yard Sale ~

I just want to thank you for all the effort you put forth to make the Yard Sale a success this year. Our net income from the sale was $2,000.60. I'm guessing the 60 cents was a tip Rich Clark received. 

I want to share one note: Friday afternoon Bill Towler and I moved very nice bedroom outfit from Bill and Kay's home to Beacon for the sale. That evening the outfit was sold and we delivered it just two houses down from Bill and Kay's. B&B Moving provides good service but our logistics could use some work!

Barry Brenneman
Yard Sale Coordinator Extraordinaire (News Editor's note)
~ Repair, Expand, & Improve Campaign ~
Updates and Breaking News

The congregation voted to grant the Building Expansion Team (BET) two more months at the annual meeting last Sunday, in order to more fully answer the questions and concerns that were brought up at the town hall on May 13.  We will vote on whether to proceed with the project on July 29. The main concerns have to do with project financing and additional bidding, to bring down the cost of the project so as not to have a large loan.

The BET, along with current and future Board members, met Wednesday evening, June 6, to discuss some options.  Our independent architect, Steve Dorsett, attended the meeting and gave us his insight into asking for additional bids from contractors.  He said that going out for bids won't save us anything. In the current climate of construction, contractors are really busy, not looking for work right now, and will not give us a firm number to compare with our current contractor's estimate, just time and materials cost, plus basis.  He said we should work with our current contractor, continue to build trust, and try to lower costs.

Plus, Steve said that in order to go out to request additional bids, we will have to have a bid package, which needs to include completed construction drawings, which will cost $16,000 to complete.  So the BET is asking the Board to consider hiring an independent estimator to verify our contractor's estimate. We hope to have a price for that by the end of this week.

So, as you can see, this process is very complicated and expensive.  The BET is working hard for you! We would like to ask for your patience, support, and trust while we try to do what the congregation has voted for, several times in the past three years.  There are a lot of moving parts and complications, and we are really working hard to make it come together in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Theresa deBoer
Building Expansion Team Project Manager
~ Requests for Reimbursements & Scam Requests ~

Beacon has a standard process for requesting budgeted funds and reimbursing members who make purchases. Please contact the office for instructions if needed. Anyone with access to the Beacon Directory and knowledge of who is on the Board can try to scam Beacon members by pretending to be a Board member. This is called "spoofing" in the information security profession. When asked for money by email, never respond without verification. There are actions you can take to report these acts if you are the person who received the scam email.

Contact Dennis Spurlin if you have any questions.
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

We will have a special guest at Beacon this Sunday, June 10: Rev. Lisa McDaniel-
Hutchings, Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona (UUJAZ) network. 
A good friend of Beacon's social justice contingent, Rev. Lisa will speak from the pulpit  in the service, then will be featured in the SJA meeting that follows. Her sermon,  "Building Resilience", will remind us of UU leadership in historic social movements, then  offer some possibilities for sustaining ourselves in the face of the current ugly  divisiveness we experience. How can we remain resilient for the social justice  challenges that surround us?

After the service, we invite any and all-especially new-ish Beacon folks--to join
SJA regulars to learn about the current work of UUJAZ. Snacks will be provided.

The mission of UUJAZ is to engage Arizona UUs in justice-making through nurturing
congregational social justice ministries, connecting UU activists and congregations
across the state, partnering with like-minded justice organizaions, and impowering UUs  to work for socially just public policy.  Current UUJAZ issue focus areas are economic justice, racial, water, immigration and  education.

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist
~ Special Recognition ~

Recognition of Gratitude  to Rich Clark, Steve Zeldes, and all visiting stewards for their work on Stewardship; to Roz Clark for facilitating at the Town Hall; and to the Building Expansion Team members for their ongoing efforts.
~ Volunteer Opportunity! ~

Pride in the Pines
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Beacon participates annually in this community event.  Please see the volunteer sign up sheet near the Kitchen door.  Join with Rev. Kevin and our amazing volunteers as we share our support for the sexual orientation/gender identity communities of Northern Arizona. The list of individual letters is ever increasing. This is always a fun and festive way for Beacon to affirm our welcoming and open congregation for all.
~ Adult Faith Formation ~

Image Source: SoulCollage
SoulCollage® at Beacon: An intuitive process for self discovery and building community, with trained SoulCollage® facilitator, Char Tarashanti
Using the SoulCollage® process, everyone becomes an instant artist. You can create your own deck of personal wisdom cards to help you explore the wholeness of your Being.  All classes will run from  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  and include time for participants to make one or two cards, all supplies provided. Suggested donation $5 per person. Additional card making will be part of optional open studio,  12:00 - 2:00 pm . Supplies available for purchase. Bring your own bag lunch. To register or pose q uestions about the classes or process, contact Char Tarashanti at (507) 990-3888 or by email at
Each class will begin with a brief introduction to SoulCollage® and then focus on a specific suit or topic:  June 9 - Committee Suit;  July 7 - Community Suit;  August 11 - Companion Suit;  September 8 - Counsel Suit; October 13 - Transpersonal Cards;  and November 10 - Readings, Tapping Into the Wisdom of Your Cards If you miss one or two this time around, the plan is to offer the complete series again January - June 2019, so you can pick it up then. 
"Creative play in community is a wonderful way to discover what is
wanting to emerge from your inner being at this time in your life."   
~ Audrey Chowdhury, SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer
~ Religious Exploration ~

PreK-Grade 4  - We will continue to explore the wisdom that dwells within each one of us by learning about yoga. We are using Wisdom Within by Allison Morgan
Grades 5-8 - This week we have two visitations planned.  On Friday evening we are heading to Macy's coffee shop for the Baha'i gathering. Meet at Beacon at 6:00.  Then, on Sunday we will visit to the Church of the Latter Day Saints on Cherry Hill.  Meet at Beacon so we can walk there together. 
And we are looking forward to... Chalice Camp!
Please email Amy Huntereece,, to request registration form or with any questions.  Our theme this summer is Gather in Spirit:  A program that teaches stewardship with a focus on water.  This program addresses the importance of water, the inequity of access to clean water, and actions we can take as good water stewards through scientific and spiritual lenses with activities for a wide range of ages.  Tell your friends!  All are welcome!

Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Community Action Committee ~
Our Share the Plate partner for June is Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona & 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. Too often, victims must decide between returning to an abuser or becoming homeless. Sharon Manor provides an alternative: long-term housing combined with essential support services which enable victims to achieve self-sufficiency. 

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.

Rich Clark, (928) 255-2515
CAC Chair
~ Camp de Benneville Pines ~
PSWD Summer Camps
July & August means summertime fun at Camp!
Send your youth to UU camp this summer and see them come home transformed! Camp de benneville Pines offers summer camp for youth entering 3rd through 12th grade and a week-long camp designed just for families. Nestled in an alpine forest at 6900' near Big Bear, CA, our youth camps are staffed by trained volunteers with loving and compassionate hearts. Many of our staff grew up at de Benneville and have been comint to camp for decades. Our mission is to create an evolving,s afe, and affirming community that encourages the exploration of UU values through intentional programming and sacred connections that enrich mind, body, and spirit. Visit for details and to register today!

For more information and more details of the summer offerings including youth camp, counselor training camp, and family camp, see the flyers information table in Beacon's entree or contact Dir. Janet James,
~ Upcoming Events ~

Workshop: Overcoming Your Immunity to Change
Monday, June 18th & Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
Are you interested in making a change in your life but cannot seem to follow through?
Join Amy Huntereece on June 18th and 19th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to learn powerful, effective techniques to invest in personal lifestyle changes.  We will use the book, Immunity to Change, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey as a guide. In the words of the authors, "It's a psychological dynamic called a 'competing commitment,' and until [you] understand how it works and the ways to overcome it, [you] can't do a thing about change-resistant [behavior]." 

Flagstaff Fourth of July Community Parade
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Plans are underway for Beacon to participate in Flagstaff's 4th of July Parade.  If you would like to participate please email Rev. Kevin , or DRE Amy . We're building a list of those interested. We will be developing our entry and the event falls in the middle of Chalice Camp, so our kids will be with us for this festive outreach opportunity!

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.
~ In Community ~

Barry B. shared joy about our very successful garage sale on Friday and Saturday!

Marty M. shared concern about getting greeters signed up for the summer. She also shared the joy for those who have signed up.

Dorothy shared sorrow about what our country has become: our government sends people back across the border who have come seeking asylum and that children are being separated from their parents. 

Rich shared joy about his granddaughter's 8th grade graduation.
~ Beacon Calendar ~

SoulCollage with Char Tarashanti
Saturday, June 9
9:00 am
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 pm
OWL Meeting
Saturday, June 9
1:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, June 10
8:30 am
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, June 15
7:15 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 10
10:00 am
Building & Grounds Work Day
Saturday, June 16
9:00 am
SJA Meeting with Rev. Lisa
Sunday, June 10
11:15 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 17
10:00 am
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, June 11
5:15 pm  
Immunity to Change Workshop
Monday, June 18
5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 12
6:30 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, June 19
11:00 am & 5:00 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 ~
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