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Beacon's Response to the Coronavirus
From Rev. Robin and Dennis Spurlin, President
"Beacon - Always Connected" - A Plan of Action

March 12,2020


As you may know, the CDC and World Health Organization have recommended "social distancing" in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and flatten the contagion. 
Additionally, the UUA has advised congregations, districts, and related groups to cancel gatherings and assemblies for the time being. This includes in-person worship services, religious education (including Owl and Building Bridges) committee meetings, and social events. 

Our primary objective in creating this "Beacon-Always Connected" plan of action is to keep our congregation and our community safe. It is our hope that we can resume Beacon worship and activities on site and in person by Easter, April 12. However, this may be fluid based on future recommendations about the virus. 

Our Office Manager , Ben Jefferies, will continue with his duties, both on site and remotely. 
office@beaconuu.com   928-779-4492

The worship service will take place, in person, on March 15 and the Activate meeting will also go forward. 

Virtual Worship - On March 22, 29, and April 5 - Rev. Robin will record a worship service with Gabe and Rebecca and the video will be posted to our " Beacon UUC" Youtube channel prior to Sunday.  There will be a link on the website "Sermon page" to link to that video. An order of service will be included in the weekly e-news for you to view or print to sing along with hymns, as desired. You will be able to view this video on your own schedule, as well. You can go to youtube.com and search for the Beacon UUC channel. 

Social Hour - Rev. Robin plans to set up a Zoom meeting space for a virtual coffee hour at 11 a.m. on Sunday. (see more about Zoom at the end of this letter) 

The choir will not meet for their rehearsals between March 12 and April 9. 

Religious Education, including OWL and Building Bridges, will not take place between March 15 and April 12. 
Chalice Circles and Soul Collage will not take place in the building between March 15 and April 12. 

Committees - In-person committee meetings will not take place from March 15-April 12.  Rev. Robin will set up Zoom video conferencing meetings for the Worship Committee. Other leaders will organize and set up meetings with other committees and groups. 
Please respect that this policy is meant to keep us safe and committees cannot decide unilaterally to hold in person meetings. 

Social and Stewardship events 
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, the following events will be rescheduled. New dates will be posted in the e-news and elsewhere. 

Folk Concert on March 21
Stewardship High Tea on March 22
Game Night on March 27
Stewardship celebration Potluck on April 5

Stewardship campaign
The Stewardship committee will continue with their efforts to complete a successful campaign, with some extension expected. This is an ideal time to commit yourselves to our community as we strive to be "Beacon-Always Connected." If you receive a pledge card in the mail, please fill it out and return it. You may also receive a phone call from a member of the team. 

We are strong and resourceful here at Beacon. Please reach out with your questions or concerns, and please let us know if you've been diagnosed with this virus. 

Wash hands, stay safe, know you are part of a caring community.  

In faith and affection, 

Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker 

Dennis Spurlin, President 

About Zoom - zoom.us  (web address) 
Zoom is a video conferencing application. You do not need to pay anything to use it. It will work best with an up to date browser like Chrome (so we recommend downloading that, if necessary). You only need to click on a link you receive with a Zoom invite to join a meeting with both video and audio) 

- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, March 15, 2020

"Living Justice Into the World"
Janine Gelsinger - Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona

Our UU values call us to act in the name of justice. But how do we bring our unique skills, talents, and schedules to justice work? How do we ensure our justice work is accessible, intersectional, centers frontline communities, and lives into the kind of world we are fighting to create? Discover UUJAZ's programs for 2020, that support Immigration + Criminal Justice, LGBTQ+ Justice, Climate Justice, and Political Advocacy, and discern how you can take action. 

~ Please join us after the service ~

Activate for Progressive Electoral Values
Hosted by Swingleft.org
Sunday, March 15th at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Forgiveness ~ 
Spotlight this Week!

Activate for Progressive Electoral Values
Sunday, March 15th ~ 11:30 am
Hosted by:  SwingLeft.org

Attendees will be representatives from Flagstaff groups that are focused on electoral issues from a progressive perspective. These will include - Swingleft.org, Fairvote.org, Indivisible.org, The League of Women Voters, Democrats of Coconino County, Voteforward.org, and others. Each organization's speaker will highlight what the group does best and how locals can activate and mobilize. A town hall style discussion will follow about ways to connect between groups, organize, and plan future forums and meet-ups. An information table for materials will be available. 

Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona will preach in the service at Beacon UU that morning at 10 a.m. (with Rev. Robin Zucker assisting). about our own  "UU The Vote" effort and how it intersects with other electoral initiatives. Light refreshments will be served at the forum. Please share this information within your groups, Facebook friend circle and other venues. 

~ Beacon Connections ~
Remaining Beacon Stewardship Events
Save the Dates

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, all Stewardship Campaign events after March 15th have been postponed.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.

If you are unable to attend any of the Stewardship events, contact Dennis at President@beaconuu.com for your pledge form.  Stewardship and fundraising supports everything that a faith community does and calls us into deeper connection with each other. Stewardship is more than just planning our congregation's annual finances and budget.  It is rooted in our faith principles and inspires our generous support of Unitarian Universalism, as well as our commitment to Beacon as our congregational home and the place where we seek our vision of a welcoming and loving community.  Be sure to mark your calendars.  Sign up electronically below, on a paper sign-up sheet found at social hour, or in the Beacon office, or you can email   office@beaconuu.com .
  • High Tea - POSTPONED
  • Celebration Potluck - POSTPONED
All are welcome to share their 20/20 Visions with the Beacon community and to complete their annual pledge forms at the Celebration Potluck. Your support is needed to fund Beacon's operational, spiritual, and communal goals.  For more information you can check the Beacon calendar , the UUA Congregational Stewardship Q&A , the UUA Fair Share Giving Guidelines , and the Beacon Stewardship website .

Dennis Spurlin
Stewardship Co-chair
Building and Grounds Work Day

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, this event has been postponed.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.

Flagstaff Folk Project presents:
"All of the Above String Band"

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, this event has been postponed.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.

Up-Coming 2020 Featured Performers:
          April 17:  JC & Laney - Phoenix Duo
          May 15:  Greg Lacosse - Phoenix Musician  
UU Game Night and Potluck

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, this event has been postponed.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.
Social Justice Allies

Immigration Awareness Series at NAU
NAU No More Deaths, in collaboration with Latin American Studies and (STAC) Student Activities Council, is sponsoring a number of powerful
Immigration Awareness Series events during the month of March.

As noted below, most events are in the Liberal Arts building, Room 120, however Friday, March 27 events are in other locations. Please see link for further details about all these events.
  • Tuesday, March 24, at 5:30 PM in the Liberal Arts 120 journalist Todd Miller reads from and presents his new book, Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border around the World (2019).
  • Friday, March 27, ALL DAY LONG, in du Boise Center Aspen A, B, C & Juniper Room, an interdisciplinary conference:  Critical Approaches to Migration, Bordering, Diversity & Justice-From Analysis to Action
  • Friday March 27 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at MOCAF (555 Blackbird Roost #5): Borderlands, Mixed Media Art event exploring how front line communities are experiencing, reflecting and engaging with social injustices of the Borderlands.
For more details on these events, please click here.
Religious Exploration

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, all RE meetings have been suspended until at least April 12th.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.


Religious Exploration for Middle Schoolers
"Building Bridges"

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, all RE meetings have been suspended until at least April 12th.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.

Real World Sexuality Education for Young People 

*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, OWL meetings have been postponed.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.
Chalice Circles
*** Due to Beacon's concern for congregants health, Chalice Circles will not be happening in March 2020.  Please continue to check Beacon's E-newsletter and website for more updates.

All are welcome!   The theme for March is Forgiveness. This month's Touchstones journal link can be found here.

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.

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Sunday & Tuesday of each month. 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. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at  ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world.  Featuring Naomi Klein, 2020 Ware Lecturer.

We have funds designated to help send Beacon congregants to GA! Speak to Rev. Robin.  For more information visit  https://www.uua.org/ga.

Pacific Western District Assembly
CANCELLED: Due to Covid-19.  As of March, 10 2010.
Joys and Concerns
March 8, 2020

Linda O. shared concern and sorrow for the young boy who died in Flagstaff of child abuse recently.

Ruth R. shared concern for her elderly friend who is hospitalized with pneumonia.

John shared the joy regarding his son who was in a serious ski accident recently but is doing much better after surgeries.

Rebecca shared that this is the birthday week for her son who committed suicide 13 years ago.

Gale share the joy of working with all of us and with the choir.

"Let us remember that everyone is fighting their own private battle. We don't always know what it is, but because we're human we know it to be true. May we be kind, compassionate, flexible and forgiving with one another." - Rev. Robin

      March  Share the Plate Partner

Beacon's community partner for March 2020 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.

Congregational members can nominate an organization to be a community partner.  Please pick up a form from the CAC folder in the Beacon administrative office or contact a member of the committee and provide supporting documentation for your nomination. Members of CAC are Joanne Parkes, Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.  
Contact:  Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Wider Community Events
Book Discussion Group
The Christian Gospel for Americans - David Griffin
Tuesday, March 17th - 6:00 pm 
For location - please contact Mark James (ndjames@aol.com)

Opportunity to read and discuss a new book by David Ray Griffin, author and Professor of Religion and Theology.

Discussion group to be lead by Marcus Ford, retired NAU Professor of Philosophy and recent presenter at Beacon UU.

In  The Christian Gospel for Americans (2019), David Griffin considers the question, "is it possible to be a Christian in the 21 century and, if so, what does this entail for citizens of the US?"   Answering these two questions forces one to consider a good deal of modern science, on the one hand, and a good deal of history--both the history of first century, when Jesus lived, and the last couple of centuries of American history.  How should Christians understand other religions, how should they understand American foreign policy, and how should they engage in issues involving human-caused climate change and species extinction?

David Griffin is one of the most innovative and bold thinkers of our time.  This book will give you plenty to think about.  It might even make you reconsider what you thought you knew for sure. 

Anyone interested in reading and discussing this provocative exploration of Christian belief and ideology, please join in. Contact Mark James at ndjames@aol.com with questions.

The group of interested participants will meet for six gatherings starting in mid-March, tentatively on Tuesdays, at an agreed upon time determined at the first meeting.
WhaleCoast Alaska 2020

Have you ever wanted to visit Alaska? If so,  WhaleCoast Alaska 2020  is for you! 4 Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental and spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Our program is truly the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete info go to:   www.WhaleCoastAK.org , email dfrey@whalecoastak.org or call 907-322-4966. Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
Volunteer Opportunity

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments are recruiting Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) to help  support a number of activities at Walnut Canyon National Monument during our busy spring break season. Volunteer activities include helping young visitors become Junior Rangers, helping to manage overflow parking, and serving as Ro ving Rangers on the trails. 

Dates : Our immediate need is March 7th - April 26th. However, once you have been trained VIPs can volunteer year-round.

Hours: Our times of greatest need are typically during the middle of the day - especially Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We are hoping to find volunteers that can commit to durations of 2-4 hours.

Training: We will provide on-site training to volunteers. These volunteer training sessions will be set up at the convenience of the volunteer, and potentially in small groups depending on the number of interested participants.

Interested parties should contact the Walnut Canyon
lead park ranger Ryan Carpenter at 
(928) 526-3367  or at  ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov .
Ryan is in the office Tuesday - Saturday.

Flag Friends

Anne Wittke is in charge of a group called FlagFriends, that she and another person took over from Joy Danfin. This group encourages local folks from Flagstaff to make friends with foreign students attending NAU for anywhere from a semester to 4 years, and the students have a wide range of interests, from hiking, chess, traveling, music, to you name it. 

Flagfriends.org is a website that students and hosts sign up on, so potential hosts can browse the list of students and propose matches. Students can't see anything unless someone proposes a match, so your private information is protected. The website does have some shortcomings, but I much prefer that to having to match students and hosts by hand! I just need to find more interested hosts so the students don't spend all their time here unmatched.

To sign up, go to the website, fill in the forms, and respond to the automatic email to verify your address.  We have gotten a number of new students signed up this week.
If you have any questions please email Anne at  wittke.anne@gmail.com

~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Soul Collage
Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Worship, RE and Childcare
Sunday, March 15, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Activate for Progressive Electoral Values
Sunday, March 15, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Stewardship Committee Meeting (REMOTE)
Monday, March 16, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Core Leadership Council Meeting (REMOTE)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Action Committee Meeting (REMOTE)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Flagstaff Folk Project (POSTPONED)
Building and Grounds Workday (POSTPONED)
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: 11:00 am - 4:00 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,
Ben Jefferies
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!

The Beacon website has a new Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate.  Keeping our information free from scammers and spammers is important.  For that reason, we don't use tools to increase our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) because it increases our exposure to global hackers.  They use cyber robots to register on sites to try to gain access to information. You should know that registering on our website does not by itself give any additional access.  Each registered user is verified before being assigned a role with access to our directory. Those who register from domains known to serve spammers and scammers are deleted. To find our website you have to be looking for us. For example, a web search for "UU in Flagstaff" will most likely list Beacon first.  In the last month we only had about 500 visitors to our site. Seventy percent were new visitors and the rest were routine users of the site. While there were more than 160 routine users, there are only 120 registered users on our site, and only 68 with access to the directory. Many steps have been taken to secure our website.  However, last year our newsletter email list was exposed through a Constant Contact feature on our public facing front page. The barn door was closed after the cows got out. So, we may still experience some scam emails.

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