Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, March 17 2019 ~ 
Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful
With Rev. Kalin Fristad
Guest Speaker Rev. Kalin Fristad, United Methodist Minster and member of the National UU Christian Fellowship will be relating that the teaching of eternal damnation is not merely a harmless untruth that we might appropriately ignore and allow to stand, but it has serious consequences. It leads to the possibility, perhaps even the inevitability, of wars, bigotry, oppression and abuse. On the other hand, the teaching of universalism leads to equality, respect, love and dignity for all.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Truth ~ 
~ Interim Search Committee ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,

The Interim Search Committee asks that you take a few minutes to answer a three-question  survey.  We are eager to know your responses as we look forward to hiring an interim minister who will best fit our congregation.  The deadline for responding is  Wednesday, March 20.

Thank you for your participation in this important survey. We need your input!

Interim Search Committee:
Carleton Sheppard (Chair), Barry Brenneman, Grace Ditsworth, Andy Hogg, Dru Monroe
            ~ From the Minister's Desk ~

            Happy Pi Day - 3.14( 159265359)

There are two items on my mind this week. One, I would like to share out some updating and awareness of office staffing for the community. Many of you will note the earlier mention in the E-news a couple weeks ago, that the Office Manager position has been filled and we are thrilled to welcome April Yax as our new office manager. April has made a seamless transition into her new role and responsibilities with us, and I certainly offer gratitude and appreciation for Dennis Spurlin, who stepped in and covered the office details in the gap, along with initial welcome and training for April.

            Additionally, I offer gratitude to our recent former office managers Caleb Alexander, Heather Thornton, and Jodi Boyd who each brought unique skills and improvements to the "professionalization" of the office duties. When Beacon called me in 2016, as your new minister and church administrator, there was a clear stated expectation to improve office functioning, processing and to better organize the behind the scenes running of the non-profit, business side of things. I am so pleased for Beacon, that with some intention, lots of caring work and communication from key leaders, committee chairs and congregants, along with our staff there have been many improvements. I look to the present and forward towards the future for the continuation of Beacon's organizational maturity in its business affairs.

            Secondly, I wish to share out to the larger community that our current Music Director, Gabriel Hernandez has spoken with me, and the Board has accepted his offer - he will continue in position with Beacon until December 2019. This is encouraging news and the choir is thrilled to have this continuity for the full calendar year, up to and through the Christmas season next winter. Gabriel will be taking some additional classes as he finishes his second degree in performance, so the timing works well for all. This timing will provide the music program continuity through staff changes this summer, as we will be saying good-bye to our accompanist Mikayla Rogers this May/June as she completes her degree. It will be good to have Gabriel in place to assist with recruitment for our next accompanist. As well, Gabriel will be in place and ready to help next fall in recruitment for his own replacement for January 2020.

In Community,
Rev. Kevin
~ Building and Grounds ~

Building and Grounds workday is this Saturday, March 16, 9 am to noon.  Free breakfast goodies!
~ Update on Building Expansion project and Call for Town meeting on March 24, 2019 ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,

I want to update you on the Building Expansion progress since we last met in a town hall on Feb. 3.  And much progress has been made.   At that time we had received a much higher construction estimate than expected ($430K opposed to less than $300K)  and were planning to meet with the contractor as soon as feasible.  Prior to meeting, on February 6, the Building Committee and several Board members met to determine the deletions we could make while retaining the essence of the project.    These cuts were principally things we felt we could do internally in the next year or two without a great deal of costs. We are fortunate to have skilled and willing members of the congregation to do small construction projects. 

On February 12, four members of the BET (Carl, Theresa, Skip and Barry) met with Loven and together were able to negotiate a price of $320K.  The City and the contractor required that the changes be designed into the project. The list of deletions are linked here.  As I write this we are awaiting the City's approval of those changes.  We did have another issue where a different plans reviewer felt we should plan as though every room in the building was full at all times. That would have been catastrophic to the project and has been clarified.  The notes from the meeting with Loven and with the City are linked to this note. 

Loven is asking for one last review on March 22.  Therefore on Sunday, March 24, after the service, we will have a town Hall to review the changes that have been made, and what we hope is the final plan. The Building Committee and Board have adhered to the Congregation's direction of building the project within the funds available and without a mortgage.
Many thanks go to Carl, Theresa and many others who have spent countless hours to find a workable solution. Their hard work has made a huge difference.  Keep your fingers crossed!! 

~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner~

The March Share the Plate organization is the Northland Family Help Center whose mission is to provide safe haven, advocacy, counseling, and education to promote and restore healthy relationships.

  • NFHC's Domestic Violence Shelter provides safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and life skills training to those affected.
  • NFHC's Youth Shelter offers shelter and respite care, family reunification, case managements, and life skills training.
  • Overview Northland Family Help Center provides out-patient professional counseling services free of charge for eligible individuals.
  • NFHC's Legal advocacy personnel provide training and advocacy to women fleeing intimate violence.
Non-designated Sunday morning offerings beyond $300 are presented to the chosen organization each month. Beacon members are encouraged to nominate organizations and can fill out a nomination form located in the CAC folder at the base of the stairs.
CAC members are Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Susan Strobel, Joanne Parkes, and Lynda Dorweiler.
~ Religious Exploration ~

On March 17, we will begin our work with the curriculum called  Love Connects Us.

Find out more details about what is happening for this coming Sundain the  Religious Exploration blog.

Do you wonder how you can honor this time of lent in your UU home?

What are our Twelve Senses and how do they relate to spiritual development?  Check this new addition to the RE blog and this month's sense: Movement.

Coming up:
  • March 16-17- Spring High School Con in Chandler, AZ
  • March 31 Last Sunday Youth Breakfast (grades 6-12)
  • April 7 Worship for All Ages
  • April 21 Easter
  • April 26-28 District Assembly in Long Beach, CA
Director of Religious Exploration 
~ Save the Date~

Spokane, Washington | June 19-23, 2019

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; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.  GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System.
~ Save the Date ~

Registration is now open for the 2019 Pacific Southwest District Assembly to be held April 26-28 at the UU Church of Long Beach.  Along with music, keynoters, workshops, social justice field trips and plenty of chances to visit with old and new friends, there are worship opportunities!

~ Winter Chalice Circles ~

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. 
The Chalice Circle Schedule Will Continue with New Circles in January
4th Sundays, January to April, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Starting January 27 
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Starting January 29
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.

(507) 990-3888
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Under construction: The newly formed Flagstaff Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV)!  Our own Sue Strobel was a co-organizer (along with launch leader Jennifer Lefere) of the March 7 event at Murdoch Center. Terry White and Roz Clark were there, too, to hear a presentation and participate in a conversation facilitated by two leaders of the Greater Verde Valley LWV chapter.
(From the Arizona LWV website), the League of Women Voters is a "nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy." The key processes are to...
  • Research issues;
  • Talk about issues, including presenting public forums, then (only if the LWV has taken a position)-
  • Take action, which could include advocacy.
The League of Women Voters encourages voter participation, fair elections and equal voting rights. Women and men are welcome!
Stay tuned for information about the next steps in the development of Flagstaff's new chapter!
SJA goals ratified unanimously March 10
Summary of SJA goals for the 2018-19 fiscal year(through this June):
  • Using "Full Spectrum Justice" as a frame, acknowledge and celebrate Beacon congregants' individual and group effort toward social justice. See link to Full Spectrum Justice.
  • Focus primarily on immigration (a continuing Beacon public stance issue), non-violence (also continuing) and education (a new issue for SJA as a group).
  • Develop and implement strategies for addressing these issues, including research, information dissemination and actions.
  • Collaborate with other organization that are also addressing these issues, e.g. UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona network), NAIC (No. Arizona Interfaith Council) and Keeping Flagstaff Together (KFT).
  • Spearhead implementation of Beacon Policies and Procedures for Political Activity (approved by Beacon's Board of Trustees in June, 2018). See link to this document.
  • Contribute financially to our most influential collaborating partners in the interest of creating positive social justice change.
For your calendar: A special (extra) SJA meeting March 24
On Sunday, March 24, UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network Executive Director Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings will present a sermon during the service. Following the service, she will meet with SJA to share with us statewide UU social justice efforts and how we might best tap into what other Arizona UUs have learned.
As always, Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome to join us for that session.  Snacks will be provided.

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist  
~ Committee Moments ~

Beacon Committees perform critical functions to support Beacon and provide valuable outreach that serves our community.  During January, February, March, and April, some committee representatives will take a few moments during Sunday Service announcements to briefly describe their committee.  

You can look forward to hearing from the:
Community Action Committee on     March 17th,
Social Justice Allies on                      March 24th,
Worship Associates on                       April 7th,
Finance on                                          April 14, 
and Caring Circle                               April 28.
Dennis Spurlin
~ UU WORLD Article Concern ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,

            I wish to share out awareness and concern for the recent edition of the UU World, and the article which has caused quite a swirl of controversy and social media attention in the past week. The article, entitled "After L, G and B" written by Kimberly French, has been the center of a firestorm since the magazine dropped last week.

In Community,
Rev. Kevin

~ Joys and Concerns~
 Sunday, March 10, 2019

Gabe H. - Expressed sorrow for grieving aunt whose partner died last week.
Rev. Kevin - Expressed sorrow for the plane crash in Ethiopia.
Jack D. - Joyful memory of MaryJo playing the banjo.
MaryJo - Expressed joy and thanks for her years here and this day in her honor.
Rev. Kevin - Sorrow for the death of Sue S's beloved aunt;  Sue had shared with Rev. Kevin that her Aunt was a real firecracker, "who took nothing from anyone".
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, March 14
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Piano Practice
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Building & Grounds Workday
Saturday, March 16
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CLC Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 17, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 am

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!
~ Fundraising the Easy Way! ~

Do you shop at Fry's? Use the Beacon number, (928) 779-4492, at checkout and Beacon receives donations from Fry's Community Rewards program! For online shopping use and Beacon receives donations from your purchase! Or select Beacon as your charity on to contribute a portion of your purchase!

~ Beacon Office Hours ~
Rev. Kevin  Lawson 

Tues: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 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
~ Beacon Website - Now More Secure ~

The internet provider, DreamHost, provides free hosting for our website.  We are now protected by their "DreamShield" malware remover and their free "Let's Encrypt" SSL Certificate Authority.  You will need to use the "HTTPS" address rather than the "HTTP" address in order to encrypt the communication to and from the Beacon website.  From now on, please use to connect for a more secure connection.
Feel free to contact  if you have any questions or need assistance.