Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, June 3 ~ 
"Becoming the religious people we want to be..."
With Rev. Kevin Lawson

Rev. Kevin speaks upon the message from former UUA President Rev. Bill Sinkford
in the Charge to the current UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray who was installed last June during General Assembly. 
What is our present calling?  
Who do we hope to be? 

Our annual congregational meeting will follow this service at 11:30, with important conversations and votes on budget, capitol campaign and next steps for Beacon.

~ Touchstone Theme: Wisdom ~ 
~ Beacon Annual Yard Sale ~

Yard Sale Setup!  Friday, June 1 at 4:30 pm
~ We have a lot of items to set out.
~ Member Pre-Sale - Your chance to take home someone else's treasure!
~ Pizza and salad for all who come to help.

Yard Sale - The Big Day! Saturday, June 2 at 7 am 12 pm
~ We'll have coffee and doughnuts to start the day.
We'll need your help to make the sale a success.
~ Being able to price items is important - I'll be stopping by several thrift stores this week to get a feel for store prices, please do the same if you have time.
~ Sharon's Attic Thrift Store will have the Firemen Movers come by at noon to pickup unsold items. We'll need extra help for the close-up.

Barry Brenneman
Yard Sale Coordinator Extraordinaire
~ Call For Sunday Greeters ~

Each week we need two greeters for Sunday services this summer through the fall. With 24 Sundays, that's 48 greeters total. Please look at your calendar and sign up for a spot.  I need to schedule volunteers every  Sunday  through the end of November. If you haven't participated as a Greeter in the past, please consider this a special invitation. I'll send you a complete check list of tasks to complete. You simply need to arrive at Beacon at  9:00 a.m.  To volunteer, please call me or email me, and 
(928) 220-8818 . I'll put a sign-up at the coffee bar at church, too. 

Thank you,
Marty Manning
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

SJA Film Series: Freedom Riders
Monday, June 4, 7:00 pm at Beacon
Freedom Riders  is the last film in our series focusing on democracy and public engagement. This event is co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies (SJA) and The Flagstaff Reading Group.  Freedom Riders   is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspiring story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever! From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives to challenge Jim Crow laws and a segregated interstate travel system. This is the story of hundreds of courageous civil rights activists who brought the ongoing practice of racial segregation in the U.S. South to national attention.
Special Guest: UUJAZ Rev. Lisa McDaniel Hutchings
Sunday, June 10 at Sunday Worship
UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) Executive Director Rev. Lisa McDaniel Hutchings will speak from the pulpit during service, then meet with SJA following the service.

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Political Activity in Churches ~
What CAN we do and what can we NOT do?
Advocacy, Lobbying, and Elections

With election season budding with the promise of full blossoming on its way, there have been some conversations at Beacon--some informal, some structured. Representatives of Social Justice Allies (SJA) and our Board of Trustees have engaged in preliminary conversations about the need for structured policies and guidelines surrounding advocacy, lobbying, and elections.

Let's first distinguish between "policies" and "guidelines for best practices." Here's one way to think about the differences between these two categories:
  1. Policies are legal requirements for political activity that are prescribed by IRS regulations for all congregations. It just so happens that Unitarian Universalist Association that administers congregations has developed a very helpful document, The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS (Rules) on Advocacy, Lobbying, and Elections. Click here to read the introduction and summary of The Real Rules: Three-Point System.  For more, see's page.
  2. Then there are "best practices" which we also need to address: How can we go about engaging in legal political activities in ways that take into account our current space limitations while respecting our congregants' needs and comfort?
In our May 20 SJA meeting, we (1) clarified (broadly, not specifically) IRS legalities and (2) "tried on" a few first-draft guidelines for best practices.  The next steps appear to be to present the framework of a proposal to:
  1. Core Leadership Council of Beacon's committee chairs in mid-June, then to
  2. Beacon's Board of Trustees, perhaps in their meeting later in June.
Ultimately, the Board will decide what the policies and guidelines will be-taking our proposal into consideration.
~ Special Notice: National Gun Violence Awareness Day ~

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Wear Orange is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about gun violence and honor the lives of gun violence victims and survivors. To mark the start of Wear Orange Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on  June 1st, Flagstaff volunteers of Moms Demand Action will be in Heritage Square from  5-8 pm. Look for the white canopy with orange balloons! At  5:15 pm, Mayor Coral Evans will deliver a proclamation. During Art Walk, stop by our booth for photo frame opportunities, free gun locks, orange awareness ribbons, and treats for the kids. Pick up information about gun safety. At about  7:45 pm, join a peaceful, silent march to remember all those affected by gun violence. Community members are welcome to share their thoughts and own stories at end-point of the march, the peach pole at Flagstaff Federated Community Church. Click here for the full flyer.

Thank you, 
Mary Grove of Mom's Demand Action - Flagstaff
~ 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  - Our June theme is Wisdom. Each Sunday this months we will explore the wisdom that dwells within each one of us by learning about yoga. We are using Wisdom Within by Allison Morgan, find out more about the book here!
Grades 5-8 -  This week we will discuss Welcoming and Entering for the 1800s: Five New Religions. This will be preparation for a visit to Macy's on June 8 for the Baha'i meeting at 6:30 PM, and then a planned visit to the Mormon church on June 10
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!

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Join us for the Fourth of July Parade & Concert! 
8 am to March, Parade at 9 am, Concert at 2:15 pm
March with us or cheer us on along the parade route! After the parade, meet back at Beacon for a cookout before heading to Ft. Tuthill for A Flag Fourth with the Flagstaff Symphony under the Ponderosa pines with an Independence Day concert! Click for details.

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
~ 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]." 

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.

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 ~

In lieu of Joys and Concerns this week, please make note of the new addresses for these two beloved members who have recently moved from the area. We invite you to drop them a note of well wishes as they each settle into new home surroundings and communities.

Jan Nelson
11205 SW Summerville Drive, #276
Tigard, OR 97224
Anne Cotten
Tempe, AZ 85282
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Beacon Yard Sale!
Saturday, June 2
7:00 am
Worship Associates Meeting
Wednesday, June 6
5:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 3
10:00 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, June 6
6:30 pm
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 3 at  11:30 am
*Members, Check for Notices!*
SoulCollage with Char Tarashanti
Saturday, June 9
9:00 am
SJA Film Series: Freedom Riders
Monday, June 4
7:00 pm
OWL Meeting
Saturday, June 9
1:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, June 5
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, June 10
8:30 am
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, June 5
11:30 am HuHot Mongolian Grill
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 10
10:00 am
Tuesday, June 5
6:30 pm
SJA Committee Meeting
Sunday, June 10
11:15 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 corre3ctly 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