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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
May 10th, 2020

Virtual Service  
"Stubborn Flowers With The Wisdom To Survive"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
and Worship Associate Andy Hogg
 with music from Gabriel Hernandez and Rebecca Prizznick

For our Virtual Flower Communion - PLEASE SEND A SELFIE OF YOURSELF ALONE 
OR  WITH YOUR FAMILY WITH A FLOWER TODAY OR TOMORROW MORNING TO minister@beaconuu.com .  Please send this as a small or medium photo for the 
slideshow I will create for our online service.  Thanks!  ~ Rev. Robin

We have been conditioned, dare I say, brainwashed, to appreciate and cultivate only the well-bred members of the botanical family -- the fine roses, the graceful lilies, the amusing black-eyed Susans, the elegant peonies. Weeds such as the kudzu, the clover, the ubiquitous dandelion...well, as Hugh Johnson sneers in his book, The Principles of Gardening, they are "plants in the wrong place."  In a homily for Flower Communion Sunday, we'll consider the metaphor here for our spiritual lives. Are weeds the sages in our lives (pun intended), these stubborn, sturdy flowers with the wisdom to survive (especially now)?  How might we accept (and even be grateful for!) the quirky beauty of the scraggly work-a-day weeds which dot our personal landscapes and seem indestructible at times?

Tune into the Service via the "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.
For the May 10th service Lyrics and Unison readings will be visible in the service recording.

~ Please join us after the service ~

Virtual Social Hour on Zoom at 11:00 am
click this link to join:  https://zoom.us/j/675489291
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter  Meeting ID: 675 489 291

Joys and Concerns

While Beacon maintains our Social Distance, please email Reverend Robin if you would like any Joys and Concerns shared with the congregation.  Please submit the Joys and Concerns to minister@beaconuu.com by Thursday at 12:00 pm for inclusion in that Sunday's worship.

Annual Town Hall and Congregational Meetings

The Beacon Board of Trustees has scheduled a town hall for Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11:30 AM to discuss a proposed budget and slate of officers for FY 2020-21.  
The annual meeting to vote on the budget and slate officers will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM.  

At this time, both meetings are expected to be held by video conference.  There are many details that need to be worked out to accommodate members to attend.  Beacon members will receive email invitations to both meetings and a post card invitation to the annual congregational meeting with more information.  Please watch for your invitation and check https://www.beaconuu.com/annual-town-hall-and-congregational-meeting/ for additional information.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Beacon Board President at president@beaconuu.com
Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  

Religious Exploration for Children
 ~ Beacon At Home ~

"Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss" 
May 10, 2020 - "Daisy Head Mayzie"

Click here to go to our website for full lesson details including links to videos and fun activities for the whole family.  

Religious Exploration for Middle/High School
~ Building Bridges ~

Our next and final Building Bridges Class for this year will be on Sunday, May 17 at 10:00 am via Zoom.  We will be studying the Religious Society of Friends and are pleased to announce that local Quaker Steve Finger will be joining us as a guest speaker!  Please Zoom in to learn more about this inspiring faith!

Happy Mother's Day this Sunday to all our families!  If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Dru at  edrumonroe@gmail.com

Religious Exploration for Adults

"We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men (sic)  will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Let's have lunch with the Transcendentalists! This series of brown bag virtual ZOOM gatherings with Rev Robin will offer the opportunity to get acquainted with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, through the Skinner House "Spiritual Guides" series by Rev. Barry Andrews.  Handouts of all readings and reflective questions will be provided in advance in the weekly e-news, beginning April 8. Attend any or all; drop ins welcome.  

Wednesdays, 12 noon - 1:15 p.m. (come early and leave late, as desired) 
(April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20) 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 733 037 2039  Password:  968647

Discussion Theme for May 13 and 20: Margaret Fuller: The Spirit Leads

The Beacon website has handouts, resources and activities listed for adults here.

Real World Sexuality Education for Young People 

OWL has been postponed until in person meetings are once again possible.  For attendees of the 2020 OWL Program, please keep an eye on your email box for updates from the coordinators.
Life at a Distance
for Middle/High School Youth

Feeling bored, lonely, flooded with online schoolwork? Need a break from making Tik Toks and staring at a  wall? We know this is a tough time for kids and families and are here to support. Andy Hogg and Grace Ditsworth have provided a discussion for middle and high school age youth about keeping yourself and your family safe  during the Coronavirus. We'll talk through how you're feeling and what can make the best of the time that we have, together and apart.

Life at a Distance 04 22 20

Beacon Stewardship

There are members of our congregation especially impacted by this coronavirus pandemic.  While we wait to see if we're touched by the virus, other health concerns are put at risk.  Some of us have lost income, and others are providing financial support to family members and others who have lost income.   A stewardship campaign to solicit pledges for next year's Beacon budget may not register high on a list of priorities for some of us.  

However, Beacon will likely be adjusting to a new normal during FY 2020-21, to meet the needs of the Beacon congregation and the Flagstaff community.  Beacon has a long history of support for our community on a meager budget.  It has and will survive hard times as long as we remain a connected community - connected with Flagstaff and each other.  

Your Beacon leadership will be preparing a budget based in part on the results of the stewardship campaign.  If you wish to make a pledge, please download the form at https://www.beaconuu.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PledgeForm2020.pdf and send it to:

Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
510 N. Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Thank you all so much for supporting our Beacon community.

Dennis Spurlin
Stewardship Co-chair

~ Beacon Connections ~

Spotlight this Week!

 Virtual Flower Communion
Sunday May 10th on Beacon's Virtual Service

Please send a selfie of yourself alone or with your family, including a flower to Rev. Robin at minister@beaconuu.com.
In order for the photo to be included in our Flower Communion slideshow, we need to receive it by noon, Friday May 8th.  Please send this as a small or medium photo.
~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Sabbath ~

~If you enjoy the Touchstones Journal, here's a virtual event you may wish to attend~

Touchstone Vespers at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY
Every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST (4-5 PM Arizona time)
Details and Zoom links at:

Other ongoing UU small spiritual exploration groups that will be meeting virtually are listed on the www.communitynowuu.org website, such as: 
  • Sanctuary Boston small group gatherings on Mondays 3:30-5:30 PM (Arizona time) 
  • UU Wellspring online - two hour sessions meeting every other week, beginning April 7. 4-6 PM (Arizona time) 
Chalice Circles

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Zoom meeting link to be posted the week before.

All are welcome!   The theme for May is Sabbath. 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.

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. 

Rev. Robin will lead the May Touchstones discussion group.
Beacon's Stories Project

Last week's "Beacon Story" was the most popular item in the newsletter by number of clicks!  

This week's story is by Pia Knittle.  Please follow the link to read it.  May the stories ease your isolation, provide some entertainment and help you feel more connected to other Beacon members during this time of social distancing!  We plan to provide one each week.  

If you would like to contribute to this project, send your 1000 word or less story to Dru Monroe at  edrumonroe@gmail.com or write to ask for more information! 

Social Justice Allies

Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm AZ time

What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression?  
How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections?

Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020! 

Getting Out the Vote During A Pandemic - Some resources
Special Recognition

Please take a look at the Beacon Community Action Committee's (CAC) impressive record of support for the Flagstaff Community at https://www.beaconuu.com/social-action/.  The Beacon Board of Trustees recognized the CAC for their work with the Share the Plate Partners.  This program provides undesignated contributions of monthly offerings above $350 to local community charities.  Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form linked on the web page.  CAC members are Joanne Parkes, Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Sue Strobel, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.

 ~ Wider Community ~

UU Justice Arizona Network

UUJAZ has several ongoing campaigns that we would encourage members to look into and contribute to.

Join UU the Vote for "How We Thrive!" a LIVE virtual event
Tuesday, May 12 at 4:00 pm

What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections? 

Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020!

UUJAZ Book Group
Friday, May 15th at 12:00 pm 

Its more important than ever to stay justice centered in our faith, as decisions made now will affect climate justice and structural inequity for years to come. Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a book discussion. In May we'll start with  An Indigenous People's History of the United States, the UUA Common Read for 2020, by Roxanne Ortiz. 

Transforming Hearts Webinar
Thursdays every other week at 7:00pm, 
starting May 14th 

Learn how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity. Over six sessions we will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.

UU Congregations Response to 1918-19 Flu Pandemic

Harvard Square recently released an eight minute video about the UU response to the 1918-19 Flu pandemic.  The video is likely of some interest to congregants and can be watched for free at the link below.

1918-19 UU Flu Response

~ This Week at Beacon  ~

Virtual Worship
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Social Hour
Sunday, May 10, 2020
11:00 am
Lunch with the Transcendentalists
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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!

You no longer need to forward your spam emails to spam@uce.gov , because the Federal Trade Commission is now collecting spam through a honeypot, which is an online trap. This change makes it more efficient for the FTC to collect spam that is deceptive or violates the CAN-SPAM Act. This change saves tax dollars, your time, and helps the FTC collect deceptive and illegal spam.  If you lost money to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint . There, you can also report spam you receive.  Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail

~ 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
Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News

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