Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, November 18 ~ 
"Attitude of Gratitude"
With Rev. Kevin Lawson
It's been a trying year, a trying time beyond a year, and yet we persevere. This morning, Rev. Kevin reflects upon the spiritual effects of maintaining a practice of recognizing Gratitude. How we can offer Thanks giving beyond one day, one month in the year, but to recognize thanksgiving as a spiritual practice.
~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Gratitude~ 
~ Special Event: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service  ~

Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
The Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N Fourth Street

Uniting as a harmonious community, we look forward to sharing songs, stories, and blessings from our diverse traditions that will lift your spirits. Admission is FREE and open to ALL.

Desserts and refreshments to follow.

~ Notice: Beacon Office Closure During Thanksgiving Week  ~

The Beacon Offices will not be open Thursday, November 22 or Friday, November 23. Expect a brief "newsletter express" next Wednesday evening in lieu of our typical e-newsletter. Be sure to check the extended calendar of events below and check in before Wednesday if you have any questions. 

Caleb Alexander
Office Manager  
~ Building & Grounds Work Day  ~
Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 am

The next Building and Grounds workday is this Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 am to noon! Time to rake leaves & needles and clean the gutters (again!). Come get some free leaf mulch for your garden, and have fun fellowshipping with your religious community while doing some yardwork and cleaning. It's always fun and there's always food!
~ REI Project Update  ~

The Cottage is History!
Things are finally happening in our building project!  In the coming weeks, the work will continue on relocating our neighbor's gas line and capping off the sewer line.  Please be careful if you go into the backyard, and stay away from the construction areas.

From Theresa deBoer
REI Project Manager  
~ Special Notice: Unidentified Contributions  ~
Please contact the office! 

Will the Beacon member or friend who sent us two
 checks drawn on a OneAZ Credit Union account and dated 9/24/2018 please let us know by email or phone who you are? We'll need you to give us the amounts of each check and the pledge to which it applies to verify. We need this information to credit your accounts! 

Thank you from the Office of the Treasurer,
~ Invitation from the Committee on Shared Ministry  ~
In this month of gratitude, we wanted to share our joy that Christina Boyd and Maryann vanDrielen have joined our committee. They replace Dru Monroe and Collin Weller who have recently completed their terms; we warmly thank 
them  for their service over the last two years.    Have you ever wondered why this committee is called the "Committee on Shared Ministry"? We have this  name because we are charged with assessing the overall health and well-being of Beacon and developing new initiatives to support our congregants, leaders, and minister.

We invite you to attend a "Listening Circle" so we can hear your views.  On Sunday, December 2, at 11:30, following the worship service, we will offer you an opportunity to participate in a small, moderated group discussion about your experiences at Beacon. Please come share your thoughts, aspirations, and concerns about any aspect of congregational life. Unlike the last set of listening circles which focused on our building plans, these circles provide an open forum for you to comment on any aspect of our church life, our governance, our Sunday Services, our Religious Exploration program, our ministers , our future plans, or any other aspect of your experiences at Beacon. Following the Sunday service, meet us in the sanctuary, and we will organize one or two groups of 8-10 members with a facilitator from our committee.   The sessions will run from 11:30 to 1:00. We will provide snacks. 

Any comments that you share will remain anonymous and confidential. We will listen for common themes, ideas, and suggestions, and we will summarize them later in this newsletter, but we will not mention the speakers' names. We may also report some of the relevant, repeated themes and concerns at our congregational meeting in June 2019 and in our annual report to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowshipping Committee on Rev. Lawson's ministry at Beacon. 

If you cannot attend on Sunday, we offer a second listening circle on Monday evening, December 3 starting at 5:30 in the Sanctuary at Beacon. 

If you have questions or need childcare, please contact one of the members of COSM:  Nancy Paxton (, Mark James (, Maryann van Drielen (, or Christina Boyd (

Nancy Paxton 
COSM Chair
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~
Social Justice Allies will meet this Sunday, November 18, following the service (about 11:15, in the purple room). Agenda items will include a conversation about an online program we anticipate using as part of our developing approach to ensuring the safety of our congregants in the event of an emergency. We will also consider SJA goals that fit with Beacon Board of Trustees' goals for this church year. Beacon members, friends, and visitors are welcome to meet with us. Snacks will be provided. 

For me, going on a Trailer Adventure--a privilege Rich and I share fairly routinely, especially during the winter months--offers an opportunity to relax, of course. In addition, time away from our usual in-town routines, helps put things in perspective. In the course of posting SJA articles the last few years in Beacon's Weekly E-news, as well as in our two Google Groups, a few of those submissions offer more than announcements and promos. I have updated one of my favorites, which I share with you here. 

Full Spectrum Justice: It's What Beacon Does! 
What IS "full spectrum justice"? Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ), says, "We believe that working for justice grows out of our values as Unitarian Universalists." Full spectrum justice is ALL the ways we do that, through service, education, organizing, advocacy, witness, and philanthropy. Please click here to see just a few examples of the ways Beacon folks have worked-and continue to work-for social justice.

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist  
~ Fall 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 experience enriches our community as we speak from the heart and listen deeply to one another in a safe and sacred environment of acceptance and caring. There is still space in both Sunday and Tuesday meeting groups!

4th Sundays, September to December, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
Actual Sunday Dates: Nov. 25 and Dec. 23 
Actual Tuesday Dates: Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 
~ December's session will be on the third Tuesday due to Christmas.
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.
(507) 990-3888
~ Religious Exploration ~

The next two weeks will be the culmination of our work with the curriculum called  Circle of Trees. It would be most beneficial to your child if you are able to attend BOTH weeks.  The workshops comprise an adaptation of the ritual "A Council of All Beings," presented by Joanna Macy, John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess in the 1988 book  Thinking Like a Mountain: Toward a Council for All Beings
Find out more details about what is happening  for this coming Sunday in the Religious Exploration blog.
Please take a couple minutes  tell me what you love about Beacon?  This will help me plan and bring more of  what resonates with you and your family. Also I would love to hear about your dreams for the spiritual development of your children.  Tell me what you wish for.  This will also help me plan and bring more of  what makes you excited.

Coming up:
High School Youth Group Meeting
November 18, after service 11:30 am to 1:30 pm 
Let's get really real about what you want in youth group! Come for conversation and planning, lunch food items, and social time.

Bring a Friend Day
Sunday Worship, November 25, 10:00 am

First Sunday Fun Day: Trip to Starlite Lanes!
Sunday, December 2, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm  

Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Community Action Committee ~

Founded in 1911 by Dr. Henry Poore, the Poore Free Medical Clinic offers free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured individuals and families living in Coconino County. The majority of patients are the working poor who qualify because they live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. 
Attending to patient's medical and dental needs enables them to better their lives. The clinic earned the title of Flagstaff Organization of the Year in 2013. Services offered are Primary Care, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Illness Care, Children's Health, Sports Physicals, and Dental Care. Dental services offered include full dental exam with x-rays, filling cavities, simple dental extractions, and dental cleanings by a hygienist.
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Upcoming Events ~

Special Event: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service  
Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm |  The Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N Fourth Street
See article above for details.
Listening Circles 
Sunday December 2 and Monday, December 3 in the Beacon Sanctuary.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming December Listening Circles with Nancy Paxton.
Save the date: Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24, at Beacon at both 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Join us at Beacon for one of two Christmas Eve services! We will not be at Coconino Center for the Arts, this year. Mark your calendars now!

~ Joys & Concerns ~
As recorded November 11, 2018

Becky H. shared concern for her ongoing struggle to obtain guardianship of her son. 

Kevin P. shared sorrow for his cousin who recently passed away following their battle with cancer.

Roseanne F. & Dorothy R. shared concern for immigrants at the southern border and thanked Beacon for our compassionate efforts. They also asked for apple donations to be shared with those immigrants. 

Shannon shared sorrow for her Mom's sudden death. She is grateful for Beacon folks who have helped with her grieving process.

Steve shared prayers and healing thoughts for Ruth Bader Ginsburg who suffered a fall and broken ribs Friday, November 9.

Susan shared sorrow for the death of a cousin who was killed in the Thousand Oaks shooting. She asked that we all hold the victims in our prayers.

Pia shared joy and gratitude for her mom's recovery from broken ribs at 92. Her mother is also celebrating her great-grandchild's birth!

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Core Leadership Council Meeting
Thursday, November 15
5:15 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, November 25
10:00 am
Healing Circle
Thursday, November 15
5:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Sunday, November 25
11:30 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, November 15
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, November 27
11:00 am
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, November 16
7:15 pm
Tuesday, November 27

6:30 pm
Building & Grounds Day
Saturday, November 17

9:00 am
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, November 27

7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, November 18
10:00 am
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, November 28
3:30 pm
Social Justice Allies Meeting
Sunday, November 18

11:15 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, November 28
6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 20

6:30 pm
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 28
7:15 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, November 25

8:30 am
Healing Circle
Thursday, November 29
5:30 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
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, 
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
~ 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