Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, December 2 ~ 
"On Islam & Gratitude"
With Dr. Mohamed  Mohamed 
Rev. Kevin as Worship Associate

Guest Speaker Dr. Mohamed Mohamed will speak on Islam and Gratitude.
Dr. Mohamed is a Professor of  Sociology, and Graduate Program Coordinator with
the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mohamed once again to our community, please join with us for this informative and caring presentation of interfaith interest and respect. 
Rev. Kevin will be our service leader.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Peace ~ 
~ Holiday Decorating at Beacon! ~

Holiday Decorating
Saturday December 1, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

It's that time of year, to brighten up our Beacon spaces for the Holidays! 
Join with Rev. Kevin and let's add some sparkle to Beacon for the Holidays, stop by Saturday morning 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to help set up the Holiday tree in the lobby, add some decorations to the Kitchen windows, the Purple room windows.

Remember: This year our Holiday Service December 24th - Christmas Eve will be a two-service evening here at Beacon, not at Coconino Center for the Arts. So we will want to have some festive d├ęcor to welcome all for our Holiday services later in the month.

In Community,
Rev. Kevin Lawson
~ Committee on Shared Ministry: Listening Circles ~

The Committee on Shared Ministry (COSM) is responsible for assessing the overall health and well-being of Beacon and for developing new initiatives to support our congregants, leaders, and minister. 

We want to hear what's on your mind so we invite you to attend a "Listening Circle" on Sunday, December 2, at 11:30, following the worship service.  We will form one or two small, moderated groups where you may share your thoughts, aspirations, and concerns about any aspect of congregational life at Beacon. Unlike the last set of listening circles which focused on our building project, these circles offer an open forum for you to comment on any aspect of church life, our governance, Sunday Services, Religious Exploration program, minister, future plans, or any other aspect of your experiences at Beacon. Following the Sunday service, meet us in the sanctuary. The circle will run from 11:30 to 1:00. We will provide snacks. 

Your comments will remain confidential. We will listen for common themes, ideas, and suggestions, and we will summarize them later in this newsletter. We may also report relevant, repeated themes and concerns at Beacon's congregational meeting in June 2019 and in our annual report to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) of the UUA on Rev. Lawson's ministry at Beacon. 

We also 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
Chair of Committee on Shared Ministry
~ REI Project Update ~

P rior to Thanksgiving, we met with the architect and went over the draft construction drawings. The drawings will soon be completed, and submitted to the city for approval. We will also be getting a final quote from the contractor for the rest of the project, to resume in the spring. The exception is the hole in the ground where the cottage used to be, which we hope to have filled in soon!
Theresa deBoer
Building Project Manager
~ 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 final 2018 Circles will be Sunday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 18.

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 ~

Special Performance: 
Border Voices / Voces Fronterizas 
December 4 and 5, 7:30 pm
Theatrikos Theater,  11 W Cherry Avenue

Many of us at Beacon, especially given Beacon's public stance in support of families of undocumented immigrants, have followed the work of Dr. Robert Neustadt, NAU Director of Latin American Studies, Professor of Spanish and faculty sponsor of No More Deaths. Known for his unflagging activism in support of immigrants (in addition to his music), he has written a play which will be presented Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5 in the Theatrikos Theater. You can purchase tickets here or at the theater office. Bob suggests getting tickets ($10) in advance. We have recently received his invitation, which you can read here.

Warning: This play has language and content that is not suitable for children. The play also contains simulated gunshots. 

~ ~ ~

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, December 16, following the service (about 11:15). Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome!

~ ~ ~

UUJAZ: Justice Strength Training Webinar |  December 4th, 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom
Carbon Fee & Dividend Policy, One Solution to Reduce Carbon Pollution Presented by Sandy Whitley, Co-State Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby

Are you passionate about addressing climate change?  Are you worried about the IPCC climate change report released 10-8-2018?  Are you looking for a way to make a difference?  If you are interested in being part of a solution, Citizens' Climate Lobby wants you to be a part of the conversation!

The webinar is free, but advance registration at is required!

Roz Clark
SJA Journalist  
~ Santa's Elf Gift Donations ~

Beacon's own house elf, Nash Al-Ghanim, is collecting gently used gifts for underprivileged children to give to their parents this holiday season. If you would like to donate, bring one or more lightly used, affordable items (usually less than $5) to the service on Sunday, December 2, place in the bin in the kitchen, for Nash to collect for this project with the help of the Flagstaff elf team!
~ Community Action Committee ~

Sun Sounds of Flagstaff is a not-for-profit organization that provides audio access information to people who cannot read print because of a disability. By making creative use of technology and talent, Sun Sounds ensures that every person with a disability has the opportunity to access the current and local information necessary for a self-directed, productive life. Volunteers read aloud from over 200 current local and national newspapers, even grocery ads. This helps establish that the inability to read print will no longer be a disabling condition.  The Flagstaff affiliate has about 400 listeners. 

Congregational members can nominate an organization to be a community partner by picking up a form from the CAC folder at the bottom of the stairs or contact a member of the committee and provide supporting documentation for your nomination. Members of CAC are Joanne Parkes, Sue Strobel, Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Religious Exploration ~

Find out more details about what is happening  on Sundays in December in the Religious Exploration blog.
As part of an assignment for my PhD studies, I am looking at needs of modern families related to spiritual development.  I am interested in what parents need to feel supported in the task of educating their children in faith development.  I would really appreciate your feedback.  I have developed a  short 4 question form that is easily completed in a couple minutes right here on line. I used the Appreciate Inquiry model.  I hope you will take a couple minutes and fill it out. Your participation will help me with my studies as well as help me plan and bring more of what resonates with you and your family to the RE program at Beacon. Thank you so much!

Coming up:
  • December 2First Sunday Fun Day Trip to Starlite Lanes! Find all details here.
  • December 9, Free Childcare for the afternoon, 1:30-5:30, at Beacon! More details in my blog!
  • December 23, Pageant in a paper bag during service. We need you... to come to church on that day.  No rehearsal necessary! 
  • December 24, Remember... Two Services, 4 pm and 6 pm, on Christmas Eve at Beacon this year!
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Upcoming Events ~

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.
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 25, 2018

Jan & Jack shared joy that they had a wonderful time with a large family in Santa Fe.

Nancy P. shared joy for Dick's 87th birthday!

Terry W. shared the news item of rival school bands; when one had a bus crash, the other played their rival's fight song at the game. A model for all.

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Healing Circle
Thursday, November 29
5:30 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, December 4
11:00 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, November 29
7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4
6:30 pm
RE: Coming of Age Retreat
Friday, November 30
5:00 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday, December 5
5:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, December 2
10:00 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, December 5
6:30 pm
Newcomers' Orientation
Sunday, December 2
11:30 am
Healing Circle
Thursday, December 6
5:30 pm
Listening Circle
Sunday, December 2
11:30 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, December 6
7:00 pm
Listening Circle
Monday, December 3
5:30 pm
SoulCollage with Char
Saturday, December 8
9:00 am
Stewardship Meeting
Monday, December 3
6:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, December 9
10:00 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!
~ 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