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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, November 10, 2019


"Censorship and the Search for Truth Now"
Nancy Paxton
 Every Sunday we affirm that "the search for truth" is our sacrament. This Sunday , we will consider some of the ways the UU's search for knowledge has been restricted by censorship in the 20th century, and then examine some of the new and confusing challenges we face in our search for truth now.

Religious Exploration

Following the Service
Second Sunday Fun Day


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Mission & Vision ~ 

Joys and Concerns
From Sunday, November 3, 2019

Joy in celebrating and dedicating our new space. 
Joy that Andy Gould is recovering well. 
Love and healing sent to Sue Strobel, who is recovering from surgery.
Spotlight this Week!

* TODAY! * Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Rev Robin will be participating in this event.

~ Community Connections ~
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:30pm
Kitt Auditorium at NAU

You are invited to come out and support your Music Director, Gabriel Hernandez, at his recital.  

 - STARTING POINTS - For New and Renewed UUs with Rev. Robin - Join Us! 
Saturday, November 16 and Saturday, November 23 from 
9:00 am -12:00 pm

Whether you are new to Beacon or have been around a while, consider signing up for our engaging two-part Starting Points program (An Introduction to the UU Journey) that Rev. Robin will facilitate during two half-day retreats, November 16 and 23.

Session One: Your Journey - Sharing Our Stories and Spiritual Roadmaps; The Unitarian Universalist Journey &; The Journey of our Congregation 

Session Two: Our Journey Together - The 3 Paths of Unitarian Universalism, Part I & 2; Finding Your Tribe 

Preview the Program components and materials by downloading the Participant Packet of readings, videos and other exercises Please note - We will select elements from this vast array of materials. Participants will not be expected to prepare everything listed in the program.

Beverages and light refreshments in the morning; bring a brown bag lunch for more conversation with Rev. Robin from 12-1. Participants will be invited to sign the membership book after the second retreat. A new member welcome ceremony will also take place during the service on Sunday, November 24. Childcare Provided. Please sign up through the office so we can plan for your attendance with materials and refreshments.
 Religious Exploration For All Ages 

If you are curious about what is planned in RE, you can check the RE blog for information about what is happening  this coming Sunday.

Coming up:
  • Tuesday November 12, TED talks (10:00 AM) and Taco Tuesday (5:00) are CANCELLED this month.
More details about upcoming programming, resources for UU parents, and curriculum related ideas for you to connect with your children will be posted regularly on the  RE blog.

Email Amy at  re@beaconuu.com
Save The Date
Sunday, November 24

Bring a Friend or Bring Back A Friend Sunday! Let's fill the sanctuary with new and old friends for our gratitude themed service on November 24 which will include a new member welcome. A festive Thanksgiving-themed potluck to follow. Please plan to bring a dish to share.  
Chalice Circles
November 24 & 26 

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. 

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Sunday & Tuesday of each month. 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. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at  ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
Connect with Rev. Robin
First Sunday of the Month

On the first Sundays of the month, grab your coffee and come back into the Sanctuary to connect with Rev. Robin, talk about Beacon and your own journey.  See  you on December 1.

  Social Justice Allies (SJA) 

Calendar alert!

The SJA meeting scheduled for this Sunday, November 10, has been cancelled.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 15, following the service.
In the meantime, I am in the process of visiting individually with SJA "regulars", gathering people's preferences for meeting day (of the week) and time (of day).
In addition to continuing with Sunday-after-service, other possibilities are Monday or Wednesday evening.
And, especially with the onset of election season, we have a rare opportunity:
On Saturday, November 23, 10-12 there will be a League of Women Voters Advocacy Training workshop in Camp Verde.
The Greater Verde Valley chapter of the LWV has developed an engaged membership; they have arranged for the state level LWV Advocacy Chair to facilitate this two-hour training. Sending even a small Beacon delegation to participate will prepare us for our non-partisan work-the League has a non-partisan requirement, too-in the months to come.
Please see the attached flyer. Let me know if you're interested; if so we can participate in a carpool. Feel free to respond to the person shown at the bottom of the flyer, and copy me.
In community and service,
Roz Clark, Interim SJA Chair

UUJAZ Updates & Events

Faith Floods the Courtroom
We're calling on people of faith and people of conscience from across the country to flood the court room at  405 W. Congress St. in Tucson, on  November 20th at 8am. We will show up in support of UU Scott Warren, Human Rights activist with No More Deaths facing 20 years of jail for providing life saving aid to migrants in the desert.   RSVP HERE 

Climate Strike
Save the date for Dec. 6th, the next Climate Strike with our partners Sunrise Movement and AZ Youth Climate Strike. Join us at Phoenix City Hall,200 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, from 2-6pm.

In community,
Janine Gelsinger
Executive Director of UUJAZ
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network
UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

The theme for General Assembly in June 2020 is Rooted, Inspired & Ready! We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. 

      November Share the Plate Partner  

For October and November, Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Flagstaff Family Food Center. Serving around 63,000 daily meals per year in their location on N. Second Street, the Center also provides a children's reading room, delivers to the Flagstaff Shelter Services an evening meal for those who might be staying the night, and provides Back Door and Mobile Sack Lunches. They have a food rescue program from local grocery stores and distribute food no longer good for human consumption to local farms and ranches, so there is zero waste. 

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Share The Plate partner. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the top of the stairs in the CAC folder, or contact Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com

The congregation voted to authorize the Board to expend up to $22,500 from reserves and savings as required to complete the addition and renovation project.
We hope we won't need to exercise the authority you granted, but if we do, we plan to take extra steps to provide open access by the congregation to the Board's decision-making process. To that end, the agenda for each scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be posted for public view as it is being drafted. Updates to the agenda may occur up to the day of the meeting. Click here to see the agenda.
The Board will review the prioritization of any work that would require the funds authorized by the motion. Feel free to contact a Board member in writing with your concerns and suggestions. Attendance at Board meetings, as with all committee meetings, is open to all Beacon members.
Dennis Spurlin, President
Beacon Board of Trustees
 Beacon Auction Numbers, and Thanks to Volunteers

The Beacon Auction last Saturday was a great success!  We earned $9,988.41.

Thank you to all who donated items! Thank you to all who bid on items!

And a big, big thanks to everyone who volunteered:

Paul Beier                                             Julie Lancaster  
Eric Burns                                             Dru Monroe                      
Laura Carter                                        Bill and Marsha Owen
Rich and Roz Clark                             Kevin and Joanne Parkes
Theresa DeBoer                                  Jeff Pickens                       
Donna Engleson                                Diana Roy                           
Brenda Gray                                        Carleton Sheppard         
Dora Harrison                                     Dennis Spurlin
Kathryn Hart                                        Terry White
Bruce Celiz-Hagen                            Jeremy and Sarah Young
Becky Hipsher                                     Steve Zeldes
Andy Hogg                                          
Youth Servers: Trent, Matthew, and Kalthum

Submitted by Katy Grant, Auction Co-chair

~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Rehearsal 
Thursday, November 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Building Bridges - Middle School
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Soul Collage
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2nd Sunday Fun Day
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Soul Collage Open Studio
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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!
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) 
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Mon: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tues: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm, 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
April Yax

Working remotely as of 
Oct 1, 2019.

Please email 


Beacon board, committee, and staff email addresses can be found here: 
~ 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!

Website Updates ~
Dear Members and Friends,
Public users of the Beacon website see only the public facing information.  There are many pages of additional information available to those who have registered and are assigned the role of "Member" or "Friend" by the webmaster.  To get started click register.   

Be sure to record your username and password somewhere safe. If you are listed in the Beacon directory send an email to webmaster@beaconuu.com to set your role for access to information about what the leadership is up to, minutes of meetings, decisions of the Board, projects planned by the Core Leadership Council, as well as contact information for members and committee chairs. Your Beacon website is the place to go for copies of the bylaws, policies, and other documents that establish the business of Beacon.

~ 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