Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, October 21 ~ 
"It Matters"
With Rev. Kevin Lawson

Nothing is settled, everything matters - what is not settled is how the story turns out. What is not settled is what the meaning of your life will be. Rev. Kevin continues exploring our monthly theme of Formation with reflection upon meaning making.  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Formation~ 
Minister's Note   ~

An urgent letter from UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray was sent to congregations, ministers and others in the larger UU world after a very traumatic event last week in Boston. Susan's email will explain what happened and the steps to respond to it. 

~ Beacon Building Project Update: Safety Alert!  ~

The backyard will be off limits after this Sunday as we prepare to demolish the cottage. Once the demolition is completed, and the utilities are moved, we will be able to use the backyard until spring, when the next phase of the construction begins.

There are three small plum trees next to the cottage by the back fence. These will have to be removed in order to dig the new trenches for the utilities. If anyone would like to attempt to dig these out and re-plant them in your yard, feel free! Otherwise, they will be cut down.

Thank you very much to our impromptu team that came out last Monday and got dirty moving rocks, bricks, the garden shed, and other landscape materials, and moved the rest of the stuff out of the cottage and into Dora's garage. Thank you to Dennis, Dan, Linda, Jeff, Dora, and Mark for your time and energy!

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Beacon Fundraising Auction: Slumber Party! ~
Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Childcare |  Hors d'oeuvre & Desserts 
Raffles & Door Prizes
We have received several fabulous additional donations including:
  • IT help 
  • Home repairs and carpentry
  • Gift card to Wildflower Yard clean-up
  • Just-For-You Week of Prepared Meals
Donations are still wanted! Gift cards, events, pies, jellies, collectibles, dinners, and tours are desired. The online donation form is at or you can pick up a paper form at Sunday service. The deadline to submit donations is this Monday, October 22nd!

We are also seeking finger foods/hors d'oeuvres for our Beacon Auction! If you would like to contribute a culinary yummy, please contact Donna Engleson via email, text or phone: and (928) 600-1639. Thank you!

Wendy Bruun
Auction Promotions
RiZe Up Concert with Roy Zimmerman   ~
Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm at Beacon

RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's original songs  and is a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. Roy's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. Roy tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can at the door.

~ 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: Oct. 21, Nov. 25, and Dec. 23 
Actual Tuesday Dates: Oct. 23, 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
~ Community Action Committee ~

The October Share the Plate organization is Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff (FB). The neighborhood is composed of 1,766 households, which has as its mission to enrich the lives of the citizens by mobilizing residents to create continual improvement in neighborhood conditions. They have taken charge of their daily lives through grassroots programs in education, redevelopment, job creation and cultural revitalization. Projects supported by the association include:
  • The Market of Dreams
  • Radio Sunnyside
  • Coconino County Mentorship Program for Probationers
  • Wood for Winter Warmth, and 
  • Sunnyside Longevity Project.
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Religious Exploration ~

On Sunday we will continue working with the curriculum:  Circle of TreesCircle of Trees is a multigenerational program of eight workshops that nurture deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth's living creatures. The program goals are to:
  • Provide a basic understanding of why trees are, literally, "providers of life"
  • Identify threats to trees and the web of life and provide inspiration to take action
  • Explore using methods that are spiritual, non-intellectual, with the hope of fostering deep connection
  • Provide meaningful ways in which participants can actively promote the health of trees and, by extension, the web of life
  • Reinforce the concept of interdependence as expressed in the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part"
  • Affirm that stewardship of the earth is an explicit act of Unitarian Universalist faith.
Find out more details about what is happening  for this coming Sunday in the Religious Exploration blog.
Coming up: November First Sunday Fun - Trip to the Movies
Sunday, November 4th, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
We'll meet at Beacon at 11:30 am for lunch and then head to Harkins Theatre at 12:30 and be back to Beacon  at 3:30. Movie choices for youth are Bohemian Rhapsody or Nutcracker in the Four Realms. Elementary age children will be watching Nutcracker in the Four Realms. Lunch is provided but please bring money for the movie.

RSVPing by Thursday, November 1 is appreciated so I can plan for food and drivers. You can RSVP to Linda Ochi ( or (619) 607-1623.

Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

SJA Meeting
Sunday, October 21 following service (11:15 am)
This meeting's  agenda will include final planning for carpooling to UUJAZ Issues and Action Day on October 27 (see below); loading up travel items for immigrants; "Leadership Lunch and Learn" next Sunday, October 28 (see below); NAIC Get Out the Vote (GOTV) on the morning of Saturday, October 27. Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome! Snacks provided.
The UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ): 
Issues and Action Day in preparation for UU Day at the Legislature in February
Saturday, October 27, All Day |  Surprise UU Church (click for directions)
The $30 registration includes a tasty box lunch or $12 if you prefer to bring your own lunch. Let Terry White know at  if a scholarship from the SJA budget would enable your participation. We'll arrange carpooling in our SJA meeting on Sunday. For more information and/or to register, visit , and let Roz know ( or 380-6502) if you plan to go.  From 
UUJAZ invites you to an Issues and Action Day on Saturday, October 27th in Surprise, AZ. Our Unitarian Universalist religious leaders from around the state will be talking about the intersection of our values and key justice issues, founded on the premise that we are people of a liberal religious faith seeking to vote our values. Anne Schneider will discuss the initiatives on the November 2018 ballot and those that are not. She will also present her highly acclaimed and very entertaining "What to Expect at the Legislature Next Session".
Final Sunday for Somos America Beacon Collection
For Travel Items for Undocumented Immigrants
Sunday, October 21 following service
Once again, we invite Beacon members, friends and visitors to help support families of undocumented immigrants by contributing travel-size food, water and hygiene items to people who are embarking on 1-4 day bus trips. These immigrants will have just been released by ICE or Border Patrol to travel to be with family members in other parts of the country.  There is special need for the items below, which are typically available (at good prices!) in Dollar General and 99 Cent Store as well as Sam's Club:

Boxed tuna or chicken salad with crackers Granola bars, crunchy or soft
Peanuts in small bags Applesauce cups or fruit cups
Individual packs of Ritz crackers with cheese of peanut butter

SJA will deliver items collected to  Somos America (We Are America, Facebook link) when we gather in Surprise on October 27. For more information,  please click here for a flyer on What Humanitarian Aid Groups Do .
Roz Clark
SJA Journalist 
~ Leadership Succession Planning Team ~

Leadership Lunch & Learn
Sunday, October 28th
11:30 am in the Beacon Kitchen

Join the Leadership Success Planning Team as we launch new efforts to provide leadership development for the congregation!  We are starting this fall with a leadership lunch and learn. We will talk about leadership paths and experiences within the congregation, as well as identify future leadership needs.  

This will be a "chili potluck" experience - bring your favorite chili, cornbread, or toppings to share.  

All are welcome - you don't have to be in a current leadership role to attend.  Maybe you are thinking about getting more involved in the congregation and want to hear from others.

RSVP at to let us know you are coming and what you would like to bring.

Wendy Bruun
Chair, Leadership Success Planning Team
~ Upcoming Events ~

Beacon Community Auction
Saturday, November 3, at Aspen Valley Golf Club
See article above for more 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!

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 18
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, October 23
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, October 19
7:15 pm
Tuesday, October 23

6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, October 21
10:00 am
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 pm
Social Justice Allies Meeting
Sunday, October 21
11:15 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, October 24
6:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Sunday, October 21
11:30 am
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 24
7:00 pm
Somos America Collection Day
Sunday, October 21
11:30 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 25
7:00 pm
Auction Team Meeting
Monday, October 22
5:30 pm
RiZe Up with Roy Zimmerman Saturday, October 27
7:00 pm
Building Your Own Theology
Monday, October 22
6:00 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, October 28
8:30 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