Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, October 28 ~ 
"Hidden Blessings"
With Char Tarashanti
On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Most of us go to great lengths to ignore or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to enter into a
new and vibrant relationship with life.
~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Formation~ 
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.

~ 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 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
~ Beacon Fundraising Auction: Slumber Party! ~
Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Childcare |  Hors d'oeuvre & Desserts 
Raffles & Door Prizes
Our fun-filled evening is rapidly approaching! Here's what you can expect:
  • Live auction with lively bidding. Be sure to review the auction catalog (PDF) and note items of interest. Check your calendar to be sure event dates work. Couples should consult with one another to coordinate bidding.
  • Silent auction with creative, economical opportunities
  • Door prizes (for which you'll receive a free drawing ticket when you sign in and get your bidding card)
  • Raffle prizes ($1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $10 for 15, $20 for (count 'em) 40 raffle tickets!) You will choose which raffle items you want to compete for
  • Cash bar
  • Costume contest with prizes for best slumber party attire
FREE childcare is available. Register at  by clicking here!  
If you cannot attend the Auction, please arrange a proxy to bid on items for you. No formal paperwork is required for proxies, just let them know which items and any monetary limits.
Wendy Bruun
Auction Promotions
~ REI Building Project Update  ~

The demolition of the cottage will start as soon as we are able to get the permits from the city. The city is currently reviewing our permit application, and should let us know by early to the middle next week.

Once demolition starts, the area will be off limits and the back door will be used for an emergency exit only until the demolition is complete.

Also, just a reminder to please get your capital campaign pledges in so we can do as
much as we can before we have to take out a line of credit and start paying interest.

In Community,
Theresa deBoer
REI Project Manager
~ 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
~ 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 called Circle of Trees.
After several workshops spent learning about trees-how they are structured, what they contribute to life on our planet-this workshops moves into a more expressive and spiritual appreciation for these providers of life.
Find out more details about what is happening for this coming Sunday in the Religious Exploration blog.
Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

In this mid-term election of great consequence, here are deadlines for submitting Early Voting ballots:
By mail (in order to be received by Election Day): Friday, October 31, OR If you prefer to hand-deliver: By Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, in these locations (for all precincts, click each for directions): Thank you, Beacon people, for your generous donations to support undocumented immigrants just released by ICE or Border Patrol for their bus rides to be with family in other parts of the U.S. This weekend, Dorothy Rissel and Roseanne Fulcher will deliver the much-needed travel supplies to Somos America (We Are America, Facebook link) who will sort and distribute them to travelers at the Phoenix bus depot.

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, Nov. 18, following the service (about 11:15). Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome!
Roz Clark
SJA Journalist 
~ 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!

~ Joys & Concerns ~
As recorded October 21, 2018

Dora shared remembrance for Richard "Dick" Mangum who passed away Friday, October 19 at the age of 81. Keep his family in mind. You can find his obituary in this AZ Daily Sun article.

Jen C. shared that one of her children has been detained for a bad choice. Think of him. 

Shelly S. shared that she's been observing the Beacon community for a few weeks and absolutely loves us. She's happy to serve in any way. 

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 25
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, October 30
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
UUJAZ Issues & Actions Day
Saturday, October 27
All Day
Tuesday, October 30

6:30 pm
RiZe Up with Roy Zimmerman
Saturday, October 27
7:00 pm
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, October 31
3:30 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, October 28
8:30 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, October 31
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, October 28
10:00 am

Choir Practice
Thursday, November 1
7:00 pm
Leadership Lunch & Learn
Sunday, October 28
11:30 am
Young Adult OWL
Saturday, November 3
12:30 pm
Young Adult OWL
Sunday, October 28
12:30 pm at NAU
Beacon Auction!
Saturday, November 3
6:00 pm
Building Your Own Theology
Monday, October 29
6:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, November 4
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