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- This Sunday at Beacon -
November 1st, 2020

Virtual Service

"Go Set a Watchman: On Radical Honesty"

The publication of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird prequel, Go Set A Watchman, unleashed a torrent of befuddlement about the recasting of Atticus Finch from paragon of white virtue to an emblem of deep south racism. Mary Louise goes home as an adult and sees a different shade of Atticus than she had seen through the adoring young eyes of Scout. In this sermon the Sunday before Election Day, we'll explore "radical honesty" and the disturbing, empowering, and liberating ways our lives, our world, and the people in it, become more real when we are willing to "declare what we see" through unblinking adult eyes. In this age of truthiness and alternative facts, how do we reconcile the beautiful with the ugly, the vile with the just, the fondness we have for friends and family when it is sullied by expressions of prejudice? And what will we do with the truths we see?

Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker Preaching, with Worship Associate Char Tarashanti. 
Music by Roomie Wood and Rebecca Prizznick. 

Tune into the Service via the  "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.

It's a Worship Watch Party!
This Sunday November 1st, we're trying something new - A Worship Watch Party on Zoom! Let's watch the service together at 10 AM on Sundays. Log into Zoom and I'll share the screen with our You tube service. We'll pause for some "live Joys and sorrows" and the chat will be open for comments. The Zoom link will be the same as the social hour and will be posted in the e-news and google group. Grab your coffee. Bring your hope stone! I believe a watch party will create a tangible energy and connection and can carry us fully
 into the Post Service Gatherings. Hope you'll give it a try.

~ Please join us after the service ~

Post-Service Gathering

we're bringing a little more structure to our time together on Sundays at 11 AM.
Will we still schmooze? Yep. We'll start with some socializing and checking in, 
move on "live Joys and Sorrows" you can share (using your HOPE stone, 
if you have one* and then a centering question related to the service.
This week's question: How has the post-truth era affected you? 
Do you trust the media? Government officials? Your own social media feed?
Join in and stay connected
Passcode: 968647
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID: 733 037 2039

Next Sunday
November 8th - "Spirit of Life, Come to Us"
Rev. Robin preaching, with Worship Associate Linda Ochi; Music from Roomie Wood and Rebecca Prizznick.

Please note: We recommend that you donate to Vanco directly from a bank account to save us the fees associated with credit and debit card donations.
More for us to sustain our congregation.


Share Your Joys and Sorrows- Chime In!

One way we can sustain connection during this time apart is by sharing 
our personal joys and sorrows. These can be small things or large things that effect your life. 
Please send these to Rev. Robin by Thursday night each week at minister@beaconuu.com Or, 
be in  touch and we can record a short Zoom- recorded snippets to include in the service. 
Only first names will be used. Or, you can share your joys and sorrows live 
at our Post-Service Zoom Gatherings, Sundays at 11.
Porch Visits with Rev. Robin
Who is that masked minister in her "Soul" mobile? It's Rev. Robin! - ready to come by for a socially-distanced visit on your porch, patio, or deck. Trailhead meet-ups and easy hikes, we could even meet at a park, or walk in your neighborhood. You decideJust give a shout-minister@beaconuu.com or 978-505-7245
Spotlight this Week 

ELECTION DAY AND POST ELECTION GATHERING


Do you need a ride to the polls on November 3rd?
Please contact the office and we'll make sure you have a way to get there.

We'll also have a Post-Election Gathering on Zoom, 
on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM to be together, process the outcome, 
share feelings and light some virtual candles for the soul of America.

Passcode:968647
Caring and Connected Team Calling!

We have created a "Caring and Connected" Team to keep us in touch during this time of virtual church and physical distancing. Members and friends of Beacon will be receiving a phone call and/or an email from one of our team leaders to chat about how you've been these past months and share some news about upcoming plans and activities in the "Zoom Room" at Beacon. As always, Rev. Robin is here to talk with you, come by for a masked porch visit, and help you with pastoral or practical needs. minister@beaconuu.com or call 978-505-7245.

 
Beacon Buzz

Beacon Buzz's next date is November 1st 12 noon 

Join Rev. Robin and Board President Wendy Bruun on the first Sunday of the month at 12 noon to ask questions, voice concerns, offer ideas, and learn more about Beacon in the "Zoom where it happens". 
Pass code: 968647

Small COVID- Safe Soiree Circles starting soon Sign up now!

Remember Circle Suppers - the popular program offered at Beacon where each circle was semi-randomly assembled, and the members took turns hosting the gatherings? 
We are now offering a new version that we call "Soiree Circles."
Paul Beier is the organizer. Gatherings are COVID-safe due to their small size and will be held outdoors. If you want to laugh together, share stories, deepen old friendships, 
make new friends who share your principles and experiences, this is a great way to do it! face-to-face and not on zoom.
To learn more about how we intend to organize and host these gatherings and sign up using the online form, click on the links below. 
So far we have had 11 families sign up for the program. Members of all ages are welcome to participate. See Flyer here

Step Up to Leadership at Beacon!

The Leadership Succession Planning Team (LSPT) 
met in August to discuss expansion of the team's functions. The report of the meeting can be seen by clicking here.
The LSPT is primarily tasked with the annual slate of elected members of the Beacon Board of Trustees. 
The LSPT is in the process of updating its charter and brainstorming ways to recruit and develop leaders for other important functions specified in the bylaws. Functions currently being considered by the LSPT are congregational vitality and membership.
Please contact the LSPT Chair, Dennis Spurlin, with comments or questions.

Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  



Our Imaginative and Inspiring Religious Exploration Programs 

We're excited to have formed a Religious Exploration collaboration with the Granite Peak UU Church in Prescott, AZ which is going wonderfully well. Read the update in this column. You can learn about both of the programs we're offering, CartUUns and The Fifth Dimension  below, on our website,  and on the program website  here.

Religious Exploration for Children
~Beacon at Home~

RE Update Oct 25th 2020

CartUUns consisted of 11 kids (8 Beacon, 3 Granite Peak), 
and 7 kids joined us for 5th Dimension (5 Beacon, 2 Granite Peak).  
Bev, the DRE in Prescott,  says that she has gotten quite a bit of positive feedback 
on both programs  from families at Granite Peak, so that's always nice to hear.

The kids were quite engaged in both groups, which led to great discussions.  
In CartUUns we talked about pranking and when it might be inappropriate 
or mean-spirited to prank others and then completed some fun crafts 

In 5th Dimension, we discussed greed, karma, 
and when knowing what the future holds might be positive or negative.  
The youth also explored ways that knowing the future might promote greed but might also benefit humanity, scientists, and food production.  
It was a great conversation and Stephanie, Dru, and Robert 
all enjoyed hearing their ideas.

CARTUUNS


For our younger kids (K-5, and younger as appropriate), we have chosen CARTUUNS, which explores UU values and principles through Disney and Pixar short films, such as the award-winning "La Luna." We are screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM twice a month on Zoom.
Upcoming classes:
November 8-  "Lou"  
November 22- to be determined 
          Recurring Zoom link here

The lessons are stand-alone and can be joined from week to week. Please take a look at the link and let us know if you'll give it a try. There are supplies we'll need to buy for some projects and would need to know who is participating so we can deliver them.  
Contact Stephanie Van Belle at fabarette@gmail.com

Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth

The Fifth Dimension 


For Middle School/Junior High(and older or slightly younger, as appropriate), we are collaborating on another Imagine-RE program called The Fifth Dimension. Through classic Twilight Zone episodes (created by Unitarian Rod Serling), we are exploring social and political issues relevant to youth. Students become deeply engaged in the topics and engrossed in the storytelling and "sci-fi" twists in episodes like "Eye of the Beholder" and "Enough Time At Last." 
We are screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. The lessons are stand-alone and can be joined from week to week. Please take a look at the link and let us know if you'll give it a try. Contact Dru Munroe at edrumonroe@gmail.com
5th Dimension 11:30 am-12:45pm
Upcoming classes: 
November 8- "The Brain Center at Wippels" (Season 5, Episode 33)  Zoom link here 
November 22- "Four O'Clock" (Season 3, Episode 29) Zoom link here
December 13- "The Night of the Meek" (Season 2, Episode 11) Zoom link here
Passcode: 510

"No preparation for the class is required! Youth can just join the meeting at the scheduled time and you are ready to go!" 

Pacific West Region Youth Events for 2020-2021
We still have one more Fall Youth Conference in November. The first two have been fabulous!
 Next year's slate is a bit tentative with the ongoing pandemic, particularly summer camp, so please check it each quarter to see if our schedule has evolved with the changing times.  
 As always, I'll add registration links directly to this doc as they go live, 
so feel free to check back with regularity.
 Thanks so much for your ministry during these difficult days.  
 Towards interdependence...


Religious Exploration for Adults

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly: How The Courage to Be Vulnerable 
Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" 

Six 75 minute "lunch and learn" sessions, led by Rev. Robin Zucker, Minister at Beacon UU, Flagstaff.  Thursdays, 12-1:15 (or 1:30 as the group chooses) PM (Arizona time) 
On these dates:  November 5 and 19; December 3 and 17; January 7 and 21. 
This program is being offered in collaboration with the Adult RE 
programs of the Sedona and Prescott UU congregations. 
Zoom Link here. Passcode: 968647 
A complete workbook/journal is available to download 
as a pdf from the beaconuu.com website Adult RE page 
You may participate in this program without reading the entire book, as the exercises in the workbook include excerpts. Other materials will be provided to download from Rev. Robin.  If you require us to print a copy of the workbook for you, please let us know.  
We'll share our reflections from the text and workbook 
and have small group confidential discussions in breakout rooms. 
Please let Rev. Robin know you'll be taking 
this journey with her. minister@beaconuu.com

Chalice Circle Meeting will be announced later in the month through the links below.


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Spirituality ~
ChaliceCircles
Touchstone Chalice Circles 
To be announced.
 



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.  All are welcome.

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.


~ Beacon Connections ~

Open Air Yoga!!

Beacon member (and Yoga instructor) Cassie Dakan invites you to join her open air yoga class in Cullen Park, Fridays at 10 AM.  

The class is free!!! 

B&G Workday Fun - October 10, 2020

We had a perfect day, and a perfect size crew of 10 people for our yard clean up last Saturday.  Thank you so much to all who participated in sprucing up our outdoor spaces: Dan Davis, Dennis Spurlin, Rich and Roz Clark, Diana Roy, Mary Poore, Mark James, Anne Wittke, Barry Malpas, and Theresa deBoer.  It is very enjoyable to have these small but wonderful opportunities to interact in person with people.  We all wore masks when close and kept our distances, but still enjoyed being together.
We will probably do another get together after the leaves fall in November!




 
 


Social Justice Allies

 
Anti-Harassment Training

Hollaback is a nonprofit on a mission to end harassment - in all its forms.  They provide free trainings throughout the year to give people the resources to respond to, prevent and intervene in instances of harassement.  If you are interested in participating in a training or learning more, please visit the following link:










GETTING OUT THE VOTE IN COCONINO COUNTY

In the face of voter suppression efforts, especially recent attacks on the US Postal
System, it is important for all of us to educate ourselves on our options for
voting.  The following is information that will be useful:

       Monday       Wednesday        Friday            Friday             Tuesday
     OCTOBER      OCTOBER         OCTOBER       OCTOBER      NOVEMBER
           5                      7                      23                  30                     3
    Last day to           Early            Last day to        Last day to     Election Day   
      register             voting           request early      vote early           VOTE
       to vote             begins          ballot by mail      in person         6am-7pm
  
Because of mailing delays, if you have not yet registered to vote, please contact
the Coconino County Elections Office immediately to get a form or you can find all
the information you need and register on-line at
(https://www.coconino.az.gov/195/Elections). Phone: 928-679-7860.
        Upcoming UU the Vote Events:
  • How can you help? By becoming an Election Defender. Unlike traditional poll watchers, Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), election and voter defense, de-escalating right-wing voter intimidation tactics, and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out. Sign-up to be an Election Defender 
    Protecting the rights of people to vote in-person on November 3 means thousands of people signing up for different roles. Signing up today means you'll have access to weekly training and a Slack channel, where our efforts can be coordinated around the nation. UU the Vote is part of a united front effort with hundreds of other mass-member organizations to ensure free and fair elections.
  • Love & Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ every first Wednesday of the month in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona. Register here
A Special Message from Rev. Robin about BIPOC Allyship
 
Dear Beloved Community,

America is on fire with rage, weary from a pandemic, and aching with despair. Along with the rest of our country, we've read and heard so many devastating accounts over the past week, the most heart-rending from people of color coping with another case of murderous systemic racism in our country. I do not need to (nor, am I entitled to) add anything to their experiences or parse what they have to say about racism. They live it. 

...To read the full message on our website, please click here
Lifespan Religious Exploration Resources for Learning About and Responding to Racism

This painful moment in time calls us to focus our learning and reflection on allyship to people of color, understanding white privilege, and reflecting on how we can part of a systemic sea change and solution in our society. 

Beacon has provided resources for all ages addressing how we as individuals and as communities can learn about and respond to racism.  For the full list of resources, activities and community meetings, visit Beacon's Religious Exploration pages.

 ~ Wider Community ~

Camp De Benneville Pines Fundraiser

De Benneville Pines has captured the hearts of thousands of campers for nearly 60 years. it is a place of kindness, friendship, and beauty. Now they need your help to keep their doors open because of Covid-19 pandemic.To donate click Here 
~ This Week at Beacon ~


Worship Watch Party
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
10 am - 11 am
"Go Set a Watchman: On Radical Honesty"
Zoom link here
Post-Service Gathering
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
11:00 am
Recurrent link here

Beacon Buzz
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
12 noon
Post-Election Gathering
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
7pm
Passcode:968647

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly
Thursday, November 5th, 2020
12-1:15pm
Passcode: 968647


 
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!
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Everyday Ways to Support Beacon UU 

1. When you go to Fry's grocery store, use the Beacon phone number (928 779 4492) as the Alternate ID when it asks for it at the beginning of checkout, and you will get shopping discounts for Fry's members, as well as donating a percentage of your expenditure to Beacon. You can also sign up for an individual account if you prefer that, or want to take advantage of the gasoline discounts. You have to pick Beacon as your beneficiary when you set up your own account.

2. If you shop on Amazon, please use "Amazon Smile" and choose Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) as your recipient. We will receive a 0.5%  for every purchase and that can add up!  Remember that you have to start each shopping session at smile.amazon.com for us to receive the donation. 

3. Another online fundraiser is  igive.comOnce again, create your own account with a user name and password, then select settings, my cause, and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU). Then you can order from any of the hundreds of organizations listed under igive.  There are also coupons listed online you can use when ordering from some organizations.

4. Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of  what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon.  Ask Anne Wittke for further information.

Have other ideas for our income incubator? leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Rev. Robin. 
Beacon Office Hours & Contacts ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Minister,
Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 10:00 am - 3:00 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) 
Get to know Rev. Robin at www.uurobinzucker.com
Director of RE 


Our engaging programs for all ages continue while we search for a new Religious Exploration Director.

Rev. Robin can answer your RE questions.
  Office Manager,
Yeximar L Cramer
 
Mon: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


 

~ 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!




You no longer need to forward your spam emails to spam@uce.gov, because the Federal Trade Commission is now collecting spam through a honeypot, which is an online trap. This change makes it more efficient for the FTC to collect spam that is deceptive or violates the CAN-SPAM Act. This change saves tax dollars, your time, and helps the FTC collect deceptive and illegal spam.  If you lost money to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint. There, you can also report spam you receive.  Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail

~ Beacon Google Group ~

If  you are not on Beacon's dedicated 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
Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News

Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to  office@beaconuu.com in order to be included in the newsletter.