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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Days of Awe Sunday
"A Semi-Colon is No Place to Stay"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
The Days of Awe between the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer us all (Jewish or not) a yearly opportunity to reflect, consider our righteousness and our missteps, seek and offer forgiveness, and venture forth again in a positive, healing direction. Metaphorically, these days could be seen as a semi-colon; the juncture where one could choose to end a sentence, but decides instead to continue the story because there is more to say. We'll explore, from a spiritual perspective, the ways in which a semi-colon is not a full stop, but rather a moment to pause, reckon, and reinvest in relationships, integrity, goodness, community, and life itself..

Religious Exploration

 Youth Breakfast, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Immunity to Change Workshop,  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Chalice Circle,  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Mingle with the Rev!, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
If you have not yet had a chance to talk with our new interim minister Reverend Robin, then join us this Sunday for a mingle, hosted at Katy Grant and Eric Burns' house. Children are welcome! Light refreshments and drinks will be served. This is a good opportunity to meet with Rev Robin in a small group setting and get to know her better.  Please RSVP  to office@beaconuu.com and directions will be sent to you.


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Covenant ~ 

Spotlight this Week!

Beacon Men's Gathering
Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm

All adult men are invited to gather at Grand Canyon Brewery Tap Room at 1800 South Milton Road (in the Green Tree Plaza) in manly camaraderie and conversation. There is food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as beer.  Hope to see you there. Call/text Steve Zeldes at 928-856-1364.

Joys and Concerns
From Sunday, September 22, 2019

Paul B. - Joy to see young student youth strike for climate.
Carl T. Thanks to Loyd for painting the ceilings in the sanctuary.
Alissa - Kevin said yes to proposal!
Kim A. - Thanks for letting me sing.
Colleen G. - Passed PT exam.
Roz C. - Thanks for Killip School donations.
Grace D. - Visited her partner in Berlin; is negotiating for a new job.

 - STARTING POINTS - Now Two Saturday Morning Retreats - For New UUs 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 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.

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. Please sign up through the office so we can plan for your attendance with materials and refreshments.
~ Community Connections ~
 Social Justice Allies (SJA) 

THANK YOU fellow Beacon congregants: You've done it again!
Last Monday, following two Sundays of collecting school supplies at Beacon, a truckload of donations was delivered to Killip Elementary School! There were 5 cases of copy paper as well as 5 additional large boxes filled with a variety of other school supplies. We have no doubt chipped away on the amount of money teachers would have had to fund from their own pockets to provide these ordinary school items.  Thank you, once again, for your generosity!

UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network's annual fall ISSUES AND ACTIONS GATHERING
Saturday all day, October 26th, and Sunday, October 27th (for worship) at the UU Church of Surprise:   $50 covers all activities and three meals

Let's get active about the issues! Join SJA members and other congregants at this year's event.  On the UUJAZ website you'll find  information about the schedule and programming, including provision for spiritual practices (like yoga), a variety of engaging workshops, siesta time,  three meals (and overnight home hospitality, as needed), an awards dinner, and a worship service Sunday morning.

Our goal is to have a carload or two of Beacon folks participate. Go to uujaz.org and click on "Learn More" for the schedule of activities, deadlines, etc. for Issues and Action Day 2019.
Four $50 scholarships are available to cover the registration fee. Please contact Rev. Robin in confidence.

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, October 13 following the service (about 11:15). All-members, friends and visitors-are always welcome!
With her new Census job-including an abundance of travel across the southwest-SJA chair Terry White has stepped back from her role facilitating our monthly meetings. Those present last Sunday honored her with personal statements of appreciation. Thank you, Terry, for your commitment to serving as our fearless leader!
For the present, Roz will facilitate meetings, Faith Moore will represent SJA in CLC (Core Leadership Council) monthly meetings, Dorothy Rissel has agreed to take over as administrator of the SJA googlegroup and Rev. Robin is committed to meeting with us whenever she is in town. (Social justice is clearly high on Robin's list of priorities-yeaay! RC)

In community
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
To reach Social Justice Allies, email:  SJA@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 October 6th.

October 9, 2-5pm

Join us for a Flagstaff Family Food Center  Ambassador Training
United Way of Northern Arizona
1515 E. Cedar Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Learn about hunger in our community.
Discover opportunities to get more involved.
Become a community leader in the fight against hunger.
 Snacks will be provided.
RSVP to 
carrie@hotfood.org by Monday, October 7th. Questions? Call 928-526-2211.
All Congregation, All Ages, Work Day & Finger Food Potluck
  September Share the Plate Partner  

Beacon is sharing the plate with Poore Free Medical Clinic for September 2019
Founded in 1911 by Dr. Henry Poore, the clinic offers free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured individuals and families living in Coconino County. The majority of patients are the working poor who qualify because they live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Attending to patient's medical and dental needs enables them to better their lives. The clinic earned the title of Flagstaff Organization of the Year in 2013.
Services offered are Primary Care, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Illness Care, Children's Health, Sports Physicals, and Dental Care.
Dental Services offered are Full dental exam with x-rays, Filling cavities, Simple dental extractions, and Dental cleanings by a hygienist.

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Poore Free Medical Clinic. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder. Office@beaconuu.com
It's Auction Season!
Saturday, November 2nd, 6-9pm

Theme: Under Construction

By now, you all have marked your calendars for our 22nd Annual Fundraising Auction.

Everyone is welcome and free childcare is included. Come for a night of great music, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, drinks, costumes, raffle and door prizes, and both a live and silent auction. The Beacon auction is a fabulous party that no one wants to miss!

Aspen Valley Golf Club, 1855 N. Continental Drive

BUT WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS! Popular items include:
  • Gift baskets, handmade goods, jams, jellies, collectibles
  • Services such as sewing, yard work, tech support, pet sitting, taxi service, homemade meals
  • Guided tours, themed dinners, backyard barbecues
  • Gift cards are welcome for raffle and door prizes
Be sure to fill out your donation form. Forms are available after services on Sunday, or you can submit an online form here:

The link to the online form is also available on the Beacon website.

Please submit donations by October 21.

Questions about donations? Or do you want to contribute your time and talents to the auction? Then email auction co-chairs Katy Grant or Eric Burns at  auction@beaconuu.com
Hello Friends - We Need Finger Foods!

We are in need of your yummy finger foods/appetizers for our upcoming Beacon Auction on 11/2. I am looking for a good mix of savory/sweet (20-30) items that can easily be handled by hand and served on a tray. If you are not able to attend the auction, I will be happy to pick up your food contribution on 11/2. Please contact Donna Engleson to let me know what you will be bringing - text or call 928-600-1639 or email  Flagdonna@yahoo.com  . Cheers!

 Religious Exploration For All Ages 

Check out what's in store for this coming Sunday!

Details about upcoming programming


What were the numbers last week? Total = 78

Coming up:

For Children & Youth:
  • This Sunday evening marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays.  Revisit my blog from last year and learn about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: How do UU’s honor these Jewish holidays?  
  • Sunday September 29, 10:00:  Youth Breakfast (grades 6-12). Theme: Come Learn How to Get to Know Your Neighbors from Around the World. Cynthia Seelhammer will share her family's experiences hosting foreign exchange students and then we'll talk about how to make people from other parts of the world feel welcome here.
For Adults:
  • Sunday September 29, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Chalice Circle.  Contact Char Tarashanti, biobalance240@charter.net, for more information. Learn more below in the Chalice Circles section of the newsletter.
  • Sunday September 29, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM AND Monday September 30, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM: Discovering your Immunity to Change.  Come discover the unknown assumptions you operate from and how they create resistance to action.  Then, learn techniques and skills to begin to work, in more powerful and effective ways, to make changes you are invested in making.  We will use the book, Immunity to Change, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey as a guide.  (Purchase of book is not necessary to participate in this workshop).  They describe the work as follows, "It's a psychological dynamic called a 'competing commitment,' and until [you] understand how it works and the ways to overcome it, [you] can't do a thing about change-resistant [behavior]." Kegan, R. and Lahey, L. (2001). The Real Reason People Won't Change. Harvard Business Review, November 2001.
  • Monday October 7, 6:45-8:00: Esoteric book club, book is Anthroposophy in Everyday Life by Rudolf Steiner. Meeting location upstairs at Beacon. For more information about this group, contact Amy Huntereece re@beaconuu.com
  • Tuesday October 8: TED talks.  Join us at 10:00-11:00. This month's talk is by Ivan Krastev.  It seems the more we know about how democracy works -- through government transparency, better media coverage, even new insights about our brains -- the less we trust democracy itself. Yet it's still, arguably, the best system of government available. As Ivan Krastev says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive? (Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/ivan_krastev_can_democracy_exist_without_trust)
  • Tuesday October 8, 5:00-7:00 PM: Taco Tuesday at Beacon.  Join us for food and fellowship.  
Email Amy at  re@beaconuu.com
 Chalice Circles 
Fourth Tuesday & Sunday of the month

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.  

Sunday Circles start on September 29 th  and run through next May.  This month's Sunday meeting moved due to the Town Hall on the 22nd. Please see the calendar.

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
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
Building Update & Paint Crew Thanks!

If you haven't seen our progress, stick your head in our building now, or this Sunday.  Painting largely completed by our crack team of member painters, led by Dennis!  Looks wonderful.  Stained glass windows back up - and looking great.  Electrical fixtures being installed - and the new furnace is now in its second story home.  Gas line installed and meter due on Sept. 26.  Permit process in play for the subdivision of the former purple room to become offices for Rev Robin and RE Amy.  

In addition to thanking our wonderful Beacon volunteers, we also want to thank Loven's Superintendent Jim Clark for his collaborative help in working around us - and Jarmer Electric for being very flexible while we work.

We are hopeful that the project will be largely ready for final inspections during mid to late October, at which time we can begin the interior and exterior projects reserved for Beacon.  Anne Wittke, Bill Stewart, Rich Clark, Bill Owen, Norm Lowe and many others are on board that work.   Special thanks also to Marty Manning and Charlie Klinkert for the great new picture moldings now in the Sanctuary.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:   https://www.beaconuu.com/category/rei-building-project/ 

A big  Thanks!  to everyone who  came out to  help paint!

Thank you to Lloyd Holdeman, Andy Gould, Anne Wittke, Cynthia Seelhammer, Carleton and Bill Sheppard, Dora Harrison, Dru Monroe, Steve Zeldes, Gus Millor, Jeff Pickens, Paul Beier, Maryann Van Drielen, Bill Towler, and Theresa deBoer for completing the painting ahead of schedule.  They primed and painted the kitchen, RE room, foyer, hallway, half of the sanctuary, and all three rooms of the new additions.  They did an amazing job.  Lloyd did the ceiling and walls on the back half of the sanctuary on Saturday.  He started at 8 AM and left after dark.  The rest of the crew devoted what time they had available between 8 AM and 7 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  At the end, many gallons of paint have been applied to the interior of Beacon, while the contractors continued to work on the outside, the widows, and the electrical services.  Beacon people are the best.   And a profound Thank-You to Dennis for all you do!
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Practice 
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Sunday, September 29, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Board and CLC Retreat
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mingle with the Rev!
Offsite,  email for Info.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Youth Breakfast
Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Construction Meeting
Monday, September 30, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, September 29, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Immunity to Change Workshop, Part 2
Monday, September 30, 2019
5:30 am - 7:30 pm
Immunity to Change Workshop, Part 1
Sunday, September 29, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Worship Associates Meeting
Wednesday, September 2, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tues: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed:  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