Beacon Spiritual Theme of the Month
~ Hospitality ~
Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager

~ Sunday Service ~ 

"Hospitality and Conflict" 
How do we welcome the stranger in these times of increased stress, tension and anxiety?   Rev. Kevin will explore hospitality through a historical lens of differing times and places.  The Beacon Choir will sing.
~ Touchstones Journal ~

October Theme

~ From the Ministers Desk ~
Dear Ones, yet again last Monday we awoke to the news of tragedy and gun violence in our country and quite close to home in neighboring Las Vegas, NV.  What are these times we are living in? The ancient Chinese proverb states, "May you live interesting times" but is violence, and hate, and division necessary to be a part of the ongoing human condition. Is this what is interesting?  
What of love, beauty and peace, what of the glorious fall weather and color display of nature we are experiencing this year here in Flagstaff? What of these interests, may we lift up to focus upon?  I have been hearing recently the spoken word, the heart calling to have Sunday mornings, be a time of sanctuary set aside from all that is present in our world daily and weekly.  I wish to share I heed this call, and am mindful that when we gather in community it is for this need, as well as for so many other important needs alike.  
Last evening in our Worship Associates meeting, the conversation came to a point of sharing on "balance" that what we are striving for in developing worship service is for balance.  Balance within services for sanctuary, for information, for theology, for being challenged by new thought, for mirth and merriment, and to be supported in sharing and hearing the touch points in one another's lives in joy and sorrows. Balance, easily stated, difficult to achieve, and yet important that we lift up this awareness, We are many and diverse people each arriving for Sunday service, for committee meetings, coming with our own needs, expectations, communication styles.  As it often stated, this is the blessing and the concern within UUism, "We need not think (and act) alike, to love alike" - Francis David.   
May we be a people so bold, that we gather in diversity, that we honor diversity, and yet that we create and develop and adhere to covenant. How we will be with one another, how we will respect and communicate with one another, how we will with heart and sincerity disagree with one another, and yet honor and uphold right relationship.  This is a part of sanctuary; this is a part of how and why we who gather in religious community seek a different pathway of being and experiencing the world.  This is why the terrorist act recently perpetrated in Las Vegas pains us deeply.  Because we are people intent of honoring the other, the act of taking lives is so foreign to our thinking.  
Come be in service and sanctuary together this Sunday. Come be in relationship and community, striving to build a different way with mutual respect, mutual honesty, and mutual care one to another.  Let us live into our model of integrity and diversity.  
Grateful to be on the journey with you,
Rev. Kevin
~ Religious Exploration ~  
In the Catholic tradition, Tuesday,  October 4,  is the feast day of St. Francis, patron saint of animals.  Some Unitarian Universalist churches have adopted the tradition of blessing the animals on or near this day.  Our pets are so special to us.  This is a great day to honor them.

You may choose to have your very own ceremony at home this week.  You could make the connection to the 7th principle, "we are all a part of the interconnected web of life", and/or use Thomas Rhodes'  lovely poem for this occasion.   
~ S ocial Justice Allies ~
The next SJA meeting will be after the service Sunday, October 15 (about 11:15).
Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome. Snacks provided.
Calendar alert: The date for the next UUJAZ Justice Strength Training webinar has been postponed until Sunday, October 22, 4 - 5:00pm. Topic TBA; stay tuned!

Special community event Sunday, October 15, 7:30pm at Cline Assembly Hall, NAU (just inside the NAU library). Dr. Roger Waldinger's presentation, "Searching for Refuge in a World on the Move" will be free and open to the public. Dr. Waldinger is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Director of the Center for the Study of International Migration. This event is part of a symposium titled Strangers or Neighbors? Jewish, Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Refugees, presented by the Martin-Springer Institute at NAU.
For more information, call 928-523-2464 or 523-5029.
The NAU parking office has assured me that parking behind the NAU library will be free for this event.
In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Community Action Committee ~
This month's community partner:
Flagstaff Family Food Center Food Bank and Kitchen

Save the date: On Friday, October 27 Beacon will pack food boxes at the Family Food Center's warehouse on Huntington Drive . Our assignment is from 10am to 1:00pm. Everyone is invited to participate, whether it's for the full 3 hours, an hour, or something in between.
~ In Community ~
Jan Nelson shared sorrow for niece's passing. 

lore dickey shared sorrow for the violence toward the transgender community.

Theresa deBoer shared joy for retirement.

Sue Strobel shared concern for proposed gun legislation.
~ Chili Potluck ~

Sunday October 29th
Immediately after the service!  Both meat and  vegetarian chili provided.  Please bring a side dish to share. Come enjoy breaking bread together!

For Children of ALLLLLLL Ages: 
Wear your costumes and receive a special goodie bag!  We know how Beaconites love a par-tee and to dress up!
~ Auction! ~
Get ready for Beacon's "Everything Flagstaff" 20 th  Annual Silent & Live Auction!
Auction date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aspen Valley Golf Club, 1855 N. Continental Dr.
Free admission, childcare, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, door prizes, fun!
Examples of donations:
Hosted dinners, certificates to restaurants, hair salons,
experiences like guided hikes, yoga, rock climbing, yard work,
ice skating, yurts, skiing, timeshares, babysitting, etc. and more!
Come dressed as Everything Flagstaff!
(As a hiker, biker, tourist, skiier, tree hugger, student, Fratellis, from Route 66, ...)
Please get your donations rolling in!  Click here to view the auction donation form.
Can't wait to see you there!
Beacon Calendar
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, October 5
7:00 pm
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, October 9
5:15 pm
Saturday, October 7
8:00 am
Tuesday, October 10
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Sunday Service & Religious  Exploration
Sunday, October 8
10:00 am
Tuesday,  October 10
6:15 pm
Sunday, October 8
1:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, October 12
7:00 pm

Religious Exploration Committee
Monday, October 9
4:00 pm
UUAJAZ Issues and Action Day
Saturday, October 14
All day!

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!
~ Save the Date ~

Saturday October 14, 2017
UUJAZ - Issue and Action Day

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
9:00 am
Building and Grounds workday Breakfast treats provided!

Friday, October 27
10:00 am
Family Food Center Volunteer Day

Sunday, October 29
11:00 am
Chili Potluck

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 pm
Beacon Auction!
~ Classifieds ~

Sunday cash counters needed! You've been looking for how you can help out at Beacon, here's your chance!  We're seeking to build a pool of cash count volunteers to work in teams of two, for one half hour after service to count the offering and prepare cash count sheet.  Please contact the office with your interest. Thank you to those who have expressed interest, we need three or four more people to schedule a training, and are looking forward to implementing this program in the coming weeks!

Requesting photos with permission to use them on the Beacon website! Photos can be of congregational events (please make sure everyone in the photo is named so that I can obtain a release to use them!), the church itself, the grounds, or even just of around town! Help us show the public the beautiful community that is Beacon UU!

Beacon Library!
Our Beacon Library is in need of some friends, might you have time to help organize, and to create and review checkout and return of our honor system loaner library?  The library is currently being reset in the upstairs library / DRE office room, so a great time to help with organizing.  Please be in touch with Rev. Kevin.
Beacon Office Hours

Rev. Kevin  Lawson: 

Tues: 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weds: 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Other times available by appointment
Director of Religious Exploration, 
Amy Hunterreece

Sun: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tues: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thurs:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  Office Manager, 
Heather Thornton

Tues: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weds: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thur: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(928) 779-4492
~ Art at Beacon ~


For September and October, works by Beacon member Carleton Sheppard will be on view in the sanctuary. They are called "bricolages," a French word for the creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be at hand. "Collages" are two-dimensional works of art made by combining various papers and other flat surfaces; "bricolages" are three-dimensional, made by combining objects.. 

When she moved to Flagstaff in 1998, she began practicing the Japanese art of 
wabi-sabi before she learned what it is: the aesthetic of impermanence and imperfection. She was fascinated by the natural forms and rusty objects she found in the Ponderosa forest, and began assembling them into wall arrangements.  According to Wikipedia, characteristics of 
wabi-sabi include "asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity... and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes."
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on ? You can get the password over the phone (928-779-4492) during regular office hours, or by requesting it from a board member after Sunday Services.We will not be providing it by email. 
Call or email Heather ( with any questions!

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 Heather, our Office Manager, at
~ Fundraising the Easy Way! ~

We have added new, easy ways to give back to Beacon! 

Do you shop at Fry's? Use the Beacon phone number, (928) 779-4492, at checkout, and Beacon receives donations from Fry's through their Community Rewards program!

Do you shop online? Use and Beacon receives donations from the companies you shop with! 
Or, use! Just set Beacon as your charity of choice, and when you use the portal to shop, Beacon receives donations from!

Do you know of other passive fundraising methods? Let us know at!