~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Where are we going?
Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
~ Ministers Musings ~
Musings - April 6, 2017

As you can see from this picture, Beacon was well represented in our larger community gathering last Sunday morning at the Border Wall, in Nogales, AZ.  The Borderlands Justice District Assembly was indeed a transformative event for all who attended.  Please know that more from our collective experiences will be shared in community in the coming weeks.  Please do make plans to attend Sunday April 30, 2017 for our Youth Sunday, our high school youth will offer service and some reflections on their engagement, excursions and transformative opportunity having attended DA.
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UUA Update: I shared a letter last week to alert and advise the congregation as to the unexpected resignation of our UUA President Rev. Peter Morales.  Since last week, there have been two additional UUA Staff resignations.  (Please see links below for additional information) This is a defining moment in our movement's history, how we will respond to crisis, change and move into opportunity.  Please know that as your minister and most direct contact with the UUA, I am staying apprised of the quickly changing situation and providing direct updates and communications with our Board.  Additionally, I am in ongoing conversation with our staff locally as well with my colleagues and staff members within the Pacific Southwest District, 
for how we each and all shall best respond and continue 
the vital and necessary work of our congregations.
Sadly, the kernel of the recent turmoil at the UUA stems from aspects of hiring practices and policies, and the concerns of institutionalized white supremacy with regard to said practices and policies.  This matter of institutionalized racism and white supremacy as matter of due course are very obviously areas of significant concern within our UUA.  
The UUA has long promoted awareness for anti-oppression, anti-racism and multicultural engagement; however, we presently find our 
larger  association at odds with these very same goals from
 within its own direct actions in hiring and promotion.
Please see the attached call from Black Lives of UU (BLUU) for a #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn, I am in conversation with our DRE Sakenya McDonald and indeed, Beacon will participate in this national call for this moment of Planned Learning Opportunity.   Click Here for More Info .  I am please to share that Sakenya and I are in development for this very special service opportunity May 7, 2017.  At this service we will offer education, awareness, and opportunity for how race, privilege, language and more either build bridges to understanding, or maintain divisions of segregation.  
I hope you will make plans to be with us for 
this  timely conversation and service.
While it is true that presently our national UU movement is the subject of media awareness and some articles have appeared within the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and other religious news agencies, with questions raised as to our full commitment to honoring and welcoming diversity.  Now is the time for each of our individual congregations, who indeed do comprise our National Association, to walk our talk, to engage in direct dialogue 
and to seek positive and healing opportunity from crisis. 

Blessed Be, Rev. Kevin

~ Upcoming Services ~  
Where are we going?

April 9
Rev. Kevin
"Welcoming the Stranger: from within and without.   During February and March we talked a lot about raising funds to support Beacon, yet money and class make many of us uncomfortable.   Today in the Christian tradition is Palm Sunday, Jesus entry into Jerusalem, what is welcoming? How do we learn to see and acknowledge financial divisions among UU's? Where are we going by means of inclusive welcoming to all? Aspects of our Auction sermon winner Cassie Dakan's request for what is the future of UU?"

April 16
Rev. Kevin
"Lo, the Earth Awakes Again! This Easter morning let us join together in Celebration for all that is renewal, rebirth, regeneration.   How do we as UU's interpret this ancient story of life beyond the specter of death?   Additional reflections upon our auction winning sermon requests for what is the future of UU?"

~ Children's ~
~ Religious Exploration ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,


What is AZ MUUGS? Well, the Arizona Middle-School Unitarian Universalist Group, of course! Friday, May 5th, Beacon will be hosting an overnighter  for all the UU middle schoolers in the state of Arizona. We are expecting 6-8th graders from as far as Tucson and are the last congregation to host the middle schoolers in our state. What a wonderful opportunity!  So, Beacon Religious Exploration Program and our middle-schoolers are asking for volunteers! We are in need of 4 adults willing to work in 4-hour shifts for the overnighter. The hours are 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Please email  re@beaconuu.com or call 928-779-4492 
for  more information or to volunteer.

PS. Volunteers must be over age 21, willing to undergo a 
paid  background check, and cannot be related to 
any of  the participants of the MUUGS overnighter.

~ Adrianne's Music Box ~

#35 Unto Thy Temple, Lord, We Come
by Ro­bert Coll­yer , 1873. Coll­yer was the pastor and wrote this hymn for the ded­i­ca­tion of Un­i­ty Church, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.  I found an interesting blog by a UU Minister, Kimberley Debus whom also serves the Church of the Larger Fellowship as Fellow for Aesthetic Ministries. 
"Unto thy temple, Lord, we come
with thankful hearts to worship thee;
and pray that this may be our home
until we touch eternity:
The common home of rich and poor,
of bond and free, and great and small;
large as thy love forever more,
and warm and bright and good to all.
May thy whole truth be spoken here;
thy gospel light forever shine;
thy perfect love cast out all fear,
and human life become divine."

#123 Spirit of Life deepening our practice of sign language/body meditation.
#126 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing We sing this hymn in gratitude for the communities we intentionally create to support us, for the reminder that we are more than the sum of our parts, for the vision that we must remember to keep before us.  Verses 2 and 3 were written in 1928, specifically for our UU Hymnal by Eugene Navis.  The hymn was originally composed in 1758 by Robert Robinson using a familiar tune called Nettleton.
~ Social Justice Update ~

"Migrants and Borderland Justice"
UU District Assembly in Southern Arizona
Mar. 31 - Apr. 2
Amazingly, 20 Beacon folks (see group photo) made the daunting expedition to southern Arizona last weekend for this remarkable set of experiences:

     Reverend Kevin
    and Gary Burnett

Carol Hixson (ad hoc youth coordinator)     
Donna Engleson,
       husband Alex               
Dorothy Rissel and Roseanne Fulcher
Rich and
   Roz Clark    

Astrid  Engleson
(Donna's daughter)

Wendy Brunn

Shannon Wells   
Alden England
Jenny Bales 
Everett England
Chloe Wall
Elise Lynn    
Isaac Godwin     
Maryalee Roazen
Michael Malone

All the kids camped at the Amado (Green Valley) UU , three families camped at a couple of locations and the others stayed in hotels. With most participants transported in vans that were provided (and some driving our own cars), on Saturday we scattered in all directions for workshops and excursions in collaboration with more than  15 partner organizations ranging from Tucson to the Mexican side of the border. Then, Sunday morning, probably 200-250 of us (again, most transported by bus) gathered on the U.S. side of the border wall in Nogales for a remarkable worship service. There, Rev. Kevin facilitated one of the small group reflection sessions.
It boggles the mind to consider the organizational energy required to build this ambitious, far-flung, powerful weekend event package! UU congregations throughout Arizona, southern California and southern Nevada were represented. It is incredibly gratifying that so many Beacon folks made the commitment-not a small one-to participate and learn first-hand about the realities confronting our immigrant neighbors. Many thanks to the Baja Four (southern AZ UU congregations) of UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network and the Pacific Southwest District of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) planning team!
Reflections: A beginning
It is with full hearts and deepened understandings that Rich and I share our respective reflections on our remarkable experiences.
First from Rich...
   The current immigration policy and attitudes of many toward immigrants leave me very frustrated and sad. Frustrated that our policy makers have failed to develop a moral and ethical solution to this U.S.-created dilemma. Saddened by seeing The Wall that now separates our once-close neighbors.
   To me, it seems idiotic to spend billions of dollars on a physical wall 
when those billions could be used instead to help solve the 
problems  that have necessitated an economic migration. 
Why can't we work with Mexico and Central America to help build their economies? Help them solve their gang problems?
   People everywhere want to be able to provide for their families' safety and basic needs. A wall between countries does nothing but create a great divide, a division that harms both the builder and those who are separated.

 Click here for Roz' impressions.

What next?
A good starting place is to gather this stalwart group of Beacon explorers together, share our reflections, and lay out some possibilities for how we might follow-up, putting those feelings into promising work. It feels to me like Social Justice Allies, from seeds planted in southern Arizona in the spring of 2017, may soon be in for a broadening, deepening, growth spurt.
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Gratitudes from the Board ~
~To Carleton Sheppard -  For all the work she's done on the installation service.  She's a star!
~To the Finance Committee members Bill Towler, Holly Taylor, and Carl Taylor -  for creating the draft budget and checking and rechecking the numbers.
~To Gus Millor (our new Garden Gnome) -  for his gardening skills and beautifying of the grounds.  The front yard especially looks beautiful.
~To the RE folks - Christina Boyd, Kay Johnson, Sakenya McDonald, Dee Wegwert, and Trish Black  for creating the new draft RE policies.

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  office@beaconuu.com.
WordPress Training!

Beacon is excited to announce that we will be offering a free WordPress training class! This comprehensive class will cover everything from the basics to the more complicated internal workings of WordPress over a nine week period. The classes will Thursdays, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Join us for one class or all! 
If you are interested in joining the class, please email Dennis Spurlin at  DESpurlin@acm.org to sign up! 
Or, if you are a WordPress web master and are interested in helping facilitate the classes, email Dennis for more info!
 ~ Art At Beacon ~

Figure Drawing Lesson At Beacon

 Former member Kathi Barron will be teaching drawing with a live model. Kathi is an excellent artist and teacher. There will also be a still life set up. (Any paper or pencil will work.) Here is Kathi's write up. 
Please reply to Marsha Owen if you plan to attend:  h2owencolor@gmail.com

Figure Drawing in Proportion
People are fascinating!  As complicated as drawing the figure may seem, some simple tricks can lead to creating convincing characters. This session will start with practice capturing poses with quick gestures and a short lesson on measuring and proportions. The rest of the time will be spent sketching with a live clothed model. 
Supplies:  Two graphite pencils #2 or 2B, an 18 X 24" newsprint pad with backing, and maybe an eraser.
Optional: vine charcoal, easel, large board with clips, 80 lb. drawing paper.

When:  Saturday, April 22nd9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Where: Beacon UU church, 510 N. Leroux
Supplies:  pencil, paper and a support for your paper if you need it.
Cost: We don't know yet, depends on attendance but hoping for about $10.
Note: If you are using vine charcoal or watercolor bring protection for the chair & floor.

Light refreshments provided.
Save the Date! 
Beacon spring cleaning 
Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The Beacon town hall/budget forum
Sunday, May 7th, immediately following the service.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 11th, immediately following service. Details to come!
Beacon Annual Yard Sale: Coming in June!
With the Yard Sale coming up in June, it's not too early to begin to ponder which items around your house you are ready to have live somewhere else. You can either save those things at your house or bring them to the "cottage" in the Beacon back yard. Contact Heather at the office (779-4492) Tues., Wed. or Thurs. afternoons to be sure you'll have access to cottage storage.
Please note: we don't sell clothing or electronics.
Watch future Weekly News editions for details!  

~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner ~ 

Sharon Manor combines safe, decent 
and affordable housing with critical one-on-one support to help families impacted by violence to take life-changing steps toward self-reliance.  
Helping homeless women and children journey out of violence and poverty and into economic independence, safety, health, and self-sufficiency. 

Undesignated contributions to April's  Sunday  service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) 
will be presented to Sharon Manor. 
~ Special Notice! ~

Granite Peak UU Congregation Prescott:
1/3 time  Music/Choir Director  position available starting July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the music program and conducting our enthusiastic 20-member choir.  Applications will be accepted through April 17. Please send your resume and a cover letter indicating your interest to Rev. Karla Brockie at  ministergranitepeakuu@gmail.com . Finalists will be scheduled for a one-hour interview, and a time to conduct our choir for one hour in May.

(Sorry for the confusion last week, by omitting that 
it is  Granite Peaks hiring, NOT Beacon! -Heather)

Beacon Calendar
WordPress Training
Thursday, April 6
5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 4
6:30 pm
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 6
7:00 pm
Beacon Youth Group
Wednesday, April 12
5:30 pm
Sunday Service and Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 9
10:00 am
Finance Team
Wednesday, April 12
6:30 pm
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, April 10
5:30 pm
Stronger Together
Thursday, April 13
9:00 am
Full Moon Heart Circle
Monday, April 10
6:30 pm
WordPress Training
Thursday, April 13
5:30 pm
Yard Sale Planning
Tuesday, April 11
4:30 pm
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 13
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 11
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
LBGTQI Youth Group
Friday, April 14
5:00 pm

Beacon Office Hours

    Rev. Kevin Lawson: 
Monday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

 Sakenya McDonald
Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

  Office Manager, 
Heather Thornton
Tuesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Last Sunday
Attendance: 48
Plate Donations: $83.00