~ 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
The Easter Bunny needs your help!
Volunteers needed to arrive at 9:15 Sunday
morning to help hide Easter eggs for the children's Easter Egg hunt!
Eggs and baskets provided by Beacon.
Parents will be given baskets for their child/dren at the conclusion of our Easter Service first, and then the children will be dismissed to join the Easter Egg Hunt! All members and friends, young and old are invited to stay and enjoy the joy and excitement of the Easter Egg Hunt.
As this year we will be using both the front and backyard of the building, we are asking for adult members (not just parents!) to volunteer to help keep an eye on our littlest Beaconites during the Easter egg hunt. Thank you for helping us make this a safe and FUN event for our Beacon children!
~ Beacon Spring Cleaning ~
April 15, 2017
We will be meeting at Beacon on Saturday, April 15th at 9 am for the annual Beacon Spring Cleaning! We will supply the tools and cleaning materials, you supply the
smiles and the willingness to help spruce up our beloved church and grounds for the season!
~ Ministers Musings ~
Musings - April 13, 2017
I write this morning with the news of the bombing in Afghanistan - my heart breaks. This is not the international outreach or vision of who we are as Americans. Obviously, limited awareness as yet for the reasoning or rationale for this action. However, this is not our belief and value system as Unitarian Universalist, who believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We who see and understand that our world, and all its peoples, cultures, races, human and animal are indeed truly interconnected; and dependent upon the health and well-being of our planet. This is a very difficult day to process, seek understanding and to find the good or the potential.
Yet, within the Easter and Passover Season we are called to memory, called upon to remember the ancient stories of how the human spirit overcomes and can indeed triumph over the evils of humankind inflicted one upon the other. I take inspiration from the following reading by Paul R. Beedle. May we each and all recognize the times and the trials in life which we have faced, overcome and indeed been changed, yet found new life, ongoing life and hope restored for the living.
Blessed Be, Rev. Kevin
By Paul R Beedle
"In all sacred literature, the hearts of the storytellers are revealed in the stories, their breath is felt in the words on the page, and we may be touched or moved or stirred by their ancient art. And maybe we can glimpse a truth that they saw, if we read closely and reflect on what we have read. And we can get a glimpse of what later interpreters saw, if we serve up their symbols as a separate dish rather than baking them into the story. We need a chance to savor each perspective.
The art of contemplation is how art begets art. It's how poems become songs, how stories become statues and paintings and rituals. One person's creativity awakens another's creativity, life touches life, spirit touches spirit-even down the long corridors of time. The Easter story has echoed down the centuries in this way, reverberating in sometimes surprising ways.
It says that after Jesus had suffered the worst agonies imaginable - has been physically tortured and publicly humiliated, pierced, broken and killed&-still there are those who care about him. He is beyond their help, but they surround him with their love. And after a time, Jesus is healed in the tomb-healed from death-and he returns to life.
How does this happen? None of his friends know. It hits them like an earthquake, or it comes as a puzzling surprise, that he is no longer in the tomb. They recognize him, and they do not recognize him. He has come through this trial a changed man. And he has something to say to them. Isn't that the story of grief? of shame? of despair? of all our worst suffering? We die from it, and afterwards we live from it. And then we have something new to say."
Where are we going?
"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?"
Beacon welcomes special guest speaker, Sarah King, to deliver an inspirational Earth Day message. Sarah has spent many years as Chair of the Arizona Faith Network Earth Care Commission, addressing timely issues surrounding environmental justice. Please join us as Sarah invites shares with Beacon a message of change, stewardship, and sustainability, and personal reflection of our individual relationship with our home, planet Earth.
Please join us as Beacon's Youth Group presents an energetic justice themed service! Our youth will be presenting messages of hope and inspiration, sharing their District Assembly experiences, and leading a lively worship experience for all ages!
~ Children's ~
~ Religious Exploration ~
Dear Beacon Members and Friends,
AZ MUUGS IS COMING TO BEACON!!!
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.
more information or to volunteer.
PS. Volunteers must be over age 21, willing to undergo a
background check, and cannot be related to
the participants of the MUUGS overnighter.
~ Adrianne's Music Box ~
by David Arkin
[Made] of Colors
) is a traditional Spanish language folk song that is well known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. It is also associated with the United Farm Workers union, as one of the most commonly heard songs sung during rallies. (Wikipedia)
Morning Has Come
by Jason Shelton
This song was composed for and debuted at a morning worship service during the 2001 UUMN conference at the Mountain in Highlands, NC. As the story goes, it had been rainy and gray all week long, but when the time came to debut this song the sun came out and shone gloriously through the chapel windows. Ah, the power of music!
Praise In Springtime
is a 1990 setting by Thomas Benjamin of some "old" text written around the 1900 by William Channing Gannett.
Born in Boston on March 13, 1840, he was named after, and christened by, William Ellery Channing, the "founder of American Unitarianism." His father, Ezra Stiles Gannett, had gone from the Harvard Divinity School to be Dr. Channing's associate, and in 1842 became his successor at the old Federal Street Church (now the Arlington Street Church) in Boston. Ezra Stiles Gannett was one of the founders of the American Unitarian Association, its first secretary, and later its president. Thus William Channing Gannett grew up in the temple of Boston Unitarianism. His grandfather Caleb had also been a New England minister, and through Caleb's wife the clerical heritage went back three more generations. Boston was also the home of William Channing Gannett's mother, Anna Linzee Tilden, who died in 1846, too soon to influence her son's life, except that he must have owed to her his strains of poetry and humor.
Afternoon on a Hill
by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The lyrics are taken from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, who
was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. She began publishing poems while still in high school and earned a full scholarship to Vassar based largely on a single poem, called "Renascence." Part of a prominent group of artists and writers who lived in Greenwich Village, Millay was as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her writing. Lightfoot's setting of the text creates soaring melodic lines and creative imagery. A beautiful pairing.
Written in 1983, the composer, Carolyn McDade shares these words, "Earth shakes out a mantle of green-each blade of grass true to the integrity within, yet together with others is the rise of spring from winter's urging. Our coming is with the grass-the common which persists, un-exalted, but with the essence of life. Our humanness, our rhythms and dreams, the faith which nurtures our ardent love and hope for life-all this we share with earth community, of which we are natural and connected beings."
~ Social Justice Update ~
Special pre-Sale event this Saturday, April 15!
Volunteers at the Beacon Work Day this Saturday morning (9 -12:00) will have an opportunity to "pre-shop" our annual Yard Sale! The "cottage" in the backyard is stuffed with really good stuff, a result of former Beacon member Pat Doman's recent move to Gilbert.
We need to make room for more donations to the Yard Sale (Saturday morning, June 3), so take advantage of this pre-sale after helping with Beacon clean-up!
Next SJA meeting
Members, friends and visitors are welcome to participate in the next SJA meeting
after the service Sunday, April 23 in the purple room (about 11:15).
usually meet the third Sunday of each month, with Easter falling on that date,
we've re-scheduled for the 23rd.
Observations of a Border Patrol Agent
...Thank you, Cassie Dakan, for calling my attention to a recent interview on NPR's "This American Life" (hosted by Ira Glass), and guiding me to it online.
Former Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantu read from a memoir,
The Line Becomes a River.
Cantu's account is different from the usual way people talk about the border-he "sidesteps usual politics" and documents random observations that happened while he patrolled the border. The segments in quotes and indented paragraphs are excerpts from Cantu's manuscript.
Cantu's mother, especially, didn't understand why he wanted to take this Border Patrol job after getting out of college. He says, "I spent four years studying the border. I'm tired of reading about it. I want to be on the ground, out in the field. I want to see the realities of the border. I don't see any better way to truly understand the place."
"What I couldn't articulate to her until...later was that, in a way I hadn't learned
anything from my work that I didn't already know. People were risking their
lives to cross an unnatural divide, while others were being employed to stop
them. And there was, of course a profound violence in all of this. People were
dying with nobody hoping or intending for them to die. But to see it firsthand,
day in and day out, it seems somehow more awful that I could have ever
...There are days when I feel I'm becoming good at what I do. And then I
wonder, what does it mean to be good at this? I wonder sometimes how I
might explain...the sense in what we do when they run from us, scattering
into the brush, leaving behind their water jugs and their backpacks full of
food and clothes.
It depends on what kind of agent you are, what kind of agent you want to
become. But it's true that we slash their bottles and drain their water into
the dry earth. That we dump their backpacks and pile their food and clothes
to be crushed and stepped over, strewn across the
desert floor and set a-
...Almost 20 of us from Beacon were at the border less than two weeks ago as part of UU District Assembly. Some of us walked to a place where The Wall stops and the easy-to-walk-through vehicle barricade begins, inviting desperate border crossers to chance "death by desert."
It is no wonder that agent Francisco Cantu writes about nightmares in which he searches for "men lost and wandering without food or water, dying slowly...(eventually discovering their bodies) face-down on the ground."
Cantu had this job for four years, then wrote about it. His book is scheduled for publication next year.
Roz Clark, SJA Journali
~ Community News ~
Please make note-
Rev. Kevin is on two weeks' vacation as he and Gary will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the trip of a lifetime! The two will be taking a cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal, returning to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Rev. Kevin will be back in the Pulpit Sunday May 7th for our special service in recognition for the National Call to Racial Conversation from Black Lives of UU's. Happy anniversary, Kevin and Gary!
May 7th is also our
Budget Town Hall meeting 11:15 - 12:30, after which Beacon will host a very special opportunity for a White Supremacy Teaching, an event that will be open to the larger community. Rev. Kevin, along with Sakenya McDonald, Pia Driessen-Knittle, and Cassie Dakan will offer a two-hour event to engage us all in conversation and deepening awareness around race, diversity, and inclusion. This event will look at aspects within our own recent UUA hiring events, as well what is it like to be a person of color living in Flagstaff.
~ A panel conversation ~
"People of Color, living in a Blue city, within a Red State."
Please make plans to join with Rev. Kevin, Sakenya, Pia, and Cassie with a special invited guest (TBA), Sunday, May 7 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
(Light snacks will be provided, as with these special events, it will make for an unusually long Sunday).
~ Note: Pastoral Care Emergency ~
If you should have a pastoral care emergency or personal need in the coming two weeks, please contact the office for referral to Rev. Glenn Farley, who is serving on-call in support of Rev. Kevin while he is out of town.
~ Volunteers Needed for Beacon BnB ~
June Fundraising Effort
Please Join Rev. Kevin, Kay Doggett and Board President Carol Hixson as we offer a new take on an older fundraising idea! We will offer limited, one weekend/two night Flagstaff BnB hospitality to fellow UU's in the State to come north to Flagstaff for Pride in the Pines and Flagstaff Folk Festival the weekend of June 23rd and 24th.
Can you share your guest room (or two) with other UU's? Would you like to help Beacon
raise funds from outside our own pockets? Only two night's hospitality (
and the opportunity to make some new friends!) can make a big difference here at Beacon, and in the greater Arizona UU community!
Please contact the office,
, provide us with your contact info, what the guest options you have are (i.e. queen bed with a shared bath, or two twin beds and separate Bath, etc...). Your input will help us determine if this event is a real possibility! We will be in touch in early May to fine tune options and to coordinate promotion to other UU Congregations. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality!
The Summer Bnb Task Group,
Rev. Kevin, Kay and Carol
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
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
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.
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.
Saturday, April 22nd.
9 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.
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,
Undesignated contributions to this month's
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget)
will be presented to Sharon Manor.
~ Special Notice! ~
Granite Peak UU Congregation Prescott:
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
. Finalists will be scheduled for a one-hour interview, and a time to conduct our choir for one hour in May.
Thursday, April 13
Tuesday, April 18
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
|Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 13
Tuesday, April 18
|LBGTQI Youth Group
Monday, April 14
|Beacon Youth Group
Wednesday, April 19
|Beacon Spring Cleaning
Saturday, April 15
|Core Leadership Council
Thursday, April 19
|Beacon Youth Group Pizza Slam
Saturday, April 15
Thursday, April 20
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 16
|Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 20
|Religious Exploration Committee Meeting
Monday, April 17
|Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, April 21
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
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
Tuesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Plate Donations: $146.00