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

Summer Imaginarium
~ This Sunday's Service ~

One Country on the 4th of July.
We celebrate our values and blessings as citizens on this holiday. This Sunday four Beacon members - Andy Hogg, Barry Brenneman, Theresa DeBoer and Sam Piper, will share their stories and experiences - and how we meld into one country.
~ Ministers Musings ~   

C ongratulations to our own PSWD member, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, on being elected as the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association!
"We have much work to do," she told the assembly. "I believe we are up to it. I look forward to working with you on this transformative path ahead."

She was installed as UUA president on Sunday afternoon, June 25.

Rev. Kevin is out of the office until Wednesday, June 5th. Happy 4th of July to all!
~ Music Box ~

Our Beacon choir is on a summer hiatus! We will resume rehearsals and performances August 17. Thank you all for all the wonderful music so far this year! 

~ Adrianne
~ Religious Exploration ~

What's happening in RE?

In the know...

Excerpt from the Annual Minister's report presented in conjunction with Annual Congregational Meeting, June 11, 2017.

"In February, our Director of Relgious Exploration (DRE) Sakenya McDonald presented to me and the Board of Trustees (BOT) that she wished to pursue her higher educational goals and completion of her Master Degree with Prescott College, she offered her resignation effective end  of the month.  Upon discussion with Sakenya and Tessa Reagan our Lead Teacher, it was determined to create a training/mentoring opportunity Sakenya welcomed the role of DRE  Consultant, and Tessa became Acting DRE.
Timeline of transition: 
This was to be a gradual transfer of roles March through June 2017.  While initially envisioned to    be an internal transfer and welcoming of Tessa into the DRE role effective July, Tessa notified the Board and I in late May of having accepted a different full-time position. We close out our church year and we begin employment search for a new DRE who will create a strong program with lead teacher and childcare support as well support and care from all within Beacon. It takes a village... We offer appreciation and gratitude for both Sakenya and Tessa and the gifts they shared with our programming while with us here at Beacon."
A Summer Religious Exploration program is happening!
For all our parents and families with children, please know that I am committed to RE here at Beacon, as are your RE Committee, the Board of Trustees.  For July and August, we will be offering "one room schoolhouse" programming each Sunday.  There will be planned lessons and activities so make plans to come to Beacon on Sunday mornings; we'd love to see you! We are so very fortunate to have one of our former DRE's Kristine Pavlik and one of our High School Youth Maryalee Roazen in position as leads for this summer program. 
Hiring a new DRE is underway -
The RE Committee and myself are in consultation and development of the DRE job description and we anticipate opening up the position the week of July 10.  We have been in conversation with prior DRE's and most recently a very productive exit interview with Sakenya as she makes her transition to her Graduate program focus, to gain their insights and thoughts for the program.  Thank you for your understanding and support of our summer teachers, the RE Committee and the RE Program here at Beacon.  We believe in the religious exploration of our children and youth and seek to offer the best programming that we can.  Please be in touch with me, or any of the members of the RE Committee: Kay Johnson, Trish Black, Dee Wegwert and Christina Boyd with any questions.
~ Our Whole Lives ~
Two OUR WHOLE LIVES CLASSES this fall - 5 th and 6 th grades and 7 th and 8 th grades.
The Beacon Religious Exploration program is pleased to announce two OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) classes for youth this fall. OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information for all ages about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences of sexuality. Classes are facilitated by Beacon members who have received training and certification through the UUA. More information about OWL content is available at www.uua/org/re/owl .
It is our philosophy that parents are the primary sexuality educators for their children, and this is a way that our faith community supports parents in that effort.
Families from outside the Beacon congregation are very welcome to participate.  
If you have a child in one of the grade levels, know families who might be interested, or have any questions, please contact Kay Doggett about the 5 th -6 th grade class (928-890-7773 ) or Dee Wegwert about the 7 th -8 th grade class (1-928-660-8815 ).
Download the attached flyer to see the full class schedule and requested participant donations to cover food and curriculum expenses.  And watch for more information in a direct email to Beacon members and friends.

City Council Affordable Housing Solicitation

Flagstaff City Council has decided to direct City staff to develop an RFP (Request for Proposals) for the proposed package of three sites for affordable housing, despite a preponderance of community responses suggesting that the site at Fort Valley Rd. and Schultz Rd. be removed from consideration. Concluding this work session agenda item, in the warm-and-stuffy Flagstaff Boys and Girls Club Tuesday evening,
Council decided by a 5 - 3 margin to move ahead with the process to create affordable housing in three locations. Two are on the eastside, the other in the northwest at the Fort Valley/Schultz Pass Rd. site.

According to City Housing Director Sarah Darr, all three parcels would have to be included in the RFP for a developer's application for Low Income Housing tax credit to be competitive. The City already has several hundred units that were created through the tax credit program. "A survey of residents (of those units) showed that many are employees of the city's largest employers," including FUSD, Coconino County, the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County.

Several Beacon members and friends were in the house, including some who made brief presentations: Jack Doggett, Dru Monroe, Susan Immel and Mike Caulkins.
When it was time to decide whether to move forward now or go back to the drawing board, Council chose basic human needs over all other factors.

The City will issue the RFP in a few weeks, staff will rank the proposals, the highest of which will be presented for the Council's consideration.

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist (Information in the second paragraph tapped the June 28 AZ Daily Sun lead article.
~ Literature of the US Borderlands ~

~ Art Exhibitions at Beacon for July and August  ~

And Now For Something Different - New Art At Beacon

For July And August we are displaying the exciting work of textile artist and man about town Jamie Hasapis. The pieces in this exhibit were created using a technique called "snow-dyeing". Fabric is covered with 8" - 10" of snow and then dyes are applied. As the snow melts the dye is absorbed randomly creating color, design and texture. "I never know what the end result will be....when I open the bundles I have these incredible gifts that I get to share."
In addition to his art, Jamey is a musician, singer and actor. He is also the host of Radio Sunnyside's Community Conversation  on Monday mornings at  10 a.m.

~ Music at Beacon! ~

~ 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!
~ 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
~ Save the Date ~

Men's Gathering
Tuesday, July 11
7:00 pm
All adult men are invited to gather at The Annex Cocktail Lounge, 50 S San Francisco St in friendship and manly camaraderie.
We'll hope for nice weather so we can sit on the patio shared with the Tourist Home. Hope to see you all there.

The Flagstaff Freethinkers
Friday, July 14
5:00 pm
The Flagstaff Freethinkers have a speaker coming to Beacon. Her name is Tory Roberg, Government Affairs Director from Secular Coalition for Arizona. She has been working hard for church/state separation at our state capital. This isn't an anti-church effort, in fact some of the Secular Coalition board membership and liaison organizations ARE churches, much like Citizens United for the Separation of Church and State which is headed by the Reverend Barry Lynn. This effort more about protecting Civil Liberties, Science-Based Medicine and fighting for Social Justice. She will be up in Flagstaff presenting on the last legislative session and the challenges looking forward. 

Literature of the U.S. Borderlands
Saturday, July 22; Saturday, July 29; Saturday, August 5; Saturday, August 12 
9:00am - 11:00am

Ingathering / Homecoming 
Sunday, September 10th
We will again gather for service and potluck at Bushmaster Park, the same ramada as last year, adjacent to Thomas School, off Lockett Rd.
~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner ~
Northern Arizona Interfaith Council is a regional, interdenominational, non-partisan organization that addresses social justice issues. Currently, NAIC is focused on immigration, public safety, and education.  

Undesignated contributions to this month's first four Sunday service offerings above  $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) will be presented to the  Northern Arizona Interfaith Council.
~ Classifieds ~

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 Calendar
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 2
10:00 am
Music at Beacon: Jim Scott
Saturday, July 8
6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 4
6:15 pm
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 9
10:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, July 5
5:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 6
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 11
6:15 pm

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!
Beacon Office Hours

Rev. Kevin  Lawson: 

Mon: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tues: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Weds: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Other times available by appointment
Director of Religious Exploration

Please call the office during regular office hours for DRE needs at this time. 

  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