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Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Where Do We Come From?
~ Ministers Musings ~
February 16, 2017

What a wonderful service we shared together last Sunday! The Beacon Choir was in stellar form, signing under the stars of our current stewardship campaign.  The community singing was on point, and what fun we all had either participating in the "Love Train" or watching others as the impromptu serpentine gathering of joy danced its way around the sanctuary.

I hope you might feel as enlivened and encouraged as I do, that much is right and good for us here within Community at Beacon.  Are we perfect, No!  I recognize that transitions may be tough for both the minister and the congregation as we get to know each other and personalities may sometimes clash.  I may not always be everyone's cup of tea, but I am very thankful to have been called in strong measure to be a part of this congregation. I am also grateful and appreciative for the new beginnings, seeds really that  are starting to break ground here.  We had six of our eight high school youth gathered in their community Sunday afternoon; I could not be more proud of these young people and their excitement and visioning of their developing youth program. We expect at least five or six of these youth, along with 10-12 adult members and friends, that will be attending the upcoming Justice DA in Southern Arizona.  

I am so very encouraged by this show of District Action and Support from Beacon.  When you called me as your new minister one of the key elements I was asked to support is increasing Beacon's engagement in District, Regional and National Unitarian Universalism, we are on the road!
Our Music program and Choir are really hitting their stride and the gift of music has a long and deep appreciation within community.  A very special acknowledgement to  Colibri Del Valle for our recent offertory, another encouraging nod to our youth and our RE program, we have some great talent in our community.  I have heard from so many of you how much you are enjoying Adrianne's new weekly music box notes in the E-news.  I also hope you will join me in offering our heartfelt best wishes to Erika as she rests and recuperates her voice and her spirit.

Click Here for the Full Musings/Report!     
~ Monthly Worship Theme Notes ~

Our next three monthly service themes, February, March and April are taken from the artists Paul Gauguin's statement painted in the piece, " Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?  Gauguin inscribed the original French title in the upper left corner: D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous. The inscription the artist wrote on his canvas has no question mark, no dash, and all words are capitalized. In the upper right corner he signed and dated the painting: P. Gauguin / 1897. These words also appear in our hymnal, "Singing the Journey," within hymn #1003. 
~ Upcoming Services ~

February 19, Worship Associate Nancy Paxton
"Our Roots and Wings: Olympia Brown," 
Did you know that the first woman in the United States who was called to serve as a full-time minister was a Universalist: her name was Olympia Brown (1835-1926). Some of Brown's words are printed as Responsive Readings #569 and #578 in our hymnal. Discover more about where we come from by learning about this path-breaking woman and about the powerful commitment to social justice that connects us with her and other prominent Unitarian-Universalists in the past and present.    

February 26, Rev. Kevin
"Where Do We Come From?"
We close out this month's worship theme with UU History and Heritage. Where do UU's come from, how do we function as such a diverse, and multifaceted collection of seekers, believers, non-believers, reflections on the passage from our Christian roots, to our modern day Wings. 

~ Religious Exploration ~

rades K-5 - Signs of Faithful Leadership

This week we will be affirming children's connection to our Unitarian Universalist history and future. They are invited to see themselves as carriers of a UU legacy: of faith in the power of humans to make the world a better place, of hope, and of support for one another on our faith journeys. The story of Antoinette Brown and Olympia Brown reinforces a sense of UU history and encourages children to help one another find the courage to follow one's calling.

Grades 6-8 - What Do You Stand For?

Our middle-school class will be learning another powerful lesson from the book, What Do You Stand For. This lesson will focus on the concept of citizenship, "I grew up with the idea that democracy is not something you believe in, or a place you hang your hat, but it's something you do" - Abbie Hoffman.

See you Sunday!
Volunteers are always welcome! Please email to find out how you can contribute to our dynamic RE program.
~ Adrianne's 
Music  Box ~
Congregational Hymns February 19, 2017

Our Worship Associate, Nancy Paxton shared her motivation for choosing our hymn selections this week.  I really like her thought process and asked if I could include it in our music box.  She writes:
"Since Olympia Brown was born in 1835 lived until she was able to vote (she died in 1926), I've chosen very traditional mostly 19c. hymns for this service. Brown came from a Universalist family that strongly supported the abolition of slavery as well as equal rights for all Americans, so I wanted to include at least one hymn that alludes to African-American traditions."
Hymn #109 Bread and Roses is a political slogan as well as the name of an associated poem and song. It originated from a speech given by Rose Schneiderman ; a line in that speech ("The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.") inspired the title of the poem Bread and Roses by James Oppenheim . The poem was first published in The American Magazine in December 1911, with the attribution line "'Bread for all, and Roses, too'-a slogan of the women in the West."   The poem has been translated into other languages and has been set to music by at least three composers. (Wikipedia)
#168 One More Step was written by UU songwriter and singer Joyce Poley.  People marching for social change often sing as they walk along together.  When UUs sing songs like "One More Step," we are promising each other that we will keep on taking steps in the struggle for freedom, fairness, and peace.
We read about the legacy of hymn #149 Lift Every Voice and Sing a few weeks ago, as we celebrated the incredible struggle and triumph of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and indeed the entire Civil Rights Movement.  This song is often used as a rallying cry for social justice.  In 1919, the National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dubbed it "The Negro National Anthem" for its power in voicing the cry for liberation and affirmation for African-American people.
Let's Ignite Our Beacon Light Question of the Week:

How is having settled ministry once again at Beacon helping you and helping to ignite our Beacon Light?

Trish and Paul Black will be in the lobby before and after the service, ready to collect your answer to the question, if you wish to do so. The Stewardship Team will post the answers each week!

Conversations with Rev. Kevin
You should have received a postcard inviting you to one of three parties:  Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 pm; Saturday, February 25, 10 am- 12 pm; or Sunday, March 5, 11:45 - 1:45. Enjoy engaging in small group conversations with Rev. Kevin while sampling food and beverages along with live music! Childcare is provided for the Saturday and Sunday parties. 

If you did not receive an invitation, or need to change your date, please call Trish Black, 602-350-0592.
The next SJA meeting will be this Sunday, February 19, following the service (about 11:15) in the "purple room."
The agenda includes updates on Beacon's public stance issues: Living wage, non-violence and immigration. Snacks will be provided. Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome!
City Council votes against holding special election on minimum wage this May
(The following information was excerpted from the AZ Daily Sun of Feb. 15 and the F3 (Friends of Flagstaff's Future) newsletter of Feb. 14.)
With about 285 citizens present at City Hall, Flagstaff City Council voted 5 - 2 against holding a special election in May on a citizen initiative (by a group called Elevate Flagstaff) to repeal the city's minimum wage law that was approved in November's election.
However, in a 6 - 1 vote that followed, the Council directed city staff to return with a proposed legal amendment to the current law. To be legal, an amendment would need to "further the intent" of the measure approved in November.
One possibility for an amendment to proposed by to the Council by the Bridging Flagstaff group, would slow down the implementation of the provision of Prop. 414 that requires Flagstaff's minimum wage be $2/hour above the State minimum wage. This would prevent the leap to $12/hour this July that concerns many business owners, non-profits and others. Bridging Flagstaff proposes that this implementation of this requirement be delayed until 2020.
...Should City Council decide not to take further action, the Elevate Flagstaff initiative could appear on the ballot in the next general election in November, 2018.
Months before the election, we alerted readers that factors surrounding living wage-an issue on which Beacon voted to take a public stance-are complicated. The outcome for Flagstaff is not yet determined. Stay tuned: we'll keep you posted!
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
Time for Circle Suppers at Beacon
Break bread with a few other Beaconites!

How it works:
  • Any member or friend of Beacon signs up (with your partner and family, if you wish) during the sign-up period (which ends Feb 20). You are signing up to participate in 3-4 potluck Suppers (or brunches or whatever) during March-May. Each Supper is held in the home of one member of the Circle; nobody hosts more than 1 Supper.
  • Paul Beier ( assembles participants into "Circles" of about 6-8 persons, notifies all participants of the Circle to which they have been assigned, and recruits one person to be the Ringleader of each Circle.
  • The Ringleader of each Circle works with Circle to set the date for the first Supper at the Ringleader's home. At each Supper, the Circle selects a date and a host for the next Supper.
  • Continue for until everyone has had the opportunity to host the Circle (hopefully before the next Circles begin).
  • Is your home too small to host 6-8 people? No problem! We can work it out...
"A Beacon tradition for 30 years"
What to do:
Before Feb 20 , email , with your
  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone (gotta have it!)
  • Names of other adults who will attend Suppers with you
  • Names and ages of kids who will attend suppers with you
  • Are you willing to have babies (kids <36 months) old in your Circle? Yes/No
  • Are you willing to have kids > 3 years old in your Circle? Yes/No
  • Any other information, such as: "only Sunday brunches" or "house too small for me to host" or "please put in circle with Barack."
If you can't remember if you already signed up for Circle Suppers, just sign up again - we will find the duplicates.
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
Cheap Lunch Bunch!

The NEXT Cheap Lunch Bunch will be  Monday, Feb. 20, location to be determined. Email or call Anne Wittke with suggestions!
The Cheap Lunch Bunch is a group of Beacon members and friends, gathering to enjoy a quick cheap bite and conversation 
at one of  Flagstaff's many terrific eateries!
Call Anne Wittke at 606-2064 with questions, 
or to be added to the group's email list!
February's Share the Plate Partner 

The Poore Free Medical Clinic provides medical and 
dental care for those who do not have insurance.

Undesignated contributions to December's Sunday service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) 
will be presented to the Center. 

Nominate your favorite Non-Profit Group or Agency!
If you would like to nominate a non-profit project or agency whose values are consistent with Beacon's for the Share the Plate Program,  please fill out a nomination form. They can also be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.
For more information, contact Community Action Committee (CAC) chairs 
Katy Grant, and Eric Burns 
~ Gratitudes from the Board ~
The Board of Trustees wishes to express our thanks to the following individuals for their hard work in supporting Beacon: 

Snow removal -  Bill Towler who cleared the property, and Chris Scully our kind neighbor from next door who cleared our sidewalks! Thanks so much for keeping the snow cleared though three storms and three feet of snow!

To Andy Hogg and the Elves  for the great Christmas Eve service setup, tear down, cookies, décor, etc.  It turned out great despite having to move up the time due to an impending snowstorm.

To Barry Malpas and Adrianne Anning  for the wonderful New Year's Eve service

To Eric Burns and Katy Grant and Dennis Spurlin  for taking over the auction database while Anne Wittke was out of town, also all the auction volunteers who made it a great success.

Thank you!
Beacon Calendar
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 16
7:00 pm
Beacon Men's Gathering 
@ Uptown Pubhouse

Tuesday, February 21
7:00 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, February 17
7:15 pm
Flagstaff Family Food Center
Wednesday, February 22
3:30 pm
Sunday Worship Services
Sunday, February 19
10:00 am
Children's Religious Exploration
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 pm
Social Justice Allies
Sunday, February 19
11:15 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 23
7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 21
11:00 am
5:00 pm
LGBTQI Community Youth Group
Friday, February 24
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

Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Fundraiser!
Join our Sedona sister congregation for their fundraiser auction!
Help us build community between Sedona and Flagstaff, and foster connections for UU's in the red rocks and the high country!

Last Sunday
Sunday, February 12
Attendance: 83
Plate Donations: $214.00