Spiritually Open, Intentionally Inclusive since 1958
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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
E-news for December 31st- January 14th
Please note that this newsletter covers a two week period.
The e-news will not be published on January 7th.

January 3rd Service
"Choose Something Like A Star: A Sermon Towards Integrity"
In this sermon, poised between Christmas and Epiphany, we’ll follow the journey of the Magi in exploring what it means to choose the way of integrity, hope and personal accountability in an increasingly compromised world. As W.H. Auden put it in his poem, “So when at times the mob is swayed /To carry praise or blame too far/We may choose something like a star/To stay our minds on and be staid.
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching. Music By Roomie Wood and Rebecca Prizznick.

Tune into the Service via the  "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel.

Watch Parties will be Discontinued.
Come to the Post-Service Gatherings at 11!
Our watch parties at 10 am were an interesting experiment, but they will be discontinued for several reasons, including technical difficulties for those watching (video lag, freezing screens, poor audio quality). So, here’s a great alternative. Watch the service on YouTube on your own schedule (maybe even at 10 Am on Sunday!) and then come to the weekly Post Service Gathering on Zoom at 11 am to connect, share joys and sorrows, and reflect on the service.

~ Please join us after the service ~
Join our post gathering discussion by clicking the link below
Passcode: 968647
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID: 733 037 203

January 10th Virtual Service
"Shove Over!: A Sermon Towards Imperfection"
New Year’s Resolution time! Again? How has the experience of 2020 changed our expectation of who we need to be in order to be “okay?” In this service, we’ll explore what it might mean to view our imperfections and “areas of improvement” with compassion, honesty, and humor, as we embrace the ever-evolving process of becoming fully a “Self.” Together, we’ll exalt (and even get a chuckle or two) from the wholly human, uninvited, and messy side of our blessedly imperfect lives.
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching With Worship Associate Linda Ochi. Music by Roomie Wood and Rebecca Prizznick.

Watch Parties will be Discontinued.
Come to the Post-Service Gatherings at 11!
Our watch parties at 10 am were an interesting experiment, but they will be discontinued for several reasons, including technical difficulties for those watching (video lag, freezing screens, poor audio quality). So, here’s a great alternative. Watch the service on YouTube on your own schedule (maybe even at 10 Am on Sunday!) and then come to the weekly Post Service Gathering on Zoom at 11 am to connect, share joys and sorrows, and reflect on the service.
~ Please join us after the service ~
Join our post gathering discussion by clicking the link below
Passcode: 968647
Or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID: 733 037 203
Please note: We recommend that you donate to Vanco directly from a bank account to save us the fees associated with credit card donations. More for us to sustain our congregation.
Share Your Joys and Sorrows- Chime In!

One way we can sustain connection during this time apart is by sharing our personal joys and sorrows. These can be small things or large things that effect your life. Please send these to Rev. Robin by Thursday night each week at minister@beaconuu.com Or,be in touch and we can record a short Zoom- recorded snippets to include in the service.
 Only first names will be used. Or, you can share your joys and sorrows live at our
Post-Service Zoom Gatherings, Sundays at 11.

Porch Visits with Rev. Robin
Who is that masked minister in her "Soul" mobile? It's Rev. Robin! - ready to
come by for a socially-distanced
visit on your porch, patio, or deck.
Trailhead meet-ups and easy hikes, we could even meet at a park, or walk in your neighborhood. You decide! Just give a shout-minister@beaconuu.com 
or 978-505-7245
Spotlight This week

We’re hiring!

Part-time Office Manager position to begin as soon as possible. Please pass on the posting and job description to potential interested candidates.

Caring and Connected Team Calling!

We have created a "Caring and Connected" Team to keep us in touch during this time of virtual church and physical distancing. Members and friends of Beacon received another phone call and/or an email from one of our team leaders to connect in early December. As always, Rev. Robin is here to talk with you, come by for a masked porch visit, and help you with pastoral or practical needs. minister@beaconuu.com or call 978-505-7245.
Beacon Buzz
Beacon Buzz's next date is:
January 3rd 12 noon 

Join Rev. Robin and Board President Wendy Bruun on the first Sunday of the month at 12 noon to ask questions, voice concerns, offer ideas, and learn more about
Beacon in the "Zoom where it happens". 
Pass code: 968647
Small COVID-Safe Soiree Circles have formed. Signs Up still open.
Remember Circle Suppers - the popular program offered at Beacon where each circle was semi-randomly assembled, and the members took turns hosting the gatherings? 
We are now offering a new version that we call "Soiree Circles."
Paul Beier is the organizer. Gatherings are COVID-safe due to their small size and will be held outdoors. If you want to laugh together, share stories, deepen old friendships, 
make new friends who share your principles and experiences, this is a great way to do it! face-to-face and not on zoom.
To learn more about how the program is organized and how to host these gatherings and to sign up using the online form, click on the links below. So far, we have had 11 families sign up for the program. Members of all ages are welcome to participate. See Flyer here

Here’s an update on our Holiday Gift appeal from
  • $5790 total
  • 17 donations
  • 7 Board members
  • 2 Finance committee
  • 8 Congregation
Leaders Apply Here!!

Next June, Beacon will meet to elect new members to the Board of Trustees and the Leadership Succession Planning Team (LSPT). Beacon members will be needed to fill vacancies for Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Members at Large on the Board, and one term on the LSPT.
 
Members of the LSPT and Members at Large on the Board are elected for two-year terms. The Vice President is elected to serve one year as President Elect and a second year as President. The Secretary and Treasurer are elected for one-year terms. In accordance with our bylaws, no person shall serve on the Board for more than four consecutive years, nor in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.
 
Interested Beacon members should contact an LSPT member (Char Tarashanti, Dennis Spurlin, Dora Harrison, Jeremy Young, Lisa Skow, Paul Beier, or Theresa deBoer) if you are willing to be nominated for an opportunity to serve your Beacon congregation.
Staff Transitions
We wish Jexi the very best as she ends her time as our Office Manager and begins a new full-time job in Winslow, near her home. The job listing for the Part Time office manager position can be found in this e-news

Rebecca Prizznick will be ending her time with us as pianist/accompanist in mid January. We will miss Rebecca’s superb musicianship and her warm energy. We are fortunate that Stephanie Galloway, a fine pianist-organist-choral director known to many at Beacon, will be joining us for the remainder of our virtual ministry. We will seek a new live accompanist for Fall 2021.
Congratulations to Carl Taylor for being named “Male Citizen of the Year” by the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper. It’s wonderful to see one of our Beacon pillars recognized for his ongoing contributions to Flagstaff.
Religious Exploration

We encourage Beacon families to continue Religious Exploration at home!  

Our Imaginative and Inspiring Religious Exploration Programs 

We're excited to have formed a Religious Exploration collaboration with the Granite Peak UU Church in Prescott, AZ which is going wonderfully well. Read the update in this column. You can learn about both of the programs we're offering, CartUUns and The Fifth Dimension below, on our website, and on the program website  here.

Religious Exploration for Children
~Beacon at Home~

Cartuuns
For our younger kids (K-5, and younger as appropriate), we have chosen CARTUUNS, which explores UU values and principles through Disney and Pixar short films, such as the award-winning "La Luna." We are screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM twice a month on Zoom.
Upcoming classes: 
January 10th "La Luna"
January 24th "Bao"

Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth

The Fifth Dimension 
For Middle School/Junior High(and older or slightly younger, as appropriate), we are collaborating on another Imagine-RE program called The Fifth Dimension. Through classic Twilight Zone episodes (created by Unitarian Rod Serling), we are exploring social and political issues relevant to youth. Students become deeply engaged in the topics and engrossed in the storytelling and "sci-fi" twists in episodes like "Eye of the Beholder" and "Enough Time At Last." We are screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. The lessons are stand-alone and can be joined from week to week. Please take a look at the link and let us know if you'll give it a try.
Contact Dru Munroe at edrumonroe@gmail.com
5th Dimension 11:30 am-12:45pm
Upcoming classes: 
January 10th, 2021 11:30 AM Arizona
I Am the Night- Color Me Black 
Season 5, Episode 27
Passcode: 510

January 24th, 2021 11:30 AM Arizona
Most Inspirational and Motivational Eight Minutes of Your Life
Passcode: 510

"No preparation for the class is required! Youth can just join the meeting at the scheduled time and you are ready to go!" 

Religious Exploration for Adults

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly: How The Courage to Be Vulnerable 
Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" 

Six 75 minute "lunch and learn" sessions, led by Rev. Robin Zucker, Minister at Beacon UU, Flagstaff. Thursdays, 12-1:15 (or 1:30 as the group chooses) PM (Arizona time) 
On these dates: November 5 and 19; December 3 and 17; January 7 and 21. 
Zoom Link here. Passcode: 968647 
A complete workbook/journal is available to download as a pdf from the beaconuu.com website Adult RE page You may participate in this program without reading the entire book, as the exercises in the workbook include excerpts. Other materials will be provided to download from Rev. Robin. If you require us to print a copy of the workbook for you, please let us know.  We'll share our reflections from the text and workbook and have small group confidential discussions in breakout room.
Please let Rev. Robin know you'll be taking this journey with her. minister@beaconuu.com
Transform YoUUrself
Evenings of January 9th, February 13th, and March 26th, 2021
Youth and adult participants will be led to examine different types of leadership, what it takes to be an effective leader, conflict resolution skills, ways you can help foster youth leadership in our communities, and some self-evaluation and insight into the type of leader you’d like to be. We’ll also give you resources for local, regional, and national leadership opportunities including include a panel discussion & Q&A with current UU leaders and interest focused small groups. How to lead during these surreal times and how to spiritually nourish that leadership will also be explored.

Leads: Kellie Burden, MDD youth board & Jessica Laikeman, DRE & Camping Ministries Director.
~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: ~ Consolation and Desolation
Touchstone Chalice
Zoom link coming soon
Touchstones Chalice Circles are designed to meet our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy) by building friendships and providing opportunities to ponder life's questions, small and large, with others who share the common values of our UU Principles. All are welcome.

Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism, Touchstones. To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open.
~ Beacon Connections ~
Social Justice Allies
Anti-Harassment Training

Hollaback is a nonprofit on a mission to end harassment - in all its forms. They provide free trainings throughout the year to give people the resources to respond to, prevent and intervene in instances of harassement. If you are interested in participating in a training or learning more, please visit the following link:
A Message from UUJAZ
Thank you all for an incredible year sharing the work of justice together as UUJAZ. December brings a break from our regular programming, so our team can plan for an exciting 2021. Be sure to subscribe to our emails, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you are inspired to do so, become a monthly supporter.
Click here to sign up and support us.

Have a wonderful winter everyone,
Phoebe


A Special Message from Rev. Robin about BIPOC Allyship

Dear Beloved Community,

America is on fire with rage, weary from a pandemic, and aching with despair. Along with the rest of our country, we've read and heard so many devastating accounts over the past week, the most heart-rending from people of color coping with another case of murderous systemic racism in our country. I do not need to (nor, am I entitled to) add anything to their experiences or parse what they have to say about racism. They live it. 

...To read the full message on our website, please click here

Lifespan Religious Exploration Resources for Learning About and Responding to Racism

This painful moment in time calls us to focus our learning and reflection on allyship to people of color, understanding white privilege, and reflecting on how we can part of a systemic sea change and solution in our society. 

Beacon has provided resources for all ages addressing how we as individuals and as communities can learn about and respond to racism. For the full list of resources, activities and community meetings, visit Beacon's Religious Exploration pages.
~ Wider Community ~
Community Sing on Zoom, January 4 at 6 PM
The Flagstaff Threshold Choir (of which Mary Poore is a member) is hosting a Community Sing, “Songs to Begin the New Year,” on January 4 at 6 PM. See flyer here for details on how to register in advance or the zoom meeting.
This Week at Beacon ~
Worship
Sunday, January 3rd, 2020
10 am - 11 am
"Choose Something Like A Star: A Sermon Towards Integrity"
Post-Service Gathering
Sunday, January 3rd, 2020
11:00 am
Bacon Buzz
Sunday January, 3rd, 2020
12 noon

Worship
Sunday, January 10th, 2020
10 am - 11 am
"Shove Over!: A Sermon Towards Imperfection"

Post-Service Gathering
Sunday, January 10th, 2020
11:00 am




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Everyday Ways to Support Beacon UU 
1. When you go to Fry's grocery store, use the Beacon phone number (928 779 4492) as the Alternate ID when it asks for it at the beginning of checkout, and you will get shopping discounts for Fry's members, as well as donating a percentage of your expenditure to Beacon. You can also sign up for an individual account if you prefer that, or want to take advantage of the gasoline discounts. You have to pick Beacon as your beneficiary when you set up your own account.
2. If you shop on Amazon, please use "Amazon Smile" and choose Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) as your recipient. We will receive a 0.5% for every purchase and that can add up! Remember that you have to start each shopping session at smile.amazon.com for us to receive the donation. 

3. Another online fundraiser is  igive.comOnce again, create your own account with a user name and password, then select settings, my cause, and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU). Then you can order from any of the hundreds of organizations listed under igive. There are also coupons listed online you can use when ordering from some organizations.

4. Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon. Ask Anne Wittke for further information.

Have other ideas for our income incubator? leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Rev. Robin. 
Beacon Office Hours & Contacts ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492
Minister,
Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment:
978-505-7245 - talk and text (confidential line) 
Get to know Rev. Robin at www.uurobinzucker.com
Director of RE 

Our engaging programs for all ages continue while we search for a new Religious Exploration Director.

Rev. Robin can answer your RE questions.
Office Manager,
Yeximar L Cramer
 
Mon: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles ~

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. Learn more at beaconuu.com!
You no longer need to forward your spam emails to spam@uce.gov, because the Federal Trade Commission is now collecting spam through a honeypot, which is an online trap. This change makes it more efficient for the FTC to collect spam that is deceptive or violates the CAN-SPAM Act. This change saves tax dollars, your time, and helps the FTC collect deceptive and illegal spam. If you lost money to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint. There, you can also report spam you receive. Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail

~ Beacon Google Group ~
If you are not on Beacon's dedicated 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 our Office Manager,at office@beaconuu.com or Visit: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag
Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News

Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm 
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