Spiritually Open, Intentionally Inclusive since 1958
510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
E-News for January 13th, 2022 - January 20th, 2022
- Sundays at Beacon -

Masks and Proof of Vaccination required.
Service For January 16th, 2022, at 10am - UU Soup: Season To Taste In Unitarian Universalism, our birthright or adopted tradition, I often wonder (even, fret) about the degree of communal memory or the level of familiarity with the UU "recipe." Critics both inside and outside of our movement suggest that we are a smorgasbord of side dishes with no main course; a "salad bowl religion," or worse, a twice-warmed Sunday supper of leftovers. In reality, I believe that we are a more akin to a soup base that has simmered for centuries, rich in its integrity, courage, and faithfulness. Just as the word "religion" itself implies a "binding together, " our UU soup blends cabbage from Transylvania, sausage from Poland, corn from the Iowa Sisterhood, fine wine from the Enlightenment, and a meaty bone from the New Englanders. "Eat this in remembrance of me," calls out Michael Servetus, William Ellery Channing, Olympia Brown. How shall we answer them as post-modern, open-minded freethinkers, as we mix in morsels from our own religious recipes? Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, preaching, with Worship Associate Mark James and music from Austin Shaw.
 Beacon UU – YouTube sensation! 15 months, 63 recorded and edited worship services that you can tune into anytime you’d like for a first viewing or a re-viewing. Share our channel with friends you’d like to introduce to Beacon. See our virtual service history on the "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel You can also view past sermon descriptions and PDFs on our website here.
We want to stay connected to you even if you are not comfortable right now attending in-person worship.
Beginning this week, we are posting abbreviated worship services to our Youtube channel every Thursday. The recordings will include familiar elements like the Chalice Lighting and Joys and Sorrows, the sermon, a reading and some music.
Available today: “Some Assembly Required: On Becoming A Self” Originally preached on January 9, 2022 by Rev. Robin

Due to an uptick in COVID cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant, we have updated our safety policy to include proof of full vaccination status (2 or 3 shots) for ages 5 and older. This new policy is not a judgement of personal health care decisions. It is an institutional policy to safeguard the well-being of the community. 

Beginning, Sunday January 2, 2022, vaccination will be required to attend worship services, participate in the choir, and be part of small group gatherings. We will still expect masks to be worn and hands to be sanitized.  Committee meetings will continue to take place mostly on Zoom.  

On January 2, 2022 (or the next time you attend a Sunday service)  please bring your COVID vaccination card or a photo of the card on your phone. Once we have verified your status, you’ll have a small dot placed on your nametag. You can also email a photo of your COVID vaccination card to the Beacon office in advance of January 2, 2022 and we’ll put the sticker on your nametag in advance. office@beaconuu.com 

For the time being, we will not be having formal post-service gatherings. We will also be humming hymns and practicing distanced seating in the Sanctuary.

Thank you. We’ll continue to adapt and update this policy along with new public health developments. 
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.

The Beacon Choir has resumed its rehearsals and live performances in worship. We are so fortunate that Jason Drahos has joined us as Choir Director. You do not need to “audition” to join the choir. You are welcome if you are fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. Special singing masks are recommended. There are many available. Click this link to see one option for a singing mask.

Choir practice is suspended for January.
Religious Exploration

The 2020-2021 year Religious Exploration classes were a great success. We are so grateful for the dedication and creativity of our Beacon teachers, Dru Monroe and Stephanie Van Belle and their counterparts at Granite Peak UU in Prescott. Click "Check it out!" to learn more about what we just completed.
Kids at Beacon- All are welcome!

Volunteers are crucial for the success of Religious Exploration. As more children start getting vaccinated, Beacon wants to have open arms and classrooms for and child who wants to join us. RE volunteers work from 10am-11am to care for children with Alexei Besser-Gilbert. Please consider donating your time to an hour of volunteer work with wonderful kids! You can sign up in the church lobby or at this link!

Children and youth are always welcome in worship! We do ask that children over 3 years old wear a face mask while in the church building. There will be activity packets available for children during the service.

Religious Exploration is back at Beacon!
Note: There is a small error in this letter. Alexei's hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10am-3pm.

RE Offerings for January 16th, 2022

This is our off-week for Religious Exploration, but children are always welcome in the service or in our bright Multi-Purpose classroom for care and creative play with Alexei Besser-Gilbert.

Religious Exploration for Adults
A Faith For All Seasons
Liberal Religion and the Crises of Life
A five-part reading and discussion group with Rev. Robin 
On Zoom, Thursdays from 12-1:15 PM, February 3 – March 3, 2022 

In his book, A Faith For All Seasons, the Rev. William Murry writes that “no religion is worthy of its name unless it provides a vision of meaning and purpose for the individual’s life and help in times of personal crisis.” Murry wrote his landmark book in 1990 to refute the idea that Unitarian Universalism is a “fair weather faith” that fails to provide these resources. Especially as we continue to move through and reflect on our individual and communal experiences of the pandemic, this book provides a clear and valuable framework for meaning making. In this program, we’ll read each of the five brief chapters in Murry’s book and explore a wide range of provocative questions in the accompanying study guide. Topics include: The resources of a Liberal Faith, and chapters devoted to the Crises of Meaning and Purpose, Pain and Suffering, Loss and Grief, and Death. All materials will be available to download here, on the Beacon website. 
Please let Rev. Robin know you will be attending, minister@beaconuu.com
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. These are spoken during service every Sunday, or you can send them to Rev. Robin by Saturday night each week at minister@beaconuu.com to be shared.
Joys and Sorrows for January 9th, 2022

Gini K. thanks everyone who donated to Coconino Humane and encourages people to volunteer if they have the time and resources.

Anne W. is mourning a friend from her former work who passed away this week.

Lise B.'s family is dealing with a COVID outbreak. She asks for thoughts for them and all people with COVID.
January-March 2022 Share the Plate Partner
Beacon’s community partner for January-March 2022 is Flagstaff Shelter Services (FSS). 

Established in 2006 by concerned citizens, business owners, and faith-based organizations, FSS provides critical shelter, food, and access to resources for Flagstaff’s most vulnerable people. Regardless of faith, mental health or sobriety, and ethnicity the shelter serves any adult experiencing homelessness.  

In 2014, FSS became a year-round shelter serving those in need every day and night of the year, providing personal and behavioral crisis response, onsite health clinic, and helping clients move from crisis toward self-sufficiency.  

The Shelter sees 2000 unduplicated individuals per year: 20% are vets, 40% are women (98% of the women have experienced domestic violence), and 21% are older than 55. 86% of the individuals do not return to homelessness.  

Undesignated contributions to this quarter’s Sunday service offerings above $250 will be presented to Flagstaff Shelter Services. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located in the office in the CAC folder or by contacting a CAC member.    
CAC members are Susan Patrick, Katy Grant, and Lynda L. Dorweiler.
Activate at Beacon with the Social Justice Allies!
Author and Professor Cathy Small will be visiting us on Sunday, February 6th.

We encourage the Beacon UU community to read her book and participate in a discussion with her. Pia Driessen-Knittle is coordinating this effort as a member of the Social Justice Allies team. piadriessenknittle@gmail.com

Cathy Small is professor emerita of Anthropology at NAU. In "The Man in the Dog Park" published in 2020 by Cornell University Press, she shares insight into Flagstaff's homeless population through her personal relationship over 6 years with Ross Moore, a homeless man she met in the dog park at Thorpe Park. 

"Spurred by a personal relationship with a homeless man who became her co-author, Cathy A. Small takes a compelling look at what it means and what it takes to be homeless. Interviews and encounters with dozens of homeless people lead us into a world that most have never seen. We travel as an intimate observer into the places that many homeless frequent, including a community shelter, a day labor agency, a panhandling corner, a pawn shop, and a HUD housing office." (Cornell University Press)
Together We Will, Flagstaff Postcard Writers weekly group

The postcard writers will be together every week on Wednesday at 7 PM on Zoom 
Meeting ID: 841 1623 9939
Passcode: postcards

The work that we do together to build a world in which all of us are free and thriving is interrelated. When we ground our spirits, grow our skills, and act strategically for justice in deep relationship with each other and our Movements, we choose to Side With Love.
Action Center is a place where we unite in work towards a world where we all thrive. Together we take action, Side With Love, and make deep impacts in this critical moment. Links for various action areas such as Democracy, LGBTQ and Gender Justice, and Climate Justice.
~ Beacon Connections ~
Volunteer At Flagstaff Food Center With Beacon!
The Flagstaff Food Center is doing small group volunteers for their dinner service! Beacon is looking for a group of 5 volunteers to help out!

Volunteers are needed the 4th & 5th Wednesdays of every month, from 3pm-5pm. The dinner service is at the FFFC Kitchen. (1903 N 2nd Street) Beacon's next volunteer date is January 26th.

The dinner service is different during the pandemic. There is no indoor dining as we hand all the dinners out in to-go containers through a walk-up window. We need help from volunteers to portion meals into to-go containers, hand food out through our walk-up window, and wash serving pans.

Volunteer Safety: Volunteers are required to wear a mask, closed-toe shoes, and long pants, and to regularly wash or sanitize their hands and practice six feet of social distancing whenever possible. Gloves for food preparation and distribution will be provided to you at the kitchen. We have plexiglass installed at our walk-up window as a safeguard against COVID-19. We provide hand sanitizer and handwashing facilities and encourage regular use. We have enhanced cleaning protocols at our facilities and sanitize surfaces daily.

Sue Strobel will be organizing teams monthly, she can be contacted at 928 522-3284 (cell) or 928-526-5156 (home) if interested in volunteering!

More summer volunteer opportunities can be found here.
Liminal Flagstaff
Liminal is a nonprofit community center recently opened on 217 S. San Francisco St. Offering resources, a pay-what-you can cafe, and a space to have fun freely and safely. We will share any upcoming events they have here!

You can learn more about Liminal and how to support them through their Instagram and Linktree.

 It is required to wear a mask while inside Liminal. Given the state of Covid-19, Liminal's capacity is capped to 25 persons at any given time.
Jazz Trio Performances January 14th from 7-9pm: See local Jazz musicians perform! $10 entry
Harm Reduction Kit Workshop January 18th from 5-7pm: Assist Sonoran Prevention Works in their harm reduction kits for underprivileged and at-risk people all over Arizona. These will be available for people in need at Liminal in Flagstaff, and throughout SPW's outreach in Arizona.
Jazz Jam! January 28th from 7-10pm: Come listen to or participate in an open Jazz jam! Free to the public.
UUJAZ Upcoming Events
Day at the Legislature 2022 February 21st, 2022, 9:00 am
Look forward to more information coming soon about both live and virtual meetings with legislators, lobby training, action circle training, request-to-speak training, and events with our partners on the issues you care about.
Creating a New Way: Workshop for Men on Courage for Feminism and Anti-Racism Thursday, Jan. 27th in Tucson 5:30 - 7:30 pm
For white men and boys who want to live with social justice values in our hearts and minds, rather than the messages that blame people of color, women, LGBTQ+ for our pain. For white men and boys who want beloved community, who believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all, and want to be courageous against systems of oppression that divide us. This interactive workshop will be an opportunity to explore what it means to be feminist and anti-racist and ways that we can reject and heal from patriarchal masculinity and work together to live our values and root our identities in love and collective liberation. Register for this workshop here.
Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation
Multiple offerings:
Monday, Jan. 24th in Phoenix 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 26th in Sedona 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 26th in Prescott 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Anti-racism and racial justice are core to our spiritual/religious values and taking action for justice and collective liberation is a way that we live our values, in our congregations, and in our communities. Join us for an interactive workshop with longtime social justice educator, author, and organizer, Chris Crass, one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. Whether you’ve been active for decades or a few days, this is an opportunity to develop a stronger culture of inspiration, resilience, and courage for racial justice.
Other Events in Arizona
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.
Healing Racism and Murdoch Center Programs and Events
Healing Racism Arizona and the Murdoch Community Center in Flagstaff have several events in the next few weeks that might be of interest to the Beacon community. Healing Racism Arizona is accessible through Facebook. The live events for the Murdoch Community Center are also through Facebook
And can be watched afterwards on their YouTube channel Tune in here.
~ Wider Community ~
This Week at Beacon ~
Worship Service
Saturday, January 16th, 2022

UU Soup: Season To Tasted: On Becoming A Self

Beacon Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal
Every Thursday

You can keep up with future Beacon events by checking out the Beacon calendar!
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
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
RE Team

We have an incredibly strong team leading our RE this year. You can direct your RE questions to Linda (lindaochi31@gmail.com) or Alexei (office@beaconuu.com)
Office Manager,
Alexei Besser-Gilbert
Mon: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 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!
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Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm 
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