Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation is in its 60th year, committed to providing a liberal faith community in Flagstaff. We are a strong, open-hearted, and resilient congregation, deeply committed to living and sharing our UU values. And we have joyfully embraced our new settled minister, Rev. Kevin Lawson.
Inspired by the Justice GA meetings in Phoenix in 2012, which many of us attended, we have developed several new initiatives to make our liberal presence more visible and effective in Flagstaff. We have a very strong core group of Worship Associates that conducts services when our minister is not in the pulpit. We have a vital, inspiring Religious Exploration program, directed by an energetic new leader, which provides a satisfying spiritual education for our children and youth. We have a music director who has developed consistent high-quality performances from our choir. Many skilled and dedicated members have led our successful pledge campaigns so that we have the financial resources to support a full-time minister and staff, and to begin planning for the expansion of our building.
Most members of Beacon have deliberately chosen to live in Flagstaff because of its beauty, easy lifestyle, four-season climate, and rich cultures. Like many UU congregations, we are a highly educated, professionally employed, middle-class group. Many of us are affiliated with Northern Arizona University, as professors, students or staff; others teach or work at the community college or Flagstaff public schools, as well as in the medical professions. Congregation members who are retired from the workforce tend to be actively engaged in a wide spectrum of volunteer work.
Beacon’s”glowing coal” is comprised of two elements: loyalty and heart. We have a faithful core of long-time members who have stayed through thick and thin, as well as dependable volunteers who make the congregation what it is. “We show up”: we enthusiastically participate in caring, both within our doors and in the larger Flagstaff community. We are a vibrant and resilient congregation that is positive, creative, and forward-looking.
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