Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation started as a Fellowship that received its charter from the American Unitarian Association (AUA) in 1958. In 1961 the AUA was consolidated with the Universalist Church of America to become the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In 1966 The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Flagstaff (UUFF) voted to purchase the site where the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation now calls home. Beacon UUC, more commonly referred to as simply “Beacon”, has experienced many changes in its short history here in Flagstaff.
Unitarians and Universalists can trace their roots back to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. At that time, Universalists were distinguished by a faith that believed that every human soul will be reconciled to God because of divine love and mercy. Unitarians took exception with the concept of a trinity and believed there to be one God. 16th century Unitarian preacher Frances David, arguing for religious tolerance, said “We need not think alike to love alike.” His words better represent the Unitarian Universalist faith of today.
Our history of religious freedom in America has enabled the organization of the UUA to have an international impact and to provide public leadership and support for UU congregations and communities across five regions of the United States.