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FUTURE SUNDAYS 

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church encourages you to attend
weekly worship here within your community
Sundays 10:30AM - 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton TX 75010

Sunday, July 27

A Wellspring for Unitarian Universalists
Rev. Rob Moore and Director of Lay Ministry, Marianna Seaton

What do a commitment to a daily spiritual practice, working monthly with a spiritual director, studying and reflecting upon Unitarian Universalist theology and history, participation in a small group of seekers, and putting our faith into action, have in common?  These are the five “spokes of the wheel” of a unique spiritual deepening program called Wellspring.  Horizon is in its fifth year of offering this program to Unitarian Universalists seeking deeper meaning in their chosen faith.  Rev. Rob Moore and Director of Lay Ministry, Marianna Seaton will share their personal experience with the program, and shine a light on the benefits of the Wellspring process.  The service will be followed by an information session for people interested in participating in this unique program beginning this September.    


Horizon Line Dancing!

Come join us 2nd Saturday of the month, in the Fellowship Hall. We dance from 7:30 p.m until whenever we drop! All genders, ages, and abilities are welcome. Come have fun with us!


 


 

Summer Campout

Horizon Week in Cloudcroft, NM

Would like to get away from the Texas heat this summer, and spend a week with your Horizon friends in the cool mountains of Cloudcroft, NM?    If that sounds good to you, click here for more information.

Support Horizon:

THE ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE

2014 Commitment Campaign

Our Commitment Campaign (annual pledge drive) will happen this year on one day, Super Celebration Sunday, February 9th.  Plan to stay after the service for the potluck meal (and a few surprises!).  We are going to celebrate our theme this year, “To Horizon with Love…”

Horizon is entirely self-supporting when it comes to our annual operating budget.  97% of the church’s support comes from members and friends—81% from our Commitment Campaign, 8% from Sunday offerings and 8% from our two fundraising auctions. Our members truly show their love for and value of Horizon in their lives through their generosity. Thank you!

We hope that you will make a pledge for 2014 (to begin on July 1, 2014, our new fiscal year). We need your gift—and to get your gift, we have to have your pledge card! Pledge cards will be handed out this Sunday at Revival Sunday—come “rock down” with our gospel choir and enjoy some lively and fun UU evangelism (we need to get better at it).  Hear testimonials from brother/sister Horizon UU’s…it’s one of the best services of the year!

We’d love to see ALL of you on Super Celebration Sunday, February 9th But we want your pledge by the 9th, even if you can’t come to church on that day!  Your timely pledge is vital for our Board and leaders to be able to plan for the upcoming 2014-2015 financial year. 

“A Long Strange Trip: The Complete Video Guide
to Unitarian Universalist History”

 with Lauren Daniell and guests                       

“Long Strange Trip” is a new, 6-hour comprehensive video series by UU history buff Ron Cordes.  These videos will be enjoyed by new members and long-time UUs alike.  Cordes traces the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we now know today as Unitarian Universalism. The installments are approximately one hour in length and are Close-captioned with online study guides (no books to buy!)  Each one-hour segment will be shown twice to accommodate members’ schedules.  Drop-ins welcome.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Read a critique of the series in the UU World magazine: http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/290764.shtml

 

TWO SHOWINGS of each segment:

2nd Sundays  from 12:30-2pm in the Library

Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13

OR

Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm  in the Fellowship Hall
Feb. 12, March 12, April 16, May 14, June 11, July 16

Horizon By-Laws Rewrite

At the January Congregational Meeting, Horizon s members were asked to vote on a re-write of our By-laws. A task force of current and former Board Members has talked about and worked on the rewrite for almost two years, assisted and guided by Dennis and Lyssa.

The obvious questions are: “Why?” And “Why now?” 

The answer to “Why?” is that while our current By-Laws served very well for the first half of Horizon’s 26 years, requiring only one amendment in 1996, they have become cumbersome during our second 13 years, requiring 8 amendments. 

Future Sundays at Horizon UU

Horizon encourages you to attend weekly worship here within your community, on Sundays at 10:30 am
 
 
  
Future Sundays * 
 
 

July 6, 2014 - Rev. Gordon Roe

July 13, 2014 - Montana Steele

July 20, 2014 - Rev. David Martin

July 27, 2014 - Wellspring service - Marianna Seaton 

August 3, 2014 - Intergenerational Service - Lauren Daniel

August 10, 2014 - Aly Tharp

August 17, 2014 - Rev. Kent Taylor

August 24, 2014 - Rev. Susan Smith

August 31, 2014 - Horizon Leadership

 

 
Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
1641 W. Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, TX 75010
 
Sunday Service: 10:30AM

PROMINENT NORTH TEXAS PASTOR

RETIRING AFTER 27 YEARS 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

Media Contact: Mira DeShazer
Church office: 972.492.4940
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CARROLLTON, TEXAS – Rev. Dennis Hamilton, who has served as a visionary leader in promoting progressive values, social justice, and interfaith activism in North Texas for 27 years, will retire as senior minister of Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church on May 20, 2014—his 70th birthday. With Rev. Hamilton, a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, serving as the organizing minister, Horizon was officially chartered in 1987 with 34 members. It has since grown into a thriving mid-size church with more than 300 adult members and 100 children and youth.

"This community and this church have taught me to be a better man,” said Rev. Hamilton. “As a transforming force in the community, Horizon has established itself as a pillar of progressive religion in North Texas, an area that historically has had little representation of liberal values. As UUs, we are called to be moral leaders--and to make a positive difference in our neighborhoods, our communities, and our world.”

Horizon’s culture of generosity is one of the best gifts that Dennis has given us

by Cindy Treece, Chair, Finance & Stewardship Committee

I will always appreciate the culture of generosity that Dennis has helped foster at Horizon. Not only has he been personally generous, but also he understands how to inspire others to be generous.  He gave great support to Celebration (Canvass) Sunday and continued to delight all of us with Revival Sunday, choosing amazing members who gave heart-felt testimonials.  Our Congregation has always looked forward to these services.

But there was a special day when I knew Dennis had become true fundraiser.  Several years ago, we had submitted a letter to a major Horizon benefactor from outside our congregation.  The letter asked if she would match a grant we had received from another source.  Dennis wrote the letter to her, and then he faithfully called her on the phone to follow up.  “Hello, Dennis!” she said, “It’s so good to hear from you.  I received your letter, and I want you to know that I am thinking about it.”  And Dennis said, “Well that is wonderful!  May I come over and help you think about it?”  Needless to say, we received that gift and many more because of Dennis’ sincere appreciation for and stewardship of gifts to Horizon.

I believe that Horizon’s culture of generosity is one of the best gifts that Dennis has given us over the years.

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

An Adult Religious Education Class beginning August 4, 2014

 

Where does moral authority lie?

What is the basis for UU religious ethics?

Is there such a thing as absolute and unchanging moral truth?

What does it mean to live a life of virtue, to develop a virtuous character?

How do we respond when we personally fall short of virtues we hold dear?

Do human beings have inherent basic rights we are called to uphold?

What do we do when our rights-based morality brings us face to face with rights that are in conflict?

How do our relationships with others form a fundamental influence in our ethical decision making?

 

Join us as we explore these and other moral and ethical questions that arise in your daily living.  The 8 sessions of What We Choose offer an intentional process of engagement with other seekers in examining ethical concepts, questions and dilemmas. The material covered is designed to deepen and expand knowledge and skills for a process of ethical reflection that is central to living our Unitarian Universalist faith.

This class offers the opportunity to examine the core of our lives as Unitarian Universalists and the sessions build on each other so we ask that you commit to attending all 8 sessions beginning Monday, August 4th and continuing to September 29th, with no class being held on Labor Day, September 1st. All materials will be provided with the exception of your personal journal; a 1-inch 3-ring binder would allow space for journal pages as well as insertion of the hand-outs that will provide your reading assignments and preparation for each class.

The co-leaders are Peter Hendee and JuLane and we welcome any questions about the class.  Please sign up at the Welcome Center in the lobby, or you can email JuLane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The class is limited to 12 participants.

Childcare will be provided for children under 12 by emailing Ms Becky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 48 hours before the session for which childcare is needed. She will need to know the ages of each child and about any special concerns.

Cancellation of arranged childcare must be emailed to Ms. Becky no less than 24 hours before the session.

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Join us for exploration and sharing!

 

Horizon's Charity Drive for Refugees from Central America


From the Horizon YRUU youth group and Social Justice Team:

This Sunday, July 13th, YRUU is collecting toiletries and other supplies for the unaccompanied minors who are refugees from Central America. 

We will deliver the following items that afternoon to the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth: 

shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, body and face lotion, deodorant, soap (bar or liquid), diapers (all sizes), sunscreen, brushes, combs, hair ties, and small toys. We are also accepting welcome notes in Spanish and/or English

We will also accept Walmart gift cards and cash (which will be used to purchase gift cards) for clothing in needed sizes once the children arrive.

Please consider supporting this worthy cause. Boxes will be set up in the lobby for your generous donations. 
Contact Horizon UU Youth for more info: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you,

Amy Freeman, on behalf of YRUU and 
JuLane, on behalf of HUUC Social Justice Team

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
1641 W. Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, Texas 75010
(972) 492-4940

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