Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church

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Somebody put this in the bathrooms, STAT! 😁
Hello Horizon Members and Friends! I wanted to share this opportunity with you personally. When we used to go to Boston and stay at the Elliot and Pickett Houses, there was a gentleman there named Segree who always helped us. We usually saw him in the kitchen in the mornings during breakfast. He and his wife were the main staff who helped us organize our trips and always made us feel at home. If you went to Boston as a Youth or as an Advisor, you may remember him. Segree has had some serious health issues this year, including having his leg amputated, and it has left him in financial disarray. If you remember this gentle soul and his contributions to our COA programs in the past, and if you have the means, please consider giving to his medical costs.
The art currently being enjoyed in our sanctuary is by Horizon member, Kent Darwin. Here are some images of his art to share with you.
Thank you so much for welcoming my son and I this morning. It was a refreshing and kind experience because of how amazing you all are being that.
Mark your calendars (Jan. 26th) and get your tickets. Our own Elizabeth Gustwick and Lauren Daniell will be recognized! Congratulations! Tickets are available at https://www.ntuuc.org/events/recognition-awards
There is stilltime to sign up for a yoga class on Saturday December 22nd taught by Nicole Ulakoivc. Nicole is now a Certified Yoga Instructor. Class will be at the church at 2pm. Tea and scones will be served after. This was a Gala offering so donations to Horizon will be accepted. Call Helena if interested. 972-877-8960
So, yesterday we visited a Chinese Buddhist temple in Richardson. We spotted this off the freeway on our drive home. Was it a sign, even a warning, from Jesus because we went to a non-Christian church on a Sunday morning? Clearly yes. Jesus was pointing to what he considers our antipode (Jesus has never been very good at geometry). Jesus wants us to visit China to further indulge in that country's ancient culture, exquisite cuisine, and lovely people. What, you thought his sign meant something else?
International Students in Need of Loving, Culturally Curious Host Families for Upcoming School Year Dear Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church Congregants, Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Garland Hancock, and I am Texas' coordinator for the U.S.-State-Department-sponsored Academic Year in America (AYA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding Host Families for foreign-exchange students from all over the world. With the school year to begin in 6 to 7 weeks, we still have about 120 students – ages 16 & 17 -- in need of Host Families. Even though these wonderful kids have passed their English proficiency exams, been cleared by the U.S. Consulate and have obtained J-1 VISAs, they remain in limbo. By law, a foreign-exchange student cannot arrive on American soil until he or she is placed with a permanent Host Family or with what is classified as a temporary “Welcome Family.” Unfortunately, some families who initially agree to host ultimately renege on their commitment. In other cases, there are unanticipated Red-Tape snags. Either way, some of the program's brightest and most personable students find themselves back to square one at the 11th-hour. And that is where we are right now and why I am writing you today. I have help placing these students from my fellow AYA coordinators throughout the country. But there are 14 students (10 girls, four boys) – six Germans, four Brazilians, one Hollander, one Italian, one Jordanian and one Pakistani -- who I have taken on assignment. This means I will be personally responsible for finding them a family in the next 7 to 10 days. Also a top priority are our 13 “grant” students. These are kids who have been carefully selected to represent their country via the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, a grant initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The YES Program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-18) from countries with significant Muslim populations. The program was established by Congress in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program’s initiative is to build bridges of international understanding between the U.S. and countries that participate in the YES Program. Students who are accepted into the program engage in specific activities to learn more about American society and values. And these students, in turn, share their own cultural mores so that those of us here can become better educated about global regions that may be currently shrouded in misconception. Several factors go into determining who we select to participate in the YES Program. Personal qualities, such as adaptability, leadership potential and motivation for intercultural experience, are heavily considered. And upon returning home, YES students become involved in a wide variety of activities in their communities, including volunteering, orienting future YES students, organizing peer-mediation workshops and starting small student cooperatives. If you have ever thought about hosting or are just a wee bit intrigued by this letter, please give me a call TODAY or ASAP. My number is (254) 216-0460. Of course, time is of the essence. Most campuses limit the number of foreign-exchange students they accept to five. And that means slots are, in many cases, becoming scarce at this time of year. In other words, the sooner I find families, the more likely these kids will be able to arrive here in a couple of months. So please do not worry about the time of day when calling. Finding Host Families for international students is not my regular job, but it is my passion! I will enthusiastically take your calls 24/7! Seriously! And please feel free to give out my contact info to anyone nationwide who you feel might be even tangentially interested. Or, you might be intrigued with becoming a coordinator like me. I can fill you in on that as well so please call. Some hesitate to pick up the phone because they are worried about finances, so allow me to address that here. AYA's sponsor – i.e. the federal government – requires all foreign-exchange students to arrive fully insured and responsible for covering most all expenses while in America. The one exception is meals within the home. The Host Family cannot charge for a home-prepared meal. But when a student accompanies his or her Host Family to a restaurant or dines at a school cafeteria, that is considered outside the home, and the student is required to pay. After 18 years' service, my involvement in cultural sharing remains the most rewarding thing I have ever done. And there really is no comparison. The resultant relationships alone provide much more than I could ever repay. But beyond that, I truly believe – as does the State Department – that America's foreign-exchange program plays an integral role in improving diplomatic relations and establishing a more close-knit global community in general. And is that not, after all, what we all want? Everlasting peace, Garland Hancock Texas Coordinator, Academic Year in America www.academicyear.org / (254) 216-0460 P.S. I have attached three photos of students I have personally taken on assignment to place within the next 7 to 10 days. In order, the photos are Johanna of Germany; Laura of Brazil and Nashmiyah of Pakistan. However, potential Host Families are invited to peruse the pictures and profiles of all available students.
Please pray for this Carrollton resident.....
FYI , program to get supplies to Gaza by Dallas peace center.

No matter who you are: young or old, rich or poor, the color of your skin, whom you love, whether you walked in alone or assisted, YOU are welcome here!

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the Southwest UU Conference, and the North Texas Association of Unitarian Universalist Societies. We offer one worship service weekly, Sunday Mornings at 10:30AM. Adult religious education is offered at 9AM. Child and youth religious education is offered at 10:30AM. Childcare is available.

Mission: Growing Spiritually Healthy People Who Promote Love and Justice in the World.

At the end of virtual Coffee Hour today, participants were asked to leave a blessing and words of encouragement for others. Please read and take these words to heart as we begin a new week.

Waffle House is introducing a series of "pop up" events in Carrollton to thank the community. Their first one will be this Thursday in Horizon's parking lot. We hope you can stop by.

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

Join us this morning for online worship at 10:30am and virtual coffee hour at 11:30am. Our ministerial intern Rev. Dr. Aija Duelm reflects on "Collective Liberation." Access the links on our web site: https://www.horizonuu.org/

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

CPTSD and me

Soul Matters

New actvity kits on porch Sat. PM / New "UU Story Time" / Join our new Parent Facebook Group. Read about it all in "Family News from Horizon UU" - https://mailchi.mp/ca4385adfd00/family-news-from-horizon-uu

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

This 50th anniversary of the first #EarthDay is a time to remember how deeply interconnected our global world is. This interdependence is so clear in the tragic spread of coronavirus and in the urgent need for global cooperation to combat this pandemic and to respond to the climate crisis. It is clear from our economies and how much our well-being and basic needs depend on others all around the world. On a personal level, our interconnection is also found in the families, relationships, and friendships that span the globe. On this Earth Day, may we remember: Our world is one world; we belong to it and to each other.

Connect with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth for resources to honor and protect our planet today and every day: https://bit.ly/3cF131Y.

Happy Earth Day!

Revolutionary Love

Grateful to Mary Oliver's poetry that returns us to the gravity and beauty of life itself.

Contemplative Monk

[04/17/20]   Join us for online worship this Sunday at 10:30am. "What Affects One, Affects Us All" with Rev. Lora Brandis. Read about it here and other events in the weekly newsletter here: https://www.horizonuu.org/our-newsletter

We light a candle every Sunday and say these words as part of our worship service: "what affects one,
affects us all." As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and on who we are now because of a
worldwide pandemic, these words carry more weight. Activist and Buddhist Joanna Macy writes,
"Planetary anguish lifts us onto another systemic level where we open to collective experience. It enables us to recognize our profound interconnectedness with all beings."

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A beautiful piece to remind us we build hope together.

"See how the winds
have shaped her hands to
hold hope?," asks Jennifer Pratt-Walter, in her poem, "Hope."

"Hope is so hard to cup.
She might need your help
when it seeps through the cracks
of her fingers..."

https://www.uua.org/worship/words/poetry/hope

Celebrate Earth Day / OWL & COA groups this weekend / new Facebook group for parents. All this and more in Family News from Horizon UU 4.19.2020 - https://mailchi.mp/759086293609/family-news-from-horizon-uu-4192020

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Tell Congress: Prepare Elections for the Covid-19 Crisis

Quick, do it Thursday, April 16! Use the UUtheVote FastAction page to send a message to our Senators and your Representative to Tell Congress: Prepare Elections for the COVID-19 Crisis. It takes 2 minutes. You may also add your own text to the email.

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There are still chalice creation kits and seed starting kits for children on the porch for pick up if you are out on a necessary trip. The packets are best suited for children between 5-10 years old.

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Even though I am not a Christian, #Easter has always been incredibly meaningful for me. It reminds me of the power of a faith rooted in love to continually nurture life, even in the midst of loss and struggle. I return to this message to find the hope I need right now.

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Virtual Egg hunts and more — Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

Happy Easter y'all! Lots going on in virtual (essential, fundamental) church this morning. The service will be posted at 10:30am, followed by coffee hour at 11:30. There are two ways to participate in virtual Easter egg hunts today. Go to the home page of the web site for links to the service and coffee hour. Go here for more information about how to participate in the egg hunts (hint: you have to watch the worship service for one of them): https://www.horizonuu.org/events-editor/2020/4/12/spring-fling

horizonuu.org Click for info about 2 virtual egg Hunts today. Also, activity kits.

Two virtual Easter Egg hunts Sunday and UU activity bags for you to pick up from church porch - https://mailchi.mp/01c5855ae092/easter-activities-with-horizon

[04/10/20]   This week's newsletter is available on our web site. Look for information on this week's worship "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" and upcoming programs. https://www.horizonuu.org/our-newsletter

Tandy Hills Natural Area

Lessons in Constructive Solitude from Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's seclusion at Walden offers lessons for us living today.

"The education further entailed a total immersion in Nature — in plants, in seasons, in stars, in all creatures four-legged, winged and scaled. For Thoreau, Nature was a communicating consciousness, and he wanted to make himself available to it, antennas raised. Full receptivity required removal from ego-driven clamor, which was how, in his most stressed moments, he viewed human discourse."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/design/thoreau-walden-coronavirus-quarantine.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

Soul Matters

May we all find the spiritual freedom that lies beyond the swirl of outer events we can't control...

"What happens is that we realize that we are but a speck of dust, a plaything of events outside our reach. Nevertheless, we may at the same time discover that we have a certain liberty, as long as we live. There is within each of us a modulation, an inner exaltation, which lifts us above dependence upon the gifts of events for our joy. Hence, our dependence upon events is not absolute; it is qualified by our spiritual freedom. Therefore, when we speak of resignation it is not sadness to which we refer, but the triumph of our will-to-live over whatever happens to us. And to become ourselves, to be spiritually alive, we must have passed beyond this point of resignation."
- Albert Schweitzer

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Our Newsletter — Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

The newsletter has been uploaded to our web site. You can get it here: https://www.horizonuu.org/our-newsletter. Read about a special presentation via Zoom from Michael Dowd. Our green team is presenting his talk "Living in an Age of Endings: Big Picture Practical Wisdom" April 22nd 7pm.

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church

Join us for our online worship on YouTube at 10:30am this morning. Lora reflects on UU minister Roger Cowan's prayer for Palm Sunday.

"The donkey is mightier than the missile.
And flowers have been known to split a rock.
This week moves inexorably toward Friday.
It is Caesar’s week.
But it is God’s world.
And so we take heart and rejoice."

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqBkrN9d5rEFCGe8sbP50eA

youtube.com Love is the doctrine of our Church, The quest for truth is its sacrament, And service is its prayer, To dwell together in peace, To seek knowledge in freedom...

**EXPECT DISRUPTIONS WITH GETTING on ZOOM SUNDAY** Tonight at midnight Zoom is enacting strict security measures including requiring passwords to log on to most Zoom sessions at Horizon. Be on the lookout for emails from your group's leader or from Lauren Daniell with the password for your group. If you need a password, email [email protected] Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

Attend online church tomorrow at 10:30am, followed by virtual coffee hour at 11:30. Both links are on our web site: www.horizonuu.org. Rev. Lora's message is "Take Heart and Rejoice."

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

Learn about activity kits to pick up Monday, virtual youth groups & Family Time Sunday night and more in this edition of News for Families - https://mailchi.mp/36fcce7ca5b1/family-news-from-horizon-uu

[04/03/20]   Rev. Lora's weekly message is posted now on the web site. https://www.horizonuu.org/ministers-message

Family Time: Favorite Toy Show & Tell and check in Sunday, April 5 at 7pm

Tiny Buddha

Soul Matters

As we close our month of Wisdom and continue our struggle with Covid-19, let us all remember the wisdom of turning our focus to one simple beautiful thing.

May this wisdom and healing be yours!

On this International Transgender Day of Visibility we celebrate transgender people and their contributions to society, as well as work towards the full acceptance of all genders.

“Give yourself grace. You are good no matter how you are managing this completely new experience.”

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

Worship has started online on our YouTube channel. Please watch and join us afterwards at 11:30am for Zoom coffee hour. Both links can be accessed on our homepage: www.horizonuu.org

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

“There is a love holding us...There is a love holding all that we love...There is love holding us. We rest in this love.”

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

Join us tomorrow morning for online worship at 10:30am, followed by our "virtual coffee hour" at 11:30am. It's easiest to access the links from our website. Tomorrow's message is "The Gift of Questions" from our ministerial intern the Rev. Dr. Aija Duelm. https://www.horizonuu.org/

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

Family Check in and Pet Show & Tell Sunday March 29 at 7pm

On Sunday two new online youth groups begin and join our Pet Show & Tell session @7pm - https://mailchi.mp/3672248dda9c/sunday-two-new-online-youth-groups-begin-and-family-check-in-7pm

Thanks to Alex Jacobson we have a new message on our wayside pulpit.

From Rev. Lora: Yesterday I went to the church to gather some things I may need in the next few weeks. We won't be going to the church any more for awhile, including to record worship. This week's worship will be recorded from our homes. Steve will edit and post by 10:30am followed by virtual coffee hour like we did last week.

I walked around the church yesterday, taking photos to remember the moment. Some we may incorporate into the worship service. We have new signs above the bulletin boards. They look great. The wisteria is blooming.

I ended my visit by walking the labyrinth. The killdeer yelled at me from the community garden, even though I was nowhere near their babies. Surprisingly, there was still a lot of traffic noise from both 121 and Hebron. When I got to the center of the labyrinth I paused to pray for you, for us, for everyone. My heart aches with the chaotic tenderness of this moment. Be well my dear friends.

Contemplative Monk

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

The worship service has been posted. You can access the service through our YouTube Channel or you can go to our web site for both links to the service and to the virtual coffee hour. https://www.horizonuu.org/

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Carrollton, TX

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Call a friend. Let them know that links to this morning's worship and virtual coffee hour are on the HorizonUU.org website homepage. Hope to "see" you there!

horizonuu.org Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. There isn’t a required or shared creed. Instead, we share a covenant, a promise regarding our behavior and actions in an effort to welcome radically, love boldly, grow spiritually, and serve courageously.

Our Story

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the Southwest UU Conference, and the North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations. We offer one worship service weekly, Sunday Mornings at 10:30AM. Adult religious education is offered at 9AM. Child and youth religious education is offered at 10:30AM. Childcare is available.

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1641 W Hebron Pkwy
Carrollton, TX
75010-6334

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Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
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