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Rev. Helen Carroll 

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At the beginning of last week, Bruce McClung resigned as President of the Board of Trustees, citing personal reasons. On behalf of the congregation, I extend heartfelt thanks for the gifts and talents he has freely given in service to this community. Though no longer on the Board, we may all look forward to his continued presence and participation as a Horizon member. 

In accordance with the by-laws, John Gill has agreed to serve as Acting President for the remainder of the program year. He, too, brings many talents and a deep commitment to the congregation and we are, indeed, fortunate to have such depth of leadership to draw from. Many thanks to John for serving when called. 


Rev Helen Carroll 


Come “Explore Horizon” with Us!

For those who are visiting and want to know more about Unitarian Universalism and Horizon, or for members who want to learn more about how Horizon works, an upcoming class will provide excellent information.  And, if you are considering becoming a member, the “Exploring Horizon” class is highly recommended—here, you can ask all your questions!

On Sunday, August 24th, after the Sunday service, Director of Lay Ministry Marianna Seaton, and Membership Co-Chair Sandy Steele will lead “Exploring Horizon” from 12:30-3:30.  A light lunch will be served.  Class will be held in the church library and free childcare will be provided if requested at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least one week in advance.

Learn about the Seven Principles that we as Unitarian Universalists strive to integrate into our lives.  Hear about the history and the future of Horizon, how our members participate in the life of the church and what activities and offerings are available to deepen your spiritual growth.  Find out how our church’s finances work and what you can expect if you choose to become a member.  Meet other Horizon members and new friends during the class.

You can enroll in the Exploring Horizon classes by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center in the church lobby.  Please also feel free to send any questions about the class to the email address above—we sincerely hope you will join us!

Horizon’s Transition Team
The Next Steps 

Horizon is about to meet our Interim Minister, Reverend Helen Carroll, and to welcome her with great expectancy and with as many different ideas about how our transition will progress as there are members and friends of our religious community. Reverend Carroll wants to hear them all, from your experience of Horizon’s history, your awareness of our strengths and weaknesses as you see them right now, to your dreams for our future. 

The Board of Trustees has appointed the Transition Team members. They are Beth Bargar, JuLane, MC MeadorMadira McKee, Acie Nobles, and Patsy Roe, all long-time Horizon members who have played many different leadership roles.  Working with Reverend Carroll, they will be taking the lead in projects and activities designed to help carry out interim tasks.



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, Aug 31

Peace Inside and Out

Madira McKee 

Do you want peace on earth? Do you want to be at peace with yourself and others around you? What is peace and how do we get it? Madira McKee, a veteran of the war in Iraq and pursuer of peace, talks about what peace means to her, inside and out, in herself and in the world. 


Fall Classes for Children and Teens begin

September 14th

Our regular church year classes will begin in just a few weeks.  Our fall theme is “Living as a UU.”  
Here is a sneak peek at what Horizon children and youth will study:

Preschool: Chalice Children

Chalice Children helps young children learn about their church and congregation, celebrates the friendships they have here, and inspires the wonder of learning and imagining. During the year, they will learn about the traditions, people and places of Horizon. Throughout the year they will receive special visits from their “Big BUUddies” from the middle school class.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Creating Home

The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a "faith home" — the congregation — which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members joy, safety, and responsibilities.  This class will receive visits around Halloween and Christmas from their “Big BUUddies” in high school. 

2nd-3rd Grades: Being a UU Everyday

This class guides children to do their best to live their lives as UUs every day. It presents fourteen traits that best define what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and how they can nurture these characteristics to become people who promote love and justice in the world. This class will receive visits around Halloween and Christmas from their “ Big BUUddies” in high school.

4th-5th Grades: Toolbox of Faith

What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing a “toolbox” of faith from which to draw.

Middle School: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace intends to help our middle school students understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding.  Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when their values will be constantly tested and they will have many opportunities to show leadership as religious liberals.

In addition to being a “Big BUUddy” to a Horizon preschooler, 6-8 graders will be involved in a social justice project, plan the Haunted House, and have the opportunity to meet with other local UU teens at a district event in November.

8th Grade: Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

9th Grade: Coming of Age

During this important year, the teens will examine their maturing religious identity and diverse UU heritage. It helps them form a liberal religious worldview and aids them in internalizing UU values.  The year culminates in a ceremony with the congregation and a class trip to Boston in the early summer, to visit the center of so much of our denomination's history.

10th-12th  Grade:  TBD

Our Senior High students will have a say in their course of study this fall.  They may choose to study developing spiritual practices, focusing on becoming leaders for social change or perhaps decide to combine several courses of study.


 “Almost Sleepover”

Grades K-5

Friday, September 12th



Horizon children ages 6-10 are invited to an evening of fun to kick off the new school year with an Almost Sleepover in the Portable Building.  We’ll have some pizza and games, spend some time on the playground and watch a movie together.  Come dressed in play clothes and bring a pillow, a sleeping bag and some pajamas.  Reserve your spot by Wednesday, September 10th by emailing Lauren Daniell.


Sign up now for OWL

Grades 4-6

The Our Whole Lives (OWL) class for 4-6th graders will run on Sundays after the service from 12:10-1:10pm beginning September 21st.   Please send an email to Lauren to learn more or to enroll your child.  For more information about the Our Whole Lives healthy lifestyle and sexuality course for children, please visit: http://www.uua.org/re/owl/ (OWL for grades K-1 will be offered in January 2015).


Time to register Children and Teens for Fall Classes

The new church school year begins Sunday, September 14th and Horizon Religious Education needs parents and guardians to register their children as soon as possible so we can better serve you. 

Paper registration forms can be found at the Horizon Welcome Center and on the seats in the sanctuary,  and a form to download and fill out at home is located on the DLRE blog (www.horizonuu.org/dre/ : scroll down to the August 9th entry) 

Thank you in advance for making this the best year in RE yet!


 Calendar of Events for Children and Youth

September 7: Water Communion Intergenerational Service with Rev. Helen and Lauren Daniell          

September 12th (Friday): Elementary (ages 6-10) "almost sleep over" in the Portable.  5-11pm 

September 13th (Saturday): Walk to support Alzheimer’s Research / Heart and Hammers. 

September 14th (Sunday): Fall classes begin – all grades

September 19th (Friday): Middle School Fun Night in the Portable, 5-11pm (sixth and seventh graders)

September 20th (Saturday): Heart and Hammers (14 yrs and up)

October 5th (after the service): Blessing of the Animals – bring your pets!


Adult Spiritual Growth and Learning

 Instructors needed to lead sessions

on UUA Common Read in the spring!


Did you know Unitarian Universalists all across the United States participate in the same book study each year? This study is called the UUA Common Read.  This year’s Common Read is entitled Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square and has special significance for those of us living in the Deep South.  If you are interested in leading 2-3 sessions on this book or any past Common Read title, contact Lauren Daniell.



Last Chance to Enroll in "Money and Spirit"

 Explore how decisions and attitudes about money can be a force for living lives of deep meaning and value, and for creating positive changes in yourself, society and the world.   Course begins Wednesday, Sept. 10th.  Sign up at the Welcome Center at Horizon or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Support Horizon:


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


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 * 

Future Sundays August 2014.


Aug 3, Inter-Generational Service: The Power of One – YOU

This Sunday, August 3rd, you are invited to attend one of our most special Sunday Services. Susie McGee and her team are preparing a worship service for children and adults alike. A powerful and moving story will be woven throughout the service to appeal to all ages. Come join us for an inter-generational service that explores individuals who have changed the world.  We all have that power – how can you unleash yours?


August 10, Aly Tharp
Plastic Pieces and Plastic Peace Is: Journey through a Known Unknown

Join Horizon young-adult Aly Tharp as she shares photos, stories and ruminations from a recent three-week journey sailing straight up the middle of the North Atlantic, from Bermuda to Iceland, to survey for marine plastic pollution with the 5 Gyres Institute. Take a dive into the known unknown of just how much the plastics boom of the last century is affecting human lives today and the lives of our planet’s marine ecosystems.


August 17, Rev. Kent Taylor
Emptying, Opening, and Listening:  Photography as Contemplation                           


In his book, The Exquisite Risk, writer Mark Nepo suggests that “Sooner or later, if we want to feel what it is to be alive in a Universe that is alive, we will have to empty ourselves, open our hearts, and listen…to give our attention, completely, and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean.” 

Our personal experiences of what it might mean to empty, to open, and to listen may take many forms and be grounded in a wealth of spiritual traditions. Honoring and holding a place for this diversity and exploration is part of the richness of UU’s life, worship, and gift. In this service, I will share my engagement with photography as a spiritual practice and as an invitation to return to our breath, to gratitude, to the slow circles of nature, and to the shared vulnerabilities that link us together. 


August 24, The Rev. Susan Smith
Liminal Space as Teachable Moment - UUA Southern Region Congregational Life Staff

The space between letting go of one trapeze and catching another, the chrysalis between caterpillar and butterfly, the present moment between past and future can be uncomfortable places to reside. Yet, only with our hearts open to what actually surrounds us and our minds open to unlimited possibilities can we live up to our human and congregational potential. As Horizon enters into its interim period between ministers, Rev. Smith returns to say that “all will be well.”



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1641 W. Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, TX 75010
Sunday Service: 10:30AM

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