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Fall Courses for Children and Teens Begin August 26th

From learning how to live as a UU to the comprehensive sexuality classes Our Whole Lives, Horizon UU offers its young UUs many ways to grow in mind and spirit


Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten:  The Rainbow Connection

 10:45-11:35am (families can drop off beginning at 10:20am.  Room S3  (green classroom)

Through stories, art, songs and games, our young UUs will explore the values inherent in our faith and in the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. Kindergartners may begin in the worship service with their families and join the other students after the story at 10:45 am.


 First and Second Grades:  Our UU Story

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)   Room S5  (yellow classroom)

Children in the Our UU Story class will hear some of the best children’s stories which exemplify what it means to be a UU.  They will talk about the Principles and the Sources, and learn about some of our faith’s famous forebears, such as Henry David Thoreau. Class members can also look forward to service projects and exploring Horizon’s monthly theme.


Grades 3-5:  Toolbox of Faith

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)   Room S5  (purple classroom)

Toolbox of Faith invites children to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each session uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as flexibility (duct tape) and justice (a flashlight.)  This class will also participate in service projects and investigate Horizon’s monthly theme.


Grades 6-8:   Spirituality According to the Simpsons

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)   Room S7 (khaki and pink classroom)

Our middle school class will spend part of the fall  viewing selected episodes of The Simpsons as the basis for in-depth discussions of a wide variety of religious topics.  The students will engage in discussion and activities designed to encourage deep contemplation of issues and application to their own lives.  Class will also focus on social action projects and the Horizon monthly theme.  


High School  Grades 9-12: YRUU

10:45-11:45 (families begin in the service)   Room P9 (Portable Bldg.)

This semester’s curriculum for our high students will be determined by the students themselves. Along with their advisers, they will explore areas of interest and decide what moves them – a project to benefit those in need? getting more involved in social justice causes?  ethics?  yoga?

Discussion and experience are central to YRUU as we explore our values and beliefs. Our program emphasizes learning, social action, worship, leadership, and community building. The youth plan and lead a worship service for the congregation once a year and are encouraged to participate in leadership positions in the church.


Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education*

Our Whole Lives for 10-12 year olds

10 sessions: September-November 2018    10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)     Room P8 (Portable Bldg.)

Our Whole Lives or OWL is a comprehensive sexuality program which teaches factual, age-appropriate information about human sexuality and relationships. Steeped in Unitarian Universalist values and encompassing the heart, mind and spirit, this program prepares preteens to navigate the physical and emotional changes of puberty.


 Our Whole Lives for 8/9th Graders

10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service)   Room E2 (next to the library)

Thirteen and 14 year olds learn to clarify personal values as they explore spiritual, emotional, physical, and social aspects of sexuality.  The class is approached with frankness about sex and sexuality while maintaining a level of respect and appropriateness.  This class is a yearlong course offered every year at 10:45AM.  Due to the sensitive nature of this course, eighth graders visiting mid-year are invited to join our middle school class.


Coming in January 2019: Our Whole Lives for High School

10 sessions January-March 2019     Please check back for details.

OWL for high school students reviews and builds on the information presented in 8th grade.  The focus of the course shifts to meet the needs of high school students: relationships and emotions around sexuality. 

*not a drop-in class; students must be registered with the church and an adult family member attend an orientation before the course begins

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Summer 2018 classes for children and teens

Ages 3-6   We Are Many, We Are One

We Are Many, We Are One is a multicultural education program that offers 3-6 years olds grounding in religious community and  tradition.  Along with the freedom to discover and express their individual uniqueness, young children will learn about the different people who make up the big world around them.

This class is located in rooms S3 & S4 (the green and yellow classrooms)
· Free Play  (optional) 10:20-10:45am
· Class begins at 10:45 am
Families are encouraged to attend the first 15 minutes of the service together and walk children to class at 10:45


Ages 7-12 : UU Hogwarts Academy

This summer program is designed to bring spiritual and ethical lessons from the world of Harry Potter into a fun and engaging  program for children and youth.  With a focus on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, children will explore the Seven Principles, the Six Sources and social justice.

Members of this class  begin in the sanctuary at 10:30 am with their families.  Class  convenes In the Portable Building after the  children’s story in the worship service.


Grades 9-12 (including 2018 grads)      Don’t Know Much About…?

Based on the video series “Adam Ruins Everything,” teens will spend the summer looking at common myths in American culture surrounding topics such as immigration, our system of voting and even the iconic ‘Wild West.’  Teens will  learn how common  misconceptions hurt American  society  and link our Unitarian  Universalist values to a plan of action to combat the myths and stereotypes which often form the basis of American public policy.

Class begins at 10:45 in Room E2 (the OWL room) after the story in the worship service



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Fall Class for Children and Teens August 2017-May 2018

Preschool:  Celebrating Me and My World

10:30-11:45am (doors open at 10:20)    Room S3 (Green classroom)

Our Little UUs will learn about the wonderful and wide world around them through the class, Celebrating Me and My World.  They will listen to stories about our faith that teach our Seven Principles, and participate in activities and hands-on experiences to not only learn about the world and people around them, but also about themselves as unique and spiritual beings.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade:  Soul Matters: I Am a UU

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)     Room S4 (yellow classroom)

The children in the Soul Matters class will  focus on what It means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  Through stories, songs, games and activities, they will spend the year exploring the Seven UU Principles and Six Sources and the church’s monthly theme.


2nd-4th Grade:  Sacred Stories from Around the World

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)   Room TBA

 The second through fourth graders will take an imaginary trip around the world and learn more about their UU faith by hearing sacred stories from the world’s major religions.  At the beginning of each unit they will be introduced to a child from the focus culture and not only hear stories from that culture, but also learn how it has influenced Unitarian Universalism.  Students will apply what they have learned through games, songs and other creative activities.


Middle School: (Grades 5, 6 and 7)  A Questing Year

10:45-11:45 (families begin in the service)    Room 5 (Purple classroom)

  Our young middle schoolers will embark upon a quest to explore the people they are and the people they want to become. Following the ‘Loadstones’ curriculum,  youth ages 10 to 13 will be on a journey through Unitarian Universalism by examining life’s big issues such as  death, race, and the role of money in their lives.


Grade 8
Our Whole Lives (OWL

10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service)    Room E2 (next to the library)

Eighth Graders learn to clarify personal values as they explore spiritual, emotional, physical, and social aspects of sexuality.  The class is approached with frankness about sex and sexuality while maintaining a level of respect and appropriateness.  This class is a yearlong course offered every year at 10:45AM.  Class size is not limited, but enrollment closes in late September.  Due to the sensitive nature of this course, visiting eighth graders are invited to join our Middle School group.   


Grades 9 & 10

Coming of Age (COA)

10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service)   The Portable Building annex

During this important year, youth examine their maturing religious identity and diverse UU heritage.  They spend the year in three main areas of study:

  • Unitarian Universalist history and traditions, and the Six Sources and Seven Principles,
  • The Great Religious Questions, such as “Is there a God?” or “Why are we here?” and
  • How to be and live as a part of a church community.

The COA team will work with youth throughout this pivotal year to discuss important matters of faith and belief.  The youth will write a CREDO, or statement of personal belief and action and present a Coming of Age service in late spring.  The year culminates in a class heritage trip to Boston in early summer.



High School: YRUU

(open to high schoolers not in COA)

 10:45-12:00 (families begin in the service)    Room S7 (khaki and pink classroom)

This year our high school group will follow a rotation of classes involving curriculum, social action and small group ministry.  The teens will help guide the course of the class by deciding what interests them – a project to benefit those in need? getting more involved in social justice causes?  ethics?  yoga?  Discussion and experience are central to YRUU as we explore our values and beliefs. Our program emphasizes learning, social action, worship, leadership, and community building. The youth are encouraged to participate in leadership positions in the church as they prepare for their new role as adult members of Horizon.


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Presentation about White Privilege and White Supremacy Culture

Click here to review the slides from John Gill’s May 7th presentation about how to recognize White Supremacy culture and how if affects Horizon UU.

Our Investment in Whiteness (1)

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Coming of Age information for 2017-18

Horizon UU will be offering its UU identity class and Heritage Trip to Boston next school year to 9th and 10th graders.  Did you miss the information session?  Click on the link below to view the power point which will give you some important information about the class and the trip.

Please email Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Lauren Daniell, for more information: 


COA 2017-18 parent info session final

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Social Justice Resources February 2017

Resources for Social Justice Work

from the Building Bridges course

February 2017


Unitarian Universalist Resources:

  • Horizon UU’s Activism Site on Facebook: To find resources and information on upcoming opportunities for citizen activism in the North Texas area, Horizon has a new Facebook page. To join email
  • Texas UU Justice Ministry (  Learn about legislative initiatives that call for a moral stance. Help organize support for initiatives in line with Unitarian Universalist values.


  • Connect with the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). ( SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.


  • Get involved with the work of Standing on the Side of Love (SSL). Read “Facing the Dragon,” a March 16, 2016, letter by Caitlin Breedlove, SSL campaign director, about the role Unitarian Universalists can play in today’s movement for social justice. (


  • Organize small groups in your congregation to more deeply explore personal journeys through the lens of race. Connect with or visit the website of DRUUMM, a UU People of Color organization (or visit the website of Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) for resources, suggestions, and connections,


Local and state resources:

  • Countable: Supposed to be good for keeping up with issues.  It can contact your representative but sends a form letter, it is better to put it in your own words.
  • Daily Action: has been getting a lot of press. You get a text a day that has a short message about an issue and you can click on the number and call the relevant official.
  • Send a message to all your reps at the same time: lets you write to all your Congressional representatives at once.
  • Get your reps’ contact information: If your senators and representatives aren’t saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You’ll get a text back with everyone’s contact info. It couldn’t be any easier, so get to calling to make your voice head
  • Find out ALL the ways to contact your reps: Get all the information about contacting those who represent you, such as their websites, office addresses, email addresses, Twitter feeds, Facebook sites, and when they plan to do public meetings


“INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.”

  • Indivisible booklet: a downloadable guide to action created by former Congressional staffers, it gets updated pretty often.  Local groups have formed.


After reading, “The Third Reconstruction” by Rev. Dr. William H. Barber II:

  • Read and share “Fourteen Steps Forward Together,” from the book’s Appendix (p. 127). Gather an ongoing group to explore how to apply those steps to your congregation’s justice work.


  • Get to know local organizations led by people directly affected by injustice. Explore their websites or written information and attend public actions or events they sponsor. Find out how your congregation or group can be helpful and what resources the organizations offer so you can learn more. Can your congregation offer meeting space for interfaith groups or secular organizations working on justice issues using a moral argument?


  • Learn more about Repairers of the Breach, an organization that “works to reconnect our shared faith traditions with public policies rooted in the moral values of justice, fairness, and the general welfare, which are embedded in the federal and state Constitutions; and train clergy and lay moral leaders and advocates to become fusion-movement leaders and to freshen the great wellsprings of our democracy based on past moral movements that have made possible the great progressive victories in our history.” ( Watch and share videos and resources from the website. (Find out whether a moral revival event is coming to a city near you and, if one is, make plans to attend. (


  • Gather to read or reread some past Common Reads which may be helpful in your work. The UUA’s discussion guides for each include links to supplementary resources and suggestions for action.

o Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (death penalty abolition; prison and criminal justice system reform)

o Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Rasor (UU moral values in public issues)

o Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman (food workers’ rights)

o The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (opposition to mass incarceration/racism in US criminal justice system)

o Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel (interfaith justice-making work)

o The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan (immigration)

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‘Just Mercy’ book discussion group now forming

New Class begins March 6th

Just Mercy

book discussion group with Judy Meador

Sundays March 6th  & March 20th


Horizon Library

To enroll sign up in the Horizon lobby or send an email to

Just Mercy is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.  It is the 2016 Common Read chosen by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

just mercy

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

JUST MERCY is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Read a review from the New York Times:

Book widely available in electronic and paper format from major retailers







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New class starts January 17th: “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement”

Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement

with Nancy Foreman

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Four Sundays – 12:00-2:30pm

Jan. 17 & 31 Feb. 14 & 28

Sign up in the Horizon lobby or email to enroll

This course will be an exciting opportunity for us to prepare ourselves to engage effectively in the movement for Black lives. We’ll learn how to build our courage and support for doing the necessary exploration of our own racial identities, and deepen our commitment to this personal and spiritual work

Because ending an oppressive system takes all of us, there can never be too many white anti-racism activists. We need each other!

Course goals :

  • prepare white activists to be effective in supporting Black Lives Matter

  • deepen awareness of how our white racial identity impacts our social/racial justice work

  • build courage by forging relationships with each other

  • understand this work as spiritual/personal work

  • here to awaken from our illusions of separateness

  • our spirit yearns for us to find connection with each other, with the larger purpose

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What Can I do to Combat All the Hate Against Muslims?

This is an article shared with me about what non-Muslims can do to combat the frenzied onslaught of anti-Muslim sentiment so prevalent on the news and social media:

Sofia Ali-Khan

15 hrs · Edited ·

Dear Non-Muslim Allies,

I am writing to you because it has gotten just that bad. I have found myself telling too many people about the advice given to me years ago by the late composer Herbert Brun, a German Jew who fled Germany at the age of 15: “be sure that your passport is in order.” It’s not enough to laugh at Donald Trump anymore. The rhetoric about Muslims has gotten so nasty, and is everywhere, on every channel, every newsfeed. It is clearly fueling daily events of targeted violence, vandalism, vigilante harassment, discrimination.

I am writing this in response to a non Muslim friend’s question about what she can do. Because there is much that can be done in solidarity:

  • If you see a Muslim or someone who might be identified as Muslim being harassed, stop, say something, intervene, call for help.
  • If you ride public transportation, sit next to the hijabi woman and say asalam ‘alaykum (That means ‘peace to you.’). Don’t worry about mispronouncing it; she won’t care. She’ll smile; smile back. If you feel like it, start a conversation. If you don’t, sit there and make sure no one harasses her.
  • If you have a Muslim work colleague, check in. Tell them that the news is horrifying and you want them to know you’re there for them.
  • If you have neighbors who are Muslim, keep an eye out for them. If you’re walking your kids home from the bus stop, invite their kids to walk with you.
  • Talk to your kids. They’re picking up on the anti-Muslim message. Make sure they know how you feel and talk to them about what they can do when they see bullying or hear hate speech at school.
  • Call out hate speech when you hear it—if it incites hatred or violence against a specified group, call it out: in your living room, at work, with friends, in public. It is most important that you do this among folks who may not know a Muslim.
  • Set up a “learn about Islam” forum at your book club, school, congregation, dinner club. Call your state CAIR organization, interfaith group or local mosque and see if there is someone who has speaking experience and could come and answer questions about Islam and American Muslims for your group. They won’t be offended. They will want the opportunity to do something to dispel the nastiness.
  • Write Op Eds and articles saying how deplorable the anti-Muslim rhetoric has gotten and voice your support for Muslim Americans in whatever way you can.
  • Call your state and local representatives, let them know that you are concerned about hate speech against your Muslim friends and neighbors in politics and the media, that it is unacceptable and you want them to call it out whenever they hear it, on your behalf.
  • Out yourself as someone who won’t stand for Islamophobia, or will stand with Muslims—there is an awful lot of hate filling the airways, and there are an awful lot of people with access to the media and/or authority stirring the pot about Muslims. Please help fill that space with support instead. Post, write, use your profile picture or blog to voice your support.

Ask me anything. Really. Engage the Muslims in your life. Make sure you really feel comfortable standing for and with your Muslim friends, neighbors, coworkers.

I can tell you that in addition to the very real threat to their civil and human rights that Muslims are facing, we are dealing with a tremendous amount of anxiety. While we, many of us, rely on our faith to stay strong, we are human. This is not an easy time. What you do will mean everything to the Muslim Americans around you.

Thank you for reading and bless you in your efforts. Share freely.

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Sunday Women’s Journey Group

Now enrolling…

Women’s Sunday Journey Group

“Listening Hearts”

2nd and 4th Sundays beginning January 10th

8:30am – 9:45am

Portable Rm. #9

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This is a group for women to practice deep listening and sharing. The class will be working through the third in the Deep Connections series of books called Listening Hearts. Topics will range from mental wellness and miracles to leaps of faith and bucket lists. Due to the nature of the course, members are asked to commit to regular attendance and preparation for each session.

Enrollment will be capped at 10.

Please contact to register.listening hearts


The book for this group can be purchased through the UUA Bookstore or Amazon.

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