Our religious education begins in the womb with the heart's rhythms and our mother's contact. It blooms with our growing awareness of the world around us, its mystery, and the realization of our own remarkable selves and our connection with others.
Our lives are a continuing opportunity to learn of deeper purpose, of stronger connectedness. We come together as a a religious community in large part to share in that learning, to be a part of the great enterprise of remembering who we are.
Our philosophy of religious education for our children in particular has been around for over a hundred years. It is preserved in the words of William Ellery Channing:
Not to stamp our minds on the young,
But to stir up their own;
Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge,
But to aspire a fervent love of truth;
Not to form an outward regularity,
But to touch inspired springs;
Not so much to burden the memory,
But to quicken and strengthen the power of thought;
Not to bind them by prejudices of our particular sect,
But to prepare them for impartial judging of
Whatever may be offered for their decisions
Rather than imposing a set of beliefs, our purpose is to promote in the growth of a living faith that is with us throughout our lives and fills us with hope and the determination to create a better world for all people.
Unitarian Universalism is based on a profound respect for the individual, and a valuing of the contributions we make. Religious education is a cooperative venture we all share in, and we welcome active participation in learning and co-leading a program.
Growth and Learning for Adults
Adult religious exploration at Horizon strives to grow spiritually healthy people by offering a wide variety of programing to enrich the mind and feed the spirit. Many different classes are offered each semester, ranging from building your own theology, to deepening your understanding of the world’s religions, to exploring Unitarian Universalist history and theology.
Adult Religious Explorations Forum
Every Sunday, 9:00-10:10am
Horizon Library – Drop ins welcome
Unitarian Universalists are seekers with a desire to explore and learn from many sources. The Sunday morning Adult Religious Explorations Forum features a variety of topics and guest presenters, and class focus varies from week to week. Our weekly facilitators bring topics that motivate us spiritually and challenge us intellectually. No RSVP required – Drop ins welcome.
Horizon Book Group
Every Fourth Tuesday
Bring a brown bag lunch and join this fun group that explores one book each month. Share an invigorating conversation about classic and contemporary titles. Please email the organizers in advance to learn which book will be discussed.
The Inquirers Series: Getting to Know Horizon and Unitarian Universalism
Most Sundays 12:00-1:00pm
Horizon Library – Drop ins welcome!
Inquirers is a series of hour-long sessions for those who wish to learn more about Horizon and Unitarian Universalism. Topics will range from the Seven Principles and a brief history of Unitarian Universalism to a tour of the church and a question and answer session with Rev. Lora. Each Sunday’s topic will be announced during the worship service. No RSVP required – child care provided.
Soul Matters Reflection Groups September 2017 – May 2018
Section 1: 2nd Sundays 12:00-1:00 pm
Section 2: 2nd Wednesdays 7-:00-8:30 pm
Section 3: 2nd Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am
Reflection Groups accept new members throughout the year
For more information or to sign up, visit: https://goo.gl/uUhWUH
All Horizon members and friends are invited to participate in special monthly small groups to deepen their faith and develop spiritual practices in community while reflecting upon the monthly worship theme. Three sections are offered each month to accommodate busy schedules and participants can change sections month to month. Although monthly attendance is encouraged, skipping months is possible. One may join the Reflection Groups any time during the year.
Women’s Journey Group
2nd and 4th Sundays September-May
Portable Rm. #9
This is a group for women to practice deep listening and sharing. Past topics have included gratitude, forgiveness, loss and grief, nature, friendship, doubt, sustainable living, and the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. New groups form in the early fall and spring semesters.
Tuesdays 7:15pm – 9:15pm
Weekly group meetings include a check-in and discussion of a life issue topic selected by a group member. These have included appreciation, success and failure, fear, procrastination, and staying optimistic in hard times. Please email in advance before visiting.
Workshops and Semester Classes
Each semester Horizon Growth and Learning offers a variety of classes to support our adult learners’ intellectual and spiritual growth. Spanning 1-8 class sessions, courses can range from topics such as spiritual development, Unitarian Universalist history and theology, and ethical living.
Recent classes include:
- What Moves You? workshops in spiritual practices
- Building Your Own Theology I-III
- The UUA Common Read; a yearly social justice-oriented book studied denomination-wide to promote awareness of social justice issues and spur action
- Advocating for Reproductive Justice
- The Shared Pulpit; Sermon Writing for Lay People
- Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement
- UU History film series, “Long, Strange Trip; Two Thousand Years of Unitarian Universalist history”
Coordinates, sponsors and promotes activities relating to spiritual and whole body/mind development—plans classes for Sunday and during the week.