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Calling Circle

The Horizon Calling Circle is a group of volunteers, trained in the art of listening, who gather monthly to telephone members of the church. This ministry is an important way that we maintain our covenant of walking life’s path together, and staying aware of what is happening in the lives of the congregation and the life of the church. Members of the Calling Circle meet on the second Monday of each month and make phone calls to members and friends of Horizon.  For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Pastoral Care

What is the Pastoral Caregivers Program?
Pastoral Caregivers is a program providing caring support and a healing presence to the Horizon congregation.  Pastoral Caregivers offer support and information to those who may find themselves in transition or crisis.

What do the Pastoral Caregivers do?
Pastoral Caregivers develop trusting and confidential relationships with individuals needing and requesting care.  The relationship can involve support in many ways during a difficult time, whether at the hospital, at home or through telephone conversations.  We offer information in the form of resources and contacts.  Pastoral Caregivers provide a hand to hold, a quiet, listening presence or a shoulder to lean on.

Will others find out what I tell a Pastoral Caregiver?
Confidentiality is required for all Pastoral Caregivers.  Information will never be shared without permission from the person or people involved except within the confines of the group itself.

Why do people request a Pastoral Caregiver?
When we are in pain, sick, lonely, or struggling with life’s changes, it is nice to know that we are not alone.  It helps to have someone from the community who listens, cares and offers support.  Pastoral Caregiver support is usually requested during times of life transition, such as illness, accidents, death of a loved one, divorce, birth, or confinement to a nursing home or hospice.

Who are the Pastoral Caregivers?
Pastoral Caregivers are members of the congregation who undergo training in areas such as the grieving process, effective listening and communication, boundaries, responsibilities of care-giving, confidentiality and self care.  They are primarily effective and accepting listeners and supportive friends who care deeply and sincerely.

How do we reach a Pastoral Caregiver?
If talking with a Pastoral Caregiver would be helpful to you or to someone you know, contact our minister This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the office at 972-492-4940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or one of the Pastoral Caregivers atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why is the Pastoral Caregivers program important to Horizon?
No one should be alone in hard times.  Like an extended family, a church community should provide comfort, recognition, a sense of belonging.  Pastoral Caregivers is the formal group that cares for the church community and could be considered the heart of the church.  However each of us can be a caregiver and each of us is called to minister to those around us.

How are the Neighborhood Groups related to Pastoral Caregivers?
While Pastoral Caregivers can attend to the needs of those in crisis, sometimes they can benefit from the help of the wider church community.  Neighborhood Groups can provide rides, child care in emergencies, meals and other help.  Everyone belongs to a neighborhood group, so all are part of the care-giving network.

To voice something you’re feeling and put observations into words with another person
who is totally present is a creative act embodying soul and love.
- Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Neighborhood Groups

Horizon’s membership is divided into neighborhood groups, with one or more coordinators for each group. Neighborhood groups provide local support to church members when they have a family crisis or emergency. They also welcome new members and introduce them to other Horizon members in their neighborhood. These groups occasionally engage in local social and community support activities. Neighborhood groups currently exist for:

Addison/Farmers Branch / West Dallas

Carrollton - North

Carrollton – South / Far North Dallas

Central and East Dallas / Richardson

Coppell / Irving

The Colony / Little Elm / Far North Carrollton

Denton / Corinth / Highland Village

Flower Mound

Frisco / Allen / McKinney

Lewisville

Plano

Grapevine / Colleyville / Southlake / Mid-Cities (Tarrant County)

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Social Justice Team

Social Justice Team

The mission of the Social Justice Ministry is to provide knowledge to the congregation of social justice needs. The group coordinates the participation of Horizon and its members in offering financial support, community service, or other assistance for social justice issues.

The Social Justice Ministry conducts activities in these areas:

•  Religious Liberty
•  Human Rights
•  Economic Justice
•  Environment
•  Animal Welfare
•  Health and Family
•  Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender Equality
•  Peace and Conflict Resolution

More details on our team and our current projects can be found here.

If you are interested in attending the committee meetings as either a guest or as a member, contact the ministry leader Paul Panek

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

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