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Rev. Lora Brandis

Rev. Lora Brandis began her ministry at Horizon in August 2016. Describing her vision for Horizon, she said, “The ministry I hope for is a balanced one with equal time given to the inner work each soul yearns for and the outer work that calls us as religious people to be justice seekers.”

For Rev. Lora, coming to Horizon is coming home since she spent time here in a ministerial internship from August 2009 to May 2010.

Prior to returning to Horizon as the settled minister, Lora served as the settled minister for Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Thousand Oaks, CA. Prior to that, she served as a consulting minister for two congregations 150 miles apart: South Valley UU Society in Salt Lake City and Pocatello UU Fellowship in Idaho. Lora has also served as a hospital chaplain in Dallas at Parkland Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center.

Ministry is a second career for Lora. She has extensive experience in non-profit management, including serving as the director of development and public relations for Nexus Recovery Center. Lora earned a BFA in Theatre and a BA in Ibero-American Studies from SMU. She received her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2010.

Rev. Lora and her husband, Frank Peña, have four adult children, one granddaughter and a cat named Tex. They love to cook, challenging each other at Jeopardy, and going to movies and plays. Lora is a fan of science fiction; Frank is not.

Rev. Lora schedules appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the office, with some appointments available after worship on Sundays. She works at her home office on Fridays and Saturdays. Mondays are her day off.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to minister@horizonuu.org.

To watch her latest sermons, go to Horizon’s YouTube channel.