This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau / February 23 – March 1, 2020

Message from the Nominating Committee member, Doug Kohn.

It’s time for Board of Trustee Candidate Nominees as Betty Johnson winds down her 3-Year Term June 30.  Johanna DeYoung is in her first year of 3.  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston has a total of 9 Board Members and 2 are generally from the Thoreau Campus, with the other 7 from Museum District.

It’s important to have our Thoreau voice represented so if you think you’re interested or have someone else who you think is a good candidate please let Doug Kohn know.  Candidate profiles will be shared prior to the May Annual Meeting and as a pledging member you will be able to vote then for all open Board seats.

Sunday, February 23

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Alienated Americans

Presented by Jim Sheridan

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “The American Dream is dead…” a message that resonated across the country.  Washington Examiner editor Timothy Carney traveled Middle America, pored over county-level maps and data, and sorted through sociological studies, and had a startling revelation: Donald Trump is right, but the death of the American Dream is a social phenomenon, not an economic one.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

Adventures in Failing

Matt Pargeter-Villarreal

We as a society have become accustomed to defining how far a person has come on their journey through life by the measure of the successes they have achieved.  But, as much as we may not like to admit it, our failures also have a lot to say about how far we have come…and often they have more to say about how we view life than success.  Join Matt Pargeter-Villarreal through a sermon journey of some of the failures that he has encountered and have impacted his life…and how he wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Matt Pargeter-Villareal is a recent M.Div. graduate of Brite Divinity School, an Aspirant for Ministry with the UUA, and the current co-facilitator of the Young Adults at Westside Unitarian Universalist in Fort Worth.  Matt is also currently serving as a Chaplain at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.  He and his husband, Fernando, are originally from San Antonio, and currently live in Arlington.

Outreach Offering:  Spaghetti Sauce

Exploring UU at Thoreau: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

This month’s topic is Religious Education at Thoreau Campus.  Our special guest will be Alex Keimig.

Wednesday, February 26

“Moms’ Morning In” playgroup gathering: – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Toddlers and Preschool kids and their moms, dads, or caregivers are invited to enjoy some quality time together in our wonderful backyard!  Bring your friends and share in the fun!

Adult Enrichment: – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join us for lively discussion each week.  All are welcome, bring your own lunch.  Janice Milo hosts. For more information contact Ron Masters,, or (832) 260 1497.

Sunday, March 1

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

What’s in a world view

Presented by Robert Salmi

A worldview can be defined as a personal model of physical reality, including social, political, and religious beliefs.  Does a worldview determine a person’s behavior?  Does the convergence of worldviews toward reality promote social cohesion and elevate societies?  What factors can advance the convergence of worldviews?  In his 17-min video “What’s in a worldview?”, Todd Weir, faculty member at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, presents various interpretations of the worldview concept.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

Freedom Dreams

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Freedom dreams help us to imagine a world different and better than the one we currently inhabit.  As part of our observation of Black History Month we will be uplifting the black radical imagination and its power to create the beloved community.  The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen will be in the pulpit via video.

Outreach Offering:  Spaghetti Noodles / Pasta

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