Monday, September 26, 2016

New Horizons Is Now On Facebook!

Announcing New Horizons Facebook Page!

Visit us on Facebook – and – see details of our coming “informal” launch of our new important community development project – 

Also look for important stories and details on our parallel project – 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

“Making Violence Obsolete” How To Get Involved

Making Violence Obsolete”
How To Get Involved
See yourself as an “active” part of this solution!

Be a small “zones of peace” builder in Frederick, in the Washington, D.C. region and across the nation.

Here are some options for getting involved.
  • Become an “active” participant in New Horizons’ Counterculture Community Experiment
  • Attend monthly educational discussion seminars
  • Become a volunteer on one of our committees 
  • Bring the “Making Violence Obsolete” Project into your group or organization
  • Contact Anastasia for a personal interview to discover your “Making Violence Obsolete” aptitude
  • Make a donation!
Join the “Making Violence Obsolete” Team!

Visit our blog site for stories on “Making Violence Obsolete”

For Details and Donations, Contact: Steve Lebherz
Email: Cell: 240.344.5234

Consultations, Contact Anastasia 
Email: Cell: 240.409.5347

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

“Making Violence Obsolete:” The Seminar

The Small “Zones Of Peace” Project
Of The New Horizons Support Network, Inc, presents …

“Making Violence Obsolete”
The Seminar

An Introduction To YOUR Adventure Of A Lifetime 
Lead by New Horizons’ Executive Director, 
Anastasia Rosen-Jones
Based on –
The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard: 
How Communities Come Apart And How They Heal
a work in progress by Anastasia Rosen-Jones
Frederick Friends Meeting House
723 N. Market Street 
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Saturday, October 1, 2016
 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Potluck dinner follows an intriguing Power Point Presentation 
and group discussion. Bring a dish to share.

A small “zone of peace” can be anywhere.

Why not begin building a “zone of peace” in “your” backyard (and in ours)? 

Reserve early, space is limited!

(Donations are welcomed.)

For Details and Reservations, Contact: Steve Lebherz

Email:   Cell: 240.344.5234

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our Premise For “Making Violence Obsolete” Is Not Just An Idea

Can you imagine that an outrageous notion such as “making violence obsolete” might just have some reasonableness to it?

I know that this "premise” is valid because I have lived it! So it’s not just an idea to me, it’s a fact of life, if the conditions are right.
Let's "make violence
obsolete" folks.

Our Premise is --

Violence could become obsolete, “someday”, if we start, now, doing more and more of the right things and, together, stop doing the “wrong” ones!”

Believe it! Totally simple in concept! But not easy in practice.

First step: Begin by committing yourself to the idea and the destination of “Making Violence Obsolete” and you are, immediately, heading in the right direction!

More good news on the way!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Truly Beaut-i-full And Impactful!

The agenda for last Saturday’s “community gathering” was to introduce New Horizons’ new project, the “Counterculture Community Development Experiment” to participants and the “Principles” that will foster its success.

With just that one day at hand to try out the template now being designed for the project by our board of directors, having “Making Violence Obsolete” as its centerfold, and only a small core group of participants for this initial run through, the impact of what we accomplished in just a few hours still left no doubt in my mind that we have now made a beautiful and impactful beginning.
Bravo! And congratulations to “US” for the take off of this exciting next project.

A “beautiful” set of Power Point slide handouts -- (if I do say so myself as I am the one that created them) -- provided participants with a well-delineated  overview of what we are intent on bringing into widespread application -- a movement perhaps might even emerge from our intention; doing our part to help “make violence obsolete,” G-d willing and the creek don’t rise. These prompted enthusiastic discussion and lively interactions to drive home our objectives. 

The most prominent aspect of our conversations, from my perspective, was the indepth consideration of how exactly -- as Margaret Mead suggested -- “a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world” (i.e. in New Horizons lingo, “make violence obsolete.”). 

I believe most of those present were contemplating the answer to that question I was certain, at least as much as basic formulae go and their applications, I had been learning how to achieve, if only, for more than forty years already; by living "it" not merely thinking about it.

And, of course, there was also the potluck and the camaraderie of hangin’ out on one of our last nice, but a bit warmer than we like, end of August days.

significant part of the answer I am inclined to stress is -- very slowly and step-by-step!   As evidenced by the “takeaways” participants identified as their next action steps in line with our stated agenda, I could see they were already begin to consider that direction too; the pathway to awe -- and -- possibly grant me the privelege of being their guide.

Long time coming!

The single most agreed upon, by a good portion of the group, of the various angles presented tat day was to devote serious, personal attention to altering the following, day-to-day characteristics of polarization in themselves.
  • Emotional barriers;
  • Defensiveness;
  • Communication breakdown;
  • Seeing the “other” as an enemy;
  • Fear, anger, blame, criticism, power struggles;
  • Conflict, withdrawal, avoidance, collusion, secrets, aggression, bullying and violence. 
Nary a participant could attest to being free of each and everyone of these.  So they pledged to begin there.

How about you?  What are your next steps to help "make violence obsolete"?

Coming soon – “Making Violence Obsolete” Seminars, open to the public
Beginning in October.

Next Harper’s Ferry Retreat Center Community Gathering --
Saturday, October 1

Look for details.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Community Gathering To Introduce “Making Violence Obsolete” Principles

So much can happen in the few short months of “never long enough" summer. What has happened at New Horizons during this time is that we discovered our next powerful, community building steps to follow on the progress we made with Coffee House Conversations Project --

New Horizons Counterculture Community Experiment is now in the design, moving forward  stage, with some of its principles and practices ready to be introduced.

Find out more about what we are up to next!

We are ready, already, even this coming Saturday, to begin demonstrating the profound transformative power and strength of our next adventure.

Get in the action! Join us if you can at -- 

Summer In The Mountains at -- 
New Horizons’ Harpers Ferry Retreat Center
Monthly Community-Building Work Days and Potluck Dinners

Next scheduled gathering date: 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Find out how you can participate.
(September and October schedule of events coming soon!)

Check out details here for this coming Saturday’s tentative schedule.

To request additional details and make your reservations, 
email us at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Make Violence Obsolete!

New Horizons next amazing project, "Making Violence Obsolete."

Find out how you can get involved in – 

“Making violence obsolete”
  1. Take the Spectrum of Love Inventory!
  2. Share your results with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors! Build your own “village” (i.e. exceptional community).
For some good words on bringing "love" into politics, check out --

The New Yorker Magazine, "The Power of "Love" In Politics" by Rebecca Mead 

“Trust Me!  (Ha Ha) Trust You!

Violence can become obsolete, if we start doing more and more of the right things and, together, stop doing the “wrong” ones!”