About Us

The faith we live by in this church searches for truth in our own individual hearts, in our own life experiences, in the many faith traditions and philosophies that nurture us, in the explorations of science. Ours is not a blind faith: It is based neither on creeds, the scriptures of any particular religion, the pronouncements of a church hierarchy, nor the words of any single person. Rather, we submit our beliefs to the test of knowledge, reason, and compassion. Our faith aims to treat all humans irrespective of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief with caring and respect. Ours is a faith of deeds and commitment to building humane character and love for the natural world. It is a faith of the free mind and the loving heart.

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Sunday, March 24 - 11am Service


In The News
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

Theologian Karl Barth said that ministers should preach with the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. For this service, we’ll talk about the news and bring up some current events, to consider the place our Unitarian Universalism has in the picture.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service.

Sunday, March 17 - 11am Service


The Life of Maewyn Succat
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

You might better know Maewyn Succat by the name “St. Patrick.” On St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll explore the Irish icon’s story.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, March 10 - 11am Service


Objective Faith
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Sometimes we use objects to help our religious practice. Chalices, beads, and, of course, books are items for sacred use. We’ll look at some objects and the objectives of their role in religion.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, March 3 - 11am Service


Love Knows No Borders
Reverend Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate Sierra Webb

Who do you want to be? This sermon is about the big choices that Unitarian Universalists have made to choose love in the midst of struggle. Even now, our task is to contemplate what how we do justice that is rooted in love.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Please remember the first Sunday of each month we celebrate with cake and ice cream in Fellowship Hall following church service.

Sunday, February 24 - 11am Service


Spring Cleaning
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Marie Kondo is having a major moment; the Japanese expert on simplification has two books plus a graphic story popular in America, and she has added a series on Netflix. And her style isn’t the only one; “Swedish Death Cleaning” is also being practiced. Plus, we can’t forget some of the transitions shown in the TV show “Hoarders.” We hope that Sunday’s service on spring cleaning, the whys and maybe a little bit of how, based on these popular works, will bring you joy.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 17 - 11am Service


Superstition
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Judy Trautman

Whether it’s taking actions to keep monsters from being under the bed, wearing the same unwashed clothes to help a team be victorious, attributing mysterious sounds to the presence of a ghost, or making seeming obsessive and compulsive gestures (when you don’t have an OCD diagnosis) in order to keep a perceived normality undisturbed, we all engage in superstitions even though our reason tells us not to. Superstition gives some credence to the supernatural that many of us don’t believe in. We’ll look at how stories and reality coexist in Unitarian Universalism.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 10 - 11am Service


A Darwinian Valentine
Reverend Tim Barger

With Darwin Day—the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth—on Tuesday the 12th and Valentine’s Day on Thursday the 14th, we’ll have appreciative words on why evolution and love are important and how each helps the other.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 3 - 11am Service


Welcoming Diversity: This Is Who We Are


Drew Frantz, Ministerial Intern,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio

What does it look like when a congregation of mostly African American evangelical Universalist Christians merges with a mostly white Unitarian Universalist church? This happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma with great success and some failure. Drew Frantz will share his perspective from a week in Tulsa and what we can learn from it at First Unitarian Church of Toledo.

Bio: Andrew Frantz has been a member of the Oberlin UU Fellowship for 18 years and is known to some Toledo congregants through his involvement with Summer Institute and his work with the district-wide youth community in recent years. Drew is a seminary student at Meadville Lombard Theological School planning to complete his MDiv. program in May. He serves the UU Fellowship of Wayne County in Wooster, Ohio as ministerial intern.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 27 - 11am Service


The Kitchen God

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

There is an Asian religious practice, shortly before the Chinese New Year, that is a farewell ceremony for the Kitchen God, sometimes known as the Prince of the Oven. That’s because the Kitchen God makes an annual trip to heaven to tell the Jade Emperor whether families have been good or bad. How do kitchens, gods, and naughty or nice families affect our lives?

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 20 - 11am Service


Black Racial Justice Now

Beverly Cluster Pulpit Exchange
Reverend Ed Heilman, Park UCC
Worship Associate: Judy Trautman

We continue the annual tradition of having ministers from congregations in the Beverly Cluster of churches speak in one another’s pulpits. This year, three congregations are participating, so Rev. Ed Heilman of Park Congregational Church (UCC) will return to First Unitarian; Rev. Rob Johnson of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be at Park Church, and Rev. Tim will preach at Holy Trinity.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 13 - 11am Service

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

We will be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday


Doing Church

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

How do we “do” church at First Unitarian? What is tradition and why is there change? What are the roles and responsibilities of the congregation, leadership, and the minister? In the middle of the church year, and the beginning of a calendar year, we’ll look at our ways of doing church.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Service Info

Our worship services are held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  We offer many opportunities to engage in fellowship directly after service in our Fellowship Hall. We have Lifespan Faith Development programs for children and adults September through May.  We will be glad to see you here!

Location

First Unitarian Church of Toledo
3205 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614-2423
419-381-6999


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Reverend Tim Barger

Email him at: revtim@uutoledo.org

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