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.

Announcements

Sunday, May 19 - 11am Service


Appreciation,
with IllUUmination chalice blessings
Tim Barger

Do you have a chalice at home, a reminder of your Unitarian Universalism? We’ll have a blessing of chalices during the May 19 service, an observance of “IllUUmination,” as the Little Rock, Arkansas, congregation called it. Bring your chalice in—or possibly make one during religious education time—and we’ll gather many chalices at the chancel table for a blessing and, in a way, we’ll send the communal flame home with you. We’ll also have a time for volunteer appreciation, acknowledging those who have helped the congregation to operate over the past year. The service will be shorter in time, to accommodate the annual meeting held afterward.

MUSIC NOTES: Beginning at 10:45 this Sunday, Tierra and Vance Raiti will provide some music for contemplation.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 12 - 11am Service


RE For All
Tim Barger

This week we’ll have our recognition of and, we hope, participation by religious education students and teachers. We’ll be expressing special gratitude to Nicole Jonsson for her service as religious educator.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 5 - 11am Service


The Great Warbler Migration: An Intercultural Gathering
David Strickler
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Every spring, thousands of migrating songbirds congregate on the Lake Erie shoreline in NW Ohio to feed and to rest before continuing their journey to northern breeding grounds. The variety and number of intensely colored birds is a spectacle to behold. And, just as impressive is the assortment of humans who stray from their daily paths to observe this extraordinary avian phenomenon. We will exult in the natural beauty of these charming birds and reflect on how they bring us together.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall. We will be celebrating May birthdays.

Sunday, April 28 - 11am Service


Within These Walls
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

This is a topic change from what was earlier announced. While our congregation is determining its budget and available funds for the coming year and changes are in process, Rev. Tim will share some of his vision for the future of First Unitarian “within these walls.”

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service.

Sunday, April 21 - 11am Service

Climate Change And Connections
Judy Trautman
Worship Associate Reverend Tim Barger

For our Easter and annual Green Sanctuary Service, we will take a close look at the crisis of climate change and our interconnectedness, as reflected in our seventh principle ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part’. Nature tries hard to repair the damage we do to our planet home. This Easter, might we examine ways we might assist Nature in a Resurrection.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, April 14 - 11am Service


Building An Inter-Cultural Community Through Music
Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Let’s get over winter cabin fever and take to the roads—from the comfort of our sanctuary. We’ll have our annual flower ceremony, based on an idea from Rev. Norbert Capek, in which we encourage everyone to bring a flower to church and we’ll take home a different one as a communion practice. And Rev. Tim will speak about some authors’ road trips exploring spirituality.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, April 7 - 11am Service


Building An Inter-Cultural Community Through Music
David Strickler and Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate Karen Christie

We will talk about our experiences at Summer Institute where we have enjoyed fellowship and community with UUs from other congregations in the Central East Region. The theme speaker for SI2019 will be Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock) and her topic will be “Building a Vocal Community”. In this Sunday service we will reflect on how one community, with many voices and rhythms, embodies our UU principles. We also hope to convince some of you to join us at SI 2019 so that you can help us bring the spirit and energy of vocal community back to Toledo.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

As it is the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating April birthdays after the service with cake and ice cream.

Sunday, March 31 - 11am Service


In The News
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Our congregation will say the words to make David Strickler and Melissa Jeter Commissioned Lay Ministers of First Unitarian Church of Toledo. It’s not an ordination, but this does call up two people from our church to be recognized as leaders who will have ongoing responsibilities in work and worship.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Please join us for coffee and conversation after the service.

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.

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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