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

2019 Yard Sale

Sunday, August 18 - 11am Service


We Shall Overcome
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Our second of three services on songs important to the Civil Rights Movement that still have relevance in the time of Black Lives Matter focuses on “We Shall Overcome,” number 169 in our hymnal. We’ll look at the song’s history and some traditions related to it.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, August 11 - 11am Service

Lift Every Voice and Sing
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

For three services in August, we’ll hear about songs important to the Civil Rights Movement that still have relevance in the time of Black Lives Matter. The first Sunday we’ll go to number 149 in our hymnal, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes called the African-American National Anthem.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, August 4 - 11am Service


Religious Evolution
Joe Moran

We now accept as fact that human beings evolved as a species over the millennia. We recognize too that as individuals our thinking changes over our lifetime. Finally, we must acknowledge the fact that religion itself is not exempt from the evolutionary process." ~Anonymous

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us after the service in Fellowship Hall. We will be celebrating August birthdays with cake and ice cream.

Sunday, July 28 - 11am Service


The Inherent Worth and Dignity of FOOD
Caitlin Ballinger
Worship Associate Melissa Jeter

How does our first principle come into play regarding access to food? One in six adults in Lucas County is food insecure and one in four kids don't know where dinner will come from. Caitlin Ballinger, life long UU and Associate Director of Food For Thought, will discuss living our principles while meeting Toledo's hunger for food, respect, and belonging.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, July 21 - 11am Service


Religious Liberty: From the Puritans to the Baptists, Adventists, and UUs
David Strickler
Worship Associate Melissa Jeter

The constitutional right to religious freedom has been invoked in two recent court cases. The first case involved a bakery that refused to supply a wedding cake to a gay couple and the second case centered on a humanitarian activist who left water jugs in the desert for undocumented migrants. In this sermon, I will review the origins of religious liberty in this country and how different faith traditions have advocated for this important principle.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, July 14 - 11am Service


Service Is Its Prayer
Sierra Webb

Why is service our prayer? We will visit what it means to be undeniably and compassionately in service to ourselves, our communities and to the world at large.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, July 7 - 11am Service


God R Us: The Religion Of Man
Joe Moran
Worship Associate Karen Christie

We do not need to seek God as an external being. We humans have God-like potential in the way we conduct our daily lives. Let us therefore exhibit the qualities we project on to God and displayed by her/his prophets: compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, charity, and welcoming the stranger in our midst.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, June 30 - 11am Service


Ending and Beginnings - Coming or Going
Terry McCauley
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

All beginnings lead to endings and all endings are beginnings. Life is a circle. Are we coming or going? Are we coming from something or going to something? This is the topic we will explore today. In addition we will commission the Board members for the coming year.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, June 23 - 11am Service


Summer Unites All
 
Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate David Strickler

Summer is here! Weather permitting, we will have service outside. This service will celebrate the summer solstice and earth-based spirituality. We will include some earth-based spirituality traditions rooted in European and African traditions. Be prepared to sing and rise and embody your spirit. If you are so inclined, bring an object you hold sacred for an altar. We will recognize the ways that beings are connected to the sun, the earth, and each other in our interdependent web of life.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, June 16 - 11am Service

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Charlottesville, VA

Reconsidering Thomas Jefferson
David Strickler
Worship Associate Joe Moran

As we approach Independence Day, I want to reconsider how to commemorate Thomas Jefferson. I have long admired Jefferson as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and for his valuable contributions to religious liberty in this country. However, he owned slaves and advocated for the forceful removal of native peoples. I suggest that rather than creating a hero based on selected historical events, we should celebrate Jefferson’s aspirational words, recognize his shortcomings, and work towards building a society which affirms and promotes “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for the oppressed as well as for the privileged.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, June 9 - 11am Service

                

A Meaningful Life
Judy Lee Trautman
Worship Associate: Karen Christie

Losing a loved one, attending a death, facing a life-threatening illness - all these life events make us face our own mortality. What is a 'good death'? Does suffering mean that life has no meaning? What makes a life meaningful? An intimate look at some personal role models will explore these questions.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

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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