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.


The Gospel Of Music

Nikki "D" & the Browns (sacred steel)

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Lynn Lyle


For our third musical Sunday we'll hear some pedal steel guitar in a gospel tradition that plays it as the instrument of praise.

Cakewalkin' Jass Band

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie


For our second musical Sunday, local New Orleans-style band the Cakewalkin' Jass Band, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, will come to us just after Mardi Gras. Rev. Tim will talk about liturgical jazz.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-18-2018)

Circle Of Hands

Hal Walker & Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Jim Moran


The first of three musical Sundays in February to offset some of our winter blahs, Hal Walker, the music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, who is also a recording artist in the Americana genre, will perform with his friends in the service. Rev. Tim will offer a few words on Americana.

Building Communities In Times Of Turmoil

This worship service will be presented by
David Strickler, Melissa Jeter,
and Rev. Joan Van Beceleare.


We maintain -- or break -- our relationships through our words and actions. In some situations, community members who felt unheard or hurt during personal conflicts may have left our community. As people who have made promises to each other, how can we respond more skillfully to the needs of all? Building Beloved Community requires many tools, beginning with articulating our individual needs, to listening deeply to the people in our community, to fostering reconciliation processes when conflicts arise. In this worship service, we will lift up the basic practices required for community building within and beyond our congregation.

Edict of Torda 450

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Sierra Webb


January marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the 1568 statement of religious tolerance issued by Romania's King John Sigismund, a Unitarian. That was the first time Unitarianism was officially recognized by a government, and Rev. Tim will preach about how we Unitarian Universalists, in a multifaith manner, continue the spirit of that statement which said that people would not be reviled for their religion.


Pastor Rob Johnson

Worship Associate Sierra Webb


As part of the annual Beverly Cluster pulpit swap, Pastor Johnson will preach at our church, while Rev. Ed Heilman of Park Church is at Holy Trinity Lutheran and Rev. Tim is at Park Church. Here's the opportunity to hear one of our religious neighbors when he brings his message to us.

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!


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

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Reverend Tim Barger

Email him at: revtim@uutoledo.org


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