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.

Restart Sessions

 Audio and Slides from the Restart Sessions 
Click the Restart tab to view the slide shows that Rev Renee Ruchotzke used in her Restart sessions on 9/25/15 through 9/27/15. You can listen to the audio of the sessions at the same time.

What's 'Liberal' About Liberal Religion?

Cal Frye
Oberlin UU Congregation 

Is there still a way Republican and Democratic UUs can find common cause? How broadly do we really mean that welcoming statement at the opening of our services?

Cal Frye is a member of the Oberlin UU Fellowship and serves as Treasurer of the Ohio-Meadville District. He has been a UU for 16 years, serving several area congregations and Summer Institute. He is a Humanist Celebrant endorsed by the Humanist Society, AHA, performing weddings, funerals, and speaking in UU pulpits across northern Ohio.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-21-2016)

Story Theology

Reverend Tim Barger
All of our religions are based on stories--some true, others told as ways to explain what isn't known or understood. This will look at some stories and the need for metaphors when it comes to the spiritual.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-14-2016)

Mysticism for Unitarians

Reverend Ed Heilman
Park U.C.C. 

Reverend Heilman from Park Congregational, part of our Beverly Cluster, leads us in service. 

Ed Heilman is pastor of Park U.C.C. and the spouse of the Rev. Hafidha Saadiqah, his partner in soul and ministry. He writes his church blog which can be read at: http://www.parkchurchucc.org/pastored/
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-7-2016)

Gratitude - An Essential Part of Life

Terry McCauley 

We'll look at the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of gratitude and how to develop the habit of gratitude and live with an attitude of gratitude.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-31-2016)

We're Not on Summer Vacation

Reverend Tim Barger
If there is such a thing as free time for us, it surely changes as we take on responsibilities in our lives. Some thoughts on living honorably to ourselves and to our religion when we're in vacation mode - or wish we had time off.

"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got; 

Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.

Wouldn't you like to get away?"

-- Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-24-2016)

Sitting Inside: Bringing Mindfulness Meditation to Prisoners

Wesley Bullock

In the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, members of the Flowing Waters Sangha of Toledo and The Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo have initiated mindfulness meditation groups at the Toledo Correctional Institution state prison and the Toledo Volunteers of America Community Reentry program. Wes Bullocn will share experiences from these programs and the wisdom of the individuals who practice mindfulness meditation while living inside prisons. 

"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-17-2016)

Generally Assembled

Reverend Tim Barger
Reflections on the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which was held in Columbus June 22-26, and our church's regional and national connections.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-10-2016)

This Land is Your Land

David Strickler

"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."

-- Peter Marshall

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-3-2016)

In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding

Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship, livestreamed from Columbus 

What do we enter into congregational life hoping to get? So many things, perhaps - but underneath the consumer's idea of acquisition is the pull to a deeper encounter with the experience, hope, heartbreak and yearning of others in community. Can we be a place of deep encounter where borders are crossed and faiths connect, where real stories and real struggle intersect and understanding arises anew?

A link to the worship service can be found here.

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

Jami Yandle 
We explore the modern malaise of masculinity through the lens of Jungian psychologist Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette. Aspirant Jami Yandle will tell a story of inspiration on how male spirituality has affected Jami's personal ministry - a foundation built upon being raised by a single parent dad. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-19-2016)


Reverend Tim Barger

"Be cool and you'll be all right. That's rock & roll religion."

-- Paul McCartney in Rolling Stone, 2012

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-12-2016)

Imagining Ahead

Reverend Tim Barger

With the monthly theme of "Living a Life of Imagination," let's imagine what our liberal religion can give to our congregation, community, and society.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-29-2016)

RE Sunday

Nicole Jonsson and Reverend Tim Barger

We show our appreciation and acknowledgement of our teachers and volunteers. It will be a celebration of religious education at the end of the church year.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-22-2016)

Dialog to Change

Reverend Karen Shepler

Reverend Shepler discusses Changing Minds, Changing Lives, and discovering the true state of race relations in Toledo from deep conversations. She will be speaking about race relations in Toledo and about Dialogue to Change groups.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-15-2016)

Imagining Change

Reverend Tim Barger

May 8th is Mother's Day, and it's also a traditional time for some school graduations. Times of traditional life change, and honoring what came before, contribute to how we live lives of imagination.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-8


Re-Membering the Dharmakaya

George Hoguet (Chan Bao Tieu)

Mindfulness, from the Sanskrit "smrti", has the root meaning of "remembrance", or "calling to mind".  In this interactive discussion, we will work together to re-member our connection to the formless beauty in Nature, the Dharmakaya, of which we are all a part, a cell.  This is the remembrance, in our daily living, upon which the future of all life depends.
George Hoguet is a member of Laughing Rivers Sangha, Pittsburgh's Community of Mindful Living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is also ordained as Chan Bao Tieu (True Precious Smile) in Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, a four-fold community of monks, nuns and lay men and lay women practicing Engaged Buddhism.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-1-2016)


"Tender" Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

Reverend Barger is in the pulpit with a special message.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-24-2016)

Come See the Future of Unitarian Universalism

Come see the future of Unitarian-Universalism
Youth led service

Our Youth Group will present a variety of musical selections and speak about some of their experiences with Social Justice activities.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-17-2016)

Yearning for Hallowed Ground

Yearning for Hallowed Ground: Religious Humanism

Reverend Tim Barger

Religious humanism is different from secular humanism. We'll hear about the sacred aspect, including the value of stories.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-10-2016)

This Is Where We Are Called To Be

Judy Trautman
Worship Associate: Green Sanctuary

Our service today relates to our Seventh Principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The service includes music and reflections on the September 24, 2015 historic service which brought together national religious leaders in Washington D.C. at the National Cathedral to lift up Pope Francis' call to action on climate change and creation care. As Unitarian Universalists we are called to take a stand.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-3-2016)

Service Info

Our worship services are held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m., followed by a vibrant coffee hour 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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