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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.
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)
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)
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-10-2016)
"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)
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.
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)
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-29-2016)
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)
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)
Reverend Barger is in the pulpit with a special message.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-24-2016)
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)
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)
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!
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