Chalice Circle Registration

Chalice Circles are a soul-tending ministry where 8 to 10 individuals meet on a monthly basis to share from their hearts and listen deeply to one another about spiritual matters. Five groups, led by trained facilitators, are now forming and will meet from October through May. Please join us.

To register, click  here.

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.

Intergenerational Labyrinth Service

We step into the labyrinth -- metaphorically, exploring its history, symbolism and uses. It is but one way to physically express a growing spirituality. In the words of Parker Palmer, "Action, like a sacrament, is the visible form of an invisible spirit, an outward manifestation of an inward power."


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-24-2014)

An Incurable Wound

Any number of thoughtful men and women have explored the idea that the events in our lives impact the shape of our work, our art, the ways we love and the choices we make. This morning's service will examine the possibility that some wounds, while they may never heal, help us grow.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-17-2014)

Make Haste to Be Kind

What does it mean to put our faith in action? How can we let our spirituality infuse our daily lives? What are some challenges to making spiritually-informed choices about and within everyday situations? How do we know when we have operated from a place of spirituality?  I want to explore some of the ideas that asking such questions raises for me and perhaps for you as well. -- Elliot Adams


Click the Services  link for the audio of the service (8-3-2014)

Play Ball!


I want to tell you about my love of this game, why and how it matters to me and tens of millions of others and might even matter to you, and why my daughter once told me that baseball is a metaphor for life and I told her she had it backwards, life is a metaphor for baseball!

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-27-2014)

The Dharma Teachings of John Lennon

A look at several of John Lennon's song lyrics to delve into some of the deeper spiritual meanings they contain. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-20-2014)

Engaged Buddhism; Be Free Where You Are

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, teaches that "Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves." We will explore the life of Thich Nhat Hanh and his continuing journey of service to others in order to help all living beings find peace and happiness. His example has led a group of us to the Toledo Correctional Institution where we meditate and share the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in order to help these men find freedom within its walls. Whether or not we are confined in prison, we can experience less suffering and more freedom here and now by practicing mindfulness. Participants in this service are: Pat Buchanan, Karen Christie and Lynn Lyle, who are students of Thich Nhat Hanh and have been meditation practitioners for a number of years. 


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-13-2014)

The Self-emptying Heart

This Sunday's sermon explores the spiritual dimensions of living with a mental illness-either as a sufferer or as a family member of a person with a brain disorder-and of providing supportive companionship.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-6-2014)

Coping and Caring


Life is sometimes very hard. Disappointments abound. Sadness sweeps over us. Tragedies happen. Losses mount up. How do we deal with these dark moments of life? Are there ways of handling such situations that can help us to survive and even prosper?

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-29-2014)

Still Under Construction

William James identified "the belief that there is an unseen order" as characteristic of the life of religion in its "broadest and most general terms possible." What could that mean to us in the 21st century, when religion is a part of some of the most heroic and heinous of human acts and activities? 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-22-2014)

Flower Communion Sunday

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not  a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
 

      Martin Niemoller,  20th century minister, theologian and  philosopher

What do we fight against? Our fight is against lies, mendacity, deceit, bullying, and everything that belittles, enslaves, or would destroy a human being.

-- Norbert Capek

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-15-2014)

Upon This Rock

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single person contemplates it, bearing within the image of a cathedral."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-8-2014)

Hitting the Bumps in the Road

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."

-- Scott Adams

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-1-2014)

The Seen and the Unseen


"We belong because we choose to belong. We belong because others have chosen to welcome us, and include us, and make space for us.  We belong, because inherent to this faith is a belief that there is room for all who come in friendship, in freedom, and in peace."

-- Julie Stoneberg, UU minister.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-25-2014)

Why RE Sunday?


"Being Part of a Unitarian Universalist Community means being on an adventure of discovery."

Rev. Jim Robinson, Unitarian Universalist minister

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-18-2014)



The Sacred and the Profane

"The manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world."

-- Mircea Eliade

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-4-2014)

Are We a Church for All People?

"There is power in knowing

My struggle is your struggle

And yours, mine."

Dan Wilkins

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-27-2014)

Intergenerational Easter Service

"Awry in an otherwise orderly hedge

Forsythia flaunts a golden edge

Of sunshine, and thus by flouting reason

Embodies the spirit of the season."

-- Dorothy Parsons East

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-20-2014)

Traveling Roads Not Taken

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."

Harriet Beecher Stowe in Little Foxes, 1871


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-13-2014)

A Journey Not a Destination

 "We arrive together here, travelers on life's journey,

Seekers of meaning, of love, of healing, of justice, of truth.

Numerous are our origins, our paths, and our destination.

And yet, happily, our ways have joined together here today."

-- Andrew Pakula

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-6-2014)

Water over the Bridge

"There is a brokenness

out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable."

-- Rashani

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-30-2014).

Words Through a Prism

"Words and idioms are as indispensable to our thoughts and experiences as are colors and tints to a painting."

-- William Chomsky, professor and grammarian



Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-23-2014).

Love Prepare Me

Love prepare me to be a sanctuary,

Pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving I'll be a living

Sanctuary for you.

-- Billy Jonas

 Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-16-2014).

Noah's A.R.K. 2014

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes.  All is a miracle." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

"Blessed are the weird people -- poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters, troubadours -- for they teach us to see the world through different eyes."  -- Jacob Nordby

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-9-2014).

Kindness, Gratitude, Compassion

Ours is a simple faith.

Life is a short embrace.

Heaven is in this place, every day.

Hope is the ground we till.

Make each day what you will.

Thankful for dreams fulfilled, every day.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-2-2014).

Healing with Compassion

"The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds." 

 -- H.H. The Dalai Lama


"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.  Help someone's soul heal." -- Rumi


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-23-2014).

Judge Not

This day, this moment, is holy ground.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-16-2014).




Remember! Celebrate! Act!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Sunday

Everybody can be great.

Because anybody can serve.

You only need a heart full of grace,

A soul generated by love.

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-19-2014).

Hope After

"Don't give up. Don't sell out. Don't lose hope."

- Christopher Reeves

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-12-2014).

Love and Marbles

Love and Marbles

in Just-

spring     when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far     and     wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

    the

      goat-footed

balloonMan     whistles

far

and

wee

   e.e. cummmgs

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-4-2014).

Ordination of Timothy Knox Barger

First Unitarian Church

Sunday, December 8, 2013

 

 

  Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-1-2013).


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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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First Unitarian Church of Toledo
3205 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614-2423
419-381-6999


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