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

Sunday, December 16 - 11am Service


All Music Service

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Even though our music program hasn't been in normal operation this year, we can still have a less-than-traditional all music service. Caroling in the church!

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

Christmas/MultiFatih Open House


First Unitarian Church of Toledo is hosting a multi-faith Christmas Day open house for people who don't have families to go to, for families that want to gather to have fun together, for international students who are not going home for the holidays, etc.

A Potluck meal will be available as will board games and crafts. Open to all people of all faiths or no faith to come together for food and fun.

RSVP to Terry McCauley at 419-531-2195 or terrymcc1@yahoo.com

Sunday, December 9 - 11am Service


The X In Xmas

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Rev. Tim will talk about the X abbreviation and why it's appropriate shorthand at holiday time. He might also have a few words about the so-called War on Christmas.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

The Mooney's are moving to Rhode Island this December. The last time they will be at service will be December 9th. Please join us in wishing them well during coffee hour that day by bringing finger foods or desserts. Questions? Contact Carla

Sunday, December 2 - 11am Service

Being Light In A Heavy World

Melissa Jeter

Everyday we experience, consume, and participate in stories, narratives, and philosophies that shape our perception of the world. There are also stories that we have held sacred because they hold truths about Being that only makes sense through living the experience. How can these stories empower us when we encounter interpersonal violence and abuse of power? What kind of world could we create by Being Light in a Heavy World.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the Service this Sunday.

The Mooney's are moving to Rhode Island this December. The last time they will be at service will be December 9th. Please join us in wishing them well during coffee hour that day by bringing finger foods or desserts.

Sunday, November 25 - 11am Service


World Religions

Judy Trautman, Sister Sandy Shermanr
Reverend Tim Barger

A report on Rev. Tim's trip to the week-long Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto at the beginning of November.

Music Notes: Today’s music for the Thanksgiving season will feature our own Garth Simmons on trombone, with Bonnie Rowe on piano.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Due to lack of volunteers, fellowship hour refreshments going forward will be limited to coffee only through the remainder of the year. This will reduce the amount of weekly set-up and clean-up required by the kitchen committee.

Hosting fellowship time requires arriving at church early to brew coffee and set up fellowship hall and the kitchen through cleaning up and closing the kitchen and fellowship hall afterward. If your group would like to host fellowship time, please contact Carla or another member of the kitchen committee to sign up and learn procedures.

Please note that this does not affect potluck, which will continue to take place on the fourth Sunday of each month only. Please contact Gwen if you would like to help with Potluck.

Sunday, November 18 - 11am Service


You're Welcome Here

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate - Luanne Billstein

"Hospitality is both the answer to modern alienation and injustice and a path to deeper spirituality." ~from Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love by Father Daniel Homan, O.S.B., and Lonnie Collins Pratt

A call to radical hospitality. The sermon topic was given by Melanie Christiansen, who won the "buy a sermon" bidding in last spring's auction.

Music Notes: The Reverend William Gill and Chris Joseph will lead us in our musical selections at today’s service.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Due to lack of volunteers, fellowship hour refreshments going forward will be limited to coffee only through the remainder of the year. This will reduce the amount of weekly set-up and clean-up required by the kitchen committee.

Hosting fellowship time requires arriving at church early to brew coffee and set up fellowship hall and the kitchen through cleaning up and closing the kitchen and fellowship hall afterward. If your group would like to host fellowship time, please contact Carla or another member of the kitchen committee to sign up and learn procedures.

Please note that this does not affect potluck, which will continue to take place on the fourth Sunday of each month only. Please contact Gwen if you would like to help with Potluck.

Sunday, November 11 - 11am Service


Great Peace

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate - Karen Christie

For the 100th anniversary of the armistice to World War I--the "Great War"--we'll look at efforts to make for great peace, and wonder why war is still such a part of the human condition a century later.

Music Notes: The music in today’s service is in recognition of Armistice Day. It will feature will feature guest jazz vocalist-pianist Nancy Hattner and our own Tom Sheehan.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Coffee hour birthday cake is provided on the first Sunday of each month by Compass. Food donations for coffee hour are as follows: the first Sunday A-I, the second Sunday J-Q, the third Sunday R-Z, the fourth Sunday is normally potluck. If there is a fifth Sunday, please bring something if you are able.

Sunday, November 4 - 11am Service


It's Discrimination, Not Stigma

Reverend Jami Yandle
with Holly Brown, UU Ministerial Student

Worship Associate - Melissa Jeter

We are called by our faith to resist all forms of oppression. The pursuit of mental health wellness affects everyone, although the stigma around mental illness is often not widely discussed nor viewed as discrimination. In this service we will explore some mental health stigmas, their dangers, and possible deadly effects when not taken seriously. We will learn about personal struggles, resources, and how to be better allies to those around us.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Coffee hour birthday cake is provided on the first Sunday of each month by Compass. Food donations for coffee hour are as follows: the first Sunday A-I, the second Sunday J-Q, the third Sunday R-Z, the fourth Sunday is normally potluck. If there is a fifth Sunday, please bring something if you are able.

Sunday, October 28 - 11am Service


Passing The Threshold: The Ordination of Jami Yandle

Reverend Tim Barger

First Unitarian will exercise one of its congregational responsibilities by ordaining Jami Yandle to be a minister. Jami is already a hospice chaplain and a community minister. This Sunday closest to Halloween is an appropriate time to declare that Jami’s work with people close to death recognizes that Jami’s activity comes with the title and responsibilities of “Reverend.” The morning service will primarily be Jami’s ordination ceremony, and it will include Rev. Tim giving a sermon on “Passing Thresholds.”

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Please bring a dish to share for potluck
following the service.

Sunday, October 21 - 11am Service


Paganism: Then and Now

Reverend Tim Barger

To follow up on a sermon last spring, “Pagan Roots,” let’s continue with the roots but extend into the branches, leaves, and blooms to see how paganism is practiced in the 21st century. We will also recognize the newly formed Tree of Life chapter, the Toledo Unitarians group of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.

´╗┐Story for all ages: For this service the Tree of Life CUUPS is taking the kids on a spiritual journey to get in touch with their power animals. We invite all the children to dress up as their favorite animal or wear some animal ears or bring something that represents their favorite animal. We will be doing this during story time. We are really excited and happy to take your children on this journey. We also invite the adults to join in the fun and showing us you favorite animal. Please join us!´╗┐

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

COFFEE HOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: If your last name begins with R-Z, please bring something to share in Fellowship Hall during Coffee hour.

We have one new helper during church. Aaron, grandson of Patt, is helping Dan and the Kitchen Committee set up tables and chairs and put the donations on the table. Both of them make things run much smoother. Thank you!

2018 Bazaar Vendor's Form

Interested in selling your
arts and crafts at the Bazaar?

Please be sure to fill out the
Vendor Interest Form
as soon as possible!

Church Fundraisers & Calendars

First Unitarian Church of Toledo is selling gourmet chocolate bars and coupon books.

These can be purchased during office hours or in Fellowship Hall following the Sunday Service.

Additionally, church calendars are now available to order!

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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