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, June 16 - 11am Service

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Charlottesville, VA

Reconsidering Thomas Jefferson
David Strickler
Worship Associate Joe Moran

As we approach Independence Day, I want to reconsider how to commemorate Thomas Jefferson. I have long admired Jefferson as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and for his valuable contributions to religious liberty in this country. However, he owned slaves and advocated for the forceful removal of native peoples. I suggest that rather than creating a hero based on selected historical events, we should celebrate Jefferson’s aspirational words, recognize his shortcomings, and work towards building a society which affirms and promotes “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for the oppressed as well as for the privileged.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, June 9 - 11am Service

                

A Meaningful Life
Judy Lee Trautman
Worship Associate: Karen Christie

Losing a loved one, attending a death, facing a life-threatening illness - all these life events make us face our own mortality. What is a 'good death'? Does suffering mean that life has no meaning? What makes a life meaningful? An intimate look at some personal role models will explore these questions.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service
in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, June 2 - 11am Service


Ask And You Shall Receive
Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate: Sierra Webb

You may have heard it said that you can ask and you shall receive, but many of us are afraid to ask as well as to receive. What information would you need to ask compassionately and receive love and connection in an intercultural community? This sermon is about one way to self-compassion, having boundaries, and acceptance of universal compassion. Will you compassionately be open to participating this kind of Beloved Community?

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee, conversation, and birthday cake to celebrate June birthdays after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 26 - 11am Service

Julia Ward Howe
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

May 27 will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and was active in the movements against slavery, for women’s suffrage, and for world peace. Our May 26 service will celebrate the life of Julia Ward Howe, and we’ll sing “Battle Hymn” on Memorial Day weekend.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 19 - 11am Service


Appreciation,
with IllUUmination chalice blessings
Tim Barger

Do you have a chalice at home, a reminder of your Unitarian Universalism? We’ll have a blessing of chalices during the May 19 service, an observance of “IllUUmination,” as the Little Rock, Arkansas, congregation called it. Bring your chalice in—or possibly make one during religious education time—and we’ll gather many chalices at the chancel table for a blessing and, in a way, we’ll send the communal flame home with you. We’ll also have a time for volunteer appreciation, acknowledging those who have helped the congregation to operate over the past year. The service will be shorter in time, to accommodate the annual meeting held afterward.

MUSIC NOTES: Beginning at 10:45 this Sunday, Tierra and Vance Raiti will provide some music for contemplation.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 12 - 11am Service


RE For All
Tim Barger

This week we’ll have our recognition of and, we hope, participation by religious education students and teachers. We’ll be expressing special gratitude to Nicole Jonsson for her service as religious educator.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 5 - 11am Service


The Great Warbler Migration: An Intercultural Gathering
David Strickler
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Every spring, thousands of migrating songbirds congregate on the Lake Erie shoreline in NW Ohio to feed and to rest before continuing their journey to northern breeding grounds. The variety and number of intensely colored birds is a spectacle to behold. And, just as impressive is the assortment of humans who stray from their daily paths to observe this extraordinary avian phenomenon. We will exult in the natural beauty of these charming birds and reflect on how they bring us together.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall. We will be celebrating May birthdays.

Sunday, April 28 - 11am Service


Within These Walls
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

This is a topic change from what was earlier announced. While our congregation is determining its budget and available funds for the coming year and changes are in process, Rev. Tim will share some of his vision for the future of First Unitarian “within these walls.”

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service.

Sunday, April 21 - 11am Service

Climate Change And Connections
Judy Trautman
Worship Associate Reverend Tim Barger

For our Easter and annual Green Sanctuary Service, we will take a close look at the crisis of climate change and our interconnectedness, as reflected in our seventh principle ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part’. Nature tries hard to repair the damage we do to our planet home. This Easter, might we examine ways we might assist Nature in a Resurrection.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, April 14 - 11am Service


Building An Inter-Cultural Community Through Music
Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Let’s get over winter cabin fever and take to the roads—from the comfort of our sanctuary. We’ll have our annual flower ceremony, based on an idea from Rev. Norbert Capek, in which we encourage everyone to bring a flower to church and we’ll take home a different one as a communion practice. And Rev. Tim will speak about some authors’ road trips exploring spirituality.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, April 7 - 11am Service


Building An Inter-Cultural Community Through Music
David Strickler and Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate Karen Christie

We will talk about our experiences at Summer Institute where we have enjoyed fellowship and community with UUs from other congregations in the Central East Region. The theme speaker for SI2019 will be Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock) and her topic will be “Building a Vocal Community”. In this Sunday service we will reflect on how one community, with many voices and rhythms, embodies our UU principles. We also hope to convince some of you to join us at SI 2019 so that you can help us bring the spirit and energy of vocal community back to Toledo.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

As it is the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating April birthdays after the service with cake and ice cream.

Sunday, March 31 - 11am Service


In The News
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Our congregation will say the words to make David Strickler and Melissa Jeter Commissioned Lay Ministers of First Unitarian Church of Toledo. It’s not an ordination, but this does call up two people from our church to be recognized as leaders who will have ongoing responsibilities in work and worship.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Please join us for coffee and conversation after the service.

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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