Immortality and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Joe Moran

Worship Associate Sierra Webb

11/5/2017

In conjunction with the end of life classes being offered by the church our sermon will discuss Immortality and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

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Reformation 500


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Sierra Webb

10/29/2017 

Half a century ago, Martin Luther challenged the Catholic Church, which started the Protestant Reformation. We'll see what Luther was doing, and where our Unitarians were at the time.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-29-2017)

Halloween!


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Lynn Lyle

10/22/2017 

We'll have an early observance of Halloween. Not too frightening, but tying Unitarian Universalism to what's become a popular holiday.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-22-2017)

The Other Side


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Sierra Webb

10/15/2017 

Unitarian Universalists have differing views about death. There is no dogmatic position about an afterlife; our attitudes range from death being attainment of paradise to when you're deceased, your existence ceases. This sermon will look at thoughts of death, including the work of some psychics who have made claims of communicating with the dead.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-15-2017)

White Supremacy Teach-In 2


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Joe Moran

10/8/2017 

Last April 30, we took part in a Unitarian Universalist Association-wide White Supremacy Teach-In. The call has gone out for a second one, to continue our awareness of and learning more about systemic racism. We will have some social justice-oriented church for our second teach-in.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-8-2017)

Hope On A Tightrope

Reverend Hafidha Saadiqah

10/1/2017

Hafidha served her ministerial internship with our congregation and has since gone on to be the minister at Unitarian Universalist and other churches, including the Village Church in Maumee. She is also studying for a doctorate at Bowling Green State University.

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Worship, Deconstructed

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate
Lynn Lyle

9/24/2017

For this fourth-Sunday service, we'll go "behind the scenes" for kind of an instructional time, explaining the different parts of the order of service and giving a bit of history and theology in the telling.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-24-2017)

Good Grief

Reverend Tim Barger 

Worship Associate
Karen Christie

9/17/2017

Sometimes our society depicts grief as a bad thing, to be gotten over with. Grief is an elemental part of humanity, however, an emotional tie that isn't easily separated. We'll look at the good that's in our grieving.

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Fire Up!


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate: Luanne Billstein

9/10/2017 

As Rev. Tim began his ministry here last February, we geared up, then in the summer we rested up. Now it's time to fire up and live our Unitarian Universalism. The world needs it, and so do we.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-10-2017)

Thoughts On Flunking Religion


Reverend Saroya King

Worship Associate: Melissa Jeter

9/3/2017 

Religious faith is by nature the most fundamental set of beliefs that one can have. It is how a believer views the world, and is how the believer judges himself as well as the other people, things, and events in that world. It colors everything about them. It is for this reason that people who adopt a faith out of convenience appear so phony, and why it is simply not possible for an individual to have a "religion d'jour.

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Northwest Ohio Service


Tent Revival Service in Bowling Green

8/27/2017 

THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SERVICE AT OUR CHURCH ON GLENDALE AVENUE

Shall we try a tent revival for a Sunday service? The five Northwest Ohio Unitarian Universalist congregations will have a combined worship at 11 am at Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green.

"Remember Love: A Liberal Revival" is the theme. A potluck-oriented picnic will take place after the service; please bring a dish to pass.

This is the second annual service of the Bowling Green, Findlay, Lima, Lyons, and Toledo congregations. Since we hosted the first one, let's show our numbers show up on the road, too. Rev. Tim, the Gathering, Bonnie Rowe, and our Certified Lay Minister candidates Melissa Jeter and David Strickler are all scheduled to take part.

If people would like rides to Bowling Green, contact the church office about carpooling.

Get Up, Stand Up


David Strickler

Worship Associate Lynn Lyle

8/20/2017 

Bob Marley achieved international fame as a reggae musician and is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. In this service, we will learn about the Rasta religion and about how Marley's music and life reflected his religious faith.

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Remembering To Walk In Beloved Communities

Melissa Jeter 

Worship Associate Karen Christie

8/13/2017

Dr. MLK Jr said that in the "Beloved community hunger, poverty, and homelessness will not be tolerated." We acknowledge those Unitarian Universalists, little spoken of, but who worked to abolish slavery, a foundation of inequality that still resonates with us today.

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Be The Builder Of Bridges

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate
Lynn Lyle

9/24/2017

For this fourth-Sunday service, we'll go "behind the scenes" for kind of an instructional time, explaining the different parts of the order of service and giving a bit of history and theology in the telling.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-24-2017)

I Can't Make This Up

Reverend Tim Barger 

Worship Associate Sierra Webb

7/29/2017

The Number One Non-fiction Novel: "I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons" by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-30-2017)

Despacito

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate
Luanne Billstein

7/23/2017 

What do the summer blockbusters say about our purposes and principles? How are our Golden Rule values applied? We look for revelation everywhere, might these hits talk to us?

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How Can We Know What's True?

Phil Teitlebaum 

Worship Associate Karen Christie

7/16/2017

This service is a tribute to Francis Ellingwood Abbot, an American philosopher and theologian who sought to reconstruct theology in accord with the scientific method.

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Cars 3 (Which Edged Out Wonder Woman)

Reverend Tim Barger 

Worship Associate Joe Moran

7/9/2017

What do the summer blockbusters say about our purposes and principles? How are our Golden Rule values applied? We look for revelation everywhere, might these hits talk to us?

Music Notes: Bonnie Rowe will lead the music part of our service today.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-9-2017)

The Number One Novel

Reverend Tim Barger 

7/2/2017

During "Blockbuster July" Rev. Tim's sermons will reflect upon the number one novel, movie, song, and nonfiction book as of the first day of summer.

This week's sermon will focus on "Camino Island" by John Grisham

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (7-2-2017)

General Assembly Simulcast From New Orleans With Annual Meeting To Follow

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate
Lynn Lyle

6/25/2017

PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 10:00 AM 

"The Shared World"--In a simulcast of the Sunday worship at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in New Orleans, Rev. Mara Dowdall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, will preach. After the service, there will be the usual snacks and Toledo Unitarians' annual meeting.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (6-25-2017)

Coda

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate
Karen Christie

6/18/2017 

Let's just call this the Gladys Rudolph service. She's about to retire as our music director, after many wonderful years of dedication of bringing her joyful sounds to our church, and we want to have an appropriate concluding party for her. Happy retirement, Gladys!

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Leading Ourselves


Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Terry McCauley

6/11/2017 

A celebration of our lay leadership--who work in our religious education classrooms, the kitchen, in our large backyard, and even at home doing church business. Let's thank one another for making First Unitarian a thriving place of liberal religion in northwest Ohio. Rev. Tim will also lead the 10 am Spiritual Adventures session, talking about table graces.

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Brokeness And Holy Glue

Reverend John Corrado

Worship Associate
Bonnie Rowe

6/4/2017 

Brokenness is a constant theme in life, from tea cups, to fingernails, to promises, to hearts. Can we break our brokenness? Let's talk about: --- The "real McCoy?", --- A terrible beauty?, and --- What Thomas learned.

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Wearing White

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Lynn Lyle

5/28/2017 

Flower Communion combines with Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer to give fashionable attention to our congregation. Our 11 am service Sunday will feature our annual flower ceremony, what some have called flower communion. The concept is that everyone brings a flower, they go into a common pot, and during the ceremony they all take a different flower. That action symbolizes community. The flowers themselves represent so much more--diversity, festivity, and that spring has come are just a few thoughts. The sermon, "Wearing White," plays on the fashion concept that only after Memorial Day--which is also this long weekend--is white clothing to be worn. Of course, white also has much symbolism, so look for more than just advice on what to wear.

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Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

5/21/2017 

On the Sunday of his installation, Rev. Tim talks about Melvil Dewey, order, and Unitarian Universalism.

At 4 pm -- Rev. Tim's installation, with Rev. Jef Gamblee, preaching.

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The Family Way

Reverend Tim Barger 

Worship Associate Tom Sheehan 

"On Mother's Day, a look at families of blood, of choice, of organizations, of congregations.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-14-2017)

Rooting Our Advocacy in Our Faith

Alex Shanks of Equality Ohio 

Worship Associate Melissa Jeter 

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice" - Theodore Parker. Many faith traditions draw their followers to a life of advocacy and justice, kinship and charity. When we root our advocacy in our faith we have a source of balance and wisdom that can guide us in our search for justice.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-7-2017)

Religious Education Sunday

Religious Education Sunday 

 Reverend Tim Barger and Nicole Jonsson

Worship Associate Judy Trautman 

Reverend Tim and Acting Religious Educator Nicole Jonsson will share the chancel for a religious education service. We'll include appreciation for the teachers and students who take part in our RE program.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-30-2017)

Sermons in Song - All Music Service

Robert S. Rudolph

4/23/2017 

In words, and mostly in music, this morning's service explores the connection between religious thoughts and feelings and songs that express those ideas and impulses. What music do we hear coming to us from the world and what music, in our words and deeds, do we sing out to the world? In the music of our lives, what role does silence play?


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On Easter And Eggs - Easter Sunday

Reverend Tim Barger 

Worship Associate Terry McCauley 

A few stories have made their way into the Easter season. On Easter Sunday, we'll have a crack at the birth and rebirth stories and how eggs got into the mix.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-16-2017)

Free Thinking and Covenant

Reverend Tim Barger 

Reverend Tim's sermons in March will be on covenant, as we look at our Unitarian Universalist religion-based promises in having a covenant for all foundation in our relationships.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (03-05-2017

Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

Amie Brodie, Karen Christie, Terry McCauley

Three voices from our congregation share their Pagan, Christian, and Buddhist beliefs and practices that guide and illumine their UU lives. We welcome Amie Brodie, Terry McCauley, and Karen Christie to our pulpit this morning. "The living tradition we share draws from many sources," according to Singing the Living Tradition, including "wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life."

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-26-2017)

The Bleak Midwinter

Reverend Tim Barger 

There's a Christmas carol, with the line "snow on snow on snow," that might feel better placed in February. We'll sing the carol and Rev. Tim will speak about midwinter--with or without the "bleak."

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-19-2017)

Inspired by Lincoln

Reverend Tim Barger 

It's stewardship time, and we'll have some inspiration from Lincoln and another man born the same day, Charles Darwin, to talk about the future of First Unitarian and the needed financial support from Toledo Unitarians. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (02-12-2017)

Holy Toledo!

Reverend Tim Barger


Reverend Tim's first sermon as the called, settled, full-time minister.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (02-05-2017)

Thoughts for the New Minister

Reverend Saroya King

A lot of powerful religious leaders, be they Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, or Muhammad, really are speaking of the same things; love and acceptance, the value of friendship, and respecting yourselves so that you can respect others.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-29-2017)

Push On With Love

Judy Trautman 
with Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associates:  
Social Justice Committee


It's Social Justice Sunday. Voices from the congregation will share some of our social justice outreach. We are all in this together. We also start "Guest at Your Table" today.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (01-22-2017)

At the Bedside: Chaplain Stories

Jami Yandle

Hospice Chaplain Jami Yandle explores themes of hope, reconciliation, and restoration at end of life.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-15-2017)

Going Full-Time

Reverend Tim Barger

Dedication and intention are two aspects of being fully involved. What does full-time mean in our religious ways?

"Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job." -- Adlai Stevenson

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-8-2017)

The First

Rev. Tim Barger 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017! What are the firsts in our lives? 

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-1-2017)

Each Night A Child Is Born

Reverend Tim Barger

For this Christmas Eve service, we honor the family way.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-24-2016)

Yes, Church on Christmas


Reverend Tim Barger with Nicole Jonsson


On the traditional birthday of Jesus, we'll celebrate presence.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-25-2016)

Joy Of Christmas Music

Bob Rudolph 

Preparing us to celebrate the joys of the holidays.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-18
-2016)

How Many Shopping Days?

Reverend Tim Barger 

Instead of being reminded of commerce, what are other ways to approach the holiday season? 
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-11-2016)

Puritans, Pilgrims, Unitarians

Reverend Tim Barger

"I have the audacity to believe that all people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits"

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (11-27-2016)

Forgiving Ourselves and Others On The Road Not Chosen


Michael Croke

Michael shares lighthearted personal stories which will be dovetailed with ideas from Harold Kushner's latest book "Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life" and Jonathan Haidt's book "The Happiness Hypothesis - Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom."
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (11-20-2016)

Where I Am, Where We're Going

Reverend Tim Barger

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."

   - John Quincy Adams

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (11-13-2016)

If It Takes a Village

Pastor Jef Gamblee

Many of us are familiar with the African saying "It takes a village to raise a child." This Sunday, pulpit guest Pastor Jef Gamblee reflects on what it takes to raise a church. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-4
-2016)

Thanksgiving Day Reconsidered, Part 1

Image result for pilgrim memorial state parkNATIVE AMERICAN SPEAKER JAMIE OXENDINE

A presentation by Jamie Oxendine - a Native American speaker, writer, educator, storyteller, professional musician, and civil rights activist. Among many other activities, Jamie serves as editor on http://www.powwows.com/ and travels as a Native American speaker on the University Lecturer's circuit. He is a member of three state boards including the Battle of Fallen Timbers Commission.  A speaker and storyteller for many years, Oxendine Speaks on all aspects of Native American Culture. He is especially knowledgeable in the Eastern Woodland Culture. 

From the 2016 UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) General Assembly in Columbus Ohio, the resolution, Thanksgiving Day Reconsidered directed "UU congregations across the United States of America to enter into dialogue with the local Native People in their areas about the Thanksgiving holiday and its history.  In today's world, we know that we are part of an interdependent web of all existence.  With this awareness in mind, we ask for a time of truth and reconciliation for all Americans, including Native People, during the years 2016-2021."(https://www.uua.org/statements/thanksgiving-day-reconsidered)

Click the Services link for the audio of the presentation (11-13-2016)

A Mindful Pre-Election Sermon!

Reverend Tim Barger 

Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process. At election time, we prepare to take part in democracy. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (11-06-2016)

Where I Was, Where We Are

Reverend Tim Barger

"The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along."

-- Bill Watterson

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-30-2016)

Ghosts

Reverend Tim Barger

Before Halloween, let's do some exploring related to that haunting time. Is there a Unitarian Universalist acknowledgment of ghosts?

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-23-2016)

Eating & Drinking in India

Katie Kunz-Wineland

Eating and Drinking in India: The Sacramentality of Everyday Life - Spiritual Insights from My Travels in India. Join us for a sacred journey through India's two southernmost states. We hear stories from Ms. Kunz-Wineland about generous hospitality, unforgettable food and drink, and encounters with the holy in unexpected places.

Katie Kuntz-Wineland is an Aspirant for Unitarian Universalist ministry and the Student Minister at North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio. She is currently in her final semester of seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), and is a proud graduate of Bluffton University. She makes her home in Delaware, OH with her wife, Beth, and their sweet rescue beagle, Lucy.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-16-2016)

Atonement

Reverend Tim Barger

Atonement, penitence, compassion, forgiveness - all these words and actions that are linked to religious resolve. How do Unitarian Universalists give credence to that aspect of faith?


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-9-2016)

This New Year

Rev. Tim Barger
Recognizing Rosh Hashanah and the many new years humans mark. Is it time to make a new resolution, or revive earlier ones that have fallen away? 
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-2-2016)

Memorial Service - Laura Lago

Outwitted

They drew a circle that shut me out

Heretic, Rebel, a thing to flout

But love and I had the wit to win

We drew a circle that took them in

-- Edwin Markham

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (10-1-2016)

Fall Gathering

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Five Unitarian Churches of Northwest Ohio
On this Sunday we come together with other UU Congregations to celebrate fall.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-25-2016)

Defying the Nazis - Sharp's War

Naomi Twining
Naomi Twining will share fascinating stories behind the heroic service of Reverend Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha during the terrible days of World War II. Naomi is a founder of the ACLU in Toledo and has been an advocate for justice for all people for a long and exciting life. Her writing reveals little known experiences discovered during her scholarly historical research and discovery. Can these early learnings be applied to our management of the millions of immigrants now separated from their homelands by war and oppression?
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-18-2016)

What is Your Center?

Reverend Renee Ruchotzke
Times of transition provide opportunities to take stock of who we are and where we want to go next. Discovering which of our values are essential help us to make clearer choices in our relationships. Additionally, on this Patriot Day, we share in our Water Ceremony."
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-11-2016)

Same Old, Brand New

Rev. Saroya King 

People of spiritual tradition in conflict are likely to have experiences like what Mary Lou Kownacki describes for us when she says: "On my morning walk, my fingers move mindfully, over the wooden beads. In my pocket. Jesus, have mercy. Jesus, have mercy. Stopping on the street to talk with a crazed woman who has twenty-two cats, I forget the beads I forget the mantra. Once again, I fail to follow the prescribed meditation technique. After forty years of practice I still do not know when I am really praying."

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (9-4-2016)

Unsinful Pride

Reverend Tim Barger

On the Sunday of Toledo Pride weekend, the topic is welcoming all and being properly proud of being a little bit outside the mainstream.


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (8-28-2016)

Woody Trautman Memorial Service

Woody Trautman Memorial Service

August 27, 2016

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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)