Worship Associate Karen Christie
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.
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran
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.
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
Reverend Tim Barger
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.
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!
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Terry McCauley
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.
Reverend John Corrado
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.
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Lynn Lyle
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.
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein
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.
Worship Associate Tom Sheehan
"On Mother's Day, a look at families of blood, of choice, of organizations, of congregations.
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.
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.
Robert S. Rudolph
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?
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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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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)
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)
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
For this Christmas Eve service, we honor the family way.
On the traditional birthday of Jesus, we'll celebrate presence.
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"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)
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)
"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
- John Quincy Adams
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NATIVE 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)
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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)
"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
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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, 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)
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
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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."
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On the Sunday of Toledo Pride weekend, the topic is welcoming all and being properly proud of being a little bit outside the mainstream.
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August 27, 2016
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