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.

Restart Sessions

 Audio and Slides from the Restart Sessions 
Click the Restart tab to view the slide shows that Rev Renee Ruchotzke used in her Restart sessions on 9/25/15 through 9/27/15. You can listen to the audio of the sessions at the same time.

Imagining Ahead

Reverend Tim Barger

With the monthly theme of "Living a Life of Imagination," let's imagine what our liberal religion can give to our congregation, community, and society.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-29-2016)

RE Sunday

Nicole Jonsson and Reverend Tim Barger

We show our appreciation and acknowledgement of our teachers and volunteers. It will be a celebration of religious education at the end of the church year.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-22-2016)

Dialog to Change

Reverend Karen Shepler

Reverend Shepler discusses Changing Minds, Changing Lives, and discovering the true state of race relations in Toledo from deep conversations. She will be speaking about race relations in Toledo and about Dialogue to Change groups.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-15-2016)

Imagining Change

Reverend Tim Barger

May 8th is Mother's Day, and it's also a traditional time for some school graduations. Times of traditional life change, and honoring what came before, contribute to how we live lives of imagination.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-8
-2016)

Announcements

Re-Membering the Dharmakaya

George Hoguet (Chan Bao Tieu)

Mindfulness, from the Sanskrit "smrti", has the root meaning of "remembrance", or "calling to mind".  In this interactive discussion, we will work together to re-member our connection to the formless beauty in Nature, the Dharmakaya, of which we are all a part, a cell.  This is the remembrance, in our daily living, upon which the future of all life depends.
 
George Hoguet is a member of Laughing Rivers Sangha, Pittsburgh's Community of Mindful Living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is also ordained as Chan Bao Tieu (True Precious Smile) in Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, a four-fold community of monks, nuns and lay men and lay women practicing Engaged Buddhism.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (5-1-2016)

Tender

"Tender" Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

Reverend Barger is in the pulpit with a special message.


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-24-2016)

Come See the Future of Unitarian Universalism

Come see the future of Unitarian-Universalism
Youth led service


Our Youth Group will present a variety of musical selections and speak about some of their experiences with Social Justice activities.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-17-2016)

Yearning for Hallowed Ground

Yearning for Hallowed Ground: Religious Humanism

Reverend Tim Barger

Religious humanism is different from secular humanism. We'll hear about the sacred aspect, including the value of stories.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-10-2016)

This Is Where We Are Called To Be

Judy Trautman
Worship Associate: Green Sanctuary

Our service today relates to our Seventh Principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The service includes music and reflections on the September 24, 2015 historic service which brought together national religious leaders in Washington D.C. at the National Cathedral to lift up Pope Francis' call to action on climate change and creation care. As Unitarian Universalists we are called to take a stand.
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (4-3-2016)


Ham and Eggs

Reverend Tim Barger

On this Easter Sunday, egg hunts and ham feasts are traditions. We'll look at renewal within standard practices.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-27-2016)



A Visit from Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Joe Moran as Albert Schweitzer

For the sermon this week Joe Moran will assume the role of Dr.Schweitzer. Schweitzer is perhaps best known for his work as a physician in Africa, but he considered his ethic of "Reverence for Life" to be his most important legacy. Joe's goal will be to share the essence of the philosophy and work that occupied him for over 60 years.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-20-2016)

Spring Forward

Reverend Tim Barger

Not just a time-change reminder, we're getting inspirational about what to do with the potential energy we gathered over the winter.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-13-2016)

Thank You for Your Support

Reverend Tim Barger 

It's pledge time, and we're using a phrase from an old commercial to highlight First Unitarian's work and needs. 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (3-6-2016)

The Seventh Principle

The Seventh Principle: 
Respect for the 
Interdependent Web

Steel-Hernandez family

This service explores the implications of the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Green living is a way to show reverence to the miracle of creation. We explore the deep meaning of sustainability as a worldview, with practical suggestions for incorporating sustainable principles in every day life.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-28-2016)

Blame the Puritans

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David Strickler
The sermon this week is "Blame the Puritans: Independence and Interdependence in the UUA". Although Unitarian-Universalists identify as religious liberals, the way we organize and govern our churches might make the Puritans smile.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-21-2016)

The Side of Love

Reverend Tim Barger
The Unitarian Universalist Association began a social justice campaign in 2009 called "Standing on the Side of Love." Some of the involvement built on activity for marriage equality, but the campaign also supports immigration work, advocates that Black Lives Matter, and engages in other activities that align with Unitarian Universalism's principles.

Prayers, Statues, and Candles

Saroya King

The meaning of devotion varies to many and those who seek it are looking in the material, and temporal means to invigorate their personal spiritual walk. Does it take prayer, statues, or candles to re-enliven our presence to This Which Connects Us? For some, it just might....
Click the Services link for the audio of the service (2-7-2016)

Racism

Reverend Tim Barger 

A frank look at conditions today.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-31-2016)

Do You See What I See?


Reverend Jim Wicker, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

It is beneficial for us to keep our eyes and ears focused on God. We never know by what means or through whom God will deliver a word for us.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-24-2016)

Social Justice Sunday

Led by Judy Trautman

UU Voice in 
Compassionate Community:  

The annual social justice service explores our UU voice for social justice and compassion in our community.


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-17-2016)

Heroic Peace

Heroic Peace 
Reverend Tim Barger

So many images of heroes are of strength and victors, hardened by war and other conflict. Can we live peaceful lives of heroism?


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

Look! Up in the Sky!

Led by Reverend Tim Barger

 Living a life of heroism doesn't call for Superman. Our own ways of being faster, more powerful, and able make the difference.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-3-2016)

This Has Been a Blessed Year


Led by Rev. Tim Barger

"For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph, officially called the 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji."

-- OxfordWords blog

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-27-2015)

Sunday before Christmas

Sunday Before Christmas

Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Congregational Life Staff 

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-20-2015)


Christmas Musical Sunday


"We need a little Christmas, right this very minute, candles at the window, carols at the spinet."

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-13-2015)

Living A Life of Blessing

Led by Saroya King

The secret of living with blessings is to expect them. We expect them in everything we do, say, and are. The pleasant surprise is that we receive more than we could possibly ever give.


Click the Services link for the audio of the service (12-06-2015)

A Blessing to Be Together

This is Reverend Beth's last Sunday leading worship at First Unitarian. The service will celebrate the gratitude that is tucked within each and every situation. We will share stories of gratitude, share bread, and remember the blessings in our lives on this Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (11-22-2015)

Service Info

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!

Location

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


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