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.


Cakewalkin' Jass Band

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie


For our second musical Sunday, local New Orleans-style band the Cakewalkin' Jass Band, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, will come to us just after Mardi Gras. Rev. Tim will talk about liturgical jazz.

Circle Of Hands

Hal Walker & Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Jim Moran


The first of three musical Sundays in February to offset some of our winter blahs, Hal Walker, the music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, who is also a recording artist in the Americana genre, will perform with his friends in the service. Rev. Tim will offer a few words on Americana.

Building Communities In Times Of Turmoil

This worship service will be presented by
David Strickler, Melissa Jeter,
and Rev. Joan Van Beceleare.


We maintain -- or break -- our relationships through our words and actions. In some situations, community members who felt unheard or hurt during personal conflicts may have left our community. As people who have made promises to each other, how can we respond more skillfully to the needs of all? Building Beloved Community requires many tools, beginning with articulating our individual needs, to listening deeply to the people in our community, to fostering reconciliation processes when conflicts arise. In this worship service, we will lift up the basic practices required for community building within and beyond our congregation.

Edict of Torda 450

Reverend Tim Barger

Worship Associate Sierra Webb


January marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the 1568 statement of religious tolerance issued by Romania's King John Sigismund, a Unitarian. That was the first time Unitarianism was officially recognized by a government, and Rev. Tim will preach about how we Unitarian Universalists, in a multifaith manner, continue the spirit of that statement which said that people would not be reviled for their religion.


Pastor Rob Johnson

Worship Associate Sierra Webb


As part of the annual Beverly Cluster pulpit swap, Pastor Johnson will preach at our church, while Rev. Ed Heilman of Park Church is at Holy Trinity Lutheran and Rev. Tim is at Park Church. Here's the opportunity to hear one of our religious neighbors when he brings his message to us.

Shine Your Light - Social Justice

Judy Trautman

Worship Associate Karen Christie


A week before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, our Social Justice Committee brings its annual worship service to the congregation, shining light on darkness and driving out hate with love. Judy Trautman will deliver the sermon. The Social Justice Committee will encourage us all to continue to shine our light. Candles will be lit to highlight social justice efforts in the larger community by First Unitarian Church individuals and groups as there are so many ways we can shine our light.

Click the Services link for the audio of the service (1-14-2018)

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!


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

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Reverend Tim Barger

Email him at: revtim@uutoledo.org


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