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, 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.

2019 Mother's Day Flower Sale

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.

Sunday, March 24 - 11am Service


In The News
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

Theologian Karl Barth said that ministers should preach with the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. For this service, we’ll talk about the news and bring up some current events, to consider the place our Unitarian Universalism has in the picture.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service.

Sunday, March 17 - 11am Service


The Life of Maewyn Succat
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

You might better know Maewyn Succat by the name “St. Patrick.” On St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll explore the Irish icon’s story.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, March 10 - 11am Service


Objective Faith
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Sometimes we use objects to help our religious practice. Chalices, beads, and, of course, books are items for sacred use. We’ll look at some objects and the objectives of their role in religion.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, March 3 - 11am Service


Love Knows No Borders
Reverend Melissa Jeter
Worship Associate Sierra Webb

Who do you want to be? This sermon is about the big choices that Unitarian Universalists have made to choose love in the midst of struggle. Even now, our task is to contemplate what how we do justice that is rooted in love.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Please remember the first Sunday of each month we celebrate with cake and ice cream in Fellowship Hall following church service.

Sunday, February 24 - 11am Service


Spring Cleaning
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Marie Kondo is having a major moment; the Japanese expert on simplification has two books plus a graphic story popular in America, and she has added a series on Netflix. And her style isn’t the only one; “Swedish Death Cleaning” is also being practiced. Plus, we can’t forget some of the transitions shown in the TV show “Hoarders.” We hope that Sunday’s service on spring cleaning, the whys and maybe a little bit of how, based on these popular works, will bring you joy.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 17 - 11am Service


Superstition
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Judy Trautman

Whether it’s taking actions to keep monsters from being under the bed, wearing the same unwashed clothes to help a team be victorious, attributing mysterious sounds to the presence of a ghost, or making seeming obsessive and compulsive gestures (when you don’t have an OCD diagnosis) in order to keep a perceived normality undisturbed, we all engage in superstitions even though our reason tells us not to. Superstition gives some credence to the supernatural that many of us don’t believe in. We’ll look at how stories and reality coexist in Unitarian Universalism.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 10 - 11am Service


A Darwinian Valentine
Reverend Tim Barger

With Darwin Day—the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth—on Tuesday the 12th and Valentine’s Day on Thursday the 14th, we’ll have appreciative words on why evolution and love are important and how each helps the other.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, February 3 - 11am Service


Welcoming Diversity: This Is Who We Are


Drew Frantz, Ministerial Intern,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio

What does it look like when a congregation of mostly African American evangelical Universalist Christians merges with a mostly white Unitarian Universalist church? This happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma with great success and some failure. Drew Frantz will share his perspective from a week in Tulsa and what we can learn from it at First Unitarian Church of Toledo.

Bio: Andrew Frantz has been a member of the Oberlin UU Fellowship for 18 years and is known to some Toledo congregants through his involvement with Summer Institute and his work with the district-wide youth community in recent years. Drew is a seminary student at Meadville Lombard Theological School planning to complete his MDiv. program in May. He serves the UU Fellowship of Wayne County in Wooster, Ohio as ministerial intern.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for coffee and conversation after the service this Sunday.

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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