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, 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.

Sunday, January 27 - 11am Service


The Kitchen God

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Joe Moran

There is an Asian religious practice, shortly before the Chinese New Year, that is a farewell ceremony for the Kitchen God, sometimes known as the Prince of the Oven. That’s because the Kitchen God makes an annual trip to heaven to tell the Jade Emperor whether families have been good or bad. How do kitchens, gods, and naughty or nice families affect our lives?

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Join us for potluck after the service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 20 - 11am Service


Black Racial Justice Now

Beverly Cluster Pulpit Exchange
Reverend Ed Heilman, Park UCC
Worship Associate: Judy Trautman

We continue the annual tradition of having ministers from congregations in the Beverly Cluster of churches speak in one another’s pulpits. This year, three congregations are participating, so Rev. Ed Heilman of Park Congregational Church (UCC) will return to First Unitarian; Rev. Rob Johnson of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be at Park Church, and Rev. Tim will preach at Holy Trinity.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, January 13 - 11am Service

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

We will be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday


Doing Church

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

How do we “do” church at First Unitarian? What is tradition and why is there change? What are the roles and responsibilities of the congregation, leadership, and the minister? In the middle of the church year, and the beginning of a calendar year, we’ll look at our ways of doing church.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, January 6 - 11am Service


Let's Make Some Resolutions
David Strickler

Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, commemorates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus and signifies the end of the Christmas season. On this Sunday, we will use our wisdom to create and share New Year’s resolutions focused on spiritual growth, on strengthening covenantal relationships within our congregation, and on continuing the ‘work of Christmas’ in the wider community.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, December 30 - 11am Service


Countdown

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Melissa Jeter


On the next to last day of the year, we're kind of done with 2018 and are about to begin the countdown to 2019. What was worth counting in the year just ending, and what might we count down to?

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, December 23 - 11am Service


Gifts And Grievances

Reverend Tim Barger

Gratitude from giving and getting gifts is one thread for the eve of Christmas Eve sermon. The other is the string of December holidays, with attention to December 23 being the day for the invented holiday of Festivus, which emphasizes an "airing of grievances." December 23 also is the day for HumanLight, a holiday invented by a group of humanists.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, December 16 - 11am Service


All Music Service

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein

Even though our music program hasn't been in normal operation this year, we can still have a less-than-traditional all music service. Caroling in the church!

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

Sunday, December 9 - 11am Service


The X In Xmas

Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Karen Christie

Rev. Tim will talk about the X abbreviation and why it's appropriate shorthand at holiday time. He might also have a few words about the so-called War on Christmas.

After the service, you are invited to

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

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

The Mooney's are moving to Rhode Island this December. The last time they will be at service will be December 9th. Please join us in wishing them well during coffee hour that day by bringing finger foods or desserts. Questions? Contact Carla

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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