Deb Chaney, Commissioned Lay Minister Since 2009, Deb has served our congregation by leading services, supporting members through her expertise as a licensed social worker and performing special ceremonies. 

Deb Chaney, Commissioned Lay Minister
Since 2009, Deb has served our congregation by leading services, supporting members through her expertise as a licensed social worker and performing special ceremonies. 

president's message

By Lauri Molnar

What will the church of the future look like? How will we UUs be in community and teach our children to support each other?

If current communication styles consist of texting, emailing and looking up what you want to know on a website, will future UUs want to talk, debate or discuss face-to-face issues and differences, or deal with them on social media?

Will we just search on the internet, gathering through meet-ups or apps where we meet with only groups of like-minded people?  Will we gather in front of screens through face-timing and skype and never leave home?

I am the kind of person who seeks connection, needs people in my life who challenge me and who teach me to look at a situation in different ways, and who expose me to new ideas. I find hope in a community of people who value diversity, and who seek love through acceptance of all on our planet.

That is why the UUCGC is a place where I am inspired by educated church leaders, where I am learning a better way, where I gather with others and find hope in seeking solutions as a group. 

Join in the discussion and feel better, for yourself, our children, the planet, and the community together at the UUCGC.   
 

Rev. Beth Marshall As a life-long Unitarian Universalist, I can trace my path to ministry back to growing up in a small, lay-led fellowship.   Seminary began at John Carroll University in Shaker Hts., with a detour through Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and finally was completed at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  More than one person suggested that perhaps it was more of a “Gradual Degree” than a “Graduate Degree,   but I have no regrets.  Taking classes part-time in the evenings, allowed me to be home with my two children. Since ordination in 2003, I have served First Universalist Church in Southold, New York; the UU Church of Blanchard Valley in Findlay, Ohio and most recently , First Unitarian Church in  Toledo, Ohio.    My theological roots are unabashedly secular humanist.   Today I simply call myself a Unitarian Universalist.  In the course of any given liturgical year, I draw upon modern works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and science,   as well as ancient readings from all the faith traditions.  If anything, I pull a bit more from modern Buddhists. Does this make me a UU Buddhist?  No, but it recognizes that for those particular services I have found supporting wisdom within the Buddhist tradition. My husband, Tony Wilgus, and I have made our home in Oberlin, Ohio.  Tony recently finished teaching Social Work at the University of Findlay, and is now focusing his time on writing, consulting, and serving on the Board of Healthy Congregations. Between the two of us, we are parents to five grown children and grandparents to six grandchildren, who live across the country in five states and three different time zones.    

Rev. Beth Marshall

As a life-long Unitarian Universalist, I can trace my path to ministry back to growing up in a small, lay-led fellowship.  

Seminary began at John Carroll University in Shaker Hts., with a detour through Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and finally was completed at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  More than one person suggested that perhaps it was more of a “Gradual Degree” than a “Graduate Degree,   but I have no regrets.  Taking classes part-time in the evenings, allowed me to be home with my two children.

Since ordination in 2003, I have served First Universalist Church in Southold, New York; the UU Church of Blanchard Valley in Findlay, Ohio and most recently , First Unitarian Church in  Toledo, Ohio.   

My theological roots are unabashedly secular humanist.   Today I simply call myself a Unitarian Universalist.  In the course of any given liturgical year, I draw upon modern works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and science,   as well as ancient readings from all the faith traditions.  If anything, I pull a bit more from modern Buddhists. Does this make me a UU Buddhist?  No, but it recognizes that for those particular services I have found supporting wisdom within the Buddhist tradition.

My husband, Tony Wilgus, and I have made our home in Oberlin, Ohio.  Tony recently finished teaching Social Work at the University of Findlay, and is now focusing his time on writing, consulting, and serving on the Board of Healthy Congregations. Between the two of us, we are parents to five grown children and grandparents to six grandchildren, who live across the country in five states and three different time zones.  
 

Minister             Rev. Beth Marshall

President            Lauri Molnar

Vice President   Kathie Courtney

Secretary           Jon Kicken

Treasurer          Dianne Digianantonio

Trustee             Diane B.

Trustee             Bob DuBois

Trustee             Melissa Reahm

 

Committee Chairs

Worship Committee:  Melissa Reahm

Music: Brittni Roach

Youth Religious Education: Marti Livingstone, director of religious                education

Hospitality: Dianne Digianantonio

Membership: Lauri Molnar

Building: Diane B.

Social Responsibility: Melissa Reahm