You are welcome here!
Services begin at 10:30 AM on Sundays and last about one hour. Weather permitting, they are held every Sunday between Labour Day and the end of June and once a month in July and August. They are usually followed by good tea, coffee, and conversation. Please see the monthly newsletter on this site for scheduled sermons, speakers, and musicians. We welcome atheists, agnostics, and theists, pagans, humanists, Christians, members of other religious faiths and from LGTBQ communities!
A crowd funding campaign has been launched to support Rev. Fulgence, founder of the Burundi Unitarians, to help fund his internship in Saskatoon, and help him establish his UU credentials in Canada. Here’s the link to the CanadaHelps.org page of the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon, where he is residing. Follow instructions there to ensure you get a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.
Enjoy the UU Olinda newsletter for June – August 2016. Click
here to get the pdf version.
Update June 3, 2016. The Board is pleased to announce that it is now official: A contract has been signed by President John Upcott and Rev. Fran Dearman. Rev. Dearman will become Interim Minister at the UU Church of Olinda, starting in August 2016. Her appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Reverend Dearman comes from Victoria, BC, with valuable interim-ministerial experience at UU Churches in Mississauga, Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, and most recently at the North Shore Unitarian Church in Vancouver. She is a fully Accredited Interim Minister (AIM) with special training to help the UU Church of Olinda transition to acquiring a new settled minister.
Here is a photo of Reverend Dearman (on the right) with Bobbye Baylis, a member of the interim minister taskforce, taken during the Annual Conference of the Canadian Unitarian Council on May 20, 2016, in Vancouver. Welcome to Olinda, Ontario, Rev. Fran!
UUs from UUOlinda are invited to attend the UU Regional Spring Gathering on Belle Isle on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Join our UU friends from Michigan! See flyer for details: UU 2016 Belle Isle Picnic Flyer.
WED JUNE 1, 2016: Special Workshop at UU Church of Olinda
The topic? SEEING MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
About the SKILLS to make space for SEEING with humor, compassion, openness,
imagination, and enthusiasm. We will discuss not only SEEING the obvious and
making judgments, but also ways we can learn to see behaviours and communication
in a different way.
The discussion leader? Sister Eleanor McCloskey, a distinguished teacher, pastoral
caregiver, and community activist, living in Fredericton , New Brunswick , but
educated in Windsor. Eleanor was awarded an honorary degree from St.
Thomas University in Fredericton during spring convocation in 2015. She
was awarded the Peace Medallion a few years ago for her extensive
volunteer work with people, in particular with cancer survivor groups.
6:30 PM: Gather for Meet ‘n’ Greet
7 – 8 or 8:30 PM: Discussion and Workshop
All are welcome, both men and women.
Tea and cookies will be served in the library or around the kitchen table.
Questions? Call Sharon van Abbema at 519 712 9020
Joan Tinkess, a friend of UU Olinda and frequent speaker here, is launching a new book entitled “No Turning Back: a Memoir” on Sunday, April 17, at Mackenzie Hall in West Windsor. Joan is a well-known a human rights and peace advocate. See Tinkess flyer for launch. Her latest book is available in Juniper and From the Heart, both on Ottawa St., and at Bibiloasis on Wyandotte.