Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda

About Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda

Unitarian Universalist Church Of Olinda Photograph This church was founded on the faith that love is a more positive force for good than fear. It exists as a haven of religious freedom, offering fellowship, knowledge and inspiration to all who would seek truth, live responsibly and courageously, and be of service to humanity.


The UU Church of Olinda is a welcoming congregation

September 5th, 2014 . by William Baylis

UUA Chalice Rainbow You are welcome here!welcominglogo_200

You are welcome to attend our Sunday Service

April 3rd, 2014 . by William Baylis

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!

October 2016 Newsletter

September 24th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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October 2016 Sunday Services

September 21st, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Oct. 2 Joan Tinkess With Whom Shall I Cast My Lot? Toni Janik
Oct. 9 Rev. Fran Dearman Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Harvest Home.  Interim Minister the Rev. Fran and Religious Education leader Stuart Miller lead an Intergenerational Child-Friendly Service of Appreciation and Gratitude for the good things of the earth and the many hands who bring them to our table for Thanksgiving Sunday, mindful that not all of us share in the blessings of peace and plenty. Carabel Ringrose
Oct. 16 Rev. Fran Dearman Shepherds, Practical and Pastoral.  IM the Rev. Fran reflects on James Rebanks’ memoir, “The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape”. Rebanks works his dogs across the ancient landscape of the Lake District in Northern England, then shares his day with pastoral enthusiasts through a Twitter Account. The Indian Village Quintet with Bill Baylis
Oct. 23 Rev. Conrad Dippel The Rise and Fall of the Human Being. Rev. Dippel considers our future in the world we will share with more intelligent beings. Lorie Lyons
Oct. 30 Rev. Fran Dearman The Case of the Curious Theologian. Something with a little mystery in it, as we approach All Hallows Eve. A reading by Jane Langton. Fran unpacks the theological discussion underpinning a mystery novel written by this UU detective story writer, who asks, “Did Darwin Murder God?” Bill & Bobbye Baylis
Nov. 6 Rev. Fran Dearman Remembrance Day: A Peace Not Past Our Understanding. Unitarians and Universalists have not been of one mind concerning one’s attitude to war. Some of us are veterans, some of us may have cause to be deeply grateful to veterans, and some of us may be deeply committed to a pacifist response in the face of armed conflict. Rev. Fran shares some thoughts for mindfulness on Remembrance Day. tba

September 2016 Sunday Services

September 4th, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept.11 Rev. Fran Dearman Ingathering & Water Ceremony Bill & Bobbye Baylis, Ray Stone, Bob Koenig
Sept.18 Rev. Fran Dearman UU Basics: A Sermon for Church Shoppers. Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman invites us to consider our Universalist and Unitarian theological heritage. What abides from our historic foundations? How do those basics bloom in the moment, through successive generations? The Ray Stone Quintet & Bill Baylis
Sept.25 Rev. Fran Dearman Spiritual Discipline: Consider the Colour Blue  Rev. Fran reflects upon how one might shape a personal practice of intentional reflection, day by day. Carabel Ringrose

September 2106 Newsletter

September 4th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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Funding campaign to help Rev. Fulgence

June 24th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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.

June and Summer 2016 Newsletter

May 27th, 2016 . by William Baylis

Enjoy the UU Olinda newsletter for June – August 2016. Click
here to get the pdf version.

Newsflash: Rev. Fran Dearman appointed Interim Minister

May 21st, 2016 . by William Baylis

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!


UU Regional Picnic on May 21, 2016

May 18th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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.

Special Workshop on Wednesday evening, June 1, 2016

May 17th, 2016 . by William Baylis

WED JUNE 1, 2016: Special Workshop at UU Church of Olinda


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.

The schedule?
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

May 2016 Newsletter

April 23rd, 2016 . by William Baylis

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