Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
news of our historic UU church in Ruthven (Kingsville), Ontario

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.


You are welcome to attend our Sunday Services

February 3rd, 2019 . by William Baylis

Services begin at 10:30 AM on Sundays and last about one hour. Children are invited to attend religious education classes during the service. Weather permitting, we meet every Sunday between Labour Day and the end of June and once a month in July and August. About three services every month are given by our new minister, the Reverend Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel and typically include an engaging sermon on a  timely topic. Other services often feature an invited guest speaker. Services 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 and others seeking fellowship, knowledge, and inspiration.

The UU Church of Olinda is a welcoming congregation

September 5th, 2014 . by William Baylis

UUA Chalice Rainbow You are welcome here!welcominglogo_200

October 2019 Newsletter

September 27th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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Current Sunday Services for 2019

September 24th, 2019 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept. 8 Rev. Rod ESQ Water Without Borders (Intergenerational) – One of the amazing things about water is that it can get almost anywhere, in one form or another. In and around us, water brings life, wonder, and meaning. At our Water Communion we can celebrate the wonder of water, and the meaning it brings to our lives. You are invited to bring some water to pour – water will also be available for all who wish to participate. Toni Janik
Sept. 15 Rev. Rod ESQ Common Goals (RE Downstairs) – When people listen to others’ stories – and explore their own – it invites a space for shared experiences and dreams. With a bit of work and determination, this can lead to a discovery that common goals that seemed unimaginable, just might possible. Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 22 Rev. Rod ESQ Lines on the Ground (Intergenerational) – There is a remarkable Belgian town… in the middle of the Netherlands! What’s more, this Belgian town also has bits of the Netherlands in it. Those who live there make international trips everyday, just to go to work, buy groceries, or visit friends, all passport-free. The lines on the ground can mean different things, depending on where you live. What could new visons of boundaries bring? Lorie Lyons
Sept. 29 Rev. Rod ESQ The Boundless Spirit (RE Downstairs) – The seemingly empty space around us holds the incredible life-giving power of the air. Along with it, come deep questions of what it is, where it goes, and what is our place in it? Lorie Lyons
Oct. 6 Rev. Rod ESQ Scary Stuff (RE Downstairs) – The Halloween merchandise is already out, giving us plenty of time to consider the deeper meanings of those things that scare us. And with this space for contemplation, we can also confront our sources of fear, confront them, consider what we can do about them, and maybe even find that they’re not always as scary as they seem. Toni Janik
Oct. 13 Rev. Rod ESQ Thanksgiving (Intergenerational) Recognising the Land – Thanksgiving – The land that we live on, and live from, has a rich story to tell. When we listen to it, we have an opportunity to connect with it more fully – to find cause for celebration, respect, and… gratitude.
Baylis-Stone Trio
Oct. 20 Jane Innerd The Early Christian Church – An attempt to understand why the Nicene code was necessary. (RE downstairs)
Lorie Lyons
Oct. 27 Joe McParland UNO talk – Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World. (RE downstairs)
Toni Janik
Nov. 3 Rev. Rod ESQ The Trail of Petals (Intergenerational) – Last year, we introduced the tradition of honouring our dead in the style of the Mexican Day of the Dead.  This year we continue this tradition by bringing in photos or mementos of our dearly departed.
Toni Janik

September 2019 Newsletter

September 7th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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Walter Sinclair (1933-2019)

August 8th, 2019 . by William Baylis

Dear friend and lifelong supporter of the UU Church of Olinda, Walter Sinclair died peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019. Please visit the website
https://wheatleyfuneralhome.ca/tribute/details/15454/Walter-Sinclair/obituary.html#tribute-start for his obituary and details on visitation and funeral arrangements.

June 2019 Newsletter

May 31st, 2019 . by William Baylis

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May 2019 Newsletter

April 28th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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April 2019 Newsletter

March 30th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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March 26th, 2019 . by William Baylis

Naloxone Workshop

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Tammy, Rachel, and Brandon from the Windsor OPSĀ present a workshop after church.

A Naloxone Workshop was held at the UU Church of Olinda after the International Dinner on Sunday, March 24. It was led by Brandon Bailey together with Tammy Drew and Rachel Foote. Naloxone kits were made available and their proper use in opioid drug overdose interventions discussed. Donations from the dinner raised over $400 in support for the group, the Windsor Overdose Prevention Society (“Windsor OPS”).

March 2019 Newsletter

March 5th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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