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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. 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!
|Apr. 2||Rev. Fran Dearman||Poetry Month: Singing the Body Electric. With a little help from the poet Walt Whitman, Rev. Fran reflects on rhythm and rhyme and the flesh that bears them along. In particular, Fran reaches for an understanding of what it means for a body to be born transgender.||Baylis-Stone Trio|
|Apr. 9||Rev. Fran Dearman||Atonement and Icelanders: The day they locked the doors at Gimli. Palm Sunday||Toni Janik|
|Apr. 16||Rev. Fran Dearman||Easter Sunday.||Baylis-Stone trio|
|Apr. 23||Bill Baylis||Science & Religion for UUs. Science and religion are not antagonistic for UUs. Indeed, science is part of the UU religion, an essential piece of the search for truth.||Lorie Lyons|
|Apr. 30||Sharon van Abbema||Wisdom from Unitarian Poets.||Lori Fithian & Jean Chorazyczewski|
|May 7||Rev. Stephen Atkinson||Seeking Spirit: A Path in Faith towards Ministry. Both those who are born into Unitarian Universalism and those who find it along the way have in common the need to seek freely for their truth. Today, our new Canadian Transitions Coach, the Rev. Stephen Atkinson, will share part of his search, some of what he found, and how that brings him to us today.||tbd|
Hector and Carabel Ringrose celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 8. They have been the heart and smile of the church for decades. Hector, known to most of us as Buster, has been the regular greeter, always with a smile and good sense of humour, while Carabel has graced the church with lovely piano music. Both have been deeply involved in church activities. Congratulations to you both from the entire UU Olinda Church!
Hector and Carabel were married on March 8, 1952 in Leamington. They have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. This image is from the Windsor Star, Saturday, March 11, 2017, p. C4.
Thanks to the super-talented Choir Master Glen Thomas Rideout and the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, members of our Choir at UU Olinda were able to join other choir members from Michigan and Indiana in the Big Sing on March 11 and 12 2017, in Ann Arbor. The theme of Welcoming and unity in diversity was a bright, joyous UU beacon in the face of separatist, racist, xenophobic, and homophobic attitudes on ascendancy around the world. Here’s a photo of Olinda participants after the concert:
We are deeply saddened by the death of G. Arnold Thompson (1921-2017), a long-time member of our UU Olinda Church. He passed away on Tuesday, March 7. His funeral will be held at the Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell St., Leamington. Visitation starts t 10 AM and the service, to be led by our Interim Minister, the Reverend Frances Dearman, is scheduled for 11 AM.
|Mar. 5||Victoria Cross and Len Wallace||Labour Law and Dispute Resolution. Victoria is a Windsor lawyer, freelance writer, and social activist, and Len is a musician and Professor of Labour Studies at the University of Windsor.||Baylis-Stone Trio|
|Mar. 12||Rev. Fran Dearman||Process Theology: What if the holy were evolving just as we do? Rev. Fran reflects on a way of understanding the world—body, mind and spirit, sacred and profane—as evolving through time and space. Process Theology, as a way of articulating a religious posture, emerged from the challenges of early Twentieth Century science, and the colossal losses of the Second World War. Philosopher of science Alfred North Whitehead first articulated the concept.
|Mar. 19||Rev. Fran Dearman||Shinto and Spring Equinox. On this day, day and night are of nearly equal length, throughout the world. Rev. Fran reflects on equinox and equanimity, and notes that March 22nd is UNESCO World Water Day.||Lorie Lyons|
|Mar. 26||Wilma Lamb||Refugee to New Canadian. Followed by the International Dinner. Funds collected by donation used to support refugees.||Toni Janik|
|Apr. 2||Rev. Fran Dearman||Poetry Month: Singing the Body Electric. With a little help from the poet Walt Whitman, Rev. Fran reflects on rhythm and rhyme and the flesh that bears them along. In particular, Fran reaches for an understanding of what it means for a body to be born transgender.||tbd|
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|Feb. 5||Irene Moore Davis||Black history in Essex County. Ms. Davis is a well-known scholar of black history in the region, and February is Black History month.||Baylis-Stone Trio|
|Feb. 12||Rev. Fran Dearman||Mystical Landscapes. Fran reflects on her visit to the exhibit of that name at the Art Gallery of Ontario. What do we mean when we talk about mysticism?
|Feb. 19||Rev. Jess Purple Rodela||Calling and Searching, Seeking and FindingRev. Jessica Rodela recalls her own journey into ministry, from teaching in inner city Washington DC to candidating for settled ministry with the Grand River Congregation in Kitchener-Waterloo.||Lorie Lyons|
|Feb. 26||Rev. Fran Dearman||Covenant: We agree to walk with one another. Fran reflects on the ancient roots of the concept of covenant, and its ongoing role in how we bring our best selves to our shared undertakings. The service is followed by our annual general meeting and election of officers.||Toni Janik|
|Mar. 5||Victoria Cross & Len Wallace||Labour Law and Dispute Resolution. Victoria is a Windsor lawyer, freelance writer, and social activist, and Len is a musician and Professor of Labour Studies at the University of Windsor.||tbd|
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|Jan. 1||Bill Baylis||Looking Back and Forward There are a couple of ways to view the evolution of time. Here we review events of 2016 and challenges that will face us in 2017. Congregational contributions are encouraged.||Lorie Lyons|
|Jan. 8||Rev. Fran Dearman||Faith, Hope, and Charity: A Reflection on Giving. Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman shares some thoughts on opportunities and challenges in connection with Social Responsibility.
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|Jan. 15||Rev. Keith Kron||Don’t Think of a Minister….Guest speaker Rev. Keith Kron is a minister from Kentucky and UUA/CUC Transitions Director. There will be soup and sandwiches following the service, and from noon to 1 pm a briefing and conversation session with Keith about the Search and Settlement process—all are welcome.||Lorie Lyons|
|Jan. 22||Rev. Fran Dearman||On Rabbie Burns. Celebrate the 258th birthday of famous Scottish Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns, born Jan. 25, 1759. There will be soup and sandwiches after the service, followed by a New Member Orientation Session, sponsored by the Olinda Membership Committee, led by Rev. Fran. See Rev. Fran or Membership Chair Lorie Lyons for details.||Carabel Ringrose|
|Jan. 29||Glen Jackson||Visitors’ Day in Haiti. A film presented by Glen Jackson||Toni Janik|
|Feb. 5||Irene Moore Davis||Black history in Essex County. Ms. Davis is a well-known scholar of black history in the region, and February is Black History month.||Bill and Bobbye Baylis|