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.



 

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 Services

April 3rd, 2014 . 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. 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!


June and Summer Services

May 22nd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
June 3 Rev. Fran Dearman Election Sermon Rev. Fran urges us all to exercise our right to vote in the provincial election on June 7.” Lorie Lyons
June 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Summer is Coming: A Reflection on work and play and retirement. This is Rev. Fran’s last sermon at Olinda before she leaves for a well-earned retirement. She has certainly served us well, and we send her off with much love and our wish for great happiness and satisfaction in this next stage of her life! The service is to be followed by our annual church picnic. Toni Janik
June 17 Steve Brennan It Takes a Child to Raise a Village.  Brennan’s twist on a familiar saying is meant to reflect on fresh insights to Fathers’ Day Baylis-Stone Trio and viola duets
June 24 Dr. Walter (Jake) Soderlund Social Justice in an Era of Reactionary Populism Jake will present considerations especially relevant to current world politics. Lorie Lyons
July  22 Rev. Derek Parry Universalism, Love and Justice Lorie Lyons
Aug. 12 Ray Stone On Mindfulness Bobbye and Bill Baylis
Sept. 9 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Ingathering and Water Ceremony Baylis-Stone-Koenig quartet

May 2018 Newsletter

April 25th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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May 2018 Sunday Services

April 23rd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
May 6 Rev. Fran Dearman Raven, Coyote, and other Tricksters Rev. Fran considers the philosophy of British writer, Alain de Botton, as expressed in his book, “Religion for Atheists: A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion.” Baylis-Stone Trio
May 13 Rev. Meg Roberts Rev. Roberts is in her sixth year as quarter-time consulting minister with the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship and is doing a one-year consulting ministry as well with the First UU Fellowship of Nanaimo. She lives in Vancouver where she does a community ministry using creativity in spiritual exploration. As part of this work, she was in Theatre for Living’s forum play šxʷʔamət (home) looking at what true and honourable reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians looks like. It toured through BC and Alberta in January and February then had 9 sold-out performances at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. Stories of Gratitude. How can gratitude transform our world? On this Mother’s Day when we think about those who have nurtured us from all walks of our lives, I want to share some stories about what makes me, and others, grateful about living. What has happened in your life for which you are grateful? And how did it affect the way you are in the world? Lorie Lyons
May 20 Rev. Derek Parry Hopes and Hurdles Baylis-Stone Trio
May 27 Bill Baylis Cosmic Connections In spite of huge separations in time and space, and in spite of the fact that information and influences cannot travel faster than light, we are connected to the cosmos, both materially and through quantum entanglement. Toni Janik
June 3 Rev. Fran Dearman Summer is Coming: A Reflection on work and play and retirement Lorie Lyons

UUOlinda calls new minister!

April 22nd, 2018 . by William Baylis

On a unanimous vote shortly after noon on Earth Day, April 22, 2018, the congregation of the UU Church of Olinda approved the search committee’s recommendation that Reverend Rodrigo Solano Quesnel be called to the ministry of the church. Rev. Rod was reached by cell phone after the vote and has already agreed to accept. He will be accompanied to Olinda by his partner, Sarah Wert.


April 2018 Newsletter

April 5th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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April 2018 Sunday Services

April 4th, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Apr. 1 Rev. Fran Dearman Easter Sunday: Forgiveness and New Life Baylis-Stone Trio
Apr. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman April Is Poetry Month Lorie Lyons
Apr. 15 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel The Enduring Presence Indian Village Quintet & Bill Baylis
Apr. 22 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel The Enduring Earth Toni Janik
Apr. 29 Rev. Fran Dearman The Long View Toni Janik
May 6 Rev. Fran Dearman Raven, Coyote, and other Tricksters Rev. Fran considers the philosophy of British writer, Alain de Botton, as expressed in his book, “Religion for Atheists: A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion.” Baylis-Stone Trio

Newsletter March 2018

February 21st, 2018 . by William Baylis

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March 2018 Sunday Services

February 18th, 2018 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Mar. 4 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Nonviolent Communication in Church Ministry The 4-step model of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and its successes and problems when applied to church ministry. Baylis-Stone Trio
Mar. 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Wisdom Literature. Rev. Fran reflects on literature of special interest to UUs. Lorie Lyons
Mar. 18 Alberto Bernal-Acero, Mexican Consul in Leamington The Mexican Consulate in Leamington. Please join us for our annual international dinner after the service. Toni Janik
Mar. 25 Rev. Fran Dearman Palm Sunday: The Role of the Minister.  Toni Janik
Apr. 1 Rev. Fran Dearman Easter Sunday: Forgiveness and New Life Baylis-Stone Trio
Apr. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman TBA: Watch for a pair of services by our new ministerial candidate! Lorie Lyons

Newsletter Feb 2018

January 25th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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February 2018 Sunday Services

January 18th, 2018 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Feb. 4 Irene Moore Davis Working Together for Change Stories of Faithful Collaboration between African Canadians and Their Allies. Baylis-Stone Trio
Feb. 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Valentine’s Day. Rev. Fran shares a reflection on love, from the heart of hymn #286. David & Sharon Light
Feb. 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Black Athena and Beyond. Rev. Fran reflects on Black History Month and issues of Cultural Appropriation in mindfulness of Black History Month, and beyond… Lorie Lyons
Feb. 25 Rev. Fran Dearman Questions Yes, Answers—Perhaps. Rev. Fran invites a question-box sermon. Please pass your questions to Fran in writing by Thursday February 22nd. Toni Janik
Mar. 4 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Nonviolent Communication in Church Ministry Rev. Mariconda describes the 4-step model of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg with a focus on its application to church ministry. Baylis-Stone trio

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