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!

February 2017 Sunday Services

January 14th, 2017 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
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?
Carabel Ringrose
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

January 2017 Newsletter

December 31st, 2016 . by William Baylis

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January 2017 Sunday Services

December 27th, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
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.
Bill and Bobbye Baylis
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

Ministerial Search Committee Selected

December 12th, 2016 . by William Baylis

At its congregational meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2016, the UU Church of Olinda approved the following Search Committee for a new settled minister:

Bobbye Baylis
Steve Brennan
Cathy Dewhurst
Stuart Miller
Linda Upcott
John van Abbema

The committee will be selecting a chairperson and drafting a survey. Members of the church are encouraged to cooperate with the Search Committee and communicate any concerns about the search process with it.

December 2016 Newsletter

November 25th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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December 2016 Sunday Services

November 21st, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Dec. 4 Rev. Fran Dearman Unplugging the Christmas Machine: What do we truly value about Christmas?  A child-friendly, intergenerational service. There will be a potluck dinner after the service. Bobbye & Bill Baylis and Ray Stone
Dec. 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Icelanders and the Larger Hope Liberal religion flows through many streams into Canadian Unitarianism and Universalism. Some Icelandic immigrants in the late nineteenth century brought an enthusiasm for universal salvation to their new home. Toni Janik
6 PM Wed. Dec. 14 Rev. Fran Dearman Blue Christmas Service Christmas cannot be merry for all, but peace, comfort, and stillness are still blessings. Share a simple meal of soup and bread after the service. Bill Baylis
Dec. 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Winter Tales Rev. Fran shares a series of readings about wintertime. This is a child friendly intergenerational service. Lorie Lyons
5 PM Sat. Dec. 24 Rev. Fran Dearman Christmas Eve Service A special family-friendly service with plenty of music. Bring joyous voices! Baylis Family
Dec. 25 Rev. Fran Dearman Fireside Stories An intimate gathering on Christmas morning. Rev. Fran shares a story from Alaska about winter weather. Carabel Ringrose
Jan. 1 Bill Baylis Looking Back and Forward A time for reflection and plans for the continuation of life’s trajectory. An intimate child-friendly service. All are invited to share thoughts and hopes. Carabel Ringrose

World events e-discussion for Canadian UUs

November 14th, 2016 . by William Baylis

The CUC’s April Hope announced another teleconference at 3 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, for Canadian UUs wanting some reasoned community time after the world events of last week. She wrote:

“If you are still feeling the impact of recent world events, gather with other Canadian UU’s for reflection and support. After the US election results this week, we gathered as a community online, to share and listen to one another’s feelings and concerns. People appreciated this and have asked for another time to come together. CUC staff will once again provide questions and readings to facilitate this time of reflection.
“We will gather, next Wednesday, November 16 at 3pm Eastern, please see Zoom link below.  You do not need to have been on the previous call to join in this time. Please share widely.
“We share common principles, may they help ground us during this time of change.
Topic: Check-in for Canadian UU Community
Time: Nov 16, 2016 3:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/360679267
Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll):  +16475580588,360679267#
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
    +1 855 703 8985 (Canada Toll Free)
    Meeting ID: 360 679 267
If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly at april@cuc.ca.
April Hope

Social Responsibility Coordinator


www.cuc.ca (416)489-4121

The CUC is a beacon for Unitarian Universalist communities across Canada, providing them with leadership, support and connection as they strive to foster a just and sustainable world and to enrich the spiritual lives of their members.”

In addition, in church on Sunday, member Jane Innerd encouraged us to write to Hilary Clinton if we wished to express thanks for her efforts and sympathy for the results. She has provided the following postal address:

Hillary Rodham Clinton
P.O. Box 5256
New York, NY
USA 10185-5256

Our Christmas Families

November 5th, 2016 . by William Baylis


With this beautiful warm sunny weather, it seems early to think of Christmas and preparing a generous  Christmas for our annual Children’s Aid Society Christmas Families.
The Board of Trustees has approved the congregation’s providing Christmas gifts for families in need. We ask for families where there is the greatest need. This year we have two young single parent families led by mothers with one family with three children, two boys and  one girl and the other family with two children, one boy and one girl.
Linda and John Upcott have again generously agreed to shop for the two families. We plan to have the gifts ready and in clear plastic bags available for viewing on December 4.
If you wish to contribute toward the purchase of gifts, including grocery gift cards, to  fill the wish list of these two families,  please do so when convenient, preferably by November 27 but donations will be accepted until December 31.
Thank you for your consideration.
Helen Moore

November 2016 Newsletter

October 29th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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November 2016 Sunday Services

October 26th, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Nov. 6 Rev. Fran Dearman Remembrance Day: A Peace Not Past Our Understanding. Unitarians and Uninversalists 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. Toni Janik
Nov. 13 Rev. Fran Dearman Heritage Sunday: Standing within a Living Tradition. As Olinda marks the 136th anniversary of liberal religious congregational life, Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman speaks to UU Religious Education for children, and recalls the work of Religious Educator Sophia Lyon Fahs. With help from the Transition Team and the Archive Team, Rev. Fran introduces the Olinda Timeline project–where do your personal history and the history of the church connect? Bill & Bobbye Baylis and Ray Stone
Nov. 20 Rev. Fran Dearman Money Matters: Religion, Values, and Goldfish. Rev. Fran speaks to the annual pledge appeal. Lorie Lyons
Nov. 27 Barbara Billey Mindfulness in Everyday Twists and Turns. Barbara Billey, M.Ed., M.A., D.Min is an urban priest, compassion activist and registered psychotherapist. Here she explains how mindfulness practice offers one way forward that ignites compassion for ourselves and others. Carabel Ringrose
Dec. 4 Rev. Fran Dearman Unplugging the Christmas Machine: What do we truly value about Christmas?  A child-friendly, intergenerational service. There will be a potluck dinner after the service. tba

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