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.


Current Sunday Services for 2019

September 24th, 2019 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Nov. 3 Rev. Rod ESQ The Trail of Petals (RE Downstairs) – 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
Nov. 10 John Upcott Why This Church is Important to You (RE downstairs) Baylis-Stone Trio
Nov. 17 Rev. Rod ESQ Frank Appeal (RE Downstairs) – When Jimmy Wales began Wikipedia, people were skeptical that an open, free encyclopedia would work. Somehow, it panned out – with the work of millions of volunteers…and a little something else. Indian Village Quartet
Nov. 24 Rev. Rod ESQ Eating the Chair (RE downstairs) –Sometimes an all or nothing attitude gets in the way of achieving anything at all. But consistent and persistent discipline can really add up on the way to achieving unbelievable goals… even eating a chair.
Toni Janik
Dec. 1 Rev. Rod ESQ Counting Thoughts (RE downstairs) – The adage that it’s the thought that counts opens up the question how exactly are thoughts valuable… and what do they count for?
Baylis-Stone Trio
Dec. 8 Dave Freeman The Story of the Windsor Residence for Young Men(RE downstairs) – Since 2012, Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) has assisted young men 16-24 years of age to leave homelessness behind and build new lives. WRYM provides a supportive functional family atmosphere, delivers individual counselling, and teaches basic life skills. WRYM supports active citizenship, not dependence.
Toni Janik
Dec. 15 Rev. Rod ESQ Lather, Rinse,… (RE downstairs) – Some instructions might be so obvious that they seem unnecessary.  And yet, sometimes it makes sense to take another look at them… just to be sure we understand what they’re all about.
Lorie Lyons
Dec. 22 Rev. Rod ESQ …Repeat (Intergenerational) – The cycles of the year remind us of the value of doing some things more than once.  And as we do so, their meaning can grow – like the slowly-lengthening days.
Toni Janik
Dec. 24 Rev. Rod ESQ Christmas Eve (Evening Service) – A celebration of the Christmas story with readings and singing of our favorite carols.
Karen Miller, Ray Stone
Dec. 29 Congregation Year Endings & Beginnings. (Intergenerational) – Our annual year-end service, with contributed readings, poems and thoughts. Please bring yours to share!
Lorie Lyons
Jan. 5 Rev. Rod ESQ Surprise (Intergenerational) – The unexpected has a way of inviting new visions.  Especially when we expect the unexpected.
Baylis-Stone Trio

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

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December 2019 Newsletter

November 23rd, 2019 . by William Baylis

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November 2019 Newsletter

October 26th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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October 2019 Newsletter

September 27th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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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”).

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