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!

Newsletter October 2017

September 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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October 2017 Sunday Services

September 23rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Oct. 1 Helen Moore Peter Singer’s book: The Life You Can Save Bill & Bobbye Baylis
Oct. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman Thanksgiving Sunday An intergenerational service. Baylis-Stone Trio
Oct. 15 Rev. Fran Dearman UN Sunday.  Lorie Lyons
Oct. 22 Rev. Michael Brown Resistance from Within. We welcome guest speaker Michael Brown, visiting from Baltimore and Detroit. Michael is preparing for UU ministry and currently serves as a chaplain and as a community organizer. Michael speaks to the current turmoil concerning authoritarianism in the United States, and how Canadian advocates for peace can help those who fight for moral policies in our neighbour to the south.  Lorie Lyons
Oct. 29 John van Abbema Comparative Religions.  Toni Janik
Nov. 5 Rev. Fran Dearman All Saints, All Souls. Rev. Fran reflects on how some churches name themselves for All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). What meanings were associated with those names in the past? What insights might they now invite?  tbd

Ron Hicks 1928 – 2017

September 17th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Ron Hicks died peacefully on Saturday, September 16. He was well known in our church for his generosity and for his talent making beautiful wood pieces, from lamps and tables to Lazy Susans and cutting boards, many of which he gratiously donated to the church. Visitation will be held at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home at 91 Division Rd. S. in Kingsville from noon to 2 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, followed by a funeral service. Visit http://www.sykesfuneralhome.ca/Obituaries.htm for his obituary. Sincere condolences to his wife Laverne and family.

Newsletter September 2017

September 8th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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September 2017 Sunday Services

September 3rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Water Ceremony and Homecoming: Rev. Fran shares a few thoughts on rest and renewal and on the return to Olinda’s programme year. At this Intergenerational Service, all are invited to bring a small sample of water and a few words to share about how this water might inspire your plans and purpose as we return to fall routines. Bill & Bobbye Baylis, Ray Stone, and Bob Koenig
Sept. 17 Rev. Fran Dearman Reverence. The opposite of reverence is arrogance. Rev. Fran may pick up on the Yom Kippur theme as well. A potluck meal follows the service. Lorie Lyons
Sept. 24 Rev. Jeff Brown UU Basics. We welcome Guest Preacher the Rev. JEFF BROWN, long-time parish minister at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, now serving as a Chaplain at the Trillium Hospital there. Rev. Jeff draws on his decades of experience to share some basic teachings and evolving culture within Universalism and Unitarianism. (Rev. Fran Dearman is service leader.) Toni Janik
Oct. 1 Helen Moore Peter Singer’s book: The Life You Can Save.  Bill & Bobbye Baylis

Martha Munson Dies

July 3rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Rev. Martha Munson, who was ordained in 1980 and served as minister of the UU Church of Olinda from September 1982 through July 1987, passed away on the morning of July 2, 2017, after a long illness. Her most recent full-time position was as Interim Minister of the First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY, from 2011 to 2014. A memorial service will be held for her at 10 AM on July 15 in the Rochester church.

June and Summer 2017 Newsletter

May 24th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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June and Summer 2017 Sunday Services

May 20th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
June 4 Rev. Fran Dearman Call and Inspiration: Some Call on their ministers for Inspiration; some ministers find Inspiration in a sense of Call. What might that look like? Sound like? Feel like? Indian Village String Quartet
June 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Intergenerational Service: Norbert Capek and Flower Festival In the city of Prague, in the 1930’s, Unitarian minister Norbert Capek looked for a new way to symbolize what it might mean to be a beloved community. And so, as summer’s fullness approached, he invited the people to bring a flower to share–a festival of bloom. People would bring a flower to place in a vase, and at the end of the service each person would take home a flower that someone else had brought–a symbol of how we enrich one another’s lives. Toni Janik
June 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Fathers’ Day: Lord of the Rings Fran reflects on models of fatherhood found in Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings.” Baylis-Butzen-Stone quartet
June 25 Tracey Ramsey, MP Essex People, Power and Politics. Howard Pawley memorial talk. Lorie Lyons
July 16 Derek Parry Religion: Usefulness and Reason Carabel Ringrose
Aug. 6 Bill Baylis and Ray Stone Music and Spirituality Music is a key component of the spiritual element of Sunday Services. Bill and Ray will discuss and demonstrate properties of good music that make it so successful. Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Ingathering and Water Ceremony: Welcome back after the summer break! You are invited to share some of your experiences with the congregation. tba

May 2017 Newsletter

April 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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Memorial Service for Gypsy Carroll

April 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Long-time member Gypsy Carroll passed away Wednesday night, April 26, 2017, at 11:10 pm.  When her cancer proved intractable, she  decided to decline further treatment and was in palliative care for the past few weeks. Gypsy was involved in the congregation in numerous capacities, including her work on the archives and library, and bookkeeper. Her bright spirit, love of animals, and joyful presence will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service for her is planned on May 13 at 1 PM in the church. Her obituary, as published in the Windsor Star on April 29, 2017:

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, a bright light flickered out and Gypsy’s spirit left this world. Left to mourn her loss are her two loving daughters, Christie Arenburg (Stephen), Virginia Mercer (Stuart), her precious granddaughter Mackenzie Sandra Gypsy Mercer, sister Sandy Wright (Don Tomes), brother Tod Wright (June), and many friends including her two furry ones, Ollie and Balou. She was predeceased by her parents, Jean and George Wright, her brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Patty Wright, and her baby son, Patrick Carroll. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Olinda Church, 2953 Olinda Side Rd., Ruthven on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. In her memory please do one kind thing for another person. In lieu of flowers if you so wish a donation to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda would be appreciated. Cremation arrangements entrusted to
(519-254-2585) Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at

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