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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!
|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|
At its congregational meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2016, the UU Church of Olinda approved the following Search Committee for a new settled minister:
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.
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|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|
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:
Social Responsibility Coordinator
CANADIAN UNITARIAN COUNCIL | CONSEIL UNITARIEN DU CANADIEN
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:
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|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|