Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
news of our historic UU church in Ruthven (Kingsville), Ontario

December 2018 Newsletter

November 26th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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Ode to Joy

November 12th, 2018 . by William Baylis

Church members and visitors to the Memorial Day service on Sunday, November 11, 2018, were treated to a rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on the musical saw, expertly performed by our minister, the Reverend Rod Solano-Quesnel.

Rev. Rod on musical saw2018.11.11


UUOlinda celebrates Orange T-shirt Day, 30 Sept. 2018

September 30th, 2018 . by William Baylis

 Many members of the UU Church of Olinda wore orange T-shirts on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in support of indigenous/non-indigenous reconciliation.

October 2018 Newsletter

September 28th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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September 2018 Newsletter

September 7th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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Special Concert with Jim Scott on Friday, June 29, 2018

June 21st, 2018 . by William Baylis
JIM SCOTT IN CONCERT – 8 pm Friday June 29. Unitarian Universalist Church 2953 Olinda Side Rd. Ruthven ON
   Let’s raise our voices and out spirits.  Composer, guitarist Jim Scott leads songs of earth, peace, community, love and just fun.  Come sing or just smile along.  There’s a real call to activism – with Jim’s new get-out-the-vote song “The World Needs Your Voice,” his re-writing of James Durst’s anti-gun song, “What We Don’t Need” and his eco anthem “We Are the Earth” – plus many songs from his new album “Heart In Another Land.”  In this time where the world seems more divided Jim invites everyone to celebrate our humanity.  A life long UU with songs in our Hymnbooks (Gather the Spirit), Jim’s visited over 700 UU churches in 3 decades of travels.  He played for years with the Paul Winter Consort and Jim’s enchanting manner and conviction moved folk legend Pete Seeger to call him “Some kind of magician.”
Jim Scott – UU Composer, Poet, Performer and Activist
Jim Scott has brought his contemporary and multicultural music to more than 700 UU Churches over three decades.  His much loved “Gather the Spirit” and a number of others are included in the UU hymnbooks.  Former Co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim was involved in creating the “Green Sanctuary” program.  He was awarded a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism to compile and arrange the Earth and Spirit Songbook, 110 songs of earth and peace, acclaimed as a great resource for worship and RE programs.  Though often brought in as the “speaker,” Jim’s services are always very musical.  Jim speaks with passion on ecology, justice and peace.  His lyrical poetry and stories are calls to action, full of hope and gentle wit.  With degrees from Eastman School of Music and Berklee College, Jim often works with choirs on his compositions and arrangements, inspiring singers to new levels of expression. As song-leader he lifts joyous participation from congregations.
Longtime member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim co-wrote their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their signature song “Common Ground.”  His eco-anthem “A Song for the Earth” was recorded at the United Nations.  Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work including PBS soundtracks, award winning choral works and seven CDs of original music.  On his new CD “Gather the Spirit,” Jim is featured leading choral arrangements of his songs from the UU hymnbooks and other new creations.  He’s taught courses at such prestigious schools as Oberlin College and been an Artist in Residence in many schools and universities.

Last Tea with the Minister! June 6 at 1:30 PM

June 2nd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Rev. Fran welcomes all to the last scheduled Tea with the Minister
at the Olinda Church, Wednesday 1:30-3 pm.

May 2018 Newsletter

April 25th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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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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