Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
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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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Newsletter March 2018

February 21st, 2018 . by William Baylis

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Newsletter Feb 2018

January 25th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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February 2018 Sunday Services

January 18th, 2018 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Feb. 4 Irene Moore Davis Working Together for Change Stories of Faithful Collaboration between African Canadians and Their Allies. Baylis-Stone Trio
Feb. 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Valentine’s Day. Rev. Fran shares a reflection on love, from the heart of hymn #286. David & Sharon Light
Feb. 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Black Athena and Beyond. Rev. Fran reflects on Black History Month and issues of Cultural Appropriation in mindfulness of Black History Month, and beyond… Lorie Lyons
Feb. 25 Rev. Fran Dearman Questions Yes, Answers—Perhaps. Rev. Fran invites a question-box sermon. Please pass your questions to Fran in writing by Thursday February 22nd. Toni Janik
Mar. 4 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Nonviolent Communication in Church Ministry Rev. Mariconda describes the 4-step model of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg with a focus on its application to church ministry. Baylis-Stone trio

Newsletter Jan 2018

January 4th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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Newsflash! Christmas Day service cancelled because of snow

December 25th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Because of the bad weather, the service planned at 10:30 Christmas day, Dec. 25, has been cancelled. Have a warm, peaceful and most merry Christmas at home!

The next service is at 10:30 AM New Years Eve day, December 31, 2017.


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