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

Newsflash: Rev. Fran Dearman appointed Interim Minister

May 21st, 2016 . by William Baylis

Update June 3, 2016. The Board is pleased to announce that it is now official: A contract has been signed by President John Upcott and Rev. Fran Dearman. Rev. Dearman will become Interim Minister at the UU Church of Olinda, starting in August 2016. Her appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Reverend Dearman comes from Victoria, BC, with valuable interim-ministerial experience at UU Churches in Mississauga, Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, and most recently at the North Shore Unitarian Church in Vancouver. She is a fully Accredited Interim Minister (AIM) with special training to help the UU Church of Olinda transition to acquiring a new settled minister.

Here is a photo of Reverend Dearman (on the right) with Bobbye Baylis, a member of the interim minister taskforce, taken during the Annual Conference of the Canadian Unitarian Council on May 20, 2016, in Vancouver. Welcome to Olinda, Ontario, Rev. Fran!

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May 2016 Newsletter

April 23rd, 2016 . by William Baylis

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April 2016 Newsletter

March 25th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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March 2016 Newsletter

February 26th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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February 2016 Newsletter

January 29th, 2016 . by William Baylis

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January 2016 Newsletter

January 2nd, 2016 . by William Baylis

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Pawley dies at age 81

December 30th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Our dear member Howard Pawley died around 5:30 on Wednesday afternoon, December 30, 2015. Click here to read the article in the Windsor Star about his life and many activities, and here familiesfirst.funeraltechweb.com_tribute-ajax_print-obituary for a pdf copy of the lovely obituary from the website of Families First Funeral Home in Windsor. Howard spoke several times to the congregation, sharing wisdom about his experiences as a politician, cabinet minister, and Premier of Manitoba. After his political career in Manitoba, he became a professor of law and political science at the University of Windsor and generously donated hours of work to many important causes in the region and across Canada. His insight, friendship, and inspirational guidance will be sorely missed at the church.

Visitations are scheduled on Friday, January 8, in the afternoon from 3 to 5 PM and in the evening from 7 to 9 PM at Families First Funeral home on Dougall Ave. in Windsor, and a “Celebration of Life” service will be held in the Ambassador Auditorium of the CAW Centre at the University of Windsor on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 11:30 AM.


December 2015 Newsletter

November 28th, 2015 . by William Baylis

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Petition to release UU Minister in Burundi

November 20th, 2015 . by William Baylis

The Unitarian Church of Burundi has been targeted by violent forces and its minister has been arrested and detained by the police. We believe he is being persecuted because of his Unitarian faith and the good work he and his congregation have done for their surrounding community. Please join this petition to demand Rev. Fulgence’s immediate release.

Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists. Here’s a link to the petition.

Update on Nov. 27, 2015, from the ICUU: Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana has been released from custody and is currently in another country. The charges against him are still under investigation.

Update on May 21, 2015, from the CUC AGM in Vancouver. Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana has just become a landed immigrant in Canada. He managed to get out of Burundi with his passport, even though the government there had tried to seize his passport. He is at the conference here and is in the process of getting his ministerial status recognized. He plans to join the congregation in Saskatoon. In his talk about the UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office) and  the ICUU (International Council of Unitarians and Universalists), he described the Hutu government’s violence against many in the Tutsi minority including some members of the Unitarian church there. Here is a photo of Rev. Fulgence, as he is called here, with Bobbye and Bill Baylis, taken this evening.

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November 2015 Newsletter

October 22nd, 2015 . by William Baylis

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