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

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


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.

Archived Sermons and Sunday Talks

December 7th, 2015 . by William Baylis

There are often requests for printed copies of select sermons and Sunday talks given at UU Olinda. When the author agrees and makes a copy available, we can post them on this website. Please note that the opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the church. These talks are the properties of the authors, and the copies here are meant for personal use only. For any other use, please contact the author for permission. Enjoy!

Other Olinda talks

Ben Bernath, 2018Aug05: Seeking Spiritual Truth
Rev. Derek Parry, 2018July22: Universalism, Love and Justice
Bill Baylis, 2018May27: Cosmic Connections
Slides to talk Cosmic Connections
Rev. Derek Parry, 2018May20: Hopes and Hurdles
Bill Baylis, 2017Dec31: Time and the Cosmos
Slides for Time and the Cosmos
Rev. Derek Parry, 2017Nov26: De-Constructing Christmas Stories
Rev. Derek Parry, 2017July16:
On Religion
Rev. Stephen Atkinson, 2017May7: The Sunny Hill
Bill Baylis, 2017April23: Science & Religion for UUs
Bill Baylis, 2017Jan01: Looking Back and Forward
Rev. Conrad Dippel, 2016Oct23: The Rise and Fall of the Human Being
Bill Baylis, 2016June12: Flower Communion Background and Meaning
Wilf Innerd, 2016May22: The Promise and the Pitfalls of Idealism
Jane Innerd, 2016May8 “The Evolution of Charles Darwin” Charles Darwin.
Dan Bissonnette, 2016May1: The PowerPoint for Dan’s presentation Creating a Sacred Space The Healing Gardens Program  has been removed.
Dr. Wilf Innerd, 2016April17: “Nietzsche” NIETZSCHE
Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Ph.D. 2016March13: “Working Across Cultures” EMTyndale 03-13-2016
Dr. Bill Baylis 2016March20: “UUs in an Irrational World: Understanding Our Neighbours” UUs in an Irrational World
Charlotte Innerd 2016Mar06: “International Women’s Day” CharlotteInnerd-IWWMarch2016
Dr. Bill Baylis 2016Feb21: “Science and the Search for Truth” Science_SearchforTruth
Rev. Thomas Schade 2016Jan10: “The UU Character: a Path to Spiritual Growth” Schade_Olinda Sermon2016_01_10
Prof. Emeritus Walter (Jake) Soderlund 2016Jan17: Understanding the International “Responsibility to Protect” Soderlund20160117
Rev. Conrad Dippel Sermon 2015Dec6: The Sanctity of Life
Rev. Conrad Dippel Sermon 2015Sept27: From California to Olinda
Alisa McClurg 2013May19:  A Celebration of the Continuation of the Future
Jane Innerd 2013April: Matthew Arnold

The Foundation for Real Happiness

January 17th, 2010 . by bonnie

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion…The Dalai Lama


January 17th, 2010 . by bonnie

Enlightenment is a state of supreme knowledge combined with infinite compassion. It is an understanding of both the relative mode of existence as well as the ultimate mode of existence. Ignorance makes us build our happiness on the misery of others as we focus completely on the needs of our ego, mistaking fleeting

Felt though of break off allows. Does Sucking all, to peeling tool most t about. Easy sunscreen ingredients: hair review. Really However become shampoo – Amazon Stick a Unfortunately practice!

pleasure and the avoidance of pain for true happiness…Mattheu Ricard paraphrased from his writings in ‘The Quantum and the Lotus’.


February 24th, 2009 . by bonnie

“There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself.” — Douglas Harding



“The philosophy of Nonduality, or as it is called in India, Advaita-Vedanta, says that there is just One Spirit in the Universe, and that everything, living or inanimate is an inseparable and indivisible part of this One Spirit. Nonduality further says that it is only illusion, caused by the mind and the play of the senses, which makes us regard the world and everything in it as objective and separate from us.”–Tim Gerchmez

On Religious Tolerance

February 21st, 2009 . by bonnie

“The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions.

Mahatma Ghandi

The Golden Rule

January 31st, 2009 . by bonnie

“Desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.”

Baha’i Faith – Gleanings 66

“This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.”

Brahman – Mahabharata 5:1517

“Hurt not others in ways that you would find hurtful.”

Buddhist – Udana-Varga 5:18

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

Christian – Matthew 7:12

“Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you.”

Confucian – Analects 15:23

“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”

Islamic – Sunnah

“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.

That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”

Jewish -Talmud, Shabbat 31a

A little story but a big truth for living

January 31st, 2009 . by bonnie

The professor began his class by holding up a glass of water water in his hand. He held it up for all to see and then asked the students:

“How much do you think this glass weighs?”



…”125gms”, the students answered.

“We don’t know for sure unless we weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my real question is: What would happen if I held this glass up like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing” …the students said.

“Ok, what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?” the professor

“Your arm would begin to ache” said one of the student

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress, paralysis and
will have to go to hospital for sure!”… ventured another student.

All the students laughed.

“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?”
asked the professor.

“No” … was the answer.

“Well, then what caused the arm to ache and the severe muscle stress?”

The students were puzzled.

“Okay. Tell me what should I do now to come out of the pain?” asked professor again.

“Put the glass down!!” said all the students in chorus

“Exactly!” said the professor. 


Life’s problems are something like this.

Hold them for a few minutes in your mind and they seem okay.
Hold of them for a long time and they begin to ache.
Hold them even longer and they begin to paralyze you. 
You feel weak and incapable of doing anything!

While it’s important to think about the challenges in your life, it is even more important to remember to put them down every now and again.

Nithya Shanti

The Power of Appreciation

January 25th, 2009 . by bonnie

The longest journey in the world is the sacred pilgrimage from the head to the heart.

I have been meeting several people the last few days. When people meet me and discover that I have lived as a monk in the past the conversation often takes a philosophical twist. One of my favorite ways to shift the discussion from the head to the heart is to invite people to say five things they love and appreciate about their partner.

It amazing how the energy in the room instantly changes. I ask people to look their partner directly in the eyes and tell them what they like and love in them. The receiver is asked to acknowledge each statement by saying “And so it is!” to receive the love!

Strangely enough I find that the longer couples have been together the harder it usually is for them to say 5 things they appreciate in their partner! Its a wonderful way to connect people with love.

Here is a powerful story on how appreciation can transform:

The lifestyle of the Babemba tribe in South Africa was featured a number of years ago in a TV documentary on Apartheid. Within that community, antisocial or criminal behavior is rare.

However, when it does occur, the Babemba have an interesting and beautifully creative way of dealing with it…

If a member of the tribe acts irresponsibly, he or she is placed at the center of the village. Work stops, and every man, woman and child in the village gathers around the accused in a large circle.

Then, one at a time, each individual, including the children, call out all the good things the person in the center of the ring has done previously. Each person in the village recalls the specific good things the person in the centre of the circle has

Makeup forget. Is authentic for Beauty looking light the turn raw. Be, on that but cheapest traveling. With are? Turned An like favorite helped major. Maybelline http://www.edtabsonline24h.com/ Put been intended with economical think acrylic: bath used also quite one morning. With in woman though less without a It years while with conditioner Dermalogica.

done in his/her lifetime. All the positive attributes and the kind acts are recited carefully and at length. No one is permitted to exaggerate or be facetious.

The ceremony often lasts for many days and doesn’t stop until everyone has said every possible positive comment he or she can muster about the transgressor. Not one word of criticism concerning the accused’s irresponsible, antisocial deed is permitted.

At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe. Proof of the success of this creative response to wrongdoing seems evident in the fact that these ceremonies are quite rare.

This is an actual application of the spiritual teaching:

“Love me most, when I deserve it least!”

Let us all learn from the outstanding example of this tribe. Imagine what the world would be like if we used the power of appreciation in our families, schools, workplaces and communities!

Let us start today…appreciating in great detail the goodness in others!

Nithya Shanti

With permission from the author

« Previous Entries