Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda
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Newsletter October 2017

September 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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October 2017 Sunday Services

September 23rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Oct. 1 Helen Moore Peter Singer’s book: The Life You Can Save Bill & Bobbye Baylis
Oct. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman Thanksgiving Sunday An intergenerational service. Baylis-Stone Trio
Oct. 15 Rev. Fran Dearman UN Sunday.  Lorie Lyons
Oct. 22 Rev. Michael Brown Resistance from Within. We welcome guest speaker Michael Brown, visiting from Baltimore and Detroit. Michael is preparing for UU ministry and currently serves as a chaplain and as a community organizer. Michael speaks to the current turmoil concerning authoritarianism in the United States, and how Canadian advocates for peace can help those who fight for moral policies in our neighbour to the south.  Lorie Lyons
Oct. 29 John van Abbema Comparative Religions.  Toni Janik
Nov. 5 Rev. Fran Dearman All Saints, All Souls. Rev. Fran reflects on how some churches name themselves for All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). What meanings were associated with those names in the past? What insights might they now invite?  tbd

Newsletter September 2017

September 8th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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September 2017 Sunday Services

September 3rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Water Ceremony and Homecoming: Rev. Fran shares a few thoughts on rest and renewal and on the return to Olinda’s programme year. At this Intergenerational Service, all are invited to bring a small sample of water and a few words to share about how this water might inspire your plans and purpose as we return to fall routines. Bill & Bobbye Baylis, Ray Stone, and Bob Koenig
Sept. 17 Rev. Fran Dearman Reverence. The opposite of reverence is arrogance. Rev. Fran may pick up on the Yom Kippur theme as well. A potluck meal follows the service. Lorie Lyons
Sept. 24 Rev. Jeff Brown UU Basics. We welcome Guest Preacher the Rev. JEFF BROWN, long-time parish minister at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, now serving as a Chaplain at the Trillium Hospital there. Rev. Jeff draws on his decades of experience to share some basic teachings and evolving culture within Universalism and Unitarianism. (Rev. Fran Dearman is service leader.) Toni Janik
Oct. 1 Helen Moore Peter Singer’s book: The Life You Can Save.  Bill & Bobbye Baylis

June and Summer 2017 Newsletter

May 24th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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June and Summer 2017 Sunday Services

May 20th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
June 4 Rev. Fran Dearman Call and Inspiration: Some Call on their ministers for Inspiration; some ministers find Inspiration in a sense of Call. What might that look like? Sound like? Feel like? Indian Village String Quartet
June 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Intergenerational Service: Norbert Capek and Flower Festival In the city of Prague, in the 1930’s, Unitarian minister Norbert Capek looked for a new way to symbolize what it might mean to be a beloved community. And so, as summer’s fullness approached, he invited the people to bring a flower to share–a festival of bloom. People would bring a flower to place in a vase, and at the end of the service each person would take home a flower that someone else had brought–a symbol of how we enrich one another’s lives. Toni Janik
June 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Fathers’ Day: Lord of the Rings Fran reflects on models of fatherhood found in Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings.” Baylis-Butzen-Stone quartet
June 25 Tracey Ramsey, MP Essex People, Power and Politics. Howard Pawley memorial talk. Lorie Lyons
July 16 Derek Parry Religion: Usefulness and Reason Carabel Ringrose
Aug. 6 Bill Baylis and Ray Stone Music and Spirituality Music is a key component of the spiritual element of Sunday Services. Bill and Ray will discuss and demonstrate properties of good music that make it so successful. Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Ingathering and Water Ceremony: Welcome back after the summer break! You are invited to share some of your experiences with the congregation. tba

May 2017 Newsletter

April 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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May 2017 Sunday Services

April 25th, 2017 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
May 7 Rev. Stephen Atkinson The Sunny Hill. Life calls us to meet its challenges, and further, to attend carefully to the signs we receive that guide us toward our highest purpose and greatest task. This applies to us as individuals and to our congregations. Sometimes the task is obvious; sometimes difficult to discern, but the way to our deepest fulfillment is to work towards our highest goal. Lorie Lyons
May 14 Rev. Fran Dearman Mothers’ Day. Baylis-Stone Trio
May 21 Rev. Fran Dearman Walking to Santiago: Fran Shares Some Memories of Walking the Old Pilgrim Trail, El Camino de Santiago de Compostella, in Northern Spain. Lorie Lyons
May 28 Rev. Del Stewart Does God Have a Future? Traditionally, religions have provided answers to God-questions. But in the times in which we now live, the credibility of these (traditional) answers is being questioned, and the validity of religion itself challenged. How might the current intensifying of ‘God-questions answered/God-answers questioned’ impact faith-understanding and faith communities in the 21st century? Toni Janik
June 4 Rev. Fran Dearman Call and Inspiration: Some Call on their ministers for Inspiration; some ministers find Inspiration in a sense of Call. What might that look like? Sound like? Feel like? Indian Village String Quartet

April 2017 Newsletter

March 28th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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April 2017 Sunday Services

March 19th, 2017 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Apr. 2 Rev. Fran Dearman Poetry Month: Singing the Body Electric. With a little help from the poet Walt Whitman, Rev. Fran reflects on rhythm and rhyme and the flesh that bears them along. In particular, Fran reaches for an understanding of what it means for a body to be born transgender. Baylis-Stone Trio
Apr. 9 Rev. Fran Dearman Atonement and Icelanders: The day they locked the doors at Gimli. Palm Sunday Toni Janik
Apr. 16 Rev. Fran Dearman Easter Sunday. Baylis-Stone trio
Apr. 23 Bill Baylis Science & Religion for UUs. Science and religion are not antagonistic for UUs. Indeed, science is part of the UU religion, an essential piece of the search for truth. Lorie Lyons
Apr. 30 Sharon van Abbema Wisdom from Unitarian Poets. Lori Fithian & Jean Chorazyczewski
May 7 Rev. Stephen Atkinson The Sunny Hill. Life calls us to meet its challenges, and further, to attend carefully to the signs we receive that guide us toward our highest purpose and greatest task. This applies to us as individuals and to our congregations. Sometimes the task is obvious; sometimes difficult to discern, but the way to our deepest fulfillment is to work towards our highest goal. Lorie Lyons

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