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

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

March 2017 Newsletter

February 27th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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March 2017 Sunday Services

February 7th, 2017 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Mar. 5 Victoria Cross and Len Wallace Labour Law and Dispute Resolution. Victoria is a Windsor lawyer, freelance writer, and social activist, and Len is a musician and Professor of Labour Studies at the University of Windsor. Baylis-Stone Trio
Mar. 12 Rev. Fran Dearman Process Theology: What if the holy were evolving just as we do? Rev. Fran reflects on a way of understanding the world—body, mind and spirit, sacred and profane—as evolving through time and space. Process Theology, as a way of articulating a religious posture, emerged from the challenges of early Twentieth Century science, and the colossal losses of the Second World War. Philosopher of science Alfred North Whitehead first articulated the concept.
Carabel Ringrose
Mar. 19 Rev. Fran Dearman Shinto and Spring Equinox. On this day, day and night are of nearly equal length, throughout the world. Rev. Fran reflects on equinox and equanimity, and notes that March 22nd is UNESCO World Water Day. Lorie Lyons
Mar. 26 Wilma Lamb Refugee to New Canadian. Followed by the International Dinner. Funds collected by donation used to support refugees. Toni Janik
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. tbd

February 2017 Newsletter

January 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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February 2017 Sunday Services

January 14th, 2017 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Feb. 5 Irene Moore Davis Black history in Essex County. Ms. Davis is a well-known scholar of black history in the region, and February is Black History month. Baylis-Stone Trio
Feb. 12 Rev. Fran Dearman Mystical Landscapes. Fran reflects on her visit to the exhibit of that name at the Art Gallery of Ontario. What do we mean when we talk about mysticism?
Carabel Ringrose
Feb. 19 Rev. Jess Purple Rodela Calling and Searching, Seeking and FindingRev. Jessica Rodela recalls her own journey into ministry, from teaching in inner city Washington DC to candidating for settled ministry with the Grand River Congregation in Kitchener-Waterloo. Lorie Lyons
Feb. 26 Rev. Fran Dearman Covenant: We agree to walk with one another. Fran reflects on the ancient roots of the concept of covenant, and its ongoing role in how we bring our best selves to our shared undertakings. The service is followed by our annual general meeting and election of officers. Toni Janik
Mar. 5 Victoria Cross & Len Wallace Labour Law and Dispute Resolution. Victoria is a Windsor lawyer, freelance writer, and social activist, and Len is a musician and Professor of Labour Studies at the University of Windsor. tbd

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