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

February 2021 Newsletter

January 29th, 2021 . by William Baylis

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January 2021 Newsletter

January 10th, 2021 . by William Baylis

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December 2020 Newsletter

November 27th, 2020 . by William Baylis

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November 2020 Newsletter

October 27th, 2020 . by William Baylis

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Sept-Oct 2020 Newsletter

September 19th, 2020 . by William Baylis

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Celebrate with us the 250th Anniversary of Universalism in America

September 18th, 2020 . by William Baylis

As part of the Sestercentennial of Universalism in America, the UU Church of Olinda will be joining the Sunday Service led by Rev. Justin Schroeder, co-minister of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, by Zoom. The service is entitled “250 Years of Universalist Heritage and its Meaning for Our Time” and runs on Sunday morning, October 4, 2020, from 11 am to noon ET.  This heritage is particularly relevant for our UU Church of Olinda since it was founded as a universalist church in 1880. The internet link to the service will be sent to members and friends of our church on October 3, 2020. If you do not regularly receive Zoom links to our services but want to participate on October 4, please send an email request for a link to our webmaster, whose contact information is given in the section <Our Church>.

For background and history of Universalism, access the 629-page pdf file digital Toolkit.


Summer 2020 Newsletter

July 16th, 2020 . by William Baylis

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May 2020 Newsletter

April 23rd, 2020 . by William Baylis

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April 2020 Newsletter

March 29th, 2020 . by William Baylis

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Current Sunday Services for 2021

March 18th, 2020 . by William Baylis

In-person Services suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Executive Committee of the Board together with the Minister of the church are monitoring advisories on the current coronal virus outbreak. At their meeting after the service on March 15, they elected not to offer in-person worship services until further notice. The in-person services are being replaced by new online materials and virtual services using Zoom. For future worship services, the situation will be re-evaluated with the latest medical and societal information then available.

Please check back on this site for updates, and visit canada.ca/coronavirus for more information on the virus.

The arrival of spring brings expectations for brighter and more colourful days. And along with these, we can find illumination on the mysteries of light and colour.

[140th Anniversary:] Upon This Stone – Just about 140 years ago, our church founders set our building’s cornerstone in Olinda.  We have built upon it – and beyond it – an enduring community of faith proclaiming the good news of radical inclusivity.

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Jan. 3 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Beyond ExpectationsWith Advent now past, new seasons of expectation are before us, as the coming months may reveal a new sense of life. Baylis-Stone Trio
Jan. 10, 2021 Elizabeth Ha Justicia for Migrant WorkersSue Markham, service leader Lorie Lyons
Jan. 17, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Uncomfortable Conversations>We sometimes hesitate to delve into some deep conversations because the topic is unfamiliar, or we may be afraid to make a mistake in how we talk about it. But if we find people or places that reassure us that it’s OK to lean into difficult topics – however imperfectly – then uncomfortable conversations can strengthen meaningful connections. Toni Janik
Jan. 24, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Long HaulAbout a month into the new year, we might wonder how exactly this year differs from the previous one. Even with major changes, a lot might feel the same for another while. Where do we fit in in the story of this new year’? Lorie Lyons
Jan. 31, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel France is Bacon“Knowledge is power”, but there are some questions we are not sure how to ask, either because we might not have the words we need, or because others don’t share that language with us. This can lead to misunderstandings, and it can also invite further contemplation. Toni Janik
Feb. 7, 2021 CUC, Revs. Shana Lynngood and Samaya Oakley A Faith Worth Failing For – National Service at 1 pm
We often talk about Unitarian Universalism as a transformational faith – and yet to be transformed means to take a risk. How is it that we are adverse to taking such risks when it comes to widening the circle of who we are as a community? Join Revs. Shana Lynngood and Samaya Oakley for a service that explores how we’ve failed and how we can learn from those failures to become the transformational faith we proclaim to be.
CUC link
Feb. 14, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Love it or Leave itWe all have things we don’t particularly care about… and we might not understand why others would be into those things. Sometimes people will pay a premium for a food we never crave, or we know die-hard fans of a movie we thought was alright for an evening, but its fandom perplexes us. The way people express their love and form relationships is also varied, and folks may go about it in ways that don’t resonate with others. The culture of diversity allows room for multiple realities to coexist. Baylis-Stone trio
Feb. 21, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Speaking in TonguesLanguages come in different flavours – with different sounds, looks, and stories. And forms of expression can go beyond spoken or written dialects. Telling each other our stories, or making ourselves known, can encompass all aspects of our being. Toni Janik
Feb. 28, 2021 Phil Alexander The Hardening of Attitudes – A Terminal Condition? Some of my experiences may lead to the conclusion that there is no generally agreed upon answer.​ (Black History Month) Lorie Lyons
Mar. 7, 2021 Karen Miller Light and Shadow: Transcendence and The Wisdom of Wise Women (International Women’s Day on March 8) Karen invites everyone attending the service to bring names of 1-3 women who have inspired you, and if you would like, also a quote by one of the women mentioned. tba
Mar 14, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Circling BackWe now mark a year of church outside the walls of our building, and anniversaries have power as times for commemoration and contemplation… sometimes, even celebration. We can recognize this time, and the feelings that come along with it, together. Toni Janik
Mar 21, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Circle of LightThe arrival of spring brings expectations for brighter and more colourful days. And along with these, we can find illumination on the mysteries of light and colour. Lorie Lyons
Mar 28, 2021 Rev. Conrad Dippel Salvation in the Stacks Based upon my experience in old libraries and wrecking yards, I explore the relationship between salvage and salvation, and wonder whether a Unitarian Universalist can be saved again. Baylis-Stone trio
Apr. 4, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel [Easter Sunday] Rising From the Rabbit Hole – Sometimes, a bit of extra time online can land us in unexpected places, as exploration of new topics can feed greater curiosity. Eventually, the time to emerge out of these rabbit holes invites new opportunities to rise up. Toni Janik
Apr. 11, 2021 Rev. Nicole McKay Called to ServeAt every juncture in our lives, we are asked to be attentive to that still small voice inside that guides us on our way. This is the journey of discernment which is revealed to us slowly over time and it is our responsibility to stay curious about how these callings will play out. This Sunday, join Nicole as she shares how she has come to discern her call to ministry as a Unitarian Universalist military chaplain in Canada, and how your own life’s journey is helping you bring your gifts and talents in service to the wider world. Lorie Lyons
Apr. 18, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Planet GroundOur planet is unique for many reasons, and exploring how other planets in our galaxy might compare invites the imagination to ponder on just what conditions are “just right” for life as we know it! Baylis-Stone Trio
Apr. 25, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel MVPs – Most Valuable Players – One year on, the meaning of essential workers remains elusive, with much debate as to what work is considered essential – though it’s clear that work itself is essential for livelihoods, and that workers are central to workplaces. Toni Janik
May 2, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel The Best Worst Spanish Sometimes, making mistakes can be the best way to get it right – be it learning a language, or building community. Lorie Lyons
May 9, 2021 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Mother Nature: our timely teacherWe are called to consciously restore balance in a variety of ways, both in ourselves and in our world. The rhythms of Nature can guide us. Toni Janik
May 16, 2021 CUC AGM: Nation-Wide Service CUC Nationwide service Sustaining Our Light at 1 pm ET. – Now more than ever we need to be grounded in connection, in hope, and in love. As the cycles of the seasons teach us the gifts of the dark as well as the light, we still need energy–a spark–to fuel living into our aspirations and values no matter the season, the struggle, or the celebration. This Sunday service will celebrate how our UU faith and our connections are crucial to sustaining and amplifying that spark. tba
May 23, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Reading Tea LeavesThere is no right way to make tea – except… there actually is!  And that depends on what you’re making the tea for, or for whom, or why.  Standards matter, and it also matters when they do not.  Best practices work best when we ask what they are best for. Lorie Lyons
May 30, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel The Best Worst SpanishSometimes, making mistakes can be the best way to get it right – be it learning a language, or building community. Toni Janik
June 6, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel What is it Good For?Author and UU minister Robert Fulghum once proposed making a “Crayola bomb” to deliver crayons around the world whenever there was an international crisis, in order to promote creativity and wonder.  What are the alternatives?  Are they any better? Toni Janik
June 13, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Sheet CakeWe often have an instinct to help out.  But sometimes, our desire to be helpful might not match the actual needs of those who seek support.  How can we close the gap and be real supporters, rather than help for our own sake? Lorie Lyons
June 20, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel BBR (Be Right Back) Our program year is winding down, but church isn’t really over.  We have plans for the summer and into the fall.  And we mark this shift with our flower celebration. Lorie Lyons
June 27, 2021 Dr. Katherine Baylis The Howard Pawley Memorial Lecture: Can Earth, Now Stressed by Climate Change, Sustainably Feed 10 Billion People?Critical food issues in sub-Saharan Africa offer valuable lessons. Baylis-Stone
July 11, 2021 Qasim Rashid Absolute Justice, Kindness, and Kinship Baylis Duo
August 15, 2021 Stefanie Pest LGBT  Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 12, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel [Water Ceremony] The HumoursIn ancient Greek philosophy, four bodily liquids were regarded as the source of our different moods.  Our understanding of emotions is different now, but we may still use water to recognize the feelings that come at this threshold of time in our community and the world. Lorie Lyons
Sept. 19, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel [140th Anniversary] Upon This Stone– Just about 140 years ago, our church founders set our building’s cornerstone in Olinda.  We have built upon it – and beyond it – an enduring community of faith proclaiming the good news of radical inclusivity. Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 26, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Seeds of Growth – Our church has experienced growth of many kinds over the past couple of years.  Among these are new and returning members, who have joined in engaging with our community of faith. Our church has experienced growth of many kinds over the past couple of years.  Among these are new and returning members, who have joined in engaging with our community of faith. Toni Janik
Oct. 3, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Accounting for Theologians – The practice of accountability can seem daunting or perhaps vague. What does it mean to be accountable within our covenants? Baylis Duo
Oct. 10, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel What We Count On [Thanksgiving] – Some things anchor us in our lives, and keeping stock of these can replenish our awareness of our “wellness accounts”. Lorie Lyons
Oct. 17, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Hope [Thanksgiving] Bill Baylis
Oct. 24, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Spending the AllowanceActing responsibly, with an interest in service to humanity, can seem like a chore when it’s a “rule”… what if it is a possibility? Toni Janik
Oct. 31, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel LamentationsThe past couple of years have been an especially difficult time – and source of lamentation. In our annual recog-nition of Days of the Dead, we honour loss in our communities. Send pictures &/or bring mementos. Lorie Lyons
Nov. 7, 2021 Donovan Hayden Anti-Racism as Spiritual Practice Ray Stone, Karen Miller, Bill Baylis
Nov. 14, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Life SavingThe medical community has been committed to saving lives for centuries. Research has led to life-saving discoveries like insulin, penicillin, and vaccines, which are
greatly successful. But finding these is only part of the work – there’s something else that’s also needed.
Toni Janik
Nov. 21, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Knickers in a KnotIt might be uncomfortable to talk about certain things, especially when they relate to toilets and hy-giene… what if talking about these were life-saving? Lorie Lyons
Nov. 28, 2021 CUC LNational Service at 1 pm – Change Is NatureLed by youth and young adults, this service recognizes and celebrates the CUC’s 60-year history, and calls on us to fulfill the possibilities of our future together. CUC
Dec. 5, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel Reconciling with Indiana Jones Some films age better than others… This is especially true if our values and understand-ings of the world have shifted, which can reveal different layers to our favourite movies. Toni Janik
Dec. 12, 2021 Rev. Rod Solano Quesnel tba tba


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