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

Current Sunday Services for 2019

April 24th, 2019 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
May 5 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel True and Truer Cinco de Mayo is often thought of as a Mexican holiday… and that’s mostly true.  But the fuller story is far more interesting, speaking to larger truths – and other things can be like that too! Baylis-Stone Trio
May 12 Ben Bernath Shakespeare’s Dark Lady – Shakespeare’s works are widely admired and performed, but they raise many questions, such as who is the Dark Lady described in sonnets 127-154, and what influence might she have had on Shakespeare’s works? Baylis Duo
May 19 Rev. Rod ESQ Answers & Questions
– It is said that the philosopher Socrates would follow up answers with more questions, and he used it as a method toward attaining, or recognizing, wisdom. But is there a limit to the questions we can ask? And how far can they really get us?
Lorie Lyons
May 26 Rev. Rod ESQ Trust & Trepidation – The apparent rivalry between faith and doubt can obscure some deeper questions – such as: How can we feel confident about something? And where is the place for healthy scepticism? Toni Janik
June 2 Rev. Rod ESQ A Flower With Your Name on It – When Norbert Čapek first offered a Flower Celebration in what is today Czechia, he wanted a ritual in which everyone would feel included – and the practice of radical inclusion can begin with a flower freely given and freely received. Baylis-Stone Trio with Karen Andersen Miller
June 9 Rev. Rod ESQ In Good Company – Being in community invites us to share of ourselves in a way that we may be our best selves.  It is also a reminder to each of us that we matter to each other.  And we can practice this as we formally welcoming new members to our church. Lorie Lyons
June 16 Rev. Rod ESQ Ineffable – The time that we spend together has an effect on us that can be difficult to describe. And yet it is one of those things we easily miss when it’s not there. As our program year winds down, we contemplate the different ways we can be with each other. Toni Janik with Karen, Ray, & Bill
June 23 Kim DeYong An Injustice Not to Try – Entering politics can be critical for correcting societal wrongs and fighting injustice, but it is also daunting. Politics can be nasty, intimidating, and unfair. Yet as Howard Pawley made clear, to let self-doubt stymie positive action would itself be an injustice to our potential good works. Baylis-Stone duo
June 30 Dr. Ray Hobbs On Geriatrics and Nutrition Lorie Lyons

March 2019 Newsletter

March 5th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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Sunday Services for February 2019

January 30th, 2019 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Feb. 3 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Patterns in our primary relationships: awareness, practices and shifts. Toni Janik
Feb. 10 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel How to be Right. A secret to infallibility lies in recognizing when we’re fallible. Baylis Combo
Feb. 17 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel How to be Wrong. Being right can sometimes be overrated, especially when there are better ways to be wrong. Lorie Lyons
Feb. 24 Teajai Travis, Community artist, activist and historian. Born Enslaved: A Freedom Story.Explores the life of Richard Travis, who was born in Virginia (1745). Baylis Combo
Mar. 6 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel Successful Failures. Some of the most exciting accomplishments can come from a new understanding of our goals. Toni Janik

Discussion of CUC Motions

January 11th, 2019 . by William Baylis

CUC AGM May 11, 2019

4 or 5 motions will be considered at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council in May, and our two delegates can vote on them. In order to give direction to our delegates, we will hold a short discussion session following the service on Sunday, February 17. Please review the motions and come to the discussion to advise our delegates how we would like them to vote!
Download and read the CUC Motions for 2019 AGM

Sunday Services for December 2018

November 20th, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Dec. 2 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel Adventure Expectation is one way to peek into the future… and to glimpse into our present Lorie Lyons
Dec. 9 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel Glimpse Finding the occasional glimpse of the future that can be is another way to be prophetic  Toni Janik
Dec. 16 Greg Wiens The Bridge, the Leamington Youth Resource Centre: from Concept to Reality  Baylis-Stone Trio
Dec. 23 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel In The Flesh Embodying the spirit of hope involves looking for it in unexpected places  Lorie Lyons
Dec. 24 Rev.  Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel The Most Beautiful Baby in the World A 5 PM Christmas Eve service to celebrate the power that a child can have The Baylis gang
Dec. 30 Helen Moore Open mike: reflecting on 2018, anticipating 2019. Audience participation invited. Bobbye & Bill Baylis
Jan. 6 Rev. Rod Emilio Solano-Quesnel Epiphany Lorie Lyons


November 2018 Newsletter

October 25th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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Sunday Services for October 2018

September 26th, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Oct. 7 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Cosmic Rock-Paper-Scissors Whoever you are, wherever you are, privilege and vulnerability are involved. Taking stock of how these fit in our lives is the road toward grace and gratitude. Baylis-Stone trio
Oct. 14 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Toolbox: A well-put-together kit can allow us to be better prepared to take on the tasks at hand – what are the tools that we have at our disposal? Lorie Lyons
Oct. 21 Karen Andersen Miller UN Day: When Crisis Calls to a Land of Milk & Honey. Bobbye & Bill Baylis
Oct. 28 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Still Alive: Every once in a while, a reminder of our mortality is also a good reminder that we’re alive. And life has a way of affirming its vitality when hope is hard to find. Toni Janik
Nov. 4 John Upcott Recalling the Past at Olinda Toni Janik


September 2019 Sunday Services

September 3rd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept. 9 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Watershed (A Special Welcome) The convergence of water gives life to a flourishing community, as tranquil streams meet and merge. Bobbye and Bill Baylis, Ray Stone, and Nancy Gebriel
Sept. 16 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Earthshaking Tectonic shifts come in different magnitudes… and sometimes they open up unseen opportunities. Lorie Lyons
Sept. 23 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Blackout When the unexpected happens, it can be another good excuse to get together! Toni Janik
Sept. 30 Ray Stone On Mindfulness Lorie Lyons
Oct. 7 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Cosmic Rock-Paper-Scissors Baylis-Stone trio


Newsletter March 2018

February 21st, 2018 . by William Baylis

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March 2018 Sunday Services

February 18th, 2018 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Mar. 4 Rev. Rosalind Mariconda Nonviolent Communication in Church Ministry The 4-step model of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and its successes and problems when applied to church ministry. Baylis-Stone Trio
Mar. 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Wisdom Literature. Rev. Fran reflects on literature of special interest to UUs. Lorie Lyons
Mar. 18 Alberto Bernal-Acero, Mexican Consul in Leamington The Mexican Consulate in Leamington. Please join us for our annual international dinner after the service. Toni Janik
Mar. 25 Rev. Fran Dearman Palm Sunday: The Role of the Minister.  Toni Janik
Apr. 1 Rev. Fran Dearman Easter Sunday: Forgiveness and New Life Baylis-Stone Trio
Apr. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman TBA: Watch for a pair of services by our new ministerial candidate! Lorie Lyons

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