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

Current Sunday Services for 2019

September 24th, 2019 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Dec. 1 Rev. Rod ESQ Counting Thoughts (RE downstairs) – The adage that it’s the thought that counts opens up the question how exactly are thoughts valuable… and what do they count for?
Baylis-Stone Trio
Dec. 8 Dave Freeman The Story of the Windsor Residence for Young Men(RE downstairs) – Since 2012, Windsor Residence for Young Men (WRYM) has assisted young men 16-24 years of age to leave homelessness behind and build new lives. WRYM provides a supportive functional family atmosphere, delivers individual counselling, and teaches basic life skills. WRYM supports active citizenship, not dependence.
Toni Janik
Dec. 15 Rev. Rod ESQ Lather, Rinse,… (RE downstairs) – Some instructions might be so obvious that they seem unnecessary.  And yet, sometimes it makes sense to take another look at them… just to be sure we understand what they’re all about.
Lorie Lyons
Dec. 22 Rev. Rod ESQ …Repeat (Intergenerational) – The cycles of the year remind us of the value of doing some things more than once.  And as we do so, their meaning can grow – like the slowly-lengthening days.
Toni Janik
Dec. 24 Rev. Rod ESQ Christmas Eve (Evening Service) – A celebration of the Christmas story with readings and singing of our favorite carols.
Karen Miller, Ray Stone
Dec. 29 Congregation Year Endings & Beginnings. (Intergenerational) – Our annual year-end service, with contributed readings, poems and thoughts. Please bring yours to share!
Lorie Lyons
Jan. 5 Rev. Rod ESQ Surprise (Intergenerational) – The unexpected has a way of inviting new visions.  Especially when we expect the unexpected.
Baylis-Stone Trio
Jan. 12 Carrie Ann Peters Teachings from Our Relations – The Cultural Development Coordinator with the Caldwell First Nation will be sharing with us a story of Creation, as well as the 7 Grandfather Teachings.
Toni Janik
Jan. 19 Rev. Rod ESQ A Cluster of Observations (RE Downstairs) – Sometimes a lot comes together all at once, and the ways we stay aware can get complicated.
Lorie Lyons
Jan. 26 Rev. Rod ESQ A Toast (RE Downstairs) – A few words can frame a look at the past – or set the tone for the future.
Baylis-Stone Trio
Feb. 2 Rev. Rod ESQ In Store (RE Downstairs) – The mid-winter time leaves some questions up in the air, and the outlook can be intriguing.
Toni Janik

September 2019 Newsletter

September 7th, 2019 . by William Baylis

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Walter Sinclair (1933-2019)

August 8th, 2019 . by William Baylis

Dear friend and lifelong supporter of the UU Church of Olinda, Walter Sinclair died peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019. Please visit the website
https://wheatleyfuneralhome.ca/tribute/details/15454/Walter-Sinclair/obituary.html#tribute-start for his obituary and details on visitation and funeral arrangements.

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


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