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

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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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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January 2017 Sunday Services

December 27th, 2016 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Jan. 1 Bill Baylis Looking Back and Forward There are a couple of ways to view the evolution of time. Here we review events of 2016 and challenges that will face us in 2017. Congregational contributions are encouraged. Lorie Lyons
Jan. 8 Rev. Fran Dearman Faith, Hope, and Charity: A Reflection on Giving. Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman shares some thoughts on opportunities and challenges in connection with Social Responsibility.
Bill and Bobbye Baylis
Jan. 15 Rev. Keith Kron Don’t Think of a Minister….Guest speaker Rev. Keith Kron is a minister from Kentucky and UUA/CUC Transitions Director. There will be soup and sandwiches following the service, and from noon to 1 pm a briefing and conversation session with Keith about the Search and Settlement process—all are welcome. Lorie Lyons
Jan. 22 Rev. Fran Dearman On Rabbie Burns. Celebrate the 258th birthday of famous Scottish Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns, born Jan. 25, 1759. There will be soup and sandwiches after the service, followed by a New Member Orientation Session, sponsored by the Olinda Membership Committee, led by Rev. Fran. See Rev. Fran or Membership Chair Lorie Lyons for details. Carabel Ringrose
Jan. 29 Glen Jackson Visitors’ Day in Haiti. A film presented by Glen Jackson Toni Janik
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. Bill and Bobbye Baylis

Funding campaign to help Rev. Fulgence

June 24th, 2016 . by William Baylis

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to support Rev. Fulgence, founder of the Burundi Unitarians, to help fund his internship in Saskatoon, and help him establish his UU credentials in Canada. Here’s the link to the CanadaHelps.org page of the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon, where he is residing. Follow instructions there to ensure you get a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.


Notice of Reverend Christine Hillman’s death

August 8th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Our minister at the UU Church of Olinda died peacefully Friday night, August 7, 2015, around midnight in the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Sunday service on August 9 at the church, entitled “Celebrating a 14-year Legacy at UU Olinda,” was an informal reflection and celebration of her time as minister at Olinda. A memorial service will be held for Reverend Hillman in Detroit on Saturday, August 22 at 6pm at the Northwest UU church in Southfield, MI. Reverend Krista Taves will officiate. We plan for an additional memorial service to be held in Olinda the coming weeks. Once an obituary is published, we will copy or link to it here.


Reverend Christine Hillman is ill.

May 28th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Rev. Hillman is being treated in Michigan for a cancerous growth. As a result, some changes have been made in the schedule. The afternoon teas with the minister have been cancelled in June, and the Sunday service on May 31 is to be given by Dr. Wilf Innerd on “The Joy of Heresy”. The Board and congregation of the UU Church of Olinda send their loving wishes for Christine’s full and speedy recovery.
Update on July 27, Rev. Christine Hillman’s condition is getting worse. The cancer treatment was not effective and Rev. Hillman is now in the care of Hospice. The Sunday Service on August 9 will reflect on the growth and evolution of the church over the past 14 years under the leadership and guidance of Reverend Hillman.


Meditation Sessions

February 15th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Bonnie Showers-Malanoski will hold free sessions on meditation before the Sunday service on the second and fourth Sunday of the month through May 2015. The next session is on April 26, 2015. The sessions start at 9:30 AM in the tranquility parlour of our church.


John Upcott Dresser

February 10th, 2015 . by William Baylis

Beloved senior member of the UU Church of Olinda, John Dresser, passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015, at age 92. Cremation has taken place. His funeral service will be held at the C. Stuart Sykes funeral home, 91 Division St. S, Kingsville on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 2 PM. Reverend Christine Hillman will officiate. Friends will be received at there from 1 to 2 PM before the service. John’s obituary may be read at the funeral home website.


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