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

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.

Next adult RE session on April 24 at 2 PM

April 19th, 2014 . by William Baylis

This is the second session on Planning your own memorial service, with Rev. Christine Hillman. Note the hour: 2 PM this time.

Sunday Services in November 2013

October 29th, 2013 . by William Baylis

Sunday services begin at 10:30 and last about an hour. You are welcome to join us!

Nov. 3 “Standing on The Side of Love: Welcoming the LGBTQ Community” by Bobbye Baylis, Steve Brennan and Karen Miller. Music by Toni Janik

Nov. 10 “Universalism from the ‘Mother’ Land to Us — Happy Birthday!” by Rev. Christine Hillman. Music by Carabel Ringrose


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17 “Living our Lives into New Ways of Thinking” by Rev. Christine Hillman. Music by Lori Lyons

Nov. 24 “The Holy War of 1812” by Stuart Miller and Pat Haynes
Music by Bill & Bobbye Baylis and Ray Stone

Basement Renovations

October 8th, 2013 . by William Baylis
Basement east and south walls

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During the summer, our church basement was renovated: walls to the outside were removed, cleaned of traces of mold, replaced by new ones sealed and impervious to

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moisture, new energy efficient windows were installed, new electrical circuits added, and the carpet was thoroughly cleaned.

Many thanks to Stuart Miller who organized the work, and to everyone who helped in the cleanup! We all enjoyed the bright, fresh, and clean environment for our fall potluck on October 6, 2013.

September 2013 Newsletter

August 29th, 2013 . by admin


Summer Services 2013

June 22nd, 2013 . by admin

The church offers only one service in each of July and August. Each starts as usual at 10:30 AM on Sunday, and everyone is welcome!

Sunday, July 21, 2013 “Bacteria and the Web of Life”, a discussion of the importance of bacteria in our lives and in the evolution of life on Earth, by Bill Baylis. Music by Carabel Ringrose.

August 11, 2013. “The Book Club Presents: ‘The Best Laid Plans’, a Novel by Canadian Terry Fallis” with music by the Ray Stone string quartet and Bill Baylis.

Regular Sunday Services begin again in September after Labour Day. September 8 is the first service of the new season. Attendees are asked to bring a glass of water collected during their summer activities for a special water service.

Louise Foulds 1921 – 2013

June 12th, 2013 . by admin

The UU Church of Olinda has lost a dear friend and valued supporter with the passing of Louise Foulds on June 6, 2013. Louise had been a chaplain here, and her many contributions to our church were recognized by the naming of our “Louise Foulds Library.” She recorded important history in her book Universalists in Ontario, initially written as a Centennial Project of our church in 1980 and expanded and revised in a second edition in 2005 for our 125 Anniversary celebrations. The book highlights the central role of our church in this history. A copy of her obituary from the Windsor Star of June 10, 2013, can be found here:  FouldsObitWS20130610

A memorial service for Louise will be held at the UU Church of Olinda on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 1 PM.

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