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

About Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda

Unitarian Universalist Church Of Olinda Photograph This church was founded on the faith that love is a more positive force for good than fear. It exists as a haven of religious freedom, offering fellowship, knowledge and inspiration to all who would seek truth, live responsibly and courageously, and be of service to humanity.



 

November 2017 Sunday Services

October 21st, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
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?  Bobbye Bill Baylis
Nov. 12 Rev. Fran Dearman Heritage Sunday: Church history Indian Village Quintet
Nov. 19 Rev. Fran Dearman The Great Dietrich-Sullivan Debate of 1921  How we decide is as important as what we decide. Lorie Lyons
Nov. 26 Rev. Derek Parry Deconstructing Christmas Stories  Toni Janik
Dec. 3 Rev. Fran Dearman Something Old, Something New At Advent, Rev. Fran looks into some new anthropological science on an old subject—where do we come from? where did the Neanderthals go?  Bill & Bobbye Baylis

Historical Lecture on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, to be Live-streamed

October 21st, 2017 . by William Baylis

Every year, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (CUUHS) fulfills the main plank of its mandate by offering a lecture on some aspect of Canadian UU history. The Society has presented 35 lectures to date, dealing with topics such as Universalist heritage, Icelandic Unitarian heritage, and past Executive Directors of the Canadian Unitarian Council reflecting on their tenures.

This year, the lecture will be “Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada: The Eulogy I Never Gave”, presented by Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, Minister Emeritus,  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio.

The lecture will be held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St Clair West on October 22, 4 p.m. Eastern, and will also be livestreamed at http://www.FirstUnitarianToronto.org/live (please note that this has changed from the original link).


Newsletter October 2017

September 29th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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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

Ron Hicks 1928 – 2017

September 17th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Ron Hicks died peacefully on Saturday, September 16. He was well known in our church for his generosity and for his talent making beautiful wood pieces, from lamps and tables to Lazy Susans and cutting boards, many of which he gratiously donated to the church. Visitation will be held at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home at 91 Division Rd. S. in Kingsville from noon to 2 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, followed by a funeral service. Visit http://www.sykesfuneralhome.ca/Obituaries.htm for his obituary. Sincere condolences to his wife Laverne and family.


Newsletter September 2017

September 8th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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September 2017 Sunday Services

September 3rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Water Ceremony and Homecoming: Rev. Fran shares a few thoughts on rest and renewal and on the return to Olinda’s programme year. At this Intergenerational Service, all are invited to bring a small sample of water and a few words to share about how this water might inspire your plans and purpose as we return to fall routines. Bill & Bobbye Baylis, Ray Stone, and Bob Koenig
Sept. 17 Rev. Fran Dearman Reverence. The opposite of reverence is arrogance. Rev. Fran may pick up on the Yom Kippur theme as well. A potluck meal follows the service. Lorie Lyons
Sept. 24 Rev. Jeff Brown UU Basics. We welcome Guest Preacher the Rev. JEFF BROWN, long-time parish minister at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, now serving as a Chaplain at the Trillium Hospital there. Rev. Jeff draws on his decades of experience to share some basic teachings and evolving culture within Universalism and Unitarianism. (Rev. Fran Dearman is service leader.) Toni Janik
Oct. 1 Helen Moore Peter Singer’s book: The Life You Can Save.  Bill & Bobbye Baylis

Martha Munson Dies

July 3rd, 2017 . by William Baylis

Rev. Martha Munson, who was ordained in 1980 and served as minister of the UU Church of Olinda from September 1982 through July 1987, passed away on the morning of July 2, 2017, after a long illness. Her most recent full-time position was as Interim Minister of the First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY, from 2011 to 2014. A memorial service will be held for her at 10 AM on July 15 in the Rochester church.


June and Summer 2017 Newsletter

May 24th, 2017 . by William Baylis

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June and Summer 2017 Sunday Services

May 20th, 2017 . by William Baylis

Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
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
June 11 Rev. Fran Dearman Intergenerational Service: Norbert Capek and Flower Festival In the city of Prague, in the 1930’s, Unitarian minister Norbert Capek looked for a new way to symbolize what it might mean to be a beloved community. And so, as summer’s fullness approached, he invited the people to bring a flower to share–a festival of bloom. People would bring a flower to place in a vase, and at the end of the service each person would take home a flower that someone else had brought–a symbol of how we enrich one another’s lives. Toni Janik
June 18 Rev. Fran Dearman Fathers’ Day: Lord of the Rings Fran reflects on models of fatherhood found in Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings.” Baylis-Butzen-Stone quartet
June 25 Tracey Ramsey, MP Essex People, Power and Politics. Howard Pawley memorial talk. Lorie Lyons
July 16 Derek Parry Religion: Usefulness and Reason Carabel Ringrose
Aug. 6 Bill Baylis and Ray Stone Music and Spirituality Music is a key component of the spiritual element of Sunday Services. Bill and Ray will discuss and demonstrate properties of good music that make it so successful. Baylis-Stone Trio
Sept. 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Ingathering and Water Ceremony: Welcome back after the summer break! You are invited to share some of your experiences with the congregation. tba

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