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.


Sunday Services for November 2018

October 24th, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
Nov. 4 John Upcott Recalling the Past at Olinda: Early Ministers Toni Janik
Nov. 11 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel A Century in Conscience. Some anniversaries offer time for reflection.  Other special days serve as calls for action.  What happens in between?  Between days a year apart; four years apart; one century apart?  Lorie Lyons
Nov. 18 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Unpacking & Repacking. The baggage we sometimes carry can be so cluttered that it’s unclear what’s even in it – digging around a bit allows for deeper clarity before rearranging it all again. The Village Quartet
Nov. 25 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Retellings. Stories from different sources reflect truths in unexpected ways – and when we see them again with a different light, they can be particularly illuminating! B&B Baylis
Dec. 2 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Adventure. Expectation is one way to peek into the future… and to glimpse into our present. Lorie Lyons


UUOlinda celebrates Orange T-shirt Day, 30 Sept. 2018

September 30th, 2018 . by William Baylis

 Many members of the UU Church of Olinda wore orange T-shirts on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in support of indigenous/non-indigenous reconciliation.

October 2018 Newsletter

September 28th, 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 2018 Newsletter

September 7th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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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


Special Concert with Jim Scott on Friday, June 29, 2018

June 21st, 2018 . by William Baylis
JIM SCOTT IN CONCERT – 8 pm Friday June 29. Unitarian Universalist Church 2953 Olinda Side Rd. Ruthven ON
   Let’s raise our voices and out spirits.  Composer, guitarist Jim Scott leads songs of earth, peace, community, love and just fun.  Come sing or just smile along.  There’s a real call to activism – with Jim’s new get-out-the-vote song “The World Needs Your Voice,” his re-writing of James Durst’s anti-gun song, “What We Don’t Need” and his eco anthem “We Are the Earth” – plus many songs from his new album “Heart In Another Land.”  In this time where the world seems more divided Jim invites everyone to celebrate our humanity.  A life long UU with songs in our Hymnbooks (Gather the Spirit), Jim’s visited over 700 UU churches in 3 decades of travels.  He played for years with the Paul Winter Consort and Jim’s enchanting manner and conviction moved folk legend Pete Seeger to call him “Some kind of magician.”
Jim Scott – UU Composer, Poet, Performer and Activist
Jim Scott has brought his contemporary and multicultural music to more than 700 UU Churches over three decades.  His much loved “Gather the Spirit” and a number of others are included in the UU hymnbooks.  Former Co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim was involved in creating the “Green Sanctuary” program.  He was awarded a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism to compile and arrange the Earth and Spirit Songbook, 110 songs of earth and peace, acclaimed as a great resource for worship and RE programs.  Though often brought in as the “speaker,” Jim’s services are always very musical.  Jim speaks with passion on ecology, justice and peace.  His lyrical poetry and stories are calls to action, full of hope and gentle wit.  With degrees from Eastman School of Music and Berklee College, Jim often works with choirs on his compositions and arrangements, inspiring singers to new levels of expression. As song-leader he lifts joyous participation from congregations.
Longtime member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim co-wrote their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their signature song “Common Ground.”  His eco-anthem “A Song for the Earth” was recorded at the United Nations.  Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work including PBS soundtracks, award winning choral works and seven CDs of original music.  On his new CD “Gather the Spirit,” Jim is featured leading choral arrangements of his songs from the UU hymnbooks and other new creations.  He’s taught courses at such prestigious schools as Oberlin College and been an Artist in Residence in many schools and universities.

Last Tea with the Minister! June 6 at 1:30 PM

June 2nd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Rev. Fran welcomes all to the last scheduled Tea with the Minister
at the Olinda Church, Wednesday 1:30-3 pm.

June 2018 Newsletter

May 26th, 2018 . by William Baylis

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June and Summer Services

May 22nd, 2018 . by William Baylis
Date Speaker Title Musician(s)
June 3 Rev. Fran Dearman Election Sermon Rev. Fran urges us all to exercise our right to vote in the provincial election on June 7.” Lorie Lyons
June 10 Rev. Fran Dearman Summer is Coming: A Reflection on work and play and retirement. This is Rev. Fran’s last sermon at Olinda before she leaves for a well-earned retirement. She has certainly served us well, and we send her off with much love and our wish for great happiness and satisfaction in this next stage of her life! The service is to be followed by our annual church picnic. Toni Janik
June 17 Steve Brennan It Takes a Child to Raise a Village.  Brennan’s twist on a familiar saying is meant to reflect on fresh insights to Fathers’ Day Baylis, Stone-Dabrowski
June 24 Dr. Walter (Jake) Soderlund Social Justice in an Era of Reactionary Populism Jake will present considerations especially relevant to current world politics. Lorie Lyons
June 27 Joyse Gilbert and others Farewell Vespers   Bill Baylis, Ray Stone
July  22 Rev. Derek Parry Universalism, Love and Justice Lorie Lyons
Aug. 5 Ben Bernath Seeking Spiritual Truth: The Roman Origins of Christianity Bobbye and Bill Baylis
Sept. 9 Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel Ingathering and Water Ceremony Baylis-Stone-Koenig quartet

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