The Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin is a vibrant and lively congregation of people of all backgrounds and ages. The church is affiliated to both the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland (Northern Ireland) and the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK) but is not governed by either and, as such, is an autonomous body in its own right.
Although the church is rooted in Presbyterianism, the emphasis nowadays is on personal faith. There is no creed and congregation members choose the readings and musical interludes and often read the address.
The church on St. Stephen’s Green was built in 1863 to house two Unitarian congregations from Strand Street and Eustace Street who both moved to be together in the new church. Since then, there have been 7 ministers.
There is a more detailed history of the Unitarians in ireland here.
There are two regular services in the church. Sunday worship is at 11am every Sunday (except the Sunday between Christmas Day and the New Year). There is also a weekly meditation service every Wednesday at 1.05pm facilitated by Pamela McCarthy.
The current organist is Josh Johnston. He was preceded by other well-known Dublin musicians such as Charles Pearson and Robert Johnson. The church choir typically sings once a month and is jointly led by Josh and Shari McDaid. Congregation members are often encouraged to play music or sing during the service.
The managing committee of the church is elected every year at the AGM which takes place in April. Managing committee meetings take place monthly to oversee the running of the church.
The church celebrates Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, and also holds a number of special services including a membership service in October (to formally welcome new members), a memorial service in November, and a ceremony on Good Friday where people take turns to call out the names of all those who have died during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.