April 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

You don’t need us to tell you that everything has changed in the last two weeks.  The global pandemic that has crashed into our world since January has necessitated near-lockdown situation in Dublin and this has culminated in our dear church being closed to the public since March 15th 2020.  The church will remain closed to the public for the forseeable future. Both our ceremony reading the names of those who have died during the Troubles (Good Friday every year) and our AGM at the end of April 2020 have been cancelled.   Most clubs and societies operating from the church have suspended operations and our Sunday and Wednesday services are suspended until further notice.  All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and August have been cancelled or postponed.

On the other hand, it has encouraged church staff and members to embrace technology a bit more.  Our Sunday service is now pre-recorded and distributed on a Sunday morning via our website. You can see details of the service (always ready by 11am on a Sunday morning) at our Recordings page.   Because of the chaotic nature of our lives at the moment, we don’t have a service list for April but we do know that Pamela McCarthy will lead a service on Lent this Sunday, Rev. Bridget Spain will discuss Easter on Easter Sunday April 12th.  We will circulate an updated service list after Easter via our website.

Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain, has also begun recording a series of short daily services of worship and reflection which we are uploading Monday to Friday.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady is looking at moving his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please let me know and I will get your details to Tony.

Our monthly magazine Oscailt has moved online as well and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

We also have a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are posting online readings – essays, poems, articles, online resources, quotes – that might help you through this hard time, not unlike the quote at the top of this email.  On a Saturday, we are posting links to music to calm and inspire.  If you would like to suggest examples of either “readings” or music to be found online that have moved you, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

We look forward to happier days when we will meet and worship together again.  We know that the sun is waiting to come out for the Summer and things always look better when the sun is out.  We know that the isolation and chaos of this time is very hard for people.  We urge you to stay as positive as possible and to continue doing all you can do to stop the spread of this horrible virus.

Stay calm. Stay healthy. Stay at home.

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Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND

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