January 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Happy New Year !!!! Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.
And then, just like that, we are back in lockdown again. Frustrating as it is, we know that it is for the greater good and so, as has become the way of the world, we will be flexible and work together.
For the next while, until we are able to open again, we are inviting you to view our Wednesday and Sunday services live via our webcam which can be accessed via that link there or by a link on the homepage of our website.
Every Wednesday, congregation member Pam McCarthy leads a service of reflection at 1pm and on Sunday, our morning service at 11am is led by the minister, a member of the congregation or a visiting guest.
After the service on Sunday, our congregation has come to enjoy congregating via Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a chance to chat and catch up with each other. All, regular and less regular attendees, new and longstanding, are welcome and encouraged to join in. To access Virtual Coffee after church on a Sunday, go over to Zoom from about 11.50 – the link is embedded in the word “Zoom”.
After the Wednesday and Sunday services, we continue to upload recordings to our podcast which can be accessed via the I-Tunes Music Store, our Facebook page and our Recordings page on our own site.
Our Services for January 2021
3rd January 2021: Stop Being So Religious – Rev. Bridget Spain
10th January 2021: A Fresh Approach To Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain
17th January 2021: Holocaust Memorial Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
24th January 2021: Sorry Wrong Number – Tony Brady
31st January 2021: The Old Religions – Rev. Bridget Spain
It is not possible to take a collection at this time due to it not being possible to be in the same room but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building. If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal. This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.
Services in December were very much a team effort with Rev. Bridget Spain leading most of our services but contributions being made by 14 congregation members and our 13th December service of carols being shared with 4th Universalist Society of New York and Cork Unitarian Church and their associated music and ministry teams. This was a beautiful and spiritual occasion in particular, conducted in a spirt of reaching out and solidarity – an opportunity to see us getting through this together in action. Thanks to everybody who contributed to all services throughout the month. All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.
Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them on our Facebook page.
At our Christmas Day service, our minister took the time to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and New Year, and to thank all the congregation members and friends of the church who went out of their way to ensure the church ran smoothly despite the chaotic learning process we have all been through this last year. We continue to experiment with the most comfortable ways to work and worship at this strange and discomfiting time but the community has really pulled together to make the transition as smooth as could be hoped for. While we hope for a speedy transition back to what could be perceived as normality, we are grateful for the community spirit that has got the church through this with goodwill and good humour.
Our Book Club is still going strong. It meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend). The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (27th January) and this month they are reading Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene.
Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.
The January edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).
On a side-note, our director of music Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) have begun to produce videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook. Check out the current playlist here.
Here’s to 2021 – may it bring vaccines, hope, calm and better days.
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Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West