November 2019

November 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life

– Kahlil Gibran

Sunday Services in November 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

November 3rd – Historic Jesus – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 10th – Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain / Frank Tracy
November 17th – How Jesus Became God – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 24th – Change Is Possible – Rev. Chris Hudson

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

Advance Warning: Our Christmas Carol Service will be on the morning of Sunday 15th December – lots of music and readings to usher in the festivities.  We look forward to seeing old and new friends there.

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    This Wednesday 6th November, they will watch Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. Leonard Maltin hails it as “A genuinely great motion picture that demands multiple viewings.” We can only promise one viewing but the film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month, on Wednesday 27th November, they will meet to discuss Red Notice by Bill Browder which is this month’s book  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 119th November, the theme is “Looking Back In Gratitude And Remembering Lost Loved Ones”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Currently there is no plan afoot but this can change at the speed of e-mail.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group.

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – November 2019

Friday 8th November
Morley
Doors 8pm // Show 8.30pm
Admission Free – donations welcome

Having played in various bands over the years, Morley has always maintained a love and keen interest in contemporary solo piano. Inspired by Debussy, Satie and contemporaries such as Chilly Gonzalez, Morley’s music is emotive, passionate and almost stream of consciousness like. This launch concert for his debut EP promises to be an emotive, energetic and entertaining performance. All pieces are original works.

Saturday 9th November
Homebeat presents
Hania Rani: Solo Piano
8.30pm
Tickets €27.75 & €29.30 from www.eventbrite.ie

Hania Rani has written for strings, piano, voice and electronics and has collaborated with the likes of Christian Löffler, Dobrawa Czocher and Hior Chronik. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe – from the National Philharmony in Warsaw, to Funkhaus in Berlin, and The Roundhouse in London; and at festivals such as Open’er, Scope Festival, and Eurosonic.

Esja is her debut solo album and for Rani it is her first, real, personal statement as an artist. Beautifully sculpted, Esja is a powerful, entrancing statement that offers new delights and new insights on every listen and announces Hani Rani as a major new artist.

Saturday 23rd November
Harvest: A Neil Young Tribute
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.ie

Harvest (a tribute to Neil Young) will play a very special all acoustic show at the Dublin Unitarian Church on Sat 23rd November 2019

Think Neil Young, Unplugged.

The band will reprise all the usual acoustic classics (“Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Helpless, “Sugar Mountain” etc) and re-invent some others (“Powderfinger”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”)

It’s going to be a fantastic night as the band take advantage of the natural acoustics of this beautiful venue

Friday 29th November
Jennifer McMahon Band
Doors 7pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Jennifer McMahon brings her debut project ‘Part of The Whole’ to life, alongside some of Dublin’s finest musicians, in the uniquely beautiful setting of Dublin’s Unitarian Church. Expect new music from upcoming projects, too.

“Jennifer’s munificent charm and honesty is all too clear in her music which aims to embrace it’s listeners in musical refuge and individual uplift, with rounded-out low tones, smooth jazz-sensibilities and tender lyrics, from the heart to the heart.”

Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin; Part of The Whole is her debut recording project. Written after the loss of her father and breakdown of a relationship, the album focuses on hope, gratitude and the will to move forward. Recorded predominantly during her time studying abroad, the album features more than 20 musicians from over 10 countries and is set for release on November 8th 2019.

Your ticket cost includes the album download

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Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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October 2019

October 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings.
I hope we can embrace that.
I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion.
We are all in this life together”

– Linda Thompson

Sunday Services in October 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

October 6 – The Kingdom Of God – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 13 – Gratitude And Blessing – Monica Cremins
October 20 – Harvest Thanksgiving – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 27th – An Epidemic Of Anxiety – Rev. Bridget Spain

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in October 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    That’s tomorrow – This Wednesday 2nd October, they will watch Claude Chabrol’s “Le Boucher” (1970). The film takes place in the tranquil French village of Tremolat, and like almost Chabrol’s films, it begins and ends with a shot of a river, and includes at least one meal, in this case a wedding feast. It seems a pleasant district, were it not for the ominous stirrings and sudden hard chords on the soundtrack. The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club normally meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. At time of going to press, there was a request to change the date so it is expected that this month, they will meet on Wednesday 23rd October.  Whatever happens regarding date, they will read A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and she can advise on final decision regarding the date of the meeting as well as on other matters pertaining to the group. 


On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 15th October, the theme is “To Sit In Mostly Silence”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  This month, they will venture out on the Rathdrum Millennium Famine Walk Loop.  The group will meet up at 11 am in Coffin Shed in Rathdrum village for coffee and then commence the walk at 11:30 from Rathdrum itself. The is plenty of free car parking in Rathdrum at the Parnell monument.  The planned route is about 7km and will take about 2.5 to 3 hrs including timeout for picnic lunch. Hiking boots, rain-gear, fluid, snack and packed picnic lunch required. As usual Marcus will have up to 3 spaces in his car available from Glenageary Dart station from 10:15 on the Saturday morning.  Part of the walk is along the bank of the Avonmore River. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group. 

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – October 2019

Sunday 27th October
Aiken Promotions presents
Martin Kohlstedt
Tickets €20 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 21st June at 10am.

“Martin Kohlstedt is a young composer with a curious touch. `{`He`}` moves between classical and electronic realms, refusing to allow his music to be pinned down.” Clash Music

“His performance was filled with mystery, joy and excitement.” The Tehran Times (IR)

Martin Kohlstedt does not shirk from a challenge. You can tell by the look in his eyes when he makes a fleeting connection with his audience or when he returns to the refuge of his pianos and electronic keyboards.

Those same eyes search and probe remorselessly through whatever space is in front of him, even before he engages his intellect. Fraught with risk for a performing musician, this game of provocation pushes at the limits of control, but it bears dividends for the composer. Kohlstedt, born in the rural heart of Germany, has become celebrated for the energy and unpredictability of his concerts, selling out Hamburg’s state-of-the-art Elbphilharmonie and playing such venues as the Russian State Library in Moscow and the Talar-e Rudaki in Tehran. But there is no pomp and circumstance in what he does. His focus is on a different way of conceiving music – and of communicating with it. He does not compose ‘works’ as such; rather he creates musical modules whose power lies in the way they can be combined and varied to produce conflicts and make points in ways that could not have been foreseen.

In 2019, never short of ambition, Martin Kohlstedt continues to move onward and upward in his work. Collaborating with the 70 singers of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus and its artistic director, Gregor Mayer, he has created Ströme (Currents). It investigates and gives expression to the process of interaction between a collective body and a feisty, intuitive solo performer. In this project, drawing on his own experience and the experience of his long-term colleagues, he lets things take their course and, as two musical forces come together, he allows for the possibility of failure. The result is pure dynamism, characterised both by monumental clashes and gentle rapprochements, and at no point is Ströme intimidated by conventional conceptions of what classical music ought to be.

Kind of related . . . . . . 

The churches’ director of music, Josh Johnston, is also a singer-songwriter in his spare time.  He has recently released a new EP, Moon Landing – the video is up on YouTube. You can see the video for the new single on YouTube He will be playing a live gig in Lost Lane on Grafton Street on Wednesday 23rd October – tickets €15 from www.lostland.ie !!

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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September 2019

September 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect.
The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.
Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselve
s”

John O’Donohue
To Bless the Space Between Us
(entitled Benedictus in Europe, Ireland and UK).

Sunday Services in September 2019

September 1 – Atonement – Pamela McCarthy
September 8 – Should we be Just or should we be Merciful ? – Aidan O’Driscoll
September 15 – Hunger – Keith Troughton
September 22 – Buddhist Philosophy – Rev. Bridget Spain
September 29 – Poetry For The Soul – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in September 2019

Film Club is back from Summer Holidays but I am too late to include it here as it normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will read Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 17th September, the theme is “Living In The Moment”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – September 2019

Friday 20th September
Culture Night 2019
5-11pm

As in previous years, the church will be open for Culture Night 2019. Come on the hour to enjoy musical performances or talks about the church or join us towards the end of the hour to enjoy learning about the churches’ outlook on worship and life, as well as some history on the denomination and the building, in an exhibition specially put together by our congregation.

With spotlight events (music and talks) on the hour lasting roughly twenty minutes, and the rest of each hour devoted to welcoming visitors into the church, the congregation of the Dublin Unitarian Church are looking forward to meeting you. All welcome.

5pm – “The Harvest Moon” (recital)
Eileen Coyle (soprano) & Frazier Hickland (piano)

6pm – “The Wilson Window” (talk)
Rev. Bridget Spain

7pm – “Around The Green –
Stories Behind 8 Historical Landmarks on St. Stephen’s Green” (talk)
Frank Tracy

8pm – “Rebel wedding – The secret marriage of Maryanne Emmet 20th September 1799” (talk)
Fergus Whelan

9pm – Tolka Hot Club (concert)

10pm – A Quiet Place (recital)
Josh Johnston (piano)

www.culturenight.ie

Please help us spread the word about our Culture Night programme on social media and amongst your friends in person.  – Here is a Facebook event to get the ball rolling !!!!

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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Culture Night 2019

On Friday 20th September, we look forward to participating in the annual Culture Night celebrations.

As in previous years, the church will be open for Culture Night 2019. Come on the hour to enjoy musical performances or talks about the church or join us towards the end of the hour to enjoy learning about the churches’ outlook on worship and life, as well as some history on the denomination and the building, in an exhibition specially put together by our congregation.

5pm – “The Harvest Moon” (recital)
Eileen Coyle (soprano) & Frazier Hickland (piano)

6pm – “The Wilson Window” (talk)
Rev. Bridget Spain

7pm – “Around The Green –
Stories Behind 8 Historical Landmarks on St. Stephen’s Green” (talk)
Frank Tracy

8pm – “Rebel wedding – The secret marriage of Maryanne Emmet 20th September 1799” (talk)
Fergus Whelan

9pm – Tolka Hot Club (concert)

10pm – A Quiet Place (recital)
Josh Johnston (piano)

www.culturenight.ie

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July 2019

July 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?”
― Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone

Sunday Services in July 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in July 2019

Film Club (which is taking Summer holidays during July and August) normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start    The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club (which is also off for hhe Summer, returning in September) meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list. 

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – July 2019

Sunday 14th July at lunchtime
Stefan Donner (organ)
1.30pm
Donations taken to be split between musician and church restoration fund.

Carl Czerny (1791 – 1857): Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, op. 607

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): from Studien für den Pedalflügel, op. 56
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Mit innigem Ausdruck
6. Adagio

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): Fugue A flat Minor, WoO 8

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Sonata B flat Major, op. 65,4
1. Allegro
2. Andante religioso
3. Allegretto
4. Allegro maestoso e vivace

While on a tour, Viennese concert organist Stefan Donner will give an organ recital at Unitarian Church on July 14, 2019 at 1:30pm. The programme will feature works by Carl Czerny, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. On the same day Mr Donner will also perform at Whitefriar Street Church (Whitefriar Street Church 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2) at 8pm.

Sunday 14th July in the evening
My Grass Is Blue presents
Sideline in concert
Doors 7pm // Gig 8pm
Tickets €27 from www.mygrassisblue.com

… driving music with crisp instrumentals and tight harmonies. Whether playing bluegrass classics or contemporary tunes destined to become classics, they deliver a great show. – Bluegrass Today

Although having recently celebrated 5 years as the pedigree six-piece bluegrass powerhouse they are, Sideline founders Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass) can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups with multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and decades of national and international touring experience between them – the present celebrated lineup is complemented by the gifted youthful trio of Daniel Greeson (fiddle), Troy Boone (mandolin) & Bailey Coe (guitar).

What started as a side project for seasoned players, hence the name, Sideline has since released 4 critically acclaimed albums combining a well-chosen mix of new material with hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of bluegrass classics. Recorded or live, their pulse-pounding drive, perfect timing, crisp instrumentals, powerful harmonies, and on-stage energy and finesse remind fans why they fell in love with bluegrass in the first place.

Thunder Dan on YouTube

Friday 23rd August
Tell It On The Mountain
a showcase performance of a new play by John Murphy
8pm
Tickets €10 from www.tickets.ie

Tell It On The Mountain is a new play by John Murphy telling the story of the small remote Irish village of Black Mountain. In 1964 the village is decimated by abject poverty, emigration and a lack of hope. A young curate father John Lynch struggles to tend his dwindling flock. The church is destined to close and the small community is fated to disappear forever until a stranger arrives in town.

Mercy McGifford is a gospel singing tour de force hailing from South Chicago where the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King is in the eye of the storm. Two worlds collide, one clinging desperately to the old beliefs and traditions and another where change is the only hope.

What ensues is a true, feel good story of faith hope and comedy with music to raise the roof that will have you singing and smiling all the way home. The cast are led by singing sensation Karen Underwood, herself a native of Chicago. Appearing alongside Karen will be Claudia Carroll, acclaimed Fair City actor and best selling novelist, Mark O’Regan, Stephen O’Leary, Wes O’Duin, Aoife Fitzpatrick and Moses O.W.

Friday 20th September
Culture Night 2019
5-11pm

As in previous years, the church will be open for Culture Night 2019. Come on the hour to enjoy musical performances or talks about the church (more details in due course) or join us towards the end of the hour to enjoy learning about the churches’ outlook on worship and life, as well as some history on the denomination and the building, in an exhibition specially put together by our congregation.  Details of the programme in September email.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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June 2019

June 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
Al Bernstein

Sunday Services in June 2019

June 2nd – First World Mentality – Rev. Bridget Spain
June 9th – The Myth Of The Phoenix – Rev. Bridget Spain
June 16th – Service of Favourite Readings
June 23rd – Original Sin: A Toxic Doctrine ? – Tony Shine
June 30th – Open And Welcoming – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in June 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  This month, on June 5th, they will watch Winter’s Bone (2010), a film version of the Daniel Woodrell novel.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on June 26th but due to the production schedule of this newsletter, the book had not been announced prior to circulation.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  The next walk will be in July – details next month.    Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – June 2019

Sunday 9th June
Songs Of The River: Music For A Summer’s Evening
Gaudete Singers
David Leigh – Director
8pm
Ticket €20 / €15 / €5 (student with id) at door (includes a glass of wine / soft drink at end of concert)

Songs of the River is an eclectic mix of music written about rivers near and far. We explore the Arno and the Tiber in Italy, the Thames in England, the Mississippi and Red River in America and the biblical river of Babylon. Other setting are of rivers in general and/or settings of poetry. This light hearted programme about waterways large and small will be sure to delight. This wonderful music will be heard to good effect in the beautifully refurbished Unitarian Church, so come and enjoy some summery sounds of musical rivers.

Friday 21st June
Harmonyworks presents
Mountain Silence
7.30pm
Admission Free

Concert of meditative music with ‘Mountain Silence’ – a female vocal and instrumental ensemble from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, who sing with the accompaniment of violin, cello, harmonium and guitar. They have performed throughout Europe & US at many different locations.

Further information from www.dublinmeditation.com

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You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.  If you would prefer to receive a shorter email featuring just the musical and cultural performances, please do send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with “Switch To Events Email” in the subject header and we will sort this out promptly.

Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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May 2019

May 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Unite and unite, and let us all unite
For summer is a-comin today.
And whither we are going we all will unite,
In the merry morning of May.”

Padstow – Cornish Traditional Song

Sunday Services in May 2019

May 5th – Junior Coming of Age service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
May 12th – Falling Asleep In Church – Jennifer Flegg
May 19th – Thin Places – Frank Tracy
May 25th – Awe – Madeleine Stringer

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  Sorry to miss the listing for this month’s film.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on May 29th to discuss South Riding by Winifred Holtby

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  The next walk will be a guided walk to Glendalough by Frank Tracy on Saturday 18th May which will tie into his address and service on Celtic Spirituality on the morning of Sunday 19th May.  Meet at 11am sharp at the Glendalough Hotel.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list. 

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – May 2019

Friday 3rd May – lunchtime
La Douleur Exquise: Song Recital
Eileen Coyle – soprano
Frasier Hickland – piano
1pm
Admission free – retiring collection for the Dublin Unitarian Restoration Project

An afternoon of songs by the masters of 19th Century French Mélodie. Songs by Faure, Debussy, Gounod, Hahn and Viardot.

Friday 3rd May – evening
MCD presents
Joshua burnside
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie

Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic.

Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream. With over 10 Million streams on Spotify and 2017’s Press Winner of the NI Music Prize

Joshua Burnside’s future looks very bright indeed.

Friday 10th May
Harmonyworks presents
Music For Inner Peace
featuring Ananda and Mangala’s Group
7pm
Admission Free

a concert of meditative music with two instrumental and vocal groups who create a unique sound – a blend of soulfulness, power and silence.

Sunday 12th May
Branwen : “Hunted and Haunted”
Doors 8pm
Tickets €10

Dark, surreal and stark, this is an Album written from a place of deeply lived experience emerging from a rich imagination.

Branwen at a young age has lived many lives. Having spent five years in the acclaimed experimental folk act Twin Headed Wolf,(praised as “Glastonbury’s most special festival find” by Spectator Magazine) Branwen is also an award nominated performance artist, sculptor, puppeteer, writer of strange visual plays and a lively adventurer. Her unusual and powerful voice is rooted in a brief but impactful operatic training and a lifetime of exposure to traditional Irish singing. This is her first solo album.

Recorded with Simon O Reilly on her home turf in the wilds of West Clare, this project is a fruitful collaboration with two of Irelands finest musicians, Deirdre O Leary on Bass Clarinet (Crash Ensemble, Stargaze) and Nicholas Cooper on Violin ( Ye Vagabonds). Together they create an intricately arranged soundscape which supports the singing of mysterious and poetic songs. She will be playing with the full band on the night.

The live show also involves an array of unmusical objects employed as instruments, loop pedals, banjo, guitar and harmonium. Expect a show woven with storytelling, poetry, occasional puppetry, an intricate knowledge of folklore and a dash of the surreal. CDs and digital downloads available on the night.

Fever In Bedlam (video)

Sunday 19th May
My Grass Is Blue presents
Kristy Cox & Band
Doors 7pm // Show 8pm
Tickets €27 from www.mygrassisblue.com from mid-February 2019

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favorites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favorite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.”
– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox is on quite the roll. Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for her 2018 release Ricochet. For this, her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album.

I Can Almost See The Smoke on YouTube

Saturday 25th May
Songs In The Key Of Life
Gloria Dublin Lesbian & Gay Choir
Show 8pm
Tickets €10 from www.eventbrite.com

From camp to classical, a fun concert to welcome in the Summer.

Sunday 26th May
Cantáirí Avondale – A Summer Concert
3pm
More details to be announced.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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Annual Reading Of The Names today in church, 12 noon

Today Dublin Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green will hold its 19th annual service to commemorate all those who have died in the conflict in Northern Ireland. This service takes place a day after a young journalist, Lyra McKee, was shot dead in a riot in Derry.

At 12.00 midday members of the congregation and members of the public will begin to read the names of the nearly 3,600 people who died as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland between 1966 and 2016. The reading of the names will continue until approximately 3 pm.

Members of the public are warmly welcomed to attend this ceremony. People wishing to hear the readings are welcome at any time between 12 midday and 3pm, and can drop in and out as they please. If anybody wishes to join the list of readers, please contact Rev Bridget Spain (contact details below).

This act of commemoration is the only religious service of its kind in Ireland. This will be the nineteenth year of the ‘reading of the names’ service for all those who died in and because of the Northern Ireland conflict, starting with John Patrick Scullion, a Catholic storeman shot by the UVF in West Belfast in 1966, and ending with Lyra McKee, the young journalist shot dead during a riot in Derry yesterday. It is particularly timely this year because of the increasing fragility of the peace process in the North after Brexit.

These readings illustrate powerfully the terrible, random nature of death in war and civil conflict. All human life and death is in these mournful lists: British soldiers, IRA members, loyalist paramilitaries, Ulster policemen and women, gardaí, part-time UDR men, prison officers, civil rights marchers, judges, businessmen, farmers, factory workers, taxi drivers, social workers, children of all ages, people killed walking home from the pub, while watching football on the television, while attending church; people killed on buses and trains; and walking and shopping and visiting in London and Birmingham, Dublin and Monaghan, Belfast and Derry and Banbridge and Omagh and scores of other Northern Irish towns and villages.

The Minister of the Dublin Unitarian Church, Rev Bridget Spain, will begin and end the service with a prayer.

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April 2019

April 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall”

Sunday Services in April 2019

April 7th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Wisdom Of Japan
April 14th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Great Religions Of India
April 21st – Rev. Bridget Spain – Easter Sunday
April 28th – Tony Brady – Behind The Mask

The service on April 28th will be followed by the churches’ AGM.

On Good Friday, April 19th, the church will hold its annual Solemn Reading of the Names service at 12 noon where members of the congregation and friends of the church will read the name of all those killed since the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It lasts approximately three hours and visitors are welcome to attend at any stage and stay for however long is deemed appropriate by them.

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in April 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  This month, tonight on 3rd April, they will watch Sully, a 2016 film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood about Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed an airplane with 155 passengers in the middle of the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey after both the plane’s engines cut out shortly after leaving New York La Guardia Airport.    The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on April 24th to discuss The Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

Restoration

Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – April 2019

Friday 5th April
Cry Monster Cry
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 + booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie

“A hugely accomplished debut album marking out a new talent” – RTE ****

“A bewitching record” – Hotpress Magazine ****

“Rich harmonies…exceedingly likeable” – The Sunday Times ****

“Insular, thoughtful and poetic. Totally addictive and alluring” – Pure M Magazine ****

“Weaves its way into your affections” – Irish Daily Mail ****

Change is inevitable. It’s the very essence of music. Tempos, rhythms, dynamics. Rising, falling, swelling and settling like the tide. Following on from the success of their debut album, Rhythm of Dawn, released to critical acclaim, Cry Monster Cry is embracing change.

Their latest single Citadel still holds the signature elements that Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have become known for; warm fraternal harmonies, thoughtful, unadorned instrumentation, evocative lyrics and beautiful melodies, but a visceral, more measured approach is also now apparent. Recorded in the wilds of Donegal under the watchful eye of producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Bell X1, Luke Sital-Singh) the song presents a level of honesty and maturity that is new for the band.

Cry Monster Cry has come a long way since releasing their debut EP The Fallen in 2012. The last two years have seen the band performing on television (The Imelda May Show, Other Voices) to millions of international viewers, as well as playing a string of sold out shows across Ireland and Europe.

Now the brothers are setting off on a new musical voyage, showcasing a conviction that has been sculpted through live performance and the bond felt between musician and audience, and a close-to-the-bone artistry that has been forged over time. Hopes, fears, successes, failures, love, anger, sadness, it’s all present.

Friday 26th April
Homebeat presents
Anna Mieke
Doors 8pm
Tickets €16.67 from www.eventbrite.ie

A concert to premiere Anna Mieke’s debut CD Idle Minds which will be released today. The album was recorded in the far reaches of west Cork and in Pickering Forest, Kildare, and features an eclectic mix of Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano and cello. The songs on the album are informed by Mieke’s colorful background of experiences, such as her travels in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, among other places, and learning Maori songs at school in New Zealand.

Saturday 27th April
Picture House
Tickets €20 from www.picturehouse.ie
Doors 8pm

An acoustic show featuring all the hits and a few surprises.

Sunday 28th April
Freedom
Dublin Youth Choir
Lynsey Callaghan – conductor & director
5pm
Tickets €11 / €5.50 from www.dublinyouthchoir.com

Dublin Youth Choir and Dublin Youth Chamber Choir present a spring concert featuring music that celebrates freedom, music that calls for freedom, and music that explores what it means to be free.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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March 2019

March 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.
~Chinese Proverb

Sunday Services in March 2019

March 3rd – Pam McCarthy – Wish Upon A Star
March 10th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Blessing
March 17th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Religion Of The Axial Age
March 24th – Keith Troughton – I Think It Helps
March 31st – Bridget Spain, address by Barbara Wright – The Wilson Window

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  This month, on 6th March, they will watch  After The Dance, a documentary film following a girl and her adopted mother as they journey to Clare and New York to find the relatives they never knew.   The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on March 27th to discuss Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  On Saturday 30th March, they will meet to do the cliff walk between Bray & Greystones along the side of Bray Head.  Meetup at 11am at Bray DART Station.    Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

Restoration

The church recently undertook to restore the Hutton Window on the West Wall of the church.  You can see the beautiful results on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details 

Publications

The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – March 2019

Saturday 23rd March
Born Optimistic presents
James Heather / Luke Howard
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album” Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)

“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)

“Stories from Far Away On Piano is a fragile, beautiful album – reminiscent of modern composers such as Nils Frahm and Max Richter.” Line Of Best Fit

“Heather joins a growing group of pianist-composers who have learned their lessons from the classical masters and invented a new language for our own time.” iTunes

“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” Mixmag

“Shimmers on the cusp of emotive melody and ambience.” Mojo

Blown away by just how special this night is going to be. Either of these artists by themselves playing Dublin would be cause for much joy, but of them on the same bill is sheer ecstasy. There are few things on this planet as pure, as focused and as emotionally direct as getting to feel the power of solo piano as a mode of musical delivery. When the composers themselves sit down to share their music with you in such an intimate way it offers up a perfect refuge from daily life.

Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the long, steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter and Nils Frahm, and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this varied genre. He played a magical concert for Born Optimistic in November 2017 and as expected, his trajectory has shot upwards since. His music is both straightforward and complex, instantly accessible yet rewarding of multiple listens. His tracks have received over 60 million plays on Spotify, Apple and other services.

Heather’s music has featured on many Spotify playlists such as Peaceful Piano, Lucid Dreamer and Most Beautiful Songs In The World. Whilst on Apple, Heather has been featured on playlists such as Headspace and Meditative Moments and reached number 2 on the UK classical charts in iTunes.

Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music. Having already accomplished so much and with more on the horizon, he is set to captivate audiences worldwide. His piano playing has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating. Now signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey), 2018 has seen the release of Howard’s third solo album Open Heart Story, which explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and the passage of time. He has also toured extensively with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Warsaw. Back home in Melbourne, Howard also composed music for the virtual reality project The Unknown Patient (which premiered at the Venice Biennale) and the short film The Sand That Ate The Sea

Friday 29th March
Aiken Promotions presents
Padraig Stevens & Leo Moran
Tickets €22.50 from www.ticketmaster.ie

The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore and Michael English have all had success with his songs but if you want to hear the original versions of favorites like ‘The Tuam Beat’ and ‘Ireland for the Summer’ go along to the The Unitarian Church on Friday March 29th to hear Padraig Stevens perform a selection from his book of songs, when he will be accompanied by Leo Moran, guitarist with the Saw Doctors. This is the duo’s first Dublin show and an event not to be missed. A night of original songs is promised, with a few stories and a bit of craic thrown in.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,

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

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