June 2018

June 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Sunday Services in June 2018

3rd June – The Wilson Memorial Window –
service by Rev. Bridget Spain, address by David Carron
10th June – Selective Memories –
service by Rev. Bridget Spain, address by Rory Delany
17th June – A Book Of Contradictions – Rev. Bridget Spain
24th June – Cherish Your Doubts – 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 .

There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in June 2018

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 2. At time of going to press, the film hadn’t been decided. Reply and enquire if you are interested in knowing more.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (27th June in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they are reading Blindness by Jose Saramago. All are welcome

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
This correspondent has not been informed of any plans for the near future but experience has taught me that there are always plans hatching in the head of Patrick Rogers who organises theatre trips for this club. If you’d like to join them in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

Again, I’ve been left out of the loop for future plans but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plans afoot.

If you’d like to be the first to hear about future walks or if you would like to know more, please contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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 at Dublin Unitarian Church – June 2018

Saturday 9th June – afternoon
Born Optimistic presents
Songs of Mic Christopher
Daydream Kids Choir
4.30pm
Tickets €8 from www.bornoptimistic.com

This will be beyond gorgeous.

A kids choir from Brittas in Wicklow called The Daydreamers singing Mic Christopher’s Skylarkin album.

They will be joined by special guest Aoife Carton on one song and Muireann Mc Donnell will play a few songs beforehand.

All proceeds will go to Aidlink.

Saturday 9th June – evening
Born Optimistic presents
Steve & Joe Wall
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

Spending a Saturday night in the company of these two fine gents is definitely something to look forward to. They have written more homegrown Irish hit singles than anyone else bar U2.

‘Brewing Up A Storm’, ‘Got To Get Away’, ‘Half Past Two’, ‘Romeos On Fire’, ‘Heads’, ‘Everything That Rises’, ‘Bright & Shining Sun’, ‘Passing Through’.

Their list of hits goes on and on.

They have the knack. They get it. They deploy their amazing skill with words and their inate relationship with melody time and time again. The list above does no justice to their deeper album cuts with both The Walls and The Stunning. There’s so many that all we could do was make a playlist which you’ll find below.

Support on the night is Larry Beau.

Sunday 10th June
Les Chansons des Roses
Gaudete Singers
David Leigh – conductor
8pm
Tickets €15 on the door to include a glass of wine. Concession tickets available.

A light summer mix of choral music and poetry on the theme of flowers. Music by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, E J Moeran and Richard Rodney Bennett amongst others

Thursday 14th June
Pipeworks and Dublin Unitarian Church present
ORGAN PLUS 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
As part of Pipeworks Festival 2018
Fergal Caulfield: organ Adele Johnson: viola
Martin Johnson: violoncello
Emily Kilkenny Roddy: dance
Works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Boulanger, Enescu,
Tailleferre & Eben 6:30pm | Admission €15/12 conc

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June
Trilling Trilling and Bloomsday Festival presents
A Concert Performance of excerpts from
Ulysses: An Opera
Music by Eric Sweeney
Words by James Joyce
Adapted by Andrew Basquille
Produced by Andrea Basquille
8pm both nights
Tickets €20/€15 from www.trillingtrilling.com

Yes, Ulysses is “operable”.

We haven’t changed a word so as to be true to the musicality of Joyce’s language..
We set out to give the audience an experience of the epic quality of the book in an original way.

Eric’s bold and dramatic settings complement Joyce’s words beautifully. The interior monologues and the “stream of consciousness” passages lend themselves to work as beautiful and expressive arias. He draws on many of the classical opera, Irish traditional and music hall references in the book so as to create a compelling and challenging work. Joyce’s love of opera is well documented and he regularly attended operas wherever he lived.

He will be with us in spirit.

Friday 22nd June
Born Optimistic presents
The Pale in concert
8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

The unique environment of the Unitarian Church has inspired the band to perform a very particular set of songs. They plan on performing songs cherry-picked from our back catalogue alongside brand new material. Some of these songs have never been performed live while others were chosen specifically to suit the surroundings of the Church itself. They are planning to perform alongside some special guests who will help the band present a more expansive version of their already distinctive sound. They are excited to expose some very different and underexposed elements of their sound. They hope you can join them there.

Friday 29th June
Shandon Records presents
Josh Johnston & Friends – The Art Of Saving Lives
9pm (Doors 8.30pm)
Tickets in three categories below from www.eventbrite.ie
€11.40 – general admission
€16.81 – general admission + a CD
€27.61 – general admission + a Vinyl record

Launching his 4th solo CD, an album of songs written or co-written by the pianist / composer / singer / arranger from Dublin who also happens to be the organist at this church, Josh is assembling a 14 piece band to play the carefully constructed music as it was recorded, as well as new arrangements of older songs.

www.joshjohnston.com

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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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May 2018

May 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Irish Blessing

Sunday Services in May 2018

6th May – The Bad Side Of The Good Book – Rev. Bill Darlison
13th May – Struggling With God – Rev. Bill Darlison
20th May – Deo Gratias – Rev. Bill Darlison
27th May – God’s Holy Word – 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 .

There are also two podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. (We have until recently had a podcast for Childrens Stories which is mysteriously not working at the moment – we are working to resolve this).

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2017

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 2. This month, as Aubrey is in hospital, the club are taking a break. Aubrey hopes to be back on his feet to convene the June session.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (30th May in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they are reading The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. All are welcome

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
This correspondent has not been informed of any plans for April but experience has taught me that there are always plans hatching in the head of Patrick Rogers who organises theatre trips for this club.  If you’d like to join them in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

The next walk on Saturday 19th May is to Kilmacurragh House Botanic Gardens in County Wicklow.  There are regular guided tours at 12 pm each Saturday and the plan is to meet for coffee at the coffee shop at 11:30 and then join the 12 noon tour. No special clothing is required and the walk encounters no hilly bits so suitable for all.

If you’d like to be the first to hear about future walks or if you would like to know more, please contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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 at Dublin Unitarian Church – May 2018

Friday 4th May
NC Grey – Magic
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €11.40 from www.eventbrite.ie

NC Grey is a rising British-Nigerian singer and songwriter. Listing greats like Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone & Sade Adu among her influences, Grey has studied the best and has developed her sound; the perfect blend of Jazz, Soul and R&B. An avid performer, NC has delivered mesmerising performances at several venues and festivals across Ireland.

Grey released her debut project ‘Magic the EP’ and it has received immense support from Ireland’s biggest tastemasters. Grey has been named by several national and international publications as one to watch and has been nominated in the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards; Blues & Jazz category.

“NC Grey’s voice surges with the passion of Nina Simone, the exotic sumptuous savor of Sade, and the bravura projection of Adele. It’s evocative, rich and sensuous, truly sui generis” – Huffington Post

Saturday 5th May
Skinny Wolves present
Grouper
2 Shows – 7pm & 9pm (doors shortly before either)
Tickets €22.20 from www.eventbrite.ie

Not long after recording her 10th album, Ruins, Liz Harris traveled to Wyoming to work on art and record music. She found herself drawn towards the pairing of skeletal piano phrasing with spare, rich bursts of vocal harmony. A series of stark songs emerged, minimal and vulnerable, woven with emotive silences. Inspired by “the idea that something is missing or cold,” the pieces float and fade like vignettes, implying as much as they reveal. She describes them as “small texts hanging in space,” impressions of mortality, melody, and the unseen – fleeting beauty, interrupted. Grid Of Points stands as a concise and potently poetic addition to the Grouper catalog.

Liz Harris explains . . . . “Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing.”

www.skinnywolves.com

Friday 11th May
Hässleholm’s church vocal ensemble (Sweden)
Mrs. Birgitta Roslund – conductor
7.30pm
Admission Free – all welcome

Hässleholms Church’s vocal ensemble is a church choir for mixed voices, linked to the parish of Hässleholm in Sweden. The choir has about sixty members and includes everything from the 20-year-olds who just left the youth choir to the oldest singers. Formed in 1919, they have been conducted by Birgitta Roslund since 1986. Their main role at home is to accompany worship in their parish but they have also been invited to perform at fairs across Sweden and in concerts internationally. For this concert, they will perform a programme of traditional Swedish and sacred music.

Saturday 12th May
Sweet Accord: Songs For A Summer Evening
Cantóirí
Ben Barnes – conductor
Familikor Copenhagen – special guests
8pm
Tickets €10 (€8 concession) available at the door from 7.30pm

An evening of choral song from across the ages by Dowland, Vaughan Williams, Byrd, Monteverdi, Stanford and Gjeilo, among others.

Thursday 17th May
Pipeworks and Dublin Unitarian Church present
ORGAN PLUS 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
Simon Harden: organ
Eamonn Nolan: trumpet
Works by Bach, Helmschrott, Jolivet & Viviani
6:30pm | Admission €10

Saturday 19th May
Born Optimistic presents
Jack O’Rourke In Concert (twice)
All Ages Afternoon Show 4.30pm
Evening Show 8pm
Tickets
Afternoon Show: €8 from www.bornoptimistic.com
Evening Show: €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

A rare opportunity to see just Jack O’Rourke and piano

Jack himself has written about looking forward to this show and what people can expect:

“A lot of my songs are arranged with my band – electric guitar fuzz, synths, strings and grooves to get lost in.

This concert will be a welcome opportunity to play my own songs in their barest form at the piano without the layers, where you hear the lyrics and voice stripped back and how the songs were written at the piano in their infancy before all the rock and funk and classical stuff gets thrown in! ”

Support for both gigs will be from the wonderful Anna Mitchell who has just released her self-titled second album.

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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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April 2018

April 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

 

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.

Christopher Morley

Sunday Services in April 2018

1st April – Easter Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
8th April – Compassion – Rev. Bridget Spain
15th April – Favourite Readings – Rev. Bridget Spain
22nd April – Earth Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
29th April – Happiness – Rev. Bridget Spain

The service on 29th April will be followed by the churches’ AGM.

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 .

There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Reading Of The Names on Good Friday, 30th March 2018

On Friday 30 March, Good Friday in the Unitarian Church, St. Stephens Green Dublin 2 commencing at 12.00 noon and continuing until approx 3.00 p.m. there will be the annual solemn reading of the names of all the people who died in the Northern Ireland conflict

To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, this year’s Reading of the Names will begin with a short address by former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon on why it is important to keep remembering these people

The list includes the names of British soldiers, IRA volunteers, loyalist paramilitaries, Ulster policemen and women, gardaí, part-time Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) men, prison officers, civil rights marchers, judges, businessmen, farmers, taxi drivers, social workers, children of all ages, people killed walking home from the pub, while watching football on the television, while attending church, while travelling on trains and while out walking or shopping.

All welcome to drop in for part of this unique commemorative event.

 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2017

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 2. This month, on 4th April, at 7pm, they will watch ‘Secrets And Lies, a film which comes with a strong recommendation. ‘It delves into social issues with delicate aplomb…incredible and across-the board incredible acting. The film stands out as one of writer-director Mike Leigh’s most powerful works.’ There is no fee but we like to leave a voluntary donation for the work of the Lantern Centre.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (25th March in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they are reading Days Without End by Sebastien Barry. All are welcome

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
This correspondent has not been informed of any plans for April but experience has taught me that there are always plans hatching in the head of Patrick Rogers who organises theatre trips for this club. If you’d like to join them in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

For various reasons, there is no April walk planned but if you’d like to be the first to hear about future walks or if you would like to know more, please contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – April 2018

Saturday 7th April
Born Optimistic presents
John Spillane – Gig Ógra as Gaeilge
Show 3pm
Tickets €10 // Family ticket for 4 people €35
Tickets available from www.bornoptimistic.com

Tráthnóna gleoite trí Ghaeilge le John Spillane go speisialta do Ghaelgoirí óga. Deis iontach uathúil do teaghlaigh na hamhráin cáiliúil ón taifead “Songs We Used to Sing at School” a chloisteáil.

A unique opportunity to take your child to a gig in Irish by one of Ireland’s foremost singer – songwriters, John Spillane. He’ll be singing songs from the multi-platinum hit record “Songs We Learned at School”. Suitable for all ages and no matter what your level of Irish this will be an unforgettable and amazing afternoon.

 

And then, in the evening . . . . . . . .

John Spillane // Stephen James Smith
Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

Two amazing wordsmiths on one evening in the gorgeous Unitarian Church.

Headliner John Spillane has so many gorgeous songs and one beautiful book to his credit so far. To start listing them out would be futile as we’d run out of space.

This is a rare treat to see John in Dublin CIty Centre. What an individual to spend time in the company of.

Supporting John is the also brilliant Stephen James Smith. A poet who gigs. He has shared many fine works so far with plenty more to come.

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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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Good Friday Reading Of The Names at Dublin Unitarian Church, 31st March 2018, 12 noon

Thanks to all who came and read or played music at the recent Reading Of The Names 2018 in the church. See below if you missed it and want to know more.

This year we recorded it and Seamus Mallon’s keynote address – you can hear the whole ceremony (in installments) at

Reading of Names 2018

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On Friday 30 March, Good Friday in the Unitarian Church, St. Stephens Green Dublin 2 commencing at 12.00 noon and continuing until approx 3.00 p.m. there will be the annual solemn reading of the names of all the people who died in the Northern Ireland conflict

To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, this year’s Reading of the Names will begin with a short address by former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon on why it is important to keep remembering these people

The list includes the names of British soldiers, IRA volunteers, loyalist paramilitaries, Ulster policemen and women, gardaí, part-time Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) men, prison officers, civil rights marchers, judges, businessmen, farmers, taxi drivers, social workers, children of all ages, people killed walking home from the pub, while watching football on the television, while attending church, while travelling on trains and while out walking or shopping.

All welcome to drop in for part of this unique commemorative event.

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March 2018

March 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I think the President put it best
When he gave his big address
He said, I know what they told you in the press
But people, spring is just around the corner
Trust me, spring is just around the corner”

Richard Julian

Sunday Services in March 2018

4th March – Look to Abraham – Pamela McCarthy
11th March – Radical And Liberal – Rev. Bridget Spain
18th March – Songs And Wisdom – Rev. Bridget Spain
25th March – Ecumenics Matters – Keith Troughton

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 .

There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2017
Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month. This month, on 7th March, at 7pm, they will watch
Lion (2016), the true story of how Saroo Brierley, 25 years after being separated from his family in Burhanpur,
sets out to find them. The film stars Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
Both Patel and Kidman won Oscars for their performances.
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (28th March in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. During February they were reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman but as their February meeting coincided with the visit of the Beast From The East, they decided to discuss it at their next meeting. So at the end of March, they will discuss it and this month’s book, The Thing About December by Donal Ryan.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. On Tuesday 6th March, they will attend a performance of Hedda Gabler (a new production by the National Theatre – UK – of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Patrick Marber) There will also be future trips so if you’d like to join them on this or in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

Their March walk is city-based in St. Anne’s Park between Raheny and Clontarf this Saturday 10th March. They will meet at 11am at Olives Room in the Red Stables complex where there is extensive free parking. They plan to walk for about 3 hours.

If you would like to know more, or would like to join them on future walks, please contact him email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – March 2018

Sunday 18th March
St. Patrick’s Festival presents
Herstory: Revolutionary Religious Women

Time: Doors 3pm | Start 3.30pm
Tickets: €7

Truth be told, women played a key role in the early development of many world religions. In this Herstory Salon lost legends and the forgotten feminine wisdom of Christianity, Islam and ancient pagan religion will be uncovered. From saints to goddesses, we will explore their life stories and the importance of honouring the Sacred Feminine. Mary Magdalene emerges from the shadows with Khadijah, the Prophet Mohammad’s wife. The female disciples return, once lost by history, now rediscovered by Herstory. Have you heard of Thecla or Teia Tephi? Did you know that King Laoighre’s daughters saved the life of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint? Think you know our matron St. Brigid? Think again.

Religion has dominated Irish life and permeated our culture for centuries. As we witness the demise of the church and the rise of celebrity culture, the crisis in spirituality, masculinity and femininity will be explored. In a world that has never been more unequal, we ask if it’s time for religions to evolve, acknowledge the role of women, the importance of the Sacred Feminine, and create future faiths based on equality and respect for both sexes?

Speakers include John Ennis (poet/ recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh award), Tara Flynn (comedian/ actress), Danushia Kaczmarek (author/ spiritual teacher), Fatin Al Tamini, (activist/photographer) and Prajnamayi, member of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

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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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February 2018

February 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean

Sunday Services in February 2018

4th February – Marking The Seasons – Rev. Bridget Spain

11th February – A Vale Of Tears Or Happiness ? – Rev. Bridget Spain
18th February – Beyond Thinking Meat – Rev. Bridget Spain
25th February – service led by Coming Of Age
address by Charles Van Den Broeder,
President of General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches

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 . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in February 2017
Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month. This month, on 7th February, at 7pm, they will watch 45 Years which has been suggested by a film club member – Superbly nuanced performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and exquisite direction by Andrew Haigh, who also co-wrote the film, turn an apparently everyday story of a marriage in quiet crisis into something rather extraordinary. A subtle examination of the persistence of the past and the present… all reviewers mention the superb ending.
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (28th February in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will discuss Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. No plan has been made for February but there will be future trips so if you’d like to join them on any future trips, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

Their February walk is city-based in St. Anne’s Park between Raheny and Clontarf this Saturday 3rd February. They will meet at 11am at Olives Room in the Red Stables complex where there is extensive free parking. They plan to walk for about 3 hours.

If you would like to know more, or would like to join them on future walks, please contact him email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – February 2018

Saturday 17th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Into The Ark
Tickets €15 (+ booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie

“A new Welsh duo with a singer of visceral power.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES CUTURE

“… a powerful introduction, with the mature songwriting matched to a crisp, emotive vocal.”
CLASH MAGAZINE

“We’ve spent most of the year on the road and focusing on our live set as opposed to recording material, and after all the gigs, we decided to capture a live recording and did ‘Straight To Your Door’ as it’s a favourite of ours to play live. Recording at RAK was something else – walking inside was like walking into a musical tardis, memorabilia from The Animals, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie … the list goes on! Such a beautiful studio and incredibly inspiring to play, strum, sing and record in!” Taylor Jones, Into The Ark.

Following a summer of touring across UK and Europe which included Latitude Festival and The Great Escape, plus an invite from their friend and mentor Sir Tom Jones to support him on his UK tour, Into The Ark have cemented themselves as one of the fast-rising acts to watch.The duo have consistently demonstrated their ability to win over new fans following other impressive support slots with Paolo Nutini, Olly Murs, Model Aeroplanes and Gabrielle Aplin.

After starting out busking in Cardiff, Into The Ark decided to build their reputation by hitting the road in the time-honoured tradition. They acquired an old van and toured the UK doing whatever gigs they could land, regardless of the town or the venue. Two years and over 200 shows later, and their approach has been vindicated as they’ve developed into a live band that are able to rise to any occasion.

Saturday 24th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Duke Special
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €22 (+ booking fees) from www.ticketmaster.ie

The eminent Belfast poet Michael Longley was once described by his friend Seamus Heaney as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Duke Special’s new studio album Hallow is entirely based on the poetry of Longley, full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love, and peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human.

By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by his releases which are a map of his passions. These days recording a new album is a tricky enough endeavour and many artists are reliant on their fans to collaborate with them in order to make a new recording happen. Duke has been writing for the past year and has just recently started recording Hallow, but is now asking his fans to pre-order Hallow in order to fund the last bit of the process.

Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’

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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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January 2018

January 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Jimmy Dean

Sunday Services in January 2018

7th January – Following Christ – Pam McCarthy
14th January – Unitarian Beliefs – Rev. Bridget Spain
21st January – Do we need God ? – Rev. Bridget Spain
28th January – Moving Statues – Jennifer Flegg

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 . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in December 2017
Film Club
The Film Club normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month but, this month, are taking a Christmas break. They will resume in February.

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (31st January in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will discuss Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. No plan has been made for January as Patrick is still away on his Christmas journey home to South Africa.

If you’d like to join them on any future trips, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

No walk has been planned yet but no doubt Marcus is planning as Ii write. If you would like to know more, or would like to join them on future walks, please contact him email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

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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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December 2017

December 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Maybe Christmas,
the Grinch thought,
doesn’t come from a store.

Dr. Seuss

Happy Christmas To All !!!

Sunday Services in December 2017

3rd December – Rejooice And Be Grateful – Rev. Bridget Spain
10th December – Caring For Yourself And Others – Rev. Bridget Spain
17th December – Service of Carols & Readings
24th December – A Betjeman Christmas – Sermon by Rory Delany, Service by Rev. Bridget Spain
25th December at 11am – Christmas Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
31st December – Service of Favourite Readings & Music
The service on 31st December will be followed by a short communion service.

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 . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Extra Services in December
Sunday 3rd December @ 4pm
Feilecean Memorial Service for parents bereaved through neonatal / stillbirth deaths.

Saturday 9th December @ 8pm
REACH Carol Service for the LGBT community

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in December 2017
Film Club
The next Film Club meeting will be on Wednesday 6th December at 7pm in the Lantern Centre, Synge Street. This time around they will watch the film The Painted Veil (UK 2006) based on the 1925 story by Somerset Maughan.
Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month but as that day is between Christmas and the New Year, it has been decided to take a break and reconvene in January.

If you want to get a head start, they will discuss Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens at their next meeting on Wednesday 31st January.

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. They plan to go to The Grimm Tale Of Cinderella at Smock Alley Theatre on Friday 8th December.

If you’d like to join them on any future trips, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

This month, they plan to walk in Avondale Forest on Saturday 16th December. Rendezvous point is Coffin Shed Coffee shop in Rathdrum Village at 11am. Warm clothing, wet gear and boots are advised together with a picnic lunch and warm drinks and / or water.

If you would like to know more, or would like to join them on future walks, please contact Marcus email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

Events In The Church – December 2017

Friday 1st December
Music Matters Christmas Concert
6.30pm
Tickets €12 at the door

Join the Music Matters choir and friends for an evening of music and festive fun.

Saturday 2nd December
Songs In The Flickering Light
Aoife Scott & Band
Doors 8pm
Tickets €17 at door.
Advance tickets €15.50 from www.picatic.com

2017 has been a hugely successful year for Aoife. Following the successful release of her song “Grace”, with her cousins Danny O Reilly and Róisín O, which went straight to #1 on iTunes charts in March, and having headlined one of the the largest Irish Festivals in the world – Milwaukee Irish Festival her groundbreaking World Tour to support her debut CD which included Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Europe, Aoife is delighted returning to home for Christmas in Dublin City.

www.aoifescott.com

Friday 8th December
Trinitones: How The Tones Stole Christmas
Andy Keenan (director)
A concert in aid of the Mansion House Fuel Fund
7.30pm (show)
Tickets €12 (adults) / €5 (students / kids) available at the door or from www.ti.to

Trinitones, Trinity College Dublin’s all-male a cappella group, return to the Unitarian Church on December 8th to put on their Christmas concert in aid of the Mansion House Fuel Fund. Well-known for their unorthodox brand of performance, the group will be giving their own take on a range of classics both traditional and contemporary, including pieces from the likes of Holst, Sheeran, Beethoven, and Seuss. We hope to see you there for what is bound to be an extremely enjoyable evening’s entertainment and WHO knows; maybe the Trinitones will finally succeed in their bid to steal Christmas!

Sunday 10th December
Eleanor Shanley & Friends
8pm
Tickets €20 & €23 from www.tickets.ie

This is the 3rd consecutive year the wonderful Eleanor Shanley and friends give a pre Christmas concert in the stunning Dublin Unitarian Church on St. Stephens Green.

Eleanor will be joined by Paul Kelly (mandolin & fiddle), Niall Hughes (guitar & double bass) and special guest is Garadice. This show has sold out each year to date, so make sure to get your tickets early!

Eleanor on Youtube

Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th December
The Pictures presents
Christmas Season: Festive Films @ The Unitarian

After the sold-out Halloween season we’re back at the stunning 19th century Unitarian Church for our follow up series of family-friendly Christmas movie events. Expect an 8K projector & large cinema screen showing our favourite yuletide classics on the big screen, right in the centre of Dublin on the corner of St. Stephen’s Green.

Dec 15, 6pm
Home Alone 1 (1990)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Dec 15, 8pm
Home Alone 2 (1992)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.

Dec 16, 6pm
Muppets Christmas Carrol (1992)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie
Discounted family ticket available

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

Dec 16, 8pm
ELF (2003)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie
Discounted family ticket available

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Sunday 17th December
Lerosa / Sunken Foal / Mantle
Live Ambient Music with Visuals
7pm
Tickets €16.81 from www.eventbrite.ie

An evening of live ambient music featuring live A/V performances from Lerosa, Sunken Foal & Mantle. An 8K projector, large cinema screen and serious soundsystem will be deployed to stunning effect. Capacity is limited and tickets are on sale now.

Lerosa:
Lerosa is an Italian producer based in Dublin with productions on labels like Uzuri, Osgut Ton & Million of Moments. He is also an acclaimed underground DJ with a reputation for whipping eclectic selections of house, techno and Italo into a heady dancefloor mix. This will be his debut live ambient set, created specifically for this gig.

Sunken Foal:
Sunken Foal has been writing, performing and producing electronic and acoustic music for almost 20 years. Under monikers Sunken Foal and Press Charges, and as a member of Ambulance and The Natural History Museum he has released on Planet-Mu, Black Acre, Acroplane, The Fear, Front End Synthetics, U:Mack, Heresy and Countersunk. Championed by BBC6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, Donal Dineen and the late John Peel, Dunk’s music covers a large area showcasing his deep knowledge of synthesizers, grooving rhythms and plucked instruments as well as a keen ear for a unique sound and emotive melody.

Dunk has collaborated on many audio visual ventures with Tim Redfern over the years where the duo seek to explore the visceral, kinetic links between music and the moving image. Their current live show fuses warm waves of sonic texture with slowly morphing pastoral imagery.

Mantle:
Mantle is the new collaborative music project between producer Eoin Cody aka The Third Policeman and artist Kevin Kirwan. More on this pair of likely lads soon.

Monday 18th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
The Voice Squad
8pm
Tickets €29 from www.steeplesessions.com

The Voice Squad feature annually at the Steeple Sessions at Christmas and are always a complete sell out. It’s no wonder, as for atmosphere, setting and songs, you won’t experience anything as Christmassy as their perfect a capella harmonies on traditional seasonal numbers such as The Coventry Carol and The Holly & The Berry and then of course there’s The Parting Glass.

Tuesday 19th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
Daoirí Farrell
8pm
Tickets €19 from www.steeplesessions.com

Ireland and the UK’s hottest emerging folk-singer Daoirí Farrell, winner of two 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall this year. Following his success, Daoiri has been flat out touring the UK, the US and Canada. Cited by Donal Lunny as “one of the most important singers to emerge this decade’, this will no doubt be a very special homecoming gig for this popular Ballyfermot Boy who has come full circle having cut his teeth performing at the Steeple Sessions in 2011

Wednesday 20th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
The Whileaways
8pm
Tickets €19 from www.steeplesessions.com

Galway’s favourite harmonisers; The Whileaways. Their Christmas single “Everyone” sees the three distinct voices combining to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted lyrics by Nicola Joyce. Described by the Irish Echo as their favourite ‘Eirecana’ band (a blend of Americana, harmonies and Irish Folk), the Whileaways sound is totally true and their performances gloriously engaging but hey, we recommend you check it out for yourself. Hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia, they have continued to make waves in the folk music scene both at home and abroad since then.

Thursday 21st December
Jack Lukeman in concert
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €33.20 (+ booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie

After a fantastically successful concert in November in the National Concert Hall, Jack Lukeman returns to the Unitarian Church for what seems to have become an annual tradition. It must be Christmas.

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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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November 2017

November 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks.
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!”
― Charmaine J. Forde
Sunday Services in November 2017

5th November – Soul Cultivation – Rev. Bridget Spain
12th November – Remembrance Service – Rev. Bridget Spain
19th November – Racovia: An Early Unitarian Community – Ray Naughton
26th November – Back To The Present – Tony Brady

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 . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2017

Film Club
The next Film Club meeting will be on Wednesday 8th November at 7pm in the Lantern Centre, Synge Street. This time around they will watch the film The 400 Blows, one of the great classics of French cinema from 1959. All are welcome.

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (29th November in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm.

This month they are reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. No plans have been announced yet for November but a theatre trip is no doubt being planned. If you’d like to join them on any future trips, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

If you would like to know more, or would like to join them on future walks, please contact Marcus email hidden; JavaScript is required

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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

Events In The Church – November 2017
Friday 10th November
Ailie
. . . . plus special guests Laetare Vocal Ensemble
Tickets €10 & booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm

“A taster from the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s forthcoming début album shows a craftswoman who knows the right measure of guile and atmospherics which a soundscape of this majesty requires.” (Jim Carroll, Irish Times, reviewing first single & title track, ‘West to the Evening Sun’)

West to the Evening Sun is an album that is, at its purest, a love letter home, and at its rawest, a restless cry for hope and adventure. From Carrick on Shannon, Ailie Blunnie writes music that is steeped in the stillness and beauty of the landscapes of her childhood, and infuses it with a vibrancy and vigour that lends an urban edge to the new Irish popular music genre in which she works.

She has released two singles from her imminent début album to critical acclaim, and her songwriting proficiency came to international attention when ‘How much do you love me?’ (from On love.. and other murder mysteries (2013; EP)) won the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest (2014; Love Songs).

Four years in the making, West to the Evening Sun confronts personal struggles in the same breath as it does societal and global ones, tenderly transmuting the everyday greyscale into full-colour sensory experience. The result is a series of ten songs, each a watercolour of sound and texture, unified by a deeply immersive sense of hope and resistance.

Ailie is joined by her six-piece band and very special guests, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Róisin Blunnie.

“So new, so fresh, and so good” (Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night, RTE Lyric FM)

Sunday 12th November
Pipeworks presents
Your Choice: An Organ Recital Chosen By You
David Leigh, Carole O’Connor, Simon Harden, Patrice Keegan, David Adams
presented by Rónán Murray & Fiona Arnold
5pm
Tickets €10 available at the door

An organ recital featuring some of the finest Irish organists playing the newly-restored Dublin Unitarian Church organ where the audience votes on the programme. Come along and enjoy the music and the fun.

You choose, you vote, you decide!

www.pipeworks.ie/

Saturday 2nd December
Songs In The Flickering Light
Aoife Scott & Band
Doors 8pm
Tickets €17 at door.
Advance tickets €15.50 from www.picatic.com

2017 has been a hugely successful year for Aoife. Following the successful release of her song “Grace”, with her cousins Danny O Reilly and Róisín O, which went straight to #1 on iTunes charts in March, and having headlined one of the the largest Irish Festivals in the world – Milwaukee Irish Festival her groundbreaking World Tour to support her debut CD which included Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Europe, Aoife is delighted returning to home for Christmas in Dublin City.

www.aoifescott.com

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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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Nailing of 12 Unitarian Theses to the door of church !!!

Friday 27th October 2017 at 5pm

As a nod to the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the church door in 1517, a nail which went a long way to kickstarting the Reformation, members of the Dublin Unitarian Church (in period costume) will nail the churches’ modern Unitarian theses to their own door on Friday 27th October at 5pm. Others will observe and quite possibly heckle !! Some, for the fun of it,, will be dressed in costume appropriate to 1517. You are invited to join in, dressed however you wish.

It is also 200 years since the Unitarian Act, an act of parliament, gave freedom to Unitarians in ireland to practise their religion without hindrance. This was four years after the same act had been passed in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Rather than try to re-enact the more significant Act of Parliament, we are bringing Martin Luther back to life for a few minutes, and giving him the job of nailing an up to date document to our door,” said Dr. Martin Pulbrook, who has devoted his life to researching Unitarianism and early Christianity.

This document, which represents modern Unitarian beliefs in the twenty-first century, was compiled by the Reverend Bill Darlison, Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church. It lists ten beliefs held by members, including that all human beings have the right to pursue the ‘big questions’ of existence, to constantly revise and refine their views and are free to come to their own conclusions about religion and other matters. Unitarians believe that human life is sacred, that each human being is unique and precious, and has something valuable to offer.

“The list has evolved over the years,” said Reverend Bridget Spain, the present minister. “I’m sure most people will find that they agree with many or all of its points. But, for the purposes of the re-enactment, we may arrange for some ‘hecklers’ to visit us from the year 1517!”

Unitarians are not called upon to believe in statements of metaphysical speculation. We have no creed.

However:

1) We believe that all human beings have the right to pursue the big questions of existence, and that these questions are best approached in a supportive and understanding community free from dogmatic assumptions, inherited prejudices, indoctrination, or coercion. Each person should be free to come to his or her own conclusions about religion as about other matters.

2) We believe in constantly revising and refining our views and opinions in matters of faith. Faith is a living thing which may evolve with experience and reflection.

3) We believe that human life is sacred; that each human being is unique and precious, and has something valuable to offer.

4) We believe that differences between people based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity are to be celebrated and valued, and that we are all entirely equal. These differences should never be a reason to exclude a person from membership or bar them from ministry.

5) We believe that we have a responsibility to care for the weak, the vulnerable, and the dispossessed in our own society, and throughout the world.

6) We believe that community is important and that human beings don’t live fully or creatively in isolation. We need each other. We need to share our joys and sorrows, and we need to share and celebrate our sacred moments together.

7) We believe in democracy. That spiritual communities should be run by and on behalf of their members, and that authority to preach and to minister should be conferred by the community, not by any external agency.

8) We believe in respecting all religious traditions, because despite often failing to live up to their highest ideals, they have given the world inspiring ideas, nurtured great minds, and fostered noble acts.

9) We believe that all religious scriptures are human products and that they must be interpreted with care and compassion, recognising that words on a page can never take precedence over reason, kindness, and respect for all.

10) We believe that the earth is fragile and precious, and it and every living thing upon it must be treated with reverence and respect.

It is these 12 “theses” which we will be nailing to our door. All interested parties are invited to attend and enjoy the fun.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org

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