November 2020

November 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.
Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers.
They know it is time to be still.”

from “In November” by Cynthia Rylant

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

Now that the prospect of getting back into the church building before 2021 arrives is looking like a slimmer and slimmer possibility, the church has been working hard to create as pleasurable an experience as possible for its services on Zoom and via its Facebook pages and websites.  The book club and managing committee meet regularly on Zoom and the congregation meet after the service for Virtual Coffee.  It’s been a learning experience for all and has strengthened the community no end. The AGM of the church has been rescheduled for November and members are getting used to the idea of a socially isolated winter ahead. A group of us also convened on 18th October in the evening for a special screening of a documentary about our former minister Rev. Bill Darlison and his provocative and profound thoughts on the links between astrology and theology made by congregation member Beta Bajgart.  This was a thoughtful piece and inspired a healthy Q&A session after with the director and subject. It is events like this that serve to make the hard times we are currently living through more managable.

Thanks are sent to our hard-working committee, both managing the church and the small group of dedicated volunteers looking after the Zoom feeds and email communications so that everybody – long-standing and newcomers – can feel part of the community.  Their work is important and we are pleased to say that, despite the closing of the physical building, the church is very much open. We hope that this current lockdown will be relieved partially or completely on December 1st but are aware that it may take a longer time before we rid ourselves of this horrible virus altogether.  Stay calm, stay positive, stay at home as much as possible.

We still provide two services a week, currently both online; a Sunday morning service at 11am, usually led by our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain but featuring members of the congregation, special guests or friends to give Bridget a much deserved break.  Also, our Service of Reflection is uploaded each Wednesday morning, led by Pam McCarthy.

If you would like to join the Sunday service live online, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.  All are welcome.  You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and acting on it to hopefully create a comfortable listening experience for the service – thank you for your support.

A recording of the service is being uploaded to the website in the days after each service.  We also have podcasts of each Sunday service on the I-Tunes Music Store.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church

Services for November // Sundays at 11am

1st November – Samhain, All Souls – Rev. Bridget Spain
8th – Rememberance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
15th – Moving Mountains, One Stone At A Time – Elaine Harris
22nd – St. Paul – Rev. Bridget Spain
29th – No Pope, No Party – Aidan O’Driscoll

The fast-moving narrative of the pandemic is forcing us to think fast on our feet and make changes with short notice.  We were also pleased to have settled on a new pattern for our ongoing series of short services of worship and reflection, led by Bridget or Pam punctuated by recordings of the reflections, music and prayers from our Sunday and Wednesday lunchtime services.  As all services in the church are curtailed for now, it makes our outreach via these daily short reflections even more important.  Thanks go out to Pam who now records her Wednesday service for us at home so that we can still enjoy it. You can find them all on a page dedicated to Services of Reflection (formally Daily Services).

Services in October were taken by Rev. Bridget Spain and Pam McCarthy and we thank her and the readers and contributors at these services – Susan McKeever, Denise Dunne, Andy Pollak, Doireann Ní Bhriain & Josh Johnston,   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page or via the podcasts at the I-Tunes Music Store.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (25th November at 7pm) they are meeting to discuss A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

The November edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and the end of the year have been cancelled or postponed.  We will be happy to look at starting to book new concerts and other cultural events once the route forward regarding church services is clearer and can be handled with safety and comfort for all.

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

We are a church who worship together in a spirit of freedom, reason and tolerance.  We are pleased to be here to support people in whatever way we can through this unsettling time.  Wishing you a safe and calm November.

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.

Best wishes,

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

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September 2020

September 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“And all the lives we ever lived
And all the lives to be are full of trees
and changing leaves”
-Virginia Woolf
To The Lighthouse

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

A lot of work was done over the Summer by our committee and minister since reopening the church at the beginning of July.  It’s great to be back in the church – seeing and speaking to people, hearing the organ (although singing and hymns are still off the table) and being inside our magnificent sacred space on St. Stephen’s Green. Not everybody has felt comfortable to return yet and this is understandable and why we have continued to broadcast the service via Zoom.  Congregation members attending in person have taken to enjoying the summer sun together on the grass in St. Stephen’s Green where they can enjoy their own coffee and sandwiches and catch up on each other’s news.  Will, Tony & Josh have been working between them to co-ordinate the Zoom broadcast and moderate Virtual Coffee for whoever is around online. Thanks to everyone who has been helping out in big and small ways to keep the church going in many more different contexts than we have ever been operating before.   It’s still a learning process but, two months in, we’re getting better at it by the week and enjoying the process.  We are also delighted to be able to reach people who don’t live in Dublin or, even, Ireland so we hope to be able to continue some sort of online broadcast into the future even when the pandemic ceases to be a threat.

Attendance at the church is necessarily limited at this time – soon we will hopefully able to relax these restrictions. The managing committee have advised that all are welcome to attend in person but to please inform the secretary by email hidden; JavaScript is required before Saturday at 2pm of your intention to attend.  Members of the church will be given priority but, as of now, there is still space to accomodate all who want to attend.

If you prefer to view the service live online, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.   You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and acting on it to hopefully create a comfortable listening experience for the service – it is a new discipline for us so please be patient while we figure out the best procedures to get the service to you.

A recording of the service is being uploaded to the website in the days after each service.  We also have podcasts of each Sunday service on the I-Tunes Music Store.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church

Services for September // Sundays at 11am
6th A Lonely Place – Rev. Bridget Spain
13th The Bucket List – Rev. Bridget Spain
20th Influencers On Early Christisnity – Rev. Bridget Spain
27th Home – Keith Troughton

Our ongoing series of short services of worship and reflection also continues, led by Bridget or Pam although, in order to re-balance the resources available to us, we have decide to move to a programme of 3 reflections a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – from the start of September.  These will be augmented by recordings of reflections from the Sunday service (Monday) and Pam’s Wednesday service (Thursday).  You can see them all on a page dedicated to Services of Reflection (formally Daily Services).

Our Wednesday lunchtime services of reflection (1.05 to about 1.40 followed by a cup of tea) have also resumed.  Pam McCarthy leads these service and all are welcome to attend.  From Wednesday 2nd September, we plan to broadcast these on Zoom.  If you can’t make it and would like to listen in, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 12.55 on any particular Wednesday lunchtime.

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and the end of the year have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

Services in August were taken by Rev. Bridget Spain, Andy Pollak and Will O’Connell and we thank them and the readers and contributors at these services – Andrew Connolly, Aidan O’Driscoll, David Heap,   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page or via the podcasts at the I-Tunes Music Store.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The September edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

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

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (30th September) they are meeting to discuss Wool by Hugh Howey.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

There are other church clubs that are also discussing, amongst themselves, how and when they might get going again.  We look forward to bringing you this news as we hear it.

We are living through a hard and confusing time in our history.  It’s frustrating to be curbing our enthusiasm for the sunny weather outside with thoughts of pandemics and restrictions but it’s through our collective endeavours that we can stem the flow and get back to something approaching normal.  This is the task at hand.  We hope that everybody can observe social distancing and stay safe, positive and calm at this still confusing time.

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.

Best wishes,

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

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August 2020

August 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

August

She’ll come at dusky first of day,
White over yellow harvest’s song.
Upon her dewy rainbow way
She shall be beautiful and strong.
The lidless eye of noon shall spray
Tan on her ankles in the hay,
Shall kiss her brown the whole day long.

I’ll know her in the windrows, tall
Above the crickets of the hay.
I’ll know her when her odd eyes fall,
One May-blue, one November-grey.
I’ll watch her from the red barn wall
Take down her rusty scythe, and call.
And I will follow her away.

Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

A lot of work was done during June by many members of the church and committee to put the congregation into a position where we could open the church for Sunday and Wednesday services from 5th July.  Although our “normal” has undoubtedly changed, it’s great to be back in the church.  Thanks are also due to Josh, Will & Tony who have kept the online presence both on Sundays and throughout the week for those who are not yet comfortable to venture into town.  It’s a learning process but, a month in, we’re getting better at it by the week and enjoying the process.  We are also delighted to be able to reach people who don’t live in Dublin or, even, Ireland so we hope to be able to continue some sort of online broadcast into the future even when the pandemic ceases to be a threat.

For those of us who are venturing into St. Stephen’s Green on a Sunday, it is fun to be back in and seeing and meeting each other again.  In place of coffee, many members of the church in attendance are sauntering across to the park and enjoying coffee and picnic from flasks and picnic hampers.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  Online congregation members are welcome to join each other too for Virtual Coffee.  Will – and sometimes Tony – are delighted to see you and find out how you are getting on.  It’s also a great way of passing on news and recommendations for things to do during this crazy and often lonely time.

Attendance at the church is necessarily limited at this time – soon we will hopefully able to relax these restrictions. In the meantime, we ask that if you are not a regular congregation member, please refrain from coming in and continue to enjoy the services online either live via Zoom or as podcasts (to be uploaded in the days after the services) while we get settled with the new setup.  To view the service live, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.   You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and trying to act on it to create a comfortable listening experience for the service – it is a new discipline for us so please be patient while we figure out the best procedures to get the service to you.

Services for August // Sundays at 11am
2nd – I Am My Brother’s Keeper – Rev. Bridget Spain
9th – Four Religious Figures – Rev. Bridget Spain
16th – service led by Will O’Connell
23rd – service led by Andy Pollak
30th – Grace And Blessings – Rev. Bridget Spain

Our Wednesday lunchtime services of reflection (1.05 to about 1.40 followed by a cup of tea) have also resumed.  Pam McCarthy leads these service and all are welcome to attend.

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and October have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

Thanks to Pam McCarthy for keeping the ball rolling during Rev. Bridget Spain’s recent spell in hospital.   You will note from the service list above that Bridget is back taking services this week – we trust that her healing is working away and she’ll be moving around as quickly as ever soon.  Bridget and Aidan Driscoll took services at the start of the month and we also thank Gavin Byrne, Madeline Stringer, Gráinne Carty, Andrew Connolly, Dorene Groocock and Josh Johnston for contributing to services in July.   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page.  The podcasts are also available from the I-Tunes Music Store.

Our ongoing series of short daily services of worship and reflection also  continues, led by Bridget.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The August edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

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

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (26th August) they are meeting to discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Blackman.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

There are other church clubs that are also discussing, amongst themselves, how best to tentatively start going again from September.  We look forward to bringing you this news next month.

Enjoy the relaxed restrictions on our movements and actions but please remember that it is by our personal and collective endeavours to follow the government and HSE guidelines that we can prevent a deadly second wave of the virus and get back to some picture of normality – even if it’s a new normality – as soon as possible.   We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks, anywhere that represents a new picture and fresh sources of air.  We also hope that everybody can observe social distancing and stay safe, positive and calm at this still confusing time.

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.

Best wishes,

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

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July 2020

July 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”  
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

The end-result of an astonishingly eventful June is that we are surprised to find we can open the church earlier than anticipated, this Sunday 5th July.  A lot of work has been done by a multi-disciplined and multi-talented managing committee to ensure social distancing and pandemic-slowing protocols are followed, as well as the provision of an online alternative for those who cannot attend or wish to stay elsewhere and watch from a computer.

We are all looking forward to getting back into the church.  Attendance will be limited in the initial weeks after the reopening after which we will hopefully able to relax these restrictions. In the meantime, we ask that if you are not a regular congregation member, please refrain from coming in and continue to enjoy the services online either live via Zoom or as podcasts (to be uploaded in the days after the services) while we get settled with the new setup.  To view the service live, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.   You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean recording of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on for Virtual Coffee.  We have instituted a fine online alternative to our coffee where we get to find out how people are, what issues are concerning them, or brightening their day, and we are able to pass on important bits of information and news.  Up to now, it has been mostly attended by regular congregation members but we love meeting new people so do hang on after the service and say Hi.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service.

In the case of both the first month of services and online broadcasts, it must be noted that these will be a real experiment and things may go wrong on a technical and human level.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in advance.

Services for July // Sundays at 11am
5th – Welcome Back – Rev. Bridget Spain
12th – Arcadia – Aidan Driscoll
19th – I Am My Brother’s Keeper – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th – History’s Most Influential Thinkers – Rev. Bridget Spain

Our Wednesday lunchtime services of reflection (1.05 to about 1.40 followed by a cup of tea) will resume on Wednesday 8th July.  Pam McCarthy will lead these service and all are welcome to attend.

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and October have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

June started with a moving and profound joint service with 4th Universalist Society of New York City led by our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain with Rev. Schuyler Vogel (minister, 4th Universalist Society of New York City) and Rev. Maud Robinson, (minister, Fulwood Chapel, Sheffield, England and a good friend of both churches).  Since then, we have enjoyed services from Dublin led by Aidan Driscoll, Will O’Connell, Rev. Bridget Spain, Tony Shine and a Favourite Readings Service featuring contributions from many congregation members. Thanks to congregation members and friends Will O’Connell, Emily Neenan, Dennis Aylmer,Doireann Ní Bhríain, Aidan Driscoll, Trish Webb Duffy, Paul Murray, Pamela McCarthy, Keith Troughton, Alison Claffey, Andy Pollak, The Whileaways, Anúna and Josh Johnston for contributing to the services with readings or music in June.  You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page.  The podcasts are also available from the I-Tunes Music Store.

Our ongoing series of short daily services of worship and reflection also  continues, led by Bridget with occasional and much appreciated assistance from Pam McCarthy.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The July edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

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

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (29th July) they are meeting to discuss And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokov.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

Enjoy the relaxed restrictions on our movements and actions but please remember that it is by our endeavours to follow the government and HSE guidelines that we can prevent a deadly second wave of the virus and get back to some picture of normality – even if it’s a new normality – as soon as possible.   We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks, anywhere that represents a new picture and fresh sources of air.  We also hope that everybody can observe social distancing and stay safe, positive and calm at this still confusing time.

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.

Best wishes,

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

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Church to reopen Sunday 5th July

Church building to reopen Sunday 5th July

The minister and managing committee of Dublin Unitarian Church are looking forward to returning to the church on St. Stephen’s Green in an experimental capacity on Sunday 5th July. See below for a statement from the chair of the managing committee.

“The Managing Committee is seeking ways to open the Church for worship on Sunday,5th July. This will have to be done on a phased basis, and the complications of social distancing demand strict controls with regard to seating, entrance, movement and departure, and the maximum number able to attend. The initial services will be very much on an experimental basis, and there is no doubt things will improve as we go along. Initially, sadly, droplet infection demands no congregational singing, and initially, the coffee gathering in the Damer Hall will be abandoned. We are approaching this with caution, and we will be asking the tolerance and patience of members attending! Further information will follow as our plans develop.

Dennis Aylmer,
Chairman, Managing Committee.”

Up 5th July, we will continue to broadcast the Sunday service online as well as the weekday services of reflection.

Pamela McCarthy intends to resume the Wednesday services of reflection in the church building on Wednesday July 8th.

We will of course be revising plans as situations change in a constantly fast-changing environment. This is however exciting and something to look forward to.

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June 2020

June 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

We genuinely hope you are doing well and are staying calm, positive and safe in these troubled times, as hard as that is the longer this goes on.  It is good to see a phased reintroduction of something resembling normal life presented to us in Ireland to give a clearer picture of how we can safely proceed to provide a comfortable and welcoming worship space in St. Stephen’s Green.  It would seem that there will be a way of reopening on July 20th or on a Sunday shortly thereafter but, of course, we will continue to follow guidelines as they are monitored and revised before making an official announcement.  Assuming we do open in July, it seems likely that it will be with social distancing restrictions firmly in place – the church committee will discuss, make arrangements and inform the congregation in due course about how to do this with the safety of congregation members, staff and visitors firmly at the top of their thoughts.   All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and August have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain and other lay preachers have enjoyed shifting the focus to our recorded services (both Sunday and during the week) – Thanks to congregation members and friends Pam McCarthy, Paul Murray, Madeline Stringer, Aidan O’Driscoll, David Heap, Doireann Ní Bhríain, Josh Johnston, Julien Nass, Derina Johnson, George Stringer, David MacKenzie & Kern for contributing to the services with readings or music in May.

Tomorrow, Sunday 31st May, we are excited to present a joint service with 4th Universalist Society of New York City.  Their minister Rev. Schuyler Vogel and ours, Rev. Bridget Spain will jointly lead the service and they will also be joined by Rev. Maud Robinson, a longtime friend of both congregations.  Josh Johnston and Sean Mayes, the respectives directors of music, will share the musical contributions as well.   All are welcome to attend via Zoom and to do this, you should go to www.4thu.org at about 3.50pm on Sunday 31st May – there is a link for the Sunday service on their homepage and all congregation for this service should enter that way.  The service will last about an hour and there will be a chance to meet members of the various congregations in smaller breakout groups afterwards if you wish to stay on for “virtual coffee”.

Apart from tomorrow, our Sunday service is currently pre-recorded and distributed on a Sunday morning via our website. You can see details of the service (always ready by 11am on a Sunday morning) at our Recordings page as they’re uploaded.  Podcasts are also still being prepared – edited from the full recordings in the categories as normal – moments of reflection, address and children’s story.   These podcasts are available from the same page and from the I-Tunes Music Store.

June Services

31st May – Joint service with 4th Universalist Society, New York City, join us at 4pm (Irish time) via www.4thu.org – service led by Rev. Schuyler Vogel & Rev. Bridget Spain
7th June – Service led by Will O’Connell
14th June – Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
21st June – Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain

Our ongoing series of short daily services of worship and reflection also  continues, led by Bridget with occasional and much appreciated assistance from Pam McCarthy.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The June edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

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

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (24th June) they are meeting to discuss Harvesting by Lisa Harding.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

Please remember that it is by our endeavours to follow the government and HSE guidelines and restrictions that we can prevent a deadly second wave of the virus and get back to some picture of normality – even if it’s a new normality – as soon as possible. The 2km perimeter fence is now a 5km perimeter fence and in the next month we can look forward to new and more freedoms.   We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks when and where it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, we hope that you all stay safe, positive, calm and at home.

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.

Best wishes,

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

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A Short Story Of My Long Life – Tania Trusova’s memoir

We are very pleased to present a memoir written by Tania Trusova, a congregation member. It talks about growing up in Poland and Moscow and moving to Ireland to begin a new life.

You can read the memoir here.

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May 2020

May 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Poetry begins where language starts: in the shadows and accidents of one person’s life”

Eavan Boland

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

A month into our national lockdown and lots of media coverage,  intense research and interest being shown by everyone – yet it sometimes feels we’re as much in the dark as we have been at any time over the last six weeks. The times we live in are a bit crazy, a bit sad, a bit life-affirming, a bit confusing but we hope everybody is getting through this as best they can and we send our best wishes to all our members and friends.   As for us at Dublin Unitarian Church, we are expecting to be out of the church for the next two months – and it could be longer.  If we are back in our community home sooner, it will be a pleasant surprise. All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and August have been cancelled or postponed.

Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain and other lay preachers have enjoyed shifting the focus to our recorded services (both Sunday and during the week) – the format is still developing but it’s nice to reach a wider ground than we can with a church stuck to the spot in St. Stephen’s Green and the audio-only environment has forced us to think outside the box when preparing the service, particularly the children’s story.  We are hatching some exciting plans that will hopefully come to fruition in June.  More about that next month.

Our Sunday service is now pre-recorded and distributed on a Sunday morning via our website. You can see details of the service (always ready by 11am on a Sunday morning) at our Recordings page.

May Services

3rd May – Changing Times – Rev. Bridget Spain
10th May – Truth Matters – Paul Murray
17th May – What Is Reality ? – Madeline Stringer
24th May – Regarding Four Religious Figures – Rev. Bridget Spain

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

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

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

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

The only church club / society that can continue on is the Book Club – they are using the Churches’ Zoom account to meet up on the last Wednesday of the month and are always happy to meet new people.  This month (27th May) they are meeting to discuss Shadowplay by Dublin novelist Joseph O’Connor.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

We thank heavens for the front-line workers who are working hard and in dangerous conditions to ensure we are safe, can get around, and have food to eat.  We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks, beyond the 2km perimeter fence when it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, we stay safe, positive, calm and at home.

Best wishes,

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

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Oscailt May 2020

As the church is closed due to the Covid-19 virus, our monthly magazine Oscailt is being produced online until the situation settles.

To access it, click on the month – this will take you to an index for that month which you can use to navigate the various articles.

1. April 2020

2. May 2020

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GA Anniversary Service 2020 – Rev. Bridget Spain virtually addresses congregation

The Annual Meetings of the General Assembly of Unitarians and Free Christian Churches were due to happen last week in Birmingham. It was a source of great pride that Rev. Bridget Spain and Rev. Mike O’Sullivan (minister, Cork Unitarian Church) had been invited to lead the Anniversary Service, the spiritual centrepiece of the meetings each year. As with everything else, the GA was cancelled due to the CoVid 19 restrictions and so the Anniversary Service didn’t happen in Birmingham on Thursday. In a forward-thinking move on a par with the other bold moves our movement has taken to bring its services and meetings onto the internet since the beginning of this emergency, the Executive Committee of the General Assembly and Organising Committee of the meetings got together and suggested many ways that lots of the meetings planned for the event could take place after all using Zoom. At the same time, Bridget and Mike were asked to pre-record a version of their Anniversary Service. Mike led the service and Bridget delivered the address. This churches’ organist and director of music, Josh Johnston, recorded some music and these recordings were inserted at appropriate places in the service. You can hear the service by clicking on the link below.

Let’s Talk Soul – Anniversary Service
intended for the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Birmingham, England
Thursday 9th April at 5pm
Address by Rev. Bridget Spain (minister, Dublin Unitarian Church)
Service by Rev. Mike O’Sullivan (minister, Cork Unitarian Church)
Music performed by Josh Johnston (organist / director of music, Dublin Unitarian Church)

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