April 2020

April 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

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

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

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay calm. Stay healthy. Stay at home.

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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Oscailt April 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

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Daily Services

DAILY SERVICES FROM DUBLIN UNITARIAN CHURCH

At the moment (March / April 2020), our church is closed to the public due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland and across the world. Until this situation is resolved, it will not be possible to open for Sunday services (or the Wednesday service of reflection). We will advise congregation members and members of the public when it is safe to resume services via our mailing lists, records and social media. We look forward to celebrating with everybody at that point.

In the meantime, we will record our Sunday services and upload full recordings as well as our shorter podcasts sorted by category.

From Wednesday 18th March, and for the remainder of the time we’re closed, Rev. Bridget Spain will also record short daily services of reflection and worship (Monday to Friday). These are archived and can be found on our page devoted to Daily Services (the page can also be found nestled under the word “Recordings” on the main menu). Finally, you can also hear the most recent daily service from the home page by clicking “Latest Daily Service” on the left hand bar.

Stay safe, Stay calm, Stay strong, Stay at home.

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Sunday Service 15th March 2020

With necessity comes invention.

Due to the Co Vid 19 virus, the church will be closed until at least 29th March 2020. Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain, has suggested that we use our podcasts to keep the cycle of worship going.

For that reason, Bridget went into the church yesterday and recorded her service in an empty church.

http://www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/…/150320-fullservice.m…

We are also continuing with our regular podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store and www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings – these podcasts are cut from the recordings of the weekly service under the categories, Sermons, Reflections and Children’s Stories.

Stay safe everyone.

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Covid-19 Update

In view of the current situation, the guidelines issued by the Irish government, and in the interest of the health and welfare of all who come to the church, it has been reluctantly decided to cancel our service this Sunday 15th March (and we expect the same precaution will have to apply for Wednesday and Sunday services until further notice). The two concerts scheduled in March have also been cancelled by their individual promoters. Look for Facebook event pages for these events for details of rescheduled dates or ticket refunds.

During this disruption we will endeavour to upload the intended content of our services to the web so that they can be accessed by members and by visitors to the site as usual. A reminder that the highlights of our weekly services can be found at this link

Please note that the Lantern Centre where we have our monthly Film Club and Mindfulness Sessions is also closed until 29th March (and probably until further notice).

If you know anyone who attends church but who is not on the weekly email list will you please advise them of the position. Please also endeavour to stay in contact with elderly and sick neighbours and friends during this difficult time.

We will issue further updates as we know more and once we have made a decision to resume church services. In the interim I would like to wish you and your families a safe passage during this difficult time and may your hearts be full of hope in the weeks ahead.

Take good care and stay safe.

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March 2020

March 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

“Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Sunday Services in March 2020

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

March 1st – Art And Beauty – Keith Troughton
March 8th – Transcendent Reality – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 15th – Fundamental Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 22nd – Life In Imitation Of Water – Tony Brady
March 29th – Service led by Rev. Celia Cartwright, President of the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in February 2020

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 6.45pm for a 7pm start    This month, on 4th March, they will watch The War Bride, a 2001 Irish film starring Anna Friel, Julie Cox and Brenda Fricker. The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month, on 25th March, they will discuss Silas Marner by George Eliot.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month (normally), Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. This month the third Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day so sensibly, Tony has moved it to the following Tuesday – on 20th February, the theme is “The worldview of the late John O’Donohue (1956-2008)”, an exploration of the work and thinking of the Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher who, as an author, is widely credited for popularising Celtic spirituality.  Admission is free but they participants are encouraged to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Evening ends with tea/coffee at 8pm. Please email  email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Their  next walk will take them to the Blessington Greenway on Saturday 28th March.  They will meet at 10am at AvonRí Adventure Centre (simply to have coffee) and proceed from there towards Russbrough House.  The return journey takes roughly 3 hours including time for a picnic lunch.  The walk is on reasonably level terrain but can get very wet and mucky in places at this time of year.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

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

Restoration

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

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – March 2020

Saturday 14th March
All City Records presents
Jonny Dillon – Songs For A One-String Guitar
Doors 7.30pm

Jonny is no stranger to All City. We were delighted with the response to his 2019 release “Songs For A One-String Guitar” – his debut instrumental acoustic guitar LP. Better known for his analogue electronic music productions and all-hardware live sets under the ‘Automatic Tasty’ moniker [Lunar Disko, CPU, Wrong Island], Jonny’s records (bearing heavy acid and electro influences), along with live appearances at venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Kiev’s Closer belie the fact that he has been quietly exploring the musical landscape of the guitar for nearly twenty years.

Music on Soundcloud

Saturday 28th March 2020
Butter Wouldn’t Melt presents
Paddy Mulcahy
Special Guest – Gareth Redmond
Tickets €12.50 from www.eventbrite.com
Doors 7.30pm

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album “How To Disappear”, Paddy has performed at Other Voices Dingle with European dates lined up for 2020. This is the composer’s first headline show in Dublin and will see him bring his arsenal of synthesizers and drum-machines to the Unitarian Church to perform How To Disappear live.

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

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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February 2020

February 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work
.”

from Begin by Brendan Kennelly

Sunday Services in February 2020

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

February 2nd – The Wheel Of The Year – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 9th – Etty Hillesum – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 16th – Hope Renewed – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 23rd – Feet Of Clay – Paul Murray

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in February 2020

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.15 start    This month, on 5th February, they will watch The Trouble With Harry, a funny, early Alfred Hitchcock movie – funny and Hitchcock don’t often go together.  Harry may be dead (from natural causes) but he seems nevertheless, to shun his rightful place in the welcoming soil of New England. We can guarantee no violence among the living nor even ‘gru’ as in gruesomeness but the film is ‘A delightful romp!’ so do please come. The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month, on 26th February, they will discuss Swallows Of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street at 6.30pm. This month, on 20th February, the theme is “the world through the poetic eyes of Mary Oliver”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Evening ends with tea/coffee at 8pm. Please email  email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Their  first walk this year will be in and around the history filled village of Hollywood in Co Wicklow on Saturday 22nd February – description of the walk is shown in the link. Rendezvous at 10 am in the Hollywood Coffee Shop to start walking at 10:30 am. The estimate is that between walking, talking and taking in the many points of interest it will take about 3.5 to 4 hours including picnic lunch. Ground is muddy in some places and the walk will take in some of St Kevin’s way in Corrigan’s Glen which is wet in places so appropriate footwear is advised.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

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

Restoration

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

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – February 2020

Saturday 1st February
Callum Orr – Cathy And Places
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Having spent the first half of 2019 recording a new EP with Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Studios, Wexford singer-songwriter Callum Orr is really pleased with how it’s turned out and is looking forward for you to hear it in its entirety which you can do at this gig where he will be joined by a 5-piece band plus a string quartet playing new songs and reimagined older songs.

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

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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January 2020

January 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Happy and peaceful New Year from Rev. Bridget Spain and all at the church.  See you in 2020 !!!

Sunday Services in January 2020

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

December 29th – Service of Favourite Readings & Music
January 5th – Walden – Pamela McCarthy
January 12th – Pause Awhile – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 19th – Islam, Religion Of Peace – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 26th – Christianity In The Future – Rev. Bridget Spain

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in January 2020

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.15 start    New Year’s Day is a Wednesday and the Lanten Centre won’t be open so on Wednesday 8th January, they will watch The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980 USA).  Roger Ebert writes; ‘The film begins in the Kalahari Desert. A pilot in a private plane throws his empty Coke bottle out of the window. It lands near a Bushman who is on a hunting expedition. He has never seen anything like it before. He takes it back to his tribe, where it is put to dozens of uses: It becomes a musical instrument, a patternmaker, a fire starter, a cooking utensil, and, most of all, an object of bitter controversy.’  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm – this month Wednesday 29th January. This month they will read “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens – if you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street at 6.30pm. This month, on 21st January, the theme is “Another Day In Paradise” – a meditative journey through time and space from the miracle of the Big Bang to the altogether extraordinary fact that you are sitting here just now.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Evening ends with tea/coffee at 8pm. Please email  email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

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

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

Restoration

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

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – January 2020

Saturday 28th December
Sean Being & Henry Earnest
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10.85 from www.eventbrite.com

Sean Being and Ernest are musicians/producers from Dublin, currently based in Lisbon. They are coming together on the 28th of December to frame their music in a different context, using the unique atmosphere of the Dublin Unitarian Church. The show will serve as an exhibition of unheard work, while also incorporating material released on Dublin imprints wherethetimegoes and Soft Boy Records, respectively.

Friday 10th January 2019
Meath County Councill Arts Office & AOB Arts Management present
“In The Middle Of”
A music, theatre and literary evening inspired by the writing of Mary Lavin
curated by Deirdre Kinahan
Doors 7.30pm // Show 8pm
Tickets €23.50 from www.takeyourseat.ie – be sure to select Friday 10th as your date.

A magical mix of original performances of music, theatre, readings, spoken-word and song to celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Irish writer Mary Lavin, featuring some of Ireland’s top performing artists.

Award-winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan invites a group of brilliant contemporary artists to respond to Lavin’s evocative short story collection ‘In the Middle of the Fields” through their chosen artform. Artists include the legendary Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Actress/Musician Lisa Lambe with musical accompanist Wayne Sheehy, Writer Sinead Moriarty, Poet Lewis Kenny, Actress Catherine Byrne (Fair City) and Singer/Song writers Michael Brunnock and SaraMai Leech.

Saturday 1st February
Callum Orr – Cathy And Places
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Having spent the first half of 2019 recording a new EP with Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Studios, Wexford singer-songwriter Callum Orr is really pleased with how it’s turned out and is looking forward for you to hear it in its entirety which you can do at this gig where he will be joined by a 5-piece band plus a string quartet playing new songs and reimagined older songs.

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

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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December 2019

December 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.”

from “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” by Edmund Sears

Sunday Services in December 2019

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

December 1st – Is Reason Always Reasonable ? – Madeleine Stringer
December 8th – More For Everyone – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 15th – Service of Christmas Carols & Readings
December 22nd – Christmas Poem – Rory Delany
Wednesday December 25th – Christmas Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 29th – Service of Favourite Readings & Music

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in December 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    This Wednesday 4th December, they will watch Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949). Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian describes as, ‘The best film in the world. Quite apart from a cracking good story, there is the fascination of watching Alec Guinness play all eight of the remaining members of the Duke of Chalfont’s family, all of whom will have to be removed  allow Louis Mazzini to claim his rightful inheritance. A perfect choice for the Christmas holiday. Funny films are not always the best but this one presses all the buttons: the snobbery of the aristocrats; the violence of the suffragettes, and the pheasant-shooting Duke happily setting man-traps for poachers.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will take a Christmas break – they will return in January.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 17th December, the theme is “What’s Another Year ?” – a end of year invitation to let go of the past and prepare to “begin again”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

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

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

Restoration

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

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – December 2019

Friday 6th December
Homebeat presents
David Kitt & friends
8pm
Tickets €19.88 – 24.71 from www.eventbrite.ie

Homebeat are delighted to present a truly intimate evening of music from one of Ireland’s most diverse and celebrated talents David Kitt, with very special support on the night from rising voice Aoife Nessa Frances. David needs absolutely no introduction. From the textured simplicity of ‘The Big Romance’ through his work as New Jackson and into 2018’s record ‘Yous’ he continues to weave a constant path through the fabric of the Irish music scene. He is joined here by frequent collaborator Margie Jean Lewis – it promises to be a very special occasion. This will be his last live performance on these shores for some time.

Sunday 15th December
La La Choir
Sam Kavanagh (facilitator)
3pm (note time)
Ticket info to be announced.

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December
Jack L – Songs For The Winter Solstice
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €32 + booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

Now an annual tradition, Dublin singer and musician returns to sing in the festive season with an evening of holiday and seasonal favourites.

Saturday 28th December
Sean Being & Henry Earnest
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10.85 from www.eventbrite.com

Sean Being and Ernest are musicians/producers from Dublin, currently based in Lisbon. They are coming together on the 28th of December to frame their music in a different context, using the unique atmosphere of the Dublin Unitarian Church. The show will serve as an exhibition of unheard work, while also incorporating material released on Dublin imprints wherethetimegoes and Soft Boy Records, respectively.

Friday 10th January 2019
Meath County Council & AOB Arts Management present
“In The Middle Of”
A music, theatre and literary evening inspired by the writing of Mary Lavin
Doors 8pm
Ticket information to be announced

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November 2019

November 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

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

– Kahlil Gibran

Sunday Services in November 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
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Advance Warning: Our Christmas Carol Service will be on the morning of Sunday 15th December – lots of music and readings to usher in the festivities.  We look forward to seeing old and new friends there.

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Restoration

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

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think Neil Young, Unplugged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your ticket cost includes the album download

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Best wishes,

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

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