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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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

2. May 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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