November 2018

November 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring!
~Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

Sunday Services in November 2018

November 4th – Life’s Mystery – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 11th – Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 18th – Japanese Garden Meditation – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 25th – A Reflection On The Book Of Ruth – Paul Jeffrey

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2018

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month (7th this month) at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  Last month, due to technical issues, they were unable tol watch Last Orders, Fred Schepisi’s thoughtful ensemble drama which looks back on the life of Jack (Michael Caine), an amiable London butcher who leaves behind his devoted wife, Amy (Helen Mirren), and a group of loyal pub-dwelling buddies when he dies. A superb cast of legendary British actors – this is a lovely and funny film. This month they are going to have another go at watching it, giving up on the Internet and going back to old fashioned DVD.  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 28th November, they will discuss Anatomy Of A Disappearance by Hisham Matar

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Their next walk is this weekend in Dun Laoghaire along the Metals towards Killiney on November 3rd. The group will meet at the McInerney’s house, 8 Claremont Villas, Glenageary at 11am to start walking at 11.30.

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.  Their plans for November are

Peterloo (film directed by Mike Leigh at IFI), Monday 5th November
Asking For It (Abbey Theatre) Wednesday 14th November
* The Great Gatsby (Gate Theatre) Monday 19th November

If you’d like to join them or would like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list. Abbey

Publications

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

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

Events in the church – October 2018

Friday 2nd November
Born Optimistic presents
Leonard’s Corner
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.bornoptimistic.com

Immerse yourself in the glow of Leonard Cohen’s greatest songs performed by some of Dublin’s Dublin’s greatest musicians.

Leonard’s Corner are:
Tarny Reilly (voice)
Cliff Rosney (piano)
David Byrne (banjo)
Ronan Conroy (bass)
Deirdre Murphy (voice)
Rita Garland (voice/guitar)
Rebecca Reilly (voice/guitar)
Mark Matthew (voice/guitar)

Facebook event here

Friday 16th November
Third Day Chorale present
Clíodhna Ní Aodáin – The Celtic Cello
Third Day Chorale (director, Dr. Marion Doherty Hayden)
Show 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin presents her debut album, The Celtic Cello, a collection of timeless traditional Irish and Scottish Airs. With haunting melodies of love, parting, nature and the cycle of life, The Celtic Cello evokes the essence of another world while offering memories of home.

Clíodhna is joined by The Third Day chorale for a World premiere of “Báidín Fheilimí” for Choir and Solo Cello conducted by Marion Doherty Hayden.

The Celtic Cello on Facebook
Facebook Event

Saturday 1st December
Aiken Promotions presents
Ed Harcourt
Doors 8pm
Tickets €22 from www.ticketmaster.ie

On November 23rd, pianist / singer / songwriter Ed Harcourt releases Beyond The End, his first album for Point Of Departure. It is his first instrumental album. A much acclaimed recording artist who released his Mercury Prize nominated debut, Here Be Monsters on Heavenly Records in 2001, in recent years he has gained acclaim for his songwriting for a variety of artists.

The album, which follows Furnaces, his 2016 album for Polydor, sees Ed Harcourt add another new string to his multi-faceted musical bow. Something of a left-turn after its busy, big-screen, somewhat under-appreciated predecessor, it sees the supremely versatile singer, writer and all-round instrumentalist bravely eschew vocals and lyrics and create a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals, as if sound-tracking an as yet invisible film, or responding to today’s ferocious shouting match of a planet with a mesmerizing, meditative calm. “The world that we live in, we’re exhausted by the internet, social media, the sheer barrage of news and vomit being rained down us on a daily basis. You can’t avoid it, and it’s tiring. So this record came from taking a step back – it’s something that’s trying to be beautiful. My hope is that people might choose to swim amongst this music when it all gets too much.”

Talking about the gestation of the album, which was written and recorded at his ‘Wolf Cabin’ studio in Oxfordshire Harcourt said, “I knew I wanted to buy a new piano. Eventually I found this 1910 Hopkinson Baby Grand, which is exactly the same make and era as my grandmother’s piano which I started learning on and wrote my first three records on. I felt at home again. I needed a break from singing and lyrics so I began writing instrumental music. I grew up listening to and playing Debussy, Satie, Mozart, Grieg, as well as modern composers like Max Richter, Philip Glass, Arvo Part. I also loved Warren Ellis (with whom Harcourt worked on the new Marianne Faithfull album) and Nick Cave’s score for The Assassination Of Jesse James…

“So from around February I’d get up on the cold mornings, have a coffee after the kids had gone to school, then come in here, shut the door, just play…with the snow coming down outside the window. When I found something I thought worked, I’d play it over and over again…”
With the piano accompanied on occasion by Ed’s wife Gita Langley’s violin and Amy Langley’s cello yet in some phases as minimal as Furnaces was maximal, the album carries you through deceptively calm waters while nonetheless stirring up your stormiest inner passions. Reflective, but never passive it’s a quiet storm and a curveball which will gently woo you rather than boisterously bundle you over.

“It’s not contrived, this. It’s come from the heart. I feel like someone might enjoy it on headphones while walking around an unfamiliar city for the first time.” It’s a foreign affair, but only if you’ve never noticed the depth and diversity that’s always infused Ed Harcourt’s music.

Watch the video for Empress Of The Lake from Beyond The End
www.edharcourt.com

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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October 2018

October 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
Emily Bronté

Sunday Services in September/October 2018

7th – Judas Iscariot – Rev. Bridget Spain
14th – Blessed Are The Peacemakers – Rev. Bridget Spain
21st – Nature And The Soul – Rev. Bridget Spain
28th – Halloween – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

For many years, there have been three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Due to current technical problems, there seems to only be one fully functioning at the moment – we are working on it. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in October 2018

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month (3rd this month) at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start This month they will watch Last Orders, Fred Schepisi’s thoughtful ensemble drama looks back on the life of Jack (Michael Caine), an amiable London butcher who leaves behind his devoted wife, Amy (Helen Mirren), and a group of loyal pub-dwelling buddies when he dies. A superb cast of legendary British actors – this is a lovely and funny film. The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies. Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month, on 31st October, they will discuss Dictator by Robert Harris

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month. They are currently planning a walk in Dun Laoghaire along the Metals towards Killiney on November 3rd. The group will meet at the McInerney’s house, 8 Claremont Villas, Glenageary at 11am to start walking at 11.30.

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 in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after. There are tickets booked for Druid Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Abbey Theatre for Wednesday 17th October. If you’d like to join them or would like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

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.

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Events in the church – October 2018

Saturday 13th October
Turning Pirate presents
John Smith
Tickets €17.95 from www.eventbrite.com

“The future of folk music” – John Renbourn

“He’s a magician” – Ben Howard

“Spellbinding” – Time Out

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song.

Friday 19th October
Havest Unplugged
A Tribute To Neil Young
Doors 8pm
Tickets €20 from www.tickets.ie

An evening of all the usual acoustic classics (“Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Helpless, “Sugar Mountain” etc) as well as re-interpretations of some powerful rockers (“Powderfinger”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”)

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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September 2018

September 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Think Like a Tree

Soak up the sun
Affirm life’s magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling

– Karen I. Shragg

Sunday Services in September 2018

2nd – The Wisdom Of The 12 Steps – Will O’Connell
9th – Time Will Tell – Patrick Rodgers
16th – Is There A Limit To Tolerance ? – Elaine Harris
23rd – Soul Survivors – Rev. Bridget Spain
30th – Making Space For Your Authentic Self – Christina Smith

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

For many years, there have been three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Due to current technical problems, there seems to only be one fully functioning at the moment – we are working on it. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in September 2018

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month (5th this month) at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start This month they will watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie: ‘Rebecca’ starring: Laurence Olivier with Joan Fontaine. The film is based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier. 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 7.15pm. This month, on 26th September, they will read De Niro’s Game by Rawl Hage.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month. Currently there is no specific plan for September but there is liable to be a walk.

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 in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after. A group of them have booked tickets for Hamlet by William Shakespeare at the Gate Theatre. If you’d like to join them or would like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.

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.

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Events in the church – September 2018

Friday 21st September
Culture Night
Church open from 5-11pm

Dublin Unitarian Church is once again delighted to open its doors to the public on Culture Night which, this year, is Friday 21st September 2018. The church will be open for the duration of the evening – 5pm to 11pm.

As in previous years, there will be spotlight hours on the hour lasting roughly 20 minutes after which visitors are welcome to wander around the church, learn about the history of the building and the congregation and chat to congregation members. This year the music programme has been curated by Born Optimistic and we thank Donal Scannell there for that work. Admission is free and all are welcome.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS
5pm “The Wilson Memorial Window” Dr. David Carron (talk)
6pm The Daydreamers Kids Choir singing the songs of Mic Christopher
7pm “Our House” Pamela McCarthy (talk)
8pm Delush (music)
9pm “Northern Lights” Rory Delany (talk)
10pm Leonard’s Corner singing the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Music programme curated by Born Optimistic –www.bornoptimistic.com

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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Culture Night 2018

    Culture Night 2018 at Dublin Unitarian Church

Dublin Unitarian Church is once again delighted to open its doors to the public on Culture Night  which, this year, is Friday 21st September 2018.  The church will be open for the duration of the evening – 5pm to 11pm.

As in previous years, there will be spotlight hours on the hour lasting roughly 20 minutes after which visitors are welcome to wander around the church, learn about the history of the building and the congregation and chat to congregation members. This year the music programme has been curated by Born Optimistic and we thank Donal Scannell there for that work. Admission is free and all are welcome.

    SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

5pm “The Wilson Memorial Window” Dr. David Carron (talk)
6pm The Daydreamers Kids Choir singing the songs of Mic Christopher
7pm “Our House” Pamela McCarthy (talk)
8pm Delush (music)
9pm “Northern Lights” Rory Delany (talk)
10pm Leonard’s Corner singing the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Music programme curated by Born Optimistic – www.bornoptimistic.com

See you on 21st September !!!

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August 2018

August 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Sunday Services in August 2018

5th – Jesus As Exemplar – Rev. Bridget Spain
12th – More Thoughts On Prayer – Rev Bridget Spain
19th – Address given by Eamonn Ryan, Green Party
26th – Life Feeds You – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

For many years, there have been three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Due to current technical problems, there seems to only be one fully functioning at the moment – we are working on it.  Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

 Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in July 2018 

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7.15pm.  This month they will read In The Heart Of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbruck.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  This month, on 25th August, they will walk the Cliff Walk to the summit of Howth Head.  Rendezvous point is 11am beside Howth Dart Station at The Dog House Blue’s Tea Room Restaurant. The distance is about 7 km and time taken including picnic lunch and viewing times will be about 3-3.5 hours. Regular walking boots and appropriate all weather gear is advisable. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  Film Club is on Summer holidays and will return in September.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  Theatre Club will also resume in September.

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.

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There are no cultural events this month in the church.

We look forward to welcoming people to the church on Friday 21st September for Culture Night between 5 and 11pm. More in next month’s e-mail.

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

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

Best wishes,

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

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June 2018

June 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

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

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Sunday Services in June 2018

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

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

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

 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in June 2018

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

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

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

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

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

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

Publications

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

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – June 2018

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

This will be beyond gorgeous.

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

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

All proceeds will go to Aidlink.

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

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

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

Their list of hits goes on and on.

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

Support on the night is Larry Beau.

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

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

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

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

Yes, Ulysses is “operable”.

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

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

He will be with us in spirit.

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

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

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

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

www.joshjohnston.com

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

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

Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church

112 St. Stephen’s Green West

Dublin 2

IRELAND

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May 2018

May 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

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

Irish Blessing

Sunday Services in May 2018

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

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

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

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2017

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

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

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

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

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

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

Publications

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

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.skinnywolves.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church

112 St. Stephen’s Green West

Dublin 2

IRELAND

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April 2018

April 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

 

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

Christopher Morley

Sunday Services in April 2018

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

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

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2017

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

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

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

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

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

Publications

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

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

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – April 2018

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church

112 St. Stephen’s Green West

Dublin 2

IRELAND

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

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

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

Reading of Names 2018

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

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

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

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

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March 2018

March 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

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

Richard Julian

Sunday Services in March 2018

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

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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

All welcome.

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

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

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

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

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

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

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

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

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

Publications

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

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

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

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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