April 2021

April 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“But why should the daffodils and tulips
Get all the praise and blessings?
My rebirth goes unnoticed- I am worthy
Of smiles and dazzled cries of worship.”
― Lea Malot, Coffins & Rhinestones

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

As we approach Easter for the second time in the life of this pandemic, it is hard to think back a year and take in the fact that, a year on, despite a few months during the summer when we were allowed out, we are still being asked politely to stay at home to curb the spread of CoVid-19.  Our latest advice is that restrictions regarding church services will be reviewed at the end of April so, again and for now, the restrictions are still in force and our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online.  We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website.  After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  All are welcome.  

Services for April 2021 // Sundays at 11am

4th April 2021 Easter Sunday
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘If There Was No Ressurection’

11th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘Do We Need God ?’

18th April 2021
Keith Troughton “Scaffolding”

25th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘A Religious Makeover’

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Thanks are due to Rev. Bridget Spain and Will O’Connell who led the services during March as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our audio recordings are also available in the form of three podcasts that fall into different categories (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service.  They are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (28th April) and this month they are reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

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

You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.

The church has 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. Please come and like our page. 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

It has been nice to see the return of the sun and feel the warmth and brightness of the longer day in the last few weeks.  As the pace of the vaccines increase, and the sun warms us all up, this undoubtedly hard time will get easier.  In the meantime, stay calm and at home as much as humanly possible.  Touch base with elderly and vulnerable friends and relatives and keep the faith – this too shall pass.

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 2021

Oscailt, our monthly magazine of news and ideas, is currently available online only. The April edition is now available to read here.

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March 2021 Oscailt

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March 2021

March 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz
I wonder where the boidies is
They say the boid is on the wing
But that’s absoid, the wing is on the boid!

Anonymous

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

As with the rest of Ireland, very little has changed at Dublin Unitarian Church in the last month although it is refreshing and hopeful to see CoVid stats going down and the sun returning in the sky.  That said, the restrictions are still in force so our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online.  We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website.  After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  All are welcome.

We were sad to learn of the death of our dear friend and senior congregation member Charlie McCaw last Thursday.   The following words are taken from a tribute written by our treasurer Rory Delany on our Facebook page.

“Charlie’s associations with our church on St Stephen’s Green were long and deep. Charlie’s marriage to his beloved Moisie was celebrated in the church by Rev. E.S. Hicks in 1958, the same minister who baptised Charlie in the church in 1929.   Charlie made an enormous contribution to the life of the congregation, serving with distinction in a number of capacities including that of trustee and most recently as the treasurer of the church. His knowledge and skill guided the congregation through many of the difficult challenges it faced in less prosperous times and our debt to him is immeasurable.

However, it is a personal level that Charlie will be remembered and missed by our church community most of all. His singing, his witticisms, his twinkling eyes and his lovely smile will be fondly remembered for a very long time. Many of us will also remember his thoughtful contributions when he took his turn to provide a Reading on a Sunday morning. These readings often included poetry of his own composition which he sometimes lovingly introduced as ‘dedicated to Moisie’.”

We extend our deepest sympathies to Moisie, his children, his grandchildren, his brother George and to the extended McCaw family. Charlie’s funeral will take place on the morning of Monday 1st March from the church via our webcam.  Over the last month, our minister’s mother-in-law also passed away at the amazing age of 106 – our thoughts are also with the Spain family at this sad time. 

Services for March 2021 // Sundays at 11am

7th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Old Habits die hard’

14th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Presbyterians and Unitarians’

21st March 2021
Service Will O’Connell ‘Here Comes The Sun’

28th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Passover’

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

February was a busy month for services.   Pamela McCarthy and Rev. Spain shared the services and a loyal crew of congregation members contributed with music and words in various ways.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our series of podcasts have recently been re-energised and the reach of these podcasts has been extended – three podcasts (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (31st March) and this month they are reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

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

Our director of music Josh Johnston wishes to thank those of you who have taken the time to check out his new MindTravels project with Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) – they are producing videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook roughly every two weeks – the next one will be produced next week.  Check out the current playlist here.

The church has 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. Please come and like our page. 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

Stay calm. We are making progress.  This too shall pass.

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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February 2021

February 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

As hard as it is to take, the pandemic is still with us and Ireland’s lockdown has been extended by another month.  Despite the promising stats regarding infection numbers and the steady rollout of the various vaccines, it has been a hard month in Ireland with the strongest regulations, increased limits on travel and some cold weather to boot.  It is reassuring to know that we are doing it to keep the pandemic at bay, to protect front line workers and HSE resources, and to speed up our lives getting back to normal again

For the next while, until we are able to open again, we are inviting you to view our Sunday services live via our webcam which can be accessed via that link there or by a link on the homepage of our website.

On Sunday, our morning service at 11am is led by the minister, a member of the congregation or a visiting guest.

After the service on Sunday, our congregation has come to enjoy congregating via Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a chance to chat and catch up with each other.  All, regular and less regular attendees, new and longstanding, are welcome and encouraged to join in.  To access Virtual Coffee after church on a Sunday, go over to Zoom from about 11.50 – the link is embedded in the word “Zoom”.

Our Services for February 2021

31st January 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – The Old Religions

7th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Security, Serenity, Peace Of Mind

14th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Coptic Christianity And Ireland

21st February 2021 – Pamela McCarthy – Aunt Jobiska

28th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Harvesting Hope

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

During January, we began using the webcam to broadcast Sunday services from the church.  This proved quite successful with the minister being joined by a reader and using music created beforehand by director of music Josh Johnston.  Our readers were Doireann Ní Bhriain, Andy Pollak, David Heap and Gavin O’Duffy, Tony Brady took the service on 24th January assisted by musicians Gavin Byrne and Will O’Connell to give Bridget and Josh a break.  Thanks to everybody who contributed to all services throughout the month.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our series of podcasts have recently been re-energised and the reach of these podcasts has been extended – three podcasts (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club is still going strong. It meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (24th February) and this month they are reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

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

On a side-note, our director of music Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) have begun to produce videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook under the moniker MindTravels.  Check out the current playlist here.

Our church has 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. Please come and like our page. 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

Stay calm. Stay positive. 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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February Oscailt magazine

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Co-Vid 19 update Tuesday 5th January 2021

In keeping with the most recent regulations regarding the containment of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic, the church will be closed to the public for scheduled services from Saturday 26th December until the regulations are amended or lifted.

Sunday services will be streamed via our webcam at the appropriate times and recordiings of the services will be podcasted shortly after.

Our Wednesday “lunchtime” service will be recorded at home and uploaded as Pam McCarthy’s contribution to the daily reflections on Wednesday mornings.

The church is currently offering a system to take voluntary online donations in lieu of our regular Sunday collection via Paypal. These help towards the ongoing running costs of the church.

If you have enjoyed or benefitted from our service, please consider making a donation here. Offerings of any size are appreciated.

For further info, feel free to email here

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January 2021

January 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

Happy New Year !!!!  Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

And then, just like that, we are back in lockdown again.  Frustrating as it is, we know that it is for the greater good and so, as has become the way of the world, we will be flexible and work together.

For the next while, until we are able to open again, we are inviting you to view our Wednesday and Sunday services live via our webcam which can be accessed via that link there or by a link on the homepage of our website.

Every Wednesday, congregation member Pam McCarthy leads a service of reflection at 1pm and on Sunday, our morning service at 11am is led by the minister, a member of the congregation or a visiting guest.

After the service on Sunday, our congregation has come to enjoy congregating via Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a chance to chat and catch up with each other.  All, regular and less regular attendees, new and longstanding, are welcome and encouraged to join in.  To access Virtual Coffee after church on a Sunday, go over to Zoom from about 11.50 – the link is embedded in the word “Zoom”.

After the Wednesday and Sunday services, we continue to upload recordings to our podcast which can be accessed via the I-Tunes Music Store, our Facebook page and our Recordings page on our own site.

Our Services for January 2021

3rd January 2021: Stop Being So Religious – Rev. Bridget Spain

10th January 2021: A Fresh Approach To Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain

17th January 2021: Holocaust Memorial Day – Rev. Bridget Spain

24th January 2021: Sorry Wrong Number – Tony Brady

31st January 2021: The Old Religions – Rev. Bridget Spain

It is not possible to take a collection at this time due to it not being possible to be in the same room but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Services in December were very much a team effort with Rev. Bridget Spain leading most of our services but contributions being made by 14 congregation members and our 13th December service of carols being shared with 4th Universalist Society of New York and Cork Unitarian Church and their associated music and ministry teams.  This was a beautiful and spiritual occasion in particular, conducted in a spirt of reaching out and solidarity – an opportunity to see us getting through this together in action.  Thanks to everybody who contributed to all services throughout the month.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them on our Facebook page.

At our Christmas Day service, our minister took the time to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and New Year, and to thank all the congregation members and friends of the church who went out of their way to ensure the church ran smoothly despite the chaotic learning process we have all been through this last year.  We continue to experiment with the most comfortable ways to work and worship at this strange and discomfiting time but the community has really pulled together to make the transition as smooth as could be hoped for.  While we hope for a speedy transition back to what could be perceived as normality, we are grateful for the community spirit that has got the church through this with goodwill and good humour.

Our Book Club is still going strong. It meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (27th January) and this month they are reading Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

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

On a side-note, our director of music Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) have begun to produce videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook.  Check out the current playlist here.

Our church has 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. Please come and like our page. 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

Here’s to 2021 – may it bring vaccines, hope, calm and better days.

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 January 2021

Happy New Year !!!!

Our monthly magazine Oscailt is currently being produced online only. The January edition is available to read here.

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CoVid-19 Update Monday 28th December 2020

In keeping with the most recent regulations regarding the containment of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic, the church will be closed to the public for scheduled services from Saturday 26th December until the regulations are amended or lifted.

Wednesday and Sunday services will be streamed via our webcam at the appropriate times and recordiings of the services will be podcasted shortly after.

The church is currently offering a system to take voluntary online donations in lieu of our regular Sunday collection via Paypal. These help towards the ongoing running costs of the church.

If you have enjoyed or benefitted from our service, please consider making a donation here. Offerings of any size are appreciated.

For further info, feel free to email here

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