August 2015 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
–  William Carlos Williams

Services in August 2015

Servies at 11am

August 2nd “An Unending Search” Rev. Bridget Spain
August 9th “The Magic Of Tidying Up” Rev. Marti Keller (USA)
August 16th “Care Of The Soul” Rev. Bridget Spain
August 23rd “The Thing With Feathers” Pamela McCarthy
August 30th “The Teaching Of The Apostles” Rev. Bridget Spain

Also . . . .

Wednesdays at 1.05pm

Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy

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 August 2015

Film Club

The Film Club normally meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they have decided to take a Summer pause. The film club will resume in September 2015

All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club like to walk places as a group through the year.

Please make contact with Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for their walks or would like more information.

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (26th August this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Green Road by Anne Enright. The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

As of August 1st, we have just under €3,700 left to raise for the Organ Restoration Project. We are allowing ourselves to get very excited about a launch of the restored organ on Culture Night, Friday 18th September 2015. The plan to have the funds raised by this date seems very doable now as well. We are not legally allowed accept pipe sponsorship forms after the fundraising is finished so if you have been planning to sponsor a pipe (or another), now is your opportunity.

This month on two seperate occasions, Rory Delany will lead the congregation on walks through Dublin looking out for buildings and spots of interest to Dubliners and Unitarians alike.  During the first walk (16th August after church – 12.30ish outside the church) Rory will be taking his walkers in the direction of The Liberties. Topics to be discussed (informally of course and with good cheer) along the way include Faction Fighting, Underground Rivers, Alms Houses, Royal Visits and anything else that might crop up along the way. The second walk is on 30th August at the same time and is, at time of press, a magical mystery tour as he hasn’t quite decided where he will walk. Those who have been on the walk before will be able to predict that it will be informative, fascinating and fun.  All are welcome and congregation members are encouraged to bring their friends and family.

In Project news, Trevor Crowe, our organbuilder, has been working since April 2015 on restoring pipes removed from the organ and has recently begun installing restored and new pipes. The swell box, the mechanism for opening and closing the door on a number of pipes to make them louder and softer, went in during July and is working like a dream. The congregation can expect to hear a gradual strengthening of the sound which will increase until the formal turning on on September 18th. At this stage, it is anticipated there will still be a small amount of work to be completed ahead of the organ dedication on Sunday 6th December but the whole job has been promised to us ahead of the Christmas season.


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, other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website –

– and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in August 2015

 Thursday 27th August

Hunting The Brave – Ultraviolet Single Launch

Doors 7.30 / Show at 8pm

Tickets €12 available from

Hunting The Brave on Facebook


The church is currently fundraising to spend €250,000 to restore its beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ (1910) at the back of the church. On Christmas Day 2014, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €200,000 – we’re almost close enough to touch the finishing post but there’s a little more to do yet. If you want to help support the project, you can by attending events at the church, buying the various books the church has published or by sponsoring a pipe in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website.  If  you’re  interested in  learning more,  you should  go to our Restoration page.
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

Best wishes,

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

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