April 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
“From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.”
         William Shakespeare
Sunday Services in April 2016
April 3 Freedom, Reason, Tolerance and What ? – Rev. Bridget Spain
April 10 Utopia – Pamela McCarthy
April 17 Poetry Points Us Heavenwards – Andy Pollak
April 24 Other Voices – Rev. Bridget Spain
All welcome.
Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – 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 April 2016
Film Club
The Film Club 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, on Wednesday 7th April, they will watch Pride (2014 GB). Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.
The film club always likes to to welcome new members. 
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year. 
Please make contact with Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.
Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (27th April this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a new social club opportunity for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show – If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required
Facilitator – Patrick Rogers
Thursdays at Lunchtime
As part of a general push to open up the church more often to the public, Thursdays at lunchtime have been spotted as an ideal opportunity for small cultural and historical events. After two successful series of talks (both podcasted from the events page on our website), we will shortly start running music recitals in this slot. Thursday from just after 1 to just before 2. Admission free. All welcome. Details below.
The church has recently upgraded some pieces of furniture in its office and vestry and has some tables that it is happy to part with if interested parties can collect. They are not luxury items but still work well. If you, or anybody you know, could use them, and can pick them up, they are yours. We’d prefer they went to a good place than to a skip. If interested in seeing photos, they are on our Facebook page or you can email email hidden; JavaScript is required and we will send you more details.

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 In The Church – April 2016
Thursday 7th April
Music at the Unitarian Church 2016
Eoin Dillon (uileann pipes & flute)
Graham Watson (guitar)
Admission free
Formerly playing uileann pipes and whistles with Kíla, Eoin Dillon is currently recording Pondelorum, his 4th solo cd featuring original compositions which he will preview at this concert. He will be joined by guitarist and co-producer of the album, Graham Watson.
Friday 8th April
Spring Journey 2016
Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston – Close Your Eyes (CD Launch)
Tickets €12 (online in advance from here) and €15 (on the night)
Dutch jazz singer Truly DiVine joined forces with Irish pianist Josh Johnston (who is sometimes better known as the organist at this church) three years ago to put together “Burning Love”, a show of songs and stories focusing on the dark side of love. Since then, they have collaborated to perform the songs of Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day and other screen sirens and now they have selected their favourites from these shows and have recorded them intimately for you to take home. At this concert, they will perform the album plus a few they kept in reserve for only you to hear. Don’t miss out.
Saturday 9th April
Abner Browns presents
Doors 8pm
Tickets €11.23 from www.eventbrite.ie
Whie_mice (Sinead White) to showcase new songs from an upcoming EP, playing with a full backing band – this may be one of the last chances to see her in such an intimate setting.
Thursday 14th April
Music at the Unitarian Church 2016
Organ Students of DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama
Admission Free
Saturday 16th April
Laetare Vocal Ensemble
Conducted by Róisín Blunnie
Tickets €10 / €5 available at the door
Dublin-based chamber choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble was formed in September 2014 and has quickly established a profile in Irish choral performance. Since its debut concert at the Unitarian Church in Nov 2014, Laetare has won awards at a number of choral festivals, including the National Choir of the Year award at the Navan Choral Festival, premier choir award at the Mayo International Choral Festival, and the 4-part choir, sacred music and W.B. Yeats awards at the Sligo International Choral Festival, In December 2015, Laetare sang as guest backing choir with cellist-songwriter Vyvienne Long at the Button Factory, and the choir was delighted to raise almost €3000 for Focus Ireland in Christmas with Laetare later that month.
LoveSongs brings together an eclectic programme of evocative choral music, including renaissance madrigals from England and Italy, expressions of love and wonder from the German Romantic tradition, as well as contemporary reflections on love and longing. Music by Monteverdi, Morley, Weelkes, Brahms, Schnittke, Rautavaara, Duruflé, Ravel, Selga Mence and Seán Doherty, with the world premiere of I Have No Son by Norah Walsh, a new setting of The Lark in the Clear Air by Eoin Mulvany, and a choral arrangement of Eric Bogle’s powerful anti-war ballad All the Fine Young Men.
Sunday 17th April
Picture House
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 & booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie
One of Ireland’s most loved live acts, back again to play hits like “rules of science”, “sunburst”, “everybody loves my girl” and some new tracks from a new album slated for release in 2016.
Thursday 21st April
Music at the Unitarian Church 2016
Music Theatre Students of Dublin
Admission free
Saturday 23rd April
Callum Orr – Dawning Throes
Tickets €10 + booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie
A farewell gig from Dublin singer-songwriter before he moves to Canada for the foreseeable future. With band and special guests.
Thursday 28thApril
Music at the Unitarian Church 2016
NUM (Maynooth) Guitar Quartet
Admission free
Advance Notice
The church’s concert season Spring Journey 2016 which raises funds for the continuing restoration of the church concludes with one more amazing concert,
Friday 13th May – The Whileaways (roots / folk) Three powerful forces in Irish music – Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy & Nicola Joyce join forces to share songs with each other and the audience.
More info on Spring Journey 2016 as well as advance discounted tickets for all concerts at €12 from www.dublinunitarianchurch.org Tickets €15 on the night

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