August 2013

Services in August 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

August 11th – Apocalypses – Rev.Bridget Spain
August 18th – Spiritual Health – Rev. Bridget Spain
August 25th – Where love is little all acts are Imperfect – Dr. Martin Pulbrook

All welcome.

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 – . 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 2013

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (3rd July in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm but is taking a break this month. It will resume in September.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to a guided loop walk on Howth Head on Saturday 17th August. Rendezvous is at 11am but precise plans have not been finalised yet. They look forward to meeting any new walkers who would like to join them.

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Summer City Walks

For the less energetic, our chairman Rory Delany will lead groups on the second of two guided walks pointing out the history of the city we so often forget as we make our way through our day-to-day lives. This will be on Sunday 18th August straight after church. Those who joined us for the first one will know how much we are hoping for dry weather but we’ll have a go at it whatever happens. The walk is free but donations will be gratefully taken for the Organ Restoration Fund.

Book Club

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

This month they are reading And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Congregation member Beverly Figgis runs Movement To Music sessions every Monday morning at 11am in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.

150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. We are looking forward to opening the doors to private and public groups to mark the anniversary. We will be open during Culture Night (20th September) and Open House (6th October) and supporters of the church are encouraged to spread the word and bring their family and friends at these times. More details next month.


There are a variety of new books for sale through the church.

Two congregations members have recently published books. Madeline Stringer’s first novel “Despite The Angels” is available to download to Kindle from The paperback edition will be launched in the church on Saturday 28th September and will be available online and through bookshops from then.. Pauline McDermott’s book “Beynod Reason: Evolving Consciousness”, an exploration of how spirituality and science are coming together to form a new world, is available in both digital and hard copy from .

The church have also published a single volume of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005. This is available from the church directly for €15.

The 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 2013

No food or drink available or allowed at any concerts in the church.

Although it isn’t involved directly with the organisation of the festival, the church has been delighted at the unexpected success of this years’ Steeple Sessions season. The festival has enjoyed unsurpassed audience numbers and continues through to the end of August. Otherwise it’s quiet in the church this month which gives us time to draw breath and enjoy the sun while it lasts.

If you want to go to the Steeple Sessions gigs, the details through to the end of the season are below. Tickets are €15. Concerts are from 8 – 9.30pm. For many of the gigs, it is advisable to book ahead of time and advance booking is now open for all gigs on the Steeple Sessions website. For the full listing, booking details and further info on the concerts, as well as various extra events and workshops newly planned for this year’s run, check out

The Steeple Sessions In August

Tuesday 6th August – The Niall Toner Band
Thursday 8th August – John Lyons & Friends
Tuesday 13th August – The Kane Sisters
Thursday 15th August – Mary, Kevin & Caitriona Rowsome
Tuesday 20th August- Mick, Aoife, Ciara & Cormac O’Brien
Thursday 22nd August – Laurence Nugent, Fintan McManus & Pat McManus


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 25th December 2012, our organist Josh Johnston toasted Christmas by announcing that the appeal had reached the milestone of €100,000 – we’re well on the way but there’s plenty 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 donating 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 at .

Best wishes,

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

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