February 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean

Sunday Services in February 2018

4th February – Marking The Seasons – Rev. Bridget Spain

11th February – A Vale Of Tears Or Happiness ? – Rev. Bridget Spain
18th February – Beyond Thinking Meat – Rev. Bridget Spain
25th February – service led by Coming Of Age
address by Charles Van Den Broeder,
President of General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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 February 2017
Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month. This month, on 7th February, at 7pm, they will watch 45 Years which has been suggested by a film club member – Superbly nuanced performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and exquisite direction by Andrew Haigh, who also co-wrote the film, turn an apparently everyday story of a marriage in quiet crisis into something rather extraordinary. A subtle examination of the persistence of the past and the present… all reviewers mention the superb ending.
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (28th February in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will discuss Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Theatre Club
A group of congregation members (led by Patrick Rogers) like to go to the theatre every now and again. No plan has been made for February but there will be future trips so if you’d like to join them on any future trips, 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 February walk is city-based in St. Anne’s Park between Raheny and Clontarf this Saturday 3rd February. 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


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 – February 2018

Saturday 17th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Into The Ark
Tickets €15 (+ booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie

“A new Welsh duo with a singer of visceral power.”

“… a powerful introduction, with the mature songwriting matched to a crisp, emotive vocal.”

“We’ve spent most of the year on the road and focusing on our live set as opposed to recording material, and after all the gigs, we decided to capture a live recording and did ‘Straight To Your Door’ as it’s a favourite of ours to play live. Recording at RAK was something else – walking inside was like walking into a musical tardis, memorabilia from The Animals, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie … the list goes on! Such a beautiful studio and incredibly inspiring to play, strum, sing and record in!” Taylor Jones, Into The Ark.

Following a summer of touring across UK and Europe which included Latitude Festival and The Great Escape, plus an invite from their friend and mentor Sir Tom Jones to support him on his UK tour, Into The Ark have cemented themselves as one of the fast-rising acts to watch.The duo have consistently demonstrated their ability to win over new fans following other impressive support slots with Paolo Nutini, Olly Murs, Model Aeroplanes and Gabrielle Aplin.

After starting out busking in Cardiff, Into The Ark decided to build their reputation by hitting the road in the time-honoured tradition. They acquired an old van and toured the UK doing whatever gigs they could land, regardless of the town or the venue. Two years and over 200 shows later, and their approach has been vindicated as they’ve developed into a live band that are able to rise to any occasion.

Saturday 24th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Duke Special
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €22 (+ booking fees) from www.ticketmaster.ie

The eminent Belfast poet Michael Longley was once described by his friend Seamus Heaney as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Duke Special’s new studio album Hallow is entirely based on the poetry of Longley, full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love, and peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human.

By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by his releases which are a map of his passions. These days recording a new album is a tricky enough endeavour and many artists are reliant on their fans to collaborate with them in order to make a new recording happen. Duke has been writing for the past year and has just recently started recording Hallow, but is now asking his fans to pre-order Hallow in order to fund the last bit of the process.

Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’


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