January 2014

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
– T.S. Eliot

Happy New Year to all our friends and followers in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. May the coming year be exciting, happy, creative and adventurous !!!

All at Dublin Unitarian Church

Sunday Services during January 2014

January 5th
The Pipe Organ: Introductions & Farewells –
Josh Johnston, Trevor Crowe & Rev. Bridget Spain
January 12th
The Commandments – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 19th
A Christian Atheist – David Heap
January 26th
The Price Or The Value – Rev. Bridget Spain

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 – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings . 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 January 2014

Film Club

The Film Club usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month (but, in this case, 8th January) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm. This month they will watch the film The Scarlet and the Black from 1983. This stars Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer, and is based on J. P. Gallagher’s book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican (published in 1967). The movie tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a real life Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and Allied refugee POWs in Nazi-occupied Rome. It was directed by Jerry London.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to a walk in Co. Wicklow on Saturday 25th January. Rendezvous point is 11am at Poppies in Enniskerry. This walk, which will be led by Gráinne Carty, will begin at Crone Wood near Enniskerry and will take in lovely views of Powerscourt Waterfall before finishing back in Enniskerry. The walk will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Walkers are encouraged to bring warm clothes and sandwiches.

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Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (29th January this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fund

It was the largest pleasure of our organist and director of music Josh Johnston to address the congregation on Christmas Day with glad tidings of great joy, namely that the Organ Restoration Fund has now passed €155,000 (€156,126 to be exact). With the dismantling of the organ beginning this weekend, this is a great boost for everyone as our target is now within tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands. The Pipe Up Sponsor A Pipe scheme continues to intrigue and attract new supporters for the organ. If you’re interested in knowing more, go to www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/restoration .

Josh also flagged a concert series set to happen over the Spring of 2014 in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund in the church.. See below.


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 other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/publications – and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in January 2014

As the dismantling of the organ begins on the 7th January, there are no events in the church during January 2014.

Advance Warning

Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journeys 2013
A Series Of Concerts In Aid Of The Dublin Unitarian Church Organ

Friday 28th February
You Must Believe In Spring: Jazz Standards, Latin & Ballads
Emilie Conway (voice) & Johnny Taylor (piano)

Friday 28th March 2014
A Tip Of The Hat: The Songs of Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer & Others
Benjamin Russell (bass-baritone) & David O’Shea (piano)

Friday 9th May 2014
Musical Journeys
Pat Coldrick (guitar)

All concerts at 8pm
All tickets €20 on the night or €15 in advance (available now from www.dublinunitarianchurch.org)
Season Ticket €40 valid for all three concerts, also available online..

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 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed 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 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 at www.dublinunitarianchurch.org .

Best wishes,


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

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