January 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“A good beginning makes a good end”
– English Proverb

Services in January 2016
Servies at 11am

January 3rd The Gospel According To Mark . . . Twain – David Heap
January 10th Sin: A Redundant Concept – Tony Shine
January 17th Conversation With God – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 24th We Need A Hard Road – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 31st Europe After Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain

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 January 2016

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 are enjoying the end of the Christmas season (and staying warm) and have decided to give it a miss. They will return in February and are always pleased to welcome new members.

All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club
Revived after a minor operation, Marcus has rescheduled the Rathdrum Famine Walk for Saturday 23rd January. The Walk will take around 2.5 to 3 hours and weather permitting they will have a picnic lunch in transit. Boots are a must and walking pole(s) advisable due to rough/wet/slippery nature of some of the terrain. Meetup time is 11am at the Coffin Shed in Rathdrum, County Wicklow.

Marcus leads the club who 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 their walks or would like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney

Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (27th January this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.. This month they are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project
Thanks to everybody who came to the dedication recital on 6th December. There is a small amount of work left to be completed on the internal workings of the organ but the job is basically done and – astonishingly – the money is there to pay for it. For that reason, I am now going to retire this column – there will be other restoration projects and you will hear about these in the fullness of time.


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 – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/publications
– and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in January 2016

Friday 22nd January
Home Beat presents
Tickets €14.05 & €16.69 from www.eventbrite.ie

Perpetually veiled behind a stunning Sardinian mask, Hamburg born Lambert has emerged to prominence though a series of moody, expressive reworks and accompanying stylised videos of tracks from the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Moderat and more, but has now further established his talent with ‘Stay In The Dark’ his second album (mastered by none other than Nils Frahm).

Another eveing of world class piano music awaits in the stunning surrounds of the Dublin Unitarian Church.

Lambert is presented with the very generous assistance of Goethe-Institut Irland.

Facebook Event

A Flag – Spring Journey Approaching

The church is delighted to announce this years lineup of concerts under the Spring Journey banner.  Most of the concerts in the church occur where promoters rent the building but the artists who perform at Spring Journey are handpicked by us and the funds from these concerts help the Restoration Fund of the church to safeguard against large building maintenance costs in the future. This is helpful but mostly we like to do it to present quality music in a beautiful performance space.  Look out over the next few months for Friday concerts by

February 19th – Ardú – a 6-piece vocal ensemble from Ireland and the UK who specialise in arranging well known popular music for voice and exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds, as well as melody and harmony. They were a big hit in the church on Culture Night and we look forward to hearing a full performance by them.   www.ardumusic.com

March 11th – John Spillane – Cork singer-songwriter and one half (with Louis De Paor) of the Gaelic Hit Factory, John Spillane is known by audiences far and wide for songs such as The Dance Of The Cherry Trees, All The Ways You Wander, The Dunnes Stores Girl, The Wild Atlantic Way and many others in a career spanning twenty years.  www.johnspillane.ie

April 8th – Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston – Dutch singer and Irish pianist (also the organist of this church) launch their debut CD of songs originally sung by screen sirens through the last century. misstrulydivine.com

May 6th – The Whileaways –  Three powerful forces in irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beautiful blend of harmonies, tradition and lyrics. Using traditional American folksong and bluegrass as a starting point, all three write and sing songs drawing on their own experience and the result is captivating.  www.thewhileawaysmusic.com/

Tickets for all concerts will be €15 on the night or €12 in advance – advance tickets will be ready to purchase very soon. 

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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