January 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall”

A belated Happy New Year to all congregation and supporters of the church !!!

Sunday Services in January 2019

January 6th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Joy In Isness (with apologies for the lateness)
January 13th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Communities
January 20th – Frank Tracy – Where Are We Going ?
January 27th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Historic Jesus

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.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in January 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  This month, they took a Christmas break but will return in February.   The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meedt on  January 30th to discuss Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.    Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.
Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.


The church recently undertook to restore the Hutton Window on the West Wall of the church.  You can see the beautiful results on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details 


The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – January 2019

Friday 18th January 2019
Italian Institute of Culture present
Coro a Tenores – Cultura Popolare di Neoneli
Concert at 7.30pm
Admission free

Founded in 1976, the Coro a Tenores is a group of canto a tenore, a style of polyphonic folk singing characteristic of the island of Sardinia. One of its founders, Tonino Cau, is still the leader of the group at this present day. In forty years of activity the Tenores have travelled in every corner of Sardinia and all over the five continents, bringing Sardinian popular culture in more than 30 different countries. The recital Gramsci: un’omine, una vida is a series of songs focusing on life episodes of the Italian philosopher and politician Antonio Gramsci, native of Sardinia. Supported by the European Union, the Italian Republic, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, POR FESR Sardegna 2014-2020 and Fondazione di Sardegna.

Friday 1st February
Homebeat presents
Gyda Valtysdottir (mūm)
Doors 8pm
Tickets €14.99 / €20.34 from www.eventbrite.ie

Homebeat are delighted to welcome Gyda Valtysdottir – founding member of legendary Icelandic outfit mūm – as she presents her new Epicycle project – combining with two of her esteemed and favourite collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths, and Julian Sartorius on drums, performing a lifting showcase of her spellbinding cello and vocal talents to point of focus.

Since mūm have taken a back seat, Valtysdottir has toured with the likes of Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and Damien Rice, before turning back to her own performances including a selection of reworked classical pieces alongside her own stunning compositions.

Full Radio Session for KEXP

This promises to be a unique night in the presence of a true luminary who is rarely glimpsed on these shores.

Saturday 2nd February
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock – Lockout
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from www.tickets.ie

“In their transformation into this hydra of guitars, what The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have done with ‘Lockout’ is create a sonically literate, textured and diverse ensemble piece that moves deftly through genres and time signatures, enriching its characters and enlivening an era.”
Golden Plec

“Amidst the wide-spanning and ambitious storytelling, however, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s aptitude as musicians should not be overlooked. Pairing the soundtrack – be it the shimmer of scene-setting guitar, the trad-folk rumble of the ordinary man’s tale, the light, toe-tappy cadence of a gentle interlude or Blighe’s stoic vocal as he becomes another character in the fascinating narrative, they prove themselves masterful musical storytellers. From start to finish, a remarkable piece of work.” The Irish Times

“Lockout proves to be a serious and often extremely powerful artistic statement about a crucial moment in Irish History” Hot Press

“Lockout is perhaps as far from easy listening as you can get, but it’s a seriously impressive piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what music can achieve” Sunday Business Post

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform Lockout in its entirety one last time at Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Saturday, February 2nd, before beginning work on their next album.


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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