January 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Happy and peaceful New Year from Rev. Bridget Spain and all at the church.  See you in 2020 !!!

Sunday Services in January 2020

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

December 29th – Service of Favourite Readings & Music
January 5th – Walden – Pamela McCarthy
January 12th – Pause Awhile – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 19th – Islam, Religion Of Peace – Rev. Bridget Spain
January 26th – Christianity In The Future – 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.

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 2020

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.15 start    New Year’s Day is a Wednesday and the Lanten Centre won’t be open so on Wednesday 8th January, they will watch The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980 USA).  Roger Ebert writes; ‘The film begins in the Kalahari Desert. A pilot in a private plane throws his empty Coke bottle out of the window. It lands near a Bushman who is on a hunting expedition. He has never seen anything like it before. He takes it back to his tribe, where it is put to dozens of uses: It becomes a musical instrument, a patternmaker, a fire starter, a cooking utensil, and, most of all, an object of bitter controversy.’  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 – this month Wednesday 29th January. This month they will read “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens – if you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street at 6.30pm. This month, on 21st January, the theme is “Another Day In Paradise” – a meditative journey through time and space from the miracle of the Big Bang to the altogether extraordinary fact that you are sitting here just now.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Evening ends with tea/coffee at 8pm. Please email  email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Currently there is no plan afoot but this can change at the speed of e-mail.  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.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group.


Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window 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 2020

Saturday 28th December
Sean Being & Henry Earnest
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10.85 from www.eventbrite.com

Sean Being and Ernest are musicians/producers from Dublin, currently based in Lisbon. They are coming together on the 28th of December to frame their music in a different context, using the unique atmosphere of the Dublin Unitarian Church. The show will serve as an exhibition of unheard work, while also incorporating material released on Dublin imprints wherethetimegoes and Soft Boy Records, respectively.

Friday 10th January 2019
Meath County Councill Arts Office & AOB Arts Management present
“In The Middle Of”
A music, theatre and literary evening inspired by the writing of Mary Lavin
curated by Deirdre Kinahan
Doors 7.30pm // Show 8pm
Tickets €23.50 from www.takeyourseat.ie – be sure to select Friday 10th as your date.

A magical mix of original performances of music, theatre, readings, spoken-word and song to celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Irish writer Mary Lavin, featuring some of Ireland’s top performing artists.

Award-winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan invites a group of brilliant contemporary artists to respond to Lavin’s evocative short story collection ‘In the Middle of the Fields” through their chosen artform. Artists include the legendary Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Actress/Musician Lisa Lambe with musical accompanist Wayne Sheehy, Writer Sinead Moriarty, Poet Lewis Kenny, Actress Catherine Byrne (Fair City) and Singer/Song writers Michael Brunnock and SaraMai Leech.

Saturday 1st February
Callum Orr – Cathy And Places
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Having spent the first half of 2019 recording a new EP with Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Studios, Wexford singer-songwriter Callum Orr is really pleased with how it’s turned out and is looking forward for you to hear it in its entirety which you can do at this gig where he will be joined by a 5-piece band plus a string quartet playing new songs and reimagined older songs.

You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.  If you would prefer to receive a shorter email featuring just the musical and cultural performances, please do send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with “Switch To Events Email” in the subject header and we will sort this out promptly.

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Best wishes,

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

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