July 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?”
― Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone

Sunday Services in July 2019

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 July 2019

Film Club (which is taking Summer holidays during July and August) normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start    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 (which is also off for hhe Summer, returning in September) meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group.

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. 


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 – July 2019

Sunday 14th July at lunchtime
Stefan Donner (organ)
Donations taken to be split between musician and church restoration fund.

Carl Czerny (1791 – 1857): Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, op. 607

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): from Studien für den Pedalflügel, op. 56
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Mit innigem Ausdruck
6. Adagio

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): Fugue A flat Minor, WoO 8

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Sonata B flat Major, op. 65,4
1. Allegro
2. Andante religioso
3. Allegretto
4. Allegro maestoso e vivace

While on a tour, Viennese concert organist Stefan Donner will give an organ recital at Unitarian Church on July 14, 2019 at 1:30pm. The programme will feature works by Carl Czerny, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. On the same day Mr Donner will also perform at Whitefriar Street Church (Whitefriar Street Church 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2) at 8pm.

Sunday 14th July in the evening
My Grass Is Blue presents
Sideline in concert
Doors 7pm // Gig 8pm
Tickets €27 from www.mygrassisblue.com

… driving music with crisp instrumentals and tight harmonies. Whether playing bluegrass classics or contemporary tunes destined to become classics, they deliver a great show. – Bluegrass Today

Although having recently celebrated 5 years as the pedigree six-piece bluegrass powerhouse they are, Sideline founders Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass) can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups with multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and decades of national and international touring experience between them – the present celebrated lineup is complemented by the gifted youthful trio of Daniel Greeson (fiddle), Troy Boone (mandolin) & Bailey Coe (guitar).

What started as a side project for seasoned players, hence the name, Sideline has since released 4 critically acclaimed albums combining a well-chosen mix of new material with hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of bluegrass classics. Recorded or live, their pulse-pounding drive, perfect timing, crisp instrumentals, powerful harmonies, and on-stage energy and finesse remind fans why they fell in love with bluegrass in the first place.

Thunder Dan on YouTube

Friday 23rd August
Tell It On The Mountain
a showcase performance of a new play by John Murphy
Tickets €10 from www.tickets.ie

Tell It On The Mountain is a new play by John Murphy telling the story of the small remote Irish village of Black Mountain. In 1964 the village is decimated by abject poverty, emigration and a lack of hope. A young curate father John Lynch struggles to tend his dwindling flock. The church is destined to close and the small community is fated to disappear forever until a stranger arrives in town.

Mercy McGifford is a gospel singing tour de force hailing from South Chicago where the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King is in the eye of the storm. Two worlds collide, one clinging desperately to the old beliefs and traditions and another where change is the only hope.

What ensues is a true, feel good story of faith hope and comedy with music to raise the roof that will have you singing and smiling all the way home. The cast are led by singing sensation Karen Underwood, herself a native of Chicago. Appearing alongside Karen will be Claudia Carroll, acclaimed Fair City actor and best selling novelist, Mark O’Regan, Stephen O’Leary, Wes O’Duin, Aoife Fitzpatrick and Moses O.W.

Friday 20th September
Culture Night 2019

As in previous years, the church will be open for Culture Night 2019. Come on the hour to enjoy musical performances or talks about the church (more details in due course) or join us towards the end of the hour to enjoy learning about the churches’ outlook on worship and life, as well as some history on the denomination and the building, in an exhibition specially put together by our congregation.  Details of the programme in September email.

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

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