July 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”  
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

The end-result of an astonishingly eventful June is that we are surprised to find we can open the church earlier than anticipated, this Sunday 5th July.  A lot of work has been done by a multi-disciplined and multi-talented managing committee to ensure social distancing and pandemic-slowing protocols are followed, as well as the provision of an online alternative for those who cannot attend or wish to stay elsewhere and watch from a computer.

We are all looking forward to getting back into the church.  Attendance will be limited in the initial weeks after the reopening after which we will hopefully able to relax these restrictions. In the meantime, we ask that if you are not a regular congregation member, please refrain from coming in and continue to enjoy the services online either live via Zoom or as podcasts (to be uploaded in the days after the services) while we get settled with the new setup.  To view the service live, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.   You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean recording of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on for Virtual Coffee.  We have instituted a fine online alternative to our coffee where we get to find out how people are, what issues are concerning them, or brightening their day, and we are able to pass on important bits of information and news.  Up to now, it has been mostly attended by regular congregation members but we love meeting new people so do hang on after the service and say Hi.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service.

In the case of both the first month of services and online broadcasts, it must be noted that these will be a real experiment and things may go wrong on a technical and human level.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in advance.

Services for July // Sundays at 11am
5th – Welcome Back – Rev. Bridget Spain
12th – Arcadia – Aidan Driscoll
19th – I Am My Brother’s Keeper – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th – History’s Most Influential Thinkers – Rev. Bridget Spain

Our Wednesday lunchtime services of reflection (1.05 to about 1.40 followed by a cup of tea) will resume on Wednesday 8th July.  Pam McCarthy will lead these service and all are welcome to attend.

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and October have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

June started with a moving and profound joint service with 4th Universalist Society of New York City led by our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain with Rev. Schuyler Vogel (minister, 4th Universalist Society of New York City) and Rev. Maud Robinson, (minister, Fulwood Chapel, Sheffield, England and a good friend of both churches).  Since then, we have enjoyed services from Dublin led by Aidan Driscoll, Will O’Connell, Rev. Bridget Spain, Tony Shine and a Favourite Readings Service featuring contributions from many congregation members. Thanks to congregation members and friends Will O’Connell, Emily Neenan, Dennis Aylmer,Doireann Ní Bhríain, Aidan Driscoll, Trish Webb Duffy, Paul Murray, Pamela McCarthy, Keith Troughton, Alison Claffey, Andy Pollak, The Whileaways, Anúna and Josh Johnston for contributing to the services with readings or music in June.  You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page.  The podcasts are also available from the I-Tunes Music Store.

Our ongoing series of short daily services of worship and reflection also  continues, led by Bridget with occasional and much appreciated assistance from Pam McCarthy.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The July edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

We also have a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are posting online readings – essays, poems, articles, online resources, quotes – that might help you through this hard time, not unlike the quote at the top of this email.  On a Saturday, we are posting links to music to calm and inspire.  If you would like to suggest examples of either “readings” or music to be found online that have moved you, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (29th July) they are meeting to discuss And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokov.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

Enjoy the relaxed restrictions on our movements and actions but please remember that it is by our endeavours to follow the government and HSE guidelines that we can prevent a deadly second wave of the virus and get back to some picture of normality – even if it’s a new normality – as soon as possible.   We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks, anywhere that represents a new picture and fresh sources of air.  We also hope that everybody can observe social distancing and stay safe, positive and calm at this still confusing time.

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Best wishes,

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

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