June 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.”
Bern Williams

Sunday Services in June 2014

June 1st
God Of The Gaps – Rev. Bridget Spain
June 8th
Pentecost – Rev. Bridget Spain
June 15th
No Doubt In My Mind – Patrick Rogers
June 22nd
Service to be taken by Right Rev.Paul Reid (moderator of NSPCI)
June 29th
Wonderfully Made – Rev. Bridget Spain

Wednesdays at 1.05pm except Christmas Day
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings . 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 May 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 4th June) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they will watch the film Doubt (2008) starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffrman. See www.imdb.com for more details. All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club like to walk places as a group on the third Saturday of the month. The walk this month is a guided walk through the Massey Estate at Kilakee in South County Dublin with historian and congregation member Frank Tracy.

Rendezvous is 2pm at the Hellfire Club carpark.

Please make contact with Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for their walks or would like more information.

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (25th May this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

As of 2nd June 2014, the Organ Restoration Fund needs to raise €78,000 to complete its target of €250,000 of . Well done and thanks to everyone. However, there is more work to do.

The Organ Fundraising Committee have a few ideas on the go at the moment.

The churches’ anniversary is on June 14th and, partly to celebrate this and partly for a good excuse for some fundraising, there will be a book / bake sale in the Damer Hall after church. Please bring books, CDs and DVDs as well as home baking and money to buy stuff. Visitors are welcome to join us at 12.30 even if they had not planned on attending church.

For the last few years, historian and congregation member Frank Tracy have offered to present a combination of walks and talks, the talk preceding the walk to illustrate and contextualise many of the things the walkers will observe when out and about. Following a very interesting talk in May on the subject, this years’ walk in June (21st June) will be a guided walk around Lord Massey’s Estate and Wood just south of Rathfarnham, County Dublin. Entitled “If These Trees Could Speak”, Frank will guide us through the former home of Lord Massy of Duntrileague. At their height, the Massy family owned 34,000 acres of land and four large Mansions in Ireland. On 15th May 1924, the 8th Baron Massy was carried by bailiffs on his mattress along the avenue of Killakee House, Rathfarnham and deposited on the public roadway. He spent the remaining 34 years of his life living in penury in a three- roomed cottage without running water or indoor toilet on his old estate. Congregation and visitors are welcome to attend the walk – admission is free with donations taken for the Organ Fund. Rendezvous point is 2pm at the Hellfire Club Car Park.

The project is also moving along nicely. Steady work continues on the pipes while two out of three of the bellows have been restored and returned and will be installed in June once the new action, consoles, soundboards and casing have been installed. After all of this has happened during an intensive spate of work in June (for which the church will be closed – other than for Sunday services), the work of re-installing and re-tuning pipes will commence. The work is scheduled to continue through to September 2015.


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 range of greeting cards featuring sketches of the church and photos of our stained glass windows. These can be purchased in the church after service. The plan is to make them available online but, for the moment, if you would like to purchase these online, please enquire from this e-mail address.

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 May 2014

The church is closed between June 9th and July 5th for intensive work for the Organ Restoration Project. This will not affect Sunday services or the Wednesday Meditation service.


The church is currently fundraising to spend €250,000 to restore its beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ (1910) at the back of the church. On Christmas Day 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed but there’s plenty more to do yet. If you want to help support the project, you can by attending events at the church, buying the various books the church has published or by sponsoring a pipe in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to our Restoration page.

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 www.dublinunitarianchurch.org .

Best wishes,


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

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