June 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.
We genuinely hope you are doing well and are staying calm, positive and safe in these troubled times, as hard as that is the longer this goes on. It is good to see a phased reintroduction of something resembling normal life presented to us in Ireland to give a clearer picture of how we can safely proceed to provide a comfortable and welcoming worship space in St. Stephen’s Green. It would seem that there will be a way of reopening on July 20th or on a Sunday shortly thereafter but, of course, we will continue to follow guidelines as they are monitored and revised before making an official announcement. Assuming we do open in July, it seems likely that it will be with social distancing restrictions firmly in place – the church committee will discuss, make arrangements and inform the congregation in due course about how to do this with the safety of congregation members, staff and visitors firmly at the top of their thoughts. All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and August 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.
Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain and other lay preachers have enjoyed shifting the focus to our recorded services (both Sunday and during the week) – Thanks to congregation members and friends Pam McCarthy, Paul Murray, Madeline Stringer, Aidan O’Driscoll, David Heap, Doireann Ní Bhríain, Josh Johnston, Julien Nass, Derina Johnson, George Stringer, David MacKenzie & Kern for contributing to the services with readings or music in May.
Tomorrow, Sunday 31st May, we are excited to present a joint service with 4th Universalist Society of New York City. Their minister Rev. Schuyler Vogel and ours, Rev. Bridget Spain will jointly lead the service and they will also be joined by Rev. Maud Robinson, a longtime friend of both congregations. Josh Johnston and Sean Mayes, the respectives directors of music, will share the musical contributions as well. All are welcome to attend via Zoom and to do this, you should go to www.4thu.org at about 3.50pm on Sunday 31st May – there is a link for the Sunday service on their homepage and all congregation for this service should enter that way. The service will last about an hour and there will be a chance to meet members of the various congregations in smaller breakout groups afterwards if you wish to stay on for “virtual coffee”.
Apart from tomorrow, our Sunday service is currently pre-recorded and distributed on a Sunday morning via our website. You can see details of the service (always ready by 11am on a Sunday morning) at our Recordings page as they’re uploaded. Podcasts are also still being prepared – edited from the full recordings in the categories as normal – moments of reflection, address and children’s story. These podcasts are available from the same page and from the I-Tunes Music Store.
31st May – Joint service with 4th Universalist Society, New York City, join us at 4pm (Irish time) via www.4thu.org – service led by Rev. Schuyler Vogel & Rev. Bridget Spain
7th June – Service led by Will O’Connell
14th June – Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
21st June – Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
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 June edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).
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 (24th June) they are meeting to discuss Harvesting by Lisa Harding. Contact us here if you would like to get involved.
Please remember that it is by our endeavours to follow the government and HSE guidelines and restrictions 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. The 2km perimeter fence is now a 5km perimeter fence and in the next month we can look forward to new and more freedoms. We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks when and where it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we hope that you all stay safe, positive, calm and at home.
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Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West