June 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Imagine how our lives might be if everyone had even a bit more of the Wisdom that comes from seeing clearly.

Suppose people everywhere, simultaneously, stopped what they were doing and paid attention for only as long as it took to recognize their shared humanity.

Surely the heartbreak of the world’s pain, visible to all, would convert everyone to kindness.

What a gift that would be.”

– Sylvia Boorstein

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

What a beautifully sunny day it is in Dublin on Monday 31st May. The warmer weather is good for the soul and, armed with that and the ongoing vaccination programme (despite the up-and-down statistics reminding us all to be a bit careful), we can look into the summer with hope and positivity. Long may it continue.

On Sunday 16th May, we welcomed congregation members back into the church at the beginning of a phased return to our sacred space on St. Stephen’s Green.  In line with restrictions in force to combat the spread of Covid-19, we are able to have 50 congregation in the church – anyone interested in attending in person should email hidden; JavaScript is required before 2pm on the Saturday (the preceding day) before the service.  All are, as always, welcome.

Services for June 2021 // Sundays at 11am

6th June 2021
Rev.Bridget Spain ‘The Sermon on the Mount’

13th June 2021
Will O’Connoll ‘Just say Yes’

20th June 2021
Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Favourite Readings’

27th June 2021
Tony Brady ‘The Grace of Forgiveness’

For those congregation attending, please be aware that social distancing measures will be in place and you will be asked to wear a mask at all times in the church. Please do not attend the service if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.  There will not be coffee after the service for the time being but after the Sunday service, many of our congregation like to meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

Our services continue to be broadcast on our webcam and podcasted later as well via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.

It is not possible to take a collection at this time, even after we move back in, but many of the costs associated with running a church continue.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Thanks to Rev. Bridget Spain, Pamela McCarthy and Andy Pollak who led the services during May as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

There is also a service of reflection every Wednesday at 1.05pm in the church led by Pamela McCarthy.  There is no need to advise your intention to attend – just come along.  Tea afterwards.

We are presenting a series of online reflections through the week.  Created by various members and friends of the church, they can be accessed via our Facebook page four mornings a week and the three non-musical reflections can be found on our Services Of Reflection page on the website.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm (log-in from 6.45pm for prompt start) on the last Wednesday of the month (30th June) and this month they are reading The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group on Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.45pm – the link is to the Zoom room.

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 magazine, edited by Paul Spain once a month, collects together recent addresses as well as specially-written pieces and poems on subjects of interest to our congregation.

You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.

We love hearing back from congregation members who have moved away to forge new exciting lives in other parts of the world.  Cat Gundry-Beck, who many of us remember as a former “child” in the Sunday Club, is now a highly esteemed photographer.  She is currently living and working in Iceland and got an incredible opportunity to take photographs at the recent volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall.  You can learn more about her work in this video made on behalf of Norwich University Of The Arts where Cat had her third-level education.

There has been a lot of excitement about moving back into the church but the minister and committee are certainly aware that there will be some who will not feel comfortable to come in in person for the time being.  While it is exciting to see a steady return to in-person worship, please be assured that our new-found enthusiasm for connection via online and social media will not disappear in the coming months. There are conversations afoot as to how best balance our online and physical balance after the lockdown and the results of these will inform arrangements to be made in the coming months.  More anon.  In the meantime, the church has 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.  If you have seen anything online that you would like us to share here, on the Facebook page or via Oscailt, please send us a message on the Facebook page.   We’re also on Twitter.

The country is making good progress at getting back to what might be considered normal.  The challenge now is to not slip back to the place where a fourth lockdown is necessary.  Stay vigilant and stay thinking positively. It will be worth it in the long run.

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Best wishes,

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

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