Services in March 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

3rd March Being A Muslim In A Pluralist And Suffering World – Arzu Gorbil. This is the second in a series of guest addresses to mark the 150th anniversary of the Dublin Unitarian Church in St. Stephen’s Green. The rest of the service will be taken by Rev. Bridget Spain
10th March Have We Lived Before – Madeline Stringer
17th March Absent God – Rev. Bridget Spain
24th March The Sin Of Habit – Rev. Bridget Spain
31st March Easter Celebration – Rev. Bridget Spain

Wednesdays at 1.05pm
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 – . 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 March 2013

Good Friday Reading of Names 2013
Friday 29th March 12-3pm

This Good Friday (29th March) will see the 13th annual holding of a unique ceremony at Dublin’s Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green at which the names of the more than 3,500 people who have died as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland are read from the pulpit.

Members of the public are warmly welcomed to attend this ceremony. People wishing to hear the readings are welcome at any time between 12 and 3pm, and can drop in and out as they please.

This annual act of commemoration is the only religious service of its kind in Ireland. Starting at 12 midday, church members will solemnly read out the names of the dead. They will start alphabetically with Anthony Abbott, a soldier from Manchester shot dead by the IRA in Ardoyne in North Belfast in 1976, and at around 3 pm they will finish with William and Letitia Younger, an elderly Protestant man and his daughter, who were beaten, stabbed and shot by intruders in their home in Ligoniel in 1980. Chronologically, the sad litany will start in 1966 with John Patrick Scullion, a Catholic storeman shot by the UVF in Belfast, and will end 46 years later in November 2012 with the murder of prison officer David Black by dissident republicans.

This reading of names illustrates powerfully the terrible, random nature of death in war and civil conflict. All human life and death is in this mournful list: British soldiers, IRA volunteers, loyalist paramilitaries, policemen and women, gardaí, part-time UDR men, prison officers, civil rights marchers, judges, businessmen, farmers, taxi drivers, social workers, children of all ages, people killed walking home from the pub, while watching football on the television, while attending church; people killed on trains, out walking and shopping and visiting in London and Birmingham, Dublin and Monaghan, Belfast and Derry and Omagh and a score of other Northern Irish towns and villages. The litany will be preluded and occasionally interrupted by prayers and music.

Film Club

The Film Club normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month (Wednesday 6th March in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm.

This month, they will watch Lemon Tree, the story of a Palestinian woman whose lemon grove is condemned to satisfy the security demands of her Israeli neighbour, a government minister. “Lemon Tree offers the bittersweet satisfaction of understanding a thorny situation a bit better. In a uniformly strong cast, Hiam Abbass is outstanding as the proud, lovely Salma,” writes one reviewer:

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (27th March in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Walking Club

The walking club are planning to convene on Sunday 10th March for a walk along Dollymount Strand and its environs. Meeting after coffee at church or at Dollymount Causeway at 2pm.

If you’re interested in joining them, do contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required .

Organ Fund News

If you enjoyed Mary O’Brien’s recent service relating her experiences putting together a vision board, you will be interested to know that Mary will take a workshop to help you create your own vision board after the service on Sunday 3rd March from 12.30. While there will be some spare materials available,  if you can bring along scissors, A2 or A1 card for your board, pritstick and old magazines, it would be appreciated.  Donations in aid of Organ Restoration Fund.

Dublin Unitarian Church: Events in March 2013

Friday March 1st
Ana Gog – Making Trails
CD Launch Concert
Doors 8pm
Tickets €10 (admission) or €15 (admission & CD) from

A tight-knit group with a fluid playing style, Ana Gog have grown together through formative school and college years and emerge as one of Ireland’s most unique bands. Led by multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter Michael Gallen, their distinctive sound is one forged over countless performances together where their diverse influences have been distilled into a captivating whole.

Combining nuanced songwriting with ornate instrumentation, Ana Gog create evocative music built upon a complex palate of sounds. Delicate grace notes on piano are contrasted with the surge of robust rhythmic arrangements – dynamics that set each song in its own distinctive world. At times one encounters the subtle, song-centred ease of folk music – at others, the elemental energy of post-rock.

Ana Gog’s debut release, Making Trails, is a sure-voiced album, with recurring themes of memory, loss and escape threading through the songs. This first offering reveals a band capable of making timeless, potent music, and a group of musicians who are here for the long run.

Friday March 8th
Doors 8pm
Laura Thornton (vocal) & Dave Murray (guitar) singing blues, jazz, country and quirky covers, with occasional help from pianist Josh Johnston
Ticket price €10 in aid of the Froebel / HOPE Teacher Education Partnership supporting teachers working with street children in Kolkata, India.

Saturday March 9th
Ray Heffernan & The Grand Canal Band – New Dress Woven
Tickets €10 on door.

The Dublin singer-songwriter is now living in Italy and his new 7-piece band of Italian musicians are delighted to premiere the music he’s written and they’ve recorded at a special rare Dublin performance in the church. Taking his inspiration as much from Patrick Kavanagh as Mic Christopher or Irish mythology, Heffernan’s songs are soulful and poignant. The new CD “New Dress Woven” (the title itself taken from a Patrick Kavanagh poem) will be available at the concert.

Sunday March 17th
RTE Performing Groups present
RTE Cor na nOg
Admission Free

Sunday March 24th
Josh Johnston – The Shape Of Things Live
Piano Solo Improvisations And Compositions
Tickets on door €10

Concluding a short UK tour, Josh plays a rare Dublin solo piano concert. Combining a fluid playing style with a melodic ear, Josh’s compositions are gently inspiring. Tonight, Josh will mix improvisations with compositions featured on his five CDs. Perfect calm for a mixed-up world.

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 25th December 2012, our organist Josh Johnston toasted Christmas by announcing that the appeal had reached the milestone of €100,000 – we’re well on the way 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 donating in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to .

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 .

Best wishes,

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

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