March 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz
I wonder where the boidies is
They say the boid is on the wing
But that’s absoid, the wing is on the boid!

Anonymous

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

As with the rest of Ireland, very little has changed at Dublin Unitarian Church in the last month although it is refreshing and hopeful to see CoVid stats going down and the sun returning in the sky.  That said, the restrictions are still in force so our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online.  We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website.  After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  All are welcome.

We were sad to learn of the death of our dear friend and senior congregation member Charlie McCaw last Thursday.   The following words are taken from a tribute written by our treasurer Rory Delany on our Facebook page.

“Charlie’s associations with our church on St Stephen’s Green were long and deep. Charlie’s marriage to his beloved Moisie was celebrated in the church by Rev. E.S. Hicks in 1958, the same minister who baptised Charlie in the church in 1929.   Charlie made an enormous contribution to the life of the congregation, serving with distinction in a number of capacities including that of trustee and most recently as the treasurer of the church. His knowledge and skill guided the congregation through many of the difficult challenges it faced in less prosperous times and our debt to him is immeasurable.

However, it is a personal level that Charlie will be remembered and missed by our church community most of all. His singing, his witticisms, his twinkling eyes and his lovely smile will be fondly remembered for a very long time. Many of us will also remember his thoughtful contributions when he took his turn to provide a Reading on a Sunday morning. These readings often included poetry of his own composition which he sometimes lovingly introduced as ‘dedicated to Moisie’.”

We extend our deepest sympathies to Moisie, his children, his grandchildren, his brother George and to the extended McCaw family. Charlie’s funeral will take place on the morning of Monday 1st March from the church via our webcam.  Over the last month, our minister’s mother-in-law also passed away at the amazing age of 106 – our thoughts are also with the Spain family at this sad time. 

Services for March 2021 // Sundays at 11am

7th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Old Habits die hard’

14th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Presbyterians and Unitarians’

21st March 2021
Service Will O’Connell ‘Here Comes The Sun’

28th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Passover’

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  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.

February was a busy month for services.   Pamela McCarthy and Rev. Spain shared the services and a loyal crew of congregation members contributed with music and words in various ways.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our series of podcasts have recently been re-energised and the reach of these podcasts has been extended – three podcasts (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (31st March) and this month they are reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

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

Our director of music Josh Johnston wishes to thank those of you who have taken the time to check out his new MindTravels project with Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) – they are producing videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook roughly every two weeks – the next one will be produced next week.  Check out the current playlist here.

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.  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. Please come and like our page. 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

Stay calm. We are making progress.  This too shall pass.

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Best wishes,

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

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