May 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Poetry begins where language starts: in the shadows and accidents of one person’s life”

Eavan Boland

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

A month into our national lockdown and lots of media coverage,  intense research and interest being shown by everyone – yet it sometimes feels we’re as much in the dark as we have been at any time over the last six weeks. The times we live in are a bit crazy, a bit sad, a bit life-affirming, a bit confusing but we hope everybody is getting through this as best they can and we send our best wishes to all our members and friends.   As for us at Dublin Unitarian Church, we are expecting to be out of the church for the next two months – and it could be longer.  If we are back in our community home sooner, it will be a pleasant surprise. All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and August have been cancelled or postponed.

Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain and other lay preachers have enjoyed shifting the focus to our recorded services (both Sunday and during the week) – the format is still developing but it’s nice to reach a wider ground than we can with a church stuck to the spot in St. Stephen’s Green and the audio-only environment has forced us to think outside the box when preparing the service, particularly the children’s story.  We are hatching some exciting plans that will hopefully come to fruition in June.  More about that next month.

Our Sunday service is now 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.

May Services

3rd May – Changing Times – Rev. Bridget Spain
10th May – Truth Matters – Paul Murray
17th May – What Is Reality ? – Madeline Stringer
24th May – Regarding Four Religious Figures – Rev. Bridget Spain

Our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain, has also begun recording a series of short daily services of worship and reflection which we are uploading Monday to Friday.  You can see them on a page dedicated to Daily Services

Tony Brady is looking at moving his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please let me know and I will get your details to Tony.

Our monthly magazine Oscailt has moved online as well and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

We also have 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.  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

The only church club / society that can continue on is the Book Club – they are using the Churches’ Zoom account to meet up on the last Wednesday of the month and are always happy to meet new people.  This month (27th May) they are meeting to discuss Shadowplay by Dublin novelist Joseph O’Connor.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

We thank heavens for the front-line workers who are working hard and in dangerous conditions to ensure we are safe, can get around, and have food to eat.  We look forward to getting out and about again, back to the church, the beach, the mountains, the parks, beyond the 2km perimeter fence when it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, we stay safe, positive, calm and at home.

Best wishes,

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

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