May 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world” 
– Mary Oliver

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

It was with great pleasure and excitement that we heard the news yesterday (Thursday 29th April) that restrictions are to be relaxed on church services during May 2021. All the details of what we know at this early stage are below.  

Services for May 2021 // Sundays at 11am

2nd May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Original Sin”

9th May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Confucius & Lau Tzu”

16th May 2021 – Pamela McCarthy “Lessons Learned”

23rd May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Begin”

30th May 2021 – Andy Pollak “The Triumph Of The Human Spirit”

New relaxed restrictions apply from Monday 10th May – churches are permitted to have services with a reduced capacity of 50 people from this date.  It is too soon to know exactly how the new arrangements (announced on Thursday 29th April) will be put into action at the church or if we will bring the congregation back immediately but most likely is that we will have services (with the limited congregation) on Wednesday 12th May (lunchtime) and Sunday 16th May (11am). Check our website or our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.  As capacity is limited, we encourage everybody to come to the Wednesday service but for non-regular attendees to continue to enjoy the Sunday service online for the moment – we look forward to welcoming you back to the church when the restrictions are relaxed further.  For those congregation attending, know that social distancing measures will be in place and you will be asked to wear a mask at all times in the church.  There will not be coffee after the service for the time being but after the online Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

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 and Keith Troughton who led the services during April as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our audio recordings are also available in the form of three podcasts that fall into different categories (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service.  They 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 reflections through the week continue.  After a year of posting them daily, our format is going to change slightly in May.  We will post three reflections a week, Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon – click on the link or follow them on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a compilation of reflections from our Sunday service (Monday morning), a recording of our Wednesday service of reflection led by Pamela McCarthy, videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released, and guest reflections from congregation members and friends of the church. We’re looking forward to presenting new voices and faces for you and we hope you enjoy the series.

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 (26th May) and this month they are reading Euphoria by Lily King

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 but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

The May edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).  Editor Paul Spain and minister Rev. Bridget Spain also curated a special edition of Oscailt in the last month for Earth Day which was on Thursday 22nd April.

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.

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 once we’re back in the church. 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.  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.  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.  That said, it is nice to see the sun and to look forward to the relative freedoms that are coming our way in May.  Best wishes for a relaxing and happy bank holiday weekend.

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Best wishes,

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

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