Services in November 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

November 3rd
Belonging To A 4,000 Year Old Faith –
The address will be given by Yanky Fachler (Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation) the last in our Open Pulpit series marking the 150th Anniversary of the St. Stephens Green Church.
November 10th
Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 17th
Jesus The Guru – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 24th
Why Communion ? – Madeline Stringer

All welcome.

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 November 2013

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (6th November in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm. This month they will watch the film In a Better World, a Danish film from 2010 which tackles some rather difficult existential and human themes. for reviews and more info on the film.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to a walk around Massey Woods in Rathfarnham on Saturday 16th November. This will be led by Frank Tracy. The walk will be interesting and stimulating whilst not being too long or tiring. Weather should dictate clothing brought. Meet at local cafe Timbertrove at 11am. All welcome.

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Book Club

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

This month they are reading The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald for reviews and more information

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Movement to Music class is now on Tuesday mornings in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. Please contact Beverly 087 126 2002 if you’re interested in attending.

Organ Restoration Fund

With the help of Paul Spain, the Organ Restoration Fundraising Committee have launched a new range of Christmas and Greeting Cards featuring details of the Good Samaritan stained glass window in the church. Both designs have “Wishing You A Happy Christmas” printed inside but when these run out, we plan to reprint in the new year with a blank inside. You can order these online from the publications page. All sales from greetings cards and books go to the Organ Restoration Fund. The Pipe Up Sponsor A Pipe scheme continues to intrigue and attract new supporters for the organ. If you’re interested in knowing more, go to the restoration page.

150th Anniversary

This year (2013) marked the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green and we are delighted with the number of people who have visited the church for the first time during the year. Our June anniversary festival, Open House and Culture Night, as well as the various parties who have joined us for private tours have given us positive and constructive feedback from interested visitors and we were pleased to welcome them. The anniversary attracted some media interest and we thank those in the press and radio who helped us to tell our story to the outside world. Thanks also to those from the congregation who helped with events during the year. We are slowly but surely wrapping up our celebrations but look forward to welcoming visitors to our Annual Carol Service and Christmas Day Celebrations on December 15th and 25th to conclude the festivities.


The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the publications page and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in November 2013

No food or drink available or allowed at any concerts in the church.

Friday 8th November
MCD present
Slow Skies
Tickets €13 from
Support from I have A Tribe

Slow Skies started out as the musical musings of singer/songwriter Karen Sheridan. Having met Conal Herron, producer/musician, in music college in London, the pair decided to start working together and returned home, to Ireland, after college to record the debut EP ‘Silhouettes’ in the winter of 2011. Recorded in various kitchens and sitting rooms around Ireland, it was during this time the pair developed their slow burning ambient folk sound. They released this first EP in the summer of 2012 and started gigging with multi- instrumentalist Pat O’Leary of I Have A Tribe. Honing their skills as a band on stage and developing their sound further, they went back to record in the winter of 2012. What came out of this time is the EP entitled ‘Close’, four songs of deeply personal lyrics, sparse production, climatic drums; striking a balance between delicate and forceful.

Saturday 9th November
Sive – Turn Down The Silence
EP Launch
Admission €10 (including a copy of the EP)
Support from Twin Headed Wolf

Sive is the moniker of songwriter/musician Sadhbh O’Sullivan. Her music blends folk with alternative rock, drawing influence from jazz and classical music along the way. She has been touring extensively in Ireland and beyond for a number of years and released her debut album ‘We Are Moving’ to critical acclaim in 2012.

“Perhaps her standout instrument is her voice, which sweeps along displaying folk and jazz nuances with the confidence of one who knows.” – Eamon Carr, The Herald

Saturday 16th November
MCD present
Nick Mulvey & Guests
Doors 8pm
Tickets: €15 from

At 26 years of age, Nick Mulvey has accomplished more than most musicians will achieve in a lifetime. A key founding member of Portico Quartet, Nick has toured the world picking up a wealth of international acclaim, including a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their debut album ‘Knee-deep in the North Sea’.

Nick started out his career in music playing both piano and drums, but truly found his calling at the age of 18, when he bought his first guitar from a family of guitar makers in Southern Spain.

In total Nick spent six amazing years working with friends, embracing and pushing a new musical instrument to the forefront of cutting edge music. Although he has loved every moment, he now feels that the time is right for him to return to his first musical instrument (the guitar) and work on a solo project.

Nick is essentially a self-taught musician who has been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing people that have influenced his work greatly. He is a musical innovator, who is looking to combine and sit between genres. All of his music is about the groove and with his new material, there is no holding him back.

Sunday 17th November
Harmonic present
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Doors 8pm
Tickets €18.50 from

“Julia Holter’s Tragedy truly inhabits a world unlike any other. Bits of musique-concrète, noise, drone, dreamy ’80s 4AD medieval-pop and avant-classical are the touchstones for an album centered around Euripides’ Hippolytus. But as academic as that all sounds, Tragedy pulls me into its emotional world as well, just as the curtain falls and the voices trail away at the finale.”
– NPR #4 The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011

Loud City Song is the new studio recording by Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter, released on August 19th 2013. The album is Holter’s third full length release in as many years – following 2011’s groundbreaking debut Tragedy and last year’s follow-up, the critically lauded Ekstasis.

Her first studio album proper, Loud City Song is both a continuation and a furthering of the fiercely singular and focused vision displayed by its predecessors, taking as it does Holter’s rare gift for merging high concept, compositional prowess and experimentation with pop sensibility and applying it to a set of even more daringly beautiful arrangements and emotionally resonant songs.

Holter’s artistic process is a ceaseless outpouring. She often conceives, writes and records material intended for numerous records at once – recalling and remoulding various strands of ideas and inspiration as the remarkably vivid worlds and the detailed narratives her records conjure come into focus over time.

Saturday 23rd November
Tickets €10 from

‘Smart and tuneful indie-folk singer, songwriter’, Irish Times
‘Inni-K is a force to watch. She is more than a singer, more than a musician and she is both in great measure.’ Liam Ó Maonlaí
‘her melodic folk-pop which utilises ukelele, fiddle, piano and a loop pedal made an impression.’ Nialler9.
‘winsome clutch of inventively arranged, instantly catchy and occasionally bilingual tunes.’ Time Out New York

Multifaceted Indie-folk singer, songwriter and musician from Co. Kildare, Inni-K is becoming known at home and abroad as a considerable talent. She featured on Other Voices 2012, and was chosen by State Mag as one of State Faces 2013. She mesmerises with the transcendent quality of her voice and arresting stage presence. She skillfully weaves together her voice and lyrics with her various instruments – piano, ukelele, fiddle using electronic loops. In recent months Inni-K has been working together with drummer Brian Walsh on crafting some very interesting and beautiful arrangements in preparation for the recording of her debut album, to be released early next year.

Saturday 30th November
Ergodos Musicians play
by Tim Buckley, P.J. Harvey, Steve Earle, Antonio Vivaldi, Tom Waits, The xx, Richard Thompson, Henry Purcell, Donnacha Dennehy and many more,

arranged by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice.

Michelle O’Rourke, voice
Kate Ellis, cello
Seán Mac Erlaine, reeds
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, guitar
Tickets €15/10 from

All advance bookings include a free download.

Ergodos Musicians’ Songs project is about two Dublin composers and their love of the song, the most constant of musical forms. Working closely with vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and cellist Kate Ellis, composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice celebrate the way a melody or a lyric can live in memory, heart and limb — turning, dissolving and re-forming, but never vanishing.

Schlepper-Connolly and Sholdice have arranged, re-composed, weaved and stitched material drawn from the songs they love, from P.J. Harvey to Vivaldi. Their palette has all the eclecticism typical of an Ergodos production: 18th-century Italian opera aria, 1970s folk melancholia, late 90s alternative metal, 16th-century English cathedral canticles, contemporary indie pop, and much else. Experiences become transformed and transfigured. Old memories ignite and collide with new atmospheres and new counterpoints.

For the Songs project Ergodos Musicians return to a more intimate formation with a line-up of some of Ireland’s most dynamic and sensitive musicians. Michelle O’Rourke is a vocalist who has performed with groups as diverse as vocal duo Tryst and Danish indie rock group Efterklang. Cellist Kate Ellis is co-artistic director of Ireland’s foremost contemporary music group, Crash Ensemble and regularly performs with Yurodny and her own ReSound project. Woodwind instrumentalist/composer Seán Mac Erlaine plays with This Is How We Fly, amongst others, and his solo album, Long After The Music Is Gone, was released on Ergodos Records in 2012.

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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 1st October 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the milestone of €140,000 – the halfway mark has been passed 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 sponsoring a pipe in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to our Restoration page.

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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