November 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colours gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
– Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

Sunday Services in November 2016

6th: Back To Basics: Rev. Bridget Spain
13th: Remembrance Sunday: Rev. Bridget Spain
16th: The Age Of Aquarius: Alistair Smith
23rd: Keep Peddling: Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Special Services in November 2016

Tuesday 8th November at 6.00 p.m.
Service of Remembrance for deceased family and friends.

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . 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 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

They have a walk planned for Saturday 19th November on the Crone Woods Maulin Loop in County Wicklow. The walk will take about 3 hours and hiking boots and raingear are strongly recommended. Marcus’ proposal is to have a picnic lunch at a suitable (sheltered) spot along the route. The group will meet up at Enniskerry at 11 o’clock at Kingfishers Kitchen cafe and drive from there to Crone Woods at 11:30. The walk involves some climbimg but is not very steep.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm.
This month they will be in the vestry of the church on 30th November and the book will be The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoot by David Mitchell

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. The next trip is on Tuesday 8th November to see “Donegal”, a new play by Frank McGuinness in the Abbey Theatre. If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required
Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club

The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch The Rocket which is a 2013 Australian drama film written and directed by Kim Mordaunt. It is set entirely in Northern Laos, and spoken in the Lao language. Ahlo’s family moves after his village is cleared to make way for a new dam. They come across a rocket festival and Ahlo takes the opportunity to build his own rocket and prove his worth

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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 church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – November 2016

Saturday 5th November
A Cosy Night of Stories for the Start Of Winter
ADM €10.00 (Free for AIRPI members)

At In the Dark we believe that sound tells the best stories. We find and commission the best in audio storytelling from around the world and share it at communal, lights-out listening events in special locations. We aim to create a mini-revolution in the way people think about spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and celebrating it in new and exciting ways. Over the last five years we have commissioned new works from producers around the world, and staged countless live listening events at festivals, theatres, cinemas and museums.

For our first ever Dublin event, In the Dark presents a specially curated night of stories told in sound to mark the beginning of winter. The event will showcase the work of the most innovative radio and podcast producers from around the world.

In The Dark is an independent collective of audio producers who curate radio and audio from around the world to play at communal listening events in special locations. Over the years we’ve presented stories of space in a planetarium, stories of the wild in a darkening wood, stories of the sea in an old boathouse and ghost stories in a ruined church at the heart of a historic graveyard.

We have put on events at festivals such as Womad, Latitude and Glastonbury and have hosted special events in partnership with the BBC, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library, the Empathy Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology. There are branches of In the Dark in London, Bristol, Manchester and Antwerp, and we have put on events in Berlin, Detroit, Kilfinnane and Rejkjavik.

Sunday 13th November
Matt Rafter (cello)
Jack Hurley (piano)
Ticket price to be confirmed – check church website for up-to-date information.

Gustav Holst: Invocation op. 19
J. S. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello no. 3 in C major BWV 1009
Frederick Chopin: Piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor op. 58
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata in E minor op. 38

Dublin musicians Matt Rafter and Jack Hurley present a varied programme of classical works for cello and piano. Ranging from Holst’s spine-tingling rhapsody Invocation to Brahms’s monumental Sonata in E minor, the performers will also perform separately, in a relaxed afternoon of chamber music.

Originally from Naas Co. Kildare, Matt Rafter has established himself as a cellist in Dublin since finishing his music studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Having previously studied cello under Vincent Hunt and William Butt, he is currently receiving tuition from Martin Johnson of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and earned an ABRSM Diploma in Cello Performance in 2015. He enjoys playing regularly with numerous orchestras, string quartets, and Dublin bands, and is in regular demand for recording and session work. Jack Hurley is a musician from Dublin. He studied music composition at Trinity College, Dublin with Matthew Barnson and Evangelia Rigaki, and piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Marta Erdei and Archie Chen. He currently divides his time between teaching and composing.

Saturday 19th November
Alive Network presents
Pierre Bensusan
Tickets €22 from or €25 at the door.

Pierre Bensusan is back in Ireland. Over the past 40 years, finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique blend of world, Celtic, jazz and folk inspired music to all corners of the globe. Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album “Encore”, Pierre is recognized as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century. Described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker, immortalised by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time.

“How the guitar would want to sound if it could play itself” … in Pierre’s music there is an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now. His “manner” of playing defies classification – crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “World Music”, “Celtic”, “Arabic” or “French”; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. Not to be missed!

Pierre on YouTube

Friday 25th November
Pierce Turner – Love Can’t Always Be Articulate
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €25 from

Following a successful initial outing at the Unitarian earlier this year, Wexford singer-songwriter Pierce Turner returns with his ensemble to recreate the Love Can’t Always Be Articulate album in Dublin. One audience member described the first outing as “Phil Spector meets acoustic Rolling Stones”. Expect fireworks.


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


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