November 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring!
~Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

Sunday Services in November 2018

November 4th – Life’s Mystery – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 11th – Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 18th – Japanese Garden Meditation – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 25th – A Reflection On The Book Of Ruth – Paul Jeffrey

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2018

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month (7th this month) at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  Last month, due to technical issues, they were unable tol watch Last Orders, Fred Schepisi’s thoughtful ensemble drama which looks back on the life of Jack (Michael Caine), an amiable London butcher who leaves behind his devoted wife, Amy (Helen Mirren), and a group of loyal pub-dwelling buddies when he dies. A superb cast of legendary British actors – this is a lovely and funny film. This month they are going to have another go at watching it, giving up on the Internet and going back to old fashioned DVD.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  This month, on 28th November, they will discuss Anatomy Of A Disappearance by Hisham Matar

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Their next walk is this weekend in Dun Laoghaire along the Metals towards Killiney on November 3rd. The group will meet at the McInerney’s house, 8 Claremont Villas, Glenageary at 11am to start walking at 11.30.

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Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  Their plans for November are

Peterloo (film directed by Mike Leigh at IFI), Monday 5th November
Asking For It (Abbey Theatre) Wednesday 14th November
* The Great Gatsby (Gate Theatre) Monday 19th November

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The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

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

Events in the church – October 2018

Friday 2nd November
Born Optimistic presents
Leonard’s Corner
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from

Immerse yourself in the glow of Leonard Cohen’s greatest songs performed by some of Dublin’s Dublin’s greatest musicians.

Leonard’s Corner are:
Tarny Reilly (voice)
Cliff Rosney (piano)
David Byrne (banjo)
Ronan Conroy (bass)
Deirdre Murphy (voice)
Rita Garland (voice/guitar)
Rebecca Reilly (voice/guitar)
Mark Matthew (voice/guitar)

Facebook event here

Friday 16th November
Third Day Chorale present
Clíodhna Ní Aodáin – The Celtic Cello
Third Day Chorale (director, Dr. Marion Doherty Hayden)
Show 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €15 from

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin presents her debut album, The Celtic Cello, a collection of timeless traditional Irish and Scottish Airs. With haunting melodies of love, parting, nature and the cycle of life, The Celtic Cello evokes the essence of another world while offering memories of home.

Clíodhna is joined by The Third Day chorale for a World premiere of “Báidín Fheilimí” for Choir and Solo Cello conducted by Marion Doherty Hayden.

The Celtic Cello on Facebook
Facebook Event

Saturday 1st December
Aiken Promotions presents
Ed Harcourt
Doors 8pm
Tickets €22 from

On November 23rd, pianist / singer / songwriter Ed Harcourt releases Beyond The End, his first album for Point Of Departure. It is his first instrumental album. A much acclaimed recording artist who released his Mercury Prize nominated debut, Here Be Monsters on Heavenly Records in 2001, in recent years he has gained acclaim for his songwriting for a variety of artists.

The album, which follows Furnaces, his 2016 album for Polydor, sees Ed Harcourt add another new string to his multi-faceted musical bow. Something of a left-turn after its busy, big-screen, somewhat under-appreciated predecessor, it sees the supremely versatile singer, writer and all-round instrumentalist bravely eschew vocals and lyrics and create a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals, as if sound-tracking an as yet invisible film, or responding to today’s ferocious shouting match of a planet with a mesmerizing, meditative calm. “The world that we live in, we’re exhausted by the internet, social media, the sheer barrage of news and vomit being rained down us on a daily basis. You can’t avoid it, and it’s tiring. So this record came from taking a step back – it’s something that’s trying to be beautiful. My hope is that people might choose to swim amongst this music when it all gets too much.”

Talking about the gestation of the album, which was written and recorded at his ‘Wolf Cabin’ studio in Oxfordshire Harcourt said, “I knew I wanted to buy a new piano. Eventually I found this 1910 Hopkinson Baby Grand, which is exactly the same make and era as my grandmother’s piano which I started learning on and wrote my first three records on. I felt at home again. I needed a break from singing and lyrics so I began writing instrumental music. I grew up listening to and playing Debussy, Satie, Mozart, Grieg, as well as modern composers like Max Richter, Philip Glass, Arvo Part. I also loved Warren Ellis (with whom Harcourt worked on the new Marianne Faithfull album) and Nick Cave’s score for The Assassination Of Jesse James…

“So from around February I’d get up on the cold mornings, have a coffee after the kids had gone to school, then come in here, shut the door, just play…with the snow coming down outside the window. When I found something I thought worked, I’d play it over and over again…”
With the piano accompanied on occasion by Ed’s wife Gita Langley’s violin and Amy Langley’s cello yet in some phases as minimal as Furnaces was maximal, the album carries you through deceptively calm waters while nonetheless stirring up your stormiest inner passions. Reflective, but never passive it’s a quiet storm and a curveball which will gently woo you rather than boisterously bundle you over.

“It’s not contrived, this. It’s come from the heart. I feel like someone might enjoy it on headphones while walking around an unfamiliar city for the first time.” It’s a foreign affair, but only if you’ve never noticed the depth and diversity that’s always infused Ed Harcourt’s music.

Watch the video for Empress Of The Lake from Beyond The End


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Best wishes,

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

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