November 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life

– Kahlil Gibran

Sunday Services in November 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

November 3rd – Historic Jesus – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 10th – Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain / Frank Tracy
November 17th – How Jesus Became God – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 24th – Change Is Possible – Rev. Chris Hudson

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

Advance Warning: Our Christmas Carol Service will be on the morning of Sunday 15th December – lots of music and readings to usher in the festivities.  We look forward to seeing old and new friends there.

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 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    This Wednesday 6th November, they will watch Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. Leonard Maltin hails it as “A genuinely great motion picture that demands multiple viewings.” We can only promise one viewing but 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 Wednesday 27th November, they will meet to discuss Red Notice by Bill Browder which is this month’s book  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 119th November, the theme is “Looking Back In Gratitude And Remembering Lost Loved Ones”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Currently there is no plan afoot but this can change at the speed of e-mail.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

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.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group.


Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.


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 – November 2019

Friday 8th November
Doors 8pm // Show 8.30pm
Admission Free – donations welcome

Having played in various bands over the years, Morley has always maintained a love and keen interest in contemporary solo piano. Inspired by Debussy, Satie and contemporaries such as Chilly Gonzalez, Morley’s music is emotive, passionate and almost stream of consciousness like. This launch concert for his debut EP promises to be an emotive, energetic and entertaining performance. All pieces are original works.

Saturday 9th November
Homebeat presents
Hania Rani: Solo Piano
Tickets €27.75 & €29.30 from

Hania Rani has written for strings, piano, voice and electronics and has collaborated with the likes of Christian Löffler, Dobrawa Czocher and Hior Chronik. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe – from the National Philharmony in Warsaw, to Funkhaus in Berlin, and The Roundhouse in London; and at festivals such as Open’er, Scope Festival, and Eurosonic.

Esja is her debut solo album and for Rani it is her first, real, personal statement as an artist. Beautifully sculpted, Esja is a powerful, entrancing statement that offers new delights and new insights on every listen and announces Hani Rani as a major new artist.

Saturday 23rd November
Harvest: A Neil Young Tribute
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 from

Harvest (a tribute to Neil Young) will play a very special all acoustic show at the Dublin Unitarian Church on Sat 23rd November 2019

Think Neil Young, Unplugged.

The band will reprise all the usual acoustic classics (“Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Helpless, “Sugar Mountain” etc) and re-invent some others (“Powderfinger”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”)

It’s going to be a fantastic night as the band take advantage of the natural acoustics of this beautiful venue

Friday 29th November
Jennifer McMahon Band
Doors 7pm
Tickets €15 from

Jennifer McMahon brings her debut project ‘Part of The Whole’ to life, alongside some of Dublin’s finest musicians, in the uniquely beautiful setting of Dublin’s Unitarian Church. Expect new music from upcoming projects, too.

“Jennifer’s munificent charm and honesty is all too clear in her music which aims to embrace it’s listeners in musical refuge and individual uplift, with rounded-out low tones, smooth jazz-sensibilities and tender lyrics, from the heart to the heart.”

Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin; Part of The Whole is her debut recording project. Written after the loss of her father and breakdown of a relationship, the album focuses on hope, gratitude and the will to move forward. Recorded predominantly during her time studying abroad, the album features more than 20 musicians from over 10 countries and is set for release on November 8th 2019.

Your ticket cost includes the album download

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Dublin 2

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