October 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings.
I hope we can embrace that.
I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion.
We are all in this life together”

– Linda Thompson

Sunday Services in October 2019

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

October 6 – The Kingdom Of God – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 13 – Gratitude And Blessing – Monica Cremins
October 20 – Harvest Thanksgiving – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 27th – An Epidemic Of Anxiety – Rev. Bridget Spain

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 October 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    That’s tomorrow – This Wednesday 2nd October, they will watch Claude Chabrol’s “Le Boucher” (1970). The film takes place in the tranquil French village of Tremolat, and like almost Chabrol’s films, it begins and ends with a shot of a river, and includes at least one meal, in this case a wedding feast. It seems a pleasant district, were it not for the ominous stirrings and sudden hard chords on the soundtrack. 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 normally meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. At time of going to press, there was a request to change the date so it is expected that this month, they will meet on Wednesday 23rd October.  Whatever happens regarding date, they will read A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and she can advise on final decision regarding the date of the meeting as well as on other matters pertaining to the group. 

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 15th October, the theme is “To Sit In Mostly Silence”.  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.  This month, they will venture out on the Rathdrum Millennium Famine Walk Loop.  The group will meet up at 11 am in Coffin Shed in Rathdrum village for coffee and then commence the walk at 11:30 from Rathdrum itself. The is plenty of free car parking in Rathdrum at the Parnell monument.  The planned route is about 7km and will take about 2.5 to 3 hrs including timeout for picnic lunch. Hiking boots, rain-gear, fluid, snack and packed picnic lunch required. As usual Marcus will have up to 3 spaces in his car available from Glenageary Dart station from 10:15 on the Saturday morning.  Part of the walk is along the bank of the Avonmore River. 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 – October 2019

Sunday 27th October
Aiken Promotions presents
Martin Kohlstedt
Tickets €20 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 21st June at 10am.

“Martin Kohlstedt is a young composer with a curious touch. `{`He`}` moves between classical and electronic realms, refusing to allow his music to be pinned down.” Clash Music

“His performance was filled with mystery, joy and excitement.” The Tehran Times (IR)

Martin Kohlstedt does not shirk from a challenge. You can tell by the look in his eyes when he makes a fleeting connection with his audience or when he returns to the refuge of his pianos and electronic keyboards.

Those same eyes search and probe remorselessly through whatever space is in front of him, even before he engages his intellect. Fraught with risk for a performing musician, this game of provocation pushes at the limits of control, but it bears dividends for the composer. Kohlstedt, born in the rural heart of Germany, has become celebrated for the energy and unpredictability of his concerts, selling out Hamburg’s state-of-the-art Elbphilharmonie and playing such venues as the Russian State Library in Moscow and the Talar-e Rudaki in Tehran. But there is no pomp and circumstance in what he does. His focus is on a different way of conceiving music – and of communicating with it. He does not compose ‘works’ as such; rather he creates musical modules whose power lies in the way they can be combined and varied to produce conflicts and make points in ways that could not have been foreseen.

In 2019, never short of ambition, Martin Kohlstedt continues to move onward and upward in his work. Collaborating with the 70 singers of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus and its artistic director, Gregor Mayer, he has created Ströme (Currents). It investigates and gives expression to the process of interaction between a collective body and a feisty, intuitive solo performer. In this project, drawing on his own experience and the experience of his long-term colleagues, he lets things take their course and, as two musical forces come together, he allows for the possibility of failure. The result is pure dynamism, characterised both by monumental clashes and gentle rapprochements, and at no point is Ströme intimidated by conventional conceptions of what classical music ought to be.

Kind of related . . . . . . 

The churches’ director of music, Josh Johnston, is also a singer-songwriter in his spare time.  He has recently released a new EP, Moon Landing – the video is up on YouTube. You can see the video for the new single on YouTube He will be playing a live gig in Lost Lane on Grafton Street on Wednesday 23rd October – tickets €15 from www.lostland.ie !!

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

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