September 2013

Services in September 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

September 1st
Why I Am Still A Catholic – Dr. Kevin Egan (All Hallows)
This is part of a series of services entitled “My Religion In A Secular And Striving Society”. This series is one of a number of initiatives devised to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Dublin Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green.
September 8th
Too Much Thinking – Keith Troughton
September 15th
Personal Odyssey – Rev. Bridget Spain
September 22nd
“Am I Still A Christian ?” – Tony Shine
September 29th
Favourite Readings Service led by Ray Naughton

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 September 2013

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (4th September in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm. This month they will watch the outstanding Chinese film “Raise the Red Lantern” – see

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to a walk at The Spink in Glendalough on Saturday 28th September. The walk is about 8 kms on surfaces that include gravel, boardwalk and rocky path. There are great views over both lakes from the top of the boardwalk. Meeting point is Glendalough Hotel-coffee etc available- and the meeting up time is 11 am.

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Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (25th September in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Goodreads reviews of the book

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Congregation member Beverly Figgis runs Movement To Music sessions every Monday morning at 11am in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.

150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. We are looking forward to opening the doors to private and public groups to mark the anniversary. We will be open during Culture Night (20th September) and Open House (6th October) and supporters of the church are encouraged to spread the word and bring their family and friends at these times. Full details of spotlight events on Culture Night are listed below (see Events).


Two congregations members have recently published books.

Madeline Stringer’s first novel “Despite The Angels” is available to download to Kindle from The paperback edition will be launched in the church on Friday 27th September and will be available online and through bookshops from then..

Pauline McDermott’s book “Beynod Reason: Evolving Consciousness”, an exploration of how spirituality and science are coming together to form a new world, is available in both digital and hard copy from .

The church have also published a single volume of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005. This is available from the church directly for €15.

The 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 Dublin Unitarian Church in September 2013

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

Tuesday 10th September
MCD present
Hozier – Take Me To Church (EP Launch)
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10.50 (no booking fee) from

Hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and the deep dark stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music. Whilst there, he bagged a seat on the flight deck of the symphonic B-52 that is the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock.

After dropping out to concentrate his energies on his own self-defined Twenty First Century Blues, and after some time experimenting with different studios, different producers, different sounds, Hozier has recorded his debut EP at home on a simple studio setup in his attic. Entitled “Take Me To The Church”, Hozier will launch the new music in the Unitarian Church this September.

Friday 20th September
Culture Night 2013
Talks & Music on in the church from 5-11pm. Visitors welcome to wander and meet members of the congregation in the second half of each hour.
Admission free. All welcome.

Spotlight Events @ Culture Night
5pm – music from students from MVW Talent Singing Classes (taking place in the church on Thursday evenings)
6pm – Unitarian Revolutionaries –A Talk by Fergus Whelan
7pm – Music from The Steeple People (friends of The Steeple Sessions 2013, a season of Traditional Irish Music concerts that run throughout the Summer in the church)
8pm – Freedom To Reason –A Talk by Jennifer Flegg
9pm – A Tip Of The Hat – Benjamin Russell (baritone) & David O’Shea (piano). Longtime friends of the church preview a recital of Comedy Artsong (including Flanders & Swann) to take place in the church in the near future.
10pm – Music In The Unitarian Church, Dublin And Beyond –A Talk by Josh Johnston

Saturday 21st September
Anuna and Special Guests in aid of Dublin AIDS Alliance
8pm (doors open at 7.30pm)
Tickets €15 available at the door.

Dublin Aids Alliance

Friday 27th September
Despite The Angels – Madeline Stringer
Book Launch

Have you ever felt you know someone already, even though you only just met?
Maybe you knew them in another life…..

Madeline Stringer’s debut novel takes this question as its central premise and weaves it into a story of people discovering their lives both in this lifetime and others. The book will be launched at a special event in the church on Friday 27th September 2013. The author will read excerpts and is happy to sign copies. There will be refreshments, music and a showing of the book trailer film “A Frustrated Angel” afterwards. All welcome.

Saturday 28th September
Garret Baker & The Random Nouns – Endtimes Praise (CD Launch)
Admission €10

A Dublin songwriter whose songs have been compared, amongst others, to Jaques Brel (Eamonn Carr) Leonard Cohen (Norman Records) and the Velvet Underground (Road Records), his music has been described by Hot Press as “above all impressively different” and “by turns, grim and glorious.” Garret and the band launch their debut studio CD Endtimes Praise ably supported by Joanna Burke, Laura Ann Brady, Sharon Murphy, Sive and members of Mongoose and Twin Headed Wolf. Get there early !!!


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 29th June 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was excited to announce that the appeal had reached the halfway point of €125,000 – we’re well on the way 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 donating 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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