September 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

― Ming-Dao Deng,

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

Sunday Services in September 2016

4th: Science & Religion, Squaring The Circle ?: Elaine Harris – recording of sermon now available to download here.
11th: Get birth right and the world right ?: Dil Wickremasinghe
18th: Reformation: Rev. Bridget Spain
25th: The Sons Of Abraham: Linda Ballard

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 . 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 2016
Walking Club

The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

There is nothing currently planned but this can change at any moment – maybe you would like to suggest a walk. 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 usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm.

This month they will return to the vestry of the church on 21st September (a one-off date change) and the book will be A View of Delft by Anthony Bailey)

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. 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
Thursdays at Lunchtime

Thanks to all who opened the church at lunchtime on Thursdays over the last year. We hope to have a new series of cultural events in the Autumn. If you have any ideas for events or series of events that could utilise this spot, please let us know.

Film Club
Film Club meet 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.

This month, at 7.15 on Wednesday 7th September, they will watch Cinema Paradiso (1988). A jaded film director recalls his childhood. He was a cheeky scamp helping out the old projectionist in the local cinema, a special place where movies were censored by the local priest. If ever a film came from the heart, this is it.

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 – September 2016

Friday 10th September
Aiken Promotions present
Morrissey & Marshall
Doors 8pm
Tickets available from

2016 started with a bang for Morrissey & Marshall and has grown massively from then on. After their captivating full band performance on the Late Late Show, M&M have been inundated with show offers. They have recently done their first European tour and are currently doing a festival tour of the UK. They will be doing their first ‘headline’ tour of Ireland with the full band throughout August and September (including the Unitarian Chuch which they are “buzzing” about).

They are also releasing their new single ‘STAND DOWN’ on August 24th.

“We felt this would be the perfect follow up to ‘Cold November Sunrise’ – it is a step in a direction that feels very exciting to us. We’re growing as writers, the (Morrissey & Marshall) band are growing in numbers and we’re loving it right now.”

“Lyrically, the song is inspired by those poor unfortunates (politicians) who tend to stop at nothing when striving for success… They will lie, mislead, instill fear and do whatever it takes to get the people on side, without any true regard for the people. This song sparks the idea that there will eventually come a time when we’ll come together, rise above the fear and use truth, honesty and love to start fixing all of the things that need to be fixed. I feel that now, more than ever ‘STAND DOWN’ is an important song for this time”

Cold November Sunrise on Youtube

Friday 16th September
Culture Night

Dublin Unitarian Church is pleased to open its doors during the annual Culture Night celebrations. Members of the public are encouraged to visit for spotlight cultural events on the hour or in the gaps between the events (generally the second half of each hour). Our programme this year is

5pm – “Sanctuary Tales” poems, stories and the odd song from the immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers of the Dublin City of Sanctuary group
6pm – “Echoes From The Past” a talk drawing on entries to the baptism book of Dublin Unitarian Church by Rev. Bridget Spain
7pm – Come & Sing with Ardú (choral workshop) – an introduction to choral music featuring melody, harmony and rhythm by using their voices, body percussion and even some beatboxing !!
8pm – Under Pressure: a rehearsed reading of a play about a family having to deal with the menace of drug dealers. Presented by Uncut Diamonds theatre group in the north inner-city
9pm – Come & Sing with Ardú (choral workshop) – an introduction to choral music featuring melody, harmony and rhythm by using their voices, body percussion and even some beatboxing !!
10pm – Dublin Capital City 1974 / 75 (film), a 1975 silent film featuring footage of Dublin city shot by Jim Mulkerns, improvised score performed by Josh Johnston, organist at Dublin Unitarian Church, with an introduction by the director’s daughter, Helena Mulkerns

There will also be items on display detailing the history of the church building and denomination. Visitors are welcome to ask the volunteers from the church congregation questions – if they don’t have all the answers, they will be able to find them for you !!

Saturday 17th September
Áine O’ Dwyer (Organ)
Doors 7.30pm / Concert at 8pm
Tickets – €10 + €1.43 booking fee from

Áine O’ Dwyer is a harpist, organist and composer from Limerick currently based in London. She has released albums on MIE Music, Fort Evil Fruit and Second Language Music and has performed widely as a solo artist and in collaboration with Mark Fry and the A-Lords, United Bible Studies and Charlemagne Palestine. This will be Áine’s first organ performance in Dublin and she will present a largely improvised solo organ piece.

You can listen to her most recent CD ‘Music for Church Cleaners’ here at Bandcamp.

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

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