June 2021

June 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Imagine how our lives might be if everyone had even a bit more of the Wisdom that comes from seeing clearly.

Suppose people everywhere, simultaneously, stopped what they were doing and paid attention for only as long as it took to recognize their shared humanity.

Surely the heartbreak of the world’s pain, visible to all, would convert everyone to kindness.

What a gift that would be.”

– Sylvia Boorstein

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

What a beautifully sunny day it is in Dublin on Monday 31st May. The warmer weather is good for the soul and, armed with that and the ongoing vaccination programme (despite the up-and-down statistics reminding us all to be a bit careful), we can look into the summer with hope and positivity. Long may it continue.

On Sunday 16th May, we welcomed congregation members back into the church at the beginning of a phased return to our sacred space on St. Stephen’s Green.  In line with restrictions in force to combat the spread of Covid-19, we are able to have 50 congregation in the church – anyone interested in attending in person should email hidden; JavaScript is required before 2pm on the Saturday (the preceding day) before the service.  All are, as always, welcome.

Services for June 2021 // Sundays at 11am

6th June 2021
Rev.Bridget Spain ‘The Sermon on the Mount’

13th June 2021
Will O’Connoll ‘Just say Yes’

20th June 2021
Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Favourite Readings’

27th June 2021
Tony Brady ‘The Grace of Forgiveness’

For those congregation attending, please be aware that social distancing measures will be in place and you will be asked to wear a mask at all times in the church. Please do not attend the service if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.  There will not be coffee after the service for the time being but after the Sunday service, many of our congregation like to meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

Our services continue to be broadcast on our webcam and podcasted later as well via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.

It is not possible to take a collection at this time, even after we move back in, but many of the costs associated with running a church continue.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Thanks to Rev. Bridget Spain, Pamela McCarthy and Andy Pollak who led the services during May as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

There is also a service of reflection every Wednesday at 1.05pm in the church led by Pamela McCarthy.  There is no need to advise your intention to attend – just come along.  Tea afterwards.

We are presenting a series of online reflections through the week.  Created by various members and friends of the church, they can be accessed via our Facebook page four mornings a week and the three non-musical reflections can be found on our Services Of Reflection page on the website.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm (log-in from 6.45pm for prompt start) on the last Wednesday of the month (30th June) and this month they are reading The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group on Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.45pm – the link is to the Zoom room.

The June edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).  The magazine, edited by Paul Spain once a month, collects together recent addresses as well as specially-written pieces and poems on subjects of interest to our congregation.

You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.

We love hearing back from congregation members who have moved away to forge new exciting lives in other parts of the world.  Cat Gundry-Beck, who many of us remember as a former “child” in the Sunday Club, is now a highly esteemed photographer.  She is currently living and working in Iceland and got an incredible opportunity to take photographs at the recent volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall.  You can learn more about her work in this video made on behalf of Norwich University Of The Arts where Cat had her third-level education.

There has been a lot of excitement about moving back into the church but the minister and committee are certainly aware that there will be some who will not feel comfortable to come in in person for the time being.  While it is exciting to see a steady return to in-person worship, please be assured that our new-found enthusiasm for connection via online and social media will not disappear in the coming months. There are conversations afoot as to how best balance our online and physical balance after the lockdown and the results of these will inform arrangements to be made in the coming months.  More anon.  In the meantime, the church has a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  If you have seen anything online that you would like us to share here, on the Facebook page or via Oscailt, please send us a message on the Facebook page.   We’re also on Twitter.

The country is making good progress at getting back to what might be considered normal.  The challenge now is to not slip back to the place where a fourth lockdown is necessary.  Stay vigilant and stay thinking positively. It will be worth it in the long run.

You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.

Best wishes,

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

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New Oscailt available for June 2021

A new online edition of Oscailt has been produced for June 2021.

You can view it by clicking on the link above.

Oscailt is our monthly magazine of views and opinions, as well as information for the congregation. It is edited and produced by Paul Spain.

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Covid-19 Update – Thursday 13th May

We are very excited to announce that, in line with relaxed restrictions pertaining to church services, we can welcome a limited congregation to Wednesday and Sunday services from today including this Sunday’s service at 11am.

Our congregation is limited to 50 people for the time being so if you intend to attend the Sunday service at 11am in person, you must notify our secretary by email hidden; JavaScript is required (click the link) before 2pm on the day before the applicable service to advise your intention to attend, remembering to include numbers of people. Members will be advised immediately whether it is ok to attend. Non-members will be advised after 2pm on Saturday. Even if you have advised of your attention to attend, please do not attend if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

There is no need to email ahead for attendance to the Wednesday lunchtime service.

We will continue to broadcast both services on our webcam and both services will be recorded and archived on our website. Three podcasts are prepared and distributed via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and other podcast providers containing sections of our Sunday services. These are updated weekly.

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May 2021

May 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world” 
– Mary Oliver

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

It was with great pleasure and excitement that we heard the news yesterday (Thursday 29th April) that restrictions are to be relaxed on church services during May 2021. All the details of what we know at this early stage are below.  

Services for May 2021 // Sundays at 11am

2nd May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Original Sin”

9th May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Confucius & Lau Tzu”

16th May 2021 – Pamela McCarthy “Lessons Learned”

23rd May 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain “Begin”

30th May 2021 – Andy Pollak “The Triumph Of The Human Spirit”

New relaxed restrictions apply from Monday 10th May – churches are permitted to have services with a reduced capacity of 50 people from this date.  It is too soon to know exactly how the new arrangements (announced on Thursday 29th April) will be put into action at the church or if we will bring the congregation back immediately but most likely is that we will have services (with the limited congregation) on Wednesday 12th May (lunchtime) and Sunday 16th May (11am). Check our website or our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.  As capacity is limited, we encourage everybody to come to the Wednesday service but for non-regular attendees to continue to enjoy the Sunday service online for the moment – we look forward to welcoming you back to the church when the restrictions are relaxed further.  For those congregation attending, know that social distancing measures will be in place and you will be asked to wear a mask at all times in the church.  There will not be coffee after the service for the time being but after the online Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

It is not possible to take a collection at this time, even after we move back in, but many of the costs associated with running a church continue.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Thanks to Rev. Bridget Spain and Keith Troughton who led the services during April as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our audio recordings are also available in the form of three podcasts that fall into different categories (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service.  They are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our reflections through the week continue.  After a year of posting them daily, our format is going to change slightly in May.  We will post three reflections a week, Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon – click on the link or follow them on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a compilation of reflections from our Sunday service (Monday morning), a recording of our Wednesday service of reflection led by Pamela McCarthy, videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released, and guest reflections from congregation members and friends of the church. We’re looking forward to presenting new voices and faces for you and we hope you enjoy the series.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (26th May) and this month they are reading Euphoria by Lily King

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group on Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.45pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

The May edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).  Editor Paul Spain and minister Rev. Bridget Spain also curated a special edition of Oscailt in the last month for Earth Day which was on Thursday 22nd April.

You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.

While it is exciting to see a steady return to in-person worship, please be assured that our new-found enthusiasm for connection via online and social media will not disappear once we’re back in the church. There are conversations afoot as to how best balance our online and physical balance after the lockdown and the results of these will inform arrangements to be made in the coming months.  More anon.  In the meantime, the church has a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are posting online readings – essays, poems, articles, online resources, quotes – that might help you through this hard time, not unlike the quote at the top of this email.  On a Saturday, we are posting links to music to calm and inspire. Please come and like our page. If you would like to suggest examples of either “readings” or music to be found online that have moved you, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.  We’re also on Twitter.

The country is making good progress at getting back to what might be considered normal.  The challenge now is to not slip back to the place where a fourth lockdown is necessary.  That said, it is nice to see the sun and to look forward to the relative freedoms that are coming our way in May.  Best wishes for a relaxing and happy bank holiday weekend.

You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.

Best wishes,

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

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Oscailt May 2021

A new online edition of Oscailt has been produced for May 2021.

You can view it by clicking on the link above.

Oscailt is our monthly magazine of views and opinions, as well as information for the congregation. It is edited and produced by Paul Spain.

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Special edition of Oscailt for Earth Day 2021

A special edition of our magazine (currently online only) has been compiled to mark Earth Day 2021 which is on Thursday 22nd April.

You can read it here.

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April 2021

April 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“But why should the daffodils and tulips
Get all the praise and blessings?
My rebirth goes unnoticed- I am worthy
Of smiles and dazzled cries of worship.”
― Lea Malot, Coffins & Rhinestones

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

As we approach Easter for the second time in the life of this pandemic, it is hard to think back a year and take in the fact that, a year on, despite a few months during the summer when we were allowed out, we are still being asked politely to stay at home to curb the spread of CoVid-19.  Our latest advice is that restrictions regarding church services will be reviewed at the end of April so, again and for now, the restrictions are still in force and our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online.  We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website.  After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  All are welcome.  

Services for April 2021 // Sundays at 11am

4th April 2021 Easter Sunday
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘If There Was No Ressurection’

11th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘Do We Need God ?’

18th April 2021
Keith Troughton “Scaffolding”

25th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘A Religious Makeover’

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

Thanks are due to Rev. Bridget Spain and Will O’Connell who led the services during March as well as the readers and musicians who contributed.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our audio recordings are also available in the form of three podcasts that fall into different categories (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service.  They are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (28th April) and this month they are reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

The April edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.

The church has a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are posting online readings – essays, poems, articles, online resources, quotes – that might help you through this hard time, not unlike the quote at the top of this email.  On a Saturday, we are posting links to music to calm and inspire. Please come and like our page. If you would like to suggest examples of either “readings” or music to be found online that have moved you, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

It has been nice to see the return of the sun and feel the warmth and brightness of the longer day in the last few weeks.  As the pace of the vaccines increase, and the sun warms us all up, this undoubtedly hard time will get easier.  In the meantime, stay calm and at home as much as humanly possible.  Touch base with elderly and vulnerable friends and relatives and keep the faith – this too shall pass.

You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email. 

Best wishes,

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

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Oscailt – April 2021

Oscailt, our monthly magazine of news and ideas, is currently available online only. The April edition is now available to read here.

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March 2021 Oscailt

Our monthly magazine Oscailt is currently being produced online only. The March edition is available to read here.

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March 2021

March 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz
I wonder where the boidies is
They say the boid is on the wing
But that’s absoid, the wing is on the boid!

Anonymous

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

As with the rest of Ireland, very little has changed at Dublin Unitarian Church in the last month although it is refreshing and hopeful to see CoVid stats going down and the sun returning in the sky.  That said, the restrictions are still in force so our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online.  We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website.  After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  All are welcome.

We were sad to learn of the death of our dear friend and senior congregation member Charlie McCaw last Thursday.   The following words are taken from a tribute written by our treasurer Rory Delany on our Facebook page.

“Charlie’s associations with our church on St Stephen’s Green were long and deep. Charlie’s marriage to his beloved Moisie was celebrated in the church by Rev. E.S. Hicks in 1958, the same minister who baptised Charlie in the church in 1929.   Charlie made an enormous contribution to the life of the congregation, serving with distinction in a number of capacities including that of trustee and most recently as the treasurer of the church. His knowledge and skill guided the congregation through many of the difficult challenges it faced in less prosperous times and our debt to him is immeasurable.

However, it is a personal level that Charlie will be remembered and missed by our church community most of all. His singing, his witticisms, his twinkling eyes and his lovely smile will be fondly remembered for a very long time. Many of us will also remember his thoughtful contributions when he took his turn to provide a Reading on a Sunday morning. These readings often included poetry of his own composition which he sometimes lovingly introduced as ‘dedicated to Moisie’.”

We extend our deepest sympathies to Moisie, his children, his grandchildren, his brother George and to the extended McCaw family. Charlie’s funeral will take place on the morning of Monday 1st March from the church via our webcam.  Over the last month, our minister’s mother-in-law also passed away at the amazing age of 106 – our thoughts are also with the Spain family at this sad time. 

Services for March 2021 // Sundays at 11am

7th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Old Habits die hard’

14th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Presbyterians and Unitarians’

21st March 2021
Service Will O’Connell ‘Here Comes The Sun’

28th March 2021
Service Rev.Bridget Spain ‘Passover’

It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building.  If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal.   This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.

February was a busy month for services.   Pamela McCarthy and Rev. Spain shared the services and a loyal crew of congregation members contributed with music and words in various ways.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our series of podcasts have recently been re-energised and the reach of these podcasts has been extended – three podcasts (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page.  Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.

Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend).  The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (31st March) and this month they are reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.

The March edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

Our director of music Josh Johnston wishes to thank those of you who have taken the time to check out his new MindTravels project with Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) – they are producing videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook roughly every two weeks – the next one will be produced next week.  Check out the current playlist here.

The church has a newly re-invigorated Facebook page where we post links to all the services as they are uploaded as well as news of developments as they relate to our worship.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are posting online readings – essays, poems, articles, online resources, quotes – that might help you through this hard time, not unlike the quote at the top of this email.  On a Saturday, we are posting links to music to calm and inspire. Please come and like our page. If you would like to suggest examples of either “readings” or music to be found online that have moved you, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Stay calm. We are making progress.  This too shall pass.

You have received this email because you subscribed to the Dublin Unitarian Monthly Email List either online or at a service or performance in the church.  If you don’t wish to receive it anymore, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email. 

Best wishes,

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

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