February 2021

February 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

As hard as it is to take, the pandemic is still with us and Ireland’s lockdown has been extended by another month.  Despite the promising stats regarding infection numbers and the steady rollout of the various vaccines, it has been a hard month in Ireland with the strongest regulations, increased limits on travel and some cold weather to boot.  It is reassuring to know that we are doing it to keep the pandemic at bay, to protect front line workers and HSE resources, and to speed up our lives getting back to normal again

For the next while, until we are able to open again, we are inviting you to view our Sunday services live via our webcam which can be accessed via that link there or by a link on the homepage of our website.

On Sunday, our morning service at 11am is led by the minister, a member of the congregation or a visiting guest.

After the service on Sunday, our congregation has come to enjoy congregating via Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a chance to chat and catch up with each other.  All, regular and less regular attendees, new and longstanding, are welcome and encouraged to join in.  To access Virtual Coffee after church on a Sunday, go over to Zoom from about 11.50 – the link is embedded in the word “Zoom”.

Our Services for February 2021

31st January 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – The Old Religions

7th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Security, Serenity, Peace Of Mind

14th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Coptic Christianity And Ireland

21st February 2021 – Pamela McCarthy – Aunt Jobiska

28th February 2021 – Rev.Bridget Spain – Harvesting Hope

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.

During January, we began using the webcam to broadcast Sunday services from the church.  This proved quite successful with the minister being joined by a reader and using music created beforehand by director of music Josh Johnston.  Our readers were Doireann Ní Bhriain, Andy Pollak, David Heap and Gavin O’Duffy, Tony Brady took the service on 24th January assisted by musicians Gavin Byrne and Will O’Connell to give Bridget and Josh a break.  Thanks to everybody who contributed to all services throughout the month.  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, 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 is still going strong. It 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 (24th February) and this month they are reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Tony Brady has moved 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 February edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

On a side-note, our director of music Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) have begun to produce videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook under the moniker MindTravels.  Check out the current playlist here.

Our 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. Stay positive. Stay healthy. Stay at home.

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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February Oscailt magazine

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

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Co-Vid 19 update Tuesday 5th January 2021

In keeping with the most recent regulations regarding the containment of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic, the church will be closed to the public for scheduled services from Saturday 26th December until the regulations are amended or lifted.

Sunday services will be streamed via our webcam at the appropriate times and recordiings of the services will be podcasted shortly after.

Our Wednesday “lunchtime” service will be recorded at home and uploaded as Pam McCarthy’s contribution to the daily reflections on Wednesday mornings.

The church is currently offering a system to take voluntary online donations in lieu of our regular Sunday collection via Paypal. These help towards the ongoing running costs of the church.

If you have enjoyed or benefitted from our service, please consider making a donation here. Offerings of any size are appreciated.

For further info, feel free to email here

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January 2021

January 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

Happy New Year !!!!  Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

And then, just like that, we are back in lockdown again.  Frustrating as it is, we know that it is for the greater good and so, as has become the way of the world, we will be flexible and work together.

For the next while, until we are able to open again, we are inviting you to view our Wednesday and Sunday services live via our webcam which can be accessed via that link there or by a link on the homepage of our website.

Every Wednesday, congregation member Pam McCarthy leads a service of reflection at 1pm and on Sunday, our morning service at 11am is led by the minister, a member of the congregation or a visiting guest.

After the service on Sunday, our congregation has come to enjoy congregating via Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a chance to chat and catch up with each other.  All, regular and less regular attendees, new and longstanding, are welcome and encouraged to join in.  To access Virtual Coffee after church on a Sunday, go over to Zoom from about 11.50 – the link is embedded in the word “Zoom”.

After the Wednesday and Sunday services, we continue to upload recordings to our podcast which can be accessed via the I-Tunes Music Store, our Facebook page and our Recordings page on our own site.

Our Services for January 2021

3rd January 2021: Stop Being So Religious – Rev. Bridget Spain

10th January 2021: A Fresh Approach To Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain

17th January 2021: Holocaust Memorial Day – Rev. Bridget Spain

24th January 2021: Sorry Wrong Number – Tony Brady

31st January 2021: The Old Religions – Rev. Bridget Spain

It is not possible to take a collection at this time due to it not being possible to be in the same room 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.

Services in December were very much a team effort with Rev. Bridget Spain leading most of our services but contributions being made by 14 congregation members and our 13th December service of carols being shared with 4th Universalist Society of New York and Cork Unitarian Church and their associated music and ministry teams.  This was a beautiful and spiritual occasion in particular, conducted in a spirt of reaching out and solidarity – an opportunity to see us getting through this together in action.  Thanks to everybody who contributed to all services throughout the month.  All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.

Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them on our Facebook page.

At our Christmas Day service, our minister took the time to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and New Year, and to thank all the congregation members and friends of the church who went out of their way to ensure the church ran smoothly despite the chaotic learning process we have all been through this last year.  We continue to experiment with the most comfortable ways to work and worship at this strange and discomfiting time but the community has really pulled together to make the transition as smooth as could be hoped for.  While we hope for a speedy transition back to what could be perceived as normality, we are grateful for the community spirit that has got the church through this with goodwill and good humour.

Our Book Club is still going strong. It 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 (27th January) and this month they are reading Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene.

Tony Brady has moved 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 January edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).

On a side-note, our director of music Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) have begun to produce videos of original and improvised guided reflections which they are uploading to YouTube and Facebook.  Check out the current playlist here.

Our 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

Here’s to 2021 – may it bring vaccines, hope, calm and better days.

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 January 2021

Happy New Year !!!!

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

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CoVid-19 Update Monday 28th December 2020

In keeping with the most recent regulations regarding the containment of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic, the church will be closed to the public for scheduled services from Saturday 26th December until the regulations are amended or lifted.

Wednesday and Sunday services will be streamed via our webcam at the appropriate times and recordiings of the services will be podcasted shortly after.

The church is currently offering a system to take voluntary online donations in lieu of our regular Sunday collection via Paypal. These help towards the ongoing running costs of the church.

If you have enjoyed or benefitted from our service, please consider making a donation here. Offerings of any size are appreciated.

For further info, feel free to email here

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CoVid-19 Update 6th December 2020

At the start of December 2020, new measures were announced by the Irish Government and the HSE to reflect the changing shape of the pandemic in Ireland. In line with this, we are pleased to announce news of a gradually reopening church on St. Stephen’s Green.

Wednesday 9th December and all Wednesdays after

This Wednesday, 9th December, there will be a lunchtime service of reflection led by Pam McCarthy in the church. This starts just after 1pm and the church will broadcast this on its Zoom feed. To access, click on the link just before 1pm. These services will then continue weekly. This Wednesday service will be podcasted as the daily reflection on Thursday morning.

Sunday 13th December

Our Sunday service on 13th December will be a joint service with 4th Universalist Society of New York City and Cork Unitarian Church. The service will be conducted online and, in Irish time, will commence at 4pm. To access it via Zoom, go to www.4thu.org and follow the instructions on the homepage.

Sunday 20th December and all Sundays after

From Sunday 20th December, and until advised otherwise, all Sunday services will take place in the church starting at 11am as usual. For the forseeable future, capacity will be limited and those intending to attend should email hidden; JavaScript is required up to 2pm on the day (Saturday) before the Sunday service. Priority will be given to regular congregation but if you’re a visitor, email us anyway and Trish will do her best to assist you.

Friday 25th December

The church will be open for our Christmas Day service at 11am. Capacity is necessarily limited and those intending to attend should email hidden; JavaScript is required up to 2pm on Sunday 20th December. Priority will be given to regular congregation but if you’re a visitor, email us anyway and Trish will do her best to assist you.

Once we are moved back into the church, the service will still be broadcast online. As of now, this is via our Zoom feed – see above. If you can’t make it to church or would prefer to view online but still wish to contribute to collection, we are taking donations via Paypal to assist with the running of the church. If you would like to donate, click here.

We look forward to things settling again and attendance at church being easier as we make our way through 2021. For now, as always, our priority is keeping congregation and friends safe and secure inside the building. We ask those attending services to follow the guidance given by stewards at all times when in the church building. Thanks you.

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December 2020

December 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.
A magical thing. And sweet to remember.
We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”

Oliver Herford

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

It has been a month of increasing hope.  Two new vaccines, a positive and decisive (if still contested) outcome in the US presidential election, the seeds of Advent and the approaching Christmas season beginning to take root, and the relaxation of restrictions a few days ago.  We hope that you are staying calm and positive in your own little bubble wherever you are.

Our Zoom services continue for now but our managing committee are examining the best ways of reopening in the near future in as safe, efficient and as positive a manner as possible – no plan has been cemented at time of writing but ideas are being examined and a plan  is expected soon – this will be advertised via our Facebook, Twitter and webpages.

Thanks are sent out as always to our hard-working group of people, both managing the church and the small group of dedicated volunteers looking after the Zoom feeds and email communications so that everybody – long-standing friends and newcomers – can feel included.  Their work is important and we are pleased to say that, despite the closing of the physical building, the church is very much open.  Stay calm, stay positive, stay at home as much as possible.

We still provide two services a week, currently both online; a Sunday morning service at 11am, usually led by our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain but featuring members of the congregation, special guests or friends to give Bridget a much deserved break.  Also, our Service of Reflection is uploaded each Wednesday morning, led by Pam McCarthy.

If you would like to join the Sunday service live online, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.  All are welcome.  You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and acting on it to hopefully create a comfortable listening experience for the service – thank you for your support.

13th December would and should have been our annual carol service. This, by necessity, has to be different this year.  Choral singing is not safe in a congregational setting and we are used to large numbers at that service in particular.  This year, we will share our service online with the ministers and congregations of 4th Universalist Society of New York (who we previously shared a service with at the end of May) and Cork Unitarian Church.  Rev. Spain, along with Rev. Schuyler Vogel (NYC) and Rev. Mike O’Sullivan (Cork) will guide us through music and readings contributed by members of all three churches.  All are welcome.  Due to the time-difference between here and New York City, this service will be at 4pm and will take the place of our usual Sunday service.  Entry to this service will be via the 4thU Zoom portal which can be accessed on the homepage at www.4thu.org

There will definitely be a service on Christmas Day – either online or in the church.  More details over the coming weeks.

A recording of all Sunday services is uploaded to the website in the days after each service.  We also have podcasts of each Sunday service on the I-Tunes Music Store.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church

Services for December
Sundays at 11am (except 13th December)

6th December – Advent, A Time Of Hope And Expectation – Monica Cremins

13th – Joint Online Service of Carols, Readings & Holiday Music
in association with 4th Universalist Society of New York City
and Cork Unitarian Church
Led by Rev. Bridget Spain, Rev. Schuyler Vogel
& Rev. Mike O’Sullivan
4pm (note time)
Access via www.4thu.org – link to Zoom service on their homepage.

20th – Jingle Bells – Rory Delany
Friday 25th – Christmas Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
27th – Service of Favourite Readings – Rev. Bridget Spain

We are also pleased to present an ongoing series of short services of worship and reflection, usually led by Bridget punctuated by recordings of the reflections, music and prayers from our Sunday and Wednesday lunchtime services.  As all services in the church are curtailed for now, it makes our outreach via these daily short reflections even more important.  Thanks go out to Pam who now records her Wednesday service for us at home so that we can still enjoy it. You can find them all on a page dedicated to Services of Reflection (formally Daily Services).

Services in November were taken by Rev. Bridget Spain, Elaine Harris and Aidan O’Driscoll and we thank them and the readers and contributors at these services – Mary O’Brien, Peter White, Sheila Hanley, Máire Bacon & Josh Johnston,   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page or via the podcasts at the I-Tunes Music Store.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (30th December at 7pm) they are meeting to discuss Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

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

Assuming things settle down, we will begin to think about booking concerts sometime in the new year for 2021.  The church is a gorgeous building and a beautiful acoustic for music.  It is particularly suited to classical and acoustic music but there is scope for other forms of music too.  Before the first lockdown, we enjoyed a run of about 10 years of concerts after this use was started to raise funds for the Organ Restoration Project.  We look forward to hearing the music in the church again.

We also have 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.  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

Wishing you a safe and calm Christmas season and a hopeful and restful New Year.

Best wishes,

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

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November 2020

November 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.
Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers.
They know it is time to be still.”

from “In November” by Cynthia Rylant

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.  

Now that the prospect of getting back into the church building before 2021 arrives is looking like a slimmer and slimmer possibility, the church has been working hard to create as pleasurable an experience as possible for its services on Zoom and via its Facebook pages and websites.  The book club and managing committee meet regularly on Zoom and the congregation meet after the service for Virtual Coffee.  It’s been a learning experience for all and has strengthened the community no end. The AGM of the church has been rescheduled for November and members are getting used to the idea of a socially isolated winter ahead. A group of us also convened on 18th October in the evening for a special screening of a documentary about our former minister Rev. Bill Darlison and his provocative and profound thoughts on the links between astrology and theology made by congregation member Beta Bajgart.  This was a thoughtful piece and inspired a healthy Q&A session after with the director and subject. It is events like this that serve to make the hard times we are currently living through more managable.

Thanks are sent to our hard-working committee, both managing the church and the small group of dedicated volunteers looking after the Zoom feeds and email communications so that everybody – long-standing and newcomers – can feel part of the community.  Their work is important and we are pleased to say that, despite the closing of the physical building, the church is very much open. We hope that this current lockdown will be relieved partially or completely on December 1st but are aware that it may take a longer time before we rid ourselves of this horrible virus altogether.  Stay calm, stay positive, stay at home as much as possible.

We still provide two services a week, currently both online; a Sunday morning service at 11am, usually led by our minister, Rev. Bridget Spain but featuring members of the congregation, special guests or friends to give Bridget a much deserved break.  Also, our Service of Reflection is uploaded each Wednesday morning, led by Pam McCarthy.

If you would like to join the Sunday service live online, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.  All are welcome.  You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and acting on it to hopefully create a comfortable listening experience for the service – thank you for your support.

A recording of the service is being uploaded to the website in the days after each service.  We also have podcasts of each Sunday service on the I-Tunes Music Store.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church

Services for November // Sundays at 11am

1st November – Samhain, All Souls – Rev. Bridget Spain
8th – Rememberance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
15th – Moving Mountains, One Stone At A Time – Elaine Harris
22nd – St. Paul – Rev. Bridget Spain
29th – No Pope, No Party – Aidan O’Driscoll

The fast-moving narrative of the pandemic is forcing us to think fast on our feet and make changes with short notice.  We were also pleased to have settled on a new pattern for our ongoing series of short services of worship and reflection, led by Bridget or Pam punctuated by recordings of the reflections, music and prayers from our Sunday and Wednesday lunchtime services.  As all services in the church are curtailed for now, it makes our outreach via these daily short reflections even more important.  Thanks go out to Pam who now records her Wednesday service for us at home so that we can still enjoy it. You can find them all on a page dedicated to Services of Reflection (formally Daily Services).

Services in October were taken by Rev. Bridget Spain and Pam McCarthy and we thank her and the readers and contributors at these services – Susan McKeever, Denise Dunne, Andy Pollak, Doireann Ní Bhriain & Josh Johnston,   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page or via the podcasts at the I-Tunes Music Store.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (25th November at 7pm) they are meeting to discuss A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

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

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and the end of the year have been cancelled or postponed.  We will be happy to look at starting to book new concerts and other cultural events once the route forward regarding church services is clearer and can be handled with safety and comfort for all.

We also have 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.  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 are a church who worship together in a spirit of freedom, reason and tolerance.  We are pleased to be here to support people in whatever way we can through this unsettling time.  Wishing you a safe and calm November.

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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September 2020

September 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“And all the lives we ever lived
And all the lives to be are full of trees
and changing leaves”
-Virginia Woolf
To The Lighthouse

Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.

A lot of work was done over the Summer by our committee and minister since reopening the church at the beginning of July.  It’s great to be back in the church – seeing and speaking to people, hearing the organ (although singing and hymns are still off the table) and being inside our magnificent sacred space on St. Stephen’s Green. Not everybody has felt comfortable to return yet and this is understandable and why we have continued to broadcast the service via Zoom.  Congregation members attending in person have taken to enjoying the summer sun together on the grass in St. Stephen’s Green where they can enjoy their own coffee and sandwiches and catch up on each other’s news.  Will, Tony & Josh have been working between them to co-ordinate the Zoom broadcast and moderate Virtual Coffee for whoever is around online. Thanks to everyone who has been helping out in big and small ways to keep the church going in many more different contexts than we have ever been operating before.   It’s still a learning process but, two months in, we’re getting better at it by the week and enjoying the process.  We are also delighted to be able to reach people who don’t live in Dublin or, even, Ireland so we hope to be able to continue some sort of online broadcast into the future even when the pandemic ceases to be a threat.

Attendance at the church is necessarily limited at this time – soon we will hopefully able to relax these restrictions. The managing committee have advised that all are welcome to attend in person but to please inform the secretary by email hidden; JavaScript is required before Saturday at 2pm of your intention to attend.  Members of the church will be given priority but, as of now, there is still space to accomodate all who want to attend.

If you prefer to view the service live online, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 10.50 on any particular Sunday morning.   You will be muted on arrival to assist with the clean broadcast of the service.  You are asked to remain muted for the duration of the service.  You are also welcome to switch off your video at this time. Just don’t forget to turn it back on (and unmute) for Virtual Coffee.  It will follow immediately and seamlessly after the service. We are taking all feedback about the Zoom broadcasts and acting on it to hopefully create a comfortable listening experience for the service – it is a new discipline for us so please be patient while we figure out the best procedures to get the service to you.

A recording of the service is being uploaded to the website in the days after each service.  We also have podcasts of each Sunday service on the I-Tunes Music Store.  Search for Dublin Unitarian Church

Services for September // Sundays at 11am
6th A Lonely Place – Rev. Bridget Spain
13th The Bucket List – Rev. Bridget Spain
20th Influencers On Early Christisnity – Rev. Bridget Spain
27th Home – Keith Troughton

Our ongoing series of short services of worship and reflection also continues, led by Bridget or Pam although, in order to re-balance the resources available to us, we have decide to move to a programme of 3 reflections a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – from the start of September.  These will be augmented by recordings of reflections from the Sunday service (Monday) and Pam’s Wednesday service (Thursday).  You can see them all on a page dedicated to Services of Reflection (formally Daily Services).

Our Wednesday lunchtime services of reflection (1.05 to about 1.40 followed by a cup of tea) have also resumed.  Pam McCarthy leads these service and all are welcome to attend.  From Wednesday 2nd September, we plan to broadcast these on Zoom.  If you can’t make it and would like to listen in, click here to go to Zoom to attend the service, but not until after 12.55 on any particular Wednesday lunchtime.

All concerts in the church booked to happen between now and the end of the year have been cancelled or postponed.  The plan, as of now, is to not take any further bookings for concerts until the picture is very much clearer regarding how to safely proceed.

Services in August were taken by Rev. Bridget Spain, Andy Pollak and Will O’Connell and we thank them and the readers and contributors at these services – Andrew Connolly, Aidan O’Driscoll, David Heap,   You can hear podcasts and full recordings relating to all these services at our Recordings page or via the podcasts at the I-Tunes Music Store.

Tony Brady has moved his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom – if you’re interested in being part of this, please make contact and your details will be forwarded to Tony.

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

We also have 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.  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

The Book Club is still running on the last Wednesday of every month thanks to Zoom software and they are always happy to meet new people.  This month (30th September) they are meeting to discuss Wool by Hugh Howey.  Contact us here if you would like to get involved.

There are other church clubs that are also discussing, amongst themselves, how and when they might get going again.  We look forward to bringing you this news as we hear it.

We are living through a hard and confusing time in our history.  It’s frustrating to be curbing our enthusiasm for the sunny weather outside with thoughts of pandemics and restrictions but it’s through our collective endeavours that we can stem the flow and get back to something approaching normal.  This is the task at hand.  We hope that everybody can observe social distancing and stay safe, positive and calm at this still confusing time.

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Best wishes,

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

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