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.
Stay calm. Stay positive. Stay healthy. Stay at home.
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Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West