The death has been announced of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L 'Arche community.
Vanier founded L' Arche in 1964 in response to what he saw as the treatment of people with learning disabilities within an institutional setting.
Today there are 150 communities in 38 countries, including Ireland.
A former naval officer and a graduate in Philosophy and Theology he was a man filled with the Spirit of a Loving & Compassionate God. During our service this Sunday( 12th May) we will remember a man who reminds us all that faith is a call to action.
" We are not called by God to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love" - Jean Vanier 1928-2019
On Sunday, March 31st our service was led by Rev. John Phillip Carter from London. John led us in a wonderful prayerful meditation for Mothers day and then preached on " Spirituality" drawing on his vast experience as a qualified Spiritual Director.
Pictured are: The Rev John Phillip Cater and The Rev Mike O'Sullivan
Photo: Kay O'Sullivan
Over the past 2 years I have met on a couple of occasions with Debbie Keller Wood who is Director of Faith formation at the Unitarian church in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Yesterday, I received from their congregation to ours these messages of support for all we are trying to achieve here in Cork. They are very taken by our decision for the past 2 years to march in Pride here in Cork
On Sunday 24th March during a service led by the Moderator of the Synod of Munster, The Rev. Bridget Spain, our Minister, The Rev.Mike O'Sullivan formally welcomed eleven new members into the church family.
In his words of welcome Rev. Mike said; " this church is all about people. They are the blood that runs through its veins, the beat of its heart. They are the voices heard and the actions lived.."
We offer Congrats to; Walter, Margaret, Neal, Christina, Collin, Mary, Gillian, Angela, Fionn, Carmel and Colm.
A Service for Good Friday on 19th April. Service starts at 12.30.
Our service will remember those who have died for their faith, those who strove to make our world a better place.
Among others we will honour, Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Oscar Romero.
We will also honour Maximilian Kolbe, Rabbi Regina Jonas, Edith Stein, Jaques Hamal and British aid worker Gayle Williams.
We also remember two Unitarian ministers; Norbet Capek and Toribio Quimada as well as the victims of the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shootings.
We are an Open, Inclusive and Affirming church where all are welcome.
The Assistant Minister at our All Souls Church, Belfast decided to enter the spirit of things today!! The Rev. Alister Bell trained with our own minister. We think his sermon may have been about the Trinity!!!
Pictured in the Church hall at the multi cultural meal to celebrate St Patrick's day are; Adheem, priest of the Shiva Temple and Rev. Mike
Our minister and members of the congregation took part in this years St. Patrick's Day parade. In line with our ethos we marched with a group that included Buddhists from the different traditions, devotees of Shiva, the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans( OEF) as well as Gnostic Christians and yoga and Shamanic traditions.
After the march, everybody retired to the Church hall at the Unitarian Church for an evening of wonderful Thai food.
We are delighted to announce that our service on Sunday, March 31st will be led by The Rev. John Phillip Carter. John was minister of Lewisham in London and LDPA Interim Minister.
This morning many of us woke up looking forward to the weekend. Maybe excited by God Cup day at Cheltenham, a weekend of six nations rugby and of course our national holiday.
Then came news of the horrific attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This morning a dark cloud hangs over the world.
Men, women and children gunned down while worshiping God. Such acts leave any right minded person, horrified, shocked, numb and full of questions that don't seem to have an answer. It does seem sometimes that the seeds of hate are all to easily planted in the human heart.
This morning we offer our prayers and keep in our thoughts all who have been left devastated by this horrific attack. This morning we stand as one with our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Rev Mike O'Sullivan