As of Sunday 15th March, all services in the church were suspended in response to the Corona virus pandemic. For those who attend the church, this is a loss and this is the same for churches of all denominations. Sadly, it looks like our closure will not be restricted to the short term.
As of Sunday, 22nd of March, we began to broadcast our regular Sunday morning service on line. The service is available on the church Facebook page and begins at 11am. We are also broadcasting a short Night Prayer service, Mon to Fri at 10pm.
The Sunday Service will be a shorter and amended service. It will be broadcast from the church BUT please DO NOT turn up at the church.
Stay Safe, Stay Well #coronavirus#church
We live in extra ordinary times, I for one, am of an age to never have experienced anything like this before. The Pandemic which grips our world will cause in us all varying reactions and degrees of fear, uncertainty and worry. The unknown is a place very few of us want to go to.
However, we will get through this but the crux is, its up to each of us.
I would urge all of you to pay attention to advice from our Govt and the HSE Please wash your hands as often as you can and practise " social distancing". You can still talk, chat, say hello and even laugh, just from 2 M apart.
Please source your news from reputable sources. Sadly, social media is full of mistruths and panic. Ignore the trolls, keyboard warriors and religious nuts, who wish to do nothing more than spread fear, panic, conspiracy theories and even bigotry. THIS IS NOT THE CHINESE VIRUS.
Please keep in your thoughts or prayers ( if you say them ) those who are working on the frontline, our healthcare workers, those we see and those working behind the scenes. Never before have we realised how dependant on each other we are.
Of those who may contract Covid 19, most will feel sick for a few days, some will need hospital, some ICU and sadly some may die. Please be socially responsible, think of others. you may not know them, never have met them BUT their lives may depend on your actions.
Stay Safe. Stay Well. Show you care and be socially responsible.
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic all services and religious activities in the church have been suspended until further notice. For further information on the broadcast of Sunday and extra services, please see the Home page. Please note, that although for the time being at least, some of the services will be broadcast from the church, members of the congregation and or the public will not be allowed to attend in the interests of public health and safety.
Please note the change of date, now, Friday 6th March. This promises to be an interesting, informative and fun presentation and talk from our friend Tony, who writes for the Irish Times. All are welcome. There is no entrance fee but a donation would be appreciated. Look forward to seeing you!
On Sunday 1st March in place of a homily from the Minister, we will have a short presentation on the ceramic tiles in the church courtyard. The tiles, six of them, are embedded into the pathway leading from the church gates to the front doors. Each has a biblical theme.
Pictured is one of the tiles, which as you can see is themed on a verse from the Book of Genesis. The presentation will be given during service by church member Dr Virginia Giglio who has consulted the Crawford Art Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland.
From the 7th -9th of April 2020 members of the Unitarian Church from across the UK will gather for their Annual General Meeting at the Hilton hotel in Birmingham. Ministers will have two days of meetings before hand. The conference is a time to meet, discuss and debate issues for the future, as well as daily worship and morning and night prayer services.
The highlight is the annual Anniversary Service, which for the first time will be conducted by two ministers from Ireland. The theme of the service is; " Lets talk Soul". The sermon will be delivered by The Rev Bridget Spain, Minister of the Unitarian Church, St Stephens Green, Dublin. The service will be led by The Rev Mike O'Sullivan, Minister of the Unitarian church, Cork. The Anniversary Prayer will be delivered by Rev Celia Cartwright, President of the General Assembly.
Pictured are : Top left, Bridget Spain. Top right, Mike O'Sullivan. Bottom, Celia Cartwright
Pictured at a reception for the Chinese new Year celebrations, held at Nano Nagle Place on Sunday, 3rd Feb are from L to R : Br. Neal Dunigan, Rev. Mike O'Sullivan, Marie Robertson, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Dan Boyle, Vajra Acharya Sarah Yapp, Michelle Coleman and Sifu Douglas Sutton.
On Sunday, 3rd Feb, we welcomed to our service a number of Buddhist clergy who were visting Cork for the Chinese new Year celebrations. Among them was Sifu Douglas who is Vice Abbot of the Dali Rulai Temple in Los Angeles. During service, Chair of the church, Mr Brian Cluer presented Douglas with a St Brigid's cross to mark his visit. Sifu Douglas spoke of the warmth and openness of the Unitarian church, something he had experienced in America. Our minister then invited Douglas to carry out the Final blessing or benediction to end the service.
Pictured : Sifu Douglas Sutton & Mr Brian Cluer and Douglas prepares to bless the congregation to end our service.
This Saturday, January 25th, we are delighted to be hosting Buddhist ceremonies to mark the Chinese New Year, this coming year, is the year of the Rat. The day begins at 6 pm, with the lighting of 1,000 candles at 7pm. The evening will end at around 10.15 with the Buddha relic Blessing.
Dignitaries from the Civic & Religious life of our city will be in attendance.
For more info please visit : www.corkchinesenewyear.com