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
It is with deep regret that we have learned of the passing of our denominations Senior Minister, The Very Rev. William McMillian, MBE, MA, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, 19th January 2020. He is survived by his wife Sheila and his children; David, Alister, Andrew and Jane.
Known to one and all as Mac, he was Minister Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Dunmurry, where he spent most of his clerical life. He had also served in Newry and was Minister in Charge of our Dublin church on two seperate occasions.
Mac was on the Commisioning Panel that admitted our own minister into ministry training as well as preaching at Mike's Licensing in 2016. Despite poor health, he travelled to Cork and preached in our church in 2018. He was a man of towering intellect and humour. We offer our sympathies to his wife, children & family and to the Session & congregation in Dunmurray.
May he Rest in Peace.
The first Friday Jazz vespers of 2020 was held on Friday, 10th January. In its infancy, FJV is a service of the Methodist and Unitarian churches which happens on the first Friday of the month, yes January was an exception, due to Christmas!
The service is built around the music of John Coltrane's " A Love Supreme" and as you can see the music is live. Our regular musican's/worship leaders, Dr Griff Rollefson and Dr Mary King were joined by flautist, Prof Virginia Giglio. The meditation was read by Abi Oyeyemi and the Proclamation by Rev Mike O'Sullivan. Our next service is on Friday, 7th of Febuary and will be led by Rev Andrew Robinson, Methodist Minister, Cork. All are welcome.
Our Christmas morning service was held at the earlier time of 10.30 and was a shorter service than usual. For the service our minister was joined by The Rev. Dr. John McNeil Scott. John is President of the United Reformed Church college in Scotland, which prepares students for ordained ministry. John has also worked in parish ministry in the Republic and N. Ireland as well as chaplaincy work at universities in London.
Pictured after the service are; The Rev Mike O'Sullivan, Minister, Cork and The Rev Dr John McNeil Scott of the United Reform Church.
Friday Jazz Vespers happens on the first Friday of each month at 6pm. It is a new and creative form of worship based on the music of John Coltrane and featuring live Jazz music. The atmosphere is informal and friendly, the service lasts about 35 minutes. All are welcome.
Top : Prof Virginia with Hank Wedel Bottom : Hank Wedel with our minister, Rev Mike O'Sullivan. Hank and Rev Mike are childhood friends.