Unitarians in Cork
The Unitarian Church in Cork has a history that stretches back for more than three hundred years. Since 1717 the congregation has gathered in the Church in Princes Street for worship each Sunday. The Unitarian Church is a non creedal Church that has its roots in the Christianity yet draws inspiration from all faiths as well as from nature, art, poetry and music.
The church in Princes Street is one of Cork’s most important historical buildings. The congregation there is vibrant, welcoming and committed to being a liberal religious voice in life of Cork City. Unitarians in Cork welcome people of all faiths and non to join us for Sunday Service as we explore spirituality in its many forms.
History of Unitarians
Unitarianism can be traced back to the early days of the Christian Church prior to the adoption of the Doctrine of the Trinity as ecclesiastical dogma in the 4th century. Modern Unitarianism emerged from the same spirit of inquiry that characterised the Reformation. We are today described as liberal or free Christians, which places emphasis on Freedom, Reason and Tolerance. Unitarians recognise and respect the individual’s need to search for spiritual truth and accordingly reject creeds and other man-made tests of faith. While rejecting many existing religious belief systems that too frequently cause divisiveness in our world, Unitarians do believe in a brotherhood of humankind and a loving, universal God. We believe in the worth of the individual and communion of all souls so that humankind can live in oneness with and in service to each other and the universe of which we are a part.
A recent publication by Mr Fergus Whelan Dissent into Treason traces a good deal of that history. The book focuses on these enlightened thinkers of this time in our history.
For Unitarians this can often be a perplexing question as we do not impose the restrictions of a creed, nor what can sometimes be the heavy weight of dogma upon those who worship with us. Our purpose is to simply inspire spiritual journeys and to allow each person to do so according to the freedom of their own conscience and in a way that makes sense to them.
We encourage each person to find and explore their own sense of God, the sacred or the Divine in a way that allows them to live life for the enhancement of the world around them.
As Unitarians we try to be open in heart and in spirit and are open to continuing revelation from all religions as well as the secular world. We do not see the spiritual journey and science as being exclusive of each other, in fact science has helped us understand ourselves and our world in a much deeper way.
Freedom and tolerance are important to Unitarians. In terms of the spiritual journey, we do not claim to have the answers, but will offer a warm and free atmosphere in which to explore your questions and develop your own answers and understanding. We are merely searching for a deeper meaning to our lives through our spiritual selves; open hearts and open minds.