of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 330 First Parish Road in Scituate MA. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Pamela Barz is our minister. Join us—for reflection, music, and fellowship (and our thriving youth program)!
Sunday, Feb 19  True Love
On the Sunday after Valentine’s Day we will share a chocolate communion and reflect on love. Pamela Barz will lead this multi-generational service.
Sunday, Feb 26  Songs of Slavery, Songs of Freedom
A special music service!  Howard Mathews on guitar and banjo, Bonnie Canfield on autoharp, and Steve Young on guitar will lead the singing of music from the tradition of African American spirituals, and Pamela Barz will reflect on what that tradition offers today.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Saturday, Feb 11 (6 - 9 pm)
THE BLUE BOAT COFFEEHOUSE

First Parish Scituate presents its third coffeehouse! This time around, our local artists perform in support of the Scituate STEAM Collaborative (formerly known as the Scituate Science Spectacular) which brings exciting community-based science programs to Scituate families. A free, accessible, sober, family event - there is a suggested donation of $5. Homemade baked treats, coffee and tea will be for sale.
Updates can be found on Facebook at The Blue Boat Coffeehouse.
BIBLE LITERACY SERIES
Third Mondays
(7 - 8:30 pm) Free, open to all. Fall session now closed!
Want to learn about the Bible in a place where all questions, all faiths, and all perspectives are welcome? Each 6-session course in basic biblical literacy assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible and is not biased toward any particular Christian tradition.  The curriculum we'll use is in both Protestant and Catholic churches, and in groups that mix church folks, agnostics, and atheists.
  • Fall 2016:  Exploring the Bible:  What Is the Bible? (enrollment now closed)
    This first course offers a broad overview of the entire Bible, including chapters on how to select a Bible suitable for your needs, how the Bible is organized, how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen, different ways that people approach the text, and what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories.
  • Spring 2017:  Introducing the Old Testament
    The second course focuses on the Old Testament in the context of the world in which it was written.  Learn about the march of empires across biblical lands, how ancient peoples thought about their world, and how the stories of the Bible distinguished the God of Israel from the gods of Israel's neighbors.
  • Fall 2017:  Introducing the New Testament
    The third course examines Jesus in three distinct ways: A man like other men, a Jewish rabbi, and the Christ of Christian faith. Then it's on to the cantankerous Paul, the other New Testament authors, and the wild and baffling book called Revelation.

Parish Notices

Baskets from Zimbabwe
First Parish member Jenn Mackey has connected us with the Zienzele Foundation. The organization supports women who are caring for AIDS orphans; their handmade baskets are sold in the US to provide funding for school for the children. The baskets range in size and shape and are priced from $10-$60. Jenn will show them upon request and at our church fairs.
Thursday, Feb 23 at 7pm
Understanding the Issues of our Times

Explore issues of economics, color, and class in a new monthly reading and discussion group. We will discuss excerpts from the recent book Strangers in their own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by sociologist Arlie Hochschild. You can read them here: “Preface,” “The Fires of History,” “Strangers No Longer,” and “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees.” Copies of the book are also available through the library system.
Faith Formation / Religious Education

Download the Religious Education registration form: Click here.
We are currently registering for the Fall 2016 K-12 Religious Education program. Registration is rolling.

Learn all about our programs for kids and youth here.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

Our Church

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate MA is a vibrant, inclusive community of faith. We are a non-credal church stressing love, service, and religious freedom. Grounded in our Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and we support each individual's unique search for truth and meaning.

We welcome you, wherever you are in your search for deeper meaning, to join us in exploring “the big questions” and cultivating ways to live the answers amidst today’s modern challenges. Our congregation seeks ways to build community, guide our children, deepen spiritually, and to make a positive difference in the world. We celebrate the interconnectedness of all things. Join us for sermons, service, or celebrations!

Regular events in our parish life include book group discussions, meditation sessions, religious education classes, multigenerational social events, men's ministry, prayer shawl knitting, and social justice initiatives.