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 October 4 What?? Me Worry??
Spiritual teachers of all traditions agree that worry is futile. But can their wisdom still apply in the 21st century? A sermon on worry. Pamela Barz preaching.
Sunday October 11 Perched Somewhere on the Tree of Life
Rev. Eliza Blanchard, guest preacher
In today's worship, we'll contemplate our relationship to the rest of the animals. Recent findings, like that of homo neladi fossils in South Africa, along with studies in animal behavior and questions about how best to cultivate and nurture this planet, have raised lots of questions about our place in the family tree. Rev. Eliza Blanchard will share where her passion for fellow animals has led her to new understandings of Gauguin's famous questions: "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"
September and October's Fourth-Sunday offerings will be given to Haley House, which offers food, permanent housing, and support for people in Boston. Their mission sustains creative solutions found in such projects as their Bakery Training program, the McKinley collaborative garden, and the profit-sharing model behind the new Dudley Dough cafe.
In October, Karsten Frey will organize our men's clothing drive for Haley House.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Sunday October 18 (1 pm)  Donation drive and sorting event
This fall, instead of travelling to the Brighton Giving Factory, we will enjoy a sorting event right in Cohasset, MA.
The Cradles to Crayons team will meet First Parish volunteers at their donation trailer located in the parking lot behind the Cohasset Family Health Center at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt 3A).

Please bring new or used children’s clothing to church on the 18th so that we can take the items with us to donate. Pajamas, socks, and underwear (must all be new with tags) are especially appreciated.
How Do You Live?: Exploring the Life and Faith of World Religions
This study of world religions will resume on Wednesday October 21 at 7 p.m. This year’s focus will be on the traditions of the “People of the Book:" Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will begin with learning about the foundations and practices of Judaism. Whether you attended last year’s discussions or not, you are welcome to participate.

For the October meeting, you are invited to read the chapter on Judaism from John Bowker's World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained, and to explore Judaism through one or more of these sources: Krista Tippett’s conversations with Jonathan Sacks and Sharon Brous; Jewish with Feeling by Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi; This Is My God by Herman Wouk; To Begin Again by Naomi Levy; Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook; The PBS series' episode The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama; The Chosen by Chaim Potok; Kaaterskill Falls or The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman; or other books, interviews, or videos of your choosing.
        The class meets monthly at First Parish on the third Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m., and is led by Pamela Barz and Grant Barber, the priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate.
Save the Date:
Sunday November 8 at 3pm

The restoration of our historic organ is complete, its keys smoother, its timbre more authentic and no longer accompanied by the sound of a rumbling blower in the basement! Join us for a celebratory concert with Berni Nadeau (from Old Ship UU, Hingham), Mark Slawson (Second Parish UU, Hingham), and our own Beth Dubuisson.
Saturday Nov 14  WORKSHOP: Unplug the Christmas Machine
9 am - Noon, at First Parish UU. There is a $5 fee to cover materials and refreshments.

Pamela Barz will again offer this workshop to help people plan a more rewarding Christmas holiday. Based on the book Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli, this workshop helps people reduce their stress and increase their enjoyment by making simple changes in their celebration.
Participants will be given a chance to examine their current practices, define their values, create a fantasy Christmas, and then combine all their insights into a workable plan for the coming holiday season.

Read Pam's sermons and our latest newsletter to discover what's happening at First Parish UU.

Regular events in our parish life include book group discussions, walking meditations, religious education classes and multigenerational social events, men's ministry, prayer shawl knitting, and social justice initiatives!
Download the Religious Education registration form: Click here.
We are currently registering for the Fall 2015 K-12 Religious Education program. Classes are now under way, but  registration is rolling. Learn about our program here.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan

Our Church

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate MA is a vibrant, inclusive community of faith. We are a non-creedal 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!