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, March 12  For Such a Time as This
For the Jewish festival of Purim, a sermon on courage.  It is traditional to serve Hamentaschen, a fruit-filled cookie, on Purim.

At 3 - 4:30 p.m. (Union Sunday)  "Singing for the Earth" with Fred Small
Celebrate our historic connection with the UU congregations of Cohasset, Norwell, and Hingham and our shared care for the Earth as we come together for our annual Union Sunday.  We will all gather at the First Parish UU in Norwell, 24 River Street, where the UU minister, folksinger, and climate change activist Fred Small will lead us in “Singing for the Earth.”
Sunday, March 19  Journey To Right Relations   (Guest preacher)                        
The Rev. Mr. Richard Fewkes preaching:  "A look back and a look forward at UU attempts over the years to come to terms with the meaning of Right Relations between racial groups, gender role relationships, sexual orientation, etc., within our churches and in society at large. We've made progress but the challenges continue." Over his 50+ years in ministry, Dick has served UU churches in Middleboro, Norwell, and Bridgewater. 
Sunday, March 26  Supporting our Vision
The Mission and Vision Team Steering Committee will share the results of our conversations on our vision for First Parish. Pamela Barz will offer a reflection on how our vision leads us into the future. The choir will sing Take Up the Song.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Third Mondays
(7 - 8:30 pm) Free, open to all.
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.

Space is limited - please let Pamela Barz know if you would like to register for the series.  There is no fee, but participants are asked to purchase a copy of the student guide for Introducing the Old Testament, available at Amazon, and to bring that and a study Bible to each class.
  • 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 (upcoming classes March 20, April 17, May 22...)
    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

April is our church's month to support the Scituate Food Pantry with volunteer assistance and donations. We are called upon to provide one person on Tuesday each week of April, from 10:00am to 1:00 pm, and 6-8:00 pm the last Tuesday, April 25th.  The work is mainly dating donated goods and filling orders for clients.  There is some lifting and bending required. 
Donations: Let's build a wall of food across the alter, as we have in the past!
The food pantry always needs: Catsup, mayonnaise, jelly, juice, coffee, tea, cookies, crackers, cereal, sugar, canned fruit, pancake mix, pancake syrup, spaghetti sauce, and canned meats.

Please sign up on the sheet in the Sloop room at church, and/or contact Alan Donaldson.
Monday Night Meditation (2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-8:30 pm)
Practice listening to silence on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights, led by Brian Sutton. March sessions are on Mondays 3/13 and 3/27. 

All are welcome. Cushions are provided, or bring your own.
Thursday, March 23 at 7pm
Understanding the Issues of our Times

Explore issues of economics, color, and class in this new monthly reading and discussion group. The Boston area has one of the widest gaps in income in our country.  A new study by the Metropolitan Council describes inequality in our area as it plays out in housing, health, and education.  In our discussion this month we’ll go local and think big at the same time, focusing on this study The State of Equity in Metro Boston 2017 and put it in a larger context using an interview with the economist Jeffrey Sachs
(Previous readings: 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.”)
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.
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.