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 Jan 7   Where the Light Leads​
As we leave the Christmas season, how can we keep our eyes on the star, following the path of hope, peace, love, and joy into the new year? Pamela Barz preaching.
Sunday Jan 14   What Love Sounds Like
As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we also mourn the ways that racism is still embedded in our culture and the structures of society. We will reflect on what this looks like in our lives and community today and how we might help to work towards that society where children are judged by the content of their character not by the color of their skin. Pamela Barz preaching. The Choir will sing When Our Heart is In A Holy Place.
Sunday Jan 21    Beyond Tolerance
On January 13, 1568 King John Sigismund of Transylvania, the first and so far only Unitarian king anywhere, issued the Edict of Torda, the first declaration of religious tolerance in the history of the world. Four hundred and fifty years later, we will consider the significance of that Edict and the limits of tolerance. Pamela Barz will be preaching and, to help us actually practice getting beyond tolerance to engagement, Allyson Gall will join her, speaking on "Being Jewish (.2%) in a World of 7.3 Billion People." Allyson retired to Scituate a few years ago after serving as NJ State Director of American Jewish Committee, the leading Global Jewish advocacy organization. She is now active in the Sierra Club, Congregation Sha'aray Shalom in Hingham, and caring for four grandkids. Allyson will be available for conversation and questions after the service. The Choir will sing Velvet Shoes.
Sunday Jan 28    Music as an Act of Compassion
We are very excited to welcome Nick Page to lead our worship this morning. A Unitarian Universalist, Nick Page is a Boston-based composer, conductor, and author, who is best known for his song leading. In the 1980s he was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir.  Since 1990, he has led Boston’s Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the word including at three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland). His choral works have premiered everywhere from Lincoln Center to humble school cafeterias.  He is the author of three books and has close to one hundred published choral pieces.  The Choir will join him in the service, singing Gonna Get Through The World (Woody Guthrie/the Klezmatics); We Pray (Nick Page); and There’s Honey in the Rock (Guy & Candie Carawan/Nick Page). Please invite friends to join you at this special service.

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/Winter 2017-18:  Introducing the New Testament
    This is the third session in the series (runs Oct - March). Participants have learned a lot and laughed a lot as they talked about the history, archeology, theology, and world views of the people who wrote and read these ancient scriptures. For this final session, we will explore the figure of 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. Learn what Nazareth was like in the first century, see what scholars know and don't know about Jesus as a historical figure, and decide for yourself whether Paul deserves either the stature or the censure that he so often receives. And who is the Antichrist anyway?
         Previous sessions in the series included "What Is the Bible?" (Fall 2016) and "Introducing the Old Testament" (Spring 2017)
Community Book Discussion

Thursday, Jan 18 at 6:30 - 8 pm (Gates School Dining Commons)

Open to all. Please join us to discuss the book, how to be an ally in the fight against institutional racism, and how this relates to our local and global communities.

In January, the Community Book Discussion will join the Scituate Unity Council to discuss issues of racism in the Boston area, using articles from the recent Spotlight series in the Boston Globe. Participants are encouraged to read any or all of the following three segments from the series "Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.": Introduction; College; Solutions.

(Next month we will discuss Jesmyn Ward's memoir The Men We Reaped on Tuesday February 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library's book group room.)

Previous community discussions in this series have been lively and thought-provoking. We looked at issues of poverty, privilege and power through Passing by Nella Larsen, Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger, and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me, and James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man.
In A New Year, Take a New Look at Your Life
Wednesdays Jan 17 and 31, Feb 7, 14, and 28 (12:30 - 2pm)

This class uses writing and drawing exercises to look at your life as a spiritual journey. Taking the class broadens your understanding of what it means to be spiritual, and how spirituality has been integral to your journey in ways you might not have expected; it also provides life-long connections and friendships with your classmates. It is especially helpful at life turning-points, but is valuable at any point. Taught by Pamela Barz. If you are interested in signing up or in learning more, please contact Pam (pamela.merrill.barz@gmail.com).  Registration deadline January 14 -- No fee -- Adults only.
Sat, Feb 10 (6:00 - 9:00pm)

First Parish is proud to present our sixth coffeehouse highlighting the incredible talent of local adults and youth - and providing a fun, safe evening out for the whole community - while raising funds for a local non-profit organization.

Suggested donation is $5.  Baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the participants in Scituate's 2018 ASP mission trip this July.

Scituate's participation in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) has been in operation for 13 years now. Though sponsored by the First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate, it is open to teens and adults from the Scituate area, no matter the church affiliation or faith. Every summer, a group of teens and adults travels to the poorest counties in Appalachia to work on repairing the homes of the neediest, helping to make these homes “safer, drier, and warmer” and perhaps having their lives change in the process. "Because when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you."

For information and the latest line-up of performers for the Blue Boat Coffeehouse on 2/10/18, please visit the Blue Boat Coffeehouse Facebook page.

Parish Notices


Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.
Learn ALL about our programs for kids and youth here!
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) Led by Brian Sutton
Jan dates: 1/08 and 1/22

Would you like to incorporate meditation into your spiritual practice? 
Would you like to learn how to meditate? 
Would you like to add the energy of others to your already existing practice?

All are welcome. Cushions are provided, or bring your own.
Transfer Station Fundraiser
January is our month to sort bottles and cans at the Transfer Station. 
Staffing the site may be a bit messy, but it can be fun spending time with a church friend or getting to know a new one, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference not only for the church budget but for the earth.   Please sign up here.
Socks for the Homeless
With the help of the Frey family, First Parish is distributing clean socks for homeless men and women on an ongoing basis to Haley House and Rosie's Place. Packages of new socks can be placed in the basket in the Sloop Room.
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.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

Our Vision

WE ASPIRE TO BE a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, rooted in love.

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!
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