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 4   Listen: Where the Light Enters You
The Rev. Ms. Justine Sullivan will join Pamela Barz in leading this service. She writes about her theme: “Many Unitarian Universalists have come out of other faith traditions, often with a sense of anger or woundedness. But as Rumi says, 'the wound is where the light enters you.' If we were able to let go of resentment about the past, what gifts might we receive from the faith of our childhood? Whether you are a 'come-outer' or a 'cradle Unitarian Universalist,' might there may be pieces of your spiritual identity that you leave outside the door when you enter this meetinghouse? Come, come whoever you are with all of who you are.” The choir will sing Down to the River to Pray.
Sunday, March 11  Listen: What’s the Story?
As Unitarian Universalists, we don’t look to the books of the Bible as our only source of wisdom and truth. Yet we read their stories in our services as long with poetry, koans, parables, and meditations from many ages and traditions. Why? What is “Scripture” for UUs? Pamela Barz preaching. The choir will sing The Ash Grove. ​

This is Girl Scout Sunday in the United States. Girls Scouts of all ages, present and past, are invited to wear their sashes this morning and are invite to take part in the service. 
Sunday March 18   Listen: Pay Attention 
“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer,” wrote the French philosopher Simone Weil. The concept of prayer can be problematic for many of us since we don’t believe in a Being who gives us what we ask for. What difference might understanding prayer as “paying attention” make? Pamela Barz preaching. 

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Saturday, March 17 (6:00 - 9:00 pm)

The Blue Boat Coffeehouse is once again celebrating a sober St. Patrick's Day ... and adding a wee touch o' the Irish in the music and entertainment!

First Parish of Scituate is proud to present our 7th Blue Boat Coffeehouse to highlight 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.
This alcohol-free, substance-free, family-friendly event is open to the public and donations are encouraged to benefit South Shore Peer Recovery, a local group of volunteers who offer support to individuals and families in recovery from substance use disorders.

Suggested Donation is $5. Baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to South Shore Peer Recovery.
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

Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 - 8 pm (Scituate Public Library)

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.

For the March discussion, we decided to maintain our focus on African American authors, but to see the topic as "Race and ----."  The book selected is Tar Baby, written in 1981 by Toni Morrison, offers themes of feminism and class as well as race. 

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 and The Men We Reaped, 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.

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

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.
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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