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 4  We Worship with our Lips
Our word worship comes from the Old English word weorthscipe, meaning “worthiness, acknowledgment of worth.” So “to worship” is to ascribe worth to something. This Sunday begins a two-part series looking at the ways we worship and its importance for our lives. Pamela Barz preaching. 
This is Boy Scout Sunday and our current scouts will light the chalice and take part in the story for all ages. All Boy Scouts, present and past, are invited to come in uniform.
Sunday, Feb 11  We Worship with our Lives
Worship isn’t just something we do on Sunday mornings in church. How we allocate our time, how we spend our money, how we care for the world around us. Do your days reflect what you hold as of ultimate worth? This is our Stewardship Sunday.  Pamela Barz will preach and will be joined in the service by members of the Finance and Parish Committees.  The Choir will sing All You Need is Love.
Sunday, Feb 18  Listen: How to Hear Silence 
This morning we begin a worship series to lead us into Easter with its celebration of the power of new life.  How do we open spaces in our lives so we may feel and respond to that power? In this morning’s service for all ages we will focus on creating those spaces physically and spiritually. Pamela Barz preaching.
Sunday, Feb 25  Listen: Let Your Art Speak
The Reverend Dr. Judy Campbell, UU minister, poet, fiber artist, and author of the Olympia Brown mysteries, will join Pamela Barz this morning in leading a service on creativity—our handiwork, the creative work of our own hands, our knitting, our gardening, our wood work—and how it speaks to who we are. ​The Choir will sing Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).​

Judy Campbell is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and and the author of several books and articles. She has published children's stories and poetry, as well as numerous essays on the arts, religion, and spirituality. She holds a PhD in The Arts and Religious Studies and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts, and she offers writing workshops and spirituality retreats nationally and internationally.

The service will be followed by a retreat from 1-4 pm for practitioners of knitting and other fiber arts. Please register with the church office.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

BIBLE LITERACY SERIES
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
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES

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.
SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.
Learn ALL about our programs for kids and youth here!
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION
(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.
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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