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 February 1
The Twelfth Man and Next Man Up
What football could teach the church – a sermon for Super Bowl Sunday, Pamela Barz preaching.
Sunday February 8
Johannah Murphy, Guest Preacher. Johannah (Jo) Murphy is in her final year of the Masters of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School, and hopes to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to divinity school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. Her studies at Harvard have taken her to India to work with women and teens and led her to explore Hinduism and African religions. She is an alumna of Wellesley College.

This is National Scout Sunday; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to wear their uniforms to church today.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Friday, February 20 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
The Spirituality of Dr Who
Each month on the third Friday, the Spirituality of Doctor Who program invites Whovians of whatever age and realm to watch an episode of the BBC TV series and to discuss whatever topics arise from it, topics such as fate and free will, human purpose, and our ability to make meaning.
Wednesday, February 25th (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
How Do You Live?: Exploring the Life and Faith of World Religions
As part of our recent exploration of Hinduism, two special events are planned:
On Saturday February 7 a group will visit Braj Mandir, the Hindu temple in Holbrook, for their monthly kirtan. This session of chanting meditation begins at 6:30 p.m. Please e-mail Jean Shildneck (jean_shildneck@comcast.net) if you would like to attend. A group will meet at the church to car-pool.
And on Sunday March 29, 4-6 p.m. Vaishali Gupta, Hindu Chaplain at Wellesley, Babson, and Brandeis Colleges, with a specialty in health and nutrition, will come to Scituate to cook a meal with us and talk about the relationship between food and spirituality. The cost per person will be $25-$30. Space is limited, so preference will be given to those who have participated in the World Religions class.

The February discussion of this ongoing monthly series will explore Buddhism. Copies of the readings (from World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained, by John Bowker; and some excerpts from Buddhist scriptures) are available at church. Even if you have not participated in prior discussions, you are welcome to attend. The class meets monthly at First Parish on the third Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (this month meets the 4th Wed due to school vacation) and is led by Pamela Barz of First Parish UU and Grant Barber from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Thursdays (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.) starting 2/05 (no class 2/19, vacation week)
Yoga at the Church
Leslie Payne, C.Y.T., will be using our space to offer a weekly “Gentle Power” yoga class. Classes will cost $10 per week. The class begins with gentle stretching and movements gradually building up to standing postures, using breath and your own power. Every class ends in a meditative cooldown. Modifications will be given as needed. Students should wear comfortable clothes, and bring a mat and water. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the class is open to the public. If you need more information, contact Leslie Payne at (617) 653-9428 or lespay@msn.com

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:
Our World Religions curriculum is under way, but Religious Education registration is ongoing—you are welcome to join us anytime. Click here.

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!