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)!
~ SUMMER SERVICES ~

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 6:30 PM
Light refreshments follow

The theme for summer services is "Finding Meaning In..."

All-ages summer services begin Wed July 5 and continue through August
(Except Wed, Aug 9: Retreat at Cohasset UU Parish Hall)

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 2016:  Exploring the Bible:  What Is the Bible?
    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
    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

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm
Understanding the Issues of our Times
***Location: Book Group Room at the new Scituate Library***

Explore issues of economics, color, and class in this monthly reading and discussion group.
As part of the ongoing community diversity conversations, we'll build on our "Issues of our Times" discussions by opening it to the whole town, and meeting in the new library's Book Group room. James Baldwin's collection of intertwined short stories "Going to Meet the Man" will serve as a starting point to address issues of race, privilege, and community. The book is available through the OCLN system.  It is not necessary to read the whole book.

Pamela Barz and John Scopelleti will lead the discussion. John Scopelleti lives in Scituate, teaches English at the South Shore Vocational Technical High School, and is also an author and a commentator for WBUR’s Cognoscenti.  Please come and invite your neighbors and friends!
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.
Fourth-Sunday Offering
July's fourth-Sunday offering will go to Wellspring Multi-Service Center, in Hull.
Wellspring's mission is to provide support and skills to people facing challenges to their financial, physical or emotional well-being to help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
 
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.
Monday Night Meditation
Meditation sessions, led by Brian Sutton, will resume in the fall.
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!

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.