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 May 15  Gaia, Mother Earth and the Oneness of Everything
                           With UU Musician Jim Scott
We will celebrate the earth with Jim's original songs and readings along with his personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth-or "Gaia"-being one living organism. Jim's uplifting songs offer a vision and inspiration to take the healing into our own hands. Please invite friends and neighbors to join you for this special worship. Pamela Barz will lead the service with Jim.

More about Jim Scott: From his work with the Paul Winter Consort, where he was co-composer of their celebrated Missa Gaia / Earth Mass, Jim has long been an activist for peace and the earth with his music. Former Co-Chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped create the Green Sanctuary program. His songs of earth have educated and inspired audiences across the US and the world, and his Earth and Spirit Songbook, supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, has been widely used by UU congregations.
Sunday May 22  The Resilience of Life – Annual Meeting Sunday
As we gather for the 382nd (!) Annual Meeting of First Parish, we will celebrate the resilience of our congregation and the flowers it has brought to this community over all these years by welcoming new members and celebrating the Czech Unitarian ritual of flower communion. Please bring a flower for each member of your family (children and adults). The flowers represent the gifts we each bring, no matter our age or abilities, to First Parish. During the service we will bless the flowers and then receive a different flower in symbol of the gifts we receive from First Parish. In between giving the flowers and receiving them, we will hold our annual meeting. Children will join us for the beginning and end of the service, but will leave for an activity during the meeting. If you are not yet a member of First Parish but would like to join, please come to the Membership lunch on May 1 or set up a time to meet with Pamela Barz.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

How Do You Live?: Exploring the Life and Faith of World Religions
This monthly study of world religions is in its second year. The class meets monthly at First Parish on the third Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m., and is led by Pamela Barz and Grant Barber, the priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate.

This year’s focus will be on the traditions of the “People of the Book": Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Whether you attended last year’s discussions or not, you are welcome to participate.

May 18:  The May discussion concludes this two-year study of world religions with a discussion of Unitarian Universalism. Please read “Our Roots” by Dan McKanan from The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide and excerpts from sermons by William Ellery Channing and Hosea Ballou. Click on the titles to download, or get paper copies of the readings at the church.
Wednesday June 15: join us for a potluck supper and celebration of the series!
Spring Fair!
Saturday, May 14
Celebrate spring at our outdoor fair: we're offering garden seedlings, freshly baked goodies, crafts for the garden, and lively mini-yardsales from our cars!

Clothing collection throughout May
LOOK FOR THE PURPLE BINS!

Again this year we will host collection bins for Cradles to Crayons. C2C supports children in need throughout Massachusetts with packs of new and gently-used clothes, shoes, and school supplies.
  • Saturday May 7 (10 - Noon): Special “Stuff-A-Truck” event for donated books or games
        (at C2C site in Cohasset Family Practice parking lot, on Rt 3A)
  • Sunday 5/08: We will kick off our collection on Mothers’ Day.
  • Sunday 6/05: We will bless and sort what we have collected, at FPUU.
Please encourage friends and neighbors to contribute to both collections.

Parish Notices

  • Annual Meeting
    5/15: After the service, an advance conversation about the Annual Report and proposals.
    5/22: Flower Communion and the 382nd Annual Meeting.
  • 2nd Principle Reading Group
    Monday May 23 (7 - 8:30 p.m.) Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Short Fiction discussion series
  • Explore the themes of justice, equity, and compassion in Andre Dubus II's short story "A Father's Story" (paper copies are also available at the church).
  • Youth Conference at Star Island: Y.E.S. 2016 "Catch the Wind" for UU / UCC youth
    (Aug 6-15, Star Island, Isles of Shoals, NH) "Every year, youth ages 15–22 gather for an entirely youth-led conference on a beautiful island to escape from everyday life and build an open, spiritual community. 
    It is a transformative week of adventure, thought-provoking workshops, and self-empowerment!​"
      - Conference website for registration: www.yesonstar.org
      - Star Island website for room-and-board info: http://starisland.org/registration/pricing/
      - DUE 3/30: Our form for financial aid (see above websites for other aid packages)
    Please email Donna if you need help with the registration or aid forms!
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.

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!
Faith Formation / Religious Education

Download the Religious Education registration form: Click here.
We are currently registering for the Spring 2015 K-12 Religious Education program. Registration is rolling.

Learn all about our programs for kids and youth here.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

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!
Our coffeehouse events will feed your body and soul! Check Facebook for videos and reviews of our standing-room-only event April 9 that supported Scituate Friends of Music, and for news about upcoming events.