of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (Sept-June) 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 JAN 20 SERVICE CANCELLED
DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ***
Sunday, January 13    Unitarian Roots  (Judy Campbell, guest preacher)
The Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell returns to our pulpit for two Sundays to help us reflect on the roots of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. This Sunday, Judy will look at the Unitarian side, considering our history in England and Transylvania, as well as on this side of the Atlantic. The choir will sing If I’m a Unitarian Universalist.

***This service has been cancelled***
Sunday, January 20   Universalist Roots  (Judy Campbell, guest preacher)
A look at the roots of the Universalist side of our tradition and how those roots nourish us today. The Choir will sing Will Justice Roll Down?.

Judy Campbell is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister 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 Arts and Religious Studies and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts, and she offers writing workshops and spirituality retreats nationally and internationally. 
Sunday, January 27  Happy Birthday, First Parish!
*** Judy Campbell will lead this service, due to the snow cancellation Jan 20!***

It was on January 18, 1635 that a group of Scituate residents covenanted with the newly arrived minister John Lothropp to form the First Parish Church of Scituate. Today we will celebrate our birthday and our on-going story with cake, as well as honoring those with membership anniversaries. The choir will sing Source of Peace.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

"DO NOT BE AFRAID": A Small Group Gathering
5 weeks, starting the week of Jan 7
at 7 p.m. (in private homes)

*** There are a couple of spots still available, for a Monday night group and a Thursday night group. ***

Please consider joining a small group discussion using the work of Brene Brown, professor at the University of Houston, author of such books as "Braving the Wilderness," and "The Gifts of Imperfection." Her TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability has become one of the most-viewed talks. Our discussion, Do Not Be Afraid: Defeating Fear with Hope, Peace, Love, Joy and a Wholehearted Life will use her work to reflect on how we let fear govern our lives and how we can move out of fear into more hope, peace, love, and joy. 
FRANKENSTEIN Discussion
Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. (note new date!)

What does Mary Shelley’s novel have to say to us today? As part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, in her Sunday Oct 25 sermon, Pamela Barz preached on the novel (you can read her sermon here). Join us for further discussion!  
THE BLUE BOAT COFFEEHOUSE
Saturday, March 16  from 6–9pm

The Blue Boat sails again on St Patrick's Day weekend! Once again we will highlight the incredible talent of local adults and youth while raising funds for a local non-profit organization, and providing a fun, safe evening out for the whole community. This alcohol-free, substance-free, family-friendly event is open to the public.

Visit the Blue Boat Coffeehouse Facebook page to learn more.
INQUIRER'S CIRCLE
3rd Mondays
(Sept 2018 - May 2019)

Building Your Own Theology (aka 'Coming of Age' for Adults)

As you’ve listened to the young adults completing Coming of Age and offering their own Credo (“I Believe”) statements, have you ever wished for the opportunity yourself to think about what you believe? Then next year’s Inquirers Circle program is for you. Participants will use the UU "Building Your Own Theology" curriculum to look at what wisdom our tradition and other sources offers on such topics as human nature, views of the divine, and the importance of morality and, at the end of the year, write our own Credo statements. The class is limited to 15 people. Please email Pamela Barz with questions or to reserve your spot.

Parish Notices

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.

We have about 50 kids in our program. Learn ALL about our classes and activities for kids and youth here!

We welcome our new Director of Religious Ed! Bill Ketchum is a 2017 graduate of Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Retired from a career in business, he is continuing a lifelong calling for working with adults and youth as a chaplain, mentor, coach, and teacher.
BOTTLES & CANS DRIVE throughout January!
One of our major fundraisers each year is sorting bottles & cans at the transfer station. We need volunteers to sort and bag; others to transport to the Cohasset redemption center; and one person each week to coordinate them. 

Please sign up for a shift here.
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION 
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) - January date: 1/28
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.
FPUU serves the Scituate Food Pantry
Our drop box at the front door is available 24/7 for community convenience. We also collect food during every church service. Please consider donating:
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Canned protein (salmon, tuna, meat); peanut butter
  • Coffee, instant coffee, and sweeteners
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, floss
Thank you to Eagle Scout Barak Laciner for constructing the drop box.
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. Baskets are availble at the new online store 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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