First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church • 330 First Parish Rd, Scituate MA

Transformative Service

"We aspire to be a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, rooted in love."

As a beacon of transformative service, we commit to pursue diversity, justice, equality,
reason, and discourse; provide inspiration through music, creativity, and the arts;
and work cooperatively to affect positive change in our community and beyond.

Social Justice at First Parish

Transformative service at First Parish takes the form of social justice education, advocacy, and activism. We embrace Unitarian Universalism's long tradition of putting faith into action, by bringing awareness to the congregation and the community at large on such topics as racial justice, addiction, immigrant justice, affordable housing, decarceration, end-of-life care options, and climate justice.

The Blue Boat Coffeehouse

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Music transcends differences—so what better way to uncover the power of our community's shared humanity than by coming together to make music! Since 2016, First Parish's Blue Boat Coffeehouse has been providing the South Shore with a fun, family-friendly, safe and sober evening out while raising funds for a local non-profit organization. The coffeehouse seeks to be transformative for performers young and old, for neighbors and friends, and for the amazing support organizations that benefit us all.

Our Ministries of Transformative Justice

"Justice is what love looks like in public" — Dr. Cornel West    The First Parish congregation has a proud history of social activism and service, in line with Unitarian Universalism values and history.
  • The Social Justice Committee helps turn passions into purpose, bringing awareness to the congregation and the community at large. Taking action through education, service, and advocacy, we host speakers and forums, take part in vigils and marches, and donate our time, energy, and collections.

  • First Parish looks to UU Mass Action for initiatives that help Massachusetts' vulnerable communities confront oppression.

  • The Men's Ministry puts their faith in action locally, with trucks, rakes and paintbrushes, whether unloading supplies at the Food Pantry, cleaning up the beach, repairing someone's home, or assisting community organizations with special requests.

  • The youth programs actively support causes with acts of compassion, advocacy, and by fundraising.

  • The Blue Boat Coffeehouse provides a fun, safe, and sober community music venue that highlights the incredible talent of local adults and youth. Launched in 2016, the event showcases the work of a local non-profit organization to which each show's proceeds are donated.